Sunday, May 31, 2009

Quick, pictureless update

Graduation was wildly fun--lots of Matt's relatives came into town to celebrate with us, and we got to see everyone we love best before we left.  I even managed to fake my way out of a few tearful goodbyes by pretending I would see people soon.  Then, of course, I cried like a love-sick teenager in the privacy of my own car as we drove out of town.  I signed up for the military life with Matt to meet new people, see new places...kinda forgot that I couldn't just load them all up in the back of the truck when the next move came. Stinks.  

But it's not all doom and gloom here.  A list of things I love about Vegas so far: 

1.  The house is really wonderful.  Although it could be significantly improved by say, furniture and dishes, we already got lovely new tropical brown granite countertops installed.  I now spend more time than I should lovingly rubbing them with a burp cloth, but I haven't quite gotten to the point of naming them or anything, so it's all under control. 

2.  We have this giant, moon-like pointy mountain a few blocks from our house, standing separate from the nearby mountain range.  It is appropriately (though not very creatively) named "Lone Mountain" and beckons me to come clamber and dirt bike and explore.  It's a lovely reminder that despite commercialism and development, all God has to keep wildness about a place is just stick a big fat mountain in the middle.  Try moving that thing with a backhoe!

3.  The tile floor that we planned to complete in 2 days only took us 5.  Knowing that for most home improvement projects, (time actually spent) = (time planned)x3, we came in an entire day behind schedule and rewarded ourselves by showering (for the first time in.....) and going out for dinner.  And now, I have a truly awe inspiring porcelain-tiled bathroom floor.  Be sure to schedule time for an unsolicited tour should you ever be invited for dinner.  

4.  Clouds roll in over the mountains in the evenings, and although we haven't actually had rain here, we've seen it falling in the distance in streaky watercolor brilliance.  It also makes for sunsets layered with color and texture.  All completely unobstructed by any pesky trees.  

5.  The girl down the street had me over for dinner, the next door neighbors gave us gardening tips, and a lady out taking a walk gave me tips on where the good local gyms are.  I can already see that the neighborhood is friendly and that people are ready to make new friends.  

6.  Best of all, Matt is on his way back home now from picking Jack and Charlotte up from Salt Lake.  Our whole family will finally be reunited, and this house will finally begin to feel like a home.  


Aleese and Scott said...

I am glad you guys are finally going to get to be together, you have lived a crazy life for a while! It has been very sad without you guys here! Barrick and I have made many trips over to your door with him yelling "Yak".
Sounds like things are going great there and you got your counter tops, I can't wait to see pictures!!

Shawna said...

Hopefully someday I'll get to see the granite countertops and tiled bathroom ;)

I picked out Jack's name from the Primary stick jar on sunday. Aiden commented that Jack was gone and then Grace sadly added, "Yeah, Jack is my friend." And I keep having to remind myself that we can't go play at your house to get away from the packing... you are missed.

Jenny said...

Can't wait to come and visit you someday! I'm so happy for your new house and can't wait for pictures!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you & so glad you're enjoying it already! I'm jealous of the countertops, though! :) I'll have to visit you guys next time I go to Vegas!

Connie said...

Have fun with your new adventure!

Sarah said...

It sounds like a wonderful place! I'm glad you like it there so far.

Oh, p.s. I'm at now. I changed it.

Rebecca said...

When I lived in Vegas, Lone Mountain really was aptly named as it was this lone mountain way far from everything else. Now, it isn't really far from everything else, and it sorta makes me sad. We used to go out there to see the stars at night. You can't do that anymore either... Things have changed so much.