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Hello. Remember me? Still here!

Well, we are almost totally unpacked. There are still a few boxes that have bits & pieces in them and we have a bunch of pictures to put up, but otherwise we are in!

The kids started their new school a few days after we arrived and they are loving it. The school bus comes at 7am for them and class starts at 7.40am! A little earlier than their other school!

We were a bit concerned about how they would do, especially Z with his concentration 'issues' but we need not have worried. On his 2nd week in his new school, I got a call from the school to tell me that Z was in the office. (cue me being a bit worried!) I was then told that Z was the 'Best of the Bunch' in 2nd Grade that week. Out of all of 2nd Grade he was the BEST student of the week! I was so proud of him I almost cried! He has done brilliantly settling in to his new class and he is making friends at school and in the neighborhood.

On their 2nd day at school the class pictures were taken so the timing was great! There is a bit of a dress code at their new school and they can't wear patterns or big logos/pictures on their clothes. There is also a list of colors they can wear. No appliques on jeans either so K's wardrobe was seriously restricted! We made a visit to Old Navy and took advantage of a sale they had going on.

We keep having a little visitor. I think it is a Gecko whilst Z thinks it is something else.

We have been exploring the area and have been visiting the nearby beaches. So far we have been to Folly Beach, Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island.

The weather has been pretty good since we have been here. I have even managed to get a cracking bug bite on my leg. We the temp is averaging around 25C/77F in early March, we are thinking we made the right decision.


We have just gotten notice that our visa transfer/renewal has been approved. We are good to stay in the US until at least January 2015. (Of course I am hoping that a green card application will be submitted and approved before then.)

K has joined a local Girl Scout Troop and is looking forward to going to a 'Daddy Daughter Dance' in April. We went looking for a dress for her at the weekend and managed to find one at Marshall's for only $14.99. Although of course she has said she also needs shoes and a purse!


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