Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Big Move

So I haven't posted in a long time because I am really lazy. That is really my only excuse ha. We have been trying to get out apartment together and buy furniture, but it is definitely a challenge! This post will be I guess a little bit of a collage of what has been going on in our lives for the last while.

Before we left for Florida, we had a last rendezvous with all of my editing friends. I have been through a lot with these girls, and it was fun to get together one last time before we all went our separate ways. For those in the fam, Melissa (far left) is actually Melanie Mullis' sister! Small world. But we all had a lot of fun together.

From left to right: Melissa, Sarah, Callie, and Me!

Our drive across the country was definitely interesting--and LONG! Being a foodie myself, I was excited to drive through the South and eat some seriously good food along the way.

I found out that I will probably never feel the need to live in the state of New Mexico. There is seriously NOTHING there. We drove right through the whole state. We stopped one night in Albuquerque and decided to get some burritos at this little place we heard was good that was across from our hotel. The burritos were seriously SO SPICY!! I literally could not eat mine, and I even got a breakfast burrito! It sounded harmless, but little did I know that neither Brad or I could eat half of the food because of the spicy chiles. In Texas we stopped at a BBQ place called Lon's, which was DELICIOUS. We had some BBQ turkey and brisket, and Brad and I really enjoyed it. We were able to stop in San Antonio to see Jeff and Kathy, but unfortunately I didn't get any pictures. It was fun to see them though and check out their cute new house :)

After New Mexico and Texas we drove through Louisiana and Mississippi, which Brad LOVED. There were swamps and lagoons and water all through our drive, and he just couldn't get enough of it. We stopped at a place down in Mississippi called The Blow Fly Inn. It's food was featured on Food Networks Diner's, Drive-In's, and Dives. Brad had some crab cakes and I had a seafood pasta filled with shrimp, sausage, and CRAWDADS. It was actually really good, and we had a good time trying some local cuisine. The rest of our drive was basically through Florida, and by this point we just wanted to get home.

Florida was basically a full days' drive since Miami is ALL THE WAY AT THE BOTTOM, but we are excited to be here. I have to say that we are definitely the minority living here! There are so many different types of people and so many different languages being spoken it is hard to keep up! Even our ward is mostly filled with Haitians, and I think our ward is like the only non-Spanish speaking ward in the stake. At stake conference we even all sang one of the songs in Spanish! It was definitely been an interesting ride thus far. Far cry from living in Utah and going to school at BYU. However, there are actually a good number of young couples from BYU in our ward that are at Brad's school for his program or in the podiatry program, so that is good. We hope to get to know them better.

Other than that, we are just trying our hardest to get settled into our apartment and adjust to life at the beach! Not too bad, all things considering. We do miss our friends and family in Provo though, that is for sure. And of course my parents had to move all the way out to the west coast the same time we were moving back to the east coast, but we hope to visit them soon!!

Oh, and of course a big CONGRATS to all of my pregnant SILs! We are so excited to have more nieces and nephews on both the Jurgensmeier and the Bell side!


Sarah said...

Hey now, let's not hate on the New Mexico. It's my future home! Ha ha, yeah, there isn't much there. I think Alby will be okay though, as long as I stay away from super hot chile places. Glad you guys made it safely! I liked the video tour of your apartment.

Bell Family said...

Nice looking beaches! Glad you guys are getting settled. Hope you can come visit Cali soon!

Jayce and Sarah Porter said...

Presh. I'm so excited for you doing real big-kid things! Haha. I hope it's all going well. Good luck decorating, I'm super excited to decorate a small home but also really intimidated by it. Keep us posted!