So we’re here. In Montana. We’ve been here for a little over a month now and things have been so crazy, I have not even had time to write.
So about 6 or 7 weeks ago, I got offered a job in Whitefish, MT! Crazy enough, I would be replacing someone who had gotten a new job… starting 3 weeks from the phone call offering me a job.
“Can you start in 2 weeks?” my new boss asked me.
“Sure! I’ll make it work.” I said.
So, Josh and I packed up 2 suitcases full of clothes, a small bag of shoes, one of out three dogs (Raymond because he is a tornado in puppy form and destroys bathrooms in 30 minutes flat), Raymond’s luggage (2 bowls, food, 3 tennis balls, treats, some toys and a leash), the Xbox, some books, blu-rays, games, some pots and pans, my computer, some miscellaneous things that we thought we would need… and we were off.
Night One – Friday, March 3rd: After work around 7pm… Bye Bye Orlando! Drive 6 hours all the way to Atlanta. Stay the night.
Night Two – Saturday, March 4th: Kansas City, Missouri (12 hours of driving)
Night Three – Sunday, March 5th: Billings, Montana (15 hours of driving) (We made it to MT!)
Night 4 – Monday, March 6th: Kalispell, MT!! (7 hours of driving)
Morning 1 – Tuesday, March 7th: 9AM Start my new job.
Our first night in Kalispell we decided to stay in a hotel. We had no idea where we would be staying on our way. Reason being is that one of the places we found only had the option to apply in-person. So we figured we would wing it and see if they had anything available. Turns out they didn’t, so extended stay hotel it is. This would have been OK for the most part but I really wanted a kitchen, and a microwave sitting on a counter really doesn’t count.
On a whim, I called the North Forty Cabin Resort to see if they offered monthly rentals. They did! According to our new neighbor, turns out that winter 2016-2017 is the first year they were offering them. The cabins came fully furnished with a kitchen and a communal hot tub a few cabins over. They even have a few acres of hiking trails on property. Montana was just meant to be 🙂 So this is where we stayed for the month of March!
So much more has happened since March 3rd…
- We have a contract on our house in Florida
- Put a contract on a house here which closes 7 days after our Sanford home
- Josh’s parent came up and brought us their new 32′ trailer which we are currently residing in for the months of April and May.
- Decided to sell our goatee girls since our new house is 7 miles away from Glacier National Park (AKA home to many many Grizzly Bears). We are upset but know that is good decision for them and for us.
- Josh’s dad sold his truck to us so now we fit in with all the rest of the trucks on the road.
- Still working on selling Josh’s Mustang – please call if interested 😉
- Just got word that Josh got a job working 4 days a week for 10 hours a day, with 3-day weekends 🙂
- Are working towards putting rental cabins (VRBO, AirBNB, etc.) on our new property once we close.
This move has been so smooth only because of family. Emily (Josh’s sister) has taken care of our house and all of the showings we had when it was on the market. She also is taking care of our middle pup Walt! Josh’s Grandparents and Aunt, Carrie, temporarily have joint custody of Jack while we get settled. Josh’s parents, Alan and Laurie, literally drove their brand new trailer 2000+ miles across the country, up and down mountain roads, where Alan was convinced they were not going to make it. Alan even stayed with us for a couple of weeks after they arrived to help us find property. Laurie and Alan even have a contract on a 5 acre plot of land in the south valley! We will not be alone! My mom has helped me get through these tough times by just being positive about the whole situation. She did not want us to move across the country at first (what mom would?) but now she is our #1 cheerleader and eventually she hopes to have a little condo in Whitefish so she can ski all winter with me.
This would not have been anywhere near as easy as it has been if it wasn’t for family. Thanks so much guys!!!