They lived with Victoria, Betsy, and I (Lola wasn't born yet) for a few weeks until they found an apartment. We swam, laughed, ate, and enjoyed communal living with extended family. We all got hooked on HBO's Deadwood together, and we ate at Chuy's every chance we got. Once they moved into their own apartment, we didn't see them quite as much, but we were still together all the time.
About a year later, they were married. It was bittersweet, because while the marriage added permanence, at about the same time I found out that I was being transferred away from Austin. Permanence for me was destroyed.
While we were away, both Troy and Kristin had a son Osby, and we had Lola. Two and a half years passed, and I found out that my company was transferring me back to Austin, except we didn't get to enjoy even the thought for very long. Before we could relocate, I was laid off and our dream of getting back to Austin seemed distant again. The economy was weak, and jobs were hard to find.
Fortunately, job growth in Austin is strong. As of today, I have a very strong lead on an Austin job. A professional network contact referred me after a long discussion, I've interviewed extensively with the company's contracted recruiter, and today I found out I will have an extended on-site interview this Monday.
Coincidentally, we were already planning a trip to Austin to attend an Independence Day party being hosted by Troy and Kristin, and to spend the rest of the long weekend with them. Having a long weekend visit with a strong possibility of a permanent move in the background will be just a tiny taste of what it will feel like to move back to Austin and be close to Troy, Kristin, and Osby. It's very exciting. I'm looking forward to the weekend, and many weekends after that.