Well, after living in a hotel for almost two weeks we have found a house and are starting to move in. We looked at a lot of cookie cutter type suburban houses in Rio Rancho, Ventana Ranch, etc. The schools there are pretty decent, but huge. 2000+ students each.

Then I ran across a house up in the Sandia Mountains only 20 minutes from my work on Kirtland Airforce base. It’s a 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath house on 4.7 acres with a 1000+ shop. Woot woot!

Our new house

The little well in the front is a mock up of an old style well, covering the actual well for the house. Kind of a neat idea really.

In all reality the house is way bigger than we needed, but the price was decent and affordable. The environment was one that the girls and I enjoy. We’re not really city folk. We can pretend, but sometimes the redneck in us slips out. I like living in an area where the neighbors wave at each other and you get to know the folks at the local market by name.

While only 20 minutes from downtown Albuquerque, we are also only 20 minutes or so from the Sandia Peak Ski area. My one main concern was internet access. That’s a must have for this family. Well, I’m updating this page on a 50Mb/s link. Twice as fast as what I had in Monterey California.

As for schools. Well, that’s a bit of an issue right now. There is an awesome charter school here in Tijeras. It has 368 students right now in 9-12 grades. Very small. Last years graduating class had 80% of it’s students go on to a 4 year college or university. Of those, 90% had partial or full scholarships. The downside is that the girls cannot get in until January. Which means either one of the schools in downtown Albuquerque, or an online virtual academy. We are working out those details.

Where we live