Hey! Remember me?
Yeah, it’s been a while. I know. Things have been a little crazy hectic here. But we finally got everything moved out of the old house and into our new home (and the garage and shed). No, we aren’t actually unpacked yet… but I’m making slow progress.
We have our computer/crafting nook set up. Which, let’s face it, is of prime importance in this family – and I’d suspect many more others than will admit to it. The girl has already been busy at work both on the computer and sitting at her own little craft station, making all sorts of things.
The girl’s bedroom is MOSTLY set up. For now her mattress is on the floor and she does have some boxes still that need unpacking. She has usable space though, and her clothes are all accessible in her closet. So I’m happy with where we’re at there (for now).
We moved in our little antique “three bears” kitchen table and chairs yesterday so finally got to use them. If you remember way back when, I blogged about them when we first bought them. 🙂 They’re super cute, but I’ll be honest… while their style fit in perfectly at our old place? They don’t match quite as well here. So I’m open for suggestions on how to paint/stain/refinish them to help them blend a little better in a European kitchen.
Our bedroom is partially put together. Still a long way to go in here… but we have a bed, a closet, and a tv (as well as a butt load of boxes). I know it will come together yet, but yeah. Our room isn’t exactly the priority.
The bathroom requires some work… new tub, new vanity, new counter top, new light fixture(s), new floor. Honestly? I think the only things I’m okay with keeping are the toilet and the sink. So we’ve definitely got our work cut out for us in there.
So yeah… exhausted. But I am slowly putting things together.
Damon had taken the last two weeks off to help pack up the old place, move, and get started on the unpacking. Today was his first day back at work. It feels kinda odd not having him around. I’d gotten used to it.
Today was also the first day I used my new key fob for our alarm system. I’ve never had an alarm system, so it does take some getting used to. Gotta get in the habit of pushing those buttons when I’m supposed to. LOL
Today the girl had her school photo retakes too. And yes, I’m sure this one will turn out MUCH better. She was just too darn busy playing with her friends in line to want to bother with the picture last time. Where today it was just her in the room, so it went much easier.
Further, today marks the International Day of Remembrance. A couple years ago I had organized a candlelight vigil down at the memorial bandshell beside the North Saskatchewan River. This year I’ll mark it quietly at home with my family. And I do ask that those of you who aren’t doing something en mass do the same. Just take a moment to remember all those amazing people who lost their lives simply for having the courage to live authentically. It is simply not right that so very many *trans women and men are murdered EVERY YEAR for being themselves. It is so beyond a time for change. Some Women have penises, and some Men have a vagina – get over it. People should not have to die because they don’t fit into some other persons idea of what “man” or “woman” means. My *trans sisters and brothers are incredible, strong, brave, compassionate individuals and they should not have to fear for their safety every time they leave their homes. So yes, if you do nothing else, take a few minutes out of your day to remember the many, many men and women who have been brutally murdered for the crime of being who they genuinely are.
The big move is only four sleeps away. The girl says she’s excited about it, and I believe her… but I know she’s feeling some anxiety too – even if it’s below the surface. The way she’s cuddling in extra tight at night, and has been keeping me awake (even though she’s fast asleep herself) the last few nights tells a very clear story.
We are all excited… but it’s tough to leave your home behind. For the girl, this is the only home she’s ever known. For us “grown ups”, it’s the longest either one of us has ever lived in one place. Nine and a half years isn’t so easy a thing to shrug off.
All the anxiety and stress though? I have a feeling it will melt away once we walk in the front door of our new house. After all, we wouldn’t have chosen it if it hadn’t felt like home the minute we had walked in the first time we viewed it. And it did. It really did. So I know we’re leaving behind a home we love, but we’re gaining a home that I think we’ll come to love even more. 🙂
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been relatively stressed and eager to share. This blog is really where I go to hash out things I’m concerned about, to put dreams into reality, to work out problems, to find ideas, and just to get stuff off my chest. So not sharing THIS? That’s been really freakin’ tough.
Yep, what you see above is the MLS listing for our new house. We signed off on the conditions on Friday. It was a little stressful there for a bit… see, we’d sold our house in less than a day (with multiple offers) LAST Friday. So waiting for financing and the home inspection so we could officially call this place ours? Yeah. Stressful.
We love our crappy little house. We really do. But the girl is ready for her own bedroom, and well, as much as I hated to admit it, we’ve outgrown it. 620 square feet is fine for a couple, or even for a family of three when the third is still tiny. But Lily-Ann is ready for her own space… and that’s not going to change. Thankfully, many of the things we love about our home we’ll still have in the new place.
Our lot will still be a double lot, in fact, we’re adding a couple of feet. LOL Our current lot is 50×122, our new lot is 50×124. 😉 And while we’re gaining over 400 square feet of space inside, the house itself is still really cozy, cute, and cottage-like. We’re also still in the same neighbourhood – which I love so very much. And get this! We’re going from having a seven block walk to school to a two block walk. How fabulous is that???
We’ve got a ton of work ahead of us. We’ve lived here nine years, so that’s a whole lot of life that needs to be boxed up. And right during my busiest crafting season (which I’m not thrilled about). So this year we may end up having to purchase a lot of our Halloween costumes and accessories instead of having home sewn/made ones. But that’s a relatively little sacrifice.
Our possession date is November 10th, and we hand over the keys for this place on the 15th. That gives us four days to move house and clean up before we have to be out of here for good. I’m going to miss this place. Yeah, I know. It’s falling down around us. Heck, the recommendation was to tear it down and build a new place when we bought it – even back then we purchased it for the land value. LOL But it’s seen us through a lot. It’ll be weird seeing it torn down. I’ll have to take a bunch of pictures after we’re all boxed up… to remember all those little details I put into it. I’ll have a new canvas now, a new place for my murals and inspirations. The girl is already cooking up all sorts of projects for her room, and I’ll only be too happy to oblige. And… I have to admit, my wheels are turning already too. 🙂
This house is going to be amazing. It really is. I’m so looking forward to spending the next phase of our lives there. It’s going to be great!
Big thanks to Chris Craik (http://hallmarkrealty.ca/agentdir=3831/index.html) for all his help in finding the perfect place for us, and selling ours so darn quickly. As well as to Sandra Scheiss (www.leadingedgebrokers.com) and associates for landing us our new mortgage, even when we weren’t sure it would be possible. Only one step left, and that’s to send everything to the lawyers – which, after everything else, is definitely the easy part.