We are living in a townhouse duplex in Springfield on a street of other duplexes. We are about 5 miles from school in Eugene so Ryan rides his bike every day. As far as I can tell our neighbor on the other side of the duplex is a single guy. He's pretty quiet but something about him is a little creepy. I have never met him even though I tried twice to bring cookies over. He didn't answer so I finally took that as a sign to eat the cookies myself. On the other side there is a house with it's back to us (we are on the corner) and some loud middle-aged people living there. They like to BBQ with loud music and alcohol. We finally met him the other day and I was amazed by how NICE he is. His name is Jim, a big guy with a t-shirt that says "eat. sleep. hunt." and he smells like beer and cigarettes but he tells us all about how much he likes children and that the days his two children were born were the best of his life and that he felt that God was there with a hand on his shoulder helping to raise his children. He also invited us to come to one of his BBQ's. I'm pretty sure he's going to keep hollering to us to come over every time he leave the house until we accept. Despite his demeanor, he seems to be a genuinely good man.
My mom was able to come down to see us this weekend and it was so nice to see her. She always helps me put life in perspective so I'm feeling a little bit more at home now. But, I'm not kidding myself. I know she just came to see Nathan :)
I plan to take pictures of our new place once it's clean and we have pictures hung and such (so, you know, in about 6 months or so) and then I will post them for your viewing pleasure.
If any of you other stay at home moms have any ideas about how to meet people, let me know!