Random Life Update: October 2021 (aka month of chaos)

October was supposed to be a happy, peaceful month full of celebrating and joy. In our brilliant plans, we were going to have arrived at our new home in Utah, closed and moved in – all before my eighteenth birthday on the 10th.

Unfortunately, life rarely goes according to plans.

(I am sorry that this post lacks pictures. WordPress doesn’t work on the computer for some reason and it id a real pain trying to do it on the phone.)

As you all read in my last update, the house closing didn’t happen smoothly. At all.

The closing kept getting pushed farther and farther off. We found an airbnb and unpacked the U-haul into a storage unit (which was SO much easier than last time because of all of the heavy furniture that we’d gotten rid of before leaving GA). Daddy started work. We waited restlessly and anxiously to know if we would even get the house at all.

For a while there, it seemed like we would lose the house. Needless to say it was extreemly stressful on everyone.

During that time we did, however, have a lot of good times. We visited museums, had bake offs (which I failed to take pictures of), took glorious long walks with amazing views and played lots of Apples to Apples and Life.

We had imagined that we would be moved into our new house by the time that the cold weather hit. All of the clothes that we packed were for late summer Georgia – something very different from the weather here.

So we all looked quite ridiculous in summer clothes, shivering while snowflakes fluttered down around us. I think my ears and toes are still frozen from the amazing walks we took.

Aren’t those mountains amazing?! We get that backdrop to our daily lives. All we need is epic music playing in the background. I’m thinking LOTR… We could be living a movie. Our lives the past couple of months have been chaotic enough. ๐Ÿ˜‚

We managed to have a really good celebration of my eighteenth birthday despite the house situation.

It started out with pastries from an amazing German bakery. The people there are sooo nice! They gave us a bunch of extra pastries. My birthday morning was filled with a giant box of pastries cut into a bunch of pieces.

We went to church which was good. We went to a Mexican restaurant for enchiladas. They weren’t open yet, so we walked down to the Dollar Store to get some last minute decorations and some sugar for the bake off later that week.

By the time we finished there, the restaurant had opened and was filled with people. We ordered and had a delicious meal.

There was a Native American art show at the Utah Museum of Natural History. That was amazing. The artists were all so talented and their creations were absolutely beautiful. We spend a while looking at everything and talking to people. Mama and Daddy bought me beautiful turquoise earrings.

We walked around the museum for a while before heading home – with a coffee break on the way. ๐Ÿ‘

At home I did some plotting *evil laugh* while Mama worked on the cakes. Then I played Life with the boys.

Supper was leftovers and then we had amazing Black Forest cake. If you’ve never had it, you’re missing out. It’s chocolate cake with lots of cherries and whipped cream. ๐Ÿ˜‹

We had candles but we forgot to get matches and they don’t keep those sort of things in airbnbs for obvious reasons.

So we weren’t sure how we would light the candles. No matches. No lighters. No gas stove. The ever resourceful Daddy got a propane torch and used it to light them. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Definitely not normal but very effective and very memorable! That was sort of the theme of my birthday this year. ๐Ÿ˜‚

We had presents and everyone was soooo sweet!! There were lots of certificates and gifts to come and lots of very sweet words and cards that meant a lot to me. ๐Ÿ’– (Thank you to everyone who made my day so special!)

During October we stayed in two different airbnb’s. My siblings and me had a lot of fun watching Boss Baby series and other fun movies. ๐Ÿ˜Š

We had hoped to celebrate Baruch’s 10th birthday in our new house, but that didn’t happen either. He had a really fun birthday, though with great gifts and a massive peanut butter chocolate cake.

After much frustration and worry over the house, we closed on the 15th! We still had a matter of waiting for the funds to go through and were on edge for the next weekish before we finally got the keys to the house! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ *tears of joy and relief*

We celebrated the closing with amazing Gelato and pastries. (We like sweets here a lot, you may have noticed).

