Expat Life

The One Where We Finally Move

I know it has only been a little over three months since we found out we’d be moving, but it’s felt like 1,000 years longer than that. Especially the parts where Cory was going to London without us for weeks at a time. That sucked.

But we’re all here now, safe and sound in London. The milk tastes weird and I can’t always figure out which way I’m supposed to look before crossing the street, but we’re adjusting quickly. More of these sort of “first observations” will have to be shared on another post because I need to play a little catch-up first.

We moved on Thursday last week. It started like any other day with Lexie heading off to school and me trying to do last minute laundry before we left Andrea’s house. Then we drove over to the house to see it one last time. I still have to try not to get mad when I think about all that time we wasted with our first buyers, but we have had a lot of interest in it after putting it back on the market, so we are hopeful that will all be taken care of in the next couple of months!

The One Where We Finally Move

My parents came in town, along with my grandmother and our puppy, to spend the day with us before we left and then take us to the airport. We went to Jason’s Deli for lunch and then ran around town running last minute errands before we headed over to Eagleville to pick Lexie up from school. She’s technically missing her last few days, but as you’d guess, she’s not too upset about it.

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There was one last thing I had to do before we left – say goodbye to my chickens. Mom went along with me, partially for moral support. The girls are going to be just fine – they’ve got a great place to free range and a safe pen and coop for nighttime. I’m not worried about them, I’ll just miss them pretty terribly for awhile. Hopefully they’ll still remember me when we go visit next summer!

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Our plane was scheduled to leave at 6:45, so we got to the airport at 4:30. Saying goodbye wasn’t easy. There were too many for one day – our house, my truck, friends, the chickens, my puppy, and family. It was a very busy, very emotional day, so when we finally made it through security and settled into the lounge before our flight, I did feel some relief. Besides the house situation, we were leaving with everything on our list checked off. That felt pretty darn good.

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While we were waiting in the Delta lounge, we noticed multiple people asking these two guys to take a picture. Since this was the Nashville airport, logically I would have assumed they were country music stars, except that they didn’t look a bit like country singers. Turns out it was Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara from Top Gear on the History channel. It figures that the one time I actually run into someone famous that I wouldn’t even know who they were. Rutledge even sat directly behind me on the airplane to Atlanta. That was probably my one opportunity to rub shoulders with a famous person and it was wasted because I watch shows on Bravo and USA instead of the smart people channels.

On the bright side, for both of our flights over to London we got to ride in business class! Coach is always our mode of travel, so this was a real treat. Especially for Lexie who nearly fell out of her giant seat in excitement when she saw the personal televisions and discovered that her chair didn’t lean back, but instead moved forward into its own little cocoon when she wanted to go to sleep. I have never wanted a flight to drag on longer than its projected time until this trip. Suddenly seven hours just didn’t seem like long enough to experience this part of our journey. But of course, as all the good things do, it flew by.

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One fancy dinner, Silver Linings Playbook, a four hour nap, and a french toast breakfast later, we were in London. We arrived a little before noon (London-time) on Friday. Cory ordered a driver to take us to our temporary flat since we didn’t want the hassle of getting on and off the tube with 400 pounds of luggage. When we arrived, it was cold and rainy, just as I expected, but nothing could have ruined our excitement on Friday. After fourteen years of living in the States, I was finally overseas again!

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  • Kerry
    July 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Gosh how exciting!! You are so brave Sarah Kate, to move internationally and with a child in tow! I admire your courage. Saying goodbye to everyone and everything can’t have been easy :(

    I am looking forward to hearing all about your adventures in London now…xoxo

  • Shaylynn
    June 7, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    I love this, the adventure of it all, but I frowned excessively at the goodbying of the chickens.

  • Jen Mc
    May 31, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Glad you made it safe and sound! Hope you are settling in. Hugs

  • Alyx
    May 30, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Glad you made it safely!! And business class, huh?! Not too shabby!! Hope all the adjusting is going well!

  • Connie Weiss
    May 30, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    I’m so glad that you’ve found a way to connect to the internet and update us on your trip!

    So excited to see more.

  • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    May 29, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I just want to cry…with excitement and so much sadness in saying good bye! But I am so happy that you got to check everything off your list and that you made it there safely. I cannot even imagine what is going through Lexie’s head as she takes everything in! Cannot wait to hear more!!! xo

  • Diana Bockus
    May 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM


  • Emmymom
    May 29, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Oh I love Top Gear, totally would have known who they were :) hehe

    And yea you made it!! What an emotional/exciting day that must have been. I totally want to fly business class now too, that looks awesome!

    So excited to hear about things over there.

  • Joyce Fetter
    May 29, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    So glad I just discovered your blog so I can relive our days in London. Best of luck settling in!

  • Marie
    May 29, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Yes, when you’re loved there are an awful lot of goodbye’s. Glad you got to travel like the fancy people :) you are world travelers now so I guess it’s fitting.

    Can’t wait to read about you all settling in. And the food.

  • Nicole
    May 29, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Hooray Hooray, it’s finally here!!! I’m sure there are lots of things you’re going to miss about TN, but there are going to be SO many wonderful and amazing things you’ll experience in London! I can’t wait to hear all about EVERYTHING!!

  • Jo
    May 29, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Welcome to this side of the world! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures in the UK!

  • Stacie Stamper
    May 29, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Love the story telling in pictures! So exciting!

  • Mrs. Match
    May 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Welcome to your new home! I can’t wait for London stories.your flight sounds amazing! Way to arrive in style!

  • Jamie Sefcik
    May 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Glad you guys made it there safe! And don’t worry, Bravo is my guilty pleasure! Ha :)

  • stephanie
    May 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    sooooo excited for y’all! I cannot wait to keep up with your overseas adventures!

  • Erin P
    May 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    So excited for you!! Looking forward to reading about all your adventures…especially over the next 6 weeks! ;)