1. The packers packed our house in one day. I was impressed with their speed but after getting things unpacked here in Utah, I am not impressed with their packing skills. Things were actually just dumped into boxes. Things were broken. One of my cake plates didn’t even make it into a box. So I am not happy with the packing skills of our moving company.
2. Since they packed our house in a day, Jeremiah was able to join the kids, Pop Pop, and I to our trip to the zoo. I have to say that I miss the zoo already. It’s a fun zoo and it never got old. We also drove to the shrine so we could look out over our city one last time…
3. While the movers were packing our things into their truck, Pop Pop and I took the kids to the Garden of the Gods. We had so much fun exploring, waiting out a thunderstorm, and exploring some more.
4. We also took the cog rail to the top of Pikes Peak. The last time we tried, we never made it to the top due to the snow. We made it this time. And the kids were prepared with their binoculars to see all the things from the train! Since two out of three kids (and maybe a parent, not going to confirm or deny if it was me) fell asleep on the way back down the mountain, I call it a successful outing.
5. And so we say, “see ya” to our house in Colorado.
I may or may not have cried myself to sleep the night before driving. This was the hardest move.
6. We drove 5 1/2 hours to Rawlins, WY to stop for the night. With 3 adults, 3 kids, 2 dogs driving a very loaded down Durango with a trailer and a very loaded down civic, we decided to split up our drive. We really had no idea what to expect with the dogs on such a long drive. It worked out better this way.
7. We drove another 4 1/2 hours to our new home in Utah. Our house is great. We have a lot of room. We did downsize a bit since there is no basement but we’ve made it work. The house is attached to another house. So each unit is 2 houses but we really do not hear the other family at all. Our house was updated before we moved in with new carpet and paint.
8. We have never lived on base housing before. It’s been quite an experience so far. Like it feels like a commune in a way. The kids run free and play where they want. While I am not opposed to kids coming to our house to play, I’m a little concerned that they can walk around the housing area without supervision but Mazie can’t babysit her little brother in the privacy of our own home. But the dogs have to be in their kennels while we are not home. The rules are a little weird. However, Jeremiah texting he is on his way home and is home in 5 minutes is nice. And he gets to come home for lunch every day if he wants. And forgetting to pick up something for supper and running to the commissary that is 1 1/2 miles away (closer than it’s ever been) is convenient. So we’ll see how this works.
9. One thing that kind of rubs me the wrong way is that no other child can be present at another’s doctor visit. I’m not sure what I will do when they are sick enough to need an appointment and can’t go to school and Jeremiah is on a trip. That should be fun to work out. As far as I know, that is only a rule here. I’ve never heard of that at any of our other bases.
10. So I will have pictures of the house on here soon. While I worked at lightning speed to get the furniture placed and the big things were they needed to be so we could live comfortably, I am still working on putting my touches here and there. Curtains and pictures still need to be hung and the kids need a break for doing absolutely nothing. So they will be here as soon as I can get them here! More on base living another day.