Thursday, July 15, 2010

Scenes from the Fourth

Some of you may be surprised to find out that Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. 

OK, seriously, if you didn't know that about me then you obviously don't know me very well.  Take a gander at the background of this blog or look at how my apartment is decorated if you still don't believe me.  :)

The 4th of July is a pretty big deal to most of my family.  It stems from my maternal grandmother and her sisters who grew up in Washington, DC.  They spent their respective childhoods roaming the streets of DC and celebrating the birth of our nation in their backyard - our Nation's Capital.  They passed that love of July 4th to their children and grandchildren.  Many a July 4th in my life has been spent with my Mom's side of the family.  Parades, BBQs, and fireworks are always on the agenda. 

This year's 4th of July festivities were relatively tame.  For a variety of reasons none of my extended family were able to make the trip to DC for the day/weekend.  I spent the weekend with my parents, brother, and grandparents.  We had a couple of BBQs, watched "A Capital Fourth" on TV, and otherwise relaxed and enjoyed the time off of work.  Todd and our next door neighbor Chris provided us with a fireworks show of the homemade variety.  I had fun, but missed my hubby and my Utah-4th-of-July-loving friends, too. 

Scenes from our Independence Day weekend:

Monday, July 5, 2010

More Exciting News!

Michael got a job in Virginia!

He'll be working with Loudoun County at a job that is similar to his current position in AZ.

He starts on July 21st.

We'll move into our apartment here sometime during the first week of August.

Woohoo!

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I have to pause and say that things could not have worked out more perfectly for us.  More perfectly than we could have ever imagined.  It's been really difficult living in Arizona without a job, to say the least.  I'm not kidding when I say that I probably applied to 100 jobs at a variety of places there.  Nothing.  Nada.  After a while that really starts to mess with your head.  

I think I applied to three jobs in Virginia.  Three!  And the job I got I didn't even apply for.  My resume happened to be in the right hands at the right time and the rest is history.  Michael also applied to three jobs in Virginia.  He got calls from two.  One was willing to work with him long-distance from Arizona and even interviewed him twice via video conference.  Michael got a job that he interviewed for from our living room in Arizona! 

Knowing that Michael had a job only 11 miles from mine allowed me to start searching for an apartment.  My Mom and I went out on Saturday to begin our search.  We looked at a couple of dumps before stopping by a brand new community on a whim.  I'd seen the community online and thought, "No way can we live here.  It's brand new.  It's way too expensive."  We went anyway, talked to the leasing office, and tried to keep our jaws from dropping when we heard the current deals.  As long as everything checks out, we'll be moving in to a brand new apartment there in August.  I love, love, LOVE it.  It's about 8 miles from my job and about 3 miles from Michael's.  It's 20 miles from where my parents live.

We've been truly blessed and know that Virginia is where we are supposed to be.  With all that has happened in the last two months, how could it not be?