Sunday, August 11, 2013

My Birthday and Big News

Well, another year has come and gone. And what an eventful year it has been! 

Moving from Utah to Colorado, Josh making operator, spending Thanksgiving with my family in Omaha, going to a Packers game at Lambeau Field, going back to Colorado just to learn that Josh got a job in North Dakota, packing up and moving north, dealing with living in an RV in the middle of the winter, celebrating our 2 year anniversary, Luke coming home from his mission, going on an epic Spring Thaw Trip, the Neilson Family Kauai Trip, going on a doors-off helicopter ride in Hawaii, Suzi and Clay getting engaged, Phew! That's a lot! AND This last year I was able to knock 9 things off of my 30 Before 30 list. I think that's pretty good!

My birthday this year was nice and simple. I got cards, text messages, Facebook messages, and phone calls from my family and friends. I got Kindle books from Suzi, Clay, and Charles; Ryan, Missy, Luke, and Brady; and Jessi and Ally. My parents got me a Disneyland pass (actually purchased in March so I could go to Disneyland with Luke when he got home from his mission). My Aunt Lisa sent me a dinosaur card and a cute California bag. And Josh got me a food chopper, a bottle of my FAVORITE perfume, and a book by Phil Jackson (now we just need to hunt him down so he can sign it!). AND my nephew Brady sent me (with help from Missy) a cute video of him wishing me a happy birthday!



Josh and I celebrated by staying in and having another homemade sushi night. Since the last one was such a success we decided to try something new: using tempura.


[Battering]


[Dipping]  
  

[Eating!]


The tempura was a huge success! I even bought some cream cheese so we could make our own Las Vegas rolls! YUM!

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! I struggle with my birthday so I really do appreciate the love!

And now onto the big news....

Drum roll please!

.....

WE ARE MOVING!

Yep! As of right now* we are moving to (or close to) South Bend, Indiana for Josh's next pipeline job!

In the next month we are hoping to be done with work on this job in ND, take the RV back to Uncle Shorty in Wisconsin, buy a Fifth Wheel, move to Indiana, and then start the new job. 

I am actually really excited/nervous/stressed/excited again! I have never lived in the Eastern Time Zone before and I am so excited to see Chicago! And, most importantly, I am so glad to get out of ND before the winter comes! I am stressed out about buying a Fifth Wheel though. Those things aren't cheap (well, the nice ones aren't). But if you are in the pipeline business this is definitely the way to go. It'll save you a lot of money and heartache in the future. Wish us luck and I'll keep you all posted on our progress!

*subject to change .... things are always unpredictable in the pipeline world

**UPDATE: We are moving to Valparaiso, IN now. And that city is not in the Eastern Time Zone. Bummer. But it's okay because it's a college town that is only an hour from Chicago.

8 comments:

Cheryl said...

COOL!! Congratulations on the move! It'll be super exciting! It's still way too far away from me for my taste, but I'm sure we'll all survive. ;)

I'm glad you had a great birthday! You deserve it. :)

Lacey said...

Glad your birthday was good. Also, I want to come to Chicago too. Meet you there sometime? Any idea how long you'll be there?

Courtney N said...

The latest word is that the job should last a year (or so). That usually means that it'll be 18 months. Pipeliners are REALLY bad at estimating timetables. So please let me get settled in and then I can come and meet you in Chicago!! Party!!

Lindsey said...

Yeah for Indiana!! Steer clear of Gary Indiana lol and places near by if you can! There are AWESOME beaches on lake Michigan and some sand dunes. Michigan City has great shopping!!!

Lindsey said...

Ps the South Short Line train will take you right into Chicago for really cheap!

Syanna said...

That does sound like a busy year and I'm glad the birthday celebrations were good. Good luck on the move!

Abby said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you guys had fun!! Excited to see your next adventure!!

Leslie Elaine said...

Sounds like a great birthday. I can't believe you make sushi and tried tempura. I LOVE tempura. So jealous. You say its easy but I don't know..

Hooray for getting out of ND! I don't know how you survived that winter but yay you don't have to do it again.