Today was our first “normal” Saturday since we’ve been here in Vienna. We weren’t house hunting, we didn’t have to move. We actually spent the day, as we did back in Virginia, doing chores and getting the house in order for the week. We went grocery shopping, did a fair bit of organizing around the house (Liam’s room and the kitchen are beginning to look a little put together . . . the rest of the house is still a disaster) the boys each took a nap and we Skyped some of our family back home. Then, we went for a quick walk and got dinner out.
It was very much a Saturday as we would have spent it back in Virginia. As such, we’re all really tired now — it was a busy day. It’s comforting to be back in our routine. It’s also odd to be in our normal routine in this place which doesn’t yet feel like home and which is part ordeal and part vacation. This little bit of normalcy today has taken the edge off of the ordeal and helped me to look forward to getting back to my “vacation” tomorrow. (Once our house is mostly put away, we intend to spend less of our Saturdays cleaning and more of them exploring, but getting ourselves put together has a certain urgency right now.) I think days like this are going to go a long way towards getting us to feel like this is our home; it will be a great moment when I don’t get my outfit for the day out of a suitcase.