we made the move in one piece! hooray.
there was a warm welcome waiting for us here.
a ginormous thank you to everyone who helped out.
i realize treats and cold drinks don't do justice to such kindnesses!!
happy memorial day. hope you get to do something fabulous.
my main goal is to get my hands on a big slice of watermelon.
in related news
+ this family pic (look, we're all smiling in the right direction! score!) was taken at my dad's business' 25th anniversary party (more pics to come). as we were cleaning up, we announced that we were moving to utah in two weeks' time. it was a happy occasion.
+ another happy occasion was seeing our giant moving truck all packed up after the whirlwind of packing. i made the buff men stand in it for one final photo. a photo i will someday upload. i hope you won't mind belated photos. my blogging is going to be all over the place. the move went smoothly, no meltdowns. i even held it together when i said goodbye to ronda, jill, brooke, kimberly, hilary and julie. i've become so close to them. i was simply too exhausted to cry. the tears will come at some random date and time, i'm sure. (likely, when i'm choosing an avocado at the grocery store or waiting to take a new drivers license photo at the DMV.) i don't know what i'll do without them and their children either. saying goodbye is way too sad. i pray we can be the type of friends that really do keep in touch. thanks to my awesome long-winded texting habits, they won't be able to get rid of me.
+ i'm really loving the tina fey book so far. it's hilarious and i'm very happy i'm listening to her tell it to me rather than reading it. it makes all the difference to hear her voice, every anecdote could be a skit on SNL.
+ i must admit, i'm a teensy bit antsy / anxious / weirded-out about becoming one more utah blogger. whatevs. it's just funny how i feel like that matters or something. when it really doesn't. do you care where bloggers reside?! i suppose i'm just feeling out of place a bit and will have to scootch myself in again, like you do when you're laying on a beach towel and have to wiggle yourself in so the sand molds around you.
+ i already thought of like five blog posts while i was in the shower this morning. moving slash moving in with your in-laws is already full of awesome stories. they welcomed us with scented pillow cases and empty drawers and closet space. shanna even brought out all the trucks and stuffed animals. benji is on cloud nine and hasn't even asked about the surprise he was going to get when we move to utah. he is content and would be happy if we lived here forever. it still hasn't hit me that we live here, but i'm sure it'll sink in. even after seeing our truck unloaded, it's still a bit unreal that we get to look for houses to move into. am trying to keep up with all the action.
p.s. like a page from the hunger games, we're currently on the hunt. please leave your home owner expertise and house hunting tips in the comment box! i need all the help i can get. thank you and happy memorial day.