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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Whirlwind

Summer has been in session now for more than two weeks, and I've certainly made the most of it. Here's the (not-so-interesting) rundown:

May 22: The second the kids were home from school we drove up to Orem where we spent the night at my parents' home.

May 23: Flew to Green Bay with my mom bright and early in the morning. And by bright and early, I definitely mean dark and early. We then drove the 4 hours from Green Bay to Houghton and checked into our hotel and started to get a feel for my new hometown.

May 24: Attended the small branch that will be my church family for the next portion of my life. Was even smaller than usual as the majority of members were in Chicago for a Stake temple trip. When I noticed that they didn't have an organist (normally they have two) and were struggling to make the self-playing organ work, I went and offered my services. I don't play the organ but I do play piano, so I have already served in my new branch, unofficially. After church, we drove around and looked at neighborhoods and several houses I had seen online--at least from the outside.

May 25: Saw houses all day long with the realtor. And ate sometimes. And saw a movie.

May 26: Saw houses all day long with the realtor. And ate dinner at the Branch President's home.

May 27: Saw one last house. Never did find the right one, but I have hope it will be on the market soon (please pray). Checked out of our hotel and drove to Green Bay where we caught a flight to Chicago. Flight delayed. Stayed at a hotel.

May 28: Woke up dark and early again and caught a flight to Denver and finally on to SLC.

May 29: Took the kids to Thanksgiving Point all day.

May 30: Packed up for next trip. Got kids ready and sent them with Joel's parents back to Cedar City where they stayed in our house and took care of them. Afterwards, we headed up to SLC to see Keith Lockhart conduct his final concert (The Bernstein Mass) with the Utah Symphony.

May 31: Yet another dark and early airport trip. This time to Seattle. We then took a shuttle to the dock and embarked on the M/S Westerdam.

June 1-7: Cruised. (Cruise info coming in mucho detail soon. That is, as soon as I wade through the 3 gigabytes of pictures I took.)

June 7: Disembarked ship, checked into Seattle hotel. Spent time in Pike's market and then met my Seattle-living brother and his family for dinner.

June 8: Got on an airplane at a decent hour. Arrived back in SLC. Wonderful reunion with the kids in the evening! I missed them so much.

June 9: (That's today.) Sticking around here for a day or two and then we will head back to Cedar City and face moving preparation and summer as I usually know it.

I'm exhausted. (But definitely relaxed.)

33 comments :

  1. Definitely will wait for more pictures!

    Glad to see you had a great two weeks and that all went well. Hope you find the right house, too... Lisa will be in Michigan in July but I don't know how close Houghton is to where she is. I'll have to check.

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  2. Holy busy-ness! I've wondered what was happening in your life. Now I know.

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  3. Holy cow! When did you actually sleep?

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  4. Wow! How exciting! Are you excited about the move? I love new adventures like that.

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  5. WOW--you have been SUPER busy!! I hope and pray that you find your house soon!! Can't wait to see the pics from the Cruise!!

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  6. I love cruises! I can't wait to read about yours and see the pictures!

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  7. Sounds like crazy busy fun! When you get back...we finally got our patio done which means we [unintentially] have a great view into your back yard and have spotted several WASPS NESTs, including one that looks like it's been there for years...we pulled about 8 out of our fences the other day...fun times :)

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  8. I'm so glad that with everything else, you got to go on your cruise. I bet you are exhausted! That's great though that you and Joel got away before the big move. Good for you for jumping in and offering to help at your new branch. I think that's very indicative of how long it will take you to fit right in. I wish you the very best!

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  9. Glad you're back and that you survived the whirlwind (more like a tornado!). I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the right house will hit the market, but you're welcome to move to SLC and buy mine. :)

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  10. WOW, Lara! I'll patiently await those cruise pictures, and I'll be praying that you find a great place in Wisconsin. By the way....Phill is probably sick over the fact that you'll be in Green Bay, home of his beloved Packers. In fact...I haven't broken the news to him yet. It might break him. ;)

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  11. Wow! You've been busy. We sure missed you and can't wait to see pictures!

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  12. Seriously Lara! You are going to need a break just to unwind from all the travels!

    (just talked to Joel & he said you were getting a massage. good girl)

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  13. So much excitement and craziness! I can't wait to hear the details about everything!

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  14. I think that sounds like a whole string of fun adventures. Good luck with the house hunt.

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  15. You have been one busy girl! At least you were able to throw in some fun, too.

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  16. Oh Laura, you must be downright exhausted! I sure hope the right house comes on the market soon, its so frustrating to get your hopes up that maybe the next one you walk into will be "the one" and you walk in and ... nothing.

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  17. My goodness, have you been busy!
    Glad you had a good time on your cruise! Looking forward to the posts on it - but no pressure, take your time, since you are in the midst of craziness known as "Moving Halfway Across the Country"
    :~D

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  18. Wow, you've been busy. Good luck with the house hunting. Can't wait to hear about the cruise.

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  19. Welcome home (soon). Turns out we will be moving from the neighborhood as well, at the end of July. Going to have a yard sale sometime, do you want to do yours on the same day? Maybe we'll get more traffic that way :)

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  20. Lara, Welcome home and glad you had fun. I've been completley lost at the computer for the last week, nothing good to read- I really missed your blog! Can't wait to hear about the cruise, JEff is determined that we go as soon as I can unattach myself from the nursing babe.

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  21. Busy couple of weeks, but very cool!

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  22. Sorry, that previous comment was from me. My friend hadn't signed out after using my laptop.

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  23. Sounds like a great summer so far! Hope the perfect house shows up soon.

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  24. Missed you much !
    Getting the lay of the land where you're moving ahead of time is so much easier now with the internet etc.

    House is really tedious but when you find the right one, so satisfying...I'll pray that all goes well with your move !

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  25. Glad to see you're back safe! As soon as Christian isn't breathing down my neck to get on Starfall.com (told him he could go on there if he ate all his lunch and drank all his milk) then I'll read your entry in full.

    Christian and I are off to Oregon tomorrow for a week. Mikelle is currently in Idaho. Poor Chris is sitting this one out, but we'll all go to Idaho in December.

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  26. Welcome back! And hope you had a lovely time in this part of the world—you were here for some seriously fine weather!

    Best of luck with what's coming on the horizon.

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  27. Busy, busy! Looking forward to seeing your cruise pics. You and JC were in Seattle at the same time. Wouldn't that have been funny if you had happened to cross paths?

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  28. Lara, "Brain" approves! She says anything you love acquired for over half the price, is nothing short of a Nobel Peace Prize on shopping saviness! LOL

    You have to show me what it looks like now. ;-)

    Oh, if you don't mind, can you tell me the pattern of your beautiful china that you mom (was it you mom) gave you? For some odd reason, I can't get it off my mind lately. It's driving me insane! LOL
    When you get a chance. Thanks!

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  29. Wow, now that is a crazy schedule you have been keeping lady! I can't wait to see and hear about your cruise. Good luck with everything.

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  30. Sheesh, I need a nap after just reading that! And not only because I always need a nap these days. :) Fun! I hope the adventures continue and you'll find the perfect home soon!

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  31. Busy, busy! Glad you made it back without any problems. I'm excited to hear about your cruise.

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  32. I'm exited to see pictures. Only yo could do this!!

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  33. That is a whirlwind!! Can't wait to see the post with the pictures.

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