The Fourth of July Blur!

Wowzers. The weekend of the Fourth of July. I’m posting now from our hotel room in Oklahoma City. After roughly ten hours of driving, we’re safe and sound for the night. Because of all the commotion in the past few days, I wasn’t too keen on blogging tonight, but as Aaron reminded me, the longer I wait, the harder it will be to remember everything. Here goes…

The movers came on Friday and packed everything up. Well, mostly everything. It was strange at first, seeing them touching all of our things, but then I got quite used to it and decided it was nice that we barely had to lift a finger!

sleeping arrangement from friday until last night.. ugh. kitteh not included.
box of silverware they forgot to pack.. in their defense the drawer didn't look like a drawer.
corner of crappola #1
corner of crappola #2

Friday night we went out to eat with my family (Mom, Dad, sisters Emily and Leah and Leah’s awesome boyfriend Tim) at Chili’s. The “children” then went across the street to get coffee… duh!

Saturday we saw my grandparents and then went to my in-laws for swimming and dinner.

Sunday morning we went to church at Faith for the last time for a long time. Pastor Rick, his wife Leigh Ann and lots of people prayed over us, and then we went to the all-church picnic and were able to visit awhile. We will miss our church family!

Sunday afternoon we got together with a good friend, Mila, and she took some pictures for us in the Pekin Park. We hadn’t had pictures done in almost two years, and we wanted some taken at one of our favorite spots in Illinois before we departed. Here are a few…

Sunday evening after we got pictures taken, we went over to my cousin Bryan’s house and had dinner with him, his wife Michelle (who has become a great friend and older sister to  me!) and this cute little Miss Thang…

me and my "niece" adeline (my cousin's daughter)

Monday was so much fun! We went to my in-laws’ house to swim, relax, and then go out to the fireworks. I definitely got some sun and had a great time with family. All four boys were together this weekend! Too bad I didn’t get a picture of that. Now you have to see our mugs again. 😉

After hanging out at the house, we went to the place at the park they had staked out since the morning. I never really went to the fireworks until we started dating. Last year Aaron missed them; the year before, we spent the Fourth at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.

riding on a sweet trike aaron's uncle brought
mean faces! rhianna and uncle aaron
our niece rhianna! handstand!
squinting at the sun but oh so cute! our niece zaia

Speaking of this little girl, we were all up early Tuesday morning and on our way to the Children’s Hospital for Zaia’s open heart surgery to correct her sub-aortic stenosis. The surgery went perfectly (as I knew it would!), and we’ve been getting updates today from my sister-in-law and her mom, Anessa. Zaia no longer has a heart murmur! So glad we were able to be there. We didn’t get to see her awake before we had to leave, but I still gave her a kiss! God is truly our Jehovah Raphe, our Healer.

While she was in surgery, we ran around Peoria to get a few errands completed. Last evening, we went over to my sister’s new house in Farmington. She and her boyfriend, Tim, moved in a couple weeks ago and have made the place look fantastic! I should have taken pictures. Emily came over, too, and we had a nice time just relaxing after a long and stressful day.

I was up at 4:30 this morning.. I just couldn’t sleep any longer. Our goal was to get out the door by 6AM, onto Starbucks, and on the road. We had a long day ahead of us, as we were planning on driving about 700 miles from Peoria to Oklahoma City.

whoops! one beer left, guess it needs to be drank. don't worry, elizabeth was driving!
all loaded up!
backseat.. yeah. kitteh's in there.

We got everything, I mean evvveryythinng out of the apartment. We were 30 miles out and realized that we hadn’t dropped the keys and check off at the office… whoops! We had to drive back and drop them off. So we did, and were behind schedule about an hour and a half. After I stopped freaking out and realized the world wasn’t ending, all was well.

bye bye Peoria!

Annnddd.. we’re cozy in our hotel room in the OKC, like I said. No major incidents, no major scares. We stopped in Springfield, MO, for Arby’s and man did it taste good. Aaron drove the rest of the way.  Luthor did great, even after the sedative wore off. I think he slept most of the time.

It’s still hard to believe that…

  • 1) we’re in Oklahoma. Where the wind…. (you know the rest).
  • 2) the interstates in this state are great… very clean and well-kept.
  • 3) we will be in Albuquerque tomorrow!
  • 4) we get to actually live together. Craziness!

Please pray for safe traveling and good weather. I will post later with a blog of our trip! Thanks for reading; I love sharing mundane fun all things that happen in my life and it’s a pleasure to share it with you!

>Decompressing… ahhhh.

>My poor husband, seriously. I’ve been going crazy making lists and just being, well, for lack of better terms, OCD, about moving. Tomorrow the movers come and we are more than prepared. Everything’s off the walls, we have our clothes packed, and most of my list is crossed off (you know that means it’s a good day!). Over the next several days, we will be busy with family events which will be so much fun. I need to stop being irritable, cranky, whiny and just… worrisome.

We started off our day with a five-miler with none other than THE Gabriela! I love that woman… her influence and encouragement have had such an impact on my life in such a short time. I will miss our runs together terribly!

I’ve been cooking up a storm in this apartment… pasta salad, scotcharoos (both for the all-church picnic and Fourth of July!), oatmeal cookies (which were some of the best cookies I’ve made in this stupid oven), chicken stir-fry over rice noodles, spicy chipotle meatballs… and we’re making chili for the movers tomorrow.

Nomsies.

Mmm. Made with all white sugar since I was out of brown, maple syrup, almond flour, and three cups of my oatmeal mix so we don’t have to pitch it. Yum.

We’ve also done a test run with the kitteh today to see how the tranquilizer will affect him… he did well, and now he’s just chillin’.

Kitteh iz reddy fore Texas, Ai finks.

I should have taken pictures, but I ventured out for a few hours for lunch and Target with mah bestie, who leaves for Czech Republic tomorrow. It will be awhile before we see each other again. 😦 I guess we’ll be having plenty of knitting & tea Skype dates!

When I came home, Aaron had this sitting on the counter for me… just a random card for no reason at all.

“just the way you are, regardless of what you do or don’t do,
past, present, and future, no matter where you go,
even on your not-so-good days, whatever you choose,
with all of your unique qualities, simply because you’re you”
“Sweetheart, I just wanted to let you know how much I love you
and how happy I am to be home and able to spend time with you.
You are an incredible wife and you make me feel like a lucky man.
Aaron”

Seriously?! I am such a lucky blessed girl! He used to leave notes on my car while I was at school (we started dating my senior year of high school and he’s a couple years older).

We FINALLY got ice cream tonight at Emack and Bolio’s in the Heights. I’m so addicted to ice cream it’s not funny, and summer temps only fuel that vice. However, hubby has been doing very well in discouraging me from partaking too often. I should have taken a pic, but I got the flavor “Beantown Buzz” in a small-ish Oreo and fudge-dipped waffle cone. A lovely indulgence.

Then we drove about a mile down the road to Starbucks and visited my sister Emily at work… visions of this pretty lady (with a star on her head?) help me relax, for sure… oh, and my amazing sister!

Green tea + Classic

Now, I’m off to enjoy the evening with maybe definitely a margarita… it just goes perfectly with the weather! and some downtime with  my wonderful husband. Really, despite the stress, what more can a girl ask for?

Wellllllll…… mayyyyybe some of this… 😉