Monday, October 5, 2015

Getting Settled in Utah.

Okay I've been meaning to blog, but it's just been a little busy over here. Get ready for some exciting news :)

So we got to Utah on Sunday September 13. No jobs, no house, living in my brother's basement. Landon had an interview on Monday September 14 and then had to fly back to Portland to finish working for 2.5 weeks. Those few weeks were rough. Anyway, that Thursday the company called to offer Landon a job! A JOB! Can you believe it?! He was in Utah for less than 24 hours and he got a job. He's incredible! It was really scary moving to Utah so blindly, but we felt so strongly about it and just knew deep down it would all work out. Crazy stuff!

So Landon finally got home on September 30th. YAY! So we started house hunting. We have an AMAZING realtor (thanks for recommending her Toni!!!!) and we looked at a million houses all week. We thought about building in East Lehi, but the HOA and the price of the home was kind of freaking us out. It was gorgeous, so we signed a contract but knew we had 10 days to back out. So we kept looking. The next day, a new house came on the market. I sent Landon the link and said, as long as this house doesn't stink we are buying it! Haha. So we saw it and LOVED it and decided to put in an offer. Well, turns out they had already received an offer earlier that morning! And the seller had countered it. The buyers had until Sunday at 6pm to accept that counter and if they accepted the counter, there was nothing we could do. They'd be under contract. But guess what? They accepted the counter AFTER 6pm, which meant the buyer could now look at his other offers (yes, he had received multiple offers including ours!) and we just found out today that he accepted ours and we will be closing in THREE WEEKS!!!! Holy cow! It is all thanks to our amazing realtor who was persistent and made our offer the strongest :) Thanks Dana!!!!

The house is in Riverton, was built in 2007, it's in a culdesac, has room for Landon's shop, 4 bedrooms, tons of closets/storage... We LOVE it! I can't believe it's really happening!

And if that wasn't enough excitement, we also got a new car. Well new-ish! :) If you don't remember what I was driving before let me refresh your memory. This is Turtle. Our lovely 1993 Toyota Tercel.

So getting a 2008 Corolla feels like I'm driving a luxury car! Air conditioning, power locks/windows, cruise control.... I'm all fancy now! ;) ha!

Okay and if that all wasn't exciting enough... Landon learned how to paraglide! It has been a dream of his FOREVER! He had a week off work before starting his new job so I told him he just needed to do it! The first day he just went off the hill and then would have to hike back up. It was SO amazing watching him! He's just a natural.

isn't he cute?!

The second day he actually went off the top of the mountain. I was SOOOOOO dang nervous. Like seriously I could hardly even watch. But of course he did awesome and LOVES it! He was really born to fly.

Anyway, so I think it's safe to say that our first few weeks of Utah have been pretty eventful!! We LOVE being home!!! 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Peace Out Oregon...

Guess what?

WE ARE MOVING BACK TO UTAH!!!!!! Tomorrow! This has been in the works for awhile now and I finally get to blog about it!

We didn't know what was going to happen and so much was up in the air. It's been a crazy couple of months...

We have been really missing family lately and have felt the urge to move to Utah for awhile now. Our plan was to maybe move there Spring/Summer 2016.

So we started to do things, like selling our sailboat and re-doing our roof to get ready to move in a year or so. (I told you we had a good reason for selling Viking!)

But suddenly we couldn't wait anymore. We wanted to be by family now. So we listed our house at the beginning of August and Landon applied to a million jobs.

I'm really going to miss this cute blue house. Our first home!

We got an offer on our house within 5 days, but we didn't have any luck with the job search. So we moved forward with selling our house, not really sure what we were going to do...

We did a lot of negotiating on repairs during the inspection period and we honestly didn't think we were going to close the sale. But then we reached an agreement and it was time to make a decision.... Do we stay in Oregon where we have a job, but no family and no house? Or do we take a leap of faith and quit our jobs and move to Utah?

Well I guess you know which one we decided to do. Aren't we crazy? It's actually amazing how calm I feel about this whole homeless, unemployed thing we've got going on. I just know it's all going to work out.

So after 4 years we are saying goodbye to our home and goodbye to Oregon. Like we are loading up the truck tonight and pulling out in the morning! CRAZY!!

