|Lauren with her 2 best friends, Paula and Bella|
|Katelyn's apartment friend, Emma|
|Had dinner with Greg & TerriAnne and Carolynn & Ted|
Friday morning we hopped in the car and made the 10 hour drive into Folsom so we could get to our apartment complex and pick up the keys before the office closed. We got our keys and took our first look at our new home. James and I had found this apartment online and then when he got to Folsom 3 weeks ago he was able to walk through the model. We weren't able to see the actual apartment until right as we were moving in since they were replacing the carpet. We are very pleased with our new home. (The new carpet was worth the wait.)
Our daybreak apartment had a very open floor plan and you could see almost the whole thing when you walked in the door. Our new apartment actually has hallways and feels more like a home. Looking at an empty apartment, it always seems a little bit smaller than it actually is and we were anxious to see if all of our furniture would fit. We did our walk-through and signed our paperwork then headed off to dinner. (not before taking the girls' hamsters out of the car and leaving them at the apartment so we didn't have to keep them at the hotel) James had already found a really yummy Chinese place right next to his hotel so we were excited to have dinner their. Then we crashed back at the hotel. James said it was great to have us their with him and didn't feel lonely anymore.
|Driving through the Salt Flats|
|Lots of factories and trains|
|Of course all that driving makes a person tired|
|Sleeping is a great way to make the trip go by faster|
|Loved driving through the Sierra Nevadas|
Saturday morning we had a nice continental breakfast and then drove over to our apartment. The girls were anxious to see their hamsters and when they got to their room the hamsters were missing. The cages were there, but no hamsters. The girls were so upset and crying their little hearts out. We walked all through the apartment looking in every nook and cranny. Behind the dryer we found a little nest of fluff with food. So we tried pulling the drying out, but no luck, no hamsters. We kept looking and a little while later I went back to the dryer and pulled it out a little further, while I stood there thinking where I should look next, I looked down at my feet and there was Lauren's hamster. You've never seen a happier girl when I returned her precious hamster to her. Unfortunately, that only made Katelyn cry harder. The movers came and started unloading and it was a whirlwind of moving activity all day. It took about 4 hours for them to unload the truck and put all of our furniture back together. Then we took a quick break to go to lunch and see a little bit more of Folsom. It is such a pretty town with rolling hills and lots of trees.
Then it was back to the apartment to finish putting everything away. By about 8 p.m. we were finally finishing up everything we could do for the night. The only room we weren't able to put together was the master bedroom. Unfortunately when the movers were taking our bed apart, several of the beams broke so we didn't bring it with us, just the mattress which we just made up on the floor. We were too tired to go get dinner, so we just ordered in. After dinner all of us went outside, except Lauren, and when we came back in, there was Lauren holding the missing hamster. Apparently the house was dark and quiet and when she went into her bedroom, there was the hamster running across the room. She was so excited to catch him and hold him safe until Katelyn could come and see her missing hamster had been found. Now we have the two happiest girls ever. And now that our stomachs were full, the missing hamsters had been found, and the apartment was nearly all put together we were all very happy. We all sat down, turned on a movie, and enjoyed our first night in our new apartment.
|The girls' room looks almost identical to their daybreak room. Only the window is different|
|The girls/guest bathroom across the hallway from their room|
|The front room and balcony|
|The kitchen and dining room|
|Our unpacked bedroom complete with mattress on the floor|