WOW- We are pretty terrible at updating this!! So, here it goes….
Zach & I started looking for our first home! The complex part was to find one, sign paper and move in before Zach left for Virginia for 6 months on June 23!
Luckily, we found a great real estate agent that took very good care of us and managed to show us around 15 houses in 2 weeks! Eventually we settled on the house we saw 3rd out of all of them and the packing began…
The days were running our until we needed to move out of our rental and until Zach left for Virginia
**FYI: Zach got a job as a Radiological Control Technician at the Naval Shipyard
I also work at and had to go to Virginia for training for 6 months! He left on June 23 and will be arriving home on December 4th (WOHOO!).
We found out how truly blessed we were when both my parents and Zach’s mom, Polly, wanted to help us move—which we gladly expected. We signed papers for the house on June 9th and moved in on June 12th and then Zach left for Virginia on the 23rd. It was a crazy few weeks!
The Blair family came to visit! They were mostly on vacation with Uncle Bob attending a conference for a few days… It was really nice to share the house with other people!
Then the next weekend Zach came home to visit and we bought our 1st new piece of furniture since we have been together! In case you are curious, it was a leather couch from JCPenny’s; no more gigantic sectional taking up the entire living room (I sold that on Craig’s list in a day)!
OOHH and my mom came and painted our kitchen a beautiful shade of orange (spiced curry) and 2 bathrooms a green color! We also went to IKEA (it was her first time) and she thought we would spend ~ 2 hrs there; it was 4.5 hrs! And the decorating began!
The first weekend was Kellie Rado’s wedding in Gig Harbor so my parents and grandma Karen came to stay with me… It was a beautiful wedding in sweltering temperatures but so much fun to chat and reminisce with the Rado’s and Titcomb’s.
My mom found time to paint my craft room (and extra bedroom) a lovely shade of pink (princess pink I believe). Who would have guessed that I would want a pink room?!
I went on my 1st adventure to Virginia to visit my hubby! We had a great time; we spent time at Virginia Beach laying in the sun, went to Washington DC and the national zoo, and spent time in Portsmouth/Norfolk relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. I had a fabulous time and I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would…
After I got home I was in a class for work which kept me pretty busy until Sarah (we have been bff’s since kindergarten!) and her family came into town for a wedding. We had lunch at Amy’s on the Bay (one of my favorites!) and I got to meet Brenda’s side of the family and spend a night with the Meyer’s. It was wonderful to catch up!
The last weekend in September, Miss. Snipe’s came into town for some internship interviews (she is one of my best friends who is in her 2nd year of law school at Gonzaga!) and we got to hang out for the weekend! I never realized how much I miss my friends until they come to visit (probably better that way)! The very last week of this month, my mom and grandma came out to visit with the intentions of decorating while they were here… and that they did! My mom recovered 3 chairs AND hung pictures/etc. in my living room, bedroom, dining room AND finished my kitchen table (we sanded it down and painted the bottom & stained the top) AND set up my dining room like a real dining room… you might be thinking that I sound like a little kid, but this is our 1st house (as I keep repeating) and it looks like adults actually live there now and not just college kids!
Whew, that was a busy month!
So far this month has flown by (thankfully—only 6 weeks until Zachary comes home!)…
After Grandma Karen and mom left, I had one “free” weekend and then I went to Nashville (I met Zach there and we stayed with our good friend Allison who Zach has been friends with since the beginning of high school). We had a AWESOME time! It is a whole different world down there… when they say southern belle (think dressed to the 9s, perfect hair and makeup) they are not lying! I felt underdressed nearly everywhere we went (fortunately Zach & Allie where dressed like I was so we all stuck out together ;). Some highlights from the trip include a haunted tavern tour in downtown Nashville complete with scary ghost stories and themed drinks, a trip to the country music hall of fame and purchasing some cowboy boots (before you laugh… it was buy 1, get 2 free so we got a bargain). The trip wasn’t nearly long enough and we already want to go back and visit soon!
And here are some random pics...