Since we won’t have internet set up for the first day or so, I’m writing this entirely on my phone. This means that things won’t be as neat and tidy as they usually are, but I wanted to give an update!
We arrived safely yesterday around 4:15 and we ran inside to see our new house (mostly so we could pick our rooms and let the movers know where things go!). This house is absolutely adorable. There will be proper pictures taken when I have recovered from a long day of goodbyes, a 5-hour-straight car ride, and subsequent moving and organizing and cleaning. However, until that happens, here are the highlights:
At first when we saw the 26′ truck we rented we thought we had gotten one much too big for our needs. We are minimalists with our belongings (as much as you can be with a growing baby), however when furniture is involved it takes up more space than we thought. The 26′ ended up being perfect!
I opened the tub that had our essential oils and the female mover walked inside the house and said “I smell oils! The guys make fun of me for my hippie oils.”
We finally left St Louis about 45 minutes behind schedule (goodbyes, returning things to the library, etc), so it was nap time for Tristan. He slept from 11-2! When he woke up he was entertained with a couple toys and started losing his cool just as we pulled into town. He’s been nervous the past few days as things he’s used to have been packed up, but he’s relaxing a lot more now that they are getting unpacked and he can see them again.
We went to our new Walmart last night to get a vacuum, a mop, and a big trash can (we never had a place to put a big trash can at our apartment!). This Walmart is like the Aldi of Walmart. It’s small, not a lot of different options, but still has what we need and it’s clean.
This morning I made the coffee my aunt gave us and it was the perfect way to greet our first morning in Iowa! We are going to get the kitchen in order after I can line all the drawers and cabinets with drawer liner because it just seems cleaner to me.
Everyone here is so nice and helpful. We went to the local coffee shop this afternoon to check it out, and if I ever go missing…look for me there. It’s not La Cosecha (my StL coffee house), but it’s a close second for sure. Homey, nice people, and the macadamia mocha is to die for. It’s attached to a deli so we ate lunch while we were there too. Peter introduced himself to the owner of the deli who apparently knows everyone and he gave us the scoop on grocery stores, gyms, doctors, and banks. He’s on the chamber of commerce and said he will let the Welcome Wagon people know we just moved here too.
I feel like we just moved into the town of our dreams. And we clocked it: 0.75 miles to work, 0.4 miles to coffee.
It’s Iowa, but I’m pretty sure it’s heaven.
And just because it’s adorable, here’s Tristan this morning.