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Missouri to Arizona

So we made the move to Phoenix last week. It was a great trip. We split up the drive by stopping in Alamosa Colorado on Monday night to see my cousin and one of my best friends, Seth. We had some great Mexican food and a really good time just getting to spend some time with Seth.

We spent a couple days in KC to say some goodbyes and do some catching up before heading out.

Our great friends, Christian and Emily, let us stay with them for a few nights. Thank you guys so much! You are awesome!

Of course one of our first stops was Benetti’s. Kiersten and John we working bar. I got the best cup of coffee I had had in over six months. You guys are awesome!

The “boys” got to come up for the Renaissance Festival. Isaac, Luke, and Josiah. We are excited! So is Rachel…

Josh on his “ye olde communication device”.

Turkey legs! I had one too, but my hands were way to juicy to take pictures.

I’m not sure whats going on… Josiah looks like he is up to no good. And Josh (max), being miraculous, as usual.

Don’t mess with these guys… Obviously.

Isaac was fighting them off all day. 🙂

Are we lost?

We got to do some hanging out afterwords. Amy made cookies, like always 🙂Harrison, waiting for cookies…

We had a lot of fun and miss everyone like crazy already. I love you guys.

Stopped in Dodge City KS on the way to Alamosa CO on Monday.

This used to be Rachel’s Grandpas hardware store.


We drove from Colorado to Arizona on Tuesday. We had a really fun drive and took our time, and did some sight seeing along the way.

Oldest church in Colorado.

New Mexico!

I forget how much I miss mountains.

Its worth the drive to Santa Fe just for Lota’burger. Really.

Green chillies on your hamburger. Yeah,

Yep, I felt pretty awesome!

Thoreau would have been disappointed. No ponds… Pretty great view though.

Arizona, finally.

Don’t mess with the serious face!

Winslow AZ, just like the songs, and that’s it.

We did get a pretty tasty corn dog there.

We started training today. So we will be busy the next couple weeks.

We love you all. Thank you for being a part of our life.

-Jacob

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Moving…and all that it implies!

Moving makes one awfully busy! Especially when it’s not a normal move. Generally, the process of packing up all of one’s belongings into boxes and tubs is overwhelming and exhausting. Deciding to become truckers and then live in a camper on the few weeks you are home, adds a fun little twist to the moving dynamic.

Step one: Go through everything!

If I don’t need it (and I’m stressing the word “need” here), then it goes…but where to? Trash? Well that seems wasteful. Goodwill or thrift store? That seems like a better idea, and yet moving is expensive so what else could I do with all these items? That’s where step # 2 comes in.

Step two: Yard Sale

If I’m not keeping it, and it’s not a total piece of junk, then we sell it. In this case, there were many items we sold that, were we moving into anything besides a camper, we would have kept. Jacob had a TON of tools, decent – still in good shape – tools, that just won’t be needed for this next phase of our life…they went. I had a ridiculous amount of kitchen utensils and appliances. (Weddings will do that to you). So most of those sold, unless we needed them AND would be able to fit them in the camper. Needless to say we had plenty of things to sell.

Step three: Give

Following the final Yard Sale (which will be this weekend), none of the items that were meant to be sold will be returning to my home. We’ll pack up everything into a trailer and take it to the thrift store – never again to be seen by me (which gives me a genuine sense of peace and happiness…just sayin’).

Step four: Clean! nuff’ said.

It’s amazing how many things one has to consider when moving, and how it requires a reevaluation of every purchase ever made. Most days, I find it refreshing to get rid of stuff that you haven’t even used or looked at for the last 3-6 months. Other days, it’s overwhelming to have to make a decision about each item you own. Then there’s all the other planning required: scheduling to have the utilities turned off on your move date, transferring insurance, notifying EVERY account you have of your new address, planning the drive to that new address, figuring out where, when and how to get your new licenses, navigating the phone systems for all of these departments you have to talk to get this information (cause you don’t have internet and can’t just look it up), the list goes on and on…and the whole time you know you’re forgetting something, that you’ll show up at your new home and realize there’s something you should have done 1,300 miles ago.

But, in the end it’s all worth it to embark on a new adventure; to face the unknown of a new career, a new home, and a whole new lifestyle. The joy and happiness brought on by the impending adventure surpasses the exhausting work required to make it happen.

-Rachel

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So we’re moving…again

I know it’s been over a week since we’ve posted anything, but we’ve had a lot going on here and we needed to get it resolved before taking it public. What do I mean? well allow me to explain…

We started here at the Inn a little over 6 weeks ago. Upon accepting this job, Jacob and I had several objectives or desires for our time here; paramount to all of them was our ability to spend time together. What we wanted for that time was to be able to enjoy the great outdoors together and spend some quality time with his family that lives 20 minutes away. Not far underneath these desires was the anticipation of running a bed and breakfast. We were excited for the opportunity to experience life as Innkeepers, to help the establishment grow, and to learn about this kind of business. I was also really excited that there would be a coffee shop since I really wanted to learn how to make good coffee (mostly I just want to make super cool latte art like this:

All of these desires were discussed in our initial interview with the owners and we were assured we’d be able to do those things.

Once we arrived in Mansfield however, we quickly noted differences from what we had been told. While our work load at the Inn was minimal, the 24/7 time expectation didn’t allow us to do the things for which we had moved. Really all we wanted was a freaking day off. SO, we resigned and are temporarily moving to a house on top of this hill:

with daily views like this:

The best part about this move is that we’ll be right next to his family – I’m pretty stoked about it.

Where will we go after this? Well I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned 😉

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