It starts with a loooong drive. DR drove all day last Wednesday, straight through. I even got to update his progress on his Facebook wall, which was kind of cool and made me feel involved in the trip without that horrible cramped feeling of being in a car for 10 hours. He stopped in briefly at his sister's, where he is staying while getting situated. He wanted to come over right away....I wanted him to come over right away...and what is another 45 minutes or so after all of those hours?
He called when he was on my street and I ran downstairs and practically rushed the door of his car. When he got out we just hugged and hugged...it felt awesome. After that, I kind of didn't want to stop touching him for the next few days. But of course there was a lot going on. He met Girlie Girl right away, as when we stepped inside the apartment, there she was! They have a similar sense of humor and hit it right off.
I took a mental health day on Thursday so that we could sort of just unwind together. It felt so good just having him near me. I wish I could explain just how it felt, but probably you can imagine. I do give you guys some credit. haha! Anyway, DR went home that evening and I had work the next day...but he came back late Friday, after he had spent some time with his family...who I reminded myself had been anxiously awaiting his move too!
Saturday, we had lunch with the Kick Back Dude gang. They were all really excited to meet DR and we'd had this lunch planned for awhile. Golden Dragon, yay! I felt so proud and happy with my family all around me and DR next to me. He is very good with kids. Miss Personality seems quite smitten and the babies, who are a bit shyer, were very calm with him, as though he'd always been around.
The kicker was Sunday when I forced this poor man to sit down to lunch with the KBD clan again, Girlie Girl, AND my mom, dad, and step mom. I guess forced might be a strong way to put it, but really...what could he say? Both of these days were a lot of fun, but also pretty long and public. DR was definitely thrown right into the fire and definitely handled it all sooo much better than I ever could have.
When he left to go home Monday morning and I was heading off to work again, it was like almost like waking up from a dream. Back to reality. But still...a better reality, I think. This wasn't just a weekend, it was the start of our life together here, only minutes apart from one another at the worst, joined at the hip at the best :-) Yeah, no one can predict the future, but I don't think there is anything too wrong with some optimism and hope and love.