Wednesday, September 8, 2010

We are alive!

We have arrived in Washington D.C. and our month of non-stop craziness has slowed down a bit.  Let me just try to summarize how the last month went. Adam left the first week of August and this was his itinerary over 3 weeks to pack us up, go to interviews, start school, and move us: New York, Philadelphia, New Hampshire, New York, New Hampshire, D.C. (saw each other for a couple of hours), New Hampshire, D.C. (together again!), New York, D.C.  Adam did all of that traveling and packing with such grace, no complaint.  He drove to D.C. while sitting on our granite slab just so that it wouldn't break in the truck and even napped on it for 3 hours.  He inspired me to try to keep my stress and complaining to a minimum and he buoyed me up with love letters in the mailbox.  With Adam gone, I was a single mom for 3 weeks and I can't tell you how many times I said "I am so glad that I have Adam to help!"  I did have the help of my parents which was wonderful, but there is something about the husband just knowing what you need when you need it and when you are just done.
It seemed as though when Adam left, our smooth night time routine went to pot.  Caroline began creeping out of bed and saying she didn't want to sleep in her room.  Just as she would get me up, Olive would cry and I would go help her and then Caroline would start to cry.  It was chaos and the girls were so good to be patient with me.  Again, I am so relieved that I am here right now with Adam.  
I also feel bad because while Adam was working his tail off day in and day out, I went off to California with my family.  We had such a great time and enjoyed Disneyland and the beach.  The 16 hour bumper to bumper drive there almost did me in, but things were much more enjoyable after that.  Caroline danced for hours on the beach while Olive ate fistfulls of sand.
We love our new place and love that we have a balcony and a place to get fresh air anytime of day!  We can't thank all of our friends in New Hampshire enough for helping Adam get on his way and for providing food, thanks Bells!  Also, thank you to our incredible neighbors, the Andersons, for taking such great care of homeless Adam for a week and for all your help with moving in.

8 comments:

Mary said...

I'm glad you guys are okay! Good luck in D.C.!

Katie Bell said...

Glad things are starting to get back to normal for ya. Still feels strange to not have you guys here! Miss ya lots!

Mary said...

It was a wild and crazy time but glad that you are all settled and the girls are used to being there finally(getting over jet lag and the new environment). We LOVED having you and never mind helping out. A BIG LOVE YOU to you all.

Brandon and Brittany said...

so glad to hear that you are alive! I have thought so much about you!!! SO happy that I got to see you a few times while you were here in utah! You always put a smile on my face! And your kids are DARLING! It was so fun to FINALLY meet them! Can't wait to see pictures from Disneyland and hear more about your adventures. Love ya Andrea! Let me know when you are here again!

Here And Happy! said...

Good to have you back blogging. You've all been troopers through a stressful change. Can't wait to see you again!

Sarah Z said...

Glad to hear you guys are settled. IT was so good to hang out this summer. Miss you already...keep us updated on life!

Nate and Di said...

We're happy you made it, but not so happy that you left us...
We miss you guys!!!

Haley said...

Glad you're here- Are you in Alexandria, or did you end up somewhere else. Give us a ring sometime.