It's been nearly one month since I posted, and life has changed for us. We went from living here
and have loved every minute spent in our new house. The weather has been blissfully cool for July, from the day when we moved in and it was in the mid-70s through today. We've been able to open all the windows in the house and enjoy a beautiful breeze every day but two or three. That bodes really well for our electric bill, but it doesn't bode well for our swim time in the above ground pool that our new house also has.
With the windows being open most of the time, what I have noticed the most about living in this new town is the noise. We moved from the big city to a small, rural town, and it's surprising that the hardest adjustment has been to the noises of the new town. Every time the fire siren goes off, the kids look to me to see if we need to get to the basement. The only time it went off in the old town was for tornadoes, but here it goes off to alert the volunteers to head to the fire station. There is a clock tower, church tower, something (we haven't figured it out yet) that chimes every thirty minutes, and at nine, noon, and six plays music for five minutes. And then there's the trains, which have to have their whistles blown every time they come through town. Around 2 in the morning, that's about every 10 minutes. I was awake one night and able keep track.
I know we'll get used to it over time, much like we did the airplanes, helicopters, and ambulance sirens in the old city. Definitely not enough for us to regret making this move. We love our new house. Now to go shopping and fill the space! Moving from 1400 square feet to 2400 mean lots of empty space to fill.