Friday, July 11, 2008

Beautiful Washington

We arrived in Washington a few nights ago. It was possibly the longest flight from Philly to Portland. Geof. was even thinking of flying from Philly to St. Louis to start a trip. FORTUNATELY, he called in sick, probably after seeing the desperate, exhausted, frightened, "I'll kill my kids if I have to do it alone" look in my eye. Even with Geof., it turned out to be the longest, most tiring cross country trip yet (and I've done quite a few of those with and without Geof.). We sat on the ground for and hour and a half in philly due to thunderstorms, and then we had a good 5 and a half hour flight. June was well past the delirious stage, and pretty much whined and cried and slashed around in Geof. or my lap the whole time. Geof. and I were so tired ourselves from 2 days of packing, that we didn't even have the strength or energy to entertain our kids. I couldn't even find the coloring/activity books my friend had given us for the flight (sorry Aimee!!). It was crazy. Towards the end of the flight, I found Dayne cleaning our fellow passenger's armrests with a baby wipe and I was too tired to stop her. We did make it, however, and I can't be happier here. I LOVE WASHINGTON!! It's so clean and open and green. It's always felt like home to me and it's never even been my home (except for 3 short months when I was 16 living with my aunt and uncle)! We will miss Richmond and our dear friends, and hope to go back one day, but I feel incredibly grateful to be with family here. Geof.'s sister Ellynn and her husband Jason moved up here a week ago as well from Utah, and are living with Geof.'s other sister Meagan until their baby arrives (due in November). I almost forgot to mention our cute little apartment set up in the basement. Geof. and I have our own little "studio" with our bed and family room set up, and the kids are all in another room with brand new bunkbeds. Cole's so excited. Well, time to run. I don't know how clear this post is since it's close to midnight eastcoast time and I've been up early every day. bye.

9 comments:

Arah said...

glad you made it to Washington safe and sound. We will have to get together while you guys are here...it's only about a 6 hour drive.

Mindi said...

Geez, Darla. I'm so sorry you had a rough trip out there, but I'm glad you are there. Can't wait to see you in Zion next week!

Emily Averett said...

Sounds like a bummer of a trip...moving is the pits. BUT, glad you're there and loving it-I want to come and see it all and you guys too!

Megan Erickson said...

i think we will be making a trip down there for the first two weeks of august...

J9 said...

So glad you made it safe and somewhat sound! Okay, give it a few days and you won't be delirious anymore! I miss you already....

shivy said...

so glad you guys made it safe. enjoy the non-humid climate while you can. ;) it was so nice to be out west for a week and have my hair look decent ALL day and not just till i stepped outside. ;)

hope to see you guys back out here one day too -- we've got a good three years ahead of us at least. love you!

emily alex sarabia bunch said...

Darla, I hope to see you soon. Im glad there is this blog thing but family is so important. I am glad you are having lots of kids. Think about how nice it is that we have a big family with lots of love. I cant imagine not giving that to my kids. It is worth all the pain and tiredness. And wrinkles which Im sure alex will learn to love. miss u. em

Julie Winkel said...

I am so sorry we didn't get together before you left, but that means you have to come out here to bring Cole for more "boy time" soon. I'm glad you're there safe and happy with family...at least I hope it's a happy family after the plane trip!

lindsay coudron said...

I'm so glad that you made it safely. I am sad that I didn't get to say goodbye. Good luck with everything:)