A week already :)

Here we are, 8 days in. I honestly just realized that a few hours ago. To be honest, I had set my mind to getting through to today and everything after would be “what it is”. Today was a birthday party for my oldest and as I had thought we would have a great outdoor party here, reality and heat changed those plans. So, we celebrated with friends, fun and a happy boy. Everything else is unimportant.

So, a week in, what do we think? Where are we at? What next? As I reflect on this one week, I feel a chuckle. Not sure why but it is there. Giving me a sheepish grin and remembering how I felt a week ago and how I feel now. For sure more relaxed. But that is self explanatory, we have moved, sold our house and completed the school year. That isn’t all of it though. The top pieces that have helped my relaxation have been, the chickens,

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the exercise to and from the bathhouse, the boys

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and the flexibility of making it work. So these things put fear in my mind before we made the final jump. But, all that worry was for nothing and actually being here has eased the pressure.

The chickens are so much happier here, for obvious reasons. But, they are now a part of the family. Our boys talk about them now like they are friends. We can all see their personality and I am not the only one focused on their well being. The boys seem more relaxed, inside and out. Although there are more bug bites to itch and closer quarters with your sibling then they would like, there seem to be more hugs, pretend play and to be honest, focus from us, the parents. I am convinced this is because of the reduction of cable and internet. Hopefully this is not just a high from a good day and this feeling will continue.
There have been a lot of funny moments and proof of resilience in us all. The rain proved that to be true. The moments when we walk from the red hut to the green hut and I make myself coffee and the boys grab whatever they can reach. Then, grey clouds show up so we snack, listen to records, dance and then realize the rain is not stopping. The boys now want drier clothes. Guess who drew the short stick to run to the red hut where all the clothes were. Ha! The next hour was a marathon of running back and forth bringing clothes, kids, snacks and milk to and from each hut. I felt like it was a cross between being on a reality tv show and training for the military. Not really but, it was fun to pretend. We all slept well that night and it makes me chuckle.
All in all, we will be ok. This might just be the right fit for us. I thought I would end showing some real shots of what we use day to day. From our bathhouse/laundry room /dish sink to our well water sink area in our green hut. It is all fun. I have tried to load a video, if it doesn’t work, I might try later. Otherwise, enjoy, look at the stars and snuggle. It will all make you chuckle. Good night.

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