August 30, 2012

Pleasantville

Things are... kind of strange and dreamy here. I should be keeping a list of the little things that keep happening and aligning but here is what I can recall.

I love our neighborhood and the neighbors- they have been so welcoming and I know they are going to make it very hard to leave this house. We're just renting for now and decided it will be nice to just settle in and get to know the area. So maybe we'll try not to look at the homes for sale until spring. I came home the other day to find that two of our neighbors were mowing our lawn! They said they worked up the plan together and thought it would be a better housewarming gift than a bottle of wine, and they were right.

We decided to make Gray's bedroom the guest room when we have visitors (my Mom and Mommal are coming this weekend!) so we decided to get him a new, bigger mattress. One day I was just driving down the road and there were signs that a local high school band was having a mattress fundraiser. We asked our friends about it - they have grandkids that go there and it turns out they had a coupon for us and so we just went right in and got him a new mattress set.

I've already gone to two of the three parent nights for the kids' schools and I have to say sitting in Noah's classes, I kind of wanted to go back to 6th grade! And I hated middle school. He has some awesome teachers and really fun subjects- Theatre Arts (and his teacher encourages the kids to tweet their extra credit at her) and Media Literacy- all about navigating the online world and understanding fact from fiction, how it works, social media, advertising and content bias.

Also, all the school menus include hummus and veggies every day and instead of PB & J they offer soybutter and jelly sandwiches. Hello!

I've already found a very friendly and local etsy shop- The Canton Box Company- that lets me do in-person pick up, so I'm adding to our walls a little bit here and there. I'm picking up an order for the boys' rooms this Saturday.

Oh! Listen to this store lineup very close by: a homemade ice cream shop next to a paint-your-own-pottery place next to a Jimmy John's next door to Starbucks!

Last summer I was able to meet up with my online friend Elizabeth and her husband Jon. I remembered they were from Ohio but didn't know exactly where. When we found out we were moving here I decided to text her to find out for sure. Born and raised in Canton. They also own Bender's Tavern- the oldest restaurant in downtown Canton. We had a play date at the park today and she and her kids are really the coolest. So serendipitous.

I've been having severe foot pain and plan to see a doctor but in the meantime, I've been researching which shoes to buy and am reluctantly ditching my flip flops. I almost placed an order but decided to wait and on our thrifting excursion yesterday I found a like-new pair of dark red Dansko Mary Janes for $18. My feet are already doing much better.

One night while I was at the grocery store Jeff texted to let me know he needed some things from a hardware store and I thought I'd just ask the cashier where the nearest one was. As I was checking out I mentioned it- I specifically asked if they had "any hardware stores nearby, like a True Value?" and a man behind me said, "Excuse me, were you looking for a True Value?" - he was wearing a True Value uniform and directed me how to get there.

I'm almost certain this is also the place where at the end of rainbows you really do find a pot of gold.


24 comments:

  1. I'm so happy and excited for you. Those classes, those Danskos, great neighbors, everything sounds amazing! (And, I'm kind of jealous that you and Elizabeth are living in the same town. Do you think my husband would go for moving to Canton, so I can hang out with you ladies?)

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  2. Ahh! So very happy you're feeling it's home already! (We felt the same way when we moved here.) Excited for our trip to visit at some point...Maybe Canton is beautiful in October/November? ; )
    Love you all!

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  3. I have to say this before I forget - if you still want some good flip flops for support I wear REEFs and they are amazing. They actually have a bit of an arch and the ones I have, have a ton of cushion and I wear them around our all hard-flooring house all the time.

    Moving on...

    WOW! Sounds like things ARE really coming together in your new place and I love that. I have to say, we are renters and part of the reason we've never left this house is because we adore our neighbors and the area where we are... ;)

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  4. love this. it makes me so very happy for you and your family!!

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  5. So happy that everything is falling into place for you!

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  6. God is so so good. I love this update. <3

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  7. Oh, I am so happy that it's been so great!! Praying things continue to unfold "pleasantly!"
    Have a great weekend :)

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  8. I was a die hard flip flop girl until pregnancy number two. I was limping around like crazy until I got me my Danskos! And mine were also Mary Janes, albeit not $18 at a thrift store. Great score there! I have another pair of professionals I adore. Occasionally, I'll relapse and put on my flip flops, and I'm always regretting it by midafternoon.

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  9. I thought you wrote "all the school menus include humans and veggies every day." Had to do a quick reread. Oh, HUMMUS! Was getting an extra-strong Pleasantville drama-turned-horror vibe there for a minute. So, PHEW! Carry on.

    (And thank goodness for serendipity - so happy for you all!)

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  10. Just had to say you need to check out www.alignedandwell.com at their blog. And read her book ' woman's guide to foot pain relief.'. She is super smart and funny.... and my new guru :). She also has videos free w amazon prime

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  11. A) I'm moving up there so my kid can have hummus at school.

    B) Yeah, even though I talk smack, Ohio is pretty cool.

    C) Thanks for the Etsy link. I'll be contacting her to pick up something when I make a Target run soon!

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  12. Hooray! I just love reading these words and knowing you are all doing so great. It makes the distance less distant knowing you are so loved and cared for in your new home sweet home. And I own 4 pairs of Danskos, all scuffed up and loved. I could sleep in them. XO

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  13. Love. Smiling as I read the post. So happy that is has been so great so far.

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  14. Sounds wonnderful! Perfect timing with the new school year, too. Seems to be a seamless and perfect transition. Meant to be!

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  15. Thanks for the Canton link! We'll be in Canton this entire weekend for labor day. I try to make it up there twice a month to visit my sister at KSU.

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  16. Wow! It all sounds so serendipitous! Everything just falling into place. I am so thrilled for you all! :)
    About the foot pain, is it in the heel? My hubby has been having awful heel pain for a while now and we think it is plantar fasciitis. Sometimes just getting a good shoe insert can help. Good luck!

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  17. Wow!! That all spun so wonderful I kinda wish I was your neighbor. :0)

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  18. Can I just tell you that you totally make me want to move somewhere new and start over. Something fresh. Ahhh... Enjoy this feeling. I believe they call it Peace. :)

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  19. OHHH I just started working as a teacher and my feet and legs, especially my knees are KILLING me I need a pair of DANSKOS bad!!

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  20. This post gave me goosebumps. It is kinda serendipitous.I'm looking forward to a blossoming friendship between us and our families ;)

    p.s. ditch the flip flops! I had some serious problems and ever since I left those flimsy shoes behind I am much better.

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  21. Elizabeth, as in Yellow Finch Designs?! Eeek.
    I will one day visit that tavern. And I will find you ladies there I hope!
    What are the chances? Such a small world.

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