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Our Journey Begins!

2013 March 15
by Becky

It actually happened.

A huge truck arrived, loaded up all our stuff, and left us with a big empty house.

MovingTruck

Thank goodness we didn’t even fill half of this enormous truck…I don’t ever want to own that much stuff.

Our movers totally rocked and had us packed up in no time. Then they drove off in the direction of St. Louis where they will drop off the trailer in storage for a few weeks until we’re ready for it.

Houses look so much smaller when empty. And while you’d think an empty house wouldn’t be fun for toddlers, think again.

QuinnEthanEmptyHouse

Broom/Swiffer races anyone?

Friends stopped by on Tuesday night to say one final farewell.

QuinnSullyEthan
PS, this picture was achieved by me shouting, “Smile and stand against the wall and we’ll give you M&Ms!”

It worked.

SullyQuinnEthanLastVisit

And, oh darn, we had to do take-out that night due to our lack of food, utensils, plates, and cooking supplies. Best. Burgers. Ever. (Sorry Shake Shack, but I gotta tell it like it is) Perfect last meal.

GoodStuffTakeOut

Then it was time for our travels to begin.

Before we got the news about our relocation, Ethan and I had plans to spend a week on “the Farm” with my parents in Scottsbluff, NE. The trip centers around my friend Erika’s baby shower, but leaves plenty of time to spend with Grandma and Grandpa, the cats and the guineas. So, in the midst of us uprooting and moving across the country, we decided to keep our travel plans but change our return flight to St. Louis instead of DC.

It’s made our move a little more complicated but hey, a week of relaxation in Scottsbluff with built-in child care AND I get to see friends? Priceless.

TravelMap

So we bid Stu farewell for the week (he’ll be driving the car and animals to St. Louis on Friday) and caught our flight out of DCA—last one for a while. We waved goodbye, Ethan saying “Cap-tal!” as we gazed at the Mall from the air.

DCFromPlane

So here I am, an hour or so into the flight, all emotional about leaving DC when Ethan starts acting funny. We had been a little worried about him since he’d been battling a cough all week, but spoke to the doctor and felt confident he was fine to fly. Fast forward 3.5 hours and we arrived in Denver with 101+ fever. It was a bit of a stressful flight involving tears and coughs so hard I though he’d puke (the barf bag was on standby).

But boy was The Peanut happy to see Grandpa Joe.

HelloGrandpa

It was REALLY late DC time when we climbed in the car to make the 3.5 hour drive to Scottsbluff, but luckily Ethan passed out and slept the whole way. The next morning he was ready for Grandma.

HelloGrandma

Since then it’s been a blur of books, dinosaurs, dirt, diggers, rocks, swings, cats, and guinea-chasing. The kid is in heaven and will hopefully shake this awful cough very soon.

We’ll be kickin’ it here in the Panhandle till next Wednesday when we head to St. Louis. Until we close on our house (yay!!!) on March 28th, we are kind of homeless. We have no address, no place of residence. Just an extended-stay hotel suite to rest our heads.

So if you’ve asked lately about our moving plans and been confused by my answer, there is good reason. For the next three weeks things are a little strange. But I can’t wait to soon show pics of our new house. Stay tuned!

5 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    March 15, 2013

    Becky,
    So happy to hear you are vacationing at your parents. I can just see Ethan running around outside and enjoying the animals and your mom and dad.

    So happy that you got your house!! Yes, I cannot wait to see the pictures.

    Have a fun time and get some much needed R&R. Give that little man a big hug for me.
    Grandma J.

  2. March 15, 2013

    I agree. Good Stuff is way better!! Good luck with the move!

  3. Shannon permalink
    March 18, 2013

    Love that picture of the boys! We miss you already. Sounds like you are having fun though.

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