After a couple of the most exhausting days I can remember, we are in Eugene, unpacked and settling in. More to come, but I thought I’d share a few of the photos I’ve snapped via phone:

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My favorite things so far:

• Being able to visit family whenever we want (look at my nephew, baby Charlie! He’s getting so big!)
• The ridiculously vast expanse of the rental’s backyard
• The giant windows everywhere
• The charming street we’re on, and the nearly incomprehensible quiet of the neighborhood (we see maybe one car every hour or so)
• Eugene! It’s awesome!
• Lying in bed at night and hearing the wistful sound of far-off trains
• The fact that my boys are communicating with the neighbor kids via notes taped to a ball that’s thrown back and forth over a fence

I am so happy to be here, you guys.

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Nolita
11 years ago

Oh Linda, I am so happy for you guys! So great to see your dreams coming true. What a wonderful life you are giving the boys (and yourself!). Very, very happy for you, woman!

adequatemom
11 years ago

Welcome to your new life. So happy for all of you! Thanks for bringing us with you on this journey!

Juliette
Juliette
11 years ago

Congrats! This gives me hope…our plan is to be in a similar situation next summer (in our case, fleeing NJ for somewhere down South).

Melissa C
Melissa C
11 years ago

I love this. And like Juliette, it also gives me hope.

June
11 years ago

Oh, Linda, yay!!! Congratulations, and have fun house hunting.

We just snagged a buyer for our house (pending inspection, anyway), so I am figuratively following you a few months later.

Sarah C
Sarah C
11 years ago

Congrats on the move. House looks cool.

I saw your twitter request for a dustbuster. I have a rec but I”m not on twitter. I am deeply in love with my electrolux ergorapido (like 99 at Target), which is a rechargeable electric broom (sits on a charging base) with a detachable handheld dustbuster. It is the best of both worlds, and is the only thing keeping my toddler’s cheerios from taking over my kitchen floor.

Rachel
Rachel
11 years ago

Gorgeous. I love your dining room. I hope you all get a riding mower for that backyard.

That ball is magnificent.

I don’t know if it fits the bill, but Oreck makes a little handheld vac that I could wax poetic about. We have four dogs, 10 cats and a lot of family and that thing hasn’t missed a hair or crumb in over TWELVE years and is still working like a boss. You can also get attachments for cleaning in tiny spaces, like stereo components and crevices in the car. It’s a only a little pricier than your average handheld, and for a machine that will probably see your boys through college, it’s worth it.

laziza
laziza
11 years ago

OK, this is amazing. Very happy for you. LOVING the notes taped to the ball!

LizP
LizP
11 years ago

Welcome to town! And the clouds are finally going away. You got here just in time for a sunny week!

Redbecca
Redbecca
11 years ago

Yay yay yay! This is the stuff real dreams are made of!

Danell
Danell
11 years ago

The goodbye book from school keeps making me cry every time see it.

Congratulations, so so happy for you! I hope it just keeps getting better and better for you!

Amy N
Amy N
11 years ago

So happy for you guys! Yard is awesome, ball even cooler, good-bye book so sweet and fabulous – all the nice things they said about Riley!! And baby Charlie…no words.

BTW…have you seen that the zombie invasion has started in Florida? Just saying…as soon as I saw that story I thought of you!

Amy
Amy
11 years ago

Hooray for you guys!!!! I am so happy YOU are happy! Congratulations !

Becky
Becky
11 years ago

YAY! So happy for you guys. Thank you so much Linda for sharing so much of your life with us!

alyson
alyson
11 years ago

ALL of that is your backyard? Geez, it’s more like a little boy corral!

Mandy in NH
Mandy in NH
11 years ago

These pictures are amazing….congrats on making it through this move! My daughter is six, and I can’t imagine wanting her peers to say anything more than that she is kind and helps when they are hurt…those notes are a testament to a wonderful kid, with amazing parents. Hoping you guys continue to get settled in quickly and easily!

Liz Kreiger
Liz Kreiger
11 years ago

Yay! You made it- you guys found a way to live the life you were dreaming of! Good for you – Enjoy it all!

Angie
Angie
11 years ago

JudithNYC, what a great story.

Heather M.
Heather M.
11 years ago

Happy for you guys. Hopefully we’ll get down to see you and even meet little Charlie soon. Congrats :)

shriek house
11 years ago

So happy for you guys. You made it!!

Bethany
Bethany
11 years ago

You did it!!!!!

Ali V
Ali V
11 years ago

I wish it was socially acceptable for adults to make friends via note-ball. So sweet and appealing to the socially anxious. I’m also deeply in love with your amazing backyard. You could run laps out there. Congrats on the move!

April G.
April G.
11 years ago

The ball with the notes sounds like a story! I love it. Glad you’re settling in so happily.

Sonia
Sonia
11 years ago

Congratulations!

anne
11 years ago

Yay! So, so happy for you and your family!

Note: be glad those trains are far off. I lived next to a freight train line (500 meters away from a crossing) for 3 years, and it was nightmarish. They sound quite sweet from a ways off, though!

Anyway – YAY! You give me so much hope for my own changey future. :)

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