We spent the fall in McAllen: unpackingstarting homeschoolexploring the neighborhood finding parkstaking in the deliciously different food optionsswimming - every day at the neighborhood poolvisiting South Padre, at least once a monthfinding a churchmeeting Kyle's colleagues, and overall just getting accustomed to a new place.
You might think that since we are still in Texas that it can't be that different. But it is, a lot different. The climate- hotter. The food- very mexican (not tex-mex). The language- very spanish (and some english). The native plants and animals/birds- very beautiful and tropical.
We are currently living in McAllen located in south Texas just 9 miles north of the border. It is very tropical, very hot, very spanish-speaking, and our favorite part - filled with very yummy Mexican food. McAllen is about 140,000 population but with the surrounding towns it is over 1 million. Kyle actually works in Edinburg where UT-Rio Grande Valley is located. It is about a 20 min drive north. Earth view of our neighborhood
I don't really know the best way to describe our good-bye to Waco. It felt a little pathetic actually, going out with a whimper. You know how restaurants have soft openings before the Grand opening? Well, this felt like a soft closing. I guess because Kyle had already moved down in August 2015 and we spent most of 2015-2016 planning our Waco departure. And then when it finally came there wasn't much to do. I kept saying I was going to plan a good-bye party but summer seems like a bad time with so many people out of town. We didn't do our best to say good-bye to everyone but I think that's because no one really likes saying good-bye. (Hellos are so much better.)
Here are some pics from our final visits around town and from the last week or so in Waco.
After M/D Welty and Kyle drove away with the truck August 1st, the kids and I stayed in Waco for 2 more weeks because our house in McAllen would not be available until Aug 15, plus we had the closing. Plus plus, we …