Typically when I am absent for any length of time it is because I am too harried to find time to write. This time, however, it is simply because life has taken on Routine, and there just hasn't been all that much to report.
We've been here 2 months, and the time has flown, yet it feels like we've been here so much longer. Which I guess is good, although there is still a large part of me that feels like a tourist. But there are now more places than I can count on my two hands that I can make it to without the GPS, so I know I'm making progress.
And we've gotten involved in a lot of things. In fact, I've joined too many groups and am now working to pare down and pick and choose those activities that are and will continue to be most meaningful for our family. My choices have revolved mostly around our church. We now attend a Community--or Sunday School class/Life Group/Small Group...whatever you want to call it. We at least know a few faces by name in the group now, and some of the ladies in that group overlap with the homeschool co-op of which we are a part as well. It's a pretty good group of women and children, and the co-op, though brand new, is off to a great start.
We also attend the mid-week activities. While the kids are in their kids' club, I am in a class enjoying socialization with adults (what a concept!). I thoroughly enjoy this night because TravelDaddy has been gone a lot, so these times with grown-ups are treasured moments indeed.
So...we are keeping busy. There are moments of loneliness where I try to imagine what certain dear friends or family members are up to down South. I miss everyone, but Facebook sure helps to make the world smaller. And we're making new friends here. It's a joy to see the kids form new relationships.
We just back from Alex's Book Club, and I had a great time observing the other 3 who hung out with me in the library with some other moms and kids. Whoever decided homeschoolers are unsocialized needs to spend an hour like I did. We took a few games along, and my two boys quickly engaged a couple of other boys and had them join in the game. And Audrey approached another group of girls and joined their game. Alex of course makes friends no matter where she goes, so I never need to worry about her. But it makes a mama proud to see her children coming out of their shell and reaching out to others.
I have no transition here, but since I'm just rambling anyway, I have to say I absolutely can not believe next week is Thanksgiving. AND I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner. I generally have all sorts of special plans brewing right now, and I have not a one. I need to get to work...