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A Little Life Update

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We are officially Okies, you all. I mean, y’all.

Just thought I’d let you know that we are alive and kicking it in OKC.

Things have been a little bumpy with the actual move, as in, the moving company packed our belongings on the truck on July 30th, and we still don’t have them. They were supposed to arrive this past weekend, and when we called (while sitting on our empty home floor) to confirm the arrival time, they informed us that, well, they hadn’t left California yet, and were planning to, you know, pretty soon, and oh, did they mention that they needed to make a stop in Denver for a couple of days too? So yeah, they are hoping for the end of this week. You know, whatevs. Over two weeks without any of our stuff. No bigs. We only have both kids starting new schools this week and no belongings to our name. (I should have known that things with the moving company weren’t going well when they cracked the marble top of our Saarinen tulip table IN HALF on moving day. Rest in peace, lover. Hoping that extra insurance we took out  is actually a thing.) Well, I hear-uber minimalism is the trend right now…

Otherwise, things are great. My parents are lovingly and patiently boarding us while in limbo, and it’s just TERRIBLE having four extra hands with the kids. And free food. And a pool. And a stocked bar. It’s pretty awful over here. I wouldn’t recommend.

So instead of hand-wringing over things I can’t control, I’m working on my (non-existent) tan and enjoying every second catching up with family before the unpacking begins.

Speaking of, I can’t even tell you how happy-making it is to just, you know, call my sister to suggest an impromptu dinner date. And then actually DRIVE to her house and hang out while the kids play and laugh. The cousins love being around each other, and I’m pretty positive will get into loads of trouble in the upcoming decade. I feel like Wito has found a best friend in his cousin, and that makes me so happy. They very much enjoy playing Minecraft and mastering the armpit fart.

Saturday night, a good ol’ Oklahoma thunderstorm passed over my sister’s neighborhood while we sipped beer and talked about the joys of moving (they just moved to a new house too), and it just felt like…home. After the thunderstorm rolled through, the sun came out full force, and we made our way to a restaurant in a burgeoning part of the city that is completely new to us and super exciting. This city is definitely not the place we left decades ago, and we are so excited to be a part of it.

It’s going to be a bright new chapter of our lives, methinks.

image credit: Two Sarahs

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  • natalie

    August 11, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Congratulations, friend! It sounds like you are just where you belong. xo

  • Anne Phillips

    August 11, 2014 at 6:32 am

    oh, Sarah, I’m just so happy for you.

  • susan

    August 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Hope to get to meet you sometime when you come down to see Ms. Arlene. She is a buddy of ours, and a sweetheart!
    Welcome to Oklahoma.

  • Heidi

    August 11, 2014 at 6:49 am

    We moved from Southern California to Oklahoma 9 years ago and we love it here. If you ever end up over here in Tulsa let me know… I’ll tell you where all the good yoga and coffee/juice/smoothie places are. :) In OKC recently we tried a restaurant called The Mule in a little district we hadn’t ever heard of and we loved it! Fancy grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum!

    • whoorl

      August 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

      I love The Mule – great gluten-free options too. :)

  • Katie

    August 11, 2014 at 6:54 am

    THIS IS SO EXCITING! Congrats! A new home in a new city is such a fun adventure. We had a similar issue when we moved from New Mexico to Minnesota. Even though the move itself was a complete nightmare we kept reminding ourselves that it’s just stuff, we still have each other, and we’re moving closer to our family. Then end goal kept us going.

  • Meredith

    August 11, 2014 at 6:56 am

    So happy to hear this! Being near family is amazing :) Good luck with the unpacking!

  • Courtney

    August 11, 2014 at 7:14 am

    We just moved back home (Ohio) after about a decade away, and I can totally relate! (Although, thankfully, not to the cracked table, or missing belongings part). It’s only been a couple months but I am already so thankful for the family connections and the memories my kids are making. So cliche, but also so priceless.

  • Roo

    August 11, 2014 at 7:20 am

    All of it sounds lovely, Sarah! So happy for you. xo

  • Jennifer

    August 11, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I can feel the sigh. I’m really happy for you. I think this is gonna be a good move.

  • Elan Morgan

    August 11, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I love hearing you now on this end of the move, because I last saw you just before the move at the end of a long workday, and I just wanted you to be able to put your feet up and feel at rest for a bit. I hope your stuff shows up soon!

  • Heather D.

    August 11, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Sarah, I can feel the happiness through this post. I’m so excited for you and your family. Sounds like this is just what the Dr. ordered! I hope your things arrive soon and you can begin settling in.

  • Emily

    August 11, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Thank you for taking you with us on your journey! I’m sending you love and light and peace in your new place. You sound calmer already! We are still settling into our new land after our move almost two years ago. Our second summer just flew by and it seems will take us years to explore this place. Also, so weird that my kids will be “from” here. This is their land. They will grow up here and all (well, most) of their memories will be here.
    I know this is your home. Where is your husband from originally?

