Tuesday’s post is in the works, and I’ll get it up as soon as possible. Today’s photos are unedited, but hey – I’m doing this all on my phone! I’ll update them later 🙂
Upon waking, I immediately get to work. We won’t sleep in this apartment again and I need it as packed up as possible before we leave today. The girls get busy coloring. They do a lot of that these days. No complaints here – I love watching their progression.
With the car loaded as full as possible, we head out. The girls are both a little cranky – I think they are both excited, but also a little scared. It’s yet another transition – we’ve had so many.
We stop by CVS to pickup gift bags. Being the good Southerner I am, I brought homemade jelly as thank you gifts for the realtors, the attorney, and his paralegal. While I’m there I pick up matching hello kitty coloring books and new crayons. They will be destroyed quickly, I’m sure, but hopefully this will keep them busy during the closing.
We then drop books off at the library before heading to the house for our final final walk through. The house looks amazing. Perfect. Ours.
The girls don’t quite understand why we can’t stay there, but I try to explain that we will be back in just about an hour. Time means nothing when you are 2 and 4. E screams the whole way there – thank goodness it’s only a 5 minute drive instead of the 15-20 we normally have to go. When we get to the office for the closing we discover there’s a big box of toys – score! The girls are happy and content for a good 20 minutes – and then I bring out the surprise coloring books.
By the time we get to our(!) house, we realize none of our lunch food got packed and everyone is hungry. D takes the girls to the basement to play and I head to Trader Joes to pick up food. I park. Open my bag. Realize my wallet is in the other bag. Back at the house. So I head to the apartment to load up the car full of stuff from the freezer and fridge, and a random assortment of other stuff lying around. As I drive, I can’t help but fight back tears of relief. Relief that the last six months are behind us. Relief that we have found a place to really put down roots. Relief that this house we have found – our house – has a soul that already loves us as much as we love her.
Once it’s all unloaded back at the house, we all choose something to eat and D heads to rent a Uhaul van to fill up with mattresses and small pieces of furniture. I nurse E down for a nap and come out to find A away in imagination land. I take a moment to fill up the diffuser, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy the space. It has been a hell of ride, these last few months.
Around 4:30 we put it all aside and head outside. It’s time to play for a bit, and grill burgers. Dining al fresco tonight … And many more nights to come. We finish up the night like we usually do – bath, stories, bed. We are camping out on mattresses in the basement tonight – our furniture arrives tomorrow.
Once the girls fall asleep, D and I paint their room …. Potentially Purple is the color they chose. It is purple indeed. They will be so excited when they wake up!
Some time today A asked me, timidly, “Will we still be able to go to the same church Mama? And can we invite Luther over to play?” I assured her that we could do both – and then I realized she was terrified that with this move would be yet another change in roots. Because we have already begun to put down roots here … And the best thing about this house is that even though we are just barely moving in, it feels like we’ve lived here for ages, and that we are just now coming back after a really long vacation.
We already love you dearly sweet house. To the ones who owned you before: we promise to treat her right.