Moving was stressful but exciting. I'm glad it's over for now and that we have a few months before we have to do it again.
It was strange to see the home we've lived in for the last year all emptied out.
Tuesday, after everything was packed up (including Steve's tools), the Explorer's driver-side window decided to crap-out. It was stuck in the down position. We had the option of taking it to be fixed, which would delay our moving and cost a bunch of money we don't need to spend since Steve can easily fix it himself as soon as his tools are unpacked OR tape it up and head out. We went the latter. Yep, we looked like hillbillies. Wednesday (the 12th), we headed to Abilene with Steve driving the hillbilly Explorer with trailer in tow. And the kids and me in the Expedition with U-Haul trailer in tow. We drove to Abilene, Texas, about 265 miles. 7 hours later, we arrived. Yes, SEVEN hours. It rained monsoon-style the ENTIRE way. I definitely prayed A LOT during that drive. I was so nervous driving in that rain with a 2000 pound trailer behind me. We had to stop and re-tape the window 3 or 4 times and stop and re-tie the tarp on Steve's trailer just as many times. Every time we got out, we got SOAKED. By the time we got to Steve's Dad's house, we were so cold and wet and miserable, it wasn't even funny. My underwear and bra were soaked - that's how wet I got just getting out of the car every hour or so. It was a very long day. At the end of the day we just had to sit back and be thankful that we were safe.
We stayed the night at Steve's dad's house and Thursday morning (yesterday), got up and headed out at about 7am. This time, we were all in the Expedition together, having left the Explorer and one trailer behind in "storage" (Dad's garage) for when we move back later this year.
I made some car toys a few months ago at MOPS and saved them for this trip. They are cookie sheets that I decorated with paint-pens and gave them lots of fun magnets to arrange on them. Gabby thought it was pretty fun for a while, but Steven really loved his. I think Gabby's still just a little young for it.
TLF) before, both as kids and in the last year. It's always fine and we tried not to get our hopes up for anything super-duper nice, but we were SO impressed when we walked in the door. It so much roomier than we ever would have thought.
The kids are sharing a room for the first time. They seem to like it. Last night was Gabby's first night in a big-girl bed. I was sad to take her out of the crib but bringing it and setting it up here just wasn't plausible. We got rails for her bed, for her safety and hoping it would help it feel more like her crib.
blanky with her. I took her picture and moved her back to the bed. Too cute.
The unit we're in is pretty nice. The decor is very hotel-y but it's quite new and has nice appliances and HUGE closets in the both bedrooms. We have more storage than we need. Steve and I have nightstands!!! At home, our bedroom consists of our mattress and boxspring on the floor, a bookshelf on Steve's side of the bed and I had a cardboard box on my side that I called "my nightstand." We are living it up here in TLF! There's a playground right outside and an indoor play-area down the hall for rainy days. The library, BX and commissary are all within close walking distance. I am so thankful for this place to live. And even more thankful that we have the chance to come with Steve on this training trip and not have to be separated for these 5 months. What a blessing.
A nice profile shot
The 3-D pictures are really cool, but they get a little distorted. He has his hand on his chin and you can see the cord in front of his face.
I don't really think his neck is that wide....but isn't his little face so sweet?
That's it! And now you're all caught up!