Mornings at our new house is divine. I love living over here for a few great reasons. First of all, the house is small enough that when we get up early in the morning, and if I've done my nightly chores, the house feels cozy and relatively warm. Our last house was gorgeous and large, but it was also brutally drafty. I mean we had 8 doors and I have no idea how many large picturesque windows that weakly fought the drafts. All that I know is that it was a beast to keep warm on a fall or winter day. This house is so snug that if someone is drinking a hot cup of coffee we can feel the heat in the other room. Okay that may be a slight exaggeration, but you get the drift. This is important since if you know me AT ALL, I hate hate hate being cold and that horrible pet peeve doesn't rear it's ugly head that often in this house.
Secondly, this year Levi is going to school (he hasn't been to school since 3rd grade), he is a freshman and he is doing quite well, so far. Anyway, over at this house he can walk to school, rather than taking the bus at 7:15am. He doesn't have to leave our house until 8am, and therefore gives us plenty of time to chat and relax on any given morning.
Thirdly, Abram and Levi are both in football (different teams, obviously) and they are able to walk to the field for all their practices. This frees up mommy! I have walked there with the two littles, but again I can walk there. Everything is close and convenient.
Fourthly, the walk to the grocery store is equally close. I can nab a gallon of milk, or this morning a container of laundry detergent at the last minute. It makes my life so much simpler and with three boys at home and all that I try to accomplish in a day I feel like I have everything at my fingertips in the small neighborhood community.
Lastly, but certainly not least is that Mary lives in this very neighborhood. Their little family is walking distance. The other night Den and I walked over to hang out with them. We loaded the little boys in our double stroller, Abram hopped on his bike and Den and I waltzed over as a family on a warm fall day. I am happy. There are trade-offs and I could give you the other side of the perspective of country life too, but I have to say at this phase of my life I appreciate the simplicity of neighborhood living.