Friday, May 30, 2014

Welcome to California!

Today (Friday) marks one week since we left Yelm.  It has been a crazy, but good, week of many firsts.

We arrived at our new home in Santa Clara (3328 Agate Dr. Santa Clara, CA 95051 - if you want to send us mail :) ) on Saturday evening, and discovered - to our great joy - that our new mattresses arrived early and were waiting for us!  We had been sleeping on air mattresses for the last week since our beds found new homes and were all so excited to sleep on a real mattress.

We all slept in and after breakfast on Sunday morning our hired un-packers arrived to help us unload the u-haul.  It took less than 2 hours to get every box and random item to the correct room.  After using our now empty u-haul to pick up bunk beds for the kids, I spent the rest of the day setting up the kids room and the kitchen.  Monday was spent setting up our room and the living room, and Tuesday I un-packed the lego / school room.  So, by Tuesday evening the entire house was unpacked and set up!  I felt much better after that was all done.

Our house is about 1/2 the size of our house in Yelm, and it's PERFECT!  All of our possessions fit without feeling cluttered and there is no wasted space.  The minimalist in me is happy.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the kids and I explored the city - grocery shopping, getting library cards, playing at parks, buying 2 betta fish, signing up for swim lessons, buying and planting plants for the yard, buying stuff at Target to watch the cart ride down it's own special cart escalator (!!), buying ice cream from the ice cream man (!!), getting to know the mail man (he walks up to our door!), listening to the CalTrain go by, and eating oranges off our tree.  We also had our first guest on Wednesday night for a few hours - Greg Ireland.  He flew in to San Jose and had a layover for the night so Zac picked him up and we hung out for a few hours.  It's good to know people in the airline business, it makes the distance smaller.

A few lesser nice things we've been doing is washing dishes by hand (I have no dishwasher at the moment, but it will be installed soon!), heating everything on the stove or in the oven (I have to microwave yet, but it will be installed soon!), and hauling laundry to the garage where the washer and dryer are - this actually isn't as bad as I thought it would be.  There are been two days over 85 degrees - which is a little too hot for us, and we have no AC, but the rest of the time the weather is glorious!  Add in the fact that there are little to no bugs that we have seen - and I know why a gazillion people live here.

We have realized that we live in what Zac calls a "service neighborhood," meaning that the majority of people on our street work in service jobs (grocery store, cab drivers, landscaping...).  This is not a bad thing at all, and a reason why our rent is on the low side for area (but still almost double what our mortgage payment was in Yelm!!!).  We have also realized that we are the only Caucasians on our street :)  Excited to meet and love on our neighbors - the kids and I have plans to make and deliver cookies next week.

Zac LOVES his new job.  The perks aren't that bad either: catered lunch every day, a fully stocked kitchen for breakfast and snacks, gourmet chocolate every afternoon, family friendly happy hour each month, and many more that I'm not aloud to say. ;)

Tomorrow will be a fun filled day celebrating Keanan, whose 6th birthday is on Tuesday!!  We are headed to California's Great America Theme Park to enjoy the rides and the water park :)

We will be visiting our first church on Sunday (Foothill Covenant).  I'm praying it's a good fit for us so that we can get plugged in and make some friends.  I've also "applied" to two different homeschool groups and hope to start attending activities with the kids soon.

The kids and I will start school next week after a few weeks break to move.  We'll also be getting our pool set up outside and planning an awesome cabana in the backyard that Zac has promised to build me! :)

We're ready for visitors and there's tons to do here!  Welcome to California!


  1. Awesome! I'm glad you're starting to feel settled into your physical surroundings and we'll pray that you begin meeting new friends quickly - and that your awol kitchen appliance show up soon ;)

  2. Your house looks wonderful, Jen! We're so excited for you guys (and sad that you're so far away). I love that you're already finding ways to meet the neighbors. Your family is such a light for Christ!