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.