Friday, July 26, 2013

2250 Miles

Recently my family and I have found out that in August we will be moving 2250 miles away, to Richmond, Virginia. I am so scared/excited for this next chapter in my life! We are going to be an hour away from the beach, an hour away from Washington, D.C., and it is beautiful over there. So it all sounds good, BUT I am going to be a senior in high school, starting from scratch, again. My family moves a lot, I went to four different elementary schools, three different junior highs, and now two high schools. I thought for sure when we moved to Gilbert, AZ that this was the place, this is where I would graduate high school, this is where I would find my wife and get married, this is where I would raise my family, then this curve ball came. Many people have been asking me why I am moving to Richmond, surprise surprise, dad got a new job, yata yata yata. So this summer has been crazy trying to spend as much time with family and friends that I won't be seeing for a while, trying to do everything fun on the west coast before I move to the east, trying to fit in as many photo shoots as possible because who knows how long it will take for me to get my name out in Virginia as a photographer, and trying to pack my life away. At the first of the summer it was really chill, it was just my best friend Maddie Greenhalgh and I hanging out every. single. day. I went to Virginia for a week for the first time to try and find a house, that was the first time I had ever been to the east coast, but I loved it! It is so green and beautiful and every house has character and is different then the one right next to it, the backyards back straight up to bright green woods, photographers paradise. We didn't find a house in the time that we were there, so my mom had to go back a few weeks later and she found a perfect one, pictures to come soon. Then, my sisters fiancĂ© and I had been planning the engagement for months, when, where, how, ring, everything and it seemed like the day would never come, but it did. Maddie and I, accompanied with my brother Dallin (15) and my little sister Isabel (9) packed up and drove to Rexburg, Idaho, where my sister Whitney (19) is currently living. Driving 1000 miles in a 1983 BMW? Not the easiest thing ever but it definitely made for some fond memories and a crazy adventure. Anyways.. long story short, there were many bumps in the road that were not expected (metaphorically and not haha) but we made it there and now she is engaged! We then spent two weeks in Orem, Utah at my Grandma's house and it was way fun. We came home and shorty decided to go on a last minute trip to California with Maddie, me, my best friend Kendall, and her boyfriend Zac. That was SO much fun but the sleeping arrangement was terrible! The first night we slept in a tent, on the concrete, with no pads, not the smartest choice ever, then the next two nights Zac's family had enough room in their R.V. to let us sleep on the couch etc. That has been my summer so far, and on Sunday I go to Utah again for a week, this will be the last time I see my Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles and Cousins for a long time so I am going to try and make every second count while I am there. 

I am starting this blog, cliche cliche, for a journal. Throughout this crazy time in my life a lot is going to be happening and I want to be able to document it all so I can look through it in ten years and laugh. There is going to be so much happening with the move and my sisters wedding and I didn't even mention that my older brother Brock (18) leaves to the Marines on Monday! So if you want to hear more about my adventures in Virginia and details and stress of wedding planning and being a senior in high school starting fresh, stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Tyson— I know you don't know me, but I just wanted you to know that it was so fun hearing the East Coast described by someone seeing it with new eyes. All those things you said were just "same old, same old" to me after living in nj my entire life & getting so used to it, I guess! Good luck with everything, you'll do great and if you give it a chance, the east coast will treat you so well. There's so much to see and do! So many unreal cities right here: DC, NYC, Philadelphia

    Sorry for the novel! ;)