Thursday, July 06, 2006

Goodbye Garden State

As we pulled off of Wellington Avenue for the last time we were filled with mixed emotions. The last few days in our house were so crazy with packers, movers, and loose ends that we hardly had time to think about what was going on. Once we got on the road we had about 550 miles to think about what we were leaving behind and what our new lives held for us.

We had a pretty nice drive over 2 days and the Turkeys held up great. We stopped every few hours for a bathroom break or food, but it was the portable in-car DVD player that really made the trip bearable.

Once in Columbus the big day of our closing finally arrived. With checks in hand we walked into the Title agency office and 30 minutes later (and about 30 signatures) we walked out with the keys. The kids were VERY excited to see their new house for the first time so we drove straight over to the house for the big introduction. As we unlocked the door for the first time, everyone barreled through the door and ran to explore the house. Renee loved the carpet of the great room, Emma enjoyed hiding in the closet of the playroom, and Andy found a special place under the kitchen desk. We all just ran around for an our exploring every nook and cranny of the new house.

Finally we decided to had back to the hotel for one more night before the moving truck arrived. We decided to top of this very special day with one more treat so we stopped for ice cream on the way back to the hotel. We were all exhausted from the past week but thrilled to finally be in Ohio with our new home.

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