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!