We woke up bright and early that Saturday morning and I headed to Stan's for two dozen donuts while Aaron started carrying down boxes. The donut line was long because Stan's is just that good.
No matter how prepared you think you are it is still such a crazy event. We thought we had gotten an even bigger truck than necessary but in the end the Uhaul truck was a total tetris game trying to get everything to fit. We also filled our two cars and my parents' car. We could not have fit one more thing in! Good thing we sold off our dining room table and chairs before we left!
Another tradition we have before moving is taking a family picture in our empty apartment (see previous moves here and here). So here it is!
^^About to take off for the drive to Fresno! I couldn't even see Eleanor with all the stuff in the way. She fell asleep instantly (thank goodness!) and I just prayed that her silence meant she was just asleep and not that she had stopped breathing (yes, I still check on her breathing at 8 months!).
I was grateful that Aaron's dad captured the following move-in pictures:
^^Our new cute little rental home! Still needs grass in front but we love it!
That great group got our stuff unloaded quickly and in to the designated rooms. By this point we were starving (still just going off the donuts we had had for breakfast that morning--not good for a nursing mom!) so we dropped everything and headed to find food to bring home and eat.
^^Poor thing was exhausted!
We were so grateful for Aaron's dad who stayed with us that night and helped us put together the essentials (Eleanor's crib, our bed, a table, etc.). He drove home the next day and we headed to church to be greeted by more really kind people.
Everything went really well, but even still it was a crazy, exhausting experience. We were just so glad to crash that first night in our bed (with new sheets!) and finally be on to starting our next adventure.
Thank you to everyone who helped us move! It sure takes a village to make it all happen!