Monday, October 6, 2014

A Little Life Update - Getting There

Hola mis amigos!

I figured it's about time I start posting about our life here in Florida and how we ended up here.

In case you didn't know, less than a month before school started ANJ GOT INTO MED SCHOOL! Long story short, after playing some phone tag with the dean of admissions, Andrew got the official call and was accepted to FAU. We celebrated with a beautiful day on the lake and a delectable steak dinner at the Bar N. Yummm!

After quitting my awesome job at Boostability (a big leap of faith) and dreading going through secondary applications for a second time (we had already sent out another round of primary applications), getting accepted was a MAJOR relief, and we truly felt blessed. Even though Florida was where we both wanted to go (Anj served his mission here in Fort Lauderdale), the fact that we would be moving across the country FOR REALS was pretty mind-blowing.

(here's the official letter. how bout that beard?)

With very little time to plan a move across the country and wanting to max out on as much cabin time as possible, we decided to take about 3 days to pack all of our stuff into this pod and sent it off on its way to Florida. It was a pretty crazy, frantic, and stressful move, but with lots and lots of help, we did it! I got to have a fun birthday dinner with the Barretts and then we headed back to the cabin for a few more days on the lake.

I wish we would have had more time to say good-bye to all our fab provo friends! We basically packed and cleaned the entire time we were in p-town.

We did get to have a fun little good-bye shindig! Thanks Zylstras!

 The Spragues were life savers! Pro fan cleaners and masterful packers. 
 Goodbye apartment 41!

We celebrated my birthday at the lake and the next morning we took off on our cross country road trip. It was a long drive. Like 44 hours long. We drove from Montana to Miami, and hit 12 states in 3 days! We put pedal to the metal because Andrew started school August 4th and we left July 30th.

We made up for the 12+ hours of driving each day by eating really, really delicious food. Hattie B's Hot Chicken in Nashville, BBQ in Kansas City, Biscuits and Gravy in Atlanta, Fresh Georgia Peaches, etc. etc. We also made sure to check out a few sites here and there.

We finally made it to good old Florida, but we still had another 8+ hours to drive. Getting to the hotel and knowing that the drive was over was maybe a better feeling than actually getting into med school. For reals. At this point, it was Saturday morning, school started on Monday, and we still had nowhere to live. What do you do in this situation? Head to the beach of course!

 So glad my momma and bro Steveo joined us for the drive! We drove two cars, so they kept us company.

Sunday morning we miraculously found a nice, not-too-expensive, month-to-month apartment to rent. (In a 55+ community no less.) We headed back down to Fort Lauderdale for church and met some of the people Andrew taught and served with. I also had a serious "I'm not in Provo anymore" moment when my car was broken into and my purse was stolen in a matter of two minutes. We had way more important/expensive things in our car, but that was just the last thing anyone would want to happen their first time in a new city!

Andrew shaved his beard and started school. Luckily Steve and I were still able to have some fun, even with a garbage bag for a window. He went home a few days later, and Anj and I were left on our own in this whole new world!

And that is how we got to Boca Raton, Florida.

No comments:

Post a Comment