We're finally back in Raleigh (ugh!). The week absolutely zoomed by and we were very productive, but I still didn't get everything done that I wanted to get done/see while I was there. Let me recap since my last post.
Of course, the weather was so nice that Ms Vivian got to wear her sundresses (finally!). No trip would survive without chewy monkey either! :)
On Wednesday, we met with a realtor who showed us two houses. The first house was um...well, horrible. The second house up in Summerbrooke was great and we really liked it, but it was available now and the owners would not hold it for us for another few months. We walked around campus that night. The weather was so beautiful, it was hard to stay inside at all.
On Thursday, we walked around campus again. The grounds are really beautiful.
Then, we drove around to look at a few more houses. We met with the owner of one house and we were sold! This house has really everything we want and need and is very close to campus. After that, we went to dinner with the FSU mommies, daddies, and babies. There are 6 of us (not everyone could attend) that have recently had babies or are still pregnant and due in the next few months. It's really nice to have an additional support network down in Tallahassee full of families who understand the additional stressors of being in a PhD program and being a mommy.
On Friday, I finally officially attended Colloquium. Good grief! I've been taking this class for two semesters now (via Skype) and it was sooooo nice to be physically in attendance (and meet everyone).
After Colloquium, we signed our lease!!! We absolutely love this house! 2100 sq ft, 3 bedrooms + an office for Chris, who will be working at home, and a screened-in porch. There is a large fenced-in yard for Lilli and a greenhouse so we can grow our own veggies and baby food! The hardwood floors are beautiful and the fireplace mantle was taken out of an old house in Chicago from the early 1900s. The owners are really sad to be moving, but are very happy that we will be taking good care of the house for them.
After we signed our lease, we headed to Ted's Montana Grill. Vivian had done such a great job at dinner the previous night with the mommies that we thought we had it made for dinner again. She was asleep when we got there. This wasn't the case shortly after we ordered. I had to change her wet diaper and then the scream started. She really needed to eat, so I went to the car to get her food. While Chris was eating his meal, Vivian decided it was the time to have a LARGE blow-out....in her Seminoles onesie! I could tell it was going to be a bad one, so we quickly left and headed for the hotel. Thankfully, I had the right mind to put down a cloth diaper IN her carseat for the ride home. This child had blown out her diaper! Her entire back (up to her neck) was covered in poo. It was a lovely experience! THIS is why you stay in an extended stay with a laundry on-site!
We headed home on Saturday and finally had to stop in Augusta. The drive was so freaking long. It took us 9 hours to go 1/2 our trip. The entire trip should only take 9 hours without stops. We drove through every small town in southern GA and then got STUCK in Atlanta traffic about 30 miles out, so we took another detour through eastern GA and finally stopped in Augusta.
We continued our lovely drive home (on the interstate system this time) to Raleigh on Sunday!
I'm happy that I'll be able to sleep in my OWN bed tonight, without having to listen to the interstate traffic or the noisy neighbours. I'm thankful I have my own pillows! I think Vivian will be happy that she's sleeping in her crib again, although she didn't mind sleeping on the floor at all. She still slept through the night.
It was a great trip and we're looking forward to heading back to Tally for another week in May! Perhaps we'll get to see another shuttle launch (or two) while we're in FL! :)