Friday, July 17, 2009

Emptying the Nest

Our oldest daughter got married in June, and I was fine with that, but now she's moving out. I'm not as excited about this!

Her husband (wow, that is weird to say) is in the Navy and stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. Like newlyweds, they want to live together. Crazy kids. Don't they know living on opposite coasts makes a marriage strong!

She's living here, he's living there. They have been patiently waiting for the Navy to put them up in base housing and give him permission to send for his new little wife. Permission Granted! He has keys to a three bedroom cottage on the Navy base and she can join him on the other coast.

The Navy will come and get their stuff, all except for Katie's car. They'll fly her across the country, but not the car. It'll cost a grand to get the car shipped over there. However... driving it across will take aprox 95 gallons of gas costing around $300. Not a hard decision to make when you do the math.

We got her all moved out of our house. She boxed up everything she owns and their wedding gifts, and we loaded it up along with: a flock of guitars, her queen sized bed, her dresser and mirror(which is the biggest bureau ever made), gigantic nightstand, and a futon. She also took a bike for fun! Everything went to her In-Laws' home where the Navy will pick it up. Aren't they lucky!

Tonight, after its dark and cooler across the high desert, Katie is leaving for Charleston. Driving her car across the nation, singing songs and talking on her cell phone the whole way. Nothing but a girl and the road. And probably a cup of coffee and a cooler full of pop and snacks for 2495 miles.

She's going to pass through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, a little corner of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and then, she'll drive across South Carolina to find her new home.

If you see her, smile and wave!


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

How exciting. And a little sad.

My oldest daughter is going to grad school in Chicago at the end of August--I'll do the drive with her and fly home.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

That's a long drive for a young girl by herself! TG for cell phones!

Michelle said...

Wow, that's a long drive, especially by herself. I don't envy her, but I hate drives :) She'll be driving south of me, but I promise to wave from afar!

Living With Cavemen said...

I think she'll enjoy the drive. I love driving and road trips. I'm a bit envious of her actually. I've never gone from one coast to another. Good thing for cell phones though, they do help ya get through the boring parts of the country!

Wolfpak5 said...

Don't even think for a minute that now your nest is getting empty that you will have time for yourself.

Mmom said...

Wow!! That's 11 states in one drive. She may have been in more states than I have, I'll have to count them. However I never did that many at once. Glad she made it safely. What an experience to savor for the years ahead. Wonder how many times she will make that trip before the Navy sends them elsewhere.