Thank you for that time you babysat my kids so I could unpack my house.
Thank you for that time you helped me get through kindergarten.
Thank you for all the carpool line texts.
Thank you for all the Snapchats to brighten my day.
Thank you for that time you threw me a baby shower.
Thank you for that time you took my kids so I could nap.
Thank you for that time you took care of my kids while I had another baby.
Thank you for that time you helped me organize and prep my house to move.
Thank you for all the times you loved on my kids like they were your own.
Thank you for ALL. THE. TIMES. you told me we’d be friends no matter the distance…
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So we did A Thing: We moved across the country…. to California! I can’t believe we did it, but we did. It wasn’t easy–that’s for sure; and it’s not over yet! It has been stressful, both physically and emotionally.
Normalcy is right around the corner–I can feel it!
It was such an out-of-body-experience, and in a lot of ways, just like you see in the movies: After being stuck at 7cm and contractions not increasing in intensity, and hours of the doctor, nurses, and Blake maneuvering me in every possible position to try to get a better read of the baby’s heartbeat, my OB-GYN finally said, “We did all we could. We need to go NOW.”
To say I was frightened to have a c-section would be an understatement. I was taken by total surprise, after having two previous natural deliveries. I also have never had surgery before. I was shaking and crying and praying a hundred Hail Mary’s.
*All pictures by the amazingly talented Candice Avery Photography
The last five weeks have been a total whirlwind! Let’s recap in bullet points, shall we?
- We packed up our house, sent our stuff to storage, and said goodbye to Florida for the first time ever.
- I drove by myself with both girls, across the state, only to have Emmalyn projectile vomit all over herself. Exorcist style. Yup. That was fun. Needless to say, we lost a very loyal car seat that day.
- This mama traded in her beloved SUV for her dream car: A Minivan.
- Note: The above car purchase was not due to the vomiting 😉
- We vacationed in Hilton Head Island, and added an extra night because, well, we deserved it!
- Because our house wasn’t ready yet, but The Hubs had to report to his next duty station, we parked ourselves in a little bungalow for three weeks. We lived out of two suitcases and a duffel bag of toys. Lord only knows how we did it! All I have to say is, thank goodness for Netflix!
- Emmalyn went to Vacation Bible School for the first time and loved it. Surprisingly enough, the Catholic church camp dug back into their Old Testament roots and she learned about Judaism, much to my parents and my amusement.
- Blake and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! My in-laws happened to be in town so we actually got to go out to dinner sans kiddos.
- We FINALLY got to move into our new house! Have you ever rented a home “sight unseen”? Welp, we just did! You can imagine our nerves the first time we set foot in our new place! But we quickly breathed a sigh of relief when we saw that God was with us, and we made the right decision.
- We had quite a scare when we thought the movers lost an entire crate of our stuff, including our desktop computer with My Life on it!
- I signed Emmalyn up for Pre-Kindergarten. Holy goodness gracious! I can’t believe it!
- Unpacking with two littles in quite interesting. And s l o w. And requires a lot of patience.
- Thank goodness for an amazing sister-in-law, who will unpack your e n t i r e kitchen and you don’t have to worry about a thing. I seriously don’t know what I would have done without her! Oh, I know: I’d still be standing in the middle, wondering where all my shit goes.
- Also, Military Wives are the bomb dot com. No joke. Those ladies step up and make you feel like you’re right at home. They take your kids and feed them while you unpack, and they pour you a glass of wine and tell you deployment will suck, but you’ll be all right.