(tap…tap…tap)…Is this thing on?

If anyone’s still listening, I’m back.

Admittedly, I’ve had internet access for the last 5 days but I have a good excuse for not updating you all sooner…I HAD A WEEKEND AWAY WITH MY HONEY! Yep, our first official weekend without the Pi’bears and it couldn’t have come at a better time. So now we’re “home” (feels a little strange calling Huntsville home, hence the quotes) and I’m ready to fill you all in on the last month.

I’ll spare you all the minute details of our drive from CO to AL and I’ll hit the highlights. In the last three weeks we’ve seen Sarah’s Grandma, Grandad, Grandaddy, Nana, Papa, MamaJo, and GG. In the next three weeks we’re sure to see several of them again. That alone is a nice affirmation that moving here was the right thing to do. The girl lights up around her grandparents and it’ll be so nice for her to see all of them more than a handful of times a year. I know I should be flashing some photos right about now of all the grandparently love but I’ve had a hard time coaxing the camera out of my bag lately. I guess she’s as shy about this new place as I am. 🙂

I do have a few random photos to share so don’t jump ship yet. But first, here’s a quick update:

– Sarah’s now in a big-girl bed. She’s in love with that thing.
– Brent starts work tomorrow as a rocket scientist. He shudders at the title which makes me throw it around even more frequently.
– I had a prenatal appointment last week with my new doctor and heard the healthy heartbeat of our 18-weeker. Ultrasound is scheduled for July 16th…woohoo!
– We’re selling our house tomorrow, one way or the other. Either a buyer or the relocation company is about to get a mighty fine deal.
– This week we plan to sell the house, interview realtors for our new house, buy a car, and start a new job. No problem. Next week we’ll worry about making friends. (okay, that’s a total lie, I’ve worried about that since the second we crossed into Madison County so if anyone has Huntsville hookups fill me in!)

Okay, a few photos and I’m out…

My sweet niece, Charlotte. After Sarah got a load of her sunglasses she jumped on the bandwagon too and began sporting the shades we bought months ago that she previously refused to keep on for more than half a second. Who knew peer pressure started this early?

Sarah and my amazing friend, Daphne, who drove down (up? over? my geography stinks) from Birmingham on move-in day to entertain the Pi’bear. She even bought her a sit ‘n spin. Love that girl.

Little Miss Not-A-Care-In-The-World…

Grooving in the wading pool near Grama’s house…

I had a few others to share including Grandad taking Sarah on her first tractor ride but blogger ate them and I don’t feel like fighting it. Maybe later.

Oh. I did want to add one more thing. I’ve been reminded in this whole move process about the power of relationships. I’ve been feeling so lonely and sad about leaving my amazing group of friends but God seems to be making sure that I don’t get too bummed for too long. Daphne came down for moving day. That was amazing. Then the next day two huge boxes arrived from my book club full of cleaning supplies, cookies, banana bread, napkins, paper plates, all the things you need/want when you move into a new house. Those girls take my breath away. Then an old friend from our high school youth group back in the day sent us a yummy fruit basket to welcome us to H’ville…turns out she’s friend with our landlords and heard through them that we were in town. I’m giving my high school buddy, Isabelle, a call in a few minutes to catch up and find a time to get together (she’s an hour or so away) and then I’m promptly calling Colleen to make sure we make plans with Team Dixon sometime real soon.

And you guys. You guys rock.

SamanthaJune 24, 2007 - 5:50 pm

Oh. I didn’t realize how much I missed Sarah until I saw the pictures. I already realized exactly how much I miss you.

J.J. KillinsJune 24, 2007 - 6:21 pm

oh wow. gave me chills just imagining your happiness at opening that box! i’m so glad you guys are settling in. and wow – 18 weeks is just crazy. can’t believe how fast time goes. ahem, a belly pic please?

TaraJune 24, 2007 - 6:26 pm

Thanks for the update! I’ve missed your posts!

~KimJune 24, 2007 - 6:57 pm

Girlie, I am SO glad you are back to the bloggin world. It’s kind of like our own little circle of friends and not getting to hear about what’s going on with each other leaves a void….know what I mean?

I am so glad that you are getting somewhat settled in Huntsville. I’m sure that you and Sarah will be making friends in no time. You just seem to have that type of personality to be friends with everyone!

Love the pictures and can’t wait to see more.


starfitchJune 24, 2007 - 7:08 pm

Welcome “home”! I’m sure you feel like the new kid in school, but in no time you’ll feel like you fit in. And that new baby will be here before you know it and that always seems to bring new people into your life. Are you finding out the gender or do you like surprises?

A.K.June 24, 2007 - 7:26 pm

we are here till July 13th and would love to find time to come see you- have your email address on my home computer so email me when you get a chance so we can meet up: arickman@vt.edu

JenniferJune 24, 2007 - 8:08 pm

Yippee!! You’re back!! Glad to hear everything is coming along. And I’m sure you’ll have tons of friends in no time at all. People will be clamoring to become part of your NEW inner circle!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see more pics….

JeanelleJune 24, 2007 - 8:31 pm

Congrats on everything
Best of luck in the house selling/car buying/rocket sciencing/baby baking, etc!

