Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How it's going

First, let me apologize to my five readers for my absence from the blog. I have no real good excuse. Sure, the new schedule, the commute and house hunting are taking up some extra time, but mostly I think I was in a blogging funk. Those have happened a lot this year, it seems. I'm not sure why.

Oh, screw it, I'm just going to blame it on the house selling, moving and searching and call it a day. No need to think about such things too hard.

Anyway, I guess I just wanted to pop in and give an update on Highland life. I saw my good high school friends this weekend, and after slipping in some anecdotes here and there and answering some questions about how we've transitioned to living with my parents, Chelsey eventually cut to the chase: "Okay, Deb. Tell me how it's really going."

I responded, "Really well, actually."

And I was telling the truth.

It really is going well. Obviously, my parents are the best for even letting us bunk up with them for an indefinite amount of time. And obviously, their house set up is ideal. Everyone has their own room, and we have the entire (nicely) finished basement to ourselves. Even though Chip is keen on watching the news upstairs with my parents, despite having a TV in our lower living room, it is really nice to have our own personal space.

Mom and I are in a good routine as far as dividing up cooking and cleaning duties, grocery shopping and dedicated laundry time, and there is nothing better than having a retired dad who, even though he is always busy, can nevertheless make the time to help with the kids or any other request.

Most importantly, the kids are handling it like champs. The first week or two was a bit bumpy. The kids would wake up at 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. and not be able to settle back to sleep. At one point, Mary Clare popped up at 2:30 a.m. and started reading books, completely convinced that it was time to wake up and go to school. Thankfully, they are now back to their normal sleep routines. The three-times-a-week commute to school is also going well. It takes more preparation on our part (books, snacks, small toys, CDs, etc.), but their complaints (about the drive time, at least) are few and far between.

So, yes. It really is going well. Whew.

Granted, we are only a month and a half into it, and my parents did book a two-week vacation (hint taken), but considering it is a complete lifestyle change for all parties, it's been a pretty smooth transition.

We might just stay indefinitely. At least through tomato season.


  1. While I am sad that you guys left the city not too long before I moved to the city, I am glad to hear things are going well. I teased Chip that the move to the metro east was going to be a permanent one...

    1. Well, you know, Andy. We were in the city for almost 10 years. We just couldn't wait for you any longer.


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