I always wanted a White Christmas in Oklahoma. Funny this will also be our last Christmas in Oklahoma.

December 26, 2009

So, first off. Whoa! I am writing a blog post. Secondly, this post is dedicated to my friend Emily who as asked more than once why I have not been blogging. I’m not sure what the answer to that question would be, other than that we’ve been busy? Lame, I know. Merry Christmas, Emily.

But, we have something coming up that I really want to blog about. Before I get into that though, I have to say how excited I am that I am getting my White Christmas this year! I moved to Oklahoma almost 12 years ago. Since that time, I have always missed the snow we used to have in Kansas. We get the occasional snow here, but nothing like this “Blizzard of 2009!” Anyway, it’s very exciting to me. And it’s so, so pretty out.

The reason I say that this is our LAST Christmas in Oklahoma is that we are moving to Washington State! Matt has taken a job similar to what he is doing now with an orthopedic group in a town called Mt. Vernon. It’s about 60 miles north of Seattle, 60 miles south of the Canadian border.

So, it’s huge. It’s a long way away. But, it’s a great opportunity. It’s gorgeous there. And, we are very excited about it. It’s kind of right up our alley with all the outdoorsy camping, hiking, etc. that we like to do. It’s going to be sad to leave our family and our awesome friends here in the midwest. But we’re hoping lots of people will come to visit. Open invitation!

The group also has an office in the neighboring town of Anacortes on Fidalgo Island. We will probably end up in one of these two towns. Here are some pictures of Anacortes. (My preferred place to live. I mean, who doesn’t want to live on an island, right?)

Entrance to the Downtown part of Anacortes.

Photo from Whale Watching tours in the area.

View from the water and the mountains to the East.

Deception Pass bridge connecting Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands.

Marina on Fidalgo Island.

Another view of the Island.

Matt is planning to leave Oklahoma around January 12. He’ll drive out with some of his belongings and start working around January 18. Wow. January 18. That’s barely 3 weeks from now. Sigh. Reaghan and I will remain in Oklahoma until the end of the school year. These next few months are going to be very challenging with Matt and I being apart, me being basically a single mother, training for the full marathon in April, selling a house, packing up and moving 2,000+ miles. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to try to get back into blogging. I think it will be interesting to have a diary of sorts of how we made it through all this!

If I keep my word, check back and see what the latest scoop is. I’m sure there will rarely be a dull moment. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and will have a wonderful New Year!

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1 Emily December 25, 2009 at 2:11 am

WOW Kam! Thanks for the shout out. It is true…my favorite blogs belong to you and Shannon. I have been missing you and am THRILLED you are back. I am excited about your upcoming move. Although these moves are difficult, they are a fun adventure as a family. Let me know if you need any west coast advice. Good luck and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!!!

2 Lindsey Blancarte December 26, 2009 at 6:01 pm

What a wonderful adventure you have ahead of you in 2010. This is not just a little move….wow Washington State! Way to take advantage of opportunity and make a change. Good luck on your journey and congratulations to Matt.

You can thank our Nathan for the snow….he asked Santa for snow when he wrote his Christmas letter to him. Nathan will forever be a believer in Santa!

3 Shannon December 28, 2009 at 11:09 pm

I can’t believe you guys are really going to move! How exciting! It’s going to be such a great chance for you three to have an adventure together. :) Kraig and I have a long list of people and places we want to visit, but I’m pretty sure that Washington is going to be moving to the top of the list. I’ll be thinking about you all semester while I go crazy with the new job and school, and it will be a comfort to know that you are probably going a lot crazier than me!

4 Casey January 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Hi, Kami!

I came over from Shannon’s blog. Excited about your adventure. I would LOVE to move to the Pacific Northwest. My brother lives in Richland (part of the tri-cities area) and really enjoys it. There is so much to do.

Best of luck!

Kami Reply:

Thanks for visiting, Casey! I think about you a lot now, knowing that you were just in the same situation not too long ago. You’ll have to give me some tips on how to de-stress!

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