new home! next chapter!

So, South Bend, Indiana. Chapter One is titled: Godmother and Godfather Are Awesome

But first, let’s backtrack to how we got here.

The Wedding

My sweet, little, and living-saint of a sister-in-law (and former roomie- woot, woot!) got married on June 11, which sent us West to San Diego for the first two weeks of June.

I’ve repeated to Bradley probably twenty times since that it was the most fun I’ve had in my entire life. It really was!

We stayed up until 2:30 AM dancing, singing, and jumping all over. (It was a backyard reception, and meanwhile Evey slept soundly in our room.) When the DJ finally left we heated up the hot tub and went swimming. IT WAS AWESOME.

Then it was back home for us. Bradley was working 14-hour days and for me it was…

Packing Madness

We got back to Phoenix with three days to pack up. I’d already done a large part of the work before our California trip, but there was still a lot to accomplish in a short period (which was made shorter with a baby occupying my hip 90% of the time).

Come move-out day, not everything was organized to my (borderline OCD) standards, but everything was eventually boxed. And that night, in our empty apartment, we celebrated with friends and pizza on the floor.

The Drive

As soon as our friends left -around 9:30 PM- we locked the place up and jumped in the car.

Before beginning the 1,800 mile drive, we stopped at Dutch Bros, the coffee shop I’d grown to love –deeply–, for one final time. Never before did an E>E>E>iced coffee with sugar free vanilla and cream<3<3<3 taste so bittersweet.

That first night we drove right through- stopping just twice for gas. We made it to Amarillo by morning, where feasted at Cracker Barrel. MMm. Evey stretched out her legs as she toddled around the Adirondack chairs and jumbo-sized checker boards.

By the time we were back in the car it was nap time. ZZzzZ. Miles and miles, a couple states later, and before we knew it, it was dinnertime. Subway sandwiches. Bathroom/gas stop. Miles and miles. And we were debating whether or not to even stop for the night or to push through the next eight hours to SB. Bradley got us through. He drove through the night while Eve and I dozed off in the backseat. (Good man.) And the whole 32-hours she only cried once.

Around 7AM- hardly more than one day after we left- we arrived!

New Home

Our first day in South Bend was awesome. First we unpacked a bit from the car, showered, and napped. Around 1PM we got up.

Bradley spent time with Evey, while I got out to explore the area. I picked up Starbucks (not a Dutch Bros, but it’ll have to do- Thrifting brings me genuine joy!

And I struck gold with so many awesome baby clothes. I never really look at furniture, but for some reason on this day I did. I found the most gorgeous vintage, solid wood dresser and detailed mirror. (I’m going to restore them a bit, and I’ll post photos on here later.) Totally our style too. Did I mention it was 50% OFF day? I was so excited! SO EXCITED.

That night,  when I got back to the house, we walked over to the stadium with our cousins to watch a ND football camp (I know, I’m using the wrong football terminology here… but I don’t know what it was called). We got to walk through the tunnel, see Brian Kelly, play around on the field (Evey toddled in the end zone!), and it was seriously awesome.

It was still daylight around 9PM when we got out. We walked over to Five Guys for a second dinner. YUM.

Since Day 1 we’ve just been spending a ton of time with Chris, Katrina, and the kids. Brad is in heaven with his new baseball team, pick-up basketball, and then right this second they are fixing up bikes. He’s happy. Really happy. I mean, he loves doing anything with his big brothers, but a South Bend summer with family is his favorite. Plus, I’m in Heaven too. THERE’S A BEACH HERE. It’s so great. It reminds me of summers in Maryland and swimming in the Bay.

But this chapter is called Godmother and Godfather Are Awesome, so some of that before I log off… They are letting us crash with them for a couple weeks before we are able to move into our sweet, little home (that is just 2 miles, and a beautiful walk through campus, away). To welcome us to SB they gifted us bikes and a baby bike seat for Evelyn. How awesome! I really don’t know how I got so lucky with in-laws. These past few years Katrina has become one of my dearest friends, and she’s a mother and woman who I truly look up to. Evey is blessed to have them as godparents to help get her to Heaven. AND NOW WE ARE NEIGHBORS. This is a good life.

There are many good things happening now and many great things to look forward to this year. Cheers! Cheers! Cheers! to this next venture.

7 thoughts on “new home! next chapter!

  1. Gina, such a sweet new beginning for your lovely family. I wish you all the best in SB. So happy you are so close to family. Have fun with all things Notre Dame!
    Trish

  2. First time commenter here! Congratulations on your new home, and God’s blessings to your sweet family. Where are those lovely blue bridesmaid dresses from?

  3. Well, SHOOT. Way to make me cry!! I’m so glad Brad didn’t marry a B. Thank you GOD! I love you. (Also good job underlining the title … you English major, you). NEIGHBORS!

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