However, each move can bring interesting moments, funny incidents, and challenging instances. This is my sixth move (if you count apartments, condos and homes I've lived in) and this is the fourth state I've lived in. Thankfully, this move has been the least stressful and the most well-coordinated I've experienced.
Here are a few highlights from our move that I thought were worth mentioning (and remembering for moaning and laughter's sake):
- Our movers hit a neighbor's mailbox, a lady who just moved in a week ago herself. Nice way to introduce yourself, eh? Excuse me, I'm your new pal across the street and your mailbox has been obliterated. (update: movers did fix it, thankfully)
- Another neighbor and his wife brought us beef stroganoff and pound cake on our second night in the house. It was so yummy! And I didn't have to worry about cooking!
- Vivian took a huge dump within an hour after we stepped foot in the house. I think it was her own special way of "christening" the home. ;-) (This is how she leaves her mark.)
- Our cat Sam jumped inside his crate, which was sitting on top of the dog's crate, around 4.a.m. on the second night there. It made Kirk and me both jump out of sleep! (I'm thinking about serving skinned cat for Thanksgiving!!)
- Our idiot dog Bono ran into the screen door when I called his name to come in from playing outside. It was hilarious! I wish I could have videoed it. (Me thinks we have the dumbest dog on the planet!!)
- Watching Vivian play by herself in her own room, a room big enough that she can actually have toys in. She seems so happy here, going around from room to room. When she's outside, she points at the plants and flowers and smells them. It's really great to see her like this. She hasn't had a real room or much space to play in since she was just six months old.
- Our dog ran out the front door when a neighbor came by to say hello. So instead of Kirk having a nice conversation with this lady, he had to chase Bono down the street and haul his furry butt back inside. (Add a side of barbecued dog to our upcoming Thanksgiving feast please!!)
- All of our gas/smoke detectors kept going off and beeping. It turns out we had a small gas leak. (update: We think the problem has been resolved.)
- Our movers all spoke English and one was even cute! (big differece from our previous moves!!)
- Nothing broke during the move (truly amazing!) And nothing seems to be missing, that we know of....
- Seeing our new neighbor, Bob, walk down his driveway with a beer in his hand at lunchtime. He looked embarassed and said to me, "Hey, it's the afternoon!" I laughed and replied, "Listen, I'm from south Louisiana, we drink at all times of the day. On Mardi Gras, we start at 8a.m." It turns out this man is our homeowners association president and is a great resource for anything we need to know about the house and neighborhood. (Oh yeah, I think I'm going to like Bob!)
- After unpacking, I realize I have somehow collected over twenty chip-clips and six pairs of kitchen scissors. How did that happen? (I wonder if these chip clips and scissors plan to start an army and take over our home?)
- Best thing about the house -- sitting on our back porch as a family, rocking in the patio chairs and enjoying quiet time.
(I love her face in the above photo. It looks like she wants to say... "Bring me my damn coffee, mom!" Hahaha!)
I'll post more house pictures at a later time. I am still working in various rooms and I don't want to photograph the rooms until all the boxes are gone and each item is put away.
I have a busy week ahead of me. We have family coming to visit us for Thanksgiving. So I have much cleaning and preparing to do. But I don't mind. After all, I have so much to be thankful for this year and I look forward to giving thanks with each new day. I will be blogging less for awhile but I will be enjoying life a lot more. In fact, I already am! Go out and enjoy your day too. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy your time with family and friends!!