I think we rolled into Durham around... 1:00? Maybe a bit earlier, I can't remember! We checked out our place which looked a bit depressing with nothing in it. They also hadn't cleaned (carpets, vents, cabinets) quite as well as I would have hoped so I was feeling down about that. We went right to lunch at Bojangles here in Durham before we picked up the U-Haul and packed up our things from the shipping container to it. Guys. Bojangles is a religion here. Their fried chicken is SO good and I don't love fast food fried chicken (sorry, KFC) but it really is very good. They have these amazing little circular bites of happiness called "Botato rounds" and they're seriously amazing. I can't get enough of those things. And their biscuits? Delicious. Basically I love it there. Post lunch we: got the U-Haul, Zach + his brother Phil and some friends from the ward packed it at the shipping container while my mom and I ran to the grocery store to pick up some things like bug spray and dishwasher detergent, unpacked the U-Haul at the house, mom and I tried to start putting things away even though it seems pointless and that you'll live out of boxes for the rest of your life while Zach + Phil picked up a mattress from their place to bring here. Then we worked at the house for a bit before dropping off the U-Haul and heading to Phil + Laurel's for dinner. We were so excited to be all together (see below :))
The rest of my mama's stay was wonderful. She was THE biggest help I could've asked for. She was an angel and I feel so blessed that my mom is my best friend. I look up to her so much! Anyway, we ate yummy food, visited Duke and the American Tobacco campus, unpacked and by the time she left I felt a lot better about our new home. That doesn't mean I didn't break down into tears randomly throughout the next couple days because I missed her! It just means I know I'm the luckiest daughter to have her as my mom.
^^ ALSO, the COOLEST thing ever! There is a first edition copy of the Book of Mormon in the Duke Library. So one day we went to see it. You have to register but then you can go into a special room and hold it, read it and take pictures of it! It was a really neat experience. Shout out to the previous owner who drew a peacock in it?