I have words of advice to anyone ever contemplating moving to another state with three children and a husband.
1. Don't do it.
2. If you do do it, don't move from a house to an apartment.
3. 30% of your possessions are crap. The other 70% is almost completely unnecessary. At least, that is, if you have to haul it up three flights of stairs.
4. Arizona is hot. WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME?! Just kidding. That's about all anyone would tell me about Arizona.
What they didn't tell me:
People here are vicious about their parking spots.
There is this insect that makes a really loud buzzing noise, and it's totally cool.
You can go swimming at 9 o'clock in the evening. Love it.
There's a really interesting smell here. It's good, like... resinous. I really don't know how to explain it, but I love it.
Flip flops melt on the road. And then peel off on the tile in the apartment. And then I have to scrub them off.
The members here, at least in our ward, are pretty freaking awesome. I guess the odds are good where there are 600 members in one ward. This may be a slight exaggeration, but not by much.
Cohen started first grade last Wednesday. He's gone all day. Me no likey. He was my rock. My good child. The one I could command to do anything and he would do it. I miss him horribly during the day, but he is LOVING school. Of course. Little smarty pants.
Chloe turned one today. I can't talk more about this other than I still remember the absolute joy and relief when the nurse walked back into the room, one year ago, and told me, "The doctor said we're keeping you! We'll get you an epidural and he'll break your water." Best day in years.
Kembry is...coming back to Utah to live with anyone who will take her. Lizzie, I do recall you helped me pack and load a truck and your reward was, in fact, Kembry. Please come and claim your prize.
As for everything else...I don't know. Some days I feel totally at peace with the world I'm in now. Other days I'm horribly lonely. I want to hop over to Jessie's, or go to my moms. I miss Sunday dinner. I miss my neighborhood, my ward, my friends. I miss Lukey and Dylan and in ground trampolines and moderate temperatures. I miss babysitters. I miss t.v.
I'm off to bed. I'll have much more drivel for you these next coming days.