Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Where Do I Start?

...from the beginning sounds like as good a place as any, but somehow i always manage to make things more complicated than they need to be.  oh well, all i can do is keep trying.  

so i moved to the Gem State almost three months ago with my brand new husband.  we arrived on july 1st, just under two weeks after saying I do!  we got married june 18th and, after a fabulous honeymoon and one last weekend in Charleston, we left the sunny and scorching East Coast for a road trip to the Wild West.  

we drove south through Georgia, Alabama (rollllllll tide!), and Mississippi--where we stayed for the night; then over through Louisiana to Texas where we spent an evening with my new in-laws (interesting fact:  The Hubs is from outside Dallas and i am from outside Washington, DC.  do you know what this does for football season?!  joy and heartbreak in our house on this past Monday...  more on that to come, i'm sure).  ANYway, we saw no less than 99 degrees for almost that entire trip, and we were in triple digits for most of our ride through the Lone Star State.  meanwhile, did you know it takes almost nine hours to drive from central Texas to the New Mexico border?!  holy cow.  in one day we went from 89 (at 6:45 AM), up to 103 and back to the low 70's.  ahhhh.  we hit the 70ish mark in Colorado, then enjoyed normal summer temperatures for the rest of our trip northward through Colorado and Wyoming.  What gorgeous places we have in this country, by the way.   
colorado springs, CO * garden of the gods & pike's peak

driving through wide-open Wyoming

and then we arrived in Idaho.   here's a little of the things we see almost every day.  you can't beat that...

this is our house:   

 it is a different world, but i sure do enjoy it.  we left 100+ degree South Carolina for this lovely humidity-free state and i am pleased as punch about what "hot" means here.  the first week we were here i heard a man in the grocery store parking lot say to someone, "whew!  hot enough for you?!"  it was 84 degrees.  oh, and humidity was a whopping 16%.  

our first weekend:  4th of July and
"the largest fireworks display west of the Missippi"

i can't believe saturday will be three months here; i can't believe we've been married three months!  time does fly when you're having fun.  it has been a fun journey so far:  we've unpacked, set up, painted and rearranged, but we've also been hiking, camping, checking out new cookbooks (and old ones), using new kitchen things (YAY for gift registries and THANK YOU to all our amazing family and friends), brewing, exploring (two national parks in one day!) and making new friends.  i miss the ocean and the sand on my feet but the breeze and the mountains are so much more than i expected.  they'll never replace the ocean, but definitely share an equally-sized space in my heart.  well, almost equal, but it's getting there!  ;) 

our first road trip since arriving.  Grand Teton in the distance.

well, i've got that dreaded beginning sorted out, i guess.  now i'll get working on going through all the pictures i've got so i can put them up here for y'all to see.  i'm liking the new surroundings and the new things that are unique to this end of these united states.  Virginia has its quirks and its unique parts; so did North Carolina and South Carolina, and i'm enjoying finding the ins & outs of Idaho now as well.  

Home is where you mom is, but perhaps home could also be where you love living.  Hopefully you'll come back to enjoy some of what we're up to in Our Home.  can't wait to see you again.  

chat you soon,