Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Settled at Last

We're here and settled at last!!!!! How can I even begin to describe moving AGAIN?! The best part about it was that we had the support of family, friends, and a great ward to help us survive it, and survive it we did! Now we're here and adjusting to life in Michigan. So far, it has been a little cold and snowy, but we're hopeful that will change soon. Here are some random shots of the little place we found to rent out here. It's beautiful, and right across the street from a fantastic park with a petting zoo, a walking path, a fishing pond, a community center with a pool, and a playground. So, we're all set. Dax and Jacy are loving the new house. I don't even think they had to adjust. I think they never really understood what was going on when we were living in my parent's house, so they have actually been more calm and better behaved since we got out here. Celeste was able to fly with the kids and I out here, and then she stayed to help us set up and decorate. Anyone who knows her, knows that she can accomplish in one day what it might take one person a week to accomplish at the least. So, we got most of the house put together and set up in just a couple of days. My dad and grandpa performed a monumental act of service/love in driving our van out to us last weekend, and then they flew back home after they had a visit with us. So, now we're here and we've got all our stuff with us, and we're ready to settle in for a little while and break our streak of moving yearly. So, pray for the airline industry, and Mesaba in particular, and cross your fingers for us!
Anyway, my favorite part about Michigan so far is that they pay you in the grocery store out here to recycle! Anybody who knows me knows that I've always had a hard time recycling. When I was in junior high, I participated in a debate tournament where I opposed spending money to build recycling facilities in Utah, and with all of the research that I did on it, I became very disillusioned with it. There are a couple of members in my immediate family who are very avid recyclers, and they have scolded me at times for my attitude. Anyway, I was in the big grocery store out here, and I kept seeing all these shoppers taking big carts full of pop cans and plastic bottles into this back section of the store and walking out with these little slips of paper. So, the idea is that you take your cans and bottles back to their conveyer belt thingy, and it calculates a certain amount per item and then prints out a receipt that you take to the check out with you, and then it deducts the total from your shopping bill. The end result: I AM NOW AN AVID RECYCLER. All I needed was the right motivation! A lecture about conserving the earth's resources and pollution and waste just wasn't enough. Offer me a few cents off my grocery bill, and I'm sold. I can be bought.
My least favorite part about Michigan so far........they have not banned smoking in public places here!? Can you believe that? We went to a restaraunt the other night, and right when I walked in I was so confused because the place smelled like smoke. I turned to Ben and asked him what was up with that, and then he told me that the places out here still do "smoking" and "non-smoking" sections, and he wasn't going to tell me about it because he didn't want me to refuse to move here with him. I seriously thought that every state in the US had banned smoking by now, but apparently I was wrong. We "googled" it later on and found out that there are quite a few states left (13 or so) who still allow public smoking......yuck! So, we will probably end up saving a bit of money by not going out to eat, because it is a SERIOUS deterrent for me.
So, more later, but for now this will have to do. My sincerest thanks to everyone who helped us move out here, and who offered to help but didn't end up needing to! Thanks, thanks, and thanks again!






14 comments:

Emily said...

The place looks great! I am so glad you are settled...what a relief. I am sure things will be so much better with a husband around more. I am happy for you. I will email you but I can't wait to see you this summer in Midway either:)

Ruthie said...

Your new home looks wonderful and the kids look so happy! I am glad all is going well. Love you guys! Give those cute kids a hug from me.

Annie said...

So glad you're finally settled . . . again. Your home is beautiful and how great to be so close to so much kid friendly entertainment! Hope your weather warms up soon.

Nicole and Justin said...

Congrats on making the move! Your house looks great and sounds like a great place to live:)

joslyn said...

your place looks so cute. i am glad you are settled. we will miss seeing you at church. who knows maybe you could end up back here again. best wishes to your cute fam.

Amy said...

Your place looks really cute and that is such a perk to have so many kids things around to do! I love that you get paid to recycle over there!

Maga said...

Thanks for the update!
Keep blogging so we can keep up with your activities. Your place looks great!
Love you lots!!!

Matt & Heidi said...

well...you're a little closer to us now. still an 8 hour drive. and once we move to Virginia, will be longer.

Yippee for having Celeste's help with the kids and the house!

LATIMER FAMILY said...

I am happy to hear all is well in Michigan.(except for the smoking issue) The house looks so cute - good work, and good luck with continuing to adjust.

Luisa said...

I am soooooooo happy for you guys!! Glad you made it through and so glad you had tons of help! Your new place looks so cute and it sounds like you live next to everything perfect for your kids!!!

Shelly Karren said...

Wow. Michigan. Glad to hear you are both settled in a place you'll be for awhile. Ben, if you ever need to come to Boston with you family for any reason, feel free to call. I'd be happy to have you stay with me again!

Nana and Grandpa Kent said...

great pictures! I love the magnet board on the side of the black cabinet and the little road rug! I miss you already!!

hbentley said...

I am such a blog slacker. I didn't know that you guys were moving to Michigan. I am glad to hear that the move is behind you and I hope that you can put a stop the the yearly move. It wears very fast. You little house is so cute. The best part is all the stuff accross the street. How fun. Good luck in your new area. I admire the support you give Ben.

Mindy said...

Your apartment is cute and, even better, sounds like it is ideally located! When Griff and I were in Michigan I was pumped about being paid to recycle, too. I remember collecting cans as a kid and being depressed when 3 months of hard work yielded a couple of bucks. But in Michigan, you get a serious payout! :) Anyway, I remember those recycling debate days. But for some reason, they didn't impact me as much. Probably because Jen Taylor and I were given the "for recycling" position! I still fill up my recycling can every week. I enjoy being disillusioned maybe, but I like to think that maybe, just maybe that stuff is actually being recycled. :) Hey, maybe things have changed in the last ten years for the better? haha... mostly I'm just glad that I don't have to debate anymore. I'm glad you're settled.