Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Playing Catch Up

Okay, it’s been way too long since I last blogged but I haven’t had a spare moment in weeks. And if I did have a spare moment, I probably fell asleep. It’s been about 3 1/2 weeks since we moved  to Washington. Here’s what’s been going on:

The Move

Our move landed right in the middle of my worst morning sickness, but Ryan was kind enough to let Nathan ride in the “Big Truck” with him so I could drive by myself. We’ve made the drive from Springfield to Puyallup many times and it usually takes us about 4-5 hours. This time it took us nearly 8 hours. It was horrible. But, what can I say? Pregnant Heather has to pee a lot.

Who am I kidding?! Normal Heather has to pee a lot. Pregnant Heather has to pee A LOT.

We spent Friday night in Puyallup, then moved into our new house on Saturday. We got a ton of  help from our new ward and from my family. Unfortunately, the house was really not ready for us. When we showed up that morning, the previous renter was still moving out and he hadn’t cleaned ANYTHING! Gross. I told the owner and she kindly cleaned the kitchen top to bottom for me while we unpacked. We’re really excited about this house, but let me tell you about a few of the things that have gone wrong since we moved in:

-The house smells like cigarettes. The last guy smoked. It was advertised as a nonsmoking property, but does it really matter if you smoke inside or outside? No, it does not. The garage is the worst, and unfortunately my washer and dryer are out there. So is the furnace, so we are using space heaters right now. To make matters worse, I’ve got the typical pregnancy super sniffer and I can smell things REALLY WELL.

-Then, our washing machine leaked and flooded the garage. Now the washing machine is doing the opposite and the water won’t leave.

-Then, we had fleas. Yes, FLEAS. Apparently, Mister smokey no clean man had a cat. We’ve taken care of that problem but someone might still die.

Also, did I mention that Ryan went to work the Monday after we moved in? We’ve been feeling a little chaotic, to say the least.

On the bright side, we love our new neighborhood and our new ward and  I am finding that we’re the perfect distance from friends and family. I got to see Alex right after she had her baby, and Nathan gets to see Nana and Papa all the time. There are 3 other member families on our street, including the nursery leader, and the bishop.

We’re happy to be here and, even with all the stinkyness, I’m so glad we’re not moving again for a long time.

And I will post cute pictures of the inside of the house some day when all the boxes are unpacked and everything is clean. Maybe some time next year?

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

We’re Still Alive . . . I Think . . .

Just wanted to quickly update everyone, since we’ve been so so busy lately. We are getting settled in Washington and dealing with unpacking and the ups and downs of a new home. Ryan has been busy at his new job. We’re looking forward to a 3 day weekend together! It’s a huge adjustment having him gone all day after almost 7 months of having him home all the time. I’m having good days and bad days but looking forward to the end of morning sickness and the start of the fun part of pregnancy. Nathan says he likes our new house but keeps telling me he wants to go home. Poor kid. Hopefully things will be better when all the boxes are unpacked and the house feels like a home. I’m shooting for Christmas at this point. More to come!