So, we've been in the Pacific NW for over a week now. The movers came on Wednesday and Thursday, then we moved in to our new house on Saturday after a final breakfast in Seattle at the Portage Bay Cafe. Man, that place is the bomb. I had bananas foster french toast, smothered in caramelized bananas, sauce, fresh strawberries and coconut. I could eat it every day and never get bored. Perhaps that's why when I weighed myself this morning for the first time since all this moving house business began, I saw that I've gained a massive 10lbs!!! Eeeek! My excuse is that we've been eating out for every meal, every day, over the last 2+ weeks, but I don't have an excuse any more, so it's time to get back on the healthy train.
The kids started school on Friday, just to get a feel for it before Spring Break. I'm happy to say that they loved it and are really excited to go back! Middle son is doing a UK Elite Soccer Camp all this week, and it's rained quite a bit. If we were still in Tennessee, the camp would for sure have been cancelled, but here, it's business as usual! It's the same at their school. If it rains, the kids still have outside recess. The only time they don't, is if there is thunder and lightning. Just like back home in Scotland really. Monday marked the husband's first day of commuting. He left pretty early and his drive was only 30 minutes, which is pretty good for driving into Seattle.
The funny thing is, although we've downsized quite substantially from our Tennessee McMansion, we still have to buy new furniture for our rental house. I thought we'd have way too much stuff, but turns out not so. Our house is lovely and has amazing views. There is a golf course out back, we can see Mount Si from the front, and beautiful tree covered hills to the side. Like the bananas foster french toast, I don't think I'll ever tire of such spectacular views! Another difference from Tennessee is that there is no air conditioning in most houses here and our rental doesn't even have ceiling fans. I can't complain yet because it's not summer, but we'll see how that goes...
I'm loving being able to buy beer AND wine in the grocery store, and even better, you don't get asked for your ID every time you do so! It's the small things! My freak magnet is still drawing them in though and I did have an encounter in the Safeway bathroom yesterday. I was waiting for my son and trying to avoid eye contact with some lady who was literally just staring at herself in the mirror and poking her forehead. She then asked me if I shopped at Safeway or QFC the most. I said Safeway to be polite, she then launched into an angry tirade about how people at the other grocery store are so much nicer. As soon as my son was done, we were out of there at top speed. I guess being approached by strange people isn't just a Tennessee phenomenon. Otherwise though, I'm happy to say that everybody I've met so far has been really friendly!
Anyway, sorry this was very mixed up and random, but I've been too busy to sit down and think about writing a proper blog post! Hopefully normal service will be resumed once the kiddos are back at school next week. Till then!