Well, it's official - we are alive and well in Texas!
Here's a quick recap of what we've been up to.
Last weekend we made the (very long) trek from Scottsdale to San Antonio. The whole journey, which should have taken 15 driving hours, took about 20 - it was a longgg day!
When we were passing through southern New Mexico there was a ridiculous amount of hail - yes, hail. In New Mexico. And in October. So much in fact, that it looked like there was snow on the sides of the road!
We had to pull over and take cover for a few hours before continuing on - it was took foreverrr... and as cute as my puppy is, she was freaking out. And I had a screaming cat in the backseat - ugh, it's still too soon to talk about all of this...
After a really long day of driving we finally made it into San Antonio around 2AM, but didn't have the key fob to get into our community, so we had to get a hotel for the night. I can't even tell you how exhausted we were; we couldn't even move - let alone unpack anything.
Shortly after moving in, we learned that there are deer absolutely everywhere throughout our neighborhood - everywhere!! Maybe because it's new (or the fact that we lived in the desert), but it always seems like a special occasion seeing them. But, Scout is not a fan! She is the ultimate watch dog and does not like those big, strange looking animals one bit (she watches for them out of our windows!).
You know when get a puppy and you're supposed to introduce them to 7 sounds, 7 textures, 7 people, 7 animals, etc. all within their first 7 days of coming home otherwise you're a terrible pet owner? Well, apparently, we failed as puppy parents because we did not socialize our puppy with enough deer, cows, horses, etc... she does not like large non-dog animals!
Although we had no energy to do any unpacking, you best believe I made sure to hang my DIY wreath and buy some mums and pumpkins for our front door!
By the way, what in the world are these pumpkin tree branches from Trader Joe's?!
I've never seen such a thing, but I think I like it!
John has been in the market for a new truck for awhile, but we had to wait until we closed on our home before pulling the trigger. Well, we finally made our way to Austin this past weekend to get his truck.
It was wonderful, for the full 20 minutes that we owned it before we got on the freeway to go home and was rear ended, pushing us into the car in front of us. The car that hit us was completely destroyed, the airbags went off, and John and I feel so thankful that we weren't injured. The truck on the other hand...
The cars had to be towed off the freeway, and we are currently waiting to hear back on whether it will be repaired or totaled. Needless to say, it was a terrible situation, and we are so thankful to be safe.
And to add icing on the not-so-fun cake, John and I had plans that evening to get together with Kelli and her husband, and we were so disappointed about having to cancel.
The whole thing, although terrible, was a good reminder about what's important in life. Beautiful homes and new cars are nice, but they are fleeting. It reminds me of Matthew 6:19-21... Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
John and I have been appliance hunting and purchased a new refrigerator and washer and dryer this weekend. When scheduling delivery dates, John was absolutely ecstatic knowing that the washer and dryer would be delivered this week because he has been wearing dirty clothes... Bless.
Along with shopping for appliances, home ownership comes with many trips to Home Depot. And they have already started bringing out their Christmas trees. I am a little bit giddy about our first Christmas in our new home - it will take everything in me not to go overboard... :)