I have had three Starbucks today.
This is certainly proof that I have hit some kind of all-time low.
My mom and grandma left early this morning, with many tears of fairwell. However, my dad's flight was cancelled, so he was able to stay with us an extra day! He was supposed to leave last night, but left this afternoon. It was easier, to spread out the goodbyes.
I want to share with you the absolute blast we had this week. My mom and I brought so much life to the apartment, and we had so much fun with all of the projects we decided to take on! The men nodded and smiled, and helped us create and manage the heavy things :)
We continued to bargain shop the rest of this week, and I have applied to seven different jobs. Nothing back yet, but still praying.
Thursday, we decided to pop over to Washington D.C., which was really fun. It's about a 7 hour roundtrip, so it made for a long day! But we were able to get a personal tour of the Pentagon from Dusty's long-time friend Rob, who's stationed there. We spent a little time at the mall across the street from the Pentagon, and did a quick drive by of all of the key points of D.C.! (A quick preview for Dusty, whose never been!)
The rest is all fun, food, and fabulosity.
Check out this little (actually he was huge) guy. We met him when we returned to an antique shop that mom spotted on our way to D.C. We drove 45 minutes back to it the next day, because we just had to! We found some really fun stuff, not least of which was this praying mantis man. I have a stuffed animal praying mantis my dad used to tell me stories with when I was little. I had a whole host of stuffed characters, and he was always my favorite. I finally got to see one in real life!
These windows were one of the best treasures we found that day. Ten bucks a piece! Totally worth the trip! They were harvested off of an old house down the road from the antique shop in Covesville. Little pieces of history. Wonder who lived in that house, who looked out these windows at the beautiful green countryside?
Now get ready to behold the new fixtures in our home, with all the hard work we put into them! We had so much fun, and even in the humidity and many cloudy and rainy days, we were able to laugh and be excited about the warmth our little place was beginning to hold.
Here are some more of my favorite details of our home, that we've been creating since we moved in on August 1st.
And last but not least:
Does anyone else remember that old children's show, "The Big Comfy Couch"? Their couch was green and floral, yet...the theme song has been stuck in my head ever since we bought this.
The upstairs is in a state of disarray, but our bedroom will be the next fun project. We have the furniture, but are working on the organization, cleaning, and final decor. Our second bedroom (yet to be named -- so far, it's functional titles are guest room, study, office, and craft room) is almost done.
Starbucks is now closed, and we are very much looking forward to having our own internet this Tuesday! Tonight will be the beginning of a long and wonderful three years of togetherness for Dusty and I, wherein we will be changed and strengthened and blessed by all that we encounter.
During one of my bouts of tears and sadness this afternoon, I simply said, "Well, this is the price of going on an adventure."
I love my home in Arizona, and I love my family. But this is our chance to have a magical adventure...