T minus five days… We are counting down to the day of our move. After months of preparation, that day is finally coming. Tonight I sat down with the Hubs and made a list of final countdown items that need to take place before we all pack up and head out! This week may be as adventurous as the years to come. We have a lot on our plate. But forget this week for a moment. Here is what has been going on for the past few months.
After spending the past three months as a single mom, while my husband slaved away the busy season at his new job, we are finally reunited this week as we prepare to pack up and get the whole family moved to California.
As we do, in true Domestica fashion, it has been a wild ride to say the least!!
Since we rang in the New Year these are some of the events that have taken place….
|Cold Weather and a dusting of snow on the day of the move.|
|Sunshine and warmth in California!|
-Also in January we sold our home, “House #2”. It too was also a treacherous journey with a bunch of bumps and road blocks. Not a particularly fun experience, but so happy and grateful it is a done deal and out of our lives.
-January was also filled with home improvement projects. The kids helped me re-model the bathroom.
-February was wild for the hubs. He was working 16 hour days 6-7 days a week. It is now official he has completed his first busy season for a big four firm. It turns out had we moved down the same time as him, we wouldn't have been able to see each other much anyway! He was working in San Francisco, staying in a hotel most of the time and was crazy busy!
-The hubs made it home to Idaho the first weekend of February to celebrate our sweet little Tino’s first Birthday!! Happy Birthday Tino! We love you so!!
|My cutie pie!|
-Also in February we chopped down our giant Elm tree in our front yard. As silly as it may seem we were so sad to see it go. Our kids love to play on the tree, and it has been a wonderful provider of shade to our home. But the age of the tree was showing and it wasn't a healthy tree. I cringed with every wind storm and after removing the tree we saw how risky the situation could have been. The tree was splitting and was beginning to rot from the inside out.
|60 Year old Elm|
|Kids enjoying the shade one last time.|
|One last climb|
|Looking for bugs!|
|Down she goes!|
|The tree guys were awesome at geometry and not hitting our house!!|
-At the end of February I had a graceful dive as I was attempting to get my daughter her backpack as she was running to the bus. I slipped on a broom that was on our porch (Lil’ Miss had been sweeping up sawdust from our tree). I landed falling wrong on my left foot, with a pop. I somehow managed to not drop the baby and pick myself up and get my kids on the bus. I had a wide eyed audience of a bus full of kids as I hobbled back into the house. After a couple x-rays the doctors were still unable to determine if it was a fracture or a sprain. Treatment was the same, wear the boot! And so I did.
-In fear of not being able to get everything done the hubs was able to take a leave of absence for a week first week of March and came home to help me around the house. As unfortunate it is to be injured, it was a blessing in disguise. Physically and mentally we all needed Daddy to come home for a little while. I needed a break from the kids. My foot needed a break from me pushing my limits. And the hubs needed a break from the crazy work schedule he had been slaving away at. And we all needed each other!!
-In the middle of March we had a massive yard sale. The kids went to Grandma and Grandpa’s, my sister and friend Erin helped me pull it off as I hobbled around in my boot. It was an awesome success. We got rid of loads of stuff!! Even with donating two huge truck loads to the thrift store we still brought in over $1000, including a few big items I had sold through Craigslist and a local Buy, Sell, Trade site on Facebook.
-At the end of March the hubs wanted me to have a break from the kids while they were on Spring Break. Since we are moving out of state away from family we thought it might be a long time before we have family near to help with our kids and they rallied around as we pawned them off between their grandparents and aunts and uncles, they were well taken care of and I got a nice retreat vacation.
I was able to visit our kid’s new schools, do some shopping at the mall and Ikea (which I never do), take a quick trip to the beach, and go on several dates with my husband (another rare treat). This little trip was the first and last time I will ever be “vacationing” in our RV. I enjoyed it while it lasted. I can hardly imagine our next jaunt will be a vacation in our RV.
|I can't wait to live so close to the Ocean!|
-And now we are in April. The majority of our stuff has been sifted and sorted we have some final packing to do, but over all we are as ready as we can be. We still have a trailer load to take around to family members who are taking some of our stuff, a load for the auction, and an additional trip to the thrift store and we will be on our way. RV life here we come!
After mapping out the week there are several things still to do. Lil’Miss is turning six next week and after watching several YouTube videos on how to make Barbie princess cake’s she is just sure that is perfect cake for her birthday. So in the morning I will give my feeble attempt at pulling it together. Lil’Miss wants me to video tape making the cake, just like she has seen on YouTube. She has even worked on a few lines, “Hi guys, this is how we make a Barbie cake!” Oh boy!! What have I gotten myself into!
We impromptu decided to buy an enclosed trailer after we found out that Uhaul’s options aren't going to work for our situation. So that is on the agenda this week as well. Hopefully one of the trailers we looked out over the weekend works out! And we may even buy a new car for the Hubs this week too. We are crazy!
There you have it. Our lives over the past few months in a nutshell. Again!
Happily packing up and moving to California to live in an RV!! Wish us luck!!! More details to follow how we got to this crazy decision! :)