We celebrated getting the keys with delicious bubble tea. We got it a lot in Georgia and it was a family favorite (but also extreemly expensive). But this place that we got it from here was amazing! Less expensive and the tea part was so much better and sooo flavorful. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

We moved into the house on the 23rd!! It was, of course, freezing cold and raining. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But it was such a long awaited day. Several people from church came to help take the stuff from the storage unit and then moved it all into the garage! It went so fast and it was such a blessing. We haven’t had people to help us move for a really long time.

As of today, we still haven’t unpacked much. Daddy is building all of the bedrooms in the basement and we are sleeping in what will be the school rooms, so it is pretty hard to do much unpacking. I’m really looking forward to finding my winter clothes, more of my stuff (I’ve been living out of the stuff I brought in my backpack, lol) and I’m also really looking forward to playing with my gliders again. I haven’t for over a month and I miss them so much!

Aside from the house stuff, I kept very busy with a writing competition for the last 3 weeks of October. I’m really quite thankful that it came when it did becauae it gave me something fun and challenging to work on each day instead of brooding over the house.

I got a ton of writing done and I finished plotting for my next novel! By the end, I was so burnt out of writing. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got a one day break and then it was on to NaNoWriMo. ๐Ÿ˜† We shall see if my brain can find enough power to get through November!

This month wasn’t easy and it wasn’t what we had expected at all. But in it we have all seen God’s hand. We are here, after all. We have a beautiful house in a beautiful place. We’re together. ๐Ÿ’–

~Hattush

How was your October? Have you ever had bubble tea? Do you have a birthday in October? What are you looking forward to in November? Are you doing NaNoWriMo?

17 thoughts on “Random Life Update: October 2021 (aka month of chaos)

  1. I LOVED this update Hattush, thank you!!! I love that first picture of all you guys, and the mountains are… *GASP* soo beautiful!!๐Ÿ˜
    Oh, and… happy 18th birthday, dear friend!!!! I’m so sorry I’m sooo late in saying it.๐Ÿ˜ข I’ll have to message you, and have you tell me all about it later. ๐Ÿ˜€ Meanwhile, I hope you have a blessed and wonderful 18th year!!๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ *sending love and hugs*
    I can’t imagine not having a house for so long! Sounds so hectic, haha! But I’m so glad you were able to move into your new house now. I was praying for you guys!
    Ooh, that bubble tea looks delicious. What does it taste like? I’ve been really wanting to try it!!
    What writing competition did you do?
    (answering the questions at the end of your post) My October was great, except for getting sick – twice. I spent most of the month sick, which wasn’t fun at all, but other than that, it was good! Haven’t had bubble tea sadly, and I don’t have a birthday in October. Almost though!! In November, I’m most looking forward to… my birthday! ๐Ÿ˜€ And no, I’m not doing Nano this year. I’ve been really busy, so I don’t think I could. XD Plus, I have like, no inspiration at the moment. I really do need to write more though….. Are you doing it?
    Thanks so much for this post! I love your recap posts, even if I don’t get to commenting as often as I should… Just know I always read, and love them. And I love you, girl! I hope you having a great day. โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐ŸŒธ

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    1. Thank you!!! Aren’t the mountians stunning?!
      No worries!! Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–
      Yeah, it was definintly a strange feeling not to have a house for so long! Thanks for your prayers.

      That bubble tea that Jehosheba had was kumquat flavored! Basically it is a really creamy tea that is delicious in and of itself, and then they add chewy tapioca bubbles at the bottom. It is AMAZING! You should totally try it sometime!
      I did a writing competitions hosted by the same people who did Crazy Writing Week. Except this one was only available to the people in the Young Writers Workshop program.
      Nooo so sad that you got six twice! That’s no fun. ๐Ÿ˜ข
      Hehe, yeah, I get that! I am doing NaNo this year gor the first time. It’s been a lot of fun!
      Aw, that makes me happy. ๐Ÿ’– Love you, too!

