It’s been over a week since I’ve been able to write a new post so here’s an update now that I have internet!
Jesse and I headed home to Nampa after our California trip last weekend and started the move out process. In two days we had finished packing up everything that was left in our apartment so that it was ready to go when we got our moving truck. About half of our things had already been moved over to Kennewick, so Jesse’s parents drove up to Nampa and then drove us over to Kennewick so that they could help us load up those things. We left Nampa early Tuesday morning with our cat, Missy, and headed West. Once we got into town we went and picked up our moving truck and then unloaded all of our things from the other trailer into the moving truck.
My Grandpa O’Malley flew into Kennewick Tuesday morning so that he could drive the moving truck for us from Kennewick to Nampa. On Wednesday early morning we drove off from Kennewick and headed back to Nampa so that we could load up the rest of our things. By the time we took my grandpa to the airport Wednesday evening, our entire apartment was empty! We were up very late that night cleaning the apartment and making sure everything was taken care of before we left. So then Thursday morning, my parents flew into Boise from Seattle to drive the moving truck for us from Boise to Loma Linda. We took off shortly after they arrived and drove as far as Fallon, Nevada, where we stayed for the night. On our way down we heard there were a few construction sites that could cause short delays – but what we weren’t prepared for was a head on semi-truck collision that completely stopped us for two hours out in the middle of nowhere in Nevada. Thankfully we had plenty of water and cloud coverage so that we didn’t die out there.
We got up early Friday morning and continued the drive to Loma Linda, it took us a total of 16-17 hours to drive the full distance from Nampa to Loma Linda. We took a mini break to go grab some dinner and cool off before we started unloading our truck. Jesse’s aunt and uncle, who live just 45 minutes away from us now, drove over to help us unload the truck with my parents. We were able to unload everything except our couch that night.
While Tony and Selena were here we were asking about any poisonous creatures in this area and they said that there are definitely black widow spiders around. And then he was like, “oh ya, like that one over there, oh and there’s another one right there!” My mom and I definitely thought he was just being funny, but oh no, he was serious! I may have had a mini heart attack when I realized that black widow spiders are everywhere, not just in remote areas of Loma Linda (not that there are any remote parts in town). So within just 4 hours of being in California I was ready to turn around and head right back to the Pacific Northwest!
Our house has been sitting vacant for about a year now and even though yard maintenance was being taken care of, no one was spraying for spiders or any other bugs. This made me feel a little better because all we had to do was spray down any existing spider webs around the base of the house on the outside then spray with Home-Defense. So I decided that I could survive a little longer in California and would stay for now.
By the next evening our house was completely unpacked and organized. I totally have my parents to thank for that! My mom unpacked and arranged/organized our kitchen while my dad did work around the outside of the house and set up our living room and office.
We have a cellar at the back of our house – like one of those cellars you only see on old homes where you lift the door open and walk down the stairs under the house. Yes – creepy I know. But even creepier once I discovered that black widow spiders love dark places. So even though we’ve been here several days now, I still refuse to go under the house! But I am glad we have that storage area otherwise I don’t know what in the world we would do with all my Christmas decorations!! :)
By Sunday we decided to show my parents around campus and see a little bit of the area. Jesse’s other uncle and aunt were driving thru so they stopped by and took us out for ice cream so they could hear the whole story of Jesse getting accepted into school. After they dropped us back off, I decided to make dinner with my mom. We didn’t have any chicken so my mom walked down to the little school market just a block down the road to get some. Have I mentioned that Loma Linda University is a Seventh Day Adventist school? Which means they don’t eat meat – which means there isn’t any meat at the school market! So Plan B – we headed out to eat.
As we got into our car there were huge rain drops coming down. So we jumped in and took off. Within just a few minutes the rain was coming down so heavy we couldn’t see very far ahead of us and it was already really dark at 6pm. As we headed to Redlands (the next town over) I got an Emergency weather notification on my phone for a Flash Flood. But of course we kept driving – finally we pulled over at the next place we saw and by the time we got out of our car to the restaurant door we were soaked all the way through. But we didn’t stay at that restaurant so we jumped back in the car and kept driving. Well by this point there are huge sirens going off around town letting everyone know it was flooding. The streets began filling with water so we had to drive to higher ground to stay above it. We found a Mexican food restaurant and pulled off to finally eat. As we sat down to eat we were all shaking from being cold and just soaked through.
By the time we got back to our house the rain had let up, but the damage had been done! (Okay so I’m being a little dramatic – but seriously, a lot of areas were completely flooded and we saw multiple accidents).
I may have panicked just a little – or a lot – but I’ve learned my lesson! Whenever the local weather gives weather notifications of Flash Flooding they really do mean to stay at home. but on the bright side – we ended up finding a really great Mexican restaurant to eat at!
This morning we dropped my parents off at the airport and then finally got Jesse officially registered for school! I’ll post another blog tomorrow with updates on school and such – then I’ll post a blog with pictures of our house! :)