and so far, so good! Let's recap...
Thursday we watched the movers pull away in their huge semi, full of all of our household goods. They were heading to our new hometown. We, being in a now-empty, echoing home, took off for the hotel down the road. Felt a little like we were on vacation.
We are now a 2-hotel room family. Jamie and the boys get their own room, and the girls and I camp out together. We gals stayed up until 10PM watching The Walt*ns and Little House in the Pr*irie. Jenna loved watching the little girls in the dresses.
Friday morning we ate breakfast at the hotel, chatted with some gals about their weekend wedding plans and our move, and Jenna told them how much she would miss them when we moved. Yeah...'cause we knew them for a whole 5 minutes!
Back to our house to load my van with the remaining boxes, and check the house over for the one millionth time.
Jamie prayed for us before we left...a bit of an emotional moment as we said our last goodbye.
We couldn't believe the beautiful weather we had driving on Friday. It's January...we could have had a snow storm, ice storm, etc., but we drove all day in almost 60 degree sunshine. So thankful for that! The girls rode with me, and the boys with Jamie, and they all did well for a long day's journey.
We finally arrived in our new home town...greeted by a beautiful sunset, and bright city lights over the water. Dinner was next on the agenda, so Jamie took us to a local restaurant. A few items on the menu were deep fried hamburgers and corn fritters. Jamie thought we should try them. Look out cholesterol! The food was good, the service was very friendly, and we were full. Time to head to the apartment to unpack. We got almost all of our boxes and suitcases unpacked, then climbed into bed.
We slept great (even Laura with the help of some nighttime meds.) :)
Saturday morning was greeted with a bright sunrise, out to breakfast at Bob Ev*ns, and then a tour of our new house! Jamie picked it out, with my only seeing photos, and he did an awesome job. We love it and hope to be in by the end of January. We also toured the local library, grocery shopped, and then had our weekly family movie/pizza night. It was a big first day.
Sunday morning...another bright sunrise, Jamie's omelets for breakfast, and then off to church. It was a smaller church, but very, very friendly. People were coming up to us constantly shaking hands, introducing themselves. chatting with the kids. And the music? It was all choral and hymnal music with a southern gospel flair. It was like a movie of a down-south church, and I just loved it! After, the pastor and his family invited us out for a pizza lunch, along with a few of their friends. We spent the next couple of hours chatting and just getting to know one another. They all homeschool, and try eating healthy, so we had lots to share. We really enjoyed our time, and will be going to the pastor's house tomorrow night for dinner, and so the kids can play.
Tomorrow, Jamie heads back to work and I'm on my own with the kids in this new town. What to do? What to do?
Is it all rosy? No...not all of it. Right now, Jacob is homesick for our former church and a good buddy. The boys he met today know nothing of St*r W*rs or bionicles...his favorites. Char said he needs to call and see what Grandma is doing. Jenna is excited to get to our new hometown...ummm...do I tell her we're already here?