If you missed Part One, catch up here.
After the first three months in Texas, things started winding down. We were able to finish painting the majority of the house in the first couple of months and started taking care of the few small repairs that were needed. Thankfully, our house was really well taken care of by the previous owners so most of our changes have been cosmetic. In the early spring, I had a meeting for work that also allowed me to spend a week visiting family and friends in Maryland. Two friends recently had babies and another was pregnant so it was nice to see them all, especially since I probably won’t make it back to Maryland until next winter.
The biggest adjustment here has been the weather. We had a ton of rain here (which led to roads flooding out and a very muddy yard, but thankfully no major damage here). This made the next few months very muggy, which was a huge change to go from the Maryland heat to temperatures consistently in the 100 degree range. Over the summer, my mom visited for a week and my friend Jennifer came for a visit before beginning a ’round the world trip. It was so nice to see friendly faces in our new stomping grounds!
The last couple of months have been much calmer and we seem to be getting better acquainted with the area. Tim has received a three promotions this year (woohoo) and I recently started volunteering with ArtSpace. We’re really enjoying exploring our city and Austin and really making this place feel more like our new home.