My dad and Damond actually made it to Indy an hour ahead of us so they were able to check into the hotel and meet us at the airport. I was so relieved to know that they hadn’t come across any problems while driving. I am so thankful that my dad was willing to help us out with the drive. I know Damond really admires him and I love to see them grow closer. They said it was a VERY long trip, but uneventful. I think my dad kept Damond entertained with many of his stories :D He has a lot of them!
The next day we decided we all deserved to sleep in and then we went downtown to show Barbara and my dad IUPUI and a war monument.
It was actually quite cool with the breeze. They say it's been a very cool summer. We then headed to our new place so Damond and I could sign the lease. Barbara and my dad took the boys back to the hotel to swim. Apparently they tried to drown Barbara, just kidding, but I don’t think she realized how much they love to swim and JUMP in :D Can I tell you how much of a blast the boys were having with my dad? They were in heaven to be in a hotel with Grandper. He plays with them and makes them laugh. I would have to say he's the best Grandper ever :)
After signing the lease, we went back to the hotel to eat and pick up the truck. It was around then that I started to realize that unpacking the truck was a going to take a LONG time with only my dad and Damond, since Barbara and I are not that strong. :) I kept debating calling the people we had met in April. I felt bad knowing it was so last minute and it was Mon evening, but I also knew help would be so nice. So I called them to find out they were still in Idaho, but they gave us the number of another family in the complex. It was very awkward calling up people I had never met to ask for their help, but I knew that if I was ever on the other end, I would want to be called. Thankfully, the Harker’s were so nice and quickly said they’d be there and he would gather up some other men. Sure enough, I think we had at least 6 men from our new ward come over and lend their muscles :) One of them was our next door neighbor! I was able to meet his nice wife and cute son. (Their daughter was already sleeping) What a blessing to move so far from home and have so many kind people to lend a helping hand! That’s how it’s been since our arrival. So many people are constantly looking out for us, helping, giving good advice or just befriending us! Mainly our neighbor, the Ereksons. They have been so welcoming and have shared their knowledge and many of their tools as well. :) Thomas loves their daughter. They are constantly playing together, it’s very cute! Alex also loves her. I think he hugged her the other night for two minutes straight! :D I think Alex will really like playing with their son, he’s a little younger, but quickly getting more active!
Here’s our new place… it’s definitely not a place we want to be forever, but it works for the next four years :D
This is our backyard, very green, but not much bigger than what you see :(
but the flip side is this is what's behind our backyard :D
On the way home we stopped at this Old Jet and Aircraft Museum. It was closed, but you could still get a good view of some of the airplanes. Thomas LOVED IT!
The next day we took them to the airport and it was awful. The time had finally come for me to let go and do it on my own. I was sad for myself, but I was so sad for the boys who wouldn’t understand how far away we were, and especially for my family, as they love the boy’s soooo much! Barbara has been such a help with the boys these years and the boys love her soooo much! Needless to say, I need my sister as well :( As for Grandper, it was awful. My dad has always been the first person I call in a crisis. (even when I got married :) so I know that this will be good for Damond and I to learn to stand on our own). I love seeing how much the boys adore Grandper as I never really had a grandpa relationship. I will miss having my dad call us to go to lunch or have him take one of the boys to "work" with him. It broke my heart to see how much pain my parents were in over this move! It's still mending and might not heal completely till we are back in phx :)
At the time, I thought it was possible that we wouldn’t see them until at least next summer. What a long time! When we got back to our new house it felt so lonely. Part of me just wanted to go to bed and cry, but the other part knew there was still so much work to be done before Damond started school. Press forward… keep moving, keep working.
I am not a fan of moving! There is so much you can’t plan for and it’s hard when you need to buy furniture, but don’t have a truck! We spent the first week touring all of the Goodwill stores and let me tell you, there are A LOT!
Some of them are expensive ($150 for a used desk that’s not very fancy?!) crazy Goodwill! and then we went to a Goodwill Outlet and there they have desks for $2 J unfortunately, nothing we really felt would serve our needs.
They also have some Goodwill’s that receive clearance items from nearby Targets. So they have brand-new Target items at Goodwill prices. We were able to buy two Target bookcases at a Goodwill. So of course I have been all over the city trying to find more deals like that, but have still not found a desk!...
Thanks for the birthday wishes! :) Damond and I missed family and friends, but we were able to eat with our new friends, the Ereksons. With four children under four, it was crazy, mostly or entirely due to ours :D but the food was yummy and it's nice celebrating with others :D