Surprise! Christopher accepted the new position and the Traveling Shenks got ready for an exciting adventure in moving to Vermont!
(Which I recognize you already know because it was a year ago, but just go with me on this one.)
|Sharing his moving buddies with his sister. Must be love.|
|Our little Minnie girl enjoys some reading time in her room while she can.|
Once the decision was made, we had to start getting the house ready to be listed for sale. As I’ve mentioned before, we bought quite the fixer-upper and spent four years slowly turning it into a house we loved. I will do a post on the before-and-after of our home soon, but February was mostly prepping for the big upcoming move.
We were lucky enough to enjoy a little time with our friends, Bronze & Symoni, and their daughter, Mirai, who used to be our neighbors in Utah. They had a long layover at the Orlando airport and I happily picked them up for a few hours of lunch and fun at a park close to the airport. It wasn’t long enough, but it was great to catch up.
|These two have been friends since birth and I loved seeing them together again. 🙂|
|Throwing the football around on a gorgeous afternoon.|
|Mr. Bronze gets some bubbles going for Ellie to chase.|
|Always have a great time with this girl. Miss you, my friend!|
Knowing we would soon be leaving the state and our village of friends and family, we tried to spend as much time with our people as we could.
|Leo cuddles up with one of his favorite people (and mine), Reese|
|Unka Dave works on his reading skills with Ellie.|
|Kim surprised me with a night out at Hamilton which was as good as the hype,
and an amazing gift from an even better friend. 💕
|Jess and I got our paint on (and our wine, don’t judge). More fun than my mediocre paint skills would suggest.|
At the end of the month comes one of my favorite days of the year… the celebration of James! 2019 marked a decade of this beautiful boy (see this post) and we celebrated with go-karts and a Shenk family dinner.
|Just look at this adorable ten-year-old face!|
|Go-karting with Dad is always at the top of his list.|
|Super excited to get the thing he wanted most–Nintendo Switch. Thanks, GrandPoppa!|
|One very proud Momma and her birthday boy.|
|Ellie got dressed up in honor of her bubby’s birthday.|
|I will celebrate these two forever.|
|James went with pizza for his birthday dinner and the Shenk clan obliged.|
|Blowing out the candles on his birthday cake ice cream with peanut butter (don’t ask, he’s 10).|