I know this post is long overdue, but to completely honest, I’m not at all surprised. October was the beginning of a new chapter in our lives, not just for this year, but for an entirely new section of the story of our lives. We closed out the section on Alaska and started the prelude for what will soon be Florida. This post ought to be short and sweet, but I promise that November’s review will come much sooner than October’s did for those of you who have been watching and waiting.
October 1st was an exciting day. PFD day! Not only did we receive all our dividends, we were also paid for our truck on that day. With the exception of our tithe money we put every penny into our relocation fund. $11,000 plus $8000 for the truck. And then we celebrated the fact that we had fulfilled our goal of saving $20,000 (+!!) for our move out of Alaska.
The rest of October went by in a very slow blur. I know that doesn’t sound like it should make sense, but look at it this way. We were very on track as far as packing goes, and all we had left at that point was killing time and waiting for the big day. We took very opportunity to use up any food reserves we had left and just ate what we could afford. After Dan finished out his last week of work he and I did what we could to get the apartment cleaned up (including painting our purple kid’s room back to white) and giving away anything that we weren’t planning on taking with us.
Then finally came the big day on the 26th! Dan took our luggage to the airport ahead of time so that we would only have to worry about us (and yes, for anyone who is wondering, we DID manage to get everything that was important to us into the 12 allotted bags that we were taking with us. That includes our vacuum cleaner. 🙂 ) and we got to the airport with plenty of time to spare.
Traveling was not as easy this time around. We spent 24 hours getting from Nome to Cincinnati and somewhere around North Carolina (I know it doesn’t make sense, but what about air travel really does a lot of the time?) the kids decided that they had had enough. We survived the trip though and were rewarded by being greeted by not only Grandma and Grandpa but Dido (my dad) as well. We got home and slept off the trip and enjoyed reuniting with our families.
We spent most of that week just adjusting to the jet lag and the fact that we were no longer living in the tundra (we came in time to catch the end of summer) and ended the month with a fantastic Halloween! It was definitely the kids best Halloween ever and I would certainly say it was in my all time top 5! Dan, Grandpa and I took Supergirl, a squeaky mouse, a pink elephant, and Spiderman trick-or-treating until the girls were dragging their bags and were ready to go home. The evening was warm and perfect so the girls and I (Z passed out before we even got back) sat on the front porch and dumped out all our candy into a giant pile and just pigged out and sampled candy until we just couldn’t anymore while giving the final trick-or-treat stragglers a pleasant surprise in the form of giant scoopfuls of candy. Yes, I know that it goes against everything that I believe in as far as food lifestyle goes, but every once in a while you have to break your own rules. That night, it was more important to me to share that moment with my kids. But I regretted how I felt the next day (and how everyone acted over the next couple days) and have decided that next year I want to seriously consider trying things out with the Switch Witch, especially since Dan and I are talking about making 2016 a sugar-free year as our New Year’s Resolution.
So that was our October, and November was just as exciting. (Including an awesome new vehicle purchase for our family!) Stay tuned. I’ll be back in a couple days. Enjoy your weekend until then.