Thank you for all your comments about our new house! We are excited of course, but most of all, we feel really fortunate.
We spent the night “camping out” on Friday at the new place- we did that when we bought our condo in Virginia, so we felt that it was a good tradition to keep alive, regardless if we added a pack and play to the list of things to bring with us. We blew up the air mattress, got cozy and settled in. It was such a nice feeling to wake up in “our house.” Colin is already a big fan, yelling “House!” whenever we pull into the driveway. I guess toddlers can appreciate a raw space with bare wood floors as far as the eye can see, and no furniture to speak of, or to bump into, so long as they have their matchbox cars with them. And of course, we never leave home without those.
Yesterday, we were able to meet our new neighbors. They were incredibly kind and even sent along some great photos of the house for us (the side of the garage), taken from their deck. And I fell in love all over again.
Overall, it was a wonderful weekend- between the house closing and my mom’s birthday party down in NJ, I’m feeling very lucky this morning- a wonderful visit catching up and reminiscing with supportive, funny, and loving family, and now a house in which to grow my own little family and create our own traditions and memories. Just lucky.