Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Belle Isle

We just completed our first three weeks in Virginia.  The week was busy with things like

Painting our toes

Creating a compost bin

Mowing the lawn for the first time

And going out for frozen yogurt

Steve also completed orientation for residency.  We watched the craziest one hour storm ever and were slightly worried for a minute that we might have to figure out what to do if our power didn't come back on.  We attempted to get library cards and I got completely lost while driving one day.

Today technically starts our 4th week here.  We started if off right by registering our vehicles and applying for driver's license.  I'm pretty sure while we were there somebody must have thought we were the worst parents in the world, but Cadance never cried or screamed, so whatever else she was doing, like wondering around in a circle and laying on the ground, pretty much mean success in my book.

Afterwards we went to Belle Isle.  It's a small island in the James river that is only open to foot traffic. It has a walked path around the island with walkways out to rocks.  There were lots of people out for picnics, sunbathing and swimming in the river, so next time we're bringing out swimsuits.

Foot bridge that hangs under the main highway

View from bridge to downtown Richmond
Stopping for lunch

Cadance wanted to get right in
We just thought this was a funny face

Wading in the river

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Bold Move

So we know we've talked to some people about our painting adventures, so here are the pictures.  We still have one more day of touch up, but it's pretty much done and we're super excited!

This is our pre-painted room.

Day 1
We bought paint and supplies and blocked the walls for the first coat.

Day 2
We painted all the walls this fabulous grey color.

Day 3 
The orange was added to the diagonal walls and window wall

Day 4
Steve blocked for the stripes to be added.

Day 5 
White stripes were added!

We love how much more awake this room is!  Cadance got very excited when she saw it this morning.  We think it's going to make a great play room and craft area.

Steve did most of work, with me in supporting roles, so thank you Steve for making this possible.  It's going to be so much fun!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Move

So here is what should be like 5 posts in one.

This is what our apartment looked like in our last few days in Fort Worth

What's more amazing is how quickly Cadance caught onto the fact the meals were now served in the middle of the living room.  After a wonderful weekend in San Antonio we came back up to Fort Worth on Sunday, said good bye to friends, packed up the truck, and left Monday morning.

With fabulous Steve and his dad taking the lead, my dad and I took a not so leisurely two days to arrive in Virginia.  We drove through Arkansas in the craziest storm ever

Entertained Cadance

Ate what some believe is the best BBQ in the country.  (I'm still thinking about the pork tips!)

And, dealt with this little beauty

Can I just say, once again, thank you dad for taking the journey with me.

The house is coming along.  Here are some things I love about our new digs: I can pretty much get from 7am to 8pm without turning on a light, Target, Barnes & Nobles, and groceries are within walking distance, water from the tap is drinkable, the backyard, and all boxes we don't want to deal with are conveniently stored upstairs and out of sight.

Also, Cadance seems to be liking the house a lot too.

More updates soon, maybe, we still don't have internet at home yet.