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Homeward bound/New lease (on life?)

Since I started a new job a month ago, I had very little liberty to take personal time.  Hubby has, therefore, taken the initiative to find us a new apartment.  We ultimately chose to move to Crown Heights because we already have friends there, we know the neighborhood, the commute to work is easy and we found a great school with space for Moo.  Hubby has taken several days to go look at apartments, dealing with disappointing spaces, flakey brokers, and too-good-too-be-true listings, he finally found a great broker who found us just the right place.  Judy at ABBA realty showed Hubby a big two bedroom with an eat-in kitchen, foyer, AND living room in a nice building.  This afternoon, we signed the lease and two hours later, I saw it for the first time.
Trust.  We has it.
The space is great, in fact, I have more space than I know what to do with, quite literally.  The foyer is probably 10x10 - a full size, usable room, but what to use it for?  We have a full size living room.  The foyer is the first room you see when walking into the apartment, so I want it to set the tone for our home.  Massive wall mural of the Rebbe and Mickey Mouse?  Cardboard stand ups of the Baal Shem Tov and Data? 
Anyway, I am kind of excited to be moving back to the shchuna - as I said, we have lots of great friends there, in fact, walking around today, every time I would see someone approaching, I thought, "Oh hey is that - " but it wasn't.  Shopping will be easy.  Eating will be easy.  Davening will be easy.  I just have to get over the fear that Kingston Avenue is like a real-life ImaMother and someone will just walk up to me and tell me I'm parenting wrong or not being Jewish enough.  That doesn't happen in real life.  Right?
IYH, we move on Sunday.  The movers are packing us, BH, but we are starting to prepare the house, nonetheless.  Everything is organized (even moreso than normal), and we'll be packing a suitcase out of which to live until Hubby gets us all set up.  I already packed Moo's school bag because he's going to be starting Kindergarten (Holy COW!) next Wednesday and I don't want him to have to scramble through piles and boxes to find what he needs. 
I hope he and Izzy will be happy there, I think they will be.  There are tons of kids and it will be nice to not be the only Chasid in his class.  I wonder how long it will take for Moo to stop walking up to every kid on the street in a Yarmulke and introduce himself.  I hope the honeymoon lasts.


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Aug. 31st, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Shalom Habais party in your foyer!
Aug. 31st, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
I just have to get over the fear that Kingston Avenue is like a real-life ImaMother and someone will just walk up to me and tell me I'm parenting wrong or not being Jewish enough.

I doubt you'll experience that. If you do, though, tell them in a very polite tone of voice with a smile on your face that you're comfortable with your choices and that everything you do is dedicated to G-D, not dedicated to what other people might say or think. You don't actually have to tell someone in the exact words to kiss your ... to get that point across. <3 Somebody can say all the right prayers and all the right phrases at all the right times but if they are being judgmental and gossipy and mean, it's not in their heart and THEY'RE not doing it right.

You're doing everything perfect. I heart you.
Sep. 1st, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
You always know what to say!
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Not at all! Or, it's easy to know what to say when I have ten minutes to think about it. Wish I were that quick on my feet when someone busts out their jerkiness and I'm just standing there with my mouth open. Although usually "Did you just really actually say that?" often gets their attention...

How are you doing? Sparkly, I hope.
Aug. 31st, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
YAY!!! Crown Heights!

Wasn't Moo in an Orthodox preschool?
Aug. 31st, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
ooh, think of all the possibilities of that foyer! I like the Mickey Mouse mural idea. Or, you can make it a gallery space for the kid's artwork :)
Somehow, i don't think people criticizing you ala Imamother is just a CH phenomena. You're witty and strong enough to say something back.
Aug. 31st, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
if you find a photo of the rebbe with mickey mouse, I'd love to see it!
Aug. 31st, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
Your sense of humor is great. I really admire your trust and faith and humor in the face of life's challenges. Right now I'm wondering just what lesson my family is meant to be learning, with one set back and disappointment after another. But I gotta just laugh. I was thinking of you yesterday and it was great to see good news from you!
Aug. 31st, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Good luck Yael. It was so nice to see you and the family at the Bris :) I'm sure this move will be great for all of you.
Aug. 31st, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new digs! It sounds like it'll be a great move for you and your family :)
Sep. 4th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Good luck with the move! So hectic and fun... wish you the best. :)
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