My goodness. It's been quite a ride for our family since October. How about a quick recap?
I interviewed for a Corporate position at State Farm in October, was offered the position in October, Karen and I spent a week in Las Vegas for a CPCU conferment, Karen and I went on a house-hunting trip in November, we moved, spent a week in St. Louis for Thanksgiving, I started my job the Monday after while Karen and the kids stayed in St. Louis for another two weeks, and we moved into our new home in December.
Vegas was...eh, nothing that appeals to us. Everything outside the strip was fun and the food was incredible (and incredibly expensive). So we spent as much time as we could away from the "entertainment."
The temple was beautiful and a wonderful retreat. It backs right up to the mountain on one side of the valley. You can see the white spires from miles around against the brown rock.
And they have built a Stake Center alongside the property of the temple. It has a beautifully landscaped desert garden. Making arrangements to visit the temple was probably the best part of the trip. :)
So that was a quick recap of our trip to Vegas back in October. We have so much catching up to do on our blog. Maybe we'll get around to it...maybe not.
But we definitely need to share a few more select pictures. Our family left Virginia the weekend before Thanksgiving. A wonderful friend came over to take the kids after the movers drove off so we could clean the place. Karen and I (ok...mostly Karen) did one last deep clean in our attempts to make the house more presentable for potential buyers. Then we picked up the kids and brought them by the house one more time before driving west.
We had them take their shoes off and run through the house. Then it was time to say goodbye. It wasn't easy...and there were definitely some genuine tears. This picture pretty much captures it all. The three youngest don't quite comprehend what was happening. But the three oldest knew exactly what moving meant.