Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Update

I have been pretty absent for the blog lately, mostly because I am enjoying my time in Minnesota. I figured it was time for an update.

First and most important is that my niece was born on March 16th, 2015 at 3:09 am. I am so happy that I could be here and see her from the very beginning! It is so special and this is the main reason I wanted to be in Minnesota for so long.  I am sure there will be many pictures in the near future.

I had my last day of working at CenturyLink on March 6th. It was a bitter sweet moment when I turned in my badge and my computer. I cried on the way to drop my stuff off even though my last day actually seeing all my coworkers was the week prior. I don't think this will hit me until I actually go to Texas and realize I am not just on vacation.

Richard and I hung out with some of our friends and learned how to play Settlers of Catan. I think this may be a new favorite from now on whenever we all get together. And since we were enjoying ourselves so much, I of course forgot to take a picture.

I went with Richard and his brothers to Chuck E Cheese's. We went during the day while the other kids were in school and his brothers were on spring break so it was not very busy. I think Richard and I had just as much fun playing the games as the boys did.

Before Richard left, we were able to squeeze in some time with my family. Since my dad had been in Mexico, this was the first opportunity we had. We headed out for lunch with them and were only missing my brother-in-law and nephew since it was nap time.

Meanwhile in Texas...Richard has been in Texas for a little less than a week. He headed down there with his brother while he was on spring break. Together they were able to unload our POD and start to get things situated. He also started working on site at his job for the first time in over a year. Things are going great so far for him!

I was able to get some one on one time with my nephew before my sister and her husband made it home from the hospital. We went to a local gym that has toddler activities and it was so much fun to spend some quality time with him. I am usually chop liver when mom and dad are around, but he was so much fun when it was just me.

Lastly, my sister and I went to the Parade of Homes. Not sure if this is everywhere, but every spring in Minnesota, the Parade of Homes makes a select few homes available for public viewing at no cost. So we like to go and walk through a bunch of million dollar houses and dream a little. They always have fun ideas and different layouts that are interesting to walk through.
I have a little over a week left in Minnesota before I head down to Texas so I am going to soak up every minute! It will be weird to leave after being here for so long.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

An Afternoon of Shooting

Go to the shooting range has been on my list of things to do for a while. We were finally able to make it happen during our trip to Minnesota! We went with our friends Sammi and Herman to a local shooting range. This was my first time ever going to a range so I was really nervous. It took a lot of convincing and explaining for me to actually decided to shoot. I was afraid that I was not going to be able to hold steady after the gun fired but I did pretty well! Everybody else in our group had shot before except me so they were all pros! After my first few shots, I had to take a break cause my hands were shaking so bad.

^^See the hole in the middle of the white? Yeah, three of my first four shots hit in the exact same place-dead center! I had no idea what I was doing, but apparently it was working!^^
It was a fun afternoon and I am glad that I made myself do it. I was so close to just deciding not to do anything because I was really scared. But now it makes me a little less fearful, maybe I will even go again!
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Goodbye, Louisiana

Well, apparently I needed over a week to recoup from our move before writing this post.  For whatever reason, I blocked out how much work it is to move. We spent all day Friday, the 27th of February, packing and loading up our POD. We had some friends come over and help us move the larger furniture and already packed boxes. But even after they left in the afternoon, we still had a bunch of stuff left to pack and go through. It took far more time than I thought it would. We started at 7 in the morning and did not finish until almost 10. We were both completely exhausted and towards the end we were just glad to get everything out of our apartment.
We had a lot of our stuff packed going into Friday, but I think we just forgot how much more there is to packing than just packing. By the time we were done on Friday Richard and I had a crazy number of steps taken according to our fitness bands. Richard had over 20,000 steps (over 10 miles) and I had over 14,000 steps. Richard also had over 75 flights of stairs climbed while I had close to 50. Richard did a whole lot more loading, while I did most of the packing.
I am so grateful for my friend Kristen who worked with us all day to get our apartment unloaded. She helped keep us on track and was even kind enough to clean out some rooms so that we could continue to pack. Also, my friend Alberta showed up at the perfect time and kicked our butts into gear when we were ready to give up. So happy to have met such amazing people! Definitely started crying when I said good-bye to both of these ladies.
We took our time Saturday morning and had lunch with some friends at our favorite restaurant, Dawg House, before hitting the road. We do not have access to our apartment until March 14th so we decided a while ago to spend some time in Minnesota. We left Louisiana and headed to Dallas to drop off one of our vehicles. We have been having some major issues with the Jeep leading up to the move and we were really hoping that it would just make it to Dallas. About 30 minutes into our drive to Dallas, the battery light turned on in the Jeep, which means the car could die at anytime while you are driving it. Since Richard was driving, he shut off anything that would drain the battery. When he stopped to get gas, we were worried that it would not turn back on, but thankfully it did and the light turned off after he restarted the car. Perfect!

Since I was driving the other car and had no issues, I decided to take my time and stop at the border of Texas and Louisiana for a photo session with Flat Stanley (or really Flat John). Richard's brother had sent us Flat John in the mail so we wanted to get pictures to document the adventure.
By the time we got into Dallas, the snow/ice from that week started up again and the roads were starting to get slick. We were able to get the Jeep dropped off and started heading towards Minnesota. We decided to drive until the roads got too bad and then we would stop. Well, we only made it about an hour before the bridges got so slicked over that you would start swerving on every bridge. So we found the closest hotel room and decided to call it a night. That is definitely the huge difference between winter driving in the north versus the south.
It felt amazing to get a good night's sleep so we were ready to hit the roads the next morning. The roads had already melted by about 9 in the morning so we left Texas and headed for Minnesota. We stopped at every state line to take a picture and after 16 hours in the car we finally made it to Richard's parents house in Wisconsin!
We have spent the last week and a half enjoying Minnesota. Richard will only be here a few more days before he heads to Texas and I will be here until the end of the month!

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