It was a LONG time coming, but so worth the wait! We've known we were going to be moving for about 5 months, we just didn't talk about it until the paperwork was finalized. And even after everything was signed, sealed, and ready to go, we STILL moved into a different house... though in the same neighborhood.
It's amazing what living in a house you like really does for your psyche. With two more years to go, our new abode is proving to be a much better fit for our family. It offers us more space, a larger yard, walking distance from the swimming pool, and closer proximity to the school. In fact, the girls went from the first pick up on the school bus to the last.
Additionally, the house provides a wider drive way for the girls to ride their new razor scooters, which they adore. It's also helping keep Johnson & Johnson in business as the girls have gone through well over a box of Band Aids this past week learning how to balance. Thankfully, bloody knees, toes, and a few bruised tushies aren't keeping these girlies from getting up at the crack of dawn to get their skate on.
With all this concrete, it makes for the Perlman mode of communication (aka screaming and yelling) obsolete. We've had to resort to using small walkie talkies in each of the main rooms to summon the girls throughout the day. And remarkably, due to the cone of silence that is our bedroom, Grady has lately been "sleeping through the night"...
On a side note, we do find it curious that despite all this added space that Grady has the largest bathroom and we have the smallest master bath we've ever experienced. In fact, Matt jokes that he can brush his teeth, close the door, and shower all while seated on the toilet. It makes an airline bathroom look palatial.
While the house is unpacked and the boxes are gone, we still have a ways to go to give it that "lived-in" look. We've hung photos and pictures in many of the rooms, but we still have several more to go. We're waiting for new rugs to be delivered later this week, which will give the downstairs living room and dining room a less sterile feeling. And we eventually have to change the "loud" curtains which are a different color in every room. For the most part, while there are some idiosyncrasies of the house, we really can't complain.... After one year in Chennai, we finally feel like we're at home.
So come take a peek at our new place. But take your shoes off first, the new maid just cleaned the floor.
The house... and side yard
Left: The Unfurnished Sunroom ... Right: Matt's workout room
Left: The office ... Right: The kitchen
Left: The dining room ... Right: Living Room
Left: The Girls Bedroom ... Right: Grady's Room
Front and back view of the kids playroom
Different views of the master bedroom
Different views of the sitting room upstairs