There are a lot of things in our new Florida home that are very similar to North Carolina. We still have a two bedroom apartment, so we have everything basically laid out the same. My daily routine with the kids is still the same – breakfast, park/errands, lunch, naps, craft/school time, dinner. I guess it’s good to keep things as close to normal as possible for Sophie and Sawyer.
But there are some changes with this assignment. The biggest change is Beth’s work schedule. When we took this job, we took it under the assumption that Beth was going to work three 12-hour shifts per week. That makes for really long days but it also gives her four days off per week. But on the second day of work she found out that everyone in the Cath Lab works five eight hour shifts.
At first we weren’t sure how we thought about Beth’s new schedule. But if she goes in at 6am and works an eight hour shift, that means she is done with work between 2:00 and 2:30pm. She is use to coming home around 6:30pm, so needless to say, Beth is enjoying being off earlier than normal.
Since Beth is going to be starting school again in early October, she decided that the five eights will work better for her than three 12-hour shifts. So it was a welcome change.
Our other big change is being on the first floor. I know I joked about noise issues in North Carolina, but it really was a pain to try and keep the kids quiet. It was unfortunate they couldn’t run around very much because of the noise issues. Luckily we don’t have to worry about that here. Obviously we still need to keep noise under control, but the kids can run around as much as they want. They have been enjoying that freedom.
I am proud to say we have been here for almost two weeks and haven’t had any noise complaints!