After Joel's graduation we spent several days with Joel's aunt and uncle (and the rest of Joel's immediate family) in Batavia, Il. We had a lot of fun relaxing after the busy weekend. Batavia is a beautiful suburb of Chicago and we enjoyed going for walks and consuming several of the local delicacies (fried cheese!). The men went shooting for an afternoon while the women did a bit of shopping.
A bit more rested and relaxed, Joel and I spent the next week packing up our house. We sold most of our stuff at a garage sale (thanks for your help, Ronn!) and the rest went in storage. I completely underestimated how long it would take us to pack up and move -- there were so many little things to take care of! And, of course, there were several things that didn't go exactly as planned. But, we (finally) packed up our car, including Bodhi and Lola Mae, and headed for Austin. After a stop in a rather seedy part of Memphis to ship our books to Copenhagen, we arrived at my parents house in Austin at 2:30 the morning. Bodhi and Lola Mae will spend the next two years with my parents (and will be thoroughly spoiled I am sure!). They immediately made the house their own and have my parents at their beck and call.
We were only able to stay in Austin for a few short days before we headed to California to spend some time with Joel's family. I had to attend the International Communication Association Conference annual convention in San Francisco for several days, but we are now all in Carlsbad enjoying the cool but sunny weather. Joel's uncle Bill and Grandma will join us in Carlsbad for a few days. They should arrive tomorrow.
The next stop in our magical mystery tour is Florida to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of my grandparents, William and Virginia Little. 60 years together! Joel and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary yesterday -- I can hardly imagine 60 years together! That said, I hope I have 60 more years with Joel. Who knew marriage could be so fun!
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