Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Home on the Range...

Well folks, we have finally arrived.  Just wish all of our stuff would. We got word last night that our goods have been split up and the first half arrives tomorrow.  I sure hope my clean clothes and our bed is part of the first half.  I didn't pack enough clothes for this long and I'm tired of hotel life.  Manny hopes that all of his bacon treats also arrive in tomorrow's cargo.

So Manny and I are sitting on the floor in the rental house in silence.  I've spent the last 2 days here waiting on the cable guy & the gas guy.  Of course they couldn't have come on the same day and they both tell you they'll be here between the crucial hours of 12-4.  Makes for fun day.  Yesterday I actually filled my new housewife duties nicely and cleaned this place top to bottom.

The journey here was long-on the way we stopped in Fairhope to see Lauren, Gray & our sweet nephew, and then headed to MS and spent a couple nights with our parents.  Of course we made the necessary trips to Hudson's & the fish camp while there.  For my friends who have never heard of a "fish camp", it's actually a type of restaurant, usually decorated with stuffed deer, turkey, bobcats, etc., and who's main features are coleslaw, hushpuppies, and catfish.  If you want to be difficult, they'll feed you a hamburger steak, but they look at you funny when you order it. My mom threw me her own going away party the night before with steak, chicken, sausage, baked beans, potatoes and rum cake. The next morning she made me beignets. I love how parents are the eternal providers.  My mom also packed me & J "to go bags" for the car full of snacks and an "emergency bag" full of toilet paper, paper plates, and cleaning supplies. All have already come in handy.  Parents still just know what you need even though you think you don't.

J has been at the office the last couple days, so Manny, and the gas & cable guy are about the only other people I've talked to.  Quite the change for me; I'm gonna have to find a hobby real quick.  : )  This afternoon, I'm hoping to explore a little bit.

Once we get our house presentable I'll take pictures and post them.  We've already gotten a notice from the city that our grass is too high, so that's definitely on the To Do List this weekend.  IF our lawn mower shows up.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

All Packed Up....

There are 3 little angels in my house named George, Ken, & Willie C.  The sounds of tape surrounds me and the angels are lovingly packing my things and telling me to sit down and relax.  Believe it or not, this part of the packing process has been the highlight of my last few days.  

 In typical Wells fashion, we HAD to make this move more dramatic than it already is.  So on Sunday night, my body decided it was going on strike and I started throwing up uncontrollably.  Add severe back pain, and you got yourself a full on stomach virus.  I pretty much stayed up all night and almost made J take me to the emergency room.  Instead, he opted for a 3:00 a.m. trip to Wal-Mart for over-the-counter-meds.  They did nothing for my fearless stomach, so first thing in the morning, we headed to the doctor, and I was sedated treated by a Phenergran shot.  I was out cold in 3.2.1...seconds. Shortly after our doctor trip, J started feeling bad so he joined me in the bed and we slept from about 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (With bathroom breaks). Back to bed at 10:30 p.m. and slept till 10:00 a.m. the next morning!!!  So needless to say, we were 2 days behind schedule for moving prep. BUT, in our minds, we still had all day Wednesday since the movers were coming Thursday. NOT! When we pulled ourselves off the couch at 2:00 p.m. yesterday, we got a call from the moving company "confirming" that they would be here at 8:00 THIS MORNING! I almost started throwing up again. We had done nothing to prepare. I know you're thinking: "Umm..you lucky thing, you have movers, what is there to do??" But, since our stuff is mixed in with our landlord's stuff, there was much to separate. Luckily, we were able to negotiate them showing after lunch today, so we worked until we couldn't take anymore and went to bed.  

This morning (feeling much better) I went to town to run some errands, and when I came home, this is what I found.....(insert angel voices)

We will probably never have this opportunity again, but I admit, having people pack up your stuff is the way to go!!! 

It is starting to look a little empty around here, which is sad.  This place has really become home for us and holds so many memories.  We spent our first Christmas here, threw some fabulous parties, and took lots of long walks.  So in honor of our time here, here are a few of the "snapshots" that capture some of our memories. 

And on to our next adventure!!!! 

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens"...
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Wells Weekly: The Final Countdown

So yes, I've been singing "The Final Countdown" all week in my head.....I just CAN'T BELIEVE that we are a week away from moving.  Seven days left in Tallahassee. Sigh.  The waterworks haven't started yet, but I can feel them coming on, and I can see the fear in J's face...he HATES when I cry.  Tomorrow is my last day of work, which is unbelieveable....I have thoroughly enjoyed my job this past year and will definitely miss my co-workers!  It is especially strange to think that I do not have to get up on Monday morning (at any point in the near future) and go to work! Housewife Life, here I come.

