Monday, August 31, 2009

Our Journey Back to TU

Our journey back to Taylor started Monday, August 24. We arrived Thursday, August 27. We were able to take it nice and slow, so we made a mini road trip out of it.

Day 1: We left. We were able to stop in a couple places in New Mexico. The first place that we stopped was the White Sands Missile Range.
Some of the missiles were huge--one being 18,000 lbs!
After that we drove a little bit further to the White Sands National Monument. It was incredible that we were driving through nothing but desert and then we came upon these sand dunes with sand as white as what you would find on a really nice sandy beach. We only stopped for about an hour, but it would have been neat to stay there for longer.
Zach on the Dunes



our self portrait shadow

the very white sand...
And off we went to continue our journey. Pretty much the whole drive through New Mexico looked about the same... not much of anything. But as we were driving on this never-ending road, I thought that it would make a pretty cool picture. hehe.

We stopped that night in Santa Rosa, NM. The next day we got up early so that we could make it to Lakin Kansas to see Oma Rita and Grandma Jones. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures that day. We got to visit with them Tuesday afternoon and evening. Aunt Dian also came over for dinner. After dinner, I was able to meet Zach's Uncle Terry and Aunt Teresa.

We left after saying our good-byes to Oma and Grandma at about 10:30 on Wednesday morning. Zach and I both felt well rested and well fed after staying at Oma's. We drove all day through Kansas and into Missouri. We kept on driving because neither of us were tired so we made it past St. Louis. We were going to stop at the Gateway Arch and get out; but since we got there at 10:30 p.m., the downtown streets were crazy and parking was $5.00, so we just drove right by the arch and to get a picture. We had to drive a block or two away from the arch in order to actually get a picture of it because it was too big for me to get upclose.

Wednesday night we drove past St. Louis to get out of the busy city and kept driving until we found a recognizable hotel name. We finally found one in Highland... or Higland. Both names were used quite frequently. (Higland water and electrical... Highland Park.)

We finally arrived to our home in Upland at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. We were able to get our keys at about 3:15, so that's when we started moving in.

We went to Walmart to get food and some other necessities Thursday night.

We went to Target to get other needed things on Friday, such as a bookshelf. We also went to Sears to attempt buying a bed on Friday. We were unable to in the store, but ordered one online... it comes September 8th! Thank God for airbeds in the meantime.

On Saturday, we went to Indianapolis to get a vacuum at Bed, Bath, and Beyond; we got food and toilet paper at Costco. We also got another bookshelf at Target on the way back home.

We went to church on Sunday. We went to Walmart on Sunday for a little bit more food, a door mat, a desk, and a cheap living room lamp. We pretty much got settled by Sunday evening.

Today, we went to the laundromat to do laundry. We also went to... WALMART... to get a wireless router. Man, you would think that our detailed lists of what we need could be more detailed. This afternoon, I finally got to use my vacuum...

I say it works well.

And this is our home...

God sure has blessed our small family of two!

That's all for now. School officially starts tomorrow. It should be a good/busy year.

1 comment:

Helen said...

Hey! I didn't know you had a blog :)

I remember those "holy cow, we have nothing" days. They're kinda fun, in a really weird way. Well, okay, maybe not now, but you'll laugh about it later, especially the airbed (ours deflated every time I walked into the room-- not kidding!).

Anyway, it's a beautiful place and it's good you're settled. Have fun, guys!