Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Missing Fall

Kind of a blast from the past...Kristie and I at the pumpkin patch...love those memories.


So we finally made it to Arizona. Hooray. We had planned on living with Nate's family until we could find a house to buy, but with family being at least 30-40 min away from the school and all...things just got too stressful for us and we weren't ready to buy. Sooo...we signed a 3-month lease on an apartment right next to the school so that we'd have time to get our heads on straight and make good decisions. I think it was a smart move. And now we're gonna need a lot of incentive to actually want to move again. We're loving being right by the school and, let's face it, moving stinks. So who knows...we may just extend that 3-month contract.

Nathan sacrificed his precious studying time to get us moved in the first weekend in September. The following weekend he, again, gave up that time to help us buy some furniture...a new couch, a dining room table, and a dresser! It felt so great to have something other than boxes to sit on! We feel very comfortable in our new little home, which is actually quite a lot bigger than Union Square was. Honestly, I don't know of an apartment that's not bigger than Union Square. Our new place has 2 bedrooms AND 2 bathrooms...we're livin' large, folks. Nathan has been doing pretty well in school so far, despite having to constantly be there for poor little me. He does a great job at juggling school and family. I'm so grateful for all that he is doing for our family...I would not want to be back in school for another 4 years, but he's such a good sport about it.

Our new dining room table...it barely fits in our dining room!
Our new sectional! It's super comfy. (We're still working on the wall space...turns out our big mirror doesn't look so big anymore compared to the couch)

Another bit of news, I got a job! Not sure if I should have exclamation marked that last sentence! As much as it'll be a good thing for me to work and actually be productive (I know our bank account will appreciate it)...I love being home. I love finding things to do at home and just being a good wife. And I'm a little nervous about this new job. I do feel like it's the closest that I'll get to finding a hospital like Orem or AF. It has a good reputation and I felt good about it. The other hospital I got offered a position at, however,...I left the interview in tears because it just was so far from being Orem that I just didn't want to work L&D anymore!! Haha...oh dear. I'm glad Nathan puts up with me. So I start my job on the 29th. I've got a few more days to be lazy...which is good. I've really enjoyed this past few weeks of not working. I could definitely get used to it. :)

Nathan's got a great group of friends in his dental class and their wives are all great too! They've always got stuff going on for me to join in on. I'm in a book club! Something I never thought I would be in...and it's fun so far. Pretty much an excuse to get together with a bunch of girls and talk and eat junk food. It helps to already have that friend network, because I'm not gonna lie, I've been pretty homesick. Homesick for all my family and friends that I left in Provo, homesick for my mom & dad, homesick for Orem, and homesick for SEASONS! It's a cruel world that doesn't allow the climate to blend into 4 distinct times of the year! It depresses me when I see the weather channel map and Phoenix is ALWAYS the hottest city in the States, by far! I am just such a holidays & seasons girl...I thrive on that change every 3-4 months. So right now as I'm thirsting to pull out the sweaters, make the pumpkin food, light the candles, watch the leaves change, and celebrate everything Fall...I find myself avoiding the outdoors and sweating to death in shorts and a t-shirt. Blah. Not my idea of fall. So that's pretty much the deciding factor for me...when Nathan's 4 years are up...we're outta here :). I know so many people love Arizona...but it's not for me. Granted, I've only been here 3 weeks. I know, I know...I'm going to try and be more positive and look for the wonderful things about this place. They say it actually starts cooling down around January :).

13 comments:

Mergans said...

Great sectional! I hear you on missing fall. I don't mind the hot summer at all, I rather enjoy Arizona. However, I'm finding that it really bothers me that I'm missing fall. Where are the crisp mornings? Isn't it time to start layering my clothes? Lame.

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Kristie said...

i miss you! i was excited to finally see pics of your new apartment and furniture.. i want more though! also fall here in utah wont be the same without you! crap.

Meghan and Tyler said...

Yay!!! I knew a post was coming soon as your background paper changed :). I checked your site daily for a new update (stalker, I know, but I have to have something to fill in the down time at work) Good job on the furniture! Your house looks like it is super cute, I agree with Kristie though, I wouldn't mind more pictures of your new abode.

Hurray for a new job. I was meaning to call you to see if things had settled from the last time we talked. I am glad that you found a place, and I am even more excited that you will be covered by insurance (oh the things we do for insurance).

You know, the start of fall really is nice, but come January and February when we are all sick of the snow, I don't think you will be as sad about the season's. Having the option of a tan all year round is pretty awesome. Come to think of it, I didn't even get a tan this summer, but it would be nice to have the option year round....

We miss you guys!! Love ya,

Sabine said...

Great job on your blog, Jess.
Love the furniture pics and off course the fun old fall pics of your guys.
Enjoy what you can right now.
There is always something good about each place you live. Make the best of it. I love you Jess. Glad we can talk and see each other on I-chat.

Love Mom

The Thelins said...

I LOVE the new furniture! You have excellent taste :) So, I want to hear all about the new hospital. You're right- nothing compares to Orem Community- I'm SO jealous that Jerai gets to deliverr there in a few weeks. I wish I could do it all over again (including having you as my nurse). If it makes you feel any better about the weather, Portland only has 2 seasons- summer and rainy. Note: I'm not complaining, because I'll take the rain over FREEZING in Utah any day. We miss you already... Oh and I'm very glad you have friends already. That can make all the difference in the world. How about you go soak up some rays of sunshine for me- I miss the sun!

Phil & Jerai Moulton said...

Jess, I love your table and couch! It looks so comfy! I will have to come down some time early next year and test it out!! I hope all is well. Let me know how it goes talking to your boss on Monday. That will actually work out well, because then we will know better what your availability is like for my appointment Tuesday morning with Judd. I can't believe that this is all happening (and with you so far away)! Tell Nate that Phil and I say hi! I'm glad that we've been able to stay in touch so well since you've been gone! I'm glad you're my cousin! I'm glad you're a wonderful L&D nurse. I glad you put up with me! I love ya, Icka! (okay, so that got a little lame at the end, but it's just because I miss you!)

Molly said...

I love the furniture! Congrats on your close apartment. I wish you my fall and winter, and I'll take your AZ heat any day!

Carole Ann & Jon said...

Hey Jess!!! How are you. I just found your blog and LOVE IT! I didnt know you guys moved. I know what it's like to leave. But you both will do great! I'm excited to keep reading your blog.

Carole Ann

Megan said...

Jess-where did you get your dining room table? We're in the market.

Carole Ann & Jon said...

I love your kitchen table. And yes i love Rachel Ray. I think she is fun. Plus when I had long hair everyone said i looked like her!! Yes we are living in Nashville. We just bought a house, so we are planning on staying!! For a long time. Jon is working in the music industry which is his dream.So i dont see us going anywhere.We love it out here. If you ever want to come visit, we have a guest room!!!

Robyn said...

Good luck! Which job did you actually take? Coming from SC, we didn't have a lot of season change either so you kind of just get use to visiting seasons rather than having them. Not having to drive in the snow....now that is a plus!

Rachel said...

Jessica, it sounds like you feel similar to how I felt 2 years ago when we moved to Cincinnati. It's hard to move so far away and have to start a new job, make new friends, find a new home, etc. We definitely have 4 seasons here, but what I miss are the Utah mountains!!! Some things that have helped me cope with the change are finding things that Ohio has that Utah doesn't and enjoy those new things. We have also enjoyed travelling around the midwest/eastern US, something that is totally new to us. I am also in a bookclub in my ward! We have a lot of young couples with little kids and that has been nice to have "instant" friends. Hang in there. It will get better for you.