Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Last time zone change

Well, we finally made it to the pacific time zone!!!!!!!

I got up early this morning to see the sunrise at the Grand Canyon. I took lots of pictures but will have to post them later. I brought breakfast back for everyone - they were all still asleep.

The van didn't like going this morning as the temp. was 21 degrees. However, by the time that we crossed the Hoover Dam it was a toasty 54 degrees.

We have scheduled a flight for Mark to go to Indiana to attend his grandfather's funeral. He leaves first thing in the morning. I wish we could all go -- however our stuff is being delivered to our new house on Thursday morning so the girls and I are going to continue on to California.

Mark is only going to be a couple of days behind us, which will be nice.

Sorry if this post seems a little out of order . . . I am quite tired. Hopefully I will be able to figure out how to set up the computer on my own at the house tomorrow night so that I can post again.

Night all . . . . . . .

Sunday, November 27, 2005

New Mexico

Finally got out of Texas today . . .

What a beautiful state!!

We are staying in Albuquerque tonight. Tomorrow we are going to visit the Petrified Forest National Park. We will be staying in Flagstaff, AZ tomorrow night.
Now it is time for some much needed sleep. We spent 11+ hours in the car today. My eyes are ready to be closed for awhile!!!!!

The long driving day

We started out this morning at 8 am CT. For the first 3+ hours the wind was relentless. Notice how brown the sky is from all the dirt the wind churned up. . . .

The girls had a long night playing with their new friends Colton and Travis. Megan just couldn't take it any more.

I didn't even realize it snowed in Texas. We got to drive though a very thick, very wet blizzard just south of and including Amarillo

lost tooth

Yesterday Rebecca had a very loose tooth.
(top left center tooth)

When she woke up this morning the tooth had come out and was just lying on her tongue. She was quite surprised. We decided to make it easy on the tooth fairy and wait until we get to our house in California to put it under her pillow.

On the road again . . .

After a nice relaxing day yesterday, today we are going to drive til we drop. We are going to get as close to Albuquerque as we can. All the way there would be nice but that would be at least 10-11 hours of driving --- plus stops. We do have a little cushion built in for tomorrow morning if we don't get as far as we hope today.

I thought of my friend Barri a lot yesterday as the radio kept spouting commercials for IKEA in Frisco . . . guess they were having a big after Thanksgiving sale.

Being a week into this voyage, I am looking forward to the end of it. We have gone a little over 1,100 miles but are not yet half way. The full trip is a little over 2,700 miles. By the time we stop tonight we should be past the half way mark.

Pray for my children today. 10-11 hours in the car -- I might have to throw one of them out! J/K

Friday, November 25, 2005

Day 5

Well, after two days without a good internet connection we are now in Texas. It took us a little over six hours to get here from Nana and Grandpa David's house. Going back to catch you up . . .

Tuesday night Laurel and I went to the Martini Bar near her house. She had a citrus cosmopolitan, I had a Key Lime. All I needed were some grahm crackers for the crust and I would have thought I was having pie . . . until I stood up. lol

Wednesday Mark and I emptied the vehicles to sort and repack everything that had been thrown in at the last minute before we left the house. About an hour and 45 minutes after we left Laurel's we got into stop and go traffic approaching Baton Rouge. It finally cleared when we got west of the Mississippi River. We took the first exit as I really needed to stop. That was when I learned that the breaks on the truck had locked up. This was at 3pm the day before Thanksgiving. After the brakes cooled they unlocked, which was fortunate as very few places were open and none wanted to try to fix it then anyway. We managed to get to Deridder - Mark called ahead to his parents who set up an appointment to get the truck fixed on Friday morning.

Thursday we had a nice relaxing day in Deridder: slept in, watched football, had a WONDERFUL meal, and relaxed all evening.

Friday I repacked our stuff while Mark got the truck fixed. It was less expensive than we had anticipated which was very nice. The trip here went much smoother as we seperated the girls - one in each vehicle. That way they can't fight.

We are planning a nice relaxing evening tonight and not much tomorrow. However, Sunday we are planning a long day of driving - we will see how far we can get. Mark missed the state line sign for Texas so we will have to find another sign to photograph.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Pictures from Day Two

Breakfast in Tallahassee

Finally done with Florida!

Two states done . . .

We will be staying in this state for 3 days.

Day Two

We made it to Chez Laure'l!!! Wow there are a lot of blue roofs here! It took us a bit longer to get here than I had anticipated. It is good to be here.

