We Emerge Victorious!

Wow, I feel as though we have been through a war recently!  A short war, in its final stages now, and we are the champions, but still, “uff-da”!  In the past 30 days or so, we accepted an offer on our house, which fell through a week later, sold one car, moved out of one house, had several items unlawfully removed from our car overnight(more on that later),drove about 1800 miles, moved into a new house, accepted a second offer on our house, and bought a new (to us) car. All with our poor balding baby, who recently completed his 12 week growth spurt.  Also we decided this would be a good time to transition Cody out of the bassinet in our room onto a crib mattress in his own room, because we didn’t have enough going on. 😛  (Actually it was because he was starting to look way too big in his “rock n play” sleeper–seems like a contradiction of terms, doesn’t it?)

Our first night on the road, although our third night out of our house, since they ended up packing and loading our house in one day instead of three, our car was broken into, although without any broken glass, for which we are grateful.  A number of items were removed from the cabin and trunk, namely our fancy camera, flash, and tripod, but also our Beco baby carrier, double electric breast pump and bottles, bin of medical and first aid supplies, CD binder, and owner’s manual.  The pump was in a nice black bag, and the owner’s manual was in this leather case type thing, so we assume they thought they contained more valuable items.  Why they took our medical supplies is beyond me, but we are grateful that they left Caleb’s work boots, the car seat, our pillows, houseplants, and important personal papers and have vowed never again to be so foolish as to leave valuables thus unattended, even in the trunk of a locked vehicle.  We are also fortunate that we have an insurance policy that will reimburse us for everything but our binder of CDs and the owner’s manual case, so it’s really just the hassle of filing the claim and repurchasing all those items.  This incident occurred in the southeast LA area, so we were grateful to spend the next night on nice, secure, Luke AFB in Phoenix, and then we took everything inside for our last night’s stay in El Paso–which basically forms one big city with Juarez, in case you didn’t know.  We didn’t.

So, since we are temporarily camera-less, we’ve only snapped a couple quick photos with the phones.

Leaving California for Arizona, whoo hoo!



New Mexico quite snuck up on me and I was unable to get my traditional border sign picture.  But I’m pretty sure these were taken in New Mexico:



And then there was Texas:


Cody traveled really really well the first two and a half days of driving.  The last 30 miles or so getting into El Paso, and the whole last day from El Paso to San Antonio, poor little guy was just tired of being in his car seat!

So there’s a brief summary of our trip, we’ll have to share more about our new surroundings and Cody, etc. later.

I also apparently have to retract the comment I made in the last post about not being able to turn left freely in California, because in Southern California we found many “left turn yield on green” traffic lights, and in Texas they have this entirely new brand of crazy civil engineering called “turnarounds” which is like making a giant, group, light-controlled U-turn in lieu of turning left, at least at many busy junctions.  Otherwise we are enjoying ourselves, as evidenced as this Saturday morning clip:



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  1. Adelia Spann

    Dear Therese and Caleb: Oh my golly, you have really been through it!  I can’t imagine all of the stuff that went on–and you are still alive to tell about it!  I loved reading your blog that went into such detail.  I don’t know how you had the time or energy to do it all.  I got tired just reading about it.  lol.  Loved the pics with you guys and Cody.  He just gets cuter every day, doesn’t he?  I think your phone took very good pictures but sorry the good camera was stolen (along with all the other stuff).  Even though you have insurance, I am sure you have a deductible which will be a charge you weren’t expecting. My PC has been acting weird all week so I hope this goes through.  Firefox keeps saying they can’t find the server but maybe they have by now.  I hope. Wednesday, I had my yearly physical exam.  The doctor called Thursday and said everything was fantastic and just wh–BP, cholesterol, etc.   That was good news but last night when I went to bed, the room was spinning around.  That has only happened to me a time or two in my life so I don’t know what that was about.  I was fine this morning.  That is pretty weird, don’t you think?  Life is full of surprises.

    It was so good to hear from you and you and Caleb look great–like you had been basking on the beach.  Not!

    Thank you for taking the time to write. Love you, Grandma Dee From: Caleb and Tara To: earthangel0710@yahoo.com Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:38 PM Subject: [New post] We Emerge Victorious! #yiv2421649710 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2421649710 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2421649710 a.yiv2421649710primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2421649710 a.yiv2421649710primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2421649710 a.yiv2421649710primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2421649710 a.yiv2421649710primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2421649710 WordPress.com | Tara posted: “Wow, I feel as though we have been through a war recently!  A short war, in its final stages now, and we are the champions, but still, “uff-da”!  In the past 30 days or so, we accepted an offer on our house, which fell through a week later, sold one car, ” | |

    • I hope the room has not been spinning any more, Grandma! Also that your computer has been behaving. 🙂

  2. Mary Becker

    You all know how to pack it in!!! So glad to hear the great news about the offer on your house! The pics are adorable! I appreciate the picture updates of all of you:)

  3. Wow, what an ordeal! Just glad everyone is safe and healthy. God’s blessings to you in your new place.

  4. Wow, my gosh. I am impressed you are still able to write about this and haven’t just blocked it all out of your memory! I felt really mad when I read about the theft- how horrible! However, I wish I could have seen the thief’s face when he opened up your pump. Anyway, so glad you made it safely. Looking forward to Skyping in your new place!

    • Yes, I felt a little extra indignant that we were clearly a military family with a baby and they took our baby stuff. I imagine they were disappointed or irritated about the pump!

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