Monday, September 17, 2007

In Texas 

We have made it safely to Corpus Christi, it was a long trip. I was very happy to be here and have a few days of doing nothing, after being so busy for the past 3 weeks. It is amazing that we were able to get out of Germany so quickly, packing everything up and tying up all loose ends. We had a great last few days, hanging out with friends and enjoying the last bits of German life. Jacob had a party at his school to say goodbye, and it was quite the emotional goodbye. His class made him a beautiful scrapbook with pictures of his classmates, teachers, etc. It really was a special going away gift.

We made the long flight (almost 11 hours), claimed our baggage and Sammy, then stepped out into the Texas heat. Whew – it certainly is hot here! We had forgotten what real heat feels like, after 4 German summers. The fact that I was complaining about being hot when it hit 85 really seems silly now! We do have a nice breeze here in Corpus Christi, since it is directly next to the Gulf of Mexico.

We have spent some time driving around the town, seeing what it has to offer. Of course, we had some great meals of all the things we missed. Outback, IHOP, Chik fil a. were some of the things we enjoyed right away. Everyone has been very friendly so far, which is very encouraging when you are a newcomer.

Jacob is loving it here, he has been at the beach or the pool everyday since we arrived. What’s not to love about that when you are 5? As usual he makes us laugh with his commentaries about life. We were eating at a Mexican restaurant and Kenny had this overstuffed fish taco on his plate. He was debating if he should pick it up to eat it, or just use a fork and knife. (Keep in mind in Germany you don’t eat much food with your hands, so we have told this to Jacob quite often.) I said to Kenny “We’re in America, just pick it up” Jacob piped in “Yeah – because America is the land of the free, you can eat with your fingers if you want to”. I guess he has gotten America all figured out.

Kenny just called from his first day of work, and says that he has a window in his office looking out over the water. Sounds pretty nice!

We are using a very slow internet connection, so I can’t post too often, but I will try to keep everyone updated when I can. We are in the process of getting a house, which is exciting. It will be nice to get settled again, and back in our normal routine.

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