Mark took pictures of each of the state line signs as well as a picture of Laurel and me when we got here. Nothing very eventful today but I am glad to be done with the very long state of Florida!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Day one

Today we closed on our house in Jacksonville. We are officially homeless now. Just a bunch of vagrants living out of our cars. :-)

Tonight we are in a Holiday Inn in Tallahassee. Tomorrow we will arrive at Chez Laurel for a wonderful evening of visiting and checking out the martini bar (hope they have other drinks though since I don't drink gin).

Nothing really amusing to share today but at least we have started our trip.

Last day in Jax

The house is very empty - just a few things to load up. I can't really believe that it is time to go. The adventures of our trip will be a great distraction from the major change that is happening.

I don't know if we will have internet access tonight at the hotel in Tallehassee or not. I will be posting an update tomorrow night from Chez Laure'l where we will be staying in Slidell.

Jacksonville has been pretty good to us. It is a sad farewell to all of our friends here. Thank you for all of your help and prayers.

Next post to be from somewhere down the road . . . .

Friday, November 18, 2005

Friday, Nov. 18th

Rebecca is now officially six! Where did the time go??

All the stuff has been packed - 172 boxes! And that doesn't include the furniture - just the boxes. The truck arrived late this afternoon to begin loading the boxes. They will be back at 7 am to finish loading. Our house-turned-warehouse is quickly becoming empty. This is both sad and exciting - this is the only home my daughters have ever known and change can be scary. But it is fun thinking about where things will go in the new house and how life will be different in a small town verses this big city. I fear my toughest adjustment will be things closing much earlier. We have many places that are open late and/or 24 hours a day. I don't think that will be the case in Lemoore.

As a perk, I talked to one of my best friends from high school this last week. She lives in San Diego. I am looking forward to getting to see her soon! Hi, Beth!

It is late and we have an early start tomorrow. Good night.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Tomorrow they pack

Well, the day has finally arrived. Tomorrow the packers come to box up all our stuff. They showed up today - which freaked me out as I was not ready for them to be here. Turns out the office girl made up four orders for this week but put directions to our house in the packet for today by mistake. So, they were really late getting to where they were supposed to be and I have already met the guys that will be here tomorrow. Other than a little anxiety on my part - all is well.

Still lots to do - back to work for me . . . .

Friday, November 11, 2005

Fri. Nov 11th

We made some progress in the sorting endeaver today. Rebecca's birthday party is tomorrow afternoon. When it is over we will be sorting in earnest as the packers will be here Tuesday morning. Tonight I went out to dinner with some of my friends from the local moms group that has been so great for me. Unfortunately the nearest chapter to our new house is over 200 miles away. I am sure I will meet plenty of people anyway.

I realize I haven't posted much here - that is about to change. They will be packing our stuff this week then we get on the road next week. WOW, I can't believe it is time to go already!!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

boxes and boxes

Well we have started moving boxes. Unfortunately, they are not being moved toward our new house yet. We had put a lot of stuff into storage to make the house look better for selling it. I guess it worked since we are getting $5K over our asking price!! But anyway, we brought a bunch of the stuff back that the mover will have to repack - so that their insurance will cover it. The shelves look very crowded but it is only for a week. This time next week they will be getting empty. The packers are supposed to be here the 15th-17th, then they will load the moving truck on the 18th (which happens to be my daughter's 6th birthday).

-OK, back to the boxes . . .

Friday, November 04, 2005

Friday 11-4

Guess I didn't pick the best time to start this blog thing. Nothing really happened today to write about. Becca has her friend Ashton here for a sleep over tonight. Ashton's birthday is 3.5 weeks after Rebecca's. Tonight is in honor of Ash's birthday since we will already be in California by then.

Let me tell you - those two did NOT want to go to sleep tonight. We finally had to separate them. Once Ashton fell asleep, Becca went back in and now they are both sleeping.

Kat (Ashton's mom) and I are taking the girls to Libby Lu's tomorrow. It is a girly-girl make-over type place in the mall. I am sure I will have pics to post from that. Becca doesn't know about it yet as Kat wanted it to be a surprise.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Halloween costumes

Here is a picture of Mark and I in our Halloween costumes.


Just so that you all know, I make no claims of being a great speller or an English geek - Math geek, yes - Science geek, yes - English nope. See the previous sentence for an example of what I mean!!
I think this will be fun.

Learning time

At the suggestion of my "looper" friends, I am starting a blog about our relocation adventures. Thanks La for the info and inspiration. This is a first for me but I am assured that it is easy to do. I will be able to add adventures as travel also, just need internet access. Wish me well . . . .