On the whole, things are going really well & we just feel so grateful every day for my parents' generosity. That said, of course there has been some adjustments. My parents live in a 30-year-old neighborhood.
Here are some signs that we're not in Kansas anymore (i.e. a young neighborhood):
1. You open a wrapper in sacrament meeting & everyone turns to stare at you for disturbing the beautiful silence.
2. The library has a tiny cart of board books. Above it, there is a sign that says "Please take no more than 5 board books per family."
3. The Jr. & Sr. Primaries meet together & still there is still hardly enough children to sing the songs.
4. You have to walk a mile to a park instead of a block.
5. You don't have to run, elbow, or otherwise physically push around other people at the store just to get a mini grocery cart for your kids.
6. Sacrament meeting is last.
7. The trees are mature enough for actual shade and nesting birds!
8. Only ONE nursery!
9. Parents in the ward talking about their children on missions and getting married instead of potty training.
10. All the homes have hot tubs & Healthriders instead of sandboxes & swing sets.
It truly has been fun living here, though. We are so close to all my local family now & Jason has shaved a 1/2 hour off his commute time. We've kept busy, too. The zoo, Jumpin' Jacks, numerous visits to the park, the splash park, the movies (Toy Story 3 - really liked it... not as much as 1 & 2 - still great), going to the canyons, and lots of playdates & visiting with friends.
Oh... and I have to share a "McKinley-ism" with you. She told me last night that she didn't take her "bitamin" that morning. I corrected her & said "McKinley, it's VITAmin, not bitamin." She said "No, mom! It's bitamin - because, you know, you bite 'em!"
Love that girl.