Our house is small, but we love having a split level. It's much more quiet for when baby naps or when chad needs to escape for studying. I've hung pictures on the wall and tried to make our new place feel a bit more homey. We have been blessed with bigger closets than what we had in our last home- a plus indeed. Also, our kitchen has a little dining area and we were able to fit a cute round kitchen table to sit at! no more eating dinner in front of the TV!! We do miss having a yard of our very own but student living doesn't allow for such luxuries. At least, not when you're trying to keep housing costs down. We feel very lucky to have found a suitable situation- sight unseen before move-in.
Chad is almost through with his first semester of school, just a couple of weeks left and one last anatomy test. He's the only male in the entire program, the oldest (we kind of expected that) and nobody has kids. Okay so yah, it's been a little bit tough to make friends. Good news is that I'm the official hair stylist for the program. I've gotten to know several of the girls from doing their hair- which has been quite fun. It's been a wee bit rough for Chad trying to keep his head above water in anatomy, while balancing family life at home. He's working super hard everyday and I'm so proud of him. I must say, the work load they give these students is ridiculous. Summer semester is condensed- so it's not actually a full semester. Yet, they are expected to keep up and handle the load of a full semester with anatomy and surface anatomy thrown into the mix. There are never enough hours in the day to actually LEARN all of the material, he just has to be great at memorization (which he struggles with) and somehow fake his way through it all (which he also struggles with). Never mind what that muscle or nerve actually does, just remember it. interesting, hmm.
Change is hard, and new is only fun for so long. Around our 2nd month mark in Charleston, we kept thinking our extended "vacation" would end and that we'd be going home soon to what was familiar. We are missing our home in the West, the mountains, friends, family and many other things we had to leave behind. We miss our jobs(weird, right?), our daily routines- even the grocery store that saved us so many pennies. Saying goodbye to our dog Gretschen was probably one of the hardest parts. We think about her often and wonder if we really did the right thing in leaving her behind. the answer is always the same, we just could not afford to bring her (i hate money). her particular breed prohibited us from renting almost everywhere. i think chad misses her the most. her absence has deffinatley left a strange void in our family, one that i didn't quite expect and we are heart-broken. Due to distance, we have been unable to attend funerals, weddings and other events that have been so important to us; we can only do so much from so far away. To Grandma Poulsen, we love you and we will miss you. You have taught us so much about love, responsibility and the importance of a good attitude! Thank you. To Jon & Cass, we love you both and are so excited you're taking the plunge! Sorry we can't be there to witness it but we know it will be one hell of a party; congratulations! To our dear friends, we think of you often and hope for your success. To our families, we love and miss you so much. I can't bear the thought of raising my boys without you near.
Love to all, until we meet again...
the sanders crew