So far, life in Green Bay has been nothing short of wonderful.
As I mentioned before, Josie and I are staying with my parents for a few months while Zach is away at training for work. We have been here a little over two weeks now and are settling in quite nicely! Zach got us all situated before he had to fly back down to DC and we already miss him terribly.
However! There are a number of things that are really, really awesome about rooming with my parents again.
- Duncan has adjusted so well already. He doesn’t particularly love Gus or Murphy but he coexists just fine. He never really learned how to play, so he gets concerned when the other two start to really get rowdy and he tries so hard to herd them around – he’s realizing he might as well try to herd cats. But there is so much more room here for him to just be himself, all 100 lbs of him. Most of the day I hardly even have to think about him; he prefers to snooze under tables and we only hear from him if something goes on in the kitchen. A guy after my own heart.
- To go along with the Duncan perks, it is really great having a real yard. A YARD! Dunk is in Heaven. He sits at the top of the stairs on the deck and surveys the property, and when I try to let him inside he looks at me like I’m crazy. This dog was built for Wisconsin temperatures. It snowed 7 inches last week and he laid down in it for an hour. It is so helpful to not have to leash him up and take him for a (usually stressful) walk in a crowded neighborhood every time he needs to go potty.
- Josie and I have company all day long! We never have to feel lonely because we’ve got my mom and a zoo of animals to play with!
- The grocery list is exceptionally different… i.e. we don’t have to eat turkey burgers 3 out of 5 nights of the week! The life.
- We have lots of family here so I love getting to see them and not having to say a true goodbye anytime soon.
- The Packers obsession is real. These people love their team. It makes gameday way fun, especially that big win last night.
- Josie has her own room here and it is in the most soundproof room in the world. It is a true luxury not having to share a room with a noisy baby. No one has to tip-toe around; you can clank pots and pans around or even vacuum and the little lady makes nary a peep.
- There is no traffic here. None! Ever! Even the Green Bay version of “traffic” is like I-95 on a great day in Northern Virginia. It took a minute to get used to. I was looking on my phone to see where the nearest Target was. I found one but it didn’t have a Starbucks (gasp) and that, as we all know, is unacceptable so I found the next one that did. It said it was in downtown Green Bay, it said it would take 15 minutes and I thought to myself, “oh no… downtown. It’s going to take forever to get there especially at rush hour. At least half an hour.” But no! Rush hour doesn’t exist here and the estimates are true! I can have my Starbucks and drink it too.
- Everyone is just so… nice. People are chatty and friendly, and not in a never-ending rush. The other day at the grocery store, I was struggling to get Josie and all the bags out to my car when 3 employees ran up to me and said, “no no! You pull your car up and we will load these up for you!” Bless. If I had a nickel for every time a stranger in DC saw me struggling with the baby and hurried past without a word….
- Last but definitely not least, the grocery store is called Festival Foods. You say, I’m going to the Festival! Even errands sound happy here. Am I getting my point across?
So yeah, it’s going well. We are hoping to visit Zach sometime next month, and by then we will know where we will be moving! We are so excited for a new adventure, no matter where it is. We are really hoping to end up anywhere near family, but ultimately look forward to an adventure of any kind. Even if we end up back in DC, at least we will really be there and can settle more permanently than before – plus I’m already missing my sweet friends! I spend my nap times and evenings looking at cost of living comparisons in Portland, flight costs from Chicago and Zillow markets in Anchorage – and everywhere in between, but mostly praying that God sends us where we are meant to be. The planner in me is dying to know, but this eager anticipation is exciting and I know we’ll look back on these weeks of uncertainty fondly. While I wait, I can distract myself with a cute baby and fun outings with my mama!