Friday, September 30, 2011

We Made It

Our new home away from home.  Aunt Sara came along for the ride.  She is a brave and patient lady!

We took a break from cleaning, small hotel rooms, and house closing drama, to drive to the aquarium.  Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium is about a 2 hour drive from our new town.

Aunt Sarah and Ben.  They have a strong mutual affection!    

Where are we going now?  It's raining you know!

What is this?  The largest sandbox I have ever seen!   

Ah, sand!

I love to dig.

It looks similar to the sand at home, but how does it taste?  Lets see...


Just as yucky, Mom, help!

Ben loved the water!   I'm pretty sure he would have just walked right in and been swept away before he knew what was happening.  We kept close tabs on that boy!  

Pure joy.

I can't wait to go back and let the kids play all day.  A storm was rolling in, so we could only stay a few minutes.  They had just enough time to feel the water, and collect plenty of shells.  It was great fun while it lasted.

I could look at this sight daily.

We are pretty well settled into our new home, only 3 more boxes in the house to unpack.  The garage is another story, it's sort of the dumping ground right now, sorry honey!  We love the house and neighborhood, we already have kids knocking on the door every evening.  We are beginning to get to know our new community.  It will be a while before it starts to seem familiar, but I think we are off the a good start.  Jim and the kids found a TKD studio and have already begun classes, which they enjoy.  We joined the YMCA as a family, it offers many great activities.  Marney has joined their competition swim team.   Sunday we will be visiting the only Lutheran church in the area, I hope we like it!   

Underlying all this excitement is a sadness, we are certainly missing everyone in Michigan.  I know it will get worse before it gets better, we are just leaning on each other, and taking it one day at a time.

We are looking forward to having visitors soon!  22 days to be exact!


  1. I'm glad you finally made it to the ocean!! We can't wait to be back.

  2. Happy to hear that you are settling in. Our garage was a dumping ground for a few months. How do you like the weather?

  3. So glad you are settled. It looks like the kids are thoroughly enjoying themselves. What a great place to live!

  4. Very happy to see you guys settling in so well...and I'm definitely a bit jealous! We are missing you here!