AnonymousJune 24, 2007 - 8:44 pm

Thanks for the great updates! Glad to hear you are all doing well! Hurray for getting your US soon! This Wednesday is pool day at Krista’s….miss you! 🙂
Colleen W

AnnaJune 24, 2007 - 8:46 pm

so good to “hear” from you Erin! i’ve missed chatting with you 🙁 and hope you’re doing alright – sounds like you are! love the pics – i LOVe the one of Sarah in the swing – super sweet color on that one.

Shana-LynnJune 24, 2007 - 9:15 pm

Yippee! You’re back.

You all have been sooo busy, but it sounds like you had a lot of fun with the grandparents.

Good luck this week with the sell, job etc..

Mom2Cam...Wife2GerJune 25, 2007 - 5:36 am

Im a big blog stalker and have anxiously awaited another update from you guys. Glad to hear things are going good with the move, the pi’bear and the pregnancy.

JoyceJune 25, 2007 - 8:03 am

Hey There,
I was very pleased when I opened your blog. It is good to hear from you, and of course those photos are the best. Glad to hear you and Brent were able to get-away, for awhile…that is most important! I’m happy that you are now closer to some of the family. Can you now feel what I was going through when the thought of leaving my family, here is Calif., was?! I know that Paul needed us, during that time.
Your mom is here in Calif. We’ll see each other some time this week and then the “BIG” party for Char., on Saturday.
I’ll give your mom a good hug for you all…
Love you…

AmyJune 25, 2007 - 8:26 am

Happy to read an update and happy that you’re doing well, but still sad that you’re gone 🙁

MeganJune 25, 2007 - 9:06 am

So glad you are doing alright. I have been thinking of you.

AnonymousJune 25, 2007 - 10:07 am

Silly me, your blog brings tears to my eyes. Glad you enjoyed the box and we sure do miss you. Can’t blame the tears on pregnacy anymore. Sarah look like she is settling in just fine and is adorable as ever, that smile is just heart warming. Hope mommy’s smile will be just as big very soon. Gina

Aunt LuJune 25, 2007 - 11:28 am

Thanks for the update Ded. I really missed your blog. Give Sarah a big kiss for me and tell Brent “The Rocket Man” hi for me.
We all love and miss you.

TriceJune 25, 2007 - 2:47 pm

Welcome to Alabama.I am in Decatur and would love you to meet you and the Pigbear.

AnonymousJune 25, 2007 - 3:06 pm

Glad to see you back.

ShelleyJune 25, 2007 - 6:54 pm

I can’t believe Sarah is already in a big girl bed! Joshua is showing signs of climbing out of his crib, so he is probably not far behind…

Thanks for the picture updates! I hope you settle in fast.

DeniseJune 25, 2007 - 6:57 pm

Congrats on the move! We’ve missed you! I’m so glad that Sarah is already showing how wonderful it is to be closer to family! What a big week in store for you! I’ll be praying for all those big things and even for the little. How wonderful that our good God provided for you ABUNDANTLY especially with all the wonderful friends you have. Aren’t friends the greatest??? Missed you!

carol mJune 26, 2007 - 7:51 am


It’s great to be able to catch up again. Is Brent still in the Air Force or has he “gotten out”? Just the other day I was talking iwth Melanie Johnson (her mom lives next to us) and your name came up ( all good things). Glad to hear that you are getting settled.

Katie LaughreyJune 26, 2007 - 2:36 pm

Glad to hear you’re settling into your new home! BTW Congratulations on your pregnancy–can’t wait to hear about the July 16 ultrasound! (-: And tell that hubby of yours goodluck on his new job–he’ll be a FANTASTIC rocket scientist! (-:

KeriJune 26, 2007 - 6:57 pm

Oh my gosh Erin!! Thats so exciting — how long will you guys be there? My hubby and I thought about moving to huntsville but i told him i would have to know someone there first!!!!! haha… from what ive read its a super fun place to live and lots of nice people.. sounds like you’ll fit right in!!

good luck to your hubby on his job – and congrats to you on doing all that ALL while being pregnant!!!

Glad you’re back – missed your bloggin 🙂

keep well… 🙂

MarciJune 26, 2007 - 7:09 pm

I can’t believe she’s in a big girl bed already. That is awesome that she’ll already be so adjusted by the time the baby comes.

So glad to “hear” from you again.

God does always manage to take care of us, doesn’t he?

AnonymousJune 27, 2007 - 5:25 pm

Yeah! I made the blog! Glad you are settling in. We need to get together soon! Daphne

erinJune 27, 2007 - 6:47 pm

To those that asked, yes, we’re definitely finding out the gender if he/she cooperates. I’ll let you guys know.

Thanks for all the well-wishing you guys.

And HI KATIE!!! So fun to see you here! (when are you starting a blog so we can keep up with sweet Kelsea Rae?)

ChrisJune 28, 2007 - 1:12 pm

Hey Erin

glad you made it okay! Hope all goes well with the house. We’ve just hired a property manager for ours cause there aint no way we can sell it in this market!
Good luck in your new ‘home’


katherine.laughreyJune 28, 2007 - 8:38 pm

Hmmm…a blog…I think I had one for about a day. I’m waiting for JJ to set one up for us when we go out to MN in a couple months! LOL! (-:

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