We will miss our friends so much. We only made a few, but those few are very dear to our hearts. I will miss my darling nanny family that I seriously just started working for 2 months ago.. ugh! And the family I nannied for 3 years! I will miss the ocean and the GREEN and I'm sure I'll miss other things too. But mostly we'll miss the Fluckey's...

It's definitely bittersweet but we really are SO excited to finally live by family! And my best friends! And the mountains! Oh my gosh!!

Utah...we're coming for you! :)

P.S. My sister flew in last night from SLC and she is a LIFESAVER! She's been packing all day and went to the grocery store to pick up treats and will help us drive and I just don't know what I'd do without her. Plus, I just found out my little Grace Fluckey is over there packing up too! Did I mention I've been working full time this week and trying to pack? There's no way I could've done it alone. THANK YOU!!! :)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Glamping at Kalaloch.

Oh my gosh, take me back!!!

We had the best time "glamping" at the beach, Kalaloch, with our family a few weekends ago. It was a last minute thing, but I'm SO glad we were invited and decided to go up. You can see the campground from the beach. Isn't that so fun?

Landon's aunt, uncle, cousins, and Grandma go to Kalaloch every year--now I know why they're all obsessed with it :)

S'mores, late night chats, long naps, yummy meals, and hanging out on the beach...we were basically  in HEAVEN.

Zac let Landon try out his awesome kite. The wind was pretty intense and you can see in the pictures how much Landon was digging/moving in the sand to keep the kite under control. It was funny to watch :)

It was my first time camping at the beach, but it wasn't really camping because we were staying in an RV that is nicer than my house. Haha! It was awesome! Landon's Grandma is the best and took such good care of us--aka spoiled us rotten. We love her so, so much!

Isn't she the cutest?
She brought her little kittens and it was SO funny to watch them react to our dogs--hissing at them, hiding from them... but eventually they all warmed up to each other. They even shared a meal together. It was so cute :)

We only stayed for two nights, so it went by WAY too fast. It was such a relaxing weekend and so nice to spend time with family! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hope is Never Lost.

Sorry, another vague post where I don't really tell you what's going on, but I just want to talk about how I'm feeling right now. I want to remember this stage of life. It's crazy, you guys. I feel like I've been to h-e-double hockey sticks and back. I have learned (and cried) SO much this year. So so much. I don't think I will ever be the person that can say, "I am so grateful for my trials" but I can definitely recognize that my trials have made me stronger. I've been pushed to my limit and some days really wondered if I would ever be "me" again. I had days that were so dark that there was absolutely no light or hope. That's not a good feeling. But do you know what I learned? I learned that I can go through really, really hard things and find the positive and find hope. Sometimes you have to really dig for it, but you can always find it.

One particularly rough day I remember praying and couldn't get myself to say "I'm thankful for this day" which is how I usually start off my prayers. I couldn't thank Heavenly Father for this horrible day. I just couldn't. So instead I thanked him for other things, like Landon and my boys. Even when it seems like there's nothing to be grateful for, you can find things to make you smile and help you to remember how blessed you really are.

I've also found myself having pity parties and asking God, "why me?!" I was reading in the book "Wonder" about a little boy who has a deformed face. It's heartbreaking and beautiful and every kid should read it before going to middle school. Anyway, I got to a chapter where someone was saying how unfair the universe was to this little boy and how the universe is like a giant, random lottery and it's all just random whether you get a good ticket or a bad ticket. This year I have felt like I have a horrible "ticket." But listen to the next part...

"no, no, it's not all random, if it was really all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn't. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can't see.... maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds." cue tears streaming down my face.

I've felt like such a fragile, hopeless bird lately. But do you know what? I've been taken care of. I've received so much comfort and help from Heavenly Father, Landon, my family, friends. "The Universe" hasn't forgotten about me, and I know I've been taken care of in ways I can't even see.

So what have I learned this year? That hope is never lost, quote taken from this incredible talk.

"Believe in miracles. I have seen so many of them come when every other indication would say that hope was lost. Hope is never lost. If those miracles do not come soon or fully or seemingly at all, remember the Savior's own anguished example: if the bitter cup does not pass, drink it and be strong, trusting in happier days ahead." -Elder Holland

Life is going to throw some really hard things at us, but all we can do is try to learn and grow from the experience. I remind myself that after rain comes a rainbow and that after hard times I will experience good. Life has so many ups and downs, but we just have to keep our chins up and know that the rain will stop eventually and we will have happier, sunnier days ahead. Hope is never, ever lost.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hiking the Jetty.

