I feel like I can finally breathe.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of emotions. I am glad it's all behind us - and life can resume a sense of normalcy! Today, I have some pictures to share ....
This was my view most of the way across the country (that's Brian in front of me) ........ it was a long (very, very long) and boring drive! I told Brian, maybe we should have put a movie projector to the back of his trailer so we could have something interesting to see while we followed behind him. LOL. Thankfully, we had good weather all the way. I got to visit a few states I've never been in. Believe it or not, the kids were better than I expected. Not something I would want to repeat in the near future though! :)
Windmills somewhere in Texas - west of Abilene, I think? I have never seen so many windmills in my life - they were everywhere the eye could see!
We got stuck in traffic in El Paso ...... and these guys just kept looking out at us and begging for their picture to be taken. Truth be told, when you're in bumper to bumper traffic that's more like a parking lot, there's not really much to do. I didn't really have many things to amuse myself with - so I took their picture! ;)
I can't remember where we saw this ..... New Mexico perhaps? West Texas? For a girl who grew up on the east coast, the thought of a dust storm being like a snow blizzard is so foreign to me. From what I hear, I'll get to experience this "zero visibility" here in Arizona. I'm thinking, the first time it'll be pretty cool - only because I've never seen it before - I just hope it happens when I'm at home .... INSIDE my protected environment. I've heard it's a mess.
Although I didn't take a picture (bad blogger) - I did get to meet one of my bestest blogging buddies while we were in New Mexico - Evelyn from My Turn for us. She is even more awesome in person! I just love her! She gave us some pecans from her trees - that I cannot wait to use!
Ahhhh .. the Arizona state line. I was SO happy to see this sign. :)
We had to stop in Eloy, AZ ..... Brian had a flat tire on his trailer. Again, nothing to do while we waited, so I got a picture of Abby chillin' and stylin' with her brother's sunglasses! Excuse the mess - that's what happens when you're in and out of a car for four days with 5 kids and 3 adults! The first day it's all neatly put in there .... by the fourth day, you just don't care - you shove it where ever it'll fit so you can be done already ... or maybe that's just what we do?!
Shortly after getting to Gramma's house in California, Gabriel had his 4th birthday :)
The view of the mountains from my Mother-in-Law's house. I just love looking at them - especially at sunrise and sunset :) Purple mountain majesty ♥
Our new house in Arizona. It seems like it took forever to get here and to get this thing to close! Brian and I had to rock the boat a little bit to get this house closed. Nobody seemed to be in a hurry - we had 3 different close dates - and we got tired of it - so we called everyone involved with the process and emailed them repeatedly for answers .... I think they just wanted to shut us up. Needless to say, we got a close date and it actually closed. ;) They say the squeaky wheel gets the oil, right?
I cannot tell y'all how different life is here. The people are so different - they're so nice! We met both of our neighbors and a few people on the street shortly after getting here. Our neighbor, Alice, even invited us over for spaghetti the day we moved in! We were invited to a potluck, which we did not go to - too much stuff to do, but we're hoping to catch them the next time!
I'm still working on getting stuff put away - but I will share some more pics of the inside of the house when things are a little more "presentable". I did share a picture of the kitchen (my favorite room in the whole house), pantry and back yard on my Facebook page if y'all are interested!