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  2. Wow! It sounds like a crazy month for you! I’m so sorry that things didn’t work out the way you wanted. I hope the rest of the moving process goes smoothly for you all!
    Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a great day despite the moving issues! lol, a propane torch? That’s hilarious!! It does make for some good memories, though!
    I hope that nano goes well for you! I haven’t ever participated, but it sounds like fun. I’m too busy to try this year… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I’m looking forward to the play I’m in in November, going to youth group, and spending time with my family, possibly going camping? Maybe I don’t know… we just bought an RV, so I hope we can use it again before it gets too cold.
    I hope you have a great day today, a great week, and an awesome month!
    -Haley

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    1. Yeah, it was crazy! Thank you!
      Haha, yep , the propane torch will be a favorite story in the future! ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Aw you should try NaNo next year. It’s really fun!
      Ooooh that is awesome! I hope you enjoy all of those things! ๐Ÿ‘

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  3. Sounds like your October was an interesting month. We got Covid in October, so that wasn’t much fun. What’s bubble tea? I’ve heard of it, but I still don’t know what it is. I’m looking forward to the National Bible Bee Competition this month; it’s only 8 days away!!! I do a NaNo alternative, the King’s Daughter’s Writing Camp, but because of Bible Bee, I’m not participating in this camp this round.

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    1. Ooo no! How are you all feeling now?
      Bubble tea is basically a really creamy tea with chewy tapioca balls (“bubbles “) in the bottom! Its really fun and delicious.
      Ahh that is wonderful! I hope that the Bible Bee competition goes well for you! ๐Ÿ’–
      Very cool. I’ve never heard of the King’s Daughter writing camp. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Hattush, I’m so glad that you finally got moved into your house! I know that’s such a relief ๐Ÿ˜Œ I hope that you can soon get settled into your bedrooms and personalize them. Those mountains are beautiful, and it must be so nice to be able to see that every day ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    Happy Birthday!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ‘ I didn’t realize you were so close to becoming an adult, but that’s super exciting!! It sounds like you had a very memorable time! ๐Ÿ˜„
    And happy birthday to Baruch!
    I’ve never had bubble tea, but I sounds delicious!
    My October was great! My mom had her birthday on the 15th, and a few days later, she left for WV to visit her parents for my grandpa’s birthday. They stayed together in a really nice little cabin for a few days.(They haven’t seen each other for several years.) While she was gone, I had to take charge of all her duties, which included laundry, cooking, and schoolwork with my “little” brother, plus my usual chores. I faired pretty well, except for when I burned the carrots and the chicken ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚ It actually all turned out pretty well with my work hours, because I’m not being scheduled very much. (That’s a different story.)
    The day my mom came back, my oldest sister got sick (not with covid). A few day later, my other sister got sick, and so on. And lastly, I got sick. But it was one of the mildest colds I’ve ever had, and I’m just about over it.
    Sadly, the place where I work had only been scheduling me for a very few hours a week, because I’m not available on the weekends. But then they chopped them even more, when they decided to be closed on one of the days I normally come in. ๐Ÿ˜• Seriously, I’m now down to only THREE HOURS a week! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Not complaining, but ๐Ÿ˜ฌ yeah, I’m planning on applying at another restaurant nearby to supplement. ๐Ÿ˜…
    So that’s something I’m looking forward to this month, as well as celebrating Thanksgiving!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. Yeees it has been such a relief to get moved in here! We are getting carpet put in today and hopefully we will be able to move in by the weekend! We will see.
      Thank you! The birthday was VERY memorable!
      You have tp try bubble tea sometime! It is THE BEST!!
      Ooo that’s fun! Being in charge of the house! I’m so glad that your mom was able to visit her parents!
      Yikes, being sick is no fun! Its always terrible to watch it spread through the family and know that your turn is coming!
      Noo, that’s frustrating! I hope you’re able to get more work!
      Do you have any Thanksgiving plans?

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  5. I love your updates! Beautiful photos, btw!
    Not having winter clothes available once the weather turned cold must have been really hard. I’m glad things finally got straightened out! Belated
    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Pastries sounds so delicious!
    My son made homemade milky bubble tea last summer it was delicious the first night, but not as good leftover.
    I’ve had another bubble tea at a cafe that was very different and also delicious. It is called sunset boba tea, I think. It is gluten free AND dairy free.

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