Heeeeellloooo Everyone! Sorry for the silence around here last week. I actually had posts planned out for the whole week, but was unexpectedly without Internet for a few days, which (as you might expect) kept me from getting them up here on the blog. I’m back up and running, and I am really excited for today’s post. This isn’t my usual home decor-/project-related post, but so much has been going on the last few weeks that I just had to take a moment to share!
Over the last three weeks, while I’ve been sharing my grasscloth-covered trunk tutorial, my organized printer station, the last few reveals of our North Carolina house (you can see the family room reveal here and the whole house tour here in case you missed them!) and more…pretending all was normal and right in our home and our life…so so so much was happening…
The moving trucks came. After three days of packing and two days of loading, our stuff was on it’s way to our new home without us.
Yes, five days of packing and loading – we’ve never needed five days before and shouldn’t have this time either. There were hiccups, stresses, and frustrations along the way…but by Friday, our home finally looked like this:
We’ve moved enough times now to know that we hate eating pizza on the floor and not having our coffee first thing in the morning, so we keep back just enough to make life comfortable! I’ll be sharing my “No Pack/Life on the Road” must-haves soon! (If you’re wondering, the flowers were from Mother’s Day 🙂
Then for the next three days, we did this:
Henry thought it was the coolest thing ever that he actually got to help paint. I, however, was truly sad to paint over my beloved stripes as well as all the other walls we’ve enjoyed the last three years.
Four gallons of paint+primer and three straight days of paining later, our house was returned to it’s original state. All traces of our home, our personalities, our life there now only live in our memories (and here on the blog!)
We cleaned and cleaned and cleaned to prepare for checkout while Henry got in some final playtime with his very best friends across the street. After packing up the cars, we snapped one more family shot in front of our “Yellow House” and then said farewell to our North Carolina home. (See that look on my face? That’s pure exhaustion mixed with holding back tears so Henry wouldn’t freak out!)
Instead of hitting the road right away, we did something we’ve never done while living in North Carolina! We went to the beach…for two weeks!!!!! While we’ve done day trips to the beach many times, we’ve never actually stayed at the beach during the whole three years. Since our new house wasn’t going to be immediately available, we jumped at the opportunity to live in a beach condo on Emerald Isle, North Carolina to wait our time out.
Greg was still able to go to work, Henry still went to school, and I still got some work done…but in between, we were able to play, relax, and rest up for the trip and task ahead!
During our time on Emerald Isle, we also went to 1940’s themed dinner dance aboard the USS North Carolina with some dear friends. Greg and I are HUGE swing/ballroom dancers (we even took lessons for a year!) so this event was such a fun and special way to close out our time here in North Carolina! I LOVED getting dressed in period garb, and the decor and details of the event did not disappoint!
Right next to our beach condo on Emerald Isle were these HUGE wild flower fields. Every time I drove by, I wanted to stop and take pictures. One night after dinner, we were all in good moods (and relatively matching attire) so we headed out for an impromptu photo session. Henry has entered the “fake smile” stage, but we were actually able to capture some pretty good ones. What I love most about these pictures is that they represent such a fun, special, calm, and relaxing time for our family. A time we really, really needed.
After a few last-minute meetups with some of our closest friends, it was finally time to hit the road. Our travels took us from North Carolina…to…
…to our NEW HOME in the STATE of KANSAS!
Phew!!!!!! Okay now – pick your jaws up off the floor. Did you figure it out? Did you guess right? Are you in shock? It’s okay…I was too, for a really long time. In fact, now that we’re here, I’m still kind of in shock. To be clear, I have nothing against the lovely State of Kansas. It’s just that when you’re a Marine Corps family, Kansas is not really on the “usual” lists of places to be stationed. Never in a million years did I think we’d be living in Kansas. But we are…we’re here for a year…and we’re going to make the most of it!
Exactly three weeks after saying goodbye to our North Carolina home, we opened the doors to our 6th home to start our next adventure. All of our stuff arrived on Friday, and I am totally in my element puzzle piecing our home back together. I am just sooooooo excited to show you guys everything.
Just a quick head’s up: my posting schedule may be a bit bumpy over the next month as we get settled. Just know that good things are coming down the pike, so check back regularly! If you don’t want to wait for updates to hit the blog, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I’ll be sharing real-time progress!
Before I sign off, I just wanted to thank all of you who have left comments, written emails, left Facebook messages and Instagram notes lately about me, our final North Carolina home reveal, what I do here on THIHM, and this transition to our next home. I am thrilled that you guys are excited to follow along and share in this next adventure with me and my family. I am just so thankful that you make time for me, my ideas, and this blog; knowing you guys are out there cheering us on means the world. Hugs!
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