Friday, June 24, 2011

We Are Here! We Are Here!!

Let me just start by saying this post should have gone up days ago but blogger was not posting pictures that hour and that was the last spare hour I had until now.  Another thing I should say right off the bat, I have no pictures of our new house.  You would think with all this moving excitement my Nikon would be warn out...not even close.  The last time I took out my camera was when we arrived in Virginia about 10 days ago.

I am really mad at myself for not being better about documenting these last few weeks.  I should have had the frame of  mind to grab my camera from the 3rd row of the 12 passenger van whenever we were unloading 7 sleeping bags, 5 suitcases, 10 pillows and 3 special blankets ..EVERY 10 SECONDS!!  I will want to remember the look on my own face when the lady at Hampton Inn told me at 7:00 at night that our room wasn't ready and did we mind waiting another 15 minutes....
I want to remember that moment because my kids will, and they will retell the  wonderful
"remember when mom lost it at the Hampton Inn" story in the years to come.  However, you will just have to imagine the reaction I had because there are no pictures.

These pictures are from my friend Kathy's Tennessee.  I think this was the last day before I started to go down hill a little. It was day 2 of car travel.  We left Mobile Friday afternoon June 10 and drove to Tupelo Mississippi.  We were all having a great time!!  We were driving 2 separate cars so Pete and I split kids and hit the back roads of Alabama.  We called each other every 10 minutes saying.."Did you see that deer?" or "That little BBQ place looked awesome".

The next day we arrived at the hottest place on the planet, West Tennessee....I had never seen such beautiful  HOT land before.  It was so pretty but it was the hottest day I have ever lived through and I am sad to say that Tennessee will always make me think of melting to death!!!  My friend Kathy was amazing and we enjoyed our last home cooked meals for days!!

I will not torture you with every mile that proceeded Tennessee, but just realize I WAS TORTURED!!  And I will tell you why...
I am SPOILED...Pete has ALWAYS driven on long car rides.  I have always stayed well rested beside him!!  This was not the case with this car trip.  And not to give you to much detail but, I was car sick the entire way.  The older I get the more constant motion really bothers me and I have to say being the driver no longer is the cure for my motion

I no longer was making cute phone calls to Pete in the VOLVO in front of me.  I was now begging him to tell that GPS to get us to where we were going and could I PLEASE pull over to puke..or nap..or maybe both.
He was amazing and probably thanking God he was in his own car blaring John Denver so he did not have to hear me complain for 2 days straight!! As I sit and write this I realize it was only two days and yet it felt like 20.  Who knew it was going to take 94 million hours to get from Mobile to Virginia?

We finally stopped driving and  pulled into a small cabin on the Shenandoah River about 1 hour from our new house. We had to kill a few days before closing and we decided to hang out at the River.  We had a great time and tried to enjoy just hanging out before we closed on Friday...

But I have a hard time just hanging out.  I like to constantly be moving forward and I wanted so much to get finished with the business of moving. But I did enjoy the moments we were in.  They were sprinkled with happy thoughts and some slippery tears..excited to be here..sad to be gone..what a mix!!

We finally made it to last Friday, June 17, when we signed a lot of papers in a very fancy office with all 5 kids and we only spilled 2 cups of water on the conference table while we were there.  We made the closing guy so nervous he forgot to give us half of our papers.  Pete and I were so excited to finally get the keys to our new house we didn't even notice.  We drove home and the kids ran SCREAMING AROUND the house.  WE WERE HOME!!!

I have left out so much, which really you should be grateful for.  Little things come back to me about those days from last week.  The fact that we were in Virginia about 15 minutes before Lucy got her first tick is something that I never thought would be part of this journey.  Leaving a town full of friends to pull into a great place where I know Nobody, hard..very hard!!  
We lived in our EMPTY house for about 6 days before  our movers came on Wednesday .  We now have officially unpacked 90% of our things and have eaten MOST of our meals at home.  We have a long way to go before we feel settled but we are glad to have made it this far.

I hate to admit that today was a bit sad for me..I woke up feeling ...
lonely.  Just...alone.  Pete got right to work unpacking and I followed his lead.  All I kept thinking was..
"I have so much to do and all I want to do is go back to bed!"

A few hours later, after I allowed myself to feel sorry for myself, I got a phone call from another Coast Guard wife who is going to be living right near us.  We talked for while and by the time I got off the phone I was feeling much better.

I get energy from people.  Being around people makes me...happy!!  I need me some people!! 
I know it will take time..and I know I have to be patient.  I will, I promise!!  But the bottom line is it's hard for me and I need to work on I will and in the meantime..
so thank you and I promise I will try to take a picture of the front of the house in the daylight..until then...
I miss you Mobile!!!


  1. I wish I would have known. I was on a roadtrip with the kids (while the hubby was on a business trip) and spent last Fri driving down 81 from PA to NC. Alas, I hope you're getting settled. :)

  2. Lisa, we miss you so much! I know you and the family are going to fit right in and make tons of friends! :) Hope to talk to you soon!!

  3. I'm your people! Call me anytime! 703-830-6541

  4. Glad you're getting settled and great to have you back in bloggy world!

  5. Hi, there. I think we might be pretty close to being neighbors. Ginny at Small Things sent me a link to your latest post. Welcome to the neighborhood!
    I have lots of people who will line up with your people pretty well:-)
    Email me at roses and bluebells @ gmail. com (all smooshed together).

  6. Congratulations! Welcome home...and best wishes as you settle into your new home!

  7. Well, well, well . . . finally!!! I have been waiting for weeks to hear you made it to Virginia! Funny, I don't remember it being so HOT while you were here--just so HONORED that you all chose to spend a day with us.

    Our corn looks A LOT better than in your photo (#5), and we are now harvesting squash, garlic, onions, potatoes, cabbage, green beans, and lots of peppers. We'll send you some popcorn in the fall!

    How blessed we were by your visit! We have talked about it every day since you left. Your children were a blast!

    God bless you in your new home and I hope it won't be four years before we see you again!


  8. Your photos are beautiful as usual. Wish we could have been here for your send-off. Can't wait to see the new house

  9. You will meet a ton of people before you know it!!! Congratulations on the move!!

  10. I love your honesty - sometimes I quit reading other blogs as it makes me depressed that life is ALWAYS perfect for some of them and you just tell it like it is. LOVE IT. KEEPING IT REAL. That is what life is about and we like to read about. LOVE your new house. Take photos so we can check it out.
    Good Luck