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We Just Can’t Sit Still

I know it’s been quite a while since I last blogged, but we have been super busy!  We ( 2 kids and I) left Virginia on June 20th for the 12 hour drive south to our new home in Florida.  My husband and oldest son stayed behind for him to have surgery on the 24th, and then they drove down.  We have been surrounded by boxes and packing paper since.  Last Tuesday, we had to take a break (oh darn!) because my hubby had a follow-up for his surgery back up in Virginia, and our daughter had an appointment to have her wisdom teeth out there as well.  We already had a doctor lined up and since my husband had to go back anyway, we decided to make a little adventure out of it all.  We drove up to Montreal the day after her surgery.  She had some good drugs in her, so she doesn’t remember a lot of that first day.  My husband got his French fix and added more to our library of books and movies.  He got to sit around and shoot the breeze in French and in English with people visiting from all over the globe, and I got a break from unpacking and hung out and watched tv and shopped with my daughter.

Early yesterday morning, we left Montreal and started heading back to Florida.  We took a 30-minute pit stop in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and bought a big bag full of chocolate stuff.  I have always wanted to go there, and when I saw signs along the side of the road that we were close by, I told my husband it was a great time to get out and stretch!  This afternoon, we arrived back in my hometown of Pensacola – kind of another little pit stop on the way home.  I’m here to help my little sister celebrate her 35th birthday 🙂  We’ll hang out with her here for a couple of days and then make our way back to real life 5 hours east. 

I’m going to try to ease back into the blogging world, I hope.  There are still lots of things going on in our real world when we get back, unpacking and job hunting are the highest on a long list.  I have really enjoyed journaling some about our lives and hope I can continue.

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Four Weeks

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I last wrote.  I spent 2 of those weeks in Florida.  First I drove to Fort White and took a car load of books.  We think we may be over our weight limit when we move in June (if we are, we have to pay the difference to the military after they move us), so since I was going down, I figured I’d take some of the extra weight with me.  When we go down for spring break, we’ll probably take some more. 

Our renters moved out of our Milton house in December, and it was time for a new coat of paint inside, a few repairs, and new carpet.  My mil vounteered to help me, so after a couple of days tooling around Gainesville, we hopped in the car and headed west.  I found this automatic paint roller at Lowe’s that allows you to paint without the mess of a tray.  A tube feeds the paint directly from the can to the roller with the push of a button.  It was so cool that I painted a 1900 sq foot house in one day.   As much fun as it was, I don’t plan on doing that again any time soon – I thought my arm was going to fall off the next morning.

While in West Florida, I found out a few reasons why I miss where I grew up.  My mil and I probably visited Lowe’s a total of 3 times in the 4 days we were there, but it only took one visit to make an impression (the bright blue Florida gator shirts we were wearing that first visit probably helped).  After that, we were greeted by the same employees who had helped us the first visit.  It felt welcoming each time I walked in the door.  One night I took my mil out to the beach to one of my favorite restaurants, Flounders, and had the best nachos in the world.  They make a seafood nacho appetizer that is big enough to share as a meal with 4 or more people.  Needless to say, we had to have a doggie bag to take most of it with us.    I also got to see a high school friend I haven’t seen in over 10 years.  She has since been married and just had her second son.  It was so great to see her, but it was crazy to think about someone my age with a newborn.  My baby will be 12 next month, and there are times I miss being able to cuddle with one of the kids on my lap or read Go, Dog, Go! “one more time.”  But then, I don’t miss diaper changes or potty training or late night feedings.

On our return to Ft. White, I began thinking of our options of living arrangements when we arrive in late June.  Since we haven’t quite finished the details of our house plans, and it may be best to wait on beginning constrution when we are present to watch the progress, we have looked at local house rentals and sales.  We are finding that most houses are too small for us or too expensive for a temporary residence and after we’ve thought about it, we’d like to live, even temporarily, close to where we are going to build.  We have been blessed by a giving family and have 2 tracts of land on the family farm.  So the plan right now is to build on one, and temporarily live on the other.  My mil  and I drove around looking at manufactured homes for the remainder of my trip.  I have not ever considered living in one until I stepped into the first one on a lot in Lake City.  I would never have known it was a trailer, I mean manufactured home,  from the inside.  They have changed so much…they look like normal houses with large modern kitchens, huge master suites with closets big enough to be  bedrooms, fireplaces, walk-in pantries, etc.  And the price is good for a temporary home that we could sell or rent out after we finish building our house.

I have mentioned that we got a Wii for Christmas, something I have been telling my family for over a year that we coud not live without.  Okay, we could, but they just looked so cool, and I knew it would be a great family activity.  My mil was with us for Christmas and got to play with us for a few days as well.  When I arrived in Florida, she was waiting on the delivery of not only her Wii but a Wii Fit as well.  It arrived within a day, so I got to test it out and reported back to my family that there was yet one more thing that we could not live without.  I think my bil’s family found this out as well once my mil’s Wii arrived.  While I was there, around 4:00 each day (after school got out), my mil would get a call on her cell phone.  One of my nephews would ask how she was doing and if she was home.  It was fun to have them around to play with.  And I’m sure there will be lots more playing when we arrive in June; we’ll live next door to them for a bit in our temporary house.

So you’ll never guess what was waiting for me when I returned home to Virginia last weekend…

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