Monday, March 4, 2013

We're Here!

We've been here in our new place for a little over a week now. When we first arrived, I was super overwhelmed by a strange mixture of sadness and excitement. It was very hard to leave our families behind. But, Doug likes his new job and our new (and old) Boston friends have helped us feel like we've always been here. Already, daily life is much different for us. Doug can walk to work. Lucy and I can walk to the playground, the grocery store, and a zillion other places. It's still very cold, so I don't walk with Lucy that much unless the sun is out, and the wind here can be kind of intense. But, getting out and walking places and seeing so many other young people and people with children is such a good feeling. Here are some photos from our first week"

We have only a teensy-tiny shower, and no bath tub. So, Lucy bathes in this teensy-tiny tub that (barely) fits inside the shower. She actually seems to have more fun in there than in the big tub.
The first weekend we were here, it snowed a good bit. It's so pretty! But, then it rained and everything turned to nasty brown slush. It was pretty gross. It seems like the leftover snow from the blizzard is really starting to melt now, so maybe spring is coming soon?
There's a neat little cafe with sandwiches, coffee, and pastries that's about a ten minute walk from our house. It's SO yummy, and I've already been a few times. It's called The Biscuit, but they do not serve biscuits. And, Lou is home during the day, so having her around to help me and Lucy explore is pretty much the best thing I could've asked for, living in a new city.
We had to get our car registered in Massachusetts and get our new drivers' licenses. Massachusetts requires that your car pass inspection, to make sure nobody's driving around spewing nasty emissions into the air. Also, everybody has recycling, and there are recycling bins all over the city. When we were in Spanish Fort, we had to take all our recycling ourselves. Now, we don't even have to sort it! It's just like a second trash bin. I think some areas actually have mandatory recycling! So many things are different here. So far, we're really enjoying it. Visitors welcome. =)

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