Saturday, May 31, 2008

Remind me not to do this again any time soon!

I'm back!

Insanity reached peak levels this week with our massive move. I didn't even have the presence of mind to take pictures of the TWO moving trucks (and two PODS) because my sole job was to direct traffic and keep children constructively occupied while packing frantically (is that a sole job? Hmmm). Maybe it's good not to remember that.

We are exhausted, but we are in. We finally have internet, so I'm sensing things will be getting back to normal quite soon! Granted, my definition of "normal" may not be what yours is.

Here's my favorite place of our new house: a huge linen closet, which kept the little girls happy for most of the moving day (which is such an oxymoron. As if you can move in a day. Ha ha.)The paint and carpet were done, but we had major problems getting phone and internet service (and we are only 15 miles from a large city - what's up with that?).

To make things even more fun, we had delays. You know, cat pooping on the bedspread, can't find the phone cord, kitchen sink's backed up, what do you know, termites ate the closet floor. Those sorts of delays.

Then there were remodeling issues, which were supposed to be finished (I'm a pitiful optimist!) before we moved in. The biggest delay was the windows. They were over a week late, and then only two of the four I ordered arrived. Apparently the manufacturer had the other two windows made at a different factory. In Pennsylvania. I will never understand these people. All four are exactly alike. Just how is that more efficient?

But the kids' bedroom windows are in, so I'm thankful for that. Here's Neal's-13 prison cell room, before:

And now (still waiting on sills):
I'll have more pics of this week, which coincided with the second-to-last week of school and every bit of the craziness that entails, plus 30 miles. And some before and after during pics of the things which actually DID get (mostly) done, in spite of it all.

But first, more boxes.

Just do the next thing, right?


Susanne said...

One step at a time!

That is just bizarre about two of the windows being made somewhere else.

I cannot believe the difference those windows make in Neal's room. And look at the view. Just beautiful. Looks like you are well on your way to making that house a home!

Kelly said...

The window is fabulous... and with such a cool linen closet you may "lose" your girls for hours at a time... what a fun place to play! They are going to be so sad to see actual linens stored in there:-)

Can't wait to see pictures of the rest of the house and transformation. Blessings!

Julie said...

I love the difference the window change out made!
What a great "play house" for the girls! Too bad linens will probably fill it up!

Laura said...

Slow and steady wins the race as I like to say!

Can't wait to see more pictures, the window is fantastic!


Marian said...

You're there! Keep at it. You're moving in a positive direction now, building up your new home, instead of polishing and deconstructing your old one.

The window looks great!
I love the pic of the girls in the closet. I bet that'll be a good one to bring back the sights, sounds, excitement and emotions of that day for them.

GranolaGirl said...

So glad you're back! GOOD LUCK and thanks for the update... wish I lived closer so I could take your kids out for ice cream and give you a break.

Unknown said...

I love the huge linen closet!!

Way to hang in there!!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Little by little, it will all get done. Of course, I'm speaking as someone who has vowed to never move again. :)

The windows in Neil's room look wonderful! I love big windows -- they change the whole feel of a room.

katherine said...

hang in there! it will be "home" in no time!

Raquel said...

oh i totally feel your joy/pain right now we are in the midst of it as we speak.......

Jen said...

You are going to have one big long summer vacation lady. I'm glad you are in though. Enjoy.

Les & Sweetie Berry said...

Praying that peace and order fills your home once again, but more than that..that joy and times together are so very blessed in your home and a hedge of protection around all of you as you complete the work.

Laura said...

How exciting! You guys are going to love it there!!

Glad you are moved in. Praying for endurance and perseverance to get it all unpacked and put away!

Julie said...

You poor thing. If I lived closer I'd come on over and help you unload a few boxes. Of course, that would make 10 kids under foot so I'm not sure how much help that would actually be.

The window and room looked great. It will all be worth it in the end. Hang in there and take a nap (ha ha) when you can.


Tammi said...

We just moved too and I feel your pain. This was our 7th move in 5 years and OH MY GOSH I'm ready to just stop it already. Haha!

That's weird about the windows, who does that?! I hope you get them soon.

Unknown said...

Uh, yeah.

I've been dealing with last month of school busy-ness and I can't even imagine moving on top of that. Wow.

Dimple Queen said...

First of all, I had not been by here in a couple weeks, but it seems as if that was ok!!! I had not missed a thing! Well, in blog sense that is!

I am glad the move is going....well....okay, good! I love the pic of the girls in the linen closet....looks like too much fun!

My hubby would have killed the cat though!!!!

Fun times....moving and all....well, maybe to some!

Brenda said...

What a difference those windows made! Wow. And I don't even know what to say about the yellow and orange. Yellow can get away from you if you aren't careful, but the orange trim is just over the top.

I love the picture of the girls in the linen closet. Too bad you have to put stuff in there soon.

Enjoy your new house!