We had a pretty uneventful and anticlimactic exit from LA and trip up to Washington. Here's a little photo chronicle.
The day before we left, we went to church one last time and said goodbye to all our friends there. One of the pillars of the church and choir snapped this pic of the four of us (Ivy's face is stuffed with cheese, naturally). The church, and the preschool that Alice attended there were two of the things we will miss the most. I hope we can find a suitable substitute for both!
We went back to the house when Jon gave the word and watched the movers finish, close up the trucks, and drive away. We'll see all our stuff when we have a new place to put it!
Ironically, it was raining in Burbank when we left and we saw about five rainbows on our drive. After so many years and so many drives up and down this stretch, it was weird to think that we were making a one-way trip this time and wouldn't be returning that way for a good while.
And then early the next morning, we hit the road for another 5-6 hour drive. Once Ivy fell asleep, I told Alice she could watch her programs on Jon's phone. She was pleased as punch. She didn't even get car sick. Thank goodness!!
Hey, Oregon! I've literally never seen you before!
We stopped just over the border, in Ashland, and found our hotel. The Ashland Springs Hotel is a lovely hotel in a historic building, right in the middle of things.
We've taken the cats to our parents' houses before, but they'd never stayed in a hotel. We got them, the kids, and all our stuff upstairs and got the cats all situated. Turns out, they really enjoyed the hotel experience!
Standing Stone Brewery, because, you know, we like beer. We walked into a smaller dining area in the front and told the waitress we were trying to find a good seat for the kids. She took us around the corner and down the hall to a bigger dining area complete with a bookshelf full of toys and puzzles for kids to play with while they wait. She even brought over two little chalkboards for the girls. We were set.
We had her sign her name on the apology we wrote on the receipt, since she'd been goofing around and not using her most polite behavior.
|Just eating her ice cream, like a boss.|
In the morning, we had a lovely little breakfast on the hotel mezzanine, packed up, and got ready for another five hours in the car.
But first, we stopped by Lithia Park to let the kids run around and stretch their legs and get some fresh air.
It was lovely, and very chilly.
We enjoyed the drive through Grant's Pass and the mountains, especially when They Might Be Giants' "C is for Conifers" came on. It was just so delightfully perfect, for obvious reasons.
Our next stop was Portland, and we arrived to the Benson Hotel about an hour before check-in began. Luckily, they had a room for us and we were able to go right up. It is a lovely hotel with a beautiful lobby that smells wonderfully like roses.
Noodles & Company and got the girls some pasta with shrimp.
I got us a McMinnville Cream (with a mustache!), a bacon maple (eaten, not pictured), a buttermilk, and the classic Voodoo Doll. Delish.
We didn't get to see much of Portland, but we could tell it's weird and it should definitely stay that way. We'd love to get back someday soon! Though our little taste of this local establishment, and our time out on the streets made me suspect that I was right in thinking we aren't quite weird enough to live there...
We drove for a couple of hours before we had to stop for a quick lunch, and then it was just about an hour to our new home. We picked up our keys and checked out the place!
The cats explored and settled right in, and so did the kids. We are really lucky and grateful that they are all so flexible and adaptable. I spent the first few days unpacking our things and getting a few necessities. We brought a medium-sized suitcase and a few boxes of mementos with us in the car, and shipped a large and small suitcase, and a big box of stuff. It didn't take long to find a home for everything, and it's been nice to have so little stuff to put away and a home (more or less) for everything in the house.
The girls' room is a bit like a prison cell at the moment, only a few toys and no books allowed (Ivy still tears and eats and generally destroys books if left unattended).
We brought Ivy's little PeaPod tent for the trip, and I think she slept in it for a few nights once she got here, but she's been asking to sleep in a big girl bed for a while now (she used to climb in Alice's bed and tuck herself in under the covers), so we decided to give it a try.
We started her out with a nap and she went right to sleep. So we tried it out at night, too, and she took right to it.
We've had just a bit of trouble with her getting out of bed and running around wreaking general havoc at bedtime (breaking the blinds, getting into the closet, climbing under beds, jumping around like an elephant...). Based on some crackerjack advice from my Facebook friends, we tried staggered bedtimes and that's been working well for the last week or so. We put Ivy to bed first and close the door, and then I read to Alice in our room with the door closed until it gets too dark to see. Ivy still gets out of bed and runs around a bit, but she gets bored because she can't see or hear anyone (Jon is working at the kitchen table out of sight and has his headphones on!), and no one responds to her. She is usually asleep or very near to it by the time Alice comes to bed, and even if Alice rouses her a bit they usually just talk or giggle for a little while before they conk out.
She did fall out of bed one night early on and clunked her face on the stupid baseboard heater in their room. No blood or visible damage though, and she went right back to sleep, so all was well. For the most part, it seems like she stays under the covers and on her pillow, but I do occasionally find her like this: