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.)