No matter how far ahead I get with packing when we move, the end of it always sneaks up on me, and leaves me totally blindsided. This time around, packing up everything we own was (oddly) incredibly hard. The morning of our departure arrived and found all four of us
crammed into snuggled up on an air mattress in our living room.
A million thanks to friends and family who helped us out! Saved. Our. Lives.
I've never been so anxious during a move. I've also never felt so great about tying up the last loose end and getting on the road to a new destination.
Our first day of driving took us through the corner of Wyoming, down through western, mountainous Utah. We had planned to stop at Flaming Gorge... but where on earth was that sign?! I kept looking. Didn't see it. Didn't realize that for a solid half hour. Sooooo, plan B took us to a fun rest stop at Red Canyon.
The kids got out and ran around like maniacs, and then sat happily in the car with a new box of crayons until we reached Vernal, settled into our hotel, and went out to Wingers. Since Husband simply couldn't imagine going two months sans sticky fingers, and needed one last plateful before bidding the west adieu.
Verity immediately made a bed for herself on the floor, which she did not sleep in. Liberty proceeded to pretend Daddy was a trampoline at bedtime.
I love these mountains. Such gorgeous views! So many tourists.
My poor girls aren't used to the swarms of Asian tourists who all want their picture taken with them yet. They're still terrified every time.
Verity loved pointing out all of the "horsies" we saw in Rocky Mountain National Park.
I loved seeing this happy skyline come into view. It felt so welcoming. I seriously wanted to shout out, "I love you, Denver!!!" and dance a happy dance.
Libby immediately attached (again) to her Uncle Chad and it was super cute.
And I already miss my hair staying that straight...
We swam. We laughed and ate goldfish. Chad taught Libby to hold her breath under water, which is nothing short of miraculous for my accident-prone little girl.
Libby had the time of her life with Chad and Nikki!
Vera loved swimming as a baby, but has since grown increasingly cautious. She finally did warm up... a little. And enjoyed the kiddie pool even after Libby crashed at naptime. She can't be rushed or forced into anything and I kind of love that about her. Maybe because I'm the same way. And I'm grateful to be her mom for that reason- that she has someone who knows and understands this part of her. She may not ever be the life of the party like her sister and that's perfectly fine. We're all about loving each child for who they are.
And I do.
Husband took the first shift while I slept. We switched at the Colorado/Nebraska border and I drove another 4ish hours before the kids woke up and screamed till we stopped.
Husband was super motion sick with me driving, and super tired. Dramamine was the plan.. but then my driving partner went comatose (along with the kiddos) and I finished the rest of the drive while the rest of my family slept.
We arrived at Matt & Courtney's house about 12 hours after we left. And that was awesome. I promptly laid down and took a 4 hour nap.
"Hi Courtney! Hi kids! Haven't seen you guys in a year...."
It was a fabulous nap. I drink caffeine about once every other year or so, so the crash after all it took to keep me alert and driving all that time.... was epic. I'm not really interested in doing that again anytime soon.
Libby just couldn't get enough sleep, so she flopped out anywhere, on anyone. Poor babe.
We might have had the largest group of kids at a sushi restaurant that anyone's ever seen. Hopefully someday my kids will eat it as freely as their cousins, and not just stick to noodles!
South Dakota is green and plants grow. Plants other than sagebrush and evergreens.
Also, there's water. And rumor has it... lightning bugs.
We spent six hours straight the next day swimming with cousins. Vera had a blast for the second half of the day. We ordered pizza and had a picnic outside the swim park before heading back in for one last hour of water play before dark.
I love the Honest Company... but their sunscreen totally failed us. 5 rounds of sunscreen on my little ones in 6 hours and they still got sunburnt. Poor things!
Verity got to go to Primary with her cousin Guy on Sunday. Those two are so cute together! Two years ago when they came to visit us in Idaho, Vera and Guy did nothing but fight. It must have been the age...? And with this trip, Verity got along surprisingly well with her other cousin Leif, who's three years older than her. Also super cute together.
That evening we drove the last few hours into Minnesota, where we spent our last night with Daddy before taking off in an airplane the next day.
Soooo happy to see the ocean after two years absence.
We were met by grandparents, Aunt Kelly & Uncle Rafe, and cousins EJ and Ari, who made a super cute 'Welcome to Boston' sign which is currently sitting over a box of toys at Grammie's house. Aunt Kelly brought healthy, kid-friendly snacks. We stopped for dinner at an Italian place just outside the North End which had (shock and awe!) gluten free pasta and made my entire night.
It's been a few days adjusting to a new place. New, especially because my mom and stepdad just moved into a new house last week! Libby met the Atlantic Ocean for the first time (more on that to come), and Verity learned to identify strange bugs called grasshoppers, and which blueberries in Grammie's backyard are ripe for picking.
We're going to miss Daddy for sure this next couple of months, but hope to fill the time with lots of fun adventures here in New England!