We have been talking for awhile now about how fun it would be to walk on the jetty at the Columbia River Bar. Remember how we sailed across the bar into the ocean last year? Well this time we wanted to walk out into the bar.

We were SO excited and when we pulled up and started our hike we were having so much fun jumping and climbing across the rocks. All I could think of was how much fun ten-year-old Hannah would have had. But then there was water (no more land) on either side of us and we went further and further out into the ocean and waves were crashing on the rocks and I got FREAKED out. I told Landon it was like post-traumatic stress disorder being back on the bar! Plus the jetty got narrow at some points and there were big gaps between the rocks and you had to LEAP and just hope you didn't tumble into the ocean and crash against the rocks by the humungous waves!

Okay, yes I admit I am just a tad bit dramatic, but it really was kinda freaky.

On top of that it felt like the "jetty that never ends." I got two songs stuck in my head as we climbed and climbed and climbed. Can you guess which ones? Okay, I'll tell you. "This is the jetty that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friends!" And then this cutie "The neverending jeeeetty" from the Neverending Story, duh. But really, you just kept walking and climbing and stumbling and it felt like you never got closer to the end of the jetty. It wouldn't end!

After two hours we realized we weren't going to reach the end at my slow pace, so I told Landon to just go ahead so he could at least reach it (the jetty is 6.5 miles long people!) So Landon just starts running across the rocks like a mountain goat or something. He made it look like he was just running across flat land. Meanwhile, I am like on my hands and knees crawling and climbing across the rocks. Ha!

Both of us were nervous wrecks the whole time we were separated because we couldn't see each other after awhile. Landon really thought that I might have fallen into a crack and got knocked unconscious and he was just going to pass right over me and not see me. It was quite the dramatic day haha! But really, we were both fine and felt MUCH safer when we were together again.

We FINALLY made it back to our car after almost 4 hours and we were just exhausted and miserable. Before we drove home we stopped by the beach to see an old shipwreck. It was kind of cool, but we were just being babies about having to walk our tired legs on the sand. Haha! We drove two hours home and couldn't even come up with the strength to go on our nightly walk and ended up sleeping in until 10 the next day! TEN! We were tired. I don't think I ever want to walk across another jetty again.

The end :)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I've Been Missing.

I feel like I haven't been able to blog in months because there are a lot of things happening in our lives that just aren't "public" knowledge right now... like how we just sold our boat! I mean, it's a big deal but for some reason we weren't ready to tell the whole world until it was official.

So it makes me feel like if I can't blog about everything that's going on in our life, then I can't blog about anything. I have a terrible time keeping "secrets" so it's easier for me not to talk. So that's why I've been a little MIA and vague on here lately. For example, one time Landon flew down to Texas to surprise his family, but the whole week before he left I couldn't talk to his mom. I stopped calling her and when she called me I just kept it brief. I was SO worried that I was going to ruin the surprise that I just couldn't talk at all. That's how I feel right now with this blog right now.

I've written TONS of blog drafts, but they just have to sit there for now. That post about selling Viking? It's been siting in my drafts waiting to be published for months. Oh man, there's so much I want to say! Writing is so therapeutic for me, so I just write drafts and save them for later.

Can I just complain for a second? I am a happy girl that likes to think positively, but man this year has really been such a roller coaster. I am ready for 2015 to be done and just praying that 2016 has some good things in store for us. I'm definitely not asking for pity and I promise I'm really okay, but sometimes it just feels good to vent. 2015 I hate you. Man, it feels good to get that off my chest ;)

I have totally been slacking on taking pictures and blogging, so I'm sorry this post is boring and vague. We don't have any fun trips planned and we actually haven't done anything very exciting to even blog about. So I guess this post is just to say that I'm sorry that I've been missing. I am going to try to blog more because I really do love it.

Anyway, that's all for now. I'll leave you with some pictures of Landon's AWESOME Millennium Falcon lego because every blog post needs at least 1 picture and because I think it's adorable he is so into legos ;)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Goodbye Viking.

With a mixture of relief and sadness, we officially sold Viking today. It has been such a roller coaster ride to get to this point...

