Monday, July 30, 2012

Well it's done... almost...

Thanks to the help of countless people from our family and ward... we are finally packed up and ready to go. Just about. One last trash run, and load up the van for our trip to NJ, and the apartment will finally be EMPTY.

I am beyond tired. I have not been able to sleep lately at all. And then when I finally do fall asleep it only lasts a short while until a crazy child wakes me up. Soooo tired! I've been averaging probably around 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night. And last night was more like 2.

During all of this craziness Nathan got 2 teeth.

And I did about $300ish worth of damage to our van.

Just to throw in some extra fun.

But for real... I can't believe we are leaving today. These last two years have literally been the best of my life. I am so sad to see this chapter end.

I was able to start out our time here in New Jersey, soaking up time with my family. I am so glad we did that, and I was able to eat clams my Poppy made, and see him laugh at Olivia gobbling them up. I never dreamed hugging and kissing him goodbye in my parents drive way would be the last time I would see him. I'm so grateful for that time with him.

And then we got to Erie and I got strep throat and knew no one. I was so sick and we didn't have insurance yet. Oh that was a rough time.

And then just as we were starting to get settled we got the phone call about Poppy dying. Which led to a crazy month of trips to NJ.

And then we got back and found our grove. We met the most wonderful people. Our kids made great friends. We went on many adventures, and made so many great memories. We made the 450 mile drive to NJ a couple dozen times the past two years. Aaron's brother moved to PA and we have been able to spend lots of time with cousins. We bought a van. We had a baby at home. I started running. Seriously BEST TWO YEARS EVER!!

I'm sure there are lots of great things in store for us, and I have faith that the future will be great, but I will always look back fondly at our time in Erie.


  1. BEAUTIFUL family pic! I'm sure your next two+ years in AZ will be just as great as the last 2 in PA, you're such a life-loving gal! Bon Voyage :)

  2. they were awesome two years miss you guys seriously such great friends

  3. I can't beleive you're gone! I really enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet family.