  • Giselle

    August 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Sarah! I’m so happy for you. I totally get how you’re feeling.

    I left South Florida, headed for college, fifteen years ago. After my bachelor’s, I left Florida altogether for my master’s in Arkansas and ultimately for my career in Tulsa, OK.

    I’ve been in Tulsa for ten years and I have loved it. Ups and downs, of course, but overall, wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    This summer I decided to make a career move and took the summer off. After relaxing at my parents’ house in South Florida for a month, I.. Didn’t want to go back.

  • Giselle

    August 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Oops hit send too early…

    It’s not so much that I didn’t want to go back, but more that I didn’t want to leave. So I extended our stay a week. And as the end grew near again, I spoke with my bf and somehow we decided to move back. Just like that. So about ten days ago I started looking for jobs in South Florida. I’ve had a bunch of interviews and I have a bunch of second interview this week. I’m really hopeful this will result in some job offers (fingers crossed, knock on wood, break a leg?).

    I am behind you in the process, but I think I know how you feel bc I feel it too. My sisters are here. My parents are here. And even though I hate the weather, my life is supposed to be here.

    So if things work out as planned.. I’ll be all set to start the moving process next week.. wish me luck this week, I’m going to need it!

  • Joanna

    August 11, 2014 at 9:03 am

    This is just great. All of it great. (Not the broken table. That’s not great.) Congratulations on arriving back home.

  • Rita

    August 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I’m so happy you’re here! (And aren’t thunderstorms the BEST? I would miss them so much if I left!)

  • karen

    August 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Oh, you’re making me so homesick for my family, friends and thunderstorms of Kansas City. Enjoy those sister dates!

  • brianne

    August 11, 2014 at 10:03 am

    really happy for you and your family, Sarah! xo

  • Amy

    August 11, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Welcome back home! Nothing feels as good as family. (I prob would have been back if mine were not here) How wonderful they get to grow up together!

  • Jen

    August 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

    You sound so happy, and that makes me happy. I can see the smile on your face through your writing.
    Enjoy the family. I makes all the difference in the world.
    Is you dads candy drawer stocked with good candy for y’all?

  • Jen

    August 11, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Still looking forward to hearing more about how you decided to move…I can make some guesses based on what I’ve read on your blog in the last year, but would really love to hear more of the story behind making this huge decision and change.

    • Rachel

      August 14, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Doesn’t really seem like she’s going to write about it, does it? I wish she would. I’ve been looking forward to hearing about it also.

  • claudia098

    August 11, 2014 at 11:20 am

    So happy for you all (y’all)!

  • Lauren

    August 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Congrats on moving to a place that feels like home. Navy just moved us 3700 from a place that felt like home (and was home) to the opposite coast where we know… no one. I keep trying to remind myself that community is what you create, not just what you find. And we waited over 3 weeks for our stuff- girl, I feel you. Granted, it took almost 2 weeks to get here, but I get it. We’ve had our stuff for a week and a probably only a third of the way unpacked. :) Enjoy your family and can’t wait to hear more!

  • Amanda

    August 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    So excited for you and your family!

  • Lyndsay Holder

    August 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Oklahoma City really is going through such a renaissance. And now that YOU live there, well…..that just speaks volumes as to its street cred!

  • Morgan

    August 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Congrats! Not to bash being a full-fledged adult, but there’s nothing like landing at your parents’ house for a while to take in all the easiness. Love your positive attitude on the moving SNAFU!

  • Raluca | What Would Gwyneth Do

    August 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Ah, so happy to read this. Have been thinking of you guys and hoping that all is going well (all the while knowing it probably was….). Cali misses you but I am so happy to follow you following your heart. Speak soon! xx

  • Stacey

    August 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Moving sucks, but it sure sounds like there is a light at the end of the tunnel for you guys. It does sound like you are where you are supposed to be:)

  • Amy in StL

    August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

    The place where I work gives you 45 temporary housing when they pay for a move. When I moved back home I planned to live with my parents during that time because I know unless you have enough furniture for a full trailer your stuff is moved with someone else’s across country. So that gave them weeks to get my stuff here. Unfortunately for them a major storm rolled in the week before my move and I didn’t have electricity in the new place when the movers moved the things in. Which means no AC, in August, in the midwest. Luckily I could just go back to living with my parents until the power was restored. Moving closer to family is nice, I’ve not regretted leaving the Southeast.

  • Liz

    August 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I am so excited to read along with your OK adventures. we just celebrated our 2-year anniversary of our move from CO to OK. we love Denver, we always will, but we’re excited to witness the growth and awsomeification of OKC.

  • Tammy Soong

    August 18, 2014 at 10:55 am

    There’s really nothing like being close to family, especially when you have one of your own. Hope your furniture shows up soon!

  • Jessica Tucker

    August 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Welcome back! I’m from OKC and my husband is from NY. We moved back here two years ago. I haven’t lived here since I was 17, so it had been 16 years away. It’s so weird and awesome to be back. Here’s some good vibes that you find your new groove here!