Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Goodbye Tour


The Goodbye Tour is upon us! Two weeks ago Matt and I went back to visit my family in Chicago. My parents hosted a bbq so we could see all our family. Dad made a feast, and we enjoyed seeing everyone before we leave. I also was able to stay the week and hang out with my mom and sisters. My mom, Rachel, and I went to Millenium Park to have a picnic and see Glen Hansard perform. We also went to see West Side Story on broadway. One of my favorite things was waking up to a fresh brewed cup of coffee everyday made by my dad! I should teach Matt how to do that for me! :)
By the end of my stay it was really hard to say goodbye, but I appreciate how my parents are so supportive in this next adventure, and although we will all miss each other, this is an experience we cannot pass up.

Below are some pictures from the bbq.
My sibings Mark, Rachel Annie
Matt, my dad Jeff and mom Marilyn

Me & Grandma Purcell

My best friend since elementary school ---> Sandi and her husband Aaron

After Chicago, it was time to let reality set in. Last week, there were several big storms in the Twin Cities, and  a big tree in our backyard up-rooted and came down on our storage shed! This was not something we wanted to deal with the week we moved out of the house, but it could have been worse.



Matt's parents Steve and Jo came down, and Steve and Matt cut down the tree. Then the movers came the next day and packed our entire life up into boxes. I must say... having movers is about the best investment ever.  I felt bad, standing there with my iced coffee, watching them work for 8 straight hours...
Hopefully everything is accounted for and is returned in the same condition in two  years. The movers seemed extremely thorough and careful with everything.  It is amazing how much stuff we have accumulated. As I watched them I wondered why I was having them pack certain things, for example random scraps of yarn, that winter coat I haven't touched in three years, or ten different re-usable Trader Joe's bags. I think worse than packing will be having to unpack everything.

After everything was moved out, we all cleaned the house, and Matt and I stayed in a Marriott in Minneapolis for two days. It was very strange seeing my house completely empty. It reminded me of the first time we saw it and knew it was the one.  Our new renters move in today, and I hope they take care of our house and enjoy living there.

Now Matt and I have been staying at his parents house, living out of a suitcase since Saturday. Our room is a disaster. Trying to pack for three weeks in two suitcases is not easy. I feel like I'm always having to pull everything out just to find something that is of course tucked in the bottom corner. At this point, I am really looking forward to leaving and beginning this adventure and moving into our new home. 
We have been keeping busy in Pelican Rapids. We went golfing with Josh and Casie. Matt met up with a childhood friend and we took their boat out. Today we are going to the Zoo with his parents and Spanky's for dinner...Happy Birthday Jo! Tomorrow we are going to Aunt Betty and Uncle Dave's cabin for the 4th of July, and Friday we will be up with everyone for our last night at Zorbas ----> I can't wait for that!
Only 4 days left!

Our last night in Minneapolis. We went out for Chris' birthday at 7 Sushi. These are some of my favorite girls! Crystal, Allie, and Casie (Katie we missed you!)

Golfing in Pelican Rapids with Casie, Josh, and Matt. Casie and I aren't golfers, to say the least, but Matt and Josh were patient and good teachers! I personally think that driving the golf cart is the best part.

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