The Cross Country Move (to California)

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Warning! Long post alert!

I figured it was about time I told you all about our California move. It was exciting, entertaining, stressful, and interesting. I think that covers all the adjective bases . . . maybe.

So, we started our journey by first heading to Virginia to visit my husband’s sister and her family. She also had a baby girl a little less than two months after Evelyn was born. This is their first child, and she is absolutely adorable!

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A bonus to meeting our niece was that Evan’s parents were there as well. The kids loved seeing their grandma and grandpa one last time before going to California. The boys were very excited!

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After we left Virginia, we headed to Kentucky to visit with one of my sisters and her family. My sister and I stayed up late, crammed in as many episodes of “Call The Midwife” as we possibly could before having to hold our eyelids open, and munched away on her homemade macaroons (which are A-MAZING)!

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Evelyn took to her aunt so well and had her wrapped around her itty bitty finger. Needless to say, I didn’t hold Evelyn very much while we were there. The break was actually kinda nice!

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My niece adored her baby cousin, but I can’t say Evelyn enjoyed all the squishy hugs. heehee!

After we (tearfully) left Kentucky, we headed over to Oklahoma to visit another one of my sister’s families! I got to meet another one of my nieces for the first time and, oh my word, she is a doll!! And it just dawned on me that my sister and I never got a picture together. AGH!! I am kicking myself right now! Grr grr grr!

Well, anyway, we spent about a week in Oklahoma, and it was so much fun! I hadn’t seen this sister since Isaac was a baby! Since he little one was turning one soon, my sister asked me to do her one-year pictures. She is so photogenic and did so incredibly well!

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My older niece also had her 11th birthday party while we were there, and that was a blast! My sister is so creative. They did a cupcake wars themed party. How awesome is that?

My sister set up two creation stations because the girls were going to be divided up into teams.

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She posted the rules at each station.

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Because the party was in the evening (after dinnertime), my sister just had dessert style finger foods which I thought was brilliant! Oh, and the cake was the cupcakes that the girls would make in the cupcake war!

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Adorable ice cream cone straw cups were set out for the girls to take home with them. How cute are they! I even wanted one. lol!

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When the girls arrived, the fun began! They got to choose one of the four cake mix flavors and then had to be creative in their use of one of the three following secret ingredients: cotton candy, mini marshmallows, and pirouettes. Bonus points for using more than one!

The girls had a blast. I was going to post pictures from the creative making, but my computer pooped out and lost all the pictures I edited. But, I have the pics of the girls’ completed cupcakes. I think they did a great job!

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One thing is for sure. I really really really hate being so far from my family! I miss my sisters so much!!

After we left Oklahoma, we had a couple long days on the road before getting to California. But, near the end, we stopped for my second favorite part of the trip (second to seeing family). We went to the Grand Canyon! I had never been there before, and it was absolutely stunning! I am just saw in awe of God’s beautiful earth. The Grand Canyon is certainly an amazing sight to see. If you ever get the chance to go, you have to go see it. You will not regret it!

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When we finally got to California, we were exhausted. I had never been so glad to be somewhere that I didn’t want to go.

But, I have to admit that I am falling in love with this desert place a whole lot faster than I thought I would! The skies are beautiful, the weather is amazing, and my favorite part? This area is FULL of antique shops and thrift stores! I’m in LOVE!

Oh, and to top it off, California gave us the most amazing view of the blood moon!

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(In case you’re wondering, yes, this is a picture that I snapped with my own camera.) 🙂

What is the farthest or most interesting move you have ever done?

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?

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  • Jen

    I moved from Las Vegas to North Carolina after my husband and I got married. Then we moved from North Carolina to Arizona thank to the Army haha.

  • clara mcmillan

    I use to live in California, I’m in Arizona now!

    God bless,

    Xo, Claire

    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

  • I moved from texas to illinois when I was young, due to my dad’s job. That was the furthest for me, and then lots of moving for the army 🙂 It sounds like overall the trip went well! and how sweet is that birthday party?!

  • Bailey

    I can’t even imagine being in a car for that long, let alone with kids, and 4 of them at that! God bless you and Evan lol!

  • MeandMySoldierMan

    So,
    1) I LOVE that cupcake party idea! Filing that one away for the future!
    2) We went to the Grand Canyon when we PCSd from Texas to Arizona….not, not technically on the way, but we made a big loop around back through Oklahoma (home), and then back through Texas to get our dogs, before finally arriving in Arizona to stay. So amazing. I love your pictures!
    3) YAY! You made it!! 🙂

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