Almost a month ago, this giant truck showed up at our house in Haslet and loaded all our things inside. Bob and I cleaned our empty house, took a trip to the zoo with Aunt Faith, then made a LONG drive along I-10 to Jacksonville.
We started our drive both days around 3 a.m. The boys slept until around 7 a.m., we stopped for breakfast, then kept on driving. My mom rode with the boys and I she definitely put in her time entertaining the kids. Ryan especially got antsy, but we made it to the hotel by around 2 p.m.
On the second day, I learned the joys of bribery. The kids really didn't want to get back into the car after a brief stop, so we let them pick a treat, and then they didn't even fight me getting back into their seats.
Although this picture is a little blurry, love how James is chomping on his sucker. Michael told me that this sucker was very "tasty." They boys are talking up a storm lately. Michael is constantly talking, especially in the car. He likes to tell me about going to the zoo with Uncle Zach and Aunt Mandy and feeding the giraffes. James spent a large majority of the car ride hiding underneath his blanket to ignore his brothers.
James concentrates on attempting to escape Grandpa and head back into the water. After our trip to the beach, we got the keys to our new place and spent the next day moving in. Despite it being much smaller than our house in Texas, we have managed to fit most of our remaining things (we sent a ton of stuff out the door in Texas to family, friends, strangers, and Mission Arlington) into the house. We've unpacked all the essentials, but still need to sort out the books, cds/dvds, and pictures. So far, I am enjoying Florida. I need to find some way to make a few new friends. We've tried a couple of churches and will try a couple more. The boys are having lots of fun. Since we are so much closer to civilization, we've managed to do more fun things. We've been to Chic-fil-a (where we caught some Florida germs and are all suffering from runny noses and sore throats), all of the boys have gone to see the Lion King (individually and with separate adults), and we've gone shopping several times. I think in the long run, we will all be very happy here.