Today’s post is going to be a bit different than usual. I thought that since so much has been happening in our world recently–most notably moving across the country from Minnesota to California–I’d give you a little update on what’s been happening recently and where I am now! If you’re not interested, that’s perfectly okay; head over and take a look at my last post about visiting the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado.
Our Road Trip
Since getting engaged, we’ve been here, there, and everywhere. I’ve already published two of our road trip recaps here and here, but in brief, in mid-May we loaded up our trunk with all of our kitchen stuff, shoes, and just about anything else that would fit and set out for California! We drove from the Twin Cities through South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado (stopping to visit Eric’s parents in Boulder), Arizona, and all the way up from southern California to the Bay Area to our new apartment.
We spent a hectic few days registering our car, buying and assembling IKEA furniture–we’re not done with the assembly yet!–and running to Target and Best Buy for various supplies. There are so many things you never think about needing until you move into your first place! Everything from a router to a toaster to garbage bags. These days, as soon as I get back from Target, I remember eleven more things I forgot to buy and have to start another list.
Graduation & Eric’s Family Reunion
Then, we flew back to Minnesota, frantically finished packing boxes, and headed down to Carleton for senior week and graduation. And talk about a whirlwind! I think I got two hours of alone time total during the entire week. It was wonderful to see people we’d missed during the spring trimester, but by the time commencement rolled around, I was ready to be done… although the fact that it was in the 90s during the ceremony, while we were all wearing black caps and gowns AND sitting in the sun, may have contributed to that feeling 😛 And I knew I’d be seeing all of my close friends again soon anyways, so there were no tearful goodbyes, just “see you later’s”.
After the ceremony, we packed up my mom’s car, headed back to her mom’s house, and spent the next 24 hours enjoying some family time before picking up Eric’s cousin and driving three hours north to Eric’s family reunion. I spent the days listening to an entire audiobook (this one in audiobook form, and I LOVED it!), playing card games, paddle boating, motor boating, and napping.
We drove back to my mom’s house last Friday, shipped our boxes and bikes, and had two graduation celebrations–all in one day! On Saturday evening, we hopped two flights back to SFO and Ubered home. We spent yesterday grocery shopping, unpacking, and preparing for my friend Natalie to arrive! Yes, it’s day two in our apartment and we’re already hosting people–and I absolutely love it. If you’ve ever wondered the kind of person I’d be at a party, “the hostess” is it!
Home. I still can’t quite believe that we signed the lease and it’s all done and dusted. I still have that feeling that I first felt when we went to pick out my engagement ring last December: How is it that I’m already old enough to be doing this already? I don’t feel like I am. I had that feeling when we bought my ring, when we bought a car, when we signed our lease, and even as I called up our insurance agent just now. And I’d be lying if I said that our apartment feels like home already, especially in its current partially assembled, waiting-for-boxes-to-arrive state. But I’m learning to be content with the waiting. I have a newfound appreciation for my parents’ houses, because it takes a lot of work to make a house (or apartment) a home.
Nonetheless, after living in so many places in the past couple of months, I’m ready to just stay put for the next few months and to make this cozy little apartment a home. I’m ready to finish assembling furniture, unpack, and create new routines (including a blogging routine, finally). I’m ready to get back to wedding planning, especially now that the date, church, and reception venue are taken care of! I’m ready to find a church out here, a job–Eric’s first day of work is today–and to reconnect with friends and family who live here. I’m ready to settle in for this next chapter of our lives!
But I really mean it–please catch me up on your life! What’s happening in your world right now?