So much has happened since I last blogged. I don’t even really know where to start. So I guess I’ll just back track to last year and all the changes my family has faced. This is relevant because it’s why I quit blogging, for the most part.
Last year was a very stressful year for our family. My husband retired from the Air Force after serving 21 years. Although retiring is awesome and exciting, it was very very stressful. We had so many choices to make about the rest of our life. It was overwhelming. Where would we live? What would he do? What would I do? What about our college aged daughter? What about our son? My husband was very fortunate to get a job offer from his first interview. It was awesome and scary. It meant moving 1,000 miles away and being very far from most of our family, including our daughter. She decided to stay in Texas. Ugh (I wasn’t ready).
The rest of us packed up and headed west to Las Vegas. We had to recruit my wonderful mother in law to help drive. Hubby drove the Penske pulling a trailer, I was in his pick up pulling a trailer, and she drove my VW. Yes, we do have way too many vehicles. It was a very long 1,000 miles. My son was lucky enough to spend his 11th birthday riding cross country. He was not thrilled.
We arrived in Vegas and immediately focused on buying a house. Well, we had basically bought the house before we ever moved. That’s not stressful at all. Buying a house without seeing it in person is a great idea (insert sarcasm here). I immediately had cold feet when we toured the house for the first time. The realtor was not amused. We quickly asked to look around a little more before we decided. We were supposed to close within days. After seeing some other options I felt better about the house we picked. Turns out, we did really well picking a house sight unseen. But I probably won’t do that again. Ever.
Looking back, I think it all happened this way for a reason. I never had enough time to focus on any one thing for long. I wasn’t dwelling on leaving Hannah behind because I was stressed about moving. I couldn’t freak out about buying a house long distance because I was distracted by the thought of leaving Hannah. I didn’t have time to worry about driving 1,000 miles because I kept thinking how far I would be form my mom. I was barely holding it together. I’m finally feeling like life might be normal again. It’s definitely a new normal but I’m adjusting.
Blogging wasn’t on my radar for months. I just didn’t care. Plus I was lazy. I discovered Instagram and I must say I love the instant gratification. I can snap a picture and post it and I’m done. No photo editing. No lengthy posts. I’ve decided to slowly get back into blogging with a once a week goal for now. I may change that at some point but I know I need to start slow.
I have lots of quilting to share. Moving to Vegas has opened a lot of opportunities for me that I never expected. I’m very excited for what’s to come. And we are adjusting to retired life, although I’m not sure how we will ever live in one location long term. It’s just such a weird thought.
Happy Friday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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