- Our house simply makes us happy. It has such a great spirit with its old house character, open spaces, and lovely light thanks to the many big (old) windows. We simply feel at home here. With the cooler fall months ahead I'm looking forward to digging into some yard work and getting out the paint brushes to start adding some new color to our interior walls.
- My husband is the happiest I have seen him in a long, long time. The shorter commute, occasional picnic lunches with his girls, and increased family time in general are obviously doing good things for his spirits. I look at his smiling, relaxed face and I feel like I am falling in love with him all over again. After 18 years, his smile, his touch, and a glance from those big soft eyes can still make me melt like a Popsicle on the 4th of July.
- We have lovely new neighbors. The family just to the east of us even donated their swing set, which hadn't gotten much use over the past few years as their kids have have reached middle school age, to our backyard. The girls are super excited to have a slide. I should have known it would only be a matter of time before they figured out they could do this...
- Our proximity to the metro area means access to all sorts of activities. Last weekend it was the Downtown Farmer's Market, the Italian Heritage Festival, and watching balloons over Indianola. This weekend the girls and I finally got to make good on our Father's Day gift to Scott...a night out with the Iowa Cubs.
I have started working part time at the Snap Fitness here in Carlisle this week. While I have very limited hours and am not much more than an over qualified cleaning lady/receptionist, I've started to connect with other community members and have got to share a little of my professional knowledge. Plus, we get a free membership! This coming week I have several conversations scheduled to try to establish some yoga business space.
School starts in 3 short weeks which excites the girls to no end. And to be totally honest I am looking forward to a few kid free hours several days a week while Brea is at preschool.
I will always miss Grinnell, but slowly I'm starting to feel a bit more comfortably a part of Carlisle. I just need to give it time...and keep perspective.