Our last day in New York was a whirlwind. Claude had to drive to Connecticut to have a hitch installed on our van and pick up the trailer. Then he finished his last half-day of work, said good-bye to his co-workers, and headed over to our apartment building to pack up.
Back on the home front, I was finishing some last minute packing and trying to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls. My neighbor was a lifesaver when she stopped by to help occupy the kids as I finished up. And did I already mention that we had a 3-month-old? That meant stopping every couple of hours to nurse him!
Our goal was to pack up, have a quick pizza dinner with a few friends, and get 3-4 hours of driving in that night. Yeah...we were overly optimistic. In the end, it took Claude a lot longer to pack the trailer than we had anticipated. But we got it done...once we had some help from a friend to jam the last mattress in and latch the door.
|Our little going away party consisted of some good friends and our last taste of New York style pizza. :)|
That night we only got 1 1/2 hours down the road. It took us 3-4 hours because we were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic...at 10pm. Gotta love the NY metropolitan area! And the second day wasn't much better. We were tired, got a late start, and had several bouts of motion sickness to contend with. Needless to say, by the third day we were ready get some serious driving in!
We finally hit our stride on day three and the rest was pretty smooth. We found what worked to keep the kids occupied (and it wasn't the movies on the iPad that we thought would be so useful!). We worked out a system of driving two hours and stopping for one to go potty and nurse the baby. It was slow going, but at least we could get several driving sessions in each day.
When we arrived at our friends' house on October 30, 2012 we were ecstatic!
|After a week of working hard to set up house, we enjoyed our last evening with my parents and got ready to jump into everyday life in Texas.|
|The boys' and girls' rooms in our Houston house. I wish they were this clean right now! :)|
Then, just a few months after arriving we were thrilled to announce that our family would be growing again! The Little 5 would be joining the Crew at the end of October, 2013 - exactly one year after our arrival in Houston. Of course, we're still awaiting her exact arrival date...but what a great way to celebrate a year of rest and abundant provision from The Lord!