I must admit, a few years ago I never thought I would want to live in Idaho. On my first date with Ryan, when he told me he was from a city called "Pocatello," I about died. I had never heard of it and thought it sounded like the smallest hick-town ever. Well, go figure, Twin Falls is actually much smaller than Pocatello...it's about 40,000 people and surrounded by lots of farms. I know that's not that small, but I'm kind of excited about pretending I am a country girl for a few years. Ryan is too. In fact, last night, he was looking for rental properties on Craigslist and found a house about twenty minutes outside of Twin on 2.5 acres of land with a horse corral. I told him that was taking it a bit far. We will not be buying horses any time soon.
I doubt we will be in Twin Falls forever, but it should be a fun adventure for a few years, and I am so excited to be closer to Ry's family. I love them. We will be living about 90 minutes from Pocatello, which will be a quick day trip for Grandma if she is just dying to see Noah. We will be about 3 hours from Utah, where we will be able to see Ryan's brother and his wife, as well as Noah's birthparents. And if any of our friends who have family in Utah are visiting them for the holidays, they better expect us to crash the party for an evening so we can see them! Oh, and did I mention that we will only be living 90 minutes away from the family ski cabin in Sun Valley? Ryan is very excited about that, and I have a feeling Noah is going to learn to ski next winter. (We'll see how that goes.)
More than anything, we just feel really good about the job. It is a great opportunity for Ryan. He will be in a pediatric office with several other dentists, so he will have mentors as he is starting his career. Dentistry can be a lonely profession because there is usually just one dentist in an office, so I am glad that Ry will have some buddies to talk with and learn from. (The guys he will be working with are really cool and fun.) He also won't be the boss, which I am very happy about. I want him to learn the ropes of the profession before he tries to jump into it on his own. Eventually, he may want to run his own practice, but for now, I think it will be great to have him work 9-5 and come home with no stress. (After his hellacious residency--more on that in another post--I cannot wait to have my relaxed, chill, happy husband back!)
And the BEST reason to move to Twin Falls???...
Tackiest Santa in history, we will be back for more next year!!
(Lovely photo taken at the ironically-named "Magic Valley Mall" in Twin Falls when Ryan first went to check out this job opportunity back in December! So glad it all worked out, and can't wait to partake in more Idaho magic!)