old friends. We caught up with them and slept for most of the night. They hadn't yet met Gavin and we hadn't met their second, third and fourth children so a visit was probably a bit late. I think the last time we saw them was 2008 when we met up at Disneyworld. Jen was an amazing source of support through our whole adoption, partly because they had been through it themselves, and partly because she's just a genuinely good person. Seriously, I have not right to be in her circle of friends, but again, she's a really good person.
The next morning, Saturday, we dropped Rachel at the airport so she could get home and then the three of us finished the drive to Idaho. We hadn't found a place to live yet since we didn't know the area at all so we stayed with my brother in Rexburg until we found a townhouse close to Stewart's office. Having a brother and sister within half an hour of our new home has been a joy beyond what I imagined. Gavin absolutely loves other kids and these kids pay a lot of attention to him so he adores them.
Since then we've made it through our first Idaho winter (there were some really cold parts but February was super mild), gotten to know the town well enough to be ready to look for a house to buy later this year, explored a lot of the area both near and far and just basically started developing a love for Idaho that I didn't think we'd achieve even after living here for years. We've made repeated trips to Yellowstone (where we saw bears on Gavin's first time in the part) and been to Jackson Hole once. We spend Memorial Day weekend in Montana and have been to Utah about once a month. Stewart went snowshoeing a few times in the winter and we have both been running and hiking more this summer than last.
Stewart loves his job and it opens so many doors for the future. For those reasons alone the move has been more than worth it. After a few months of getting settled I decided I wanted to go back to work as well and I found an accounting position with a local, wait for it, potato farm. No kidding. I work for a potato farm. In Idaho. But it's great experience and my commute is 12 miles round trip with a day care drop off and pick up. I have moved past being contented with our new lives in Idaho to being genuinely happy here. Most of this is due to Gavin. I'll share more soon about what he's been up to lately but for now it suffices to say that he's even more awesome than ever.