We have been in our new house for one week exactly today. With the exception of a few boxes that Jack is refusing to unpack, and the fact that I can't seem to find any US power adapters, we are settling in nicely.
Declan has been enrolled in school (which starts at the end of next week) but unfortunately poor Reuben has missed out on going to Kindy this year because he is 5 days too young. Poor Reuben was so sad when he was told that he couldn't go to school with his brother but I have found a preschool program for him which should help to keep him occupied a few days a week.
The preschool programs over here certainly make Whitford Family Centre, where Reuben and Ivy attended in Perth, look like a bargain. I can only hope that Reuben will get the same attention in his new preschool that he got from Robyn, Lisa and the rest of the ladies at WFC.
There is a lot of random weird stuff that is different between Australia and the USA. For one, there are very few ceiling lights in the US. All the rooms have light switches but these often operate some random power point which you had better hope you haven't plugged your computer in to. Microwaves have metal shelves in them!! How does that work?? Maybe the EM radiation is different in this country because everytime I put something metal in my Aussie microwave it wasn't pretty. I tried our microwave today however and there were no sparks - go figure.
Everyone here gets up really early - this is a major issue in our household. I had enough trouble getting Declan to school at 8:30 for an 8:45am start in Perth but here school starts at 8am!! I am going to need to get Decs to school at 7:45 - I am still in bed then!
To try and cure my morning phobia, I have set an alarm and placed it in a different room of the house so that I have to get up. My first attempt this morning resulted in me somehow sleepwalking to the alarm, turning it off and ending up back in bed. I have 10 days before school starts to become a morning person and I don't like it one little bit.
I know that I have been remiss in uploading photos of our new abode but Jack is still deciding where to set up his second computer workstation. One is the "home office" you see and the second one is his "free time" computer. Until the free time computer finds a home, it is awkward for me to download pics from my camera. We will hopefully have Jack's computer issues resolved soon and pictures will follow.
There is lots to share. All the new places we have been and the quirky Americanisms which we have been enjoying. I will need to dedicate an entire post to the marvelousness that is Whole Foods Market. In the meantime, we're here, I can drive on the right side of the road, and the Americans can understand me most of the time. Its a start.