Thursday, July 3, 2014

Our rental

Here are a few pictures of our rental house. We miss our house in Washington very much and are trying to make this house work for us.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day 4?

I think I forgot to document a day because yesterday was day 5 I believe. Yesterday was the day the boys said they were tired of being in the car. Simon cried when I was packing his pack n play as if to say he didn't want to keep traveling. We drove 4 hours straight and they all did a great job. The little boys take naps off and on and "watch" movies. Jonah broke his DVD player on day 2. We bought them new for the trip and he thought it would be a good idea to pull parts out of it. So yesterday was uneventful. We went through Minnesota and arrived in Iowa where we spent the night. Now we're getting on the road and will arrive in Illinois this afternoon.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Day 3

On the third day of our trip we went to Mt. Rushmore. It was very foggy but we waited around to see if it would lift. It did for about 5 minutes before it started raining. Elliott wanted me to hold him the entire time so when he is in middle school learning about Mt. Rushmore I can show him the pictures of him crying in front of it. Apparently Thomas Jefferson was the first person to write down an ice cream recipe in America. We used that as an excuse to enjoy some delicious ice cream before getting on the road.

We drove and drove until we reached our hotel outside of Sioux Falls, SD. Today we don't have any plans other than to drive. We'll stop in Cedar Rapids tonight before finishing the final leg of our journey to Illinois on Tuesday.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Day 2

We left Idaho and drove through Montana. We decided to skip Yellowstone because with the dogs we would be limited in where we could go. We stopped in a small town to have a picnic and let the kids play. It started raining on us so we loaded up and as we headed out of the park the van got a flat tire. It took a while to figure out where the spare was and put it on but eventually we did and drove to get a new tire. It was a 2 hour detour we hadn't planned on pushing our arrival at the hotel to nearly 10 pm. The kids were great and all fell asleep on the 3 hour drive. Matt took them swimming when we got to the hotel and I stayed with the dogs. One of us always has to be with them because they would bark nonstop if they were alone.

We're in South Dakota now and will visit Mt Rushmore today. We could make it to Illinois by tomorrow night but that would mean more driving than I would like to do in a day. Instead we'll have a more leisurely pace that allows the kids have more time out of the car to play.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Day 1

We're officially on the road. We got a late start yesterday after having to run things to goodwill and the dump, get oil changed and jump the van after having the kids watch videos while we loaded it. We arrived in our hotel in Idaho at 11 pm. We're getting on the road now and will stay in Montana tonight.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nearing the end

It has been a really busy 7 days. I should probably recap our house situation. We wanted to put it on the market in late April but most of our cabinets had peeling stain. Did you know stain peels? It does if it isn't applied correctly. Since the cabinets were new with the house 4 years ago and solid wood we figured it wouldn't be a big deal to get them fixed. I must have talked to and gotten estimates from at least 6 different painters, salesmen and refacers. One gave me an estimate of $8,000 to paint the cabinets but couldn't get us on the schedule until September. Finally I found a cabinet refacing guy who was not only very knowledgeable but helped me save money. It took 3 weeks but he replaced the cabinet doors that were peeling with ones that match the others. A few days after they were installed we had pictures taken and our house went on the market on Monday. I had asked the realtor not to post it until 5 pm because we had a handyman coming to do some wall, trim and door repair a la the dogs. I got a call at 4:30 for our first showing. We had one showing on Tuesday and then three on Wednesday. We got an offer on Wednesday night and countered on Thursday. We continued to do showings on Thursday and Friday until we received the accepted counteroffer for the full asking price. I was so happy we could stop showing the house and we cancelled the scheduled open house on Saturday. We packed Saturday and Sunday and on Monday we loaded 5 (!!!) u-haul u-boxes (like pods) with our stuff. Now we're camping in an empty house until we leave on Thursday. I picked the dogs up from the kennel after dropping grandma and grandpa off at the airport and then one of them proceeded to vomit all over the living room carpet. I have no carpet cleaner, shampooer or even a vacuum.

Today is Matt's last day of residency. He is using vacation and sick time to round out the month. His graduation dinner was on Saturday. He is going to miss everyone so much. He was honored with the medical student educator award and leadership award. His co-residents pooled their money and bought him and Ipad Air and a little gumby trophy. He was very embarrased by this but it shows his generosity and kindness did not go unnoticed. I may be biased but I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be absolutely beloved.

The plan is to leave Thursday morning after Matt's last grant writing class. We'll spend tomorrow picking up med refills, hopefully some sightseeing and being out of the house for the home inspection. Then we'll be on the road for 5 days, stop in Illinois for a few before heading to Cincinnati. I am incredibly sad to be leaving here and not ready but I would like to fast forward about a month to where we're settled in Ohio and the kids are on normal sleep schedules again.

Here are a few of the pictures the photographer took of the house. They show how our house would look if the children and dogs just stood in one spot and never touched anything + photoshop.