And what a week it has been...we were able to start moving items into the garage on Monday night, but couldn't get into the house until Wednesday. And we absolutely had to everything out and cleaned by Friday at 8am. Needless to say, it was a stressful and exhausting week. I took Wednesday off, as well as Thursday afternoon, and I supervised the movers who came to take care of the big, heavy stuff. I can say, with certainty, I would never want to be a mover by profession. Ugh. What a job!
We had help from family and friends, and somehow, managed to get the job done. Ava and I did our final walkthrough of the old house on Thursday night around 9pm. It was bittersweet...we're looking forward to starting a new chapter in our lives, but there were a lot of memories that kept flashing through my mind as we did that walkthrough. Looking in Ava's room, I was remembering bringing her home from the hospital...walking through the backyard, I was thinking about watching her play in the grass as a baby, as well as having family and friends over for bonfires. And even though I don't cook much, there were so many memories in the kitchen. It became a bit overwhelming and Ava tried her very best to cheer me up when I started to cry. So, we turned off all the lights, locked the door, and walked away from 235 Douglas St E for the last time.
And into our new house in Inver Grove. And all of the boxes...everywhere! But, with a bit of time to focus, we've got almost the entire main floor unpacked...just need to organize the food and the bathroom, and we're done. It's a great layout, lots of room, and lovely views from the backyard (it bumps up to South Valley park - 93 acres of land and walking trails.) Not a bad place to stay for the next 4-5 months!
We also had our closing on our old house on Friday morning - their walkthrough went well on Friday morning, and they were already starting to move in on Friday (Scott drove by.) I hope they create as many good memories there as we did!
We're going to be able to recover for the next few months, and focus on building the new house. And Ava's 5th birthday. And still trying to whittle down our belongings - man, we have a lot of stuff! Scott will say he has some guns, some tools and clothes...and the rest is mine. :)
This weekend, Scott's going to focus on getting the garage in order, smoking a turkey, and being at home for a bit (he worked all day on Saturday.) And I am going to have a pedi and go shopping with a friend today...and keep on organizing! Despite the chilly, wet weather, we're going to make the best of this Memorial Day weekend!