Wednesday, May 1, 2013

our move: how it's going.

Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. 

Yesterday we pulled into Houston, and even though everyone was telling me about it and how hot and humid and coastal it is, I guess I didn't pick up on it so the way it looks took me by surprise! I pictured brown, flat Texas. It's totally green here though. It's very tropical, since it's right on the Gulf. It's like Florida actually, and I love how lush and green it is.

We packed up all of our material belongings last week and took off on Sunday morning. We put all of our furniture in a storage box that U-Haul is going to pick up and deliver to us, and then put anything else we were bringing in a little trailer and pulled it behind Jacob's Jeep. We took our time with the trip and drove ten hours to Albuquerque the first day, then to Fort Worth the next and finally to Houston yesterday. Debmom (MIL) came with us too and it made it so much easier for us to all be able to take turns driving and keep each other company. We also used walkie talkies for the whole trip which were seriously SO convenient. If you're ever caravaning on a long, unfamiliar drive, get some. I don't know how we would have done without them!

Did I mention we were literally homeless? Yeah we didn't have a place to live when we got here. We have to return the U-Haul tomorrow and we were just praying that we would find a good place that we could move into immediately. Our prayers were answered. We found a sweet apartment four hours after rolling into town, were approved immediately and get to move in today. AND it's right on a Bayou! (Gators, y'all.) It's in a small town about 30 minutes from the city and I think it's going to be perfect as a temporary home while we get used to everything here and look for a house.

It's great to be here, and it is so comforting to have family nearby. Jacob's sister Jen, her husband Mark and their two cute boys are right in Houston so we never have to feel alone! I'm sure that this move will be hard to get used to in some ways, but I think they are the perfect buffer to make it less so. The only real issue we have had so far is how we have no idea how to get anywhere and sometimes Siri starts to recalculate for no reason and we end up going the wrong way on a one way street. Hashtag: FirstWorldProblems. Those moments are not awesome.


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