We didn't end up buying a condo/duplex/house yet in Carlsbad but we did move into a new apartment. It's smaller than our last one in Tustin but definitely quieter and cozier...a nice change of pace. We love living down here.
Here's a view from our balcony:
My family helped move in most of our things a few weeks ago. So while the boys were carrying the heavy stuff into the apartment, my mom and I took selfies, of course.
We still have boxes that need to be sorted through and unpacked but we're slowly settling in. A few of my in-laws were here this weekend and we got to enjoy our first weekend in Carlsbad with some family. It involved lots of eating, talking, and laughing.
I'm late blogging this but better late than never! Russell turned 25 on March 27th and we celebrated by eating All-You-Can-Eat Sushi with family.
The best people ever.
This was so much fun! Russell felt so loved. Joe was even able to give Russ a call from Afghanistan which I know meant a lot. This particular photo has the Sangas, Henrys, and a future Mrs. Sanga. :)
The only downfall about All-You-Can-Eat Sushi is that you have to eat everything. Near the end, everyone was too stuffed to finished our plates. Here's a picture of James looking miserable:
"No more sushi!"
I don't think my family can eat sushi again for at least a couple of months.
Me and the bday boy.
Then, on the weekend of Russell's birthday, we had an overnight trip to Palm Springs. We rode the aerial tram and hiked for a couple of hours. I remember riding the aerial tram when I was little and I can confirm that it is still as scary to ride it 10 years later. Russell liked it since he has no fear of heights.
We also bought hats in downtown Palm Springs. We are calling these our Carlsbad hats. Fancy, huh? :)
Russ and I are getting an early start on packing. We boxed up a few of our things this weekend. Nope, we don't know where we're going to live yet in a few weeks but we aren't too worried...or at least, we haven't had enough time to worry. Thank goodness because if I spent too long thinking about it, I'd probably stress out.
However, the weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer, and our marriage is getting stronger. Can't ask for anything more than that.
Here's a picture of me and Lewis after I got home from a stressful long day at work. My dog didn't care about my tiring day, he just wanted cuddles.
I put this off long enough...we're moving! Our lease ends mid-April and Russ and I have decided that we will be moving out of our apartment and into a new city.
And that city is...*drumroll*...CARLSBAD!!
I might be jumping the gun here as Russell and I have not found a place to live yet. We have, however, been to several open houses. None of which were in Carlsbad. But we have a trusty realtor (she's so lovely; same lady who helped my parents find my childhood home about 15 years ago) and an optimistic spirit.
March is the grind. We'll be packing and finding a place to live. We are praying to buy a house or a condo. If we find neither, we'll probably get an apartment down there while we continue to search. We're in no rush as we know everything happens in God's perfect timing. You can't deny the fact though that we're both excited.
The past couple of weeks have been stressful for us. Between work and looking for a house/condo, it's been hectic to say the least. Thankfully, I have my mom and dad to talk to whenever me or Russell are unsure about something during this home search process. Also, it's wonderful knowing I have a realtor who is honest and someone I can trust. You can see why we are optimistic about this search.
I can't believe that it is March already. It's Russell's birthday month (yippee!) and our one year anniversary is already next month! So many good things are coming up fast. I hope I take the time to slow down and enjoy every moment of it. God has been so good.
If we do find a house or condo, I'll post it on this blog. And if we end up moving to just another apartment, I'll post that as well because it's exciting either way!
There were the roses, in the rain.
Don't cut them, I pleaded.
They won't last, she said.
But they're so beautiful
where they are.
Agh, we were all beautiful once, she said,
and cut them and and gave them to me
in my hand.