Last Saturday was Moving Day. That morning there was still STUFF everywhere...mostly in the kitchen, but random stuff that still needed to be put somewhere so we could haul it to the new house. I was standing in the kitchen, feeling extremely depressed, when it seemed all at once that Ted was home with the moving truck and 7 or 8 guys were with him, taking boxes away. I couldn't help but think, "Here comes the Cavalry! Hooray!" Just knowing those guys gave up a whole Saturday to help us in a time of crisis was such a blessing.
It was also wonderful to be able to drop our kids off--the older ones with Lyn and Kenna with Debi. I mostly stayed at the new house trying to sort out the kitchen, breaking to go pick up pizza for some very hungry men. It was a long day, but the guys managed to do it all in 2 trips. We were thankful we didn't have to pay for the truck for more than a day.
Sunday morning we had breakfast at McDonald's and leftover pizza for lunch. Kenna got a great nap while I did some grocery shopping, and then we dropped the kids off again so Ted and I could go back to the old house and pack the rest of the stuff that was left into the van and do some cleaning. This time the older 3 kids stayed with Adam and Laura and Kenna was again with Debi. It was nearing 7 p.m. when we finished at the old house, so we picked up KFC and ate dinner with the T family. Laura drove the kids and me back home while Ted drove a very packed minivan to the new house. Kenna did quite well, considering, and slept great both nights after I picked her up.
Monday morning Ted went back to the old house one last time--all he had to do was get the trash out for pickup and mop the tile floors. He met Dillon for the last time (whew) and did indeed get a check for $1000 as promised in our "cash for keys" agreement. Thank the Lord!
After a trip to Goodwill to make a rather large donation, Ted dropped by the T's house to get the minivan seats he had taken out the day before. The rest of the day was spent sorting and unpacking, kind of like most of this week has been spent. Ted returned to work on Tuesday, and I sorted all the books for our nice living room book shelves. Wednesday I did the school room shelves and lo and behold, there was peace and quiet in this house as every kid grabbed books and headed for a different part of the house.
So, we're getting there. I guess you could say the "big stuff" is done, meaning the kitchen and all the book shelves. Most of the furniture is also in the right place. However, there is much work left to do. My whole office, the bedrooms, the closets...sigh. Not to mention the decorating. The incredibly frustrating thing to me has been that regular chores don't stop!! We still need to eat and wear clean clothes!!
Ah, well. Eventually we'll truly be settled in. Then it'll be time to move again, I'm sure...