Saturday, September 22, 2012

There's no place like home. . .

As I sit here in Denver...our last night in Denver...in LaQuinta Inns & Suites near Denver International Airport I am deeply sad and yet at the same time, eager with excitement and anticipation. 

With a HUGE help from Dave, Jill (Phil's parents), James (Phil's brother) and three of his college roommates, we completed the near impossible task of packing three years of our life into three cars, one 26 foot long u-Haul and a few suitcases. 

Phil and I have been boxing and packing our house since Sunday, and found ourselves still packing up until the last minutes in the house. 

Between the two of us (plus Juno and Zeus) we have accumulated more "things" than most families of 8+! Our "things" include bedroom furniture, couches, dinning room table/chairs, washer/dryer, refrigerator, pool table, vacuums, dog crates and countless boxes/suitcases/etc. We ended up filling my LR4 and Phil's Mercedes as much as possible before shipping them. THEN we managed to fill top to bottom, left to right FULL a 26 foot moving truck! I'm not kidding...not one more box would have fit. The saddest part is my beloved treadmill was one of the things left behind! Very, very sad. Throughout the day of packing up the truck, Juno and Zeus' anxiety was palpable. The uncertainty and fear they had of if they would "fit" or not could be seen with their every move! In the end, we decided they could come, too! ;)

The u-Haul!!
The inside!!


My car, Lily, being put on the truck!

Phil's car, Benji, being put on the truck!

My treadmill, sadly left behind in the basement...check craigslist for a listing soon!! ;)

The dogs sitting in the empty house still unsure of their fate!

Since the beds/mattress we're packed, we decided staying in a hotel would be best for all for our last night in Denver...Hence, LaQuinta Inns & Suites. 
(Tonight was also a big game for FSU! We ended up missing pretty much the entire first half (but so did the Noles, so we didn't miss much), but we were all settled in in our hotel room for the second half, and man oh man WHAT A SECOND HALF! Makes me proud to be a NOLE!)

Settling down in the hotel...fate still slightly uncertain!

"We're much more comfortable up here!"

So, bright and early tomorrow morning, I will be catching a flight to Orlando (S-P-O-I-L-E-D, trust me, I know). Phil will be driving the dogs and a half packed Denali along side his Dad, who will be driving the moving truck, and making the three day road trip to Florida. I couldn't be more grateful for them taking the time to move us across the country, all 1,830 miles! They should arrive in Windermere on Wednesday (along with our cars the same day, too...hopefully) where we will all engage in the lovely task of UNPACKING the three cars and 26 foot u-haul! Wish us luck!


3+ years, countless memories, laughs, tears, and great memories took place here on 8th place. I will always hold a special place for this home, and Denver in my heart! Looking forward to visiting all our friends here in Colorado in the future!












Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Looking for a place to stay!

With the wedding just over 6 weeks away (ekk!) I figured this was the easiest way to get information out to everyone!

We have some people coming from out of town and are going to need places to stay. We have a room block with discounted room rates available at the hotel were our actual wedding is taking place (It's The Ritz/JW Marriott which are technically two hotels, but are intertwined on one property). The actual rooms that are available in this room block are at The JW Marriott.

In addition to this room block, we also have a room block available at The Sea World Renaissance which is only 3 miles away.

The website to book these rooms can be found here: 

Make sure you book before September 26th, as these room are let go then and the reduced price is no longer valid!

In addition to these hotels, there are PLENTY of other nearby hotels which may also be more convenient. The address to the hotel of the wedding is:



Grande Lakes Orlando
4040 Central Florida Parkway 
Orlando, FL 32837 



My advice would be to GoogleMap this address and search for nearby hotels if you need further options.

We hope this helps with any travel plans! Feel free to contact myself or Phil with any other questions or help!

44 days and counting. . .