I know, I know.... the boat we were planning on keeping for at least 8 years. The boat we were planning to teach our kids to sail on. The boat were planning to take on many adventures. The boat we LOVED.

When we bought Viking almost 2 years ago, selling her this soon was definitely not in our plans. But plans change. I'll save that story for another post :)

We put her on the market back in January for sale by owner. We didn't get very many "bites" but we did have one person from Canada that was very interested. It fell through, which was heartbreaking.

Then we decided we needed to list it with a broker. The problem with that is they take a 10% cut. TEN percent. That's a lotta money.

We got our first offer March 7th, but it was actually kind of a nightmare. The people didn't even seem to like our boat to begin with--they were just really wishy-washy and I had a bad feeling about them from the start. After you put in an offer, you do a boat inspection (or survey). Landon was at the boat ALL day to help answer questions and even took them out on the river so they could rev the engine up. Landon ended up leaving before the survey was done because it was getting late. And guess what the people did? They got freaked out about some moisture readings in the deck of the boat and completely WALKED AWAY! They didn't even finish the inspection, or negotiate the price based on the findings of the inspection. They just left us hanging high and dry. When our broker called to tell me that they completely backed out, I was sobbing uncontrollably for 30 minutes. It was rough. We shouldn't have been surprised, because we knew they weren't very good people. To this day, Landon and I get all ragey when we talk about the whole thing.  I mean, when you put an offer on a boat, you should be pretty serious about it, right? We were SO excited and then basically got crushed.

We didn't have much action until the beginning of June--so we were feeling super anxious and upset and stuck. Remember this post about our little miracle? Well I wrote that because we got an offer on our boat! It was amazing. We were jumping around and screaming and just SO happy. We didn't accept their offer (it was WAY too low) so we went back and forth for a few days trying to negotiate on a price. And then they were silent. So we waited, and waited, and waited. And got super angry. How could this be happening to us again?!?! I was SO tired of getting my hopes up to then be CRUSHED. Again.

But then another miracle happened... we got ANOTHER offer on the boat from an awesome couple in Seattle. They saw our boat and just fell in love! I knew I wanted them to have our boat. We wanted Viking to go to a happy family!

So they did the boat inspection and we took them out on a test sail and they were just so happy. They actually liked our boat (unlike the first jerk faces). It was a real-life miracle. Everything was going great! Until the very end of the test sail when we turned on the motor to head back to the marina...

...And our engine died. In the shallow part of the river. Surrounded by other boats.

It honestly felt like a nightmare. I couldn't believe it was really happening. I felt so sick. The people were actually as calm as can be, and really didn't seem too phased by it. We promised that this had NEVER happened before, and it hadn't! We have used that motor SOOOO much. What are the chances?! We had to call our broker who brought his sailboat out to rescue us. We rafted up alongside his boat while he towed us back to a the marina. It was a nightmare, but really the buyers were so calm and didn't seem concerned at all.

We left the marina that night feeling so low and with so many questions and so much anxiety. It was a pretty bad feeling. We didn't even know if the people would want our boat after that disaster or what the problem was with our engine.

So we woke up bright and early on Saturday morning and headed back to the boat... It was 99 degrees that day and we were there from 8:30-5:30 trying to figure out the problem. We were able to get our boat back to our slip, but the engine died again! So we had to wake up really early on Sunday morning and figure out what the problem was. Talk about ANXIETY!

Turns out there was a clog in the fuel line and Landon of course figured it all out like a champ! Thank goodness!

About 5 days later we heard back from the buyers who said that they wanted our boat, but for 4k less than their original offer. Bummer, but at least they weren't walking away! They also wanted us to get a certified mechanic out to verify the engine was working, which is totally understandable.

I can't believe all the hurdles we had to jump to get this boat sold! Life has just been crazy these past few months. So many ups and downs.

Anyway, here's a few pictures from our adventures on Viking. She really is a beautiful boat and we had so much fun with her the past few years! It's sad to see her go.

For that reason, we do not regret buying Viking... even though we probably wouldn't have even considered buying her if we knew we were only going to own her for less than 2 years!

We are EXTREMELY grateful for the time we had with Viking. We've learned a lot and experienced a lot (including sailing in the ocean!) that we wouldn't have been able to experience unless we OWNED a boat. We are sad to say goodbye to Viking, but excited at the same time.

We love you Viking!

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