Actually, let's back up to January, when we celebrated 4 of our birthdays (Ford, Chet, Sydney, me, in that order).
In February we found out Chet was accepted into the University of Texas' Civil Engineering graduate program. We quickly celebrated, and then commenced move preparations.
March 1st: Chet was promoted to LCDR (Lieutenant Commander)!
March 6th: We welcomed Ruth Emily into the world (3 days late, ahem)!
April 6th: Ruthie turned one-month old.
We said goodbye to as many friends as possible during the month of April:
But there's never enough time to properly say goodbye to everyone.
April 25th: Sydney's and Lorelei's last day of school. As soon as Sydney finished her school day (she even went on a field trip that morning, ha!), the kids and I (with the help of Papa John!) flew from northern VA to Texas. We moved ahead of Chet, who didn't finish work until May 13th, because we wanted to get settled into our new house and Sydney enrolled in school as soon as possible. (We NEVER would have done it like this had we not had the help of our parents!)
(Before I move on, let me share some scary, real life pictures of the packing up part of the move. For the first time in our military lives we camped out in an empty house.)
May 2nd: The movers dropped off our belongings, and Papa John, Ruthie, and I commenced unpacking. (Didi and Papa Dave kept the oldest three at her house, 60 miles away.)
(The kids had way more fun than Papa John and me, going to movies, taking bubble baths, and drinking wine (water)).
May 5th: Sydney joined us in Austin and started school (we didn't want her record to say "Kindergarten Dropout").
May 6th: Ruthie turned 2-months old. Here is her official picture:
May 13th: Chet's last day of work at the Pentagon. He and his dad started driving our two vehicles to Texas the next day.
May 15th: Lorelei and Ford finally joined us in Austin (it took us that long to get the house in enough order for them to be allowed underfoot!).
May 17th: Chet (and Papa Greg!) arrived in Austin!
Since then we've worked our tails off to get the house in order, even though we'll only be here 12 months. We're 95% there, and I've determined that it takes us a good month to unpack and get settled (we're not one of those awesome families that can do it in a week).
Here are a few random house pictures:
The "office" (with some clutter that still needs putting away/burning):
And some pictures that I'm finding more often lately, thanks to tiny photographers:
On with the timeline.
June 2nd: Sydney's last day of Kindergarten, and Chet's 1st day of grad school.
We told the kids we could get a fish when summer started, since I've convinced them I'm allergic to all animals with fur (not entirely true).
I'm currently sitting with Ruthie, typing this from my phone (which is painstaking), and watching Chet push Ford on the swing. (I was lamely pushing him earlier, and he told me, "That's enough, Mommy." Well, fine then. :-))