Well we have been Pennsylvania residents for 3 months now. Wow. We are officially settled in....except we need to hang about 20 pictures! Matt has been so busy with work, and been out of town the last few weekends, that we haven't quite finished decorating. I mean, I guess I could do it myself but I prefer the team effort......me point and him hang it up. haha.
Besides a few things to do around the house, we are getting used to our neighborhood and finding a ton of things to keep us busy. The girls are now in school, we regularly hit up the gym, the girls love the park across the street, and we are starting to make friends.
After leaving all my amazing friends in Maryland/DC I was a little worried (and annoyed) to have to start all over again. It took me a while to settle in and find my crew in MD and I was hoping it wouldn't take as long in PA. I was really hoping to hit the jackpot again and snag a bunch of friends from the gym. (You can never have too many iron sisters!) Unfortunately, I don't really think that's going to be the case here. There aren't as many younger Moms at the gym I go to. This was a bit of a bummer. BUT, I recently discovered the local MOMS Club and really think these ladies are going to save my sanity.
After a lot of back and forth emails I was finally able to make it to one of their meetings. I was only there for a few hours but everyone was so nice and I really felt like I clicked with them. I immediately joined and got to go to another event Wednesday: a music class at a local older community. OMG it was amazing. It reminded me a lot of the music class I used to take the girls to in MD (shout out to Miss Melanie!), and bonus, there were so many older folks that joined in too. They loved watching the little ones play and dance, and they even sang along with us. After losing Matt's Grandma recently, and mine a few years ago, it made me sad (I miss them so much!) but also happy. I felt like they were there with us. It is also the perfect one on one time with Norah while Charlotte is in school. Those are rare for Norah, and I know she appreciates it a lot.
And on Thursday night I got to go to my first (in a long time) Mom's night out! We went to a comedy show, with dinner and drinks before. Oh my gosh I haven't been out sans kids (and hubby) since my wine going away party a few months ago. It was a blast and great to get to know some of these ladies a little better. That wine headache the next day was totally worth it. Haha!!
Another great support group and (I hope) a source of some great friends, is the Philly Fun Bunch. For military peeps I have talked about this group before. I was a part of the group in San Diego and Pax, although the Pax one was not that active. It consists of all the local military spouses, and we get together often for coffee or playdates or a night out.
I'm sure all this talk about settling in has some of you wondering what the house looks like etc?! It's a 3 story townhouse. It has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. All our bedrooms are on the top floor, along with bathrooms and laundry. The main level has the living room, eat in space and kitchen. The basement is our new playroom as well as guest space. There are a few quirks we wish we could change but are learning to live with....There is no entry to the yard except via the front door. So Harley has to be let out the front door to do his business. It made me nervous at first since there is a busy street right there but he is not a wanderer or a runner. He does his thing and comes right back. The other quirk, there is no bathroom in the basement. So our guests have to go up one level to use the bathroom and up two to take a shower. It's an inconvenience for sure but we are adjusting. When I say "we" I mean our guests....lol....not much of an issue for us on a regular basis. Sorry guests! It just means you get a little more exercise right?!
Here are a few pictures of the house......note, we did not choose the paint colors. LOL!
|living room - got our fall decor up too!|
|eating space - no room for our big table! Also - need to hang some pics in this room|
|Harley's favorite place - the stairs landing|
|master- and our new "office" lol. Much smaller than our old room but it's cozy!|
|playroom/basement hang out|
So that's it! We sure miss all our family and friends but we are starting to love our new home.