We've suffered from serious jet lag and crashed hard.
We've woke up (at 5:45am and still on UK time) to warm sunshine, crispy frosts and gorgeous blue mountains.
We've gone for early morning runs down our road...
And come back home to cuddle with Tempi and Bobbi Jo Kitty.
I've fallen back in love with Keurig's and piping hot cups of Green Mountain Coffee.
As a family we've laughed and fought during Carl dominated Monopoly games...
and Wii nights.
We've drank yummy Vermont beers.
and eaten at our favorite Chinese restaurant...
And, obviously, Ben & Jerry's.
We've got a NEW CAR!
and driven it around enjoying the beautiful roadside views.
We've spent time soaking in Mom and Dad's roasty, toasty, bubbly hot tub.
And laughed our asses off at something that could only happen in Vermont.
Carl's adopted a Sunday ritual of playing football.
And I've adopted weekend shopping trips with Mom and Sonya.
Sonya and I have been to see a local High School's production of White Christmas (where together we bobbed our heads and sang every word to 'Sisters').
And for the first time ever, 'the girls' have been to see the latest Twilight installment as a family. In the same theater. On the same side of the Atlantic. It was marvelous.
What's better, 'the girls' (minus Grandma) have signed up to do our first 5k together on December 2nd!!! Although Sonya and Mom will walk the majority of the time (Mom needs foot surgery and Sonya has cold-induced asthma) together we will kick-ass and support one another in Ri Ra's annual Santa 5k. We'll all cross that finish line sporting our fancy Santa outfits, hats and beards, and I genuinely could not be more excited or feel more blessed to run my first ever 5k with my mom and sister.
And last, but certainly not least; we've been busy applying for jobs.
Which leads me to a very special announcement.
Friends, I am over the moon to report that yesterday I received the happy happy news that...
Ladies and gentlemen, you're looking at a Behavioral Interventionist for Special Educational Needs children. This job is the perfect stepping stone for me and will provide me with the opportunity to become more educated and certified in supporting special needs children. I feel so very blessed to have been offered this job as I know it'll make me a better teacher when the time comes for me to move on and teach my own Elementary class. I am one lucky girl.
Since we landed on US soil two weeks ago, life has been busy. Crazy busy. But at the very same time it's been so unbelievably rewarding. And for the first time in my life I feel as though everything is slotting into place exactly as it should. Things are working out for Carl and I, we're finding our groove - our routine - and I truly believe that Mama Lynne was right all along when she promised me that
"good things come to those who wait."
I'm so very glad all of that waiting was worth it.