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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The girl behind the red door

We are in Florida, and are about half-way moved in. I think it might have gone faster if we would have left the boys in North Carolina, but we decided to bring them with us {and save on gas from driving up and back}. So we are living out of boxes.

But we have the important things unpacked.... like the trampoline. Some great young men came over and even in their shirts and ties, came and helped the husband put it up. {thanks missionaries!!}
The back yard is a huge perk, it's huge! However, there are two spots that need to be closed up... the dog, and Tim can escape, and I would prefer not to lose either.
Our house is {alot} smaller than our house in Arizona. We have a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house. {1100 sq. ft.} We are snug, but not on top of each other.
Florida has been great so far. It's rained a bit but no hurricanes yet. I still have to get through September {which I heard was the worst month} The boys are having a great time with the critters that are around our house. We have squirrels running up and down the trees, and lizards running around everywhere. {the boys are getting close, but have yet to catch one} The husband has had to relocate more then one from from our garage to the yard.

I have to make some comment about things that I have noticed about Florida.... Why is every pond or little swamp area a "Conservation Area." I mean really, do we really want to have protected areas for the gators? I haven't seen one yet but I'm happy to see them in the zoo.

And then we have to people of Florida... by all means they are really nice and so far a pleasure to be around. Driving down the streets everyone seems happy... but I don't think stores in the Daytona area sale shirts. Every man that I see walking down the road seems to be shirtless. {It really won't be so bad if at least one of them could be some eye candy... but alas, they are not} Even the boys commented on this. "Mom look, that guy looks funny, he's mowing the lawn with no shirt." "Hey mom, he's walking his dog with no shirt." "Mom, that guy with no shirt has a funny tummy" So anyone needing a humanitarian project can send shirts to the men in Daytona/Port Orange.

There is so much to do here! I'm really excited for that. After living in Southern Arizona for 2 years where there was noting to do it's great living here. And the shopping... can I just tell you {again, coming from a place with no options} We are poor students but in case I do feel like just window shopping, at least there are windows to go to. Oh... Oh... and one word... PENARA. For those out west I'm sorry. I had no idea what I was missing. This bread shop is so good. One could gain 10 pounds in two weeks from this place! There is the Daytona500! I'm not a Nascar fan but I hope to go anyway. There's the beach, which is a few short miles away, and I've heard there is are turtle nests here, so we can watch to turtles lay eggs.

We are here for three years. and I hope to make the most of it.I don't think this will be a permanent home, but for now I'll be the girl behind the red door.


Cayde and Brianna Taylor Family said...

May your days behind the red door be filled with scruptious bread, non escaping children, and a hurricane free time. Then you can move back and all will be well. Love you!

~ Dawn ~ said...

It looks like your move went well. I think you need to change your name to the Girl behind the red door. I like it!!

Bridgette said...

Congrats on the new place! Dropping in from SITS! Have a great day.

Bec said...

Glad you got there ok. Isn't Panera the best? It's one of my favorite restaurants! I am a HUGE fan of their veggie sandwich and their brocoli cheese soup.

Eva Gallant said...

cute house..love the fireplace; I love Panera Bread, too!

just stopping by from SITS to say hi; hope you'll do the same.

Jen said...

Girl, you have no idea about the bread down there. Wait until you start exploring the little Cuban bakeries and Italian bakeries and French bakeries. There are definite advantages to living in a place where mom and pop bakeries are still doing bread the way they should. Be sure to get the pastelitos con queso y guava for me the next time you're at a Cuban bakery. They're the best. And when we come down (sometime after the first of the year) we'll find a Cuban place and eat medianoches and drink jupina. HEAVEN!!! By the way, getting lizards out of your garage is kind of like sweeping a dirt floor. Better to worry about the ones that get in your house and let them have the garage. Also, be careful when you relocate them. Their tails come off easily and wiggle while detached from their bodies. Cheers!

The Bentley's said...

what an adventure!! florida sounds so fun!! and i like the house with the red door!! Too funny no one wears a shirt... old people I guess?? and they are all probably very bronze with a tan!!! isn't panera amazing!!! we fell in love in cleveland and were lucky when we moved here that we have one just a mile away!! my favorite is cinnamon cruch bagel with hazlnut cream cheese... every single salad and sandwhich is to die for too... my favorite is the strawberry poppyseed but they only do it in the summer so I thinki it has ended:)) good luck!!

heather h said...

Hey! You know I might actually go to college in NC! Haha but idk if its anywhere near you guys but yea haha :) I miss you! But glad everything went safely. And now whenever I see a red door, I think of you haha.

Whitney said...

Leah! Once you get your house all settled you'll have to post some pictures!

Have you noticed alot of drainage areas in Florida? Like great big spots of water with NO fence?! Scary, I always think an alligator is going to come out of them!

Emalee said...

Hey I am stopping by from sits, that sure seems like a big move.....

Emily said...

Wow...how exciting. What an amazing adventure for you and your little family.

I LOVE the red door. And you are one CUTE girl!

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