Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Our very own old faithful and Christmas in June!?

Well we arrived in Star Valley and have unloaded everything and unpacked enough to live, making it very unmotivating to unpack the rest (especially since Justin has been gone at basketball and football camps). We have been settling in at the rental house and working on plans to fence off our land and build a barn so the horses can be wintered there. As part of that plan, we need to irrigate the land so that the grass (well, actually mostly dandelions) will grow and provide grazing and hay for the horses. Pipe irrigation is the way that is done around here, and this is our first shot at it...and it didn't turn out so well.

This is not how it is supposed to look. You are supposed to just have some nice sprinkler heads gently sprinkling the land, and not flooding with a geyser. So thanks to good neighbors, cell phones and a nice Water Master (or Water Marshall, I'm not sure which title he has) it was fixed and we are now successfully pipe irrigating our land.

The other surprise we had was our Christmas present arrived from Mom and Dad Walker. We had no idea it was even coming, but we got a call from Kari, who told us to make sure we were at home around 11:30 am. The next thing we know here comes an Ashley Furniture Store truck backing up our driveway. This is what they delivered.

We really LOVE it! It was the perfect gift; exactly what we would have picked out for ourselves but never would have been able to justify spending the money on a bedroom set. So thanks Mom and Dad Walker; its perfect! We just wonder who's going to help us move it when our house is built? It took two very strong men with belts and straps galore two hours to move it in and set it up...maybe they will come back!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Star Valley here we come!

So our lives have been turned upside down. When we moved to Green River we knew that it would be temporary; maybe 4 or 5 years. Well those 4 or 5 years have turned into 11 months! Justin has accepted a job (along with coaching responsibilities) at the high school in Star Valley, WY. (For those of you who aren't familiar with Star Valley, it is actually a series of towns in western Wyoming near Jackson Hole. We will be renting a house in Afton while we build our house.) It seemed like we were waiting FOREVER to hear about an interview, and for the interview date to come once it was set. Then they offered him the job on the spot after the interview, and we have to be there by the 10th of June! So after it seemed like we were living in slow motion, now we are sprinting through life. We are trying to move all of our stuff (we just keep getting more and more and more...), two kids, two dogs, three horses (the rest we'll pick up later) and sell our house all in the next week.

So here is a quick update, and an excuse for why there hasn't been a post in a while (and why there may not be another one for a while longer).

But check out the great views in our future hometown.