Monday, June 11, 2012

California Love

We arrived in San Jose on Thursday afternoon.  The flight was easy, despite traveling with Louisa, Ries and 8 pieces of checked luggage (6 suitcases + monstrous car-seat + stroller).  Our carry-ons included a backpack each, soft-sided dog crate and a small rolling suitcase filled with our camera and other electronics.  We were cramped back in the last row of the plane, but didn't mind because we had three seats to ourselves.  The stewardesses were kind enough to let Ries ride on our laps once we took off.

All in all, it went smoothly.  Nate picked up the rental car while I waited with Lou, Ries and our stuff.  We drove right to our high-rise apartment and moved right in.  After a trip to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Marshalls, we felt right at home.  Well, not really - since our apartment is like a giant hotel room, but its clean, quiet, and temporary, so it's great!

My idea is to write a 30 day series on being a stay at home mom in San Jose/Campbell.  This way I'll feel encouraged to get out and explore and have a mini-job in the evenings after Louisa goes to sleep (ie to write about what we did and rate my desire to get a job).  My fear is that being a full-time stay-at-home mom will be exhausting compared to my sweet schedule back in Madison, but I guess we'll see!

Louisa eating dinner with the freeway buzz behind her

Nate making dinner the first night: chicken on greens with goat cheese, pecans, blueberries and dried cranberries

Ries, depressed after learning that she was not living with Kip forever

Trying to brighten the "blah" apartment

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