The next week or so we weren't here, yet when we returned we were impressed with how much we accomplished in about 4 days of work.
The following few weeks were another blur of drives to/from the Salt Lake area so Daniel could visit his cousin, his cousin could visit Daniel, we could take Daniel to the Salt Lake airport, we could pick up a bed for the kid in Eagle Mountain, and more.
It seemed as if we were living at places like Target, Wal-Mart, Smith's, etc. purchasing small things that we needed, restocking our place, or researching things we might need vs. want.
That has all come to an end. (It appears, thankfully!)
We have a simple routine now, which changes daily based on our reality. We know the roads. We know the short cuts, we have preferred options, and not everything is new as in "wow! let's stop and look at it!" new.
We're still exploring, but we're relaxing, too. We're starting to make plans for the future. You know, the future beyond the unpacking, beyond moving boxes to the basement, beyond the when-that-IKEA-bed-gets-done future.
It's absolutely enjoyable. It's wonderful to wake up, enjoy the hardwood floors in the kitchen and living room, and lazily punch in the code to the basement to do laundry. It's delightful to wander the streets of Ogden wondering where life will bring us and to stop for a cup of coffee (for Scott) at some new or revisited place.
In other words...
We've come a long ways from this...
|Dinner 2 days after we moved in: Olive Garden leftovers.|
Yet, we still drink Gatorade often and Scott still loves his Philly Marathon shirt!
|Great Harvest cinnamon rolls for Daniel's last summer morning breakfast.|
|Hike number 1- looking at Ben Lomond|
|Eccles Community Art Center|
Doesn't it look like the Frick Art Museum??!!
We are just as happy, if not happier than this...
|Middle Inlet Beach, Pineview Reservoir...|
taken while the cousins skipped rocks!