I've been under the waters of moving and family time for the last few weeks straight. The moving part was insane, intense and a bit sweaty because of the Charlotte summer heat, but the friend and family reunions that awaited us at the finish line made it all disappear.

We got ALL our stuff into this tiny pod. Shockingly.

We did sell our washer/dryer and two bookcases, as well as having to abandon an old bookshelf and our giant chair as they wouldn't fit/weren't worth the money to move (ooo I hope they're not reading this). The chair was so big and so awkward that in order to discard it near the dumpster we had to balance it atop Brandon's car and drive frustratingly slow for the long journey to the dump.

We left Charlotte early Thursday morning after staying with Nathan and Rachel and saying our final teary goodbyes, then drove 10+ hours to Indianapolis where we got to see the Morgan's, meet baby Asher and have a lovely French dinner out!

Afterwards, we drove 2 more hours to Illinois where we stayed the night with the Heggers! It was so much fun to see them again so soon and stay up late chatting and eating chocolate chip cookies! The next morning we relaxed and spent time playing with Bella and spending quality time. MAN I miss them.

When I had my back pack on and was ready to go Bella went and got hers and said "I go with you!" Heart melting.

*this image by the fabulous Julie Hegger

We drove through 8 states in one day. That was tiring.

We had about 5 hours to go on Friday before we arrived in Cedar Falls, Iowa for our friend Jason's wedding. We got to see so many of our friends from Pella there.

And we saw this creepy monster tree. Was it worth the effort people?

After the wedding on Saturday night we caravanned home to southern Minnesota with Heather and Adam! We had a blast but were completely and entirely exhausted, and nearly tumbled out of our cars onto my parent's front steps.

Ahhhhh, home.


so long, farewells

It was very hard to say goodbye to our life in Charlotte. We had a wonderful 4 (kinda 5 years) as Charlotteans.

Brandon said goodbye to our TV, which recently stopped working. He posed for this picture of him giving it a goodbye hug and unfortunately also threw out his back (in the middle of moving week).

We said goodbye to LGA. They have become my family for 4 years and I'm so happy that I get to stay in contact doing freelance from Texas! They made me the best photo album of my 4 years with them that brought tears to my eyes.

We said farewell to the wonderful Kologes, our surrogate Charlotte-parents and good friends!

We bid adieu to all the friends we have grown to love so dearly will miss so dearly when we're gone.

We had our last Chef Bill cooking class. We are going to miss him, his passion for food and travel, his amazing cooking tips and the tasty food he made us!

So long and fare-thee-well, Charlotte. We love you.


hair, cut.

So this was more than long-coming. I FINALLY (after about 12 years) chopped off my long hair and embraced a FRINGE! After Meg challenged me and we made a pact, I had the ever-fabulous Krista (owner of Studio7 in Ames) cut it off! 

I love it so far but I also don't recognize myself at all. I'm so excited to try new ways of styling it (unfortunately I suck at doing hair so we'll see how this goes). 

Let this be a reminder to myself not to fear change.

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