Hey, hey! I hope you all had a wonderful fourth of July! I had an extra long weekend due to a flex day at work, which I definitely needed since we moved out of our apartment and into the town house!
On Friday morning, I woke up relatively early (for a day off) and headed straight to the DMV to switch my driver’s license and license plates over to Virginia. Luckily the lines weren’t too long, and I was driving away with my new plates by 10:30 am. Not bad at all!
When I got back to the apartment, my mom was there waiting for me! She had driven over to help us pack, which was a HUGE help. Meanwhile, Fabio loaded up the car for another trip over to the town house. My dad met him there with another load of stuff he’d been storing for us in his basement, which again was so nice and helpful.
My dad also gave us these cute F & C lights as a housewarming present. Aren’t they cute?
I need to get some batteries for the & sign and a new lightbulb for the top of the C, but I can’t wait to use these cute little signs in our new place. 🙂
After working for a while we all met up for a quick lunch at Liberty Tavern, and I couldn’t stop thinking about how awesome my parents are for driving over to help us move. They are the best!
Fabio and I spent the rest of the day moving more stuff over in the car, as well as making two trips to Target and a stop at Home Goods. Phew! It was a busy day.
Saturday was our big moving day! First thing in the morning, Fabio and I headed over to UHAUL to pick up our moving truck.
Then we drove the truck over to the apartment where our friends Jojo, Jadd, Claire, and Kevin were waiting for us! After a bunch of trips down the freight elevator, we had the truck fully loaded except for a few small items (one of which was Jack).
Yep – Jack got to ride shot gun in the truck right next to Fabio. Haha!
Claire and Kevin helped us unpack the truck along with my stepsister Maggie and her boyfriend Nick (they had arrived as we were packing up the truck) so we got everything unloaded in no time. Claire and Kevin had to leave shortly after unpacking, but Maggie and Nick hung around for a celebratory lunch! We walked over to our favorite Mexican place, Uncle Julio’s where I enjoyed some delicious tacos.
After Maggie and Nick left, Fabio and I continued packing along with some help from our next set of visitors – Fabio’s sister Diane and brother-in-law, Alex! They helped us make some great progress in unpacking boxes and organizing the town house.
Of course, we may have procrastinated a bit…
…but all in all we made great headway!
I just have to say how appreciative I am to all the friends and family who helped us move. We couldn’t have done this without you guys! <3
Sunday morning was spent clearing out the last loads of boxes/miscellaneous items from the apartment (my dad helped us again with his big car!) before we drove over to my grandparents’ house for a break! My aunt, uncle, and cousin were in town from Arizona for the 4th of July, so we figured it was worth taking a break from the move to go see them.
It was kind of a crappy day outside – overcast and a little chilly – but it was still beautiful on the water (as usual).
We wound up going for a quick boat ride despite the chilly weather, and it was a lot of fun! (Having some adult beverages didn’t hurt either…)
Afterwords, grillmaster Fabio cooked us up some burgers and hot dogs.
For dessert we had homemade chocolate cake (and wine!) and I was definitely in my happy place. Ah, this break was definitely needed.
I’m so glad we made the trip over to my grandparents’ house and got to spend some time relaxing with family on this busy moving weekend!
On Monday, the fourth of July, we were back at it with the unpacking. And boy, did we have a lot to conquer.
Luckily we made a lot of progress and decided to take a break from unpacking to run some errands. It was another crappy day out and rained almost the whole day, so I didn’t mind spending my 4th of July at Lowe’s and Best Buy. #homeownerproblems
At least my TOMS were patriotic!
Then we stopped by the apartment to finish cleaning up and turn in our keys!
*Sigh* I’m going to miss this kitchen.
We also had half a bottle wine in the fridge and I didn’t feel like packing it, soooo I drank it. From the bottle because we didn’t have any cups. Just keepin’ it classy over here!
The rest of the evening was spent pretending like it wasn’t the fourth of July and avoiding social media; we didn’t really want to see all the fun BBQs and fireworks that we were missing out on in favor of assembling blinds and closet organizers. 😉
Even though we might not have had the most fun or exciting July 4, I feel so incredibly fortunate to have a home of my own! Being a homeowner is a huge step for us, and we enjoyed this long weekend in our own way. I fell incredibly grateful for everything that’s happening in my life right now, even if it does mean spending holiday weekends surrounded by cardboard boxes and bubble wrap.
Question of the day: Did you see fireworks this holiday weekend?
Even though we didn’t get to actually sit down and watch any fireworks, we actually saw plenty from the car as we drove around this weekend!