one final friday in black river

We're officially under a week until moving day. Are you tired of our countdowns yet? I'd say I'm sorry, but I'm really not. I've said at least a dozen times - military families live by countdowns. But seriously, we leave next Thursday, bright and early. Reality is hitting hard that we're down to the wire now. We've packed a few boxes since we're doing a mostly full DITY, but we are having packers come through next Wednesday since I'm not supposed to lift more than 20 lbs, and I may or may not have told Ryan that packing was a straight-up no-go for me.

Beyond that, we officially have tenants for our home here at Fort Drum. We had a couple of applications prior. One fell through, one couple was so sweet, but a little underqualified. This third couple is dual military, and they couldn't have been more qualified if they tried. We'll have to eat one month's rent, as she won't be arriving until the end of June, but we're so excited to have such great people in our little home.

Boys' Part Dino Jammies c/o Carters (available here)

I'm waxing all sorts of nostalgic lately. It's no secret that Fort Drum isn't our favorite duty station, but these last few weeks have made it clear how much of a home Fort Drum and Black River has become to us. It's hard putting down roots only to pull them up again, but I also know that this is both a blessing and a curse of military life. I love change; change with little ones is just a little bit harder.  They'll be starting a new school mid-June, get a new bedroom, a new home, a new yard, and a whole new neck of the woods. They're resilient little boys though, so I can't wait to see how they do.

This weekend, we have work to do around the house, but we're going to savor our home just a little longer, too. We're going to enjoy this little house. We're going to play in the backyard, go to the zoo one last time, enjoy the weather and wrap up our time here in style. We also have one last set of family pictures with our favorite photographer here tonight, and I can't wait to share.

Next week, we're embarking on an epic adventure across the country. We're planning to AirBnB, rather than stay in hotels each night, and I can't wait to share how that goes. Ryan will be driving the moving truck and towing the Civic - and Danny will ride with him. I'll be driving the Highlander with my mom, the boys, and the cats. We expect the trip will take about 5 full days, but we're going to play it safely above all else.

Cheers to adventure, friends, and cheers to a wonderful weekend ahead!

I'm linking up today with Momfessionals and Smidge of This.


  1. I'm so glad you found tenants for your house! This is going to be such a journey for you all and I can't wait to hear about it. Hoping everything goes smoothly for you with some exciting memories along the way! Sierra Beautifully Candid

  2. I hope you enjoy your last week before the big move! What an adventure it will be to drive cross-country together!

  3. Enjoy your last few days and your road trip. Despite the length they are always fun. Change is hard but it also makes us resilient and you are instilling that in your boys, which will make their adult and teen years less daunting! Have a great weekend!

  4. So glad everything worked out with your tenants!! Enjoy this last week in your favorite place! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. i'm glad you found some renters, sucks about the month rent though. can't wait to hear all about your road trip - i've never stayed in an airbnb. i can't imagine how much harder having kids makes a big change like this. doesn't school end in june? can't you just not put them in for the end of the school year? not being snarky, honestly asking as i obviously have no idea if there are rules or whatever.

    1. Not snarky at all! So, the boys' "school" is technically daycare while I work, so we can't just pull them or keep them in until the end of the year - they're in all year long. When they're older, you can request to be stabilized for a certain amount of time though :)

  6. I can't believe you have less than a week until you move. Totally bittersweet.

  7. I am so glad that you found someone for your home - that process can be so stressful right?! I am so excited to follow along. Please, please, please have safe travels!! XO

  8. Good luck, friend!!! I hope you have a safe journey west!

  9. Yay for finding tenants!

    Cannot wait to hear of your adventures and wishing you all the best of luck!!

  10. I hope you move goes well, it will be a little adventure! I'm excited to here what you think about AirBnB!

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