Monday, April 28, 2008

There's no turning back.

So, as you can see, my stuff is wrapped, packed, and ready to go. Tonight will be our very last in this house. It feels weird. But still, I'm happy. I think I am just pretty excited about our upcoming trip to another country.

As I sit here and type, I'm wondering too about whose internet waves I'm "riding" on. Since they turned off all of our connections, I am accessing the net remotely. (Thanks to my neighbors!)

The packers will be back for one final day tomorrow. And everything that isn't boxed, will get boxed. They have far surpassed my expectations for movers. Everything that they did, it seemed to me, that they did with care. And the boxes are well packed, and all of my items were not just thrown around. High fives to them, it's certainly appreciated.

I am going to head out for dinner now. But I wanted to post some pics. Oh and the one of Alexa, my sweet little darling, she wasn't afraid of the men whatsoever. In fact she made herself comfortable and wanted to help tape something closed. I love it! She's such a brave little thing!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Short timers...

As I sit here in my chair I realize that I only have about 6 more nights in my house. My first house. I'm really going to miss it. And the kitchen, because it is really nice and big. We still aren't leaving the country until June 14th. But with all the activity that's going on, it's real, and it's all happening right now. I'm awaiting the renters/possible buyers to show up today for a final walk-thru inspection of the house. Which that of course meant that I needed to clean.

I hate cleaning during the last minute. It makes me crazy. And don't get me started with the fact that there is no food in the house to eat. When I clean, I get hungry. And I can't do anything about it right now. My precious little bundle is fast asleep on my bed. Although after snapping these last photos, I realize that she isn't so little anymore.

But sweet, she is! She and her brother are taking very well to rooming together. Well, once they run themselves into utter exhaustion. It usually takes about an hour for them to go to sleep. They won't stop laughing. So we just let them. I mean, with the coming months I know that they are going to be side by side until we get into our new home. And that's going to be in July.

And that brings me back to packing our suitcases. The kids are done. Easy. But me, that's another task altogether. I did end up buying 1 more suitcase (as my carry-on ). But it is a full size (21 inch) bag. I think I'm going to need it. I've never had to live out of a suitcase for 2 months. This should prove to be quite the adventure. The movers will be here sometime Friday morning. THIS Friday. And I'm not ready for them yet. And then Eddie's birthday AND party are on Saturday. Oh man, the things I have yet to do.

Did I mention that I still have to learn a new language??? lol~ let me just throw that on top of the pile!ok, I have to run, I really shouldn't be blogging at all right now.

Ok, so just for fun, here are two of my most recent purchases:New car seat for Alexa. We plan to check this one since the two we have for her are insanely HEAVY! Not only is it cute, but it's a lot lighter, and it serves the purpose to travel. The nicest of the two we own will remain in the car

Ok, time to go! I have tons of things to do~~

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What goes around, comes around!

Mom, this is for you!

As I sit here typing out this blog post, I can hear my little monkeys running around. And it's 1:19 pm. They are both usually fast asleep at this time. Peacefully. Quietly sleeping. And right now that is the furthest thing from what is taking place at the moment. In my house. In their room. Eddie just asked me for help with the hammer. I'm not too worried, because I know that any real hammer is locked away in dh's tool box. (Lacka screams)I wonder, but still I sit here and type. No crying. Just a door opening and shutting.

The movers came this morning and diligently packed our things outside in the garage. Last night we tore through the house, very last minute as a matter of fact, and we threw everything out into the garage. Now these things are the ones that won't be going with us on our trip. So basically it was all the stuff that we stuck in the back of our closets, yet are still unable to part with. It's all going in storage for two years.

I bid it farewell in the driveway a few hours ago. Oh and Alexa's crib was part of the storage items. Now she is going to be sleeping in Eddie's room on a twin bed (mattress) on the floor. So today we tried out our first nap. It's not going well at all. In fact, it was a total loss. We are headed to the store in about half an hour. As soon as we get in the car, I know that they both will fall quickly to sleep.

Well, so far, they have ripped down the curtains in the bedroom (rod included). They have emptied out Eddie's 4 drawer dresser, and they have repeatedly been climbing onto the top of the table and jumped onto Eddie's bed, and then off to Alexa's bed.

Here are the kids in action:

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Friday, April 11, 2008

64 days and counting...

Until we take our 5 suitcases, 2 car seats, 1 stroller, 4 carry on bags, 2 children (neither of which are completely potty trained as of this posting) and board a plane for Chile. 64 days. That's not a whole lot of time to wrap things up here. And then again we have a WHOLE lot less time to say goodbye to our things. And one of those things being a living breathing animal.

In a sense I guess I should be feeling some amount of relief. Especially with the market being as terrible as it currently is. It's been a year long battle that we just did not win. We did manage to secure a renter. One who has a lot of potential to come through for us and eventually purchase our home. In the meantime, we will have someone live here and pay rent. We shall find out in about 10 months time. I will remain ever hopeful.

So like I said, we have a very short time span in which to vacate the premises. In 19 days we will be out of this house. The movers will come and turn our lives upside down. Or so it may seem to me. They will tear through here with their boxes and packing papers, some skillfully handling our belongings. Others may wisk through the process with speed and disregard for our personal items most of those having sweet memories attached to them. No matter how it's done, every last spec will be crammed into carboard, taped shut and loaded into a crate. Unfortunately I am told that an overseas move is not a speedy one. At least it won't be for our household things. I am to speculate on the amount of clothing that I and my two children will need. Both for summer here in Arizona, and for winter in Chile when we get there. Instead of packing for one climate, we need to think ahead for two.

My sweet darling kitty will also be in a temporary living situation. The wonderful people who will be moving in have agreed to take him in. As it turns out, the woman is a cat lover and my cat reminds her of a cat she used to have. Interesting thing that is. So, I know he will be in good hands. I will miss him terribly. I just feel that it is what is best for him and for us. I hate the thought of him having a cross continental flight in the belly of the plane, both there and back. I think that's a great amount of stress for him, and for me. Not to mention that we will be in a hotel for several weeks time. (also another stressor) With a cat we would have had to change hotels and find one that accepts pets. So now this way, we don't have to do that.

Also my Eddie turns 3 amidst the chaos! The movers will arrive one day before his big party and we will be packing, partying, and then packing some more. I can't even imagine what the kids and especially Eddie is going to think of all of this. My Aunt is coming in town to visit me and the family before we leave. So this too will be a nice visit for us all.

And one last thing. We are moving in with my parents. From May 1st until our plane takes off, we will effectively be homeless. But my loving parents have agreed to have us stay there. The best part about that is that the kids will get an overdose of the family. And the second best thing is that it will be FREE. I love FREE. Right now, we need to concentrate on saving as much as possible for the move. And my family is very close. Which is why we all agreed on it.

Anyway, dh comes home tomorrow. The chaos of the week and all of the things on the to-do list are closing in. I just need to try and enjoy the weekend. Devon left (in case I didn't mention my step-son's impromptu visit).Oh yeah...... and I'm losing my car on May 1st too. Dh is driving it to the port in San Diego and dropping it off to be shipped over as well.

All of our household goods, car included, will take 60-70 days to get there. Fun. Bring it on baby! Bring it on! Which also reminds me......back to my spanish lessons. I keep putting that off. lol~Oh yeah... here's a picture of Devon and Eddie from last night. Posing~

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