Saturday, November 13, 2010

Road Trip

Mom and I left Tupelo on Sunday, October 31.  We got up and packed the car Sunday morning and did some final cleaning around the house.  I must admit that I had a bit of a breakdown during this process.  I went from "oh we have plenty of room in my car" to majorly downsizing my wardrobe and other things I was planning to take because nothing else would fit.  It hit me that I was actually leaving.  Thankfully, my wonderful mother put up with me for the hour that I was in my bad mood and continued to pack and clean.  We packed my car to the roof and finally around 11:15 pulled out of the driveway headed to Boston.  While still in Tupelo, we stopped for gas and for food.  One last Shipley's donut before heading north.

We drove all day Sunday stopping only a few times for gas and food.  The scenery was beautiful with all the changing leaves and countryside.  We stopped for supper in Virginia at a Waffle House and met some interesting people.

We spent the night in Lexington, VA.  It was a beautiful city and we would have loved to spend time looking around there, but we still had a looong way to drive. 

As we were driving through Virginia, which was a very long state to drive through, we were trying to decide what we wanted for lunch.  If you know me or my mom, you know this was a very important conversation!  While most of our stops were quick so we could keep driving, we decided a little detour would be okay.  So, where did we stop?? At Hershey Chocolate World in Hershey, PA!

This was a great stop on our trip.  We ate lunch, walked around and of course bought some chocolate and other things at the gift shop.  We wanted to take a tour but it would have taken too long.  We thought about packaging our own Herhsey Kisses but the lady that worked there so politely told us "it was usually an activity for toddlers". 

As we were leaving Hershey, my dad called.  Mom and I were going on and on about our trip and dad asked "so is all the driving just miserable?".  I stopped for a second and realized that Mom and I had been driving for one and a half days straight only stopping a handful of times.  While on most occasions yes this would be miserable I answered Dad's question with a resounding NO!  I am so thankful that I was able to make the long drive with my mom.  We laughed, talked, sang, and had the best time!  I am also thankful that John got to make the long drive with his parents.

One last important stop on our trip was passing into Massachusetts.  If you look close in this picture, you can see me standing next to the "Welcome to Massachusetts" sign. 

Mom and I made it safely to our apartment around 8:00 on Monday night.  Now time to get unpacked and all settled in!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What a month

Where do I even begin? The past month has been so busy...note the absense of blog posts!  While John was starting work and getting settled in Boston, I was back in Tupelo finishing packing and getting things ready for my big move.  Let me just say that I am so blessed with the best family and the most amazing friends.  I have always known this but during the month of October while I was "single" I was so well taken care of!! A big thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person who called, took me to dinner, let me spend the night, etc.  From my family, Meridian friends, college friends, Tupelo friends, the list goes on and on.... you are all wonderful and I love you! If I started naming names I would definitely leave someone out but I do have to say a huge thank you to the Rousseau family in Tupelo.  I practically lived with them this past month and they took me in like I was one of their own.  I will always love my second family!
Here are just a few pictures from some of the things I did in October.  My camera died at some point and my charger ended up in Boston with John!