As I stood at the island today, looking out over the deck and backyard, seeing family talking and eating and playing, it really hit me - this house is a great home. We took a break from unpacking to get the new grill fired up and had a great Labor Day barbecue. We had the sliding doors open and people flowed in and out, enjoying the deck even with only a bench and a few folding chairs. The kids ran around in the backyard, and we explored the woods a bit. The girls checked out Aidan's room and played with his animals in the dormer window seat. After running the 4 miles from Abram and Leigh's house to here, Tobin tried out our fancy glass shower (after all, there are no shower curtains in the others yet). Leigh was even able to cart kids back and forth to soccer practice and pasta dinners without missing stuff, since it's so close. After dinner we had wine and coffee at the dining room table - which we were so excited to finally get out of storage. Later on we moved into the living room to check out the half couch (missing hardware for the legs of the other half), and Aidan showed off his walking skills. It was a lovely day and only made me more excited about all the family gatherings we'll have here.
We've got everything inside the house now and generally in the correct room, but there is an enormous amount of unpacking left to do. Kristen came over on Saturday to help entertain Aidan while we unloaded the pods, Leigh helped me pack up more of the apartment Saturday night, and the whole Dancy Clan helped us move on Sunday. The cable guys came today and actually impressed us - they ran a new cable from the lines and got TV, phone, and internet set up! Our topless island has been converted to a plywood counter, and hopefully in a few days we'll have a beautiful granite counter top installed.
Abram and Isaac had to clamp the boxspring together and move it 6 inches at a time to squeeze it through the stairway opening!
In other news - we have a new niece! Carolina Marie Blake was born on September 4th, and everyone is doing well. She looks just like her big sister and already has more hair than Aidan!