Let’s pick up where we left off: heading eastward into the sunrise on June 1. *trying to make this sound more exciting/wonderful than a 9+ hour drive & moving for the second day in a row actually is…*
I lucked out and got Mom as my road trip buddy the whole drive to Charlottesville, so she captured gorgeous photos along the way, starting with the sun coming up over the Ohio River as we drove out of town.
I love summertime in large part because of longer lasting daylight. Having the sun up with us even though we left first thing in the morning made it feel not quite as early as it was and made it easier to stay awake 🙂
I drove my car, Nathan drove his, and my dad drove the truck with the U-Haul. We caravanned down I-64 and eventually met up with Don and Tim (who were coming from Cincy) too. We even got to stop and have and lunch together, which made it fun!
Once we got into West Virginia, the mountains just kept getting bigger and bigger. I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to such beautiful views. So breathtaking! Between that and girl talk with my mom, the drive flew by for me. I was just so excited to finally be on our way and getting closer and closer!
Before we knew it, we were in our new home state – Virginia 🙂
Things started to look a *little* familiar from our trip here in March. It was a nice feeling to know this time I’d get to stay vs. drive back to Indiana after a couple days.
Nate and I got started at the leasing office at our apartment complex to fill out the last bit of paperwork and get our keys. With the new keys in hand, our 24 hours of homelessness officially ended. It’s a disorienting feeling to know you literally don’t have a place to call your own, so even just getting the keys made me feel more at peace in our new place.
We walked into our new apartment and it was even better than I remembered. We downsized with this apartment (from 2 bedroom town home to 1 bed/1 bath), but a few things made that decision SO worth it:
- Location – literally a 5 minutes walk from the Downtown Mall, .25 miles from my work, and 2 miles from UVA where Nate will work. Yay for much better commutes and super easy access to fun stuff!
- Hardwood floors, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances…oh, and CEILING FANS (seriously they are so underrated but such lifesavers in summertime). Having a nicer place made this feel like a major upgrade even if we downsized on space.
- Amenities – awesome pool, lounge areas, courtyard, game room, conference rooms, and *FREE SNACKS* (like freshly baked cookies) every day. Need I say more?
Without further ado, here is our apartment BEFORE we unloaded anything…
After getting photographic evidence that our apartment was at one point very clean and tidy, the manual labor began. With Tim, Don, and my parents, we were able to get unpacked in a little over 2 hours. By unpacked, I mean boxes in one room…not empty boxes. Because our apartment is on the first floor, we were able to lift a lot of stuff over the patio fence and just unload it that way. Huge time saver!
The weather could not have been more beautiful for our second moving day. We lucked out with sunshine and clear skies again. It rained the whole time we were here in March, so I appreciated the nice weather that much more this time around. We didn’t do much aside from get all the boxes inside and setup the bedroom furniture. My mom was awesome and made sure we had clean sheets on the bed and our shower set up so that we could, at the very least, take a shower and sleep that night. Lifesaver!
For dinner, we took everyone to Brazos for some much needed re-fueling after another long day. The tacos were just as good as we remembered them and it was great to finally sit down together after such a busy afternoon.
After that, we went to check out the downtown mall. It was such a gorgeous evening and so nice to finally be there! Having family around us made it all feel more real.
Mom suggested stopping for ice cream cones at Chaps…we didn’t need much convincing before agreeing that was an excellent idea.
After the sweet ending to a good day, everyone went their separate ways for the night. Nate and I cleaned up, unpacked for another hour or two, and then slept like babies before getting up for brunch with everyone before they headed back to Indiana.
We decided to try The Nook downtown and got to sit outside. There wasn’t much of a crowd on a weekday morning so we didn’t have any trouble getting a table. Score!
Everyone was feeling much more refreshed after a good night’s sleep…and knowing that for the first time in 2 days, they wouldn’t have to do any heavy lifting that day!
I tried the two-way sandwich which came with egg and cheese. Everyone seemed to really enjoy their meals and there was a wide variety of options. It was nice just to spend time together outside without having to coordinate any moving logistics for the first time in awhile.
A few final photo ops to capture time with family of course… don’t know what I’d do without them ❤
After brunch was over, my parents headed back to southern Indiana and Don and Tim took the U-Haul back to Indy for us. Like I said, our family members were ROCKSTARS throughout this whole experience. We had such a great start to our lives in Cville thanks to being surrounded by loved ones. “Thank you” is an understatement.
Once they left, Nate and I hit the ground running with unpacking, exploring, and fun along the way. This concludes our Indy to Cville moving series, but stay tuned for our first adventures in our new city!