Moving Out East

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The day that we had been hoping and praying for, for months and years, had finally come.

It’s not like we absolutely hated where we were living at, but we felt as though we were ready to go. With my husband being stationed here for 7 or 8 years and myself for nearly 5, we had outgrown this place. Plus, I don’t like dry heat, so there’s that!

But since we ready for a change and a chance to see family a little more often, we had hoped for orders to the East Coast and that’s what we got! And it’s pretty crazy to think that this is the place that our relationship started, where we started a family, and grew. It’s where we had our first home and this is the house we brought our kids home to. It’s a bit surreal, a bit sad, exiting…emotional. I was quite emotional on the day we finally said “goodbye” to our “home.”

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So, the packers came one day and packed up our entire house. They even brought little boxes for the kids to use to pack up some things they wanted to travel with and crayons for them to decorate them. I thought that was adorable. We filled that house with a ton of stuff over the last 3 years and it was crazy to see it all packed up in less than 8 hours. I think it was even 5 hours if I am being honest!

The next day, the moving truck came and the movers started loading all of our things up. That also didn’t take very long. We spent the night in a hotel on base and the next day, we blew that popsicle stand! We did the final check out of our home and said goodbye to a few friends of ours. Friends of our kids too. Friends that became family.

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I remember, when I joined the Navy, that I always heard about those you served with becoming your family. And it’s so true. But in my own life, it wasn’t JUST the people I had served with who had become my family, it was also the people who were serving along their own spouses that became my family. We know this life and how to be there for each other. And as moms, there are some of us that just…clicked.

Seeing your kids saying bye to other kids is really emotional. At least it was for me. Plus, I am saying bye to my own close friends! All I was thinking about is:

Are we actually going to stay in touch? Or are we just going to say we will talk to each other all of the time and not actually follow through?

Either way, I knew I was extremely blessed to have been able to have those friendships during the time that I did.

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Anyway, enough of the emotional stuff! Ha! We headed out towards Las Vegas but not before we stopped at Old Navy to use our super cash! And sure enough, my best mom friend (that’s what I call her) ended up finding out we were there and met up with us! She was the absolutely last person to send us off. It was so funny and sweet. Her boys are the sweetest and her oldest was crying the night before about us leaving. And her kids asked if mine could sleepover. Ah! I thought I was done with the emotional stuff! I guess not!

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But seriously. It was the cutest. And I was happy to see my friend again before I left.

For those of you that do not know, this is our first time PCSing anywhere. We left our first ever duty station. It’s so crazy to think that wherever you end up, that’s automatically your new home. And you don’t ever know how long you’re going to be there for sure. I mean, I was convinced that I was going to be doing a 20 year career there, but it’s amazing to see what God has done in our lives. And I look forward to seeing what MORE he has in store for us.

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Travel Tuesday – Raleigh, North Carolina

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Alright! This is week 3 of my Travel Tuesday series! I am so excited about this! You guys, people are actually wanting to write and let me post onto my blog! Plus, I get to learn a little bit more about people’s hometowns! Especially the people who have followed me and taken the time to chat with me, it’s pretty awesome to see where they are from!

So, from last week we were in Portsmouth, England and today we are heading to the states to Raleigh, North Carolina! Miss Madison was happy to write a post for me of the city she goes to college at and I was happy that she was happy! Lots of happiness going around here! She blogs over at http://maddykake.blogspot.com

Here’s what she wrote!
As the capitol city of North Carolina, Raleigh has endless opportunities for both its residents and visitors. With almost half a million people living in Raleigh, the city is bustling with activity. I attend North Carolina State University in the city. Being a large university, our campus itself has a lot to offer. From the beautiful Hunt Library (named one of the most spectacular libraries in the world here)  to Talley Student Union, our campus offers many modern and innovative centers for studying and meeting up.
6bc312cc67ffd3a9a278cdfad2473fcb Travel Tuesday - Raleigh, North CarolinaOne of my personal favorite spots in Raleigh is the Red Hat Amphitheater. Located right in the midst of the downtown atmosphere, this outdoor venue is perfect for fun summer concerts. You can triple the entertainment with our two other awesome concert venues, the PNC Arena and Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Among the three of these locations, Raleigh has hosted countless celebrities. I’ve included a picture of my favorite concert from the Red Hat, the Jonas Brothers in 2013 🙂
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There is a countless number of restaurants and shops to be enjoyed in Raleigh. Cameron Village is home to many of the city’s most unique and trendy boutiques. The Pit is a restaurant located in downtown Raleigh that is famous for its barbecue and has been featured on many TV programs, including Man v Food. The Daily Planet Cafe is a cute and fresh place to enjoy breakfast or lunch while exploring downtown or visiting the Museum of Natural Sciences, conveniently located right next door.
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You can’t go to Raleigh without attending an NCSU football game. You’ll find people tailgating in the parking lot of Carter-Finley hours before kickoff each game. The Wolfpack is the city’s very own pride and joy and the only thing that could possibly top the football games are the ACC basketball games right next door at the PNC Arena.
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Finally, one of the biggest events that takes place in Raleigh (besides First Night for New Years Eve) is the annual NC State Fair. If you’re in North Carolina during mid-October you should definitely check out the fair. With all the usual rides and delicious foods, the fair also offers nightly concerts from various genres. Reaching almost one million visitors yearly, the NC State Fair is obviously an experience to have. If nothing else, just go walk around and enjoy the atmosphere. But for now, enjoy this picture of Before You Exit performing at the fair in 2014. (If it’s not obvious, I love concerts.. and boy bands 🙂 )
6bc312cc67ffd3a9a278cdfad2473fcb Travel Tuesday - Raleigh, North CarolinaAnd here are the State Fair fireworks that closed the night 🙂
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I know that Raleigh has so much more to offer that I have yet to explore and I have only included some of my favorite places and activities in the city, but as a freshman at NCSU, I look forward to getting to know Raleigh better in my next couple of years. One cool thing about Raleigh is that you can drive a few hours and be at the beach, or you can drive a few hours the other way and be in the mountains! North Carolina is truly a state that has it all!

Thank you to Madison for writing this awesome post! I think North Carolina would be a fun place to go sometime! And for me…it’s not going to be too hard for me to get there!! 🙂

What do you all think of North Carolina?! Anyone thinking of visiting?!

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Can’t wait to hear from you!

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