Settling In

To most people, a 735 sqft house is pretty small, but to a family used to living in 240 sqft, it is pretty big! Even for our family of five, we have plenty of room. There is plenty of room for us to pass in the hall without turning sideways, and the whole house does not shake when one of the kids jumps off their bed. And, perhaps best of all, Rob and I no longer sleep in the living room, so I do not have to make our bed every night and put it back away in the morning! What a treat to just crawl into bed when we are ready!

Our new view

Our new view

Rob is really enjoying his new position. He works with a great group of guys, and there are a lot of projects to look forward to. The kids started school last Tuesday, but there was no school Thursday through Monday, so they had a nice long break. They are really liking their classes and teachers. Liam was already able to go on a field trip to the junior high, which he will attend next year.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe

We have been trying to split our time between getting the house cleaned up and organized, and exploring the area. There is so much to see that we want to go do it all now, but we have to keep reminding ourselves that we will be here for a long time, and will have lots of time to explore and hike. But who wants to stay home and clean when there are so many amazing things to see?!


Peej decided that she really wanted a new radiator, so we have already found a good repair shop in town, and since the kids had to be picked up from school while she was still in ‘surgery,’ I also had the pleasure of getting to know the local taxi service! At this rate, we will know the ins and outs of town in no time!

One of our neighbors

One of our neighbors

Everyone is settling in just fine, including Charbie, Remi, and Hammy. We are all getting used to our new house, new town, new school, new job, new surroundings. And we are all loving it. There is something here for everyone, and I think we are going to be busy exploring for a long time to come.


Since we are going to be living here for at least a year, we had to make necessary changes in our residency status. North Dakota does not participate in the K12 program, so we had to consider other education options for the kids. After much discussion, we decided public school would be a good option for them. There were a lot of reasons for this decision, but the most important one is that the kids were really excited about it. It has been over two years since they have been in public school and I think they were looking forward to being in a classroom setting again. My hope is that after all of our travels, and the combination of homeschooling and public schooling, they will be well-rounded kids.

It was still pitch black out this morning when we walked them up to the bus stop for their first day of school. They are the first kids on the bus in the morning and they will be the last kids off in the afternoon, so the ride is a long one, but they were excited about it. Getting up at 5:30am will take some getting used to, though…

Today was also Rob’s first day as a permanent employee of the National Park Service! He had been looking forward to this for so long and I know he was excited that his start date had finally come. The staff here is amazing and I think he is really going to enjoy working here.

And since Rob and the kids were all gone today, it was my first day home all alone. It has been over 11 years since I have been by myself during the day. I have kept myself plenty busy and do not think ‘boredom’ will ever be a word in my vocabulary. I will say this, though, it is crazy quiet here without the kids home…

Rob will be home in a few minutes and then it will be time to meet the kids at the bus stop. I cannot wait to hear how all of their first days went.

Oh, and one more very important thing before I go…

Happy Birthday, Esther!! We love you!!!