After what seemed like a relentless amount of hard labor in 100 degree California temperatures, we finally left for a pleasant
65 degree McMinnville, Oregon, our new home.
We made the drive in two legs, one 300 mile journey and another 258 miles completed yesterday. On Thursday we didn't leave California until 9:30 PM so we arrived at a Medford, Oregon hotel at the lovely hour of 4:00 AM. That was a fun drive.
We had two cars and the Wild Boar was pulling a trailer so it was 55-60 mph snail's pace the whole way. Between lots of chewing gum (lip-smacking sound effects included), loud music (Maroon 5, Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam, Fergie, Carly Simon & Gwen Stefani) and freezing, cold air blowing at my face, I managed to stay awake.
We slipped into bed at 4:15 AM and slept until 11:30 AM. Needless to say we were (still are) beat up from all the final touches of packing and cleaning up the old house. Battening down the hatches can be quite involved unless you want to leave a disaster behind.
Anyway, it's over. We are now here. We are home. It has been a long journey, planned for so many year's. It's hard to believe it finally happened.
The best part, we are all together as a family again. Something I have never mentioned here; my husband has been living in Oregon for the past nine months by himself, managing the vineyard and land development. I have been alone with the kids in California while they finished out the school year.
Needless to say it has been a tough year. Traveling back and forth and seeing each other very infrequently. The kids and I are ecstatic we no longer have to be apart, it was very hard on all of us. Yes we survived but it's so nice that part of our lives is over.
I learned a lot about myself living alone with the kids...
I am totally satisfied eating just watermelon for dinner. It's filling, refreshing and requires little clean-up. I'm going to miss my very easy dinner.
After many, many years of
yelling telling the Wild Boar to remember to squeeze the water out of the kitchen sponge, I learned it was me who didn't squeeze out the water. I couldn't believe it. I have now corrected my bad habit. And apologized to the Wild Boar of course.
I despise taking care of a swimming pool.
Functioning as a single-parent is very difficult. I'm not sure how people do it. I'm glad it's over.
I also learned I am a physically (and mentally) stronger than I ever thought I was. There were a lot of things around the house I had to take care of because there was no one else around to do it. It turns out I have some muscle. Yeah for me.
Overall, even though it has been a trying year, lessons have been learned. It reminds you just how precious your loved ones are. It was a good test of our perseverance and dedication to each other as a family. We passed with flying colors.
But it's over. We are home.
On to unpacking. That should take awhile, however, I'm glad our stuff doesn't arrive until next week. I have no desire to unload PODS at the moment.
I need a break.