The Move to Virginia

11:52 AM

*Cough cough* *sniffle sniffle* *Aaachoo!!*

That's pretty much me right now. Every time I move I get sick. Haven't figured out the full reason why. I'm guessing because of the stress of a move, the changes, and my body just not liking it.
I hoped to get my clothes in the closet and the living room cleared of all the boxes this week, but the body is calling for rest, hot tea, medicine, and soups. Baaahh...

The move from PA to VA was smooth and uneventful. I managed to get our old apartment sparkling clean through elbow grease, late nights, and tons of cleaning product while Jason packed the Uhaul. Most of our things were just too heavy for me to lift. I pretty much packed most of everything in their boxes so it balanced out.

Two friends from church came the night before and helped move the bigger furniture out which was a huge help. Thank you Clement family! :)
We also got to spend some time earlier in the week with three more friends from church in their new very old home built in 1762! It's like walking into a history museum or back in time! We had a lovely relaxing dinner with them. It was hard saying goodbye to good church family that Sunday morning/afternoon. Leading up to the move, my two lady friends from PA spent some time hanging out. I'm grateful for these sweet friendships. :)
We had our last dinner at the house the night before the morning we left. Kinda thrown together...
The drive to VA went smoothly. We left around 9:30am and arrived around 12:45pm. Jason drove the U-haul while I followed behind with our car. It wasn't that bad! Some of the interchanges were abit frightening and confusing, but I did much better than I thought I would.

It looks like we have way more stuff than we actually do when it's all scrunched together like that!

Arriving near our street I was floored by how many shops and restaurants are all in the same place. I mean we are so centrally located to EVERYTHING. We're talking like 5-10 minutes to any store you need. Our friends arrived to help us unload while I ran some errands for the first time. I experienced some heavy traffic on the main road. Not a surprise as I was forewarned. I don't think traffic after this will ever bother me again.

We got settled into our condo pretty effortlessly and now we have a place so much bigger and roomier. I absolutely love it! I know many have been clamoring to see the new place. This is what it looks like right now. Once things get organized and put in their places, I won't feel like I'm in the middle of an explosion..




We even got a nice window treatment done by the landlord because the old one was broken. I love the curtains!

Our 2 bathrooms are spacious.
Our bedroom is a good open space with large windows. :)

AAAnd my favorite: the walk in closets. A first. Our second bedroom is a decent size too. We are going to use that as a multipurpose room for our music, crafts, office, books, etc. When guests come they can stay in that room. :)

I haven't taken pictures of all the rooms yet. I figure I will do so once things are straightened up.

For now this is a sneak peak of our haven for a year. We're blessed. 

A couple nights in, Jason let me try my first MRE.
The way this works is you have pouches that you can either put in boiling water to soften the contents or you can put them in the heat bag on the right with a little water and just watch it cook before your eyes! The marinara with meatballs was sooo good but the chicken fajita I didn't like. Too mushy and spicy. They are full of calories though and I can see why they are so great for the military. Can't wait to try more. He has like two boxes of em!

Jason has now started his military career active duty and has been going through the check in process this week. We are officially a military family and with that comes so many benefits as well as sacrifices. I am settling in, getting used to the area, and hoping to get better soon so I can do some exploring. For now I'm homebound. We are looking for a second car so I can get out and do things especially as the weather gets warmer eventually. Often (like this morning, right now!) 

I hear artillery fire, gunshots, and military helicopters circling above. I'm getting used to the base sounds. It's such a fascinating place to live! I've been connecting with some of the wives here too through Facebook groups. Hopefully soon I can meet some of them in person. They have been helpful in learning the area. 

Jason shopped the commissary a couple days ago to replenish a few things. It's pretty cheap there. The quality is iffy though on certain things. I will just have to do my groceries research. We have an Aldi. That's a start! If anyone wants to come visit while we're here, send us a message and let us know! We would love to have visitors. :)



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