WE MOVED!!! Let me back track a bit, though. Some crazy lady (I’m not naming any names) decided it would be a good idea to paint a house after closing and before moving in, while still having more packing to do than she realized. Sooo we pulled our first all-nighter since laboring for Greyson. No joke, we got back to our rental at 0600 Sunday morning after painting for approximately 18 hours (the boys were with MaMaw and Papi, thank God!). We got 3 hours of sleep and than began the moving process. A process than lasted for 4 days. You heard me right, 4 days?! I’m tired just thinking about it. I mentioned that said lady was crazy, didn’t I?!
I will say though, now that we are living here, we don’t regret the hard work! We may be wired differently than most, but we have both mentioned how calming the paint colors that we chose are. Every time we look at our kitchen, that remains green, our heart rates increase a little bit. Haha!
After packing for over three weeks, I thought that moving was going to be a breeze! It looked like we just had the big stuff and a few misc things to pack up on moving day. I think I packed up 4 boxes of misc things that day and plenty more that were hidden in various storage areas (I’m telling you that house had storage going for it!) Then there was the process of making the rental property adequate for the rental company, ie much better than it looked when we moved in. Like, we had to clean under the fridge?! Who does that. Ok, I am not talking about you, Mom. I am talking about average homemakers like myself and the rest of the world. We decided to hire out the majority of the cleaning and the lawncare because we were trying to get a little unpacking done at the new house at the same time.
Looks organized, right?!
This same crazy lady somehow thought it was possible to get settled before leaving on Friday for a family camping trip. (Yes, you read that right. Started 4 day moving process on Sunday, leave for camping trip on Friday.) AHHHHH! I’ll just tell you what you already know. We were nowhere close to settled before we left.
It was also great to reconnect with some of my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents! I only wish we had gotten a picture of everyone! My sweet grandparents were celebrating their 63rd anniversary. They made the sweetest speech, that had us all in tears. I know that their marriage has not always been easy, but I so appreaciate their perseverance. How awesome to be able to watch your children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren together?!
The boys had a blast playing in the dirt and at the beach, Henley thought Greyson needed a hand with his tricycle, and Greyson gave me some “Silly Lessons” in Nana and Papa’s camper. He said it was very useful information. Ha!
We stopped to visit my maternal grandparents on the way home. They also have a lot of years of marriage under their belt. I look forward to a friendship like theirs when Mark and I are old and gray. Except neither of my grandmother’s are very gray, so I may not be either. Ha! They have a beautiful farm and, with us being city dwellers, it is such a blessing to be able to take the boys to their farm. Growing up, we spent as much time as we could at my grandparents during the summer. I mean, they had a pool, a pond with a paddleboat, lots of space to run around and drive our gokart, and a tree house. What more could a kid ask for?! I honestly can’t remember the last time I was there in the summer, so this was a pretty nostalgic visit for me. The first floor laundry/half bath still smells of fresh laundry and is freezing (funny the things you remember, isn’t it?!) , the raccoons are still getting into the tree house, grandpa is still growing beautiful flowers, and grandma still has lots of pretty little breakables (I mean knick-knacks, ha!) I LOVE how much my grandparents enjoy my children. It is seriously the SWEETEST. Greyson said “I really liked our adventure today, Mommy.” Melt my Mama heart.
Poor Henley was a little cranky during our trip because, unbeknownst to me at the time, he had hand foot and mouth. He literally just had HFMD in March. Ugghhhh. He was not a happy camper (literally). We discovered that at this age Henley is combative rather than snuggly when he does not feel well. So basically he can never get sick again. Until this phase has passed, at least. ha! It was a relief to learn that it was due to illness. Greyson never really did the terrible two tantrum thing so I don’t know if we can deal.
As I am beginning to decorate our home, I am kinda freaking myself out with how much my style has changed already. I’m hoping it is just the fact that this is a different space and therefore looks better with some minor changes, and not that my design asthetic is really going to change every year. Our budget cannot keep up with that. I’m sure I will share more details in the future but this is one space where the changes are super evident. (The second photo is in our new home!)
When we got back from camping Greyson said “I really like our home, Mommy.” I replied with something along the lines of “I’m glad you like the new house, buddy.” He was quick to retort, “No, it’s our home now! You said it wrong, silly Mommy.” In spite of our never ending to do list and loads of unpacking left to be done, the little guy is right. This place does feel like home.
How has life been for you, lately?