Our PCS to Fort Riley, Kansas
Popping in for just a minute to give a quick road trip update, and then I’m shutting off my brain for the rest of the day in anticipation for closing and starting our next home ownership journey tomorrow. Speaking of the house, we finally got to see it for the first time this morning during our walk-through! We were equal parts speechless and gasping with excitement (yes, Jamie too) as we explored every inch of the place. Though I’d looked at a million pictures of the place a thousand times, there’s no way that pictures could have prepared us for just how perfect this house is for us.
It’s crazy to think that less than 72 hours ago we were still drowning in a house full of boxes in Arizona with a 1,300 mile trip ahead of us. We had quite the weekend!
On Friday morning, I woke up early to knock out one last morning run before the packers/movers got to the house.
Around 8 a.m., Jennifer, Hadley, and I drove 30 minutes over to Bisbee to eat at Bisbee Breakfast Club while Jamie stayed back to receive the movers. It was a delicious start to the day!
I was excited about getting back to the house to a big moving truck and a bunch of men clearing the house out, but that wasn’t the case. The packers were back to finish up packing (since the company only sent one guy on Thursday), and they’d barely made a dent while we were at breakfast. It was a long day.
We figured the truck would be packed up and roll out by 6 p.m., and since we had a 4.5 hour drive that night to our first stop, Jamie encouraged us girls to go ahead and get on the road.
Around 4 p.m., we hit the road to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. That first leg was eventful – Hadley refused to nap, spiked a fever, and got herself so upset that she refused to eat her food or drink her bottle. I can’t think of better timing than a big move for her 7th tooth to come in! 🙂 Jennifer did a great job of doing her best to keep her distracted and having fun, but her random outbursts were tough to ignore. The three of us were very happy to snuggle into the comfy hotel bed that night. Jamie and Teddy ended up getting to the hotel around midnight.
On Saturday morning, we woke up early to check out a fun breakfast café that was highly rated on Trip Advisor, but the owners were on a vacation and it was closed. Party foul.
We were so bummed, but instead of finding somewhere else to get breakfast, we decided to make our way two hours north to Albuquerque and finding a yummy brunch restaurant. Hadley slept the entire way! Jennifer did a little research and found a place called The Range Café, and it hit the spot.
Hadley was really well behaved the rest of the way on Saturday. She took a total of three naps and was overall happy during her awake times. We met up with Jamie a couple times during our gas stops and snapped this picture right before Alabama kick-off. Roll Tide from who-knows-where, New Mexico!
We stopped for the night in Elk City, Oklahoma. We wanted to make it all the way to Oklahoma City, but we were more than ready to call it a night. We found a delicious casual steakhouse to grab some dinner (thanks again to Trip Advisor) but ended up scarfing it down and booking it back to the hotel so Hadley could have some down time. She was We all were toast.
On Sunday we slept in a little and then made the remaining six hour trip home to Manhattan, Kansas. Besides having a heck of a time finding an open certified weigh station to weigh our cars for our partial-DITY move, it was a pretty uneventful day. After putting Hadley to bed last night, we put on some comfy clothes, had a couple drinks to wind down, listened to a heck of a thunderstorm, and finally called it a night.
I’ve already said five times today, but I’m so thankful that trip is behind us. Moving around the country with a baby is not a blast, but I know we’re making some good memories. Thank you to those who kept us in your prayers for safe travels! It feels good to have these big moves under our belt.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the holiday weekend!
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