And I'm so excited about the townhouse, I could just burst. Here's just some of the pluses:
Location, location, location...
1. Craig's office is literally across the street, and since most of his work is with the Americans now instead of the UK office, that means he'll be home in the evenings. Not working. And I can meet him for lunch if I want if he doesn't come home for lunch. I get my best friend back.
2. The nursery for the kids is directly behind Craig's office, so again, across the street. I did a tour and talked to the staff yesterday, and it's amazing. I can opt to enrol the kids in what they call "core" hours, meaning 9am to 3pm, so I get the alone time I need without losing too much of their time, too.
3. The gym the company has a membership with is around the corner. With the kids enrolled in nursery, I'm going to be going 3 days a week. I'm so looking forward to having the mechanism to implement a proper exercise schedule into my life. With all the hullabaloo lately, and with the lack of possibilities for external options back in Colchester, I seriously need this.
4. The public library and community center is across the street as well. With as much as this family loves books and reading, this is amazing. I love the idea of just taking a wander up to the library whenever I fancy, without having to pile the kids into the car.
5. Foster City is just nice. It's quiet, it's pretty, and the weather is gorgeous. I've only been here the week and I already feel so spoiled. Plus, found out that the two local schools are both really good, so no worries there.
6. Any kind of shopping I may want is all within a 2-mile radius. Including a really nice mall.
1. Huge, considering the area. And big enough that our 4 bedroom house back in England will fit inside it without any hassle. Three bedrooms, all large, with vaulted ceilings, plus the living room, dining room, and whole 'nother room that's probably going to be designated as a family room.
2. We haven't figured out why yet, but we're getting the townhouse at a lower rent than I've seen comparable properties in the area. I'm thinking it's because the community doesn't have the extras that others do---like a gym or park area---but because of the other local amenities, I don't really care. It's how much we thought we were going to have to spend with a half-hour commute, so the fact that we have it across the street is amazing.
I probably need to stop gushing, but it's all so surreal at the moment. That's why I wonder when the other shoe is going to drop. It's weird, because it seems as if there is no in-between in my life. Things are either extremely good, or extremely bad. I know I'm incredibly lucky, and I'm grateful every single second to be given this opportunity. I just can't help but start to wonder what I possibly could've done to deserve it all.
On another note, there was a little girl right around Alicia's age at the table next to us at breakfast this morning. Sigh. I miss my kids. I can't wait to see them on Monday.
And yes, I'm behind on e-mails and commenting again. Went out to dinner last night with people from Craig's work, and then came back to the hotel to fall asleep listening to JM on Loveline. Hopefully, I'll get caught up today.