I decided with a new adventure that it was time to start writing again.
If you haven’t heard, Justin’s job has brought us back to Savannah, Georgia! I never thought I’d agree to it, but I could see how unhappy he was in his current position. And he was very much appreciated in Savannah and kept in touch with his old boss for the last 3 years. So just before Jillian was born, when he told me his boss asked again when he was coming back (a higher position was opening up), I told him I was up for the discussion. The application process within his company is long so while we’ve known we were moving for a while, I think it came on as a bit of a surprize to some of our friends and family.
We put our house on the market a few weeks ago and it sold in just a couple of days. We still haven’t closed yet but it’s in the works. The movers came to the house Monday the 12th, Justin, Josie, and Pepper drove down Tuesday & Wednesday, and Jillian and I flew down Thursday.
It was definitely an adventure flying on my own for the first time, not to mention flying with an infant. I get stressed when I travel as it is but having Jillian added an entirely new level. But I told myself the night before that I would just go with the flow, that we’d be okay. I bought a new carrier and practiced getting her strapped in and out and it was easier than I thought it would be. The security line was short and even though we were departing from the furthest gate, I still had plenty of time to grab breakfast.
I opted for a first class seat for the trip from Detroit to Charlotte and I’m so glad I did. It was so nice to have that little bit of extra space with Jillian in my lap. She basically slept the entire time and only cried when she got hungry. And then of course as we’re making our descent, she blows up (and out of) her diaper. Thankfully we arrived in Charlotte a little early so I had time to change her before boarding to Savannah. It was quite the production, basically having to give her a bath with wipes in the bathroom! The flight from Charlotte to Savannah was less than an hour and very uneventful.
When we arrived in Savannah, it was the perfect airport movie scene reunion. I saw Justin and Josie but Josie hadn’t seen me yet. When she finally did, she ran toward me yelling, “Mommy!” Talk about heart-melting! We had to pick up the stroller and carseat from baggage claim and then we were on our way.
Justin had set up some house showings for us that afternoon. As he rearranged the carseats, I sat up front feeding Jillian. We had the car running so the AC could be on. When we started driving, the battery light came on. We didn’t worry too much about it at first. We went to lunch and then to look at a couple of houses. On the way home, Justin started to worry about the battery. Then the power steering went out. And then the screen said “shutting down to save battery.” All the sudden the dash started dinging with all these warnings. Thankfully we were able to roll into a gas station and get some help. Justin called for a tow and his boss was able to come give us a ride to get a rental car. Unfortunately the problem was the alternator which was not a cheap fix.
We had a relaxing weekend, going to the beach and looking at more houses. On Tuesday, Justin’s car was delivered by the moving company and somehow his brake line broke. Thankfully that was a cheap fix and he had someone at work help him fix it. Also on Tuesday, I had to take Pepper to the vet and then the girls and I looked at a few more houses. There was one we really liked and we almost put an offer on it with some contingencies.
For now we’re staying out on Tybee Island, which is about a half hour from downtown Savannah. We’ve got a short term, furnished rental for the next couple of weeks. It’s amazing being so close to the beach and having plenty to do nearby. I’m hoping next weekend we can do more exploring since we’ve spent the last couple of weekends house hunting. We do have an accepted offer on a house and will close at the end of March! I can’t wait to really put down some roots and start making memories here!