Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Its official - we own a house!

We, after much frustration and searching, have found a great place to live, in a good part of town, and we got a good deal on it!

I will have to post more pictures as we have a chance to get in there and paint, put stuff on the walls and generally spruce it up a bit.  We are VERY excited and look forward to the official move date, July 17th!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Moving to Morgantown

So, here we go - our biggest adventure since we've been married - off to a new state, town, university.

Julian has an opportunity to do research with the Mary Babb Randolph cancer Center at West Virginia University. it is a very exciting thing for him and we are looking forward to the change. We are a bit apprehensive about leaving Blacksburg because we love the place and people so much. This will be the first time Julian has lived out of state and away from family but it will be nice for us to be together in a place that is new to both of us.

I have not found a job yet but have had some good discussions with the folks at the foundation there and hope an opportunity will open up for me once they have finished up this fiscal year and the finances look a bit more encouraging on their end. In the meantime, we will take a leap of faith and go and hope we are provided for in the meantime!

Mega-update and some flower pictures.

I promised myself I would blog every Thursday - to make Thursday my day of correspondence in general - as that is the day I try to send mail to everyone who needs it, particularly Harris (who is into "NEED"ing things these days).

But with 5 weeks of almost constant travel for work, I've gotten precious little correspondence done. Here is the basic update on life and then some photos from our much needed outdoor adventure this past Sunday.

Julian has a three game winning streak with lacrosse, all of which I missed due to work travel. :( This most recent game against East Rockingham was a pure disaster. The guys were flustered because the other team decided last minute that we were to wear white jerseys instead of blue so I was calling everyone at 7am to tell them to wear white. Two guys never got the message and had to go back for their jerseys which got the schedule out of whack. When we got there the field was a dust bowl and we all choked and sputtered thanks to 30 mph wind gusts and the dust. We lost the game 16-8, I think... I have tried to rid it from my memory.

I have been battling a terrible cold that I just can't beat for almost four weeks now. I got sick while traveling to DC in the middle of April and cannot get rid of the cough and general physical distress. All I want to do is sleep. BUT, that doesn't get prospects visited so I must solider on.

The Family
Julie and Allen just celebrated their second anniversary - congrats to you both! I owe them something cotton to celebrate it.

Matthew is finished with this semester of classes and despite having a lease on an apartment in Morgantown, he is at home with Mom and Dad for the summer so far for want of a job.

Mom and Dad are in the process of loving a "fixer upper" in Raphine for their new nest. it is pretty exciting and I hope the summer brings lots of opportunity for progress.

Harris turned THREE (can you believe it) this past week. He is perfect in absolutely every way and has a vocabulary that is astounding. He loves to tell stories all about his day and anything he wants, he emphatically "needs" it!  "But I NEED an em (M&M), Meena!"

Our Adventure

We went to Sunday School on Sunday but then bailed on church to get outdoors (our little secret). These pictures start by showing our church sign flower bed which we tend and have filled up with free flowers which have been given to us. The irises in the middle are too tall to be in front of the sign and I will take them out eventually but this is the first year the rhizomes have been big enough to bloom since being transplanted so it is exciting. Then we went to a local garden in town which was donated to Blacksburg by a man who collected iries. How lovely!

Then - we headed into the hills, to the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of Lady Slipper orchids in bloom and what do you know? We found them.

It was a WONDERFUL time!!!