Anatomy of a Move

Beginning
 Middle 

 End(ish)



Yup, I totally made that last word up.  

So it's been over a month now since that big truck took all of our things back, and we've been a little busy in the in-between time.  

After the boxes left we went to settle in to our hotel for a fun and relaxing week...we thought.  The first day we walked to the park and played, but by the second day the boys started to come down with something ugly.  We spent the rest of the week in the hotel with oils, prayers, and sick children.  It was nothing short of a miracle that we made it onto the plane.

Thankfully we did in fact make it onto our scheduled flight.  We made it with ten suitcases, nine carry-on's, two strollers, and two car seats.  We had two flights over a fourteen hour period, a four hour layover, and two little girls who got airsick as our first flight landed.  We have no desire to do that again anytime in the near future.

Upon our arrival we were greeted by some amazing new friends, a few vans to take all of us, and all of our stuff to our new place.  (The view from my window is even more beautiful than that picture shows.)  About a week later we were lucky to receive the first thousand pounds of our things from home, and now we just wait for the rest to arrive.  Hopefully in another two or three weeks...

Moving really isn't new to us, but I have to admit this one has been the hardest by far.  Grocery shopping for seven while jet lagged, and realizing at the same time that the language barrier is significantly greater than anyone warned you about is, shall we say, trying.

We are all slowly adjusting...  I'm afraid I'm the slowest, but each day I'm making progress and as I look back at the moments I've captured I'm able to see a lot more of the good than I've actually felt on a day to day basis.

We are looking forward to seeing more of this beautiful place and sharing it with you, and we're also looking forward to not moving again for a few years!

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All Wrapped Up

It's hard to believe it's been a month since my last big update.  I'm not sure where the time's gone, but I'm thankful I captured some pictures along the way, otherwise it may all have been lost to the flurry of activity.  So here are the highlights.
 The three biggest children helped perform the Christmas story at church.
 We said see you later to our van.  It's currently on a ship somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, and we're hopeful for a reunion in early February.  The rental we've had for a month now is nicer than our van, and the kids have made several requests to switch them out.  LOL!
 We had a very nasty round of the stomach flu that happened to overlap with some out of town training for daddy.  (Seriously, three small children waking up at the exact same time to be sick, not fun!!!!)  Shortly before daddy left one of his friends from work dropped off the most amazing treats, which of course no one could eat.  Luckily he wrapped it in this amazing tissue paper and we could make some snowflakes to brighten our window while we convalesced.
 By the night daddy was coming home we were well enough to make cookies.  We read Jingle, The Christmas Clown by Tomie dePoala and then made the recipe in the back.  A HUGE thank you to my inspiring friend who posted about her family baking day.  It encouraged me to bake, and gave me the idea to put parchment under each work area, so clean up took me less than five minutes.  Which was necessary, because there was this...
 little guy to keep an eye on, along with...
 his sweet little sister.
 Pappy and Grandma through everyone an amazing science birthday party, so that I didn't have anything to pack, clean, or organize.  The kids, their friends, and cousins, had a great time!
 We went to the U.S. Botanic Gardens to see the train display, and the amazing decorations.  Reykja dear, this fairy house is for you. ;)
 And Tamara my friend, the family shot is for you.  The model of the Capitol is made entirely out of plant material!
 As was this cool train that the kiddos enjoyed immensely.
 During that same outing I took the three older children ice skating at the NGA Sculpture Garden Ice Rink.  It's always been on my list of things to do, and it was so fun to skate through the art with my sweet children.  E, and S impressed me because within 30 minutes they were both off of the wall and skating on their own.
 We met friends at the D.C. Temple to say our last goodbyes and enjoy the beautiful lights.
 In the Visitor's Center they had GORGEOUS Christmas trees!  I had to post this one with all of the flags, since our flag is right there at the top in the middle.  Can you see it?!
 All of that brought us to Christmas, and one last celebration for the year.
 Because just a few days later the tree was down, and everything we owned was put into boxes by the most amazing moving crew we've ever had.
 And that's it, all wrapped up and driving away on the very last day of 2015.  

It's hard to believe how much has changed in the last year, but it seems like the whole year has gone by as fast as December.  I'm grateful for the many friends who have encouraged me to come back to this space and start recording again.  I'm looking forward to "seeing you" again when we get to Montenegro.

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Night Lights

Shortly after my last post we went on a family outing to do one of our favorite things...look at Christmas lights.  We were lucky enough to combine the lights with a trip to one of our favorite places...the zoo!  


 The zoo has a gingerbread habitat contest every year, and we're were amazed by the creations people had made. Their creativity and skill was really inspiring!



 In addition to the beautiful lights we also enjoyed a ride on the carousel, some snow-less tubing, and a short trip on a train through the farm animal area.


Our new home country doesn't have a zoo, so it seemed like it was worth documenting our last visit, even if the only wildlife we saw was made out of lights!



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