A lot has happened in our lives and I'll blog about them one by one. Starting with the biggest news: we are moving to Illinois this summer! We will leave our humble abode--sniff sniff--and move to the humid mid-west.
What brings us to Illinois? Graduate school! Todd will be starting his PhD in Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are excited, and for many reasons.
First, Todd loves school and for the next 4-6 years he will be doing research in a field that he's interested in, with great people, and when he's finished he'll be done with school forever (unless he does a post-doc)! Second, fireflies. Third, the Orpheum science museum for kids (they have a lego club!). And fourth, we'll experience a new state, climate, radio stations, friends, and real life, i.e. living away from our parents. Now we have definitely loved living close to our parents--they are such a great blessing to us and we love them--but I think we'll grow a lot being away. It'll be good. And as my wise friend, Rachel, said, they're only a plane ride away.
So, we'll embark on this journey after a summer filled with fun. We look forward to cleaning out our mom's pantry, celebrating Henry's first birthday (among many family birthdays), a family reunion in Escalante, UT, and fireworks and family on the 4th.
Here are a few pictures of the U of I campus. Todd took these back in March when he visited the campus. I think it looks very charming.