So we arrived intact. So exciting driving into a place we've never been, knowing that it was our new home, hopefully forever. We spent the rest of the first week here trying to organize our tiny house to make it comfortable, and exploring the town. Lots of little drives, already looking for a more permanent home.
Monday morning came quickly, the kids starting at their new school (together, yay!) and Chris starting a new job. Looking back now, I am really surprised at how well the girls have adjusted to a new school, new rules, new friends, etc. I was worried about Isabella more so, but if anyone had any problems (which they really didn't), I would say Sydney had a bit more of a tough time.
They've made friends, been invited to sleepovers and birthday parties, and overall love living here. There is so much to see and do. They occasionally say they do miss High Level (their friends..), and I have to admit I feel the same way sometimes. I miss my bestest friend so, so much, and I do miss the feeling of knowing. People, places, things. I realize that I am already feeling so much more comfortable here, and the other things will come with time. Chris is happy, that we got out when we did, and that we moved to such a beautiful part of the country. Jackson probably had the biggest adjustment of us all, as he went from seeing his best little buddy everyday, to spending his days with his mother. We spent alot of time those first few weeks playing lego's, cars, etc.
We didn't plan on looking seriously for a house so quickly, but we did. Looking online at houses and seeing them in person got our list down to about half instantly. Then halved again once we sat down with our realtor and discussed them in detail. We looked at our first house a few weeks after we arrived. I loved, loved the house alot. It was huge inside, and had tons of potential (read, needed some work). But. And this is a huge but. It had NO yard, (really, we weren't even sure we'd get the trampoline up), and little to no parking, or outside storage for our many vehicles. So we kept looking, keeping the house in the back of our minds.
Right before Christmas we went to see another house. It was on the West side of the valley (out of town), with about 4 acres of land. The pictures online of the house were amazing. So we went, and realized that yes the house had 4 acres, on the side of a mountain that were completely unusable. Strike out again. Then our realtor showed us a listing for a house we thought we should take a look at. No pressure, I remember him saying, just thought you might want to have a look. As soon as I saw the price on the listing, I knew right away that it was WAY out of our price range and that we shouldn't even look at it. But we jumped in our vehicles anyhow, and followed him back to town....