We've arrived in Yuma! I've been busy with all the little things that happen when you move to a new state. Here are me and Avery outside our house -- Look, GRASS!!!
It has grass in the backyard too! See below:
The temperature is soooo blasted hot outside that this is how Avery spends her days back there if she absolutely has to go out! The day we moved in, it was 118 degrees. Yesterday it was like 115, and I had already promised Avery that we would play outside before I had found out what the temperature was going to be. I was outside with her under our covered patio for over an hour. I was completely soaked in sweat when I came back in. I was tempted several times to jump in Avery's kiddie pool with all my clothes on!
I really like it here in Yuma. It's only 2 1/2 hours from San Diego, too. Even though the population (during the summer) is 140,000, it feels more like 60,000. It's a really spread-out city. In "downtown" Yuma, besides the tons of hotels, there aren't any highrise buildings, just 70-year old two or three-story brick ones. I really like the small-town feel. In the winter, all the snowbirds come from out of state and the population more than doubles to grow to more than 300,000! People are always talking bad about the snowbirds. It's kind of a funny culture down here. We've been warned to not go to the stores during the day hours in the winter because every store is just packed with old people. That means we'll have to go either really early before they get up, or really late, after they're in bed. They have golf courses here that only cost $5 for nine holes of golf. That'd be fun to do if Nathan and I knew how to golf. :) There is a family we met here who invited us golfing, which will be fun when we eventually go!
I also like the mountains here. I was expecting it to be a very flat desert, but we live really close to the mountains, on the east of Yuma. They aren't the pretty type of mountains like we had in Utah, but they'll do!
There's also an Air Force base here, which is really, really cool. We always see fighter jets overhead and when we're driving close to the base, we see them taking off and landing all the time. We also see some really crazy-looking army Hummer-looking vehicles driving on the roads in Yuma. It all makes me feel very patriotic. You see servicemen in their camo all the time, too. We ate dinner at the base the first night I was here at our friends' house. It was pretty fun to go in and see what it was like.
This is a regular sight in the skies. Sure beats commercial airliners!
Sam is HUGE! I can't be sure, but he seems much fatter than Avery was at this age. Here he is just hanging out with our kitchen appliances.
About 3 weeks ago, I lost my wallet. Mind you, this was before we registered our 2 cars and before I had gotten an AZ driver's license. I assumed it would show up somewhere, but after two weeks of scouring the house, it was nowhere to be found. That meant that poor Nathan had to do all the registering of the vehicles on top of getting a hold of his new job (which he absolutely LOVES). And, in order to get a driver's license here, you have to show them your previous DL from the state you came from. Oops. So I ended up having to take the written exam and take the road test in order to get a license. It was strangely nostalgic of my time in Driver's Ed over a decade ago. Luckily this time, it was much less stressful. I aced the 30-question written exam (ooooh yeah!).
For the driver's test, I almost caught myself going into "auto-pilot mode" and breaking little rules like stopping before the white line at a stop sign in a parking lot, and not turning my turn signal on soon enough before a lane change or a turn. But, luckily I passed that, too. That was a relief because I had been driving without a DL for over 2 weeks. Oh, and in AZ, they only make you have license plates on the back of your car. There's your little interesting fact for the day.
Because we don't have any lawn care equipment here, I posted an ad on Craigslist to barter for someone to come mow our lawn. I offered to design their business cards. I got a call and designed this guy's business cards for his two companies. It was really fun to do these ones.
Our friends Joe & Emily actually moved to Yuma a year before we did, so it was a nice surprise when we found out that we'd be going there, too. Nathan grew up with Emily, and when we got married, we hung out a lot together at BYU for some fun couples' game nights.
When we moved here, we hung out for yet another game night and made a cactus cake in honor of Yuma! The "arms" were made of Twinkies and the needles are brown sprinkles. It was just the sugar rush that I needed before going to bed! That cake with the Bunny Tracks ice cream was the best dessert I'd had in a while. :)