After a full 9 days of driving across the country, we arrived at our new home on Moffatt Field Air Base in Mountain View, CA. It's been some time since we lived in a base house, but with the prices of living out here, there was no other option. I was really nervous moving into a house unseen, but luckily the house is completely doable.
The house is 1900 square feet (about half the size of our house in VA) so it's small, but I think it will be good for us. It's very open & I'm excited to make it our own. I will admit, it's cheaply made & falling apart in some rooms, & the appliances are killing me (they're TERRIBLE), but it's a roof over our heads, it's free, & the neighborhood is WONDERFUL. The kids found friends two hours after we arrived & they've been best friends ever since.
Trek & I unpacked crazy fast this time around. We had the entire house unpacked & ready to go within 2 weeks of arriving. I still can't believe we did it that fast.
Getting the kids into the school system here was rather difficult & took a couple weeks, but they FINALLY got to start 2 days before Thanksgiving break. They were pretty thrilled that they left school on October 30th & only had to go to school 2 days in November. I was not a thrilled, but it all worked out. The schools here are WONDERFUL. There aren't busses so I get to drive the kids to & from school each day which isn't too terrible. The school schedules are kind of bizarre, but I've finally got them down & it's not so bad. Lorien has started the cello & loves it & has already caught up to the other kids in her class who started over 3 months ago. Cadence tested into the intermediate band playing oboe & she loves the middle school here. The littles love their teachers too.
My favorite part of living here . . . Tylee lives 30 minutes away & Auntie Marc lives 45 minutes away which means we see them ALL THE TIME. I think that would drive some people crazy, but I love it. I love family & having family close. We love it when they come play.
Auntie Tylee always has quarters for the rides & candy machines everywhere we go.
One thing that I loved after moving here, was getting to pick out a new washer & dryer. When we sold the house in VA, the new owners wanted to keep ours. . . even though they were 14 years old. With as much laundry as I do every day, we splurged a bit & got me the biggest washer & dryer you can buy right now. I can now do twice as big of loads as I did before & it takes less time. It's a dream come true.
And probably my favorite thing about living in CA . . .
Yup. I love their burgers, fries, & shakes. I'm officially in heaven. Welcome to California. It feels good to be home.