New House, New Car, New Jersey

Well, we had a good time in the Midwest, but we have moved back to the Northeast.  My job required us to transfer only after a year in MI.  We liked Ann Arbor very much as it is more than just a college town.  Sure, the U of M is a major presence there, but there were a lot of other amenities as well.  We really liked our house in AA, but alas, adventure called.

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The movers came, packed up the house on Monday, loaded it onto the truck and left on Tuesday.  We then tidied up and I snapped a few parting photos of our beloved former house.

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Our original plan was that I would leave Tuesday afternoon shortly after the movers left and we quickly cleaned the house.  As expected, things took longer than expected and I wound up leaving Wednesday morning at 3 AM.  Cati and Nina had a 7 AM flight to EWR from DTW Wednesday morning and therefore stayed at the Westin Hotel at DTW.  I crashed there with them for a few hours before begining the drive.  What a cool hotel.  Check out the view from our room.

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Nacho took a pre-trip pee in the DTW parking garage (see him?  center right of photo), and off we went.

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I started getting really tired around 6 AM somewhere in Ohio, so I pulled over and took a 45-minute nap at some rest stop on I-80.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  I woke-up, bought a cup of coffee and continued east feeling far more alert.  Nacho chilled.

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I arrived at the new house in Chatham just in time for the final walk-through prior to the closing.  Here’s the new digs:

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Nina seems to be taking to it swimmingly.  We are still waiting for the furniture to arrive.  We are very excited to be back in the Northeast and close to our NY friends and family.  We are only about a 35-minute drive from Manhattan to boot.

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Also, I became the owner of a 2010 Ford Escape.  Nina loves to pretend she’s driving.  She basically presses all the radio buttons and pulls on the turn signal and wiper levers.  Cati and I are both digging on all the bells and whistles on the new ride.

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Things are busy; really good, but busy.

6 Responses to “New House, New Car, New Jersey”

  1. Angel says:

    Thanks for the update. Welcome back to this side of the country. I love all of the pictures (my favorite is of Nacho taking a pee.)
    Nina looks so much more grown up than last time we saw her!
    I hope all of the settling in goes well.
    Angel

  2. Tom says:

    Glad you’ve made it to NJ! Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

  3. Eddie says:

    Nice, the Germans get you a Ford. Isn’t there some kinda code that is being broken here? Lookn forward to Saratoga?

  4. Celia says:

    …new baby coming soon ;-)
    I’m so glad everything is going so well!!! Besos a la familia!

  5. Welcome back to the Northeast! We missed you guys up in here. New place looks great – looking forward to seeing it (and you) soon!

    Also, glad to see you’re now a fellow 2010 Ford owner… never really thought I’d own a Ford, but our Fusion’s been great so far.

  6. Gina says:

    Hurray! Welcome back this way. The house looks beautiful–as does Ms. Nina! Looking forward to seeing you guys soon I hope!