December 7th, Kevin and I left the Cedar Valley to begin a new chapter in our lives.
Now, a whole month later, I am finally updating my blog.
A lot has happened in the last 5 weeks...
Kevin stayed in a hotel for almost 2 weeks while I took the dogs to my sister and mom's and stayed there over a week. It was pretty strange, all of our belongings were in storage, except the few boxes of things we could cram into our two cars.
We moved into our house on the 18th after closing. (didn't get in till dinner time, so we put two stools together for the counter, microwaved some chili dogs, and slept on an air mattress;
8am the next morning brought the movers.
They got everything unloaded by 1:00 when the rain finally began to fall. It rained all evening as we unpacked box after box. Thursday the 20th, we unpacked, watched the rain turn to snow, and heard the blizzard blow snow against all sides of our house. We could barely see out any of the windows! We only got about 3-4 inches, but there were drifts a couple feet deep in places.
Kevin and I got the whole house pretty much in order by evening.
Friday, Kris and Melinda, were heading to Waterloo, they had only made it an hour from their house, when they called and asked if they could stay with us for the night, the roads were awful. The hour drive they still had to our house turned into 2 hours, but they made it, and were so happy to be off the road.
Allison got home from Nebraska Saturday evening. She missed seeing her brother, but Kris and Melinda had left mid afternoon once the roads were a little clearer. We were so happy that Allison decided to spend her whole break with us, 3 weeks!
Sunday, the 23rd, we decorated the tree, had 17 Watts' over for a soup/chili lunch, and enjoyed having a house full of kids!
Allison and I enjoyed baking, and cleaning on Christmas Eve. The three of us braved the stores and had fun watching the crazy shoppers.
Kevin, Allison and I enjoyed a nice quiet Christmas. We had a turducken for dinner, it was pretty good. Way more food than the three of us could eat.
Kris and Melinda came back on the 27th. One of our nephews came on the 28th. My sister, mom, and other nephew came on the 29th. My sister and mom went home the same day, but the nephews and Kris and Melinda all stayed until Sunday, the 30th.
Allison's boyfriend drove over from Ames on New Year's Eve and stayed 3 days. Allison left for Nebraska on the 4th.
We really enjoyed having everyone here, and yet are excited to get back into a routine of everyday life. I put in an application for the local school district and hope to find something, even if it is just being a para sub. (I really enjoy summers and weekends off. I will see how long I can do that before I need to find a real job).
Two different sets of friends have visited us from Cedar Falls, one couple had kept our freezer, full of food, while we were homeless, and they were so nice to bring it to us! The other couple brought us our house plants! What great friends to help us out AND bring us our stuff! What a HUGE help they were!