Hey friends! I know it’s been a while since I blogged, but I needed a break to keep my sanity. Now I’m back and ready to give you some updates on our time in California, Oregon, and Virginia from this last month!
Although it was very hard to say goodbye to our friends, church, coworkers and high schoolers and California, I feel like we made the most of our time there!
I was able to cross a few things off my summer bucket list, including:
- Visiting the Whittier farmer’s market (nothing to write home about, to be honest)
- Finally going to Pita Hot (it was amazing food for really cheap)
- Purging my close (and pretty much everything else I own)
- Going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios with Matt (which was SO MUCH FUN)
- Taking my high schoolers to California Cookie to get scoops of cookie dough!
We also were really blessed to have our friends not only help us pack up and move, but throw us a huge goodbye party and a final night of line dancing! We will really miss our California friends and are thankful to have their support across the country!
After packing and shipping everything, we flew to Oregon for a much needed vacation! I’m thankful that we had this trip planned before we knew we were moving; God knew we needed some time at home!
- Going to my high school mentor’s wedding with two of my besties
- Spending a few days in Sunriver with my fam, even though Matt and I consistently lost to my parents at bocci ball which was embarrassing
- Eating at Pip’s donuts twice (when in Rome, amiright?)
- Getting to hang out with my nieces and playing the presidents card game with my brother and sister-in-law
- Going to Top Golf for the first time with Dani and Cole for Matt’s birthday
- Trying Cheese and Crack’s brûlée brie for the first time – IT WAS AMAZING
- Eating at LeChon (fancy argentinian place in Portland) with most of our best friends before leaving
We have been in Virginia a little over a week now, and it has been quite an adjustment!
Our first day here, we drove from the east coast all the way to the west side of Virginia, which took about four hours and was pretty difficult being as sleep deprived as we were. I was also a little afraid of what I got myself into after driving by corn field after corn field interspersed with single houses and driving through a town (literally) called Farmville. However, once we got to our new city, things improved a lot. It’s definitely not a large city, but is fairly comparable to some of the suburbs in Oregon.
A few things I learned early on while being here:
- The on ramps to get onto the highways are about five feet long. You better get on fast or yield.
- There are what feels like a hundred highways
- The common fast food places are Cookout and Bojangles. I internally laugh a bit every time I see the names. BUT I tried Cookout in this weekend and have to say that In N Out has nothing on their shakes.
- The bugs are LOUD. Remember the smoke cloud in Lost? They sound like that.
- Some people have no accents and some people have really thick ones. This is slightly disappointing to me because I thought I would clearly sound like I’m from somewhere else and I would also come back with an accent and say ya’ll all the time.
We weren’t able to get into our apartment right away, so we stayed with some new friends, Lauren and Jared (who goes to the med school here and actually gave Matt a tour). They graciously opened their home to us and we were so blessed by their hospitality! We enjoyed eating and playing games with them our first night here, and I was blown away at how God immediately provided friends and a welcoming environment our first night in Virginia.
In between the many graduate welcome activities Matt had last weekend, we were able to move in to our beautiful new apartment. We are enjoying the extra space we didn’t have in California and having a pool and gym in the complex. I have to admit, probably the best thing about our new apartment is that we have a dishwasher – no more hand washing everything!
Since Matt started classes just a few days after we moved, I’ve found ways to keep myself busy. I visited downtown historic Lynchburg and already found a cute coffee shop to hang out in. I also went to the DMV to get a new license and was surprised at how fast everything was! California needs to take a page out of their book. We had dinner with some friends from Biola who are also in the program and med school. It was great to have friends who have had similar experiences at Biola. And I’ve been preparing to start class on Monday which will help keep me busy!
I’m still brainstorming on what I’ll be blogging about this year, but rest assured I will still be enjoying my hobbies (I’ve already done yoga and lettering already here) as well as doing some food reviews!
I hope you enjoyed the update! See you next time.
6 thoughts on “A Short Summer”
Wow, what a busy time of change for you. I’m glad you had lots of highlights, and that you met people really quickly. I hope you both settle in really soon, and that you soon build up a community of new friends around you. Have a great time as you start this new phase of your lives
Thank you so much Julia!
How great to have a couple open up their home to you before your apartment move-in!! I know you will quickly make lots of friends. So glad to hear you got a job at the University and hope it works out well for you. Often think of you and Matt!!
Yes it was such a blessing! Thanks grandma!
Couldn’t agree more! Enjoyed reading all about our CA goodbye activities (I’m totally jealous about the Harry Potter outing!!), Oregon and how quickly you’ve adjusted to your new home. It’ll be great!!
Thanks aunt wendy! Hopefully you will be able to make it out there as it’s not too far from you 🙂