Sunday, June 24, 2012

Moving Month Madness

I am getting lots of requests for photos of our new home, and I assure you there will be lots to follow. But first, a post about the crazy busy weeks leading up to and including our move.  So many exciting things happened, and I've been too busy to share until now.  During one month, we celebrated birthdays, Mother's Day, and a wedding, bid farewell to work, friends, and the place we called home, anticipated and enjoyed two family visits, and traveled to our new home.  Phew!  Here's the recap:

Mother's Day

 For my first Mother's Day, we enjoyed a spectacular hike on Dog Mountain.  I had wanted to do this classic Columbia Gorge hike ever since moving to the area.  It made my Oregon bucket list as soon as I knew we would be leaving.

        No matter where he is, Isaac finds the dirt.                              I had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Isaac's 1st Birthday
We were so busy we barely had time to notice.  I am so grateful we had celebrated early (see the post here).

Nana and Grandpa's Visit

  In true Anderson-Guilliams fashion, we went for a lovely hike.

Falls Creek Falls, Washington

Mount Hood Farewell Party
Matt's Mt Hood family sent him off in style with a really nice going away bash.

Baby Everett and baby Luke, the newest additions to the Mt Hood family.

It was so nice to have Steve and Mary with us during this time.

The Mt Hood team would not let Matt head off to Wyoming without proper attire.  They bestowed upon him the obligatory supervisor's glasses and all necessary accoutrements for the wild west.

The stellar Mt Hood Fisheries team (minus one).

Mike & Emily's Wedding
Wenatchee, Washington

The happy couple

 The Arkansas men represented.  What a handsome crew!

Anderson brothers

The elder Anderson brothers.  Just looking at these two, you know they have stories to tell.

He never fails to find the dirt.

          The adults making a valiant effort to distract him.                        And it's working.

Nevermind.  At least they're having fun.

We said goodbye to many dear friends and places during our last few weeks in Oregon.  A few of the goodbyes were documented.

 Farewell to the Bartows

 We miss them already.

Saying bye to Jennie and Everett who are headed out for a western adventure also.

The boys are scoping out their soon-to-be homes.

Matt even said goodbye to his '97 Nissan pickup that he had driven for 12 years.  Sad to see it go.

Time to get down to business.

Isaac wanted to be sure we didn't forget to pack Hoppy.

During all the chaos of packing, we tried to keep things as normal and calm as possible for Isaac. 
 He did pretty well in the midst of it all.

 Even though things really weren't totally normal.

In fact, he stayed pretty relaxed given that his whole world was being boxed up and rearranged.

 He actually thought packing was pretty fun....lots of empty drawers and boxes to play in.

 Ya'll just keep working, and I'll just keep being cute.

Loading The Truck

How appropriate that our Uhaul depicted a moose for our move to Wyoming (kind of goes with the log house we moved into).

 We had the most stellar loading crew ever!

Thanks ya'll!!!!!!!!!

The Drive
5 adults, 1 baby, 1 Uhaul, 2 vehicles, 800+ miles, and 14 hours drivingReally, that all just boils down to 2 days of baby management.

Long rest stops to keep the baby happy.  We intended for him to play to burn energy, and all he wanted to do was swing.

 Day 2 required a little more baby entertainment.  Luckily, he was a fairly agreeable passenger.

 As a mom, I learned not to underestimate the value of squeezable food and cell phones.

 Same look of concentration as his Daddy.

 First sign for Pinedale!

We're Here!

Thanks so much to Dad, Mary Ellen, and Daniel for being the best moving crew!!

 Isaac thinks the new house is not so bad.  It also has lots of empty drawers and caves to play in.

Happy trails everyone!