Sunday, April 2, 2017

It's actually happening...

We are rapidly approaching 9 years of being Tucsonans. While at the same time...we are REALLY rapidly approaching our departure for Fargo, ND for  6 months. And I have to be honest and admit....even though it's 6 days away, it does not feel real yet.

First of all, it doesn't feel real. For I was told it was happening, and then it wasn't happening, and then it was for sure happening, and then there was only about a 30% chance of it happening. But now it's really happening.

I've kind of warped my brain to not believe anything is happening until I'm fully living it.

But we really are moving. I've changed our address w/ USPS and I've packed 1 suitcase so far! ;)

I don't even know how to explain in words how excited I am. I've missed and pined for my family so much over the past 9 years. It doesn't feel real that I'll be with them for 6 months.

While at the same time, I'm going to miss my friends. I have a group of friends who have become family here in Tucson. We run together 3-4 days/week at 5 am. We've formed an inseparable bond. We communicate ALL day long via text. We don't skip a beat.

The beauty is - they aren't going anywhere ;)

Here are a few things that have been keeping us "busy" over the past week. (Besides work and regular life!)

-Ryan has built us our garden. I assisted. When we get back, he is going to install a rainwater harvesting system and we will have quite the setup and year-round garden to enjoy! I am very blessed to have such a talented woodworker for a husband! I helped with this project, but really I just held boards in place and fetched tools for him.

-I've been super busy at work trying to get licensed in as many states possible, so I don't have to deal with that so much when we are in Fargo. I'm required to get licensed in pretty much all 50 states, per a new policy. Some states require notaries, proof of degrees, birth certificates, fingerprinting, etc -- and it's just easier to take care of all that paperwork at our home.

-We have been trying to see everyone before we leave. The reality is - we won't get to see everyone. But we are making our best effort. Our weekends have been packed full of dinner parties, date nights, and get-togethers with good friends. 

-Friday night we hosted one last dinner party with some of our closest friends. It was a fun evening full of so much laughter. This is a mix of the ladies I run with every morning and a few of our travel/scuba diving friends. Unbelievable bonds! 

I know the week ahead is busy. So I assume this will probably be my final blog post before we are North Dakotans!! See you all on the flip side! 


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yea!! I am so glad this is happening!! And you'll be here for the best 6 months of the year! I know you would have been excited to be home for 6 months period, but it's a lot better to be home during the peak weather season versus the cold, winter months! I can't wait to have you driving distance away!!!

Good luck getting everything done this week! I am sure it will be a whirlwind week for you guys, but it will feel so good to get in the car on Saturday morning to head HOME!!!

PS Your raised beds are beautiful!! Nice work, Ryan!!!

Marlys Dotzenrod said...

Color me impressed at those raised beds! Super job, Ryan!
The next time you post a picture, they will be full of growing plants!
Yes, it still doesn't seem real to me that you are coming home for 6 months! I will believe it when I see the whites of your eyes next Sunday evening! Words do not describe the joy that this is filling my heart with! The lake is calling your name, you know! I saw Linda at the clinic and she begged me to bring you over to the campground when you are here and I promised her I would. Old memories will resurface, I am sure! She hasn't changed a bit over the years!

Amber said...

Safe travels!!! You are going to have an amazing 6 months close to your family. And how perfect this move worked out for the best time of year AND the year Lisa is getting married!!! So perfect. I have found it really hard since moving to form a new friends group, we had so many amazing friends in our old city and in our new city we really just spend time with family. Hopefully that will change the longer we live here though!