Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Saying Good-bye

After 11 short months, we are packed up and leaving beautiful Rhode Island. It really seems like we just arrived.
Our last week in Newport was very busy.  On Friday, June 10, Nick graduated from the Naval War College. 



That day was the last day I was with both the two women I’ve become so close to over the last year.  It was definitely bittersweet.

Cindy and Debra have definitely come to be two of my very best friends. We have spent many days chatting, shopping, lunching and having coffee.  We shared stories about the Army, our kids, our husbands and solved problems of the world. I will miss these two ladies so much!
That night we hit our favorite watering hole, Pour Judgment with Deb and her husband, Jim for one of our last orders of their delicious house fries. (they have a smoked gouda cheese sauce…YUM)

Deb and Jim left town early the next morning and we started the chore of getting ready for the packers/movers to start a few days later.
Our packers and movers were fantastic. I don’t have photos, but they very quickly and professionally packed and loaded all our worldly possessions into a big truck.  As I type (and ride as a passenger on our road trip) that truck is on it’s way to the Ft. Lewis, Washington area. We will meet up with it in a few weeks.
We are currently on our second day of driving across country. We will take a few days detour to Texas to get JD married off to Meghan on Saturday. I’m very excited about the wedding and seeing all our family. While we’re there, we’ll move Callie into her very first apartment and do a whirlwind visit with some old friends. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
So far, we’ve had 5 days in two different hotels with a teenage boy, a 20 year old girl and two dogs. A trip that has the potential of becoming a logistical nightmare is going very smoothly, mostly because I’m married to an uber organized Soldier who has everything mapped and planned out for every day. It sure makes my life easy!
I will continue to write about our cross country adventures! I’m so excited to see the Pacific northwest. It’s an area I’ve never even visited and I’m anxious to see experience it!


Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

Happy travels Paula!

Anonymous said...

Safe travels! Congrats to the graduate. I doubt my DH will ever do the course which means he is about topped-out. I have great respect for those who continue to keep on keepin'on!
lynn s/w

Jane said...

Hope everything goes well with the wedding! I've never seen the northwest either. I can't wait to hear all about it!
Travel safely.

Anonymous said...

Safe and happy travels! Have you been to Fort Lewis yet? I loved it!

Renee said...

Has it been almost a year since you left Hawaii for RI? Unbelievable! Seems like you JUST got there!

I wish you all the best of luck and safety in your travels!

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

WOW!! Safe travels and on to a new adventure!

Paula said...

Thanks for the well wishes on the move!
Yes, it's been less than a year since we left Hawaii, and no, I can't believe how fast it went either.
Jessica, no, we've never been to Lewis and I hear it's wonderful. Everyone I talk to that's been there has loved it.