25 January 2006
What I miss about Texas
Moving back to Dallas has been on my mind for a long time. When we got to Arizona it was super nice. The desert blooms in summer were absolutely gorgeous, the sunshine was radiant and the mountains were breath-taking. However, once we got settle into the rental house things seemed to get a little weird. We still did not know any of our neighbors, the dust started to overtake the house, yard, community and my contacts! Then, this awful smell was hanging around. John kept telling me that Claire's diaper was dirty. I knew it couldn't be because I had just changed it. We finally figured out that the smell was coming from the outside. After asking around we figured out it was the dairy farms in the area (how embarasssing was that).
I also said I was not a fan of stucco houses (I said that before I left TX) but now I am really not a fan. All the houses around here are ALL the same color...beige, tan, or brown - UGH! No more personal mailboxes either. I loved having my own brick mailbox that matched my house. Call it weird but that's what I liked. Not too mention you can hear everything in the house - as if the builder forgot to put in insulation or something? On top of all that, the houses have no storage here. No attics, no crawl spaces and no extra closets or walk-ins for that matter. Where am I going to store my Christmas tree and decorations? And, even though the weather here is beautiful I sure miss my Texas-size thunderstorms, Texas wildflowers, green grass and trees, icy snow storms, and the exciting tornado-watching skies! (That's just the weather freak in me).
I believe for the first six months it felt somewhat like a vacation here - everything was so new, then soon reality set in and I realized that this was for good. Eventually, I started sharing my feelings with John that I wanted to go back to Texas. And the wonderful husband that he is, he said he would move us back...
I love you honey for all the sacrifices you make for our family - I couldn't have married a better person in the whole wide world than you! I can't wait for us to get back to blue bonnets with green grass, pink brick houses with matching mailboxes (and walk-in closets). Oh, and did I mention my friendly neighbors and the Cowboys! :-)