Friday, March 11, 2011

Post #2: The Move and Some Pictures...

Well, we are officially moved in as of 3/7!  Justin and I went out to Montana to meet our movers on Monday, and after several flight issues, lack of sleep, and a quick night out on the town, we can safely say that we do not want to move again for a long long time!  Here are some pics I've been able to compile of the city, our house, and some views of surrounding areas!

Bozeman is in the southwest part of the state- If you are like me and have never really known about ya go!  Yellowstone National Park is about 90 miles south of us.  The city is kind of down in a valley between several mountain ranges!

This is a view from one side of the city to the other, at the foothills of the mountains...
This is our house!  It's a ranch with a basement, and plenty of spare room for visitors!  It's in a neighborhood community with an open park area in the backyard, perfect for Gunther to run and make new friends!

This is the view of the mountains from our backyard- Wow!  In person it is truly amazing!

This is a shot of the Main St in Bozeman! It's a quaint small town with little shops, coffee bars, boutiques, bars, breweries, angler shops, etc. I think it is about a mile or two in length!

This is a shot of Montana State University, about 11,000 students and a very pretty campus!
I had to put this in here! This is what the Bozeman airport looks like- this is a lifesize bronze grizzly bear right in the middle of baggage claim and check-in. The airport is very rustic and looks like a log cabin, with 5 hangars, definitely the smallest airport I've ever been in!

This is a cool shot of the welcome sign I found! 

Over the next month, Justin and I are bouncing between here and there, I'm finishing up work here in Atlanta, visiting with my sister and her family, and attanding a bachelorette party for my closest friend whose wedding is at the end of April!  Justin is attending a wedding for one of his long-time friends out in LA, then coming back one last time to Atlanta before heading out across country with Gunther (our Giant Schnauzer) and luckily his mom!  We will finally be all together and settling in on April 6th!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Post #1: We're Moving! ....And How Do We Get There?

Welcome to our Blog!  Justin and I have been wanting to start a blog for a while- now we finally have an excuse... Moving across the country!  When we started putting the logistics together about how this was actually going to happen, we were told by many... "You better journal this somehow, or you will look back and not remember how it all went down."  I thought that was good advice, so here we are...

Justin and I have grown up most of our lives (middle school and up) in the Atlanta area, living in Alpharetta as kids, attending Georgia State University for college, and then moving back out to Alpharetta once we were married and to start our family.  Therefore, when the opportunity to move across the country came about, it was a little scary and a little exciting at the same time... We were excited about experiencing a new place yet sad to leave so many close family and friends. We finally came to the conclusion that if we ever were going to venture out, that now would be a good time to do it.

This all slowly developed over the past year or so when Justin got connected with the owner (father/son) of a company called  Pine Cove Consulting via a work conference they were all attending.  Pine Cove basically does technology consulting to school systems in the Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado area.  They needed a Director of Operations and Justin was finishing up his MBA up until this past December.  So once Justin graduated, they started talking more seriously and made him an offer to come on board.  He started with them as of January 1, 2011, working from Atlanta until we were able to get out there, which they understood would be a huge undertaking... And so the planning begun!!! 

We rented our house out within 5 days... We put all our belongings on a truck headed west...Our schedules are packed with work, errands, bittersweet good-byes, wedding festivities of close friends, visiting with family, and of course- the most anticipated first visit to our new home in Bozeman, Montana!
Sunday, March 6th, Justin and I (minus Kaitlyn) ventured out to go meet our movers!  <See next post and pics of our visit>