Ode To My New Life

My little boy was very excited to get his ‘HotWheels.com’ back.

But I am soooo much more excited happy mirthful joyous delighted to get ALL of YOU back!

And that brings me to a little list. I’ve been composing it for several days now. It goes something like this.

Reasons I am loving my new life:

One} We had to buy a new microwave (at the old house it was built in). And this new micro? It has the button I have been coveting for FOUR LONG years….wanna know what it is?

(Whisper this)
“Add 30 Seconds”

Two} My kids live close enough to their new school to WALK!
Now. If it rains or snows or is just friggin’ cold, yes I will be happy to drive them the .7 miles. But did you hear me? They WALK TO SCHOOL!

Three} My husband’s new commute time is 4.8 minutes. MINUTES! I say ‘GET A BIKE’!

Four} I just got internet back today. ‘Nuff Said.
But I’ll say more anyway. I had DSL before. And this is through cable. So far? MUCH FASTER.

Five} They have a community pool here, I know, who doesn’t? But um…THIS pool is geothermally heated and outdoor and open YEAR round. (Gets mighty cold here, so I’m dying to see how this all works out?)

Six} I mentioned this in the last post. But it’s so great it needed to be mentioned again. There are KIDS. SAME ages as my kids, just up the street. I have a whole post to do about the Mormon network when you move. And as amazing as it was to find a kid family so close, it is totally rockin’ amazing to find out they are LDS? Now THAT’s a small world.

Seven} I just found out that the elementary school my big kids are attending….had PRE-K. Oh this is big. Big as in, just found out there’s a Jo-Anns here(there is). Even bigger? I just found out they have ONE SPOT LEFT in PRE-K! He can go to pre-school in the SAME building as my older kids. Think about that. Still doing extra pick ups, but everyone in the same place each morning….wow.

Eight} I have sunsets. Oh you have those too? Well I have SUNSET, sunsets. EVERY night. Right outside my one hundred windows with a view of TWO (yes 2!) lakes. Seriously every night I’ve been here (that would be 5 total) THIS is what greets me every evening!

This is SOOC, I don’t have my elements back up on the laptop after the big Summer Crash ’08. But OH what I could do with it if I just had my photoshop back up?? If you don’t know what SOOC means…then you don’t know my friend Pioneer Woman… And no she doesn’t need a plug from me, with her 4,000 comments…ahem.

Nine} Here’s one more and it maybe could have gone in up with the hubby commute item? But it’s just so good it gets it’s own list item….

Are you curious….?

Still with me….?

Okay. The coolest thing in my new life? My husband came HOME for lunch yesterday. Yup that’s it. The absolute coolest thing I could possibly think of. I made him my crazy yummy vegetarian salad. And then. Something I never would have even put on a wish list of cool things…. HE UNLOADED the dishwasher while on this unthinkable lunch break at home! He did. You think I’m making this up don’t you? Oh and just to get one more dig in…. He came home for lunch again today. All of that 1.2 miles, for lunch, with me.

I could get used to Oregon.

But watch out,
there might be a ‘things I don’t love so much about my new life’ post in the near future.

19 Responses to “Ode To My New Life”

  1. Melanie Says:

    I love thermal heat and there is an abundance of it there..just watch out, sometimes the drinking water smells like sulfer rotten eggs anybody for breakfast…(nasty).How ’bout this…NO TAX!!! What you see on the tag is just that. So cool you have a neighbor with kids the same age and same religious beliefs..aahhh and the pre-k…all the effort to get there and the work is paying off with many blessings!!!

  2. Jaysi Says:

    Crazy lady, I am so digging your life right now. How can I find some happiness like that? Good for you!! I’m glad you are loving life again. Beautiful sunset pic!

  3. angie Says:

    YOu wanna know my favorite thing about Oregon? I don’t have to pump my own gas….:) I LOVED reading all the reasons you are happy here, Carissa. I’m so glad.

  4. JenniBeanV Says:

    It sounds VERY nice and the sunset is fantastic! Heck…maybe I should move to Oregon! I want a heated community pool!

  5. Daisy Says:

    Beautiful! I’m envious in sooo many ways. Would you like to host a Flat Stanley in Oregon? I’ll be posting about it on Saturday if you want details. Of course, I might have to deliver Stan in person to see the new house and keep him from playing with the microwave.

  6. Jill Says:

    Every morning as I drive my son to Jr. High, I wonder why on earth we didn’t buy a house closer to his school, so I wouldn’t have to get up so darn early to drive him. I wouldlove it if my kids could walk to school. 4 kids in 3 different schools right now. I’m living in the car.We did have a lovely sunset here this evening.

  7. Jyl @ MommyGossip Says:

    I am lovin’ your new life with you. Two lakes, sunsets, a year-round pool, KIDS THAT CAN WALK TO SCHOOL???? I’m doing an hour commute a day this year. YUCK! Do they need a marketing director at your hubbie’s company? Seriously, T-Daddy would soooooo love to work there–even if I made him ;)!I am so happy for you, Carissa.

  8. Paul and Megan Hawkes Says:

    I am so glad that you love Oregon so far. It sounds like you are turning into a glass half full type of girl! I bet the sunsets are so beautiful. I am so jealous of the Pre-K. They got rid of ours two years ago. Way to go on your new wonderful life!

  9. Kaye Butler Says:

    Okay, its really good to have you back and all. But seriously, I’m jealous. #1 you get to have lunch with your husband, #2 YOU HAVE A DISHWASHER TO UNLOAD (I’m the dishwasher…think of someone having to unload me….ha ha ha) #3 the husband touched a clean dish and did something other than dirty it up again. You are really living the life there in the great open spaces of the OR. I am having that love/hate thing going on right now. I’ll get over it.GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK!

  10. Rachel Says:

    Glad to see you’re finally settled and BACK!I agree — Gorgeous sunset!

  11. Jacki Says:

    Where do you live, Mayberry? That sounds like an ideal place to raise a family!!

  12. Jaime Says:

    Glad you’re back. It sounds like everything is just falling right into place for you-which is awesome!:)

  13. All Adither Says:

    That sounds really great. Especially the pre-K in the same building as the Elementary! There’s nothing better than something that makes your life a little simpler.

  14. Connie Says:

    I am so freakin jealous! Oregon sounds fabulous!

  15. Maternal Mirth Says:

    If I were any greener I would be Kermit. I am glad you like your new, sunset-filled, lunches with hubby life 🙂

  16. Zip n Tizzy Says:

    That’s so wonderful. It’s always nice when a move improves your life.

  17. ChefDruck Says:

    Wow! I’m jealous – I love how you summed it all up in that nice list. We’re looking around the country for places to move right now – I’d love to experience some place more laid back then the East Coast.Thanks for commenting on my blog!

  18. Laurie Says:

    I am SO EXCITED and HAPPY for you. I can hear your happiness as I read this. Just many smiles for you and your family! I have been thinking about you a lot.

  19. Lindsay Says:

    Ohhhh – my hubby gets to come home for lunch too!! Even if it is for only 20 minutes – that’s 20 GLORIOUS minutes I have a helper! I don’t think they realize how much we love it when they are around – especially lunch time. That’s awesome!! And hey – I moved four states away so I know what you’re going through – glad you found fun things in your new state and that the kids are having a blast – that always helps.

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