Long time no talk too! Sorry about the long pause on my end. I thought I'd be able to get in an update sooner than this. But things always have a way of popping up when I sit here for a minute to get something typed in. Then my computer memory is zapped out, drained, gone. So I have not been able to upload any new pictures.
Anyway, we arrived in Texas a little less than 3 weeks ago. Things got really hectic at the end in Germany. I can't believe how quickly we moved! It just went by in a flash. We ended up squeezing in one more short trip to France after the movers left. I am soooo glad we did. We visited Lille, France and then took the kids to Disney Paris for a couple days. We all had a blast and it was just such a great pause in the midst of all the hectic. On a sad note, we had to put our cat down to sleep unexpectedly. She was with us since 1992. Actually with hubby since then. He adopted her when she was just 6 weeks old back in 1992. It is a long/short story, and a sad one, but turns out she was very sick and quite old. Her heart and kidneys were failing. It was a huge shock, because she still seemed so happy...we knew she was slowing down. But she never showed signs of pain and discomfort. It was a super hard decision, but the vet convinced us it would be quite cruel to try to ship a cat in this condition half way around the work again. We miss her terribly. We sometimes feel like we here her meowing and we have to remember she is not here with us anymore. We decided not to jump into getting another pet too quickly. But that did not last long. We picked up a frog two days ago.
We still don't have out belongings from Germany. The house is 90% empty. We have some rental furniture so we are sleeping on beds and we have a sofa and dining table. So no eating on the floor either. But I am getting sick of this. I want my own bed and all my books and my fabric!lol Seriously, it is not too bad. Better than a hotel. And better than nothing, that is for sure! As far as our belongings, I am quite nervous...the shipment was supposed to arrive by boat in Houston today. But Ike has been causing problems, so we have no idea where our belongings are. We are praying it is safely docked along some sure out of the path of Ike, waiting out the storm. I am realizing I should have maybe brought all our photo albums with me and some other important personal things, just in case. But I was just not thinking about all this when we were packing up the things we'd bring with us. I am just praying all is okay. Cross your fingers, please!
Speaking of Ike....what were we thinking by not considering the Hurricanes before jumping into this move??? We were definitely under a sun coma. Because the tropical storms/hurricanes never even crossed our minds. I would be lying if I sad I was not nervous. I am feeling uninformed and unprepared. And since we don't have our belongings, we were needing to get alot of stuff..flashlights, batteries, stocking up on dried/canned items in case of power loss. So many things. We live far enough inland here that they don't expect too much flooding. But the winds are expected to be quite bad. I don't even know what to think. With the previous storm a couple weeks back, no one seemed nervous. But today, there was a tension in the air for sure. The store shelves were half empty. We could not find alot of the things we needed. Schools and alot of work places are closed. And they have instated forced and suggested evacuations not that far from us. So yes, our nerves are on edge a bit. I'd love to drive up to Austin personally, but they want us to stay put for now.
Aside from Ike, we are loving it here so far. Loving the warm weather and sunshine. Both kids have started schools and have made fast friends, though they miss their friends from Germany terrible (and I miss mine also!!). But we are transitioning quite well, overall. We experienced a couple hiccups with the internet and phone installation at first, but we got it all worked out as you can see. I am still finding (or not finding) my way around here. We actually live West of Houston. Man, everything is just so spread out here. I need to get a navigation system so I can explore without ending up hours away from home with no idea how to get back!
In my next post, I'll share lots of pictures. I took some pictures of our place in Germany to have for the scrapbook and I'll share some of those. I also will share some pics from our trip to France and then some first images of home here in Texas.
I hope you all are safe and happy. And don't forget to stop and take some time to remember all those who lost their lives or loved ones in the attacks on September 11th.