Saturday, April 14th: Spent the day with Rob, Laura Mae and Mamam. Ate lots of good food and tried not to think about goodbyes.
Sunday, April 15th: Had meeting at Grandma and Grandpa Waldo's. Grandpa Rob had to work right after meeting so goodbyes were short and sweet - probably better that way. There were some tears. Grandma Waldo and Mamam were excited for us and our new adventure. We had a delicious lunch and then headed back to McMinnville for Lyle and Troy's gospel meeting. It was hard to sit there and not dwell on the fact that it was our last day in Oregon and that we would be saying goodbye to Uncle Lyle. We spent the night at Davison's with Lyle.
Monday, April 16th: Early morning. We packed the car, said our goodbyes and headed out by 6:30 am. Not easy. Goodbyes are hard. We drove to Nyssa, OR and got there around 4 pm. Ava complained about her legs the whole way. Stopped in to see Great Grandma Waldo (Ellen) at Nyssa Gardens. It was good to see her. Uncle Ray met us there. Mike Summers and Tom Hinkel stopped by as well. Had supper at Justin and Jill McKerrow's. Love that family. Cody got to have supper with us too. Ava had fun playing with the kids and now wants a white princess dress like Cora's for her birthday. :) Went on to Boise, ID to stay with Loyd and Jenny Benjamin for the night. Picked up Dad at the airport at 9 pm.
Tuesday, April 17th: Another early morning. Dad and Donald dropped Ava and I off at the airport around 7 am. Our flight left at 8:20 and Dad and Donald started their long drive to Texas. Had a short layover in San Francisco and then went on to Houston. Ava fell asleep right away so the flight to Houston was wonderful. :) We had the whole row to ourselves! Got into Houston at about 5 pm and Ken and Karla picked us up at the airport. Ava was amazing all day. Had a message from ABF saying that the trailer had arrived that day...way too early! It wasn't supposed to get to Houston until the 23rd!! Stress! Stayed with Ken and Kathy for the night. Dad and Donald stayed with Dexter and Jan Jennings in Colorado.
Wednesday, April 18th: Relaxing morning!! Ava and I slept in...it was wonderful! I started working on the house search and got in touch the Ron Garris to look at houses. Karla took Ava for a couple of hours while I went with Ron to look at houses. It was depressing and overwhelming at the same time. We ended up with two potentials and then found out that one was already rented so that left us with one...anxious to see Donald and Dad. They stayed in Wichita Falls, TX for the night.
Thursday, April 19th: Another relaxing morning. Waited impatiently for Dad and Donald to arrive...the house search continued. I had left a house up on the computer that looked OK and Ken saw it and decided to drive by and take a look! Ron managed to get the rent lowered by $100! Dad and Donald got in at 2 pm! Finally! We all headed out to check out the house. It was the best one we had seen yet so we decided to take it! (After it was painted and cleaned) We took the boat across the lake to eat at Sam's Boat. Crawfish for the first time ever! The boat ride almost put me into labor. :) Good thing to remember. :) We spent the night in the cabin at Pecan Grove.
Friday, April 20th: Bible study at the Center. Since a bit of the pressure was off to find a house to live in, we decided to head to Old Town Spring for lunch. Back to Willis to sign the lease papers. Out to supper with the Newman family for some Indian food. Back to the cabin for the night.
Saturday, April 21st: We had a relaxing morning at the cabin. Dad's flight left at 1:15 pm so we left about 10:30 am. It was hard to say goodbye although I feel we'll get to see them more often than we did living in Oregon. Wandered around Houston a bit, trying to find our way back to I45. :) Donald needed a Culvers fix and we need groceries. We drove by our house and found that they hadn't started painting yet...hope they get started soon! We move in on the 23rd! Spent the evening relaxing at the cabin...Donald and Ava love to fish. Someday we'd like a house near the water...in the country...to raise our kids...someday.
Sunday, April 22nd: Whew! What a week. Meeting out here at the farm and lunch at the Center! Ava finally got to see Dixie and the girls had fun playing and fishing with the dads. :) Our schedules have been wacky for the past 2 weeks...put Ava down for a nap around 2 and she still isn't sleeping. Donald is fishing down at the lake with Brandon.
Update for Sunday: We drove by the house today and still no work has been done. We're feeling a bit of anxiety as far as the whole house situation goes...Hope it all works out. We went to Walmart and bought some fishing stuff, including a pink Barbie pole for Ava. :) We got home and tried out the new poles...standing on the dock, we saw a weird pattern on the water. As it came closer we saw that it was a Texas Coral Snake! It went under the dock, out the other side and up onto the bank. Donald and I have both decided that we need to get pistols and shoot every snake and spider that we see!
I found out Ava and I can sleep in the same room and she doesn't throw a fit! Even naps in the middle of the day! Yay! She's growing up so fast. She has done so well with all of the changes. Tap is adjusting to the craziness although I think he's still a bit wore out from the trip. All of this seems so surreal...we live in Texas! I'm looking forward to unpacking and getting settled in our new house...time to get ready for baby! My hands and feet are swelling more that before...not fun. So thankful that Dad was able to drive with Donald across the country. Love him. :) He drove with me when I moved to Bend and now he's helped us with our move to Texas. So thankful for him....and for Mom for letting him. :)
Ava is learning how to say her "L's." She's more aware that "L" does not sound like a "Y" and it's so cute. :)
Ava was eating and orange yesterday..."Mom, it has the peel on it and it bothers me!"