Living in Family Housing

We finally moved all our stuff from our old 900 sq ft apartment to the smaller 700 sq ft family housing 2 bedroom apartment. We thought we could manage the move by ourselves since we didn’t have much heavy furniture. We rented a uhaul truck and ended with a grueling 6.5 hour moving marathon. Let’s just say, the next time we need to move, I’ll insist on hiring movers to do the heavy lifting.

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New place before the clutter arrives

It’s been one week since we moved and we still have quite a few boxes lying around.  We accumulated so much clutter over the past three years that I am somehow unable to part with – scraps of cloth, empty paper towel tubes, old electronics that we might take apart for his “robots”. I am determined to start cutting down on our belongings soon but maybe after I finish unpacking. We’ve started to get back into the groove of homemade bread, yogurt and home cooked meals.

We also took the opportunity to move Calvin into his own room. We put his playground with slide in it, the wall is decorated with a space themed decal and the room looks great and inviting. I am glad he loves it. He has been spending hours in there playing with his toys and most importantly, he sleeps by himself now.

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We had our misgivings about moving over here since there are a few inconveniences like the laundry machine is coin operated, outside and downstairs; there is no dishwasher and J will have to take a bus to get to his work space on campus; we no longer have a direct bus to get to the library but we haven’t been using the bus since we got the car anyway.  On the other hand, we have a lot of open spaces outside, the kitchen has more work space and storage, utilities and internet are paid for and most importantly, there are more children around for Calvin to interact with. We saw many Chinese kids around but Calvin didn’t seem very interested in joining them. Today, while I was collecting our laundry from the clothesline, we met a little boy who lived right by it. The family had moved in a few weeks ago too. The boy is 3 years old and didn’t speak very well but somehow they hit it off and were running around. We even visited their house and had a little playdate at the playground after that. They may not become best friends but it is still nice to have a playmate around to give him more social experiences.

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