ripping up all the carpet and scraping the tile off of the entire house and laying new tile down has turned out to be a bigger job than expected. tomorrow is christmas and the house is still not finished. but... i'm totally okay with it. it feels right being here. and that's a good feeling. the first morning i woke up in our new house, it was so nice to wake up to the chilly air and get a cup of hot cocoa and sit on my ugly couch and stare out this huge window. knowing we no longer lived in that apartment complex, in that area of town -- everything felt so fresh and new. we have closed another chapter of our lives and have opened a brand-new one. and right before the new year! i love beginnings. it feels good. it feels really good.
i felt like a nomad for a little while when we were between staying at our friends' ben and erin's home. we were all over the place. seriously, we were spending $10 a day in gas just driving the three miles between houses. poor river -- naptimes were done on makeshift beds and between car rides. but we managed, and finally, we are here. and it's almost done. john took a break for christmas, which was wonderful, because i missed him! he has been working so much on this house the last few weeks, so i really needed him to pause and enjoy the holiday with us. it has been enjoyable. mind you, the entire ordeal has been stress-packed and cuh-razy, but like i said before -- it just feels right, being here. and it has been the best christmas gift.
today our friend james brought us san antonio holiday food -- tamales! and if you know river, you know he's not crazy about food. he'd rather nurse all day long. but this kid loves texmex!
a very merry christmas to everyone!!