Well folks, we made it Washington DC! It was a long process to get here but we are happy and getting settled.
The movers came to our home in Idaho Falls on February 24th. We had prepped for them to come so everything went pretty smoothly. I was most sad about taking down the nursery. I had so much fun putting together that little ice cream room for Allie and it broke my heart a little that she only got to be in there for 4 weeks. I packed all that decor to come with us to DC but it’s just not the same! Thankfully my mom came up and watched Allie while Scott and I supervised the packing and cleaned. It was really nice to not have to pack a dang thing! I was more sad to leave our place in Idaho than I thought I would be. We lived there almost a year and half, brought Allie home to that house, and it really felt like our home. Everything was packed up on the truck and drove away.
The move was on Tuesday and Scott still had to work the rest of the week so he got put up in a 2-bedroom suite at the Marriott and Allie and I headed to Utah to squeeze in some extra family time before the move. That night Allie went to her first Aggie basketball game. Her dad was disappointed he wasn’t there with her at her first but we had to make it to at least 1 before we moved across the country.
It was so nice to be able to spend a few days with family. Allie was able to meet her cousins for the first time! Porter and Byron had been facetiming us since she was born and were so excited to meet her in person. It was so hilarious, the boys just giggled and giggled and pointed at her. They did really good with her and are her biggest fans.
Scott joined us in Logan when he was done working in Idaho. I am so grateful for that chapter in our lives. Scott loved his job and loved the judge he worked for. He learned so much and will always have a great friendship with Judge Stephens. I know both of them were really sad to say goodbye.
We were able to bless Allie while we were in Utah. Lots of family and friends were able to come meet her. Scott did a great job with the blessing. One thing that stuck out to me was that she was blessed with patience and tolerance for those who are different than her. I do hope that for her because I think it is so important. I hope she has a heart full of love for all people. Allie wore the same blessing dress that I wore for my blessing. She was a champ the whole day and was happy to passed around!
We hit the road on Wednesday morning with our car packed to the brim. Allie was in good company with suitcases and pillows in the back of the car.
Our route was over 2000 miles and took us through Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and finally Virginia! It was long. really long. We left Utah on Wednesday and got to our apartment in DC on Sunday. Allie did awesome and slept most of the time in the car. The only time she made noise when when we took too long to feed her.
A few highlights from the drive:
1) we stopped at Little America, Wyoming to eat. As I was walking through the truck stop with Allie a lady in a wolf T-shirt stopped and us and commented on her hair, of course! She then asked if she could pray over Allie. I said okay. She then proceeded to bless Allie with the power of Jesus and by the blood of Jesus. Not many babies get 2 blessings in one week!!
2) I can tell you that driving through the scenery of Wyoming and Nebraska was NOT a highlight.
3) Carl’s Jr turned into Hardee’s
4) we stayed one night in Des Moines where Scott’s sister Taylor and her husband live. It was Taylor’s first time meeting Allie and they were both so excited! We were able to go out to dinner and spend the evening with them, it was really nice.
5) we were waiting and waiting for our odometer to get over 2000 miles. When we noticed it was getting close we made sure to pay close attention so we wouldn’t miss it. It got to 1999.9, the anticipation was building, we knew it was getting close and then BAM.. IT RESET TO 0!! We were extremely disappointed.
Now here are several pictures of Allie from the trip because I give the people what they want!
It was such a relief to get to our new apartment on Sunday. The first day we were here I was very concerned about how this was ever going to feel like home. It’s a furnished apartment so with none of our own stuff and in a big unfamiliar city I was a little overwhelmed. After being here for a few days it does feel better. Our apartment is on the 11th floor which is change for me. Besides Eugene, I don’t think any city I have lived in even has a building that has 11 floors at all. I’m really happy with our apartment and the area though.
Allie and I are quickly learning how to be city girls. We rode the metro to the mall and back home and made it safe and sound. I did go to the wrong stop initially but figured it out easily. I had a homeless man offer Allie her first cigarette! I looked at him with a smile and laughed because obviously he was joking. But then he followed me and said “no really!! take it, her first cigarette!” umm… no thanks pal!
Scott is enjoying what he is doing and we have already met so many really nice people. We will find out April 10th where our first assignment will be so stay tuned! I think we will really grow to love living here as we become more familiar with everything. We are so close to everything and we have extra beds so we are great people to come and visit 😉
And I will end with another picture of Allie because she is just too cute