Since I am counting down my final days here, I've been spending as much time as possible with my wonderful friends.  Last weekend, a group of us went to Painting With a Twist, which was a BLAST!  I can't say that I was the best artist ever, but it was so much fun!  I loved how different all of ours turned out!

I named my painting "Owlfred"...how appropriate.  I don't know where he'll live, but the girls thought that the colors I used were VERY "TEXAS".....

Last weekend, we also celebrated the upcoming arrival of my dear friend, Melissa's, baby girl.  The baby shower was a blast; you know you're growing up when you are excited that your friend got an adorable Boppy.  Melissa is due in May; doesn't she look amazing???

This weekend will be our last Sunday at Celebration, which breaks my heart more than anything.  I have learned so much the past 3 years through all the things we've been a part of at Celebration.  God has blessed us beyond measure, but I know He has gone before us (as he promises) and already found the perfect church for us in the Big D.  : )

Jeremie has been working in Dallas the past couple weeks, so I was happy to welcome him home tonight! I can already tell that J is LOVING his new position, so that makes me very happy.  I do look forward to life slowing down a little bit once we get settled over there so I can spend some quality time with my hubby. 

A busy week is ahead, but I will try to update as much as possible!!!! 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

DNOW...and Later...

Guilty as charged.  I haven't blogged in a loooong time.  I was even reprimanded by a co-worker.  Life has still been top speed, but I have just as much time in the day as other people who are better bloggers, so I'd better stop complaining.  ; ) 

So back up the timeline 3 weeks to Disciple Now weekend.  If you've never heard of DNOW,  it's a weekend sponsored by the church for youth to sleepover at a host home, stay up all night, compete in disgusting relay races (such as eating a pie with your hands behind your back), rock out to loud Christian bands and most importantly, listen to an awesome speaker talk about Christ.  For some reason, my dear friend Tiffany and I found ALL of these things appealing and volunteered to be 8th Grade Leaders for the weekend.  I say that dryly, but the weekend was truly a blast and a BLESSING. This was our LIVELY group of nine...

They were fully of energy, and let's face it, they are 8th graders, so they were more than obsessed with the band.  Just look at these faces as they got "autographs".....

Friday night kicked off with a rockin' concert by The Brighter and a message by Travis Crim (amazing and hilarious).  After being the last to leave the church (see above photo for reason why) we packed DOZENS of bags in the car (only necessities for the weekend, right?) and headed to our host home for our first lesson.  As lively as the girls were, they were so attentive during our lessons and hungry to hear more about Christ.  The curriculum this year was called "Imitator" and was centered around Ephesians 5:1-2: "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."  There are SO many false imitators in our society these days, but luckily, the Bible tells us exactly what we need to be imitating.  So our lessons were spent discussing why we would want to imitate God, what NOT to imitate (the "world") and how to actually go about imitating.  I have to admit, this curriculum was totally convicting for me too; it's hard to put imitating into action on a daily basis! 

After a 2 hour lesson (it's now rounding midnight) the girls informed me & Tiffany that they still needed to paint shirts for recreation day on Saturday.  The problem was that there was a shortage of shirts and paint.  So us fearless leaders hopped in the car and headed to Wal-Mart, returning at an exhausting hour of 1:00 A.M. Shirt painting commenced and we shut it down by 2:00 A.M.  Tiffany and I are delirious at this point.  Somehow we pulled it together the next day.......couldn't have done it with her...

Saturday was full of silliness, competition, and worship! Travis Crim wrapped up the night and two of our girls gave their lives to Christ!  It was amazing to see how excited they were and how much they grew over 48 short hours.  Not sure who was more blessed...them or us...it was a great weekend.  

So LATER...the next weekend, Jeremie's mom, dad, sister and brother-in-law AND of course Baby Judah came to visit for one last hoop-la in Tallahassee.  We had a fabulous time catching up and getting some love from our nephew.  He is growing up SO fast and is just too much fun.  His little laugh just fills my heart.  I loved seeing how his little personality has developed.  We took him for a stroll around Lake Ella and shopping at Marshall's,which wore him out because he slept through lunch in the loud Mexican Restaurant.  Jeremie's mom wasn't going to miss celebrating J's birthday, so we sneaked to Lucy and Leo's for cupcakes. YUM.  It was wonderful to spend time with family, especially since we're going to be even further from them when we move to Dallas : (

Proud parents.....
Proud Uncle J and Aunt Katie
Uncle J loves that Judah...doesn't he look good with a baby????  Hmmm...