If you can survive moving with your spouse, I'm pretty sure you can survive anything.
This is the third time we've moved in six years (how is that possible?) In 2010, we moved from Missouri to North Carolina. In 2013, we left North Carolina for Wisconsin. And now, we are getting settled in Washington.
First of all, the drive was amazing and brutal. (Given our self-imposed time challenges.)
We left a little late from Wisconsin because we were trying to get our Madison home ready for closing. We left Tuesday afternoon and wanted to get to Seattle by Thursday. We also added about two hours every day for stops with the dogs.
Jim and I had to caravan -- I was loaded down with our stuff; Jim drove with the dogs.
We stayed the night in Sioux Falls and Billings. It was such a gorgeous drive. Also, if you want hassle-free stays with the dogs, we ended up staying at LaQuinta both nights. No dog restrictions, no pet fees and free breakfast.
Some of my video even made the news in Billings, though it wasn't for anything good. (Turns out everyone was okay.)
We had a difficult time getting through the Snoqualmie Pass -- it was dark and started storming pretty bad. I had to put on my hazards and drive about 30 miles an hour. By the time we made it to our new rental home, we felt exhausted. In fact, we canceled our hotel and camped out on the floor with our only blankets -- the one we had used for dog beds all week. :/
But when we woke up Friday morning, we could see our new place and were totally in love.
Minnie's arthritic body was really sore but both she and Piper needed to catch up on sleep. They love the new house so much -- especially the big backyard! You can't see it all in the pic but there's a side yard from the cement patio on top of a second grassy area behind the wooden fence.
We will be unpacking for quite a while but we do love the area. We are staying about 15 miles north of Seattle and love our house and our landlords, Pete and Patti. They've been great about Minnie and Piper and we couldn't be happier about our living situation.
We can also walk to our grocery store, Starbucks, the pharmacy and the pet supply store. And our grocer carries Wisconsin cheese - so no worries there!
Anyway, it's a little late and there's still so much to share about the new job and the house but for now, we're here! And we're going to be ready for guests soon. :)