Friday, June 3, 2011

Life in the desert...so far


Despite the craziness of the day,  Ruby went to her last day of school the very morning we moved down south.  Look how calm she looks...no idea of the whirlwind and chaos that lay ahead...

The babies hanging out...Jared and Jim (my brothers) and my parents came to help load up our truck from the storage shed.  Jim even had to bring his kids!  Talk about commitment.  We 'accidently' ended up with a 26 footer from UHAUL cuz our 16 footer wasn't returned back on time from Enterprise...so we last minute scrambled and found this truck for a better rate! Talk about a blessing.  With a truck 10 feet longer, we BARELY fit our crap (some of it isn't crap but most of it is) inside...thanks to men (Jared, Jim, Marty, Dad) that planned, shoved and organized the loading.  (We SO appreciate your help-even though you turned down our shake offer from Warrens!)
Our first night in the house...my parents drove the truck down for us...what would we do without Mommy and Daddy! ha.  My parents were oblivious then to the worst night of sleep EVER that they were going to experience in just 2 wee hours. (air mattress in the living room-says it all) They worked their TAILS off -the whole time helping us get settled.  They just jumped in and hit it.  We are so glad they came with us.  My dad worked exclusively the next morning on the trampoline (shown below). It is SO, SO wonderful to have.!  Thanks DAD.  Our dinner this night was pepperoni pizza, and deli specials: orange chicken and rotisserie chicken. oh yeah.



We were so busy I didn't get any pictures of anyone working.  We had 3 men from the Elders Quorum come help Marty...(perks of church-going) and my Mom helped me get some stuff on the walls, put beds together, write a list of things I needed to buy right away and unload my kitchen.  So nice to have her here. They were completely wiped out at the end of the day-and the previous day...I am surprised they could smile for this picture.!  btw...our house sits adjacent from a beautiful hay field!  Who knew...hay and fields in the desert?!  I sure didn't. And it is just itching for visitors.  We have an extra room for ya'all.
  
My parents taking off. (don't worry I cried like a baby) They couldn't take another night of no-sleep.  Don't blame them...plus they had to be home for their ward the next morning.  My mom trying to get 'up'  into the massive truck.  They hit major storms on the way home-snow and rain. What?  That is one thing that is serene right now-sunny, warm weather.
Our laundry 'hall' is bigger than our basement was.  That says alot about our old house and tiny basement! ha!

I still have drawers to fill in this 'well-built-for-storage' kitchen.  SO not used to that!
Not to make you squirm, but this is ONE thing I can not get used to yet.  Even after traps were set and the house was sprayed...we STILL find them!  Most the time like this-dying on their back side.  But I am NOT a fan of bugs at all. And this one sort of camouflaged with the wood floor-I nearly stepped on it- IN BARE FEET. 
Another factor that will take some getting used to is just the change in general.  You get real comfortable in your surroundings and even though a new place sounds fun and exciting (and it is) it's still hard too-esp. for me I guess.  And esp. in the the beginning.  I've had many crying sessions.  Poor Marty got a little worried I think.  It's different to live far away from family.  I miss my sisters and friends up north.

But the ward seems great, I've made some friends, it's popsicle weather here, the kids LOVE it.  St. George has definitely got it's own type of beauty.  I miss the Rockies but the red rock is something else, I've had some really picturesque runs.  Marty and I both favor spanish-style homes.  I love our water softner-thought we'd have reptile skin here-but that is saving us.  Having a garage is like a dream.  I THINK I can take the heat when it comes?  110-115 for the high-July and August are the worst.  We shall see how we all fair.

The live- in; 24/7 babysitter.!  Thanks Dad, again, for getting it set-up...who knows when we'd have gotten around to it!

All in all...we give St. George 2 thumbs up.

11 comments:

Rebecca said...

I really can't believe you're there. I miss you! We'll be there for a weekend after the baby is born and you better believe Lydia will be all over that trampoline!

Karen said...

Clint and I were just saying how much we miss having you guys around. Glad you like your new place and that the kids are adjusting. Maybe we'll stop by for a visit when we head to AZ at the end of the month. I'll call you and let you know.

Kim said...

I love your new house! And the trampoline looks like tons of fun! Your new adventure awaits you! Enjoy!

rhonda said...

Wow, you moved! That's gotta be so exciting and yet also scary. But you will do great. The house looks amazing from the few pictures you showed us. Reminds me of living in Phoenix. I hope that things work out there with Marty and his firm. We will stop by to see you the next time we head down to Arizona.

Alysa Clark said...

Bad ward friend = Me...
I had no idea you guys were moving! Sad. But nice that I discovered your blog. Good luck in St. George!!! I will miss you. :(

Palmer Paradise said...

I love your new house. It looks so nice. I can't wait to come visit. The bug on the floor is disgusting but I am glad it is dead. Your back yard looks huge.

Diane Wright said...

I just feel all tingly when I see the pictures of you in your new place and I'm so glad you have your parents who are the best. (sorry I wasn't there to help). I can't wait to come and see for my self. I want the blow up bed. Even though it leaks, I sleep like a baby on it. The trampoline is so great. Thanks for posting. I couldn't wait to see the pictures.

cheeks said...

just get rid of the bugs and i'll be there asap! haha! mindy, it's so cute! i love the house! and i'm sure it's so nice to have all the extra space! i love the pic of your mom trying to climb in the truck....get her a stool for heck sakes! haha! they really are the best, aren't they? They're travelin fools...not sure how they're keeping their eyes open here! i'm sure they'll be happy to be back in their own beds soon!

it's ok to have cry sessions....you'll feel right at home in no time! love you!!!

the witch doctor said...

Well, your house looks good, but not as nice as in person! Which is actually true of your mother...she is not actually as old or red-faced as she appears in the pictures and her rear end is certainly not as big as that shot of her getting into that truck makes it seem to be!!! Can't begin to say how much we miss you and how lonely and quiet our house was when we got home...BUT I know people will be drawn to your little family -your life will be filled with new friends.. and you will be a blessing to all who know you- our loss is their gain. AND there is always the solemn promise that you will be back for a visit every month!!! (serious consequences might follow a broken promise of that nature) luv to all!

Rick and Angie said...

I'm sooo happy you are safe and settled!!! AND > you are not missing much up NORTH, TRUST ME!!!

Sarah E. said...

Mindy I love the pictures, but it about made ME cry. I am sure I am not the only one missing you up north too. I am loving the new house though, it's gorgous!