I just have to say how much I love the new house/neighborhood. I took the kids to the pool Saturday, and everyone we met was really nice and friendly. And it's a better pool than our old one--the old one was deeper, but this one is freeform, with a shallower shallow end (for DS) and one of those mushroom waterfall sprayers. And it's within walking distance--the old one technically was, but I wouldn't walk it with two kids and all our swim gear in the middle of summer. Now it's a <5 min. walk pulling the wagon. (Plus DD sits behind DS and wraps her arms around his waist and he leans against her all relaxed, it's super sweet.)
And with a flat front lawn and sidewalks, the Woozle spends more time outside--our old front lawn was not really conducive to playing, so she spent most of her time in the back. She was outside drawing with sidewalk chalk and riding her scooter and made two friends yesterday evening. (I met their mom and she seems cool.) There are lots of kids for her to play with in the new neighborhood, not so much in the old one. (No one close to her age near us, because I think a lot of people did what we did and moved when their kids hit school age, due to the crappy elementary school assignment.) And bless her heart, I love playing with the Woozle but it's nice when she can amuse herself with other kids for a while. (When I was home with DS a few weeks ago when he had that stomach bug, I kept DD home too. When I took 30 sec for a desperately-needed pee after I finally got cranky DS to nap, she popped in and said "Why aren't you playing with me?" I channeled my mother when I said "Because I'm sitting on the toilet, that's why.")
And everyone who recommended the LG washer and dryer is a genius. Did my first load last night, and after the kids were in bed, DH and I turned off the laundry room light, turned on the drum light, and just watched for a few minutes. "Do you hear how quiet it is?" "I know, I snuck into DS's closet [on the other side of the wall from the LR] and you couldn't even hear it." "Did you see how when it started, it kind of jostled the clothes back and forth? I think it was figuring out how big the load was." "Did you see how it sprayed water directly on the clothes?" Y'all, we don't even need TV anymore, this is what happens when you get old.