Man times sure flies when you are having fun. I cannot believe that more than a month has already passed since we loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly…er Austin, TX. Life is good for the Shields clan. We have settled in nicely to a routine that includes hitting up our little community pool several times a week and grilling as much as possible. The boy has taken to the water quite naturally often trying to leap from my arms in the deep end in order to do his best Natalie Wood impression. (Too soon?) In any event we are all tan people now, and tan people are successful people!
Oliver loves his new daycare, as far as we can tell. He has had a few incidents including a small black eye from falling off the slide and a perfectly identifiable bite mark from another kid. (No braces for that young man, his teeth are perfect!) Oliver does not seem to get the overwhelming attention he received back in MA from his teachers, and this is a good thing. The boy needed to be knocked down a notch. On a positive note he is learning sign language and can already sign, daddy (we work hard on that one), please, thank you and soft touches which we are constantly yelling every time he decides to smack the shit out of Sapphire.
Speaking of the beast from the East, Sapphire has settled in nicely. She loves the big backyard and runs around like a maniac. On a negative note we have new neighbors that for some reason think it is ok to leave their dog outside 24/7 chained to a table. This of course infuriates Sapphire to no end causing her to run up and down the length of the fence barking in protest. She is very mouthy that one.
Tracey is settling into her new job dealing with brainy scientists and such. She enjoys a pleasant commute while I slog along to South Austin with the other 150-a-day d-bag newcomers clogging up the under developed infrastructure. You remembered that time I lived in Boston and said “hey it can’t be worse than Boston” well I was wrong. Traffic sucksssssssssss here. It has however given me the chance to listen to some sweet Steve King books. Do you think he calls nightmares moneymakers? As in: “holy crap that was a scary moneymaker.”
Anyway, we are all good down here in the heart of Texas. No one has melted, the weather has been amazing and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to move down here. I have been working at my new job and am enjoying the work. I have written more for them in the last month then I have for any other job period, hence the neglect to my own blog.
If anyone decides they want to come down and rustle up some cattle, or defend the border for a weekend (and by that I mean the northern, eastern and western boarders from more yuppies moving here and causing even more traffic) you let us know. We’ll leave a light on for ya!