Friday, September 2, 2011

All moved out + all moved in.

Packing up the moving truck in Aspen seemed like a whirlwind. Bryan still had 8 more days left of work, but the timing was great to have my mom, brother + sister come help the kids + I get up to the new house. I'm not going to lie, I was getting anxious to move + get settled. My dad even came all the way from St. George to help us get things loaded up. My family...don't know what I'd do without them :)

Easton was so cute. Loved every chance he could get to be in the big truck.
And just like that 18 hours later we were there! Ya right. Moving is always eventful isn't it? Running out of gas somewhere mid-Montana was a fun highlight. Good thing my mom in the moving truck was a good hour back with a gas can.

After packing for days + two days on such a long, exhausting trip this was the best sight - our house! Our sweet new ward had organized about 20 guys to come help us move everything in, it took us 2 days to pack it, 20 minutes to unload. So nice.

Our lovely street. Such nice neighbors we have all coming over to greet us with cookies + bread.
The second night we took a walk. My cute sister Kenna and Taylor found huge dandelions + the tiniest frogs you ever saw!
The next morning we headed down to my sister Brooke's house in Oregon. I just love her + being around her family + their house is a fun place to be. The cousins had so much fun playing + staying up late. Even though it takes about 11 hours one way between our new homes, I'm just happy it's an option to be able to drive to see eachother!

We left Brooke's + headed back home just hours after Bryan made it in from Colorado. It was so nice to be all together again under the same roof! We've lived in a condo/townhouse for the past year so we took advantage of having a yard again + whipped out the slip n slide. Ahh summer...
We also made a few trips out to what I think may be our new favorite spot on Coeur d'Alene lake. I just love it here! Bryan had a little time between flying out to Maine every weekend to work a few shifts, we took advantage of exploring our new digs.

Even got to meet our cousins there one afternoon.

Brody even learned how to ride his bike!
Perfect timing too before he broke his collarbone last week. {wrestling match with older brother gone wrong}
Bryan's first patient. The only thing good about this was sneaking thru the back door of his new office, getting an xray and a sling + outta there in 10 minutes flat! He's doing fine + can play legos just as well with one arm as he did with two.
We've made a couple new {best} friends...Taylor's new friend Jennifer lives across the street, she is in most of Taylor's classes at school, they love all the same things and even have lockers one locker a part plus they pointed out how they're both short! Taylor said to, I think I just made a best friend for life :)

First "day" of school for Taylor. It was bring a parent for a half day orientation, but we'll count it anyway!
School is .8 miles, 2 minutes door to door from our house. It is tucked a half a mile into the state park behind our house.
A river on the other side of that bridge runs alongside it. This was the next morning when the boys joined in on their first day. It was a little foggy + just so beautiful.
Brody's having a little bit of a hard time rolling his backpack with his "broken arm", but I have a feeling by next week he'll be running ahead + all healed up. I walked them into the their classes. Brody + Connor are about 30 yards up the hill from Taylor + the middle school.

I didn't realize until I saw this picture how color coordinated those boys are :) This is the butterfly bear that greets them at the door.
This week has been filled with lots of fun at school.

Oh he is SO cute, but let me tell you... he is by far my hardest 2-year-old times like about 50. He has a high pitched squeal that seriously my hearing may need to be checked at some point + energy that NEVER stops.
I think I made the mistake of taking him today to the kids' dragon 'parade' which I missed much of since that little stinker above spotted the playground + didn't want to miss the chance to play. Then I saw the little signs each grade held. Taylor: class of 2018, Connor: 2020 + Brody: 2024...It's then I realized I have quite a few more 'dragon parades' to attend + so this one time to play on the slides with my stinker turned out okay.
Bryan started yesterday. He already had a surgery to do + 7 new patients to see. Things are really going better than I ever expected + I am so grateful to have grandma + grandpa Mitchell up the road, they are so wonderful. This means lots of the family coming our way for visits all year long! YAY! One month in to our life here in WA and as they say, so far so good!!


[BrookeO] said...

Oh I love this Jaim, have to admit I'm a little teary eyed.
Sure miss you and those 11 hours....still not close enough.
Love that whatever pep talk I gave you today encouraged a new post....keep them up! Love you!!!

Jaime said...

Seriously you + your blog are my motivation to record it all as it passes by so quickly!!!

Mitchell Family said...

YAY! so glad you guys are settled. The place looks so beautiful. Can't wait to get up there ourselves. See you in 7 months. our kids will have a blast together as mine get a little older.

Dani said...

WOW! You have been busy lady! Sounds like everything is going well. We're glad you are up in the northwest! Hope to see you soon!

Lacey said...

So glad all has been going well for you guys!! It is such a beautiful area! I want to come up that way. There's just something about the NW area....we just LOVE it!! So glad you're loving it! It must be really nice knowing you're settled now!

Sarah said...

It looks so perfect, but I'm sure it was exhausting! Glad you're getting settled in so well.

Jen said...

your house and neigborhood are beautiful!! congrats on the move. And that is so wonderful that Taylor has a friend across the street!

Ericka and Wes said...

Yeah! Your done,done! It is fun to see updates and what a beautiful home...!!one of these days! COngratulations! It gives me some hope! I am getting anxious to get outta here! Tell the kiddos hi!

Maegan said...

Looks like such a beautiful place to live! I always enjoy looking at your pictures, you capture such beauty! I am glad that you guys are enjoying your new home!

BTW I am assuming that is a picture of Brooke's daughter... it looks a lot like her to me, she is beautiful! Tell your sister hi for me!

Elise said...

This is Elise (Brooke & Kristin's friend). Just wanted to say congrats. I'm glad that you are loving Spokane. We lived there for Chris's transitional year and LOVED IT!!!! Hope everything is settled and everyone is getting into the groove. Hopefully, we can cross paths next time you're down here in SoOr.

Ashlee and Shawn said...

I am so glad you guys are all moved in and have started the nest phase of life. It was so good seeing you all! I wish we would have been there longer. Come see us any time! we will head that way again soon! Love ya all!