November 29, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Our First Home

Posted in Family, Moving tagged , , , , at 8:07 am by BetweenWeekdays

The boxes have been packed. Most of the furniture is out of the house. I’ve scheduled shut-off dates for the cable, utilities, and electrical. And now it’s time to say goodbye.

Before I do that, though, I thought it might be fun to look back and remember some of what we’ve experienced while living in this house.

  • We learned at age 22 what being a homeowner meant.
  • Travis and I shared wedding anniversaries 1, 2 and 3.
  • We made major decorating decisions and furniture purchases for the first time in either of our lives.
  • We brought Roxy home in 2009 after we rescued her.
  • We learned how to disagree with one another and to compromise.
  • I prepared and hosted my first Christmas dinner in 2010.
  • We tackled major renovations both inside and out of our home.
  • We spent four days snowed in our house in 2011.
  • We lost power for a week in April 2011 when tornadoes tore through our area. We were extremely fortunate to only be without electricity.
  • I fell in love with Travis’ entire family, but especially his parents.
  • I learned how to cook.
  • Travis finished school in 2012. (He actually graduated on my birthday.)
  • I watched my career grow and improve for years only to be cut short when I was laid off earlier this year.
  • This is the only driveway Travis’ truck has called home.
  • I went to the mall about 2.8 million times, at least. We only live 10 minutes away.
  • We both celebrated our 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th birthdays.
  • We learned to budget.
  • Three bridesmaid dresses were added to my collection. (All from brides I met while living in Chattanooga.)
  • Travis learned what living in a bigger city was really like.
  • We spent about three weeks of our lives sitting in traffic (see above).
  • We learned that an hour between us and our family really was a hinderance.
  • We took some pretty awesome vacations: Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, St. Augustine, the Bahamas and a few others closer to home like my family’s annual trip to the mountains.
  • We shared our first-ever white Christmas together in 2010.
  • We helped family and friends welcome new little additions.
  • We watched friends move away only to come back home.
  • We said goodbye to all of my Chattanooga friends after we all left the news business.

We hope to make as many memories in our new home, which will be closer to our families. We’re trading “city life” for a slower pace. Now, we’ll be 10 minutes to our parents instead of the mall. (Don’t worry, the mall is less than an hour away.)

We’re scheduled to close on our first home tomorrow. I’m not sure what walking out the door the last time will feel like, but I hope I can look back and remember all the good times we’ve had in this house while looking forward to what’s ahead for us.

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July 7, 2011

Vacation 2011: A Recap

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:08 pm by BetweenWeekdays

I mentioned about a week ago that the husband and I went on a massive vacation. Then, I left you hanging without giving you any details of our trip. That was wrong of me, so I’m going to correct my wrong and give you a brief recap of our trip.

We traveled with my Dad and step-mom, Lisa, to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and L.A. It was quite the trip. A trip that began with the husband’s first ever flight to Vegas.

Husband's First Flight

We stayed at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. The hotel was wonderful and oh so fragrant. A coconut-vanilla scent is pumped through the hotel to get guests in the tropical mood.

Tropicana

One day we drove to the Grand Canyon. We drove Route 66 nearly the whole way there through the desert.

Grand Canyon

While we were in Vegas, we spent one day at the pool and plenty of time wandering through casinos and hotels. The husband and I don’t gamble, but it walking through all of the different casinos was really cool. My favorite hotel was New York New York. If we ever go back to Vegas, we’ll stay there. I think.

New York New York

We also saw a show while were in Vegas. I’ve always wanted to see a Cirque du Colei show in Vegas, and I can now check that off my bucket list. We saw The Beatles Love show at the Mirage.

(Image found here.)

One word: AMAZING.

After a few days in Vegas, we drove through the Mojave Desert to L.A. By the way, it was 114 degrees in the desert. Once we got to Los Angeles, the temperatures cooled considerably. By considerably I mean I was buying a jacket to adjust to a 40+ degree  temperature change. It was heavenly.

While we were in L.A., we went on a couple of tours and saw so much.

We saw tons of handprints outside of Grauman’s Theater. My favorite is below.

Harry Potter

My hands are the same exact size as Emma Watson’s. It’s like were were meant to be BFFs or something. By the way, have you gotten your tickets to the midnight showing of the last ever Harry Potter film? We do. But I digress.

Grauman's Theater

We, of course, went to Rodeo Drive. It was one of the highlights of my trips.

That's me on Rodeo Drive!

I might have even come home with a souvenir from Rodeo.

Tiffany & Co.

Vacation 2011 was amazing, and I can’t wait to plan our next big trip!