Sunday, January 26, 2014

Moving In

We have a (rental) house! And we are moved in!  Now if I could get the kids bedroom and the playroom organized, fixed up and tidy we'd  be all set!

It's nice to be in a bigger place with more room, but I really hate the toy explosion and the crap explosion.  I know that most of it IS stuff that we use, but it generally feels like things that we don't need.  Just stuff everywhere!  And I haven't figured out where to put it yet.  And when I do put it away somewhere, it gets pulled out like 5 minutes later!.  It is pretty annoying.  This annoyance goes back to the idea that maybe I should have purged everything before we moved except what we got for Christmas and Fred's birthday.  

I think once we get used to the house and really have everything figured out to where it goes it will be nice to be here.  


I have never moved across country before this move, and for whatever reason I did not research it.  Part of it was a certain amount of naivety on my part and part of it was that it completely didn't occur to me that it was something I should have researched.  

So here's my list of things that I should have done:

1.  I wish we had sold/donated all of our stuff as if we were going to be living in a ridiculously small 2 bed room apartment.  I did clean out (diaper) several boxes of toys and got rid of quite a bit of baby stuff, but it still won't be enough.  The garage stuff now has no where to go and there really isn't much of a need for it either.  I knew that we should have sold the weight stuff, but I guess I was hoping that there would be garage here, and at least at the places we've looked garages are a rarity.  I do realize that if we had gone farther into the suburbs, we would have garages, but the commute would have been too long.

2. I over-packed.  I should have limited everything that the kids and Ib  would need to two suitcases.  Instead we had three big suitcases and several carry-ons.  It was a bit silly.

3. Speaking of the plane trip: I should have had one carry-on for the kids total.  I had to much stuff and it was difficult to keep up with it.  And they were happy with one toy and they did a great job of sleeping on the plane.  

4.  I should have shipped the cats separately from us.  My dad was keeping them and I'm sure that the cats would have been fine going as cargo once we got settled into our permanent address.  With extra cost of a larger rental car and the annoyance of carrying them through the airport, I would have spent the same amount of money just to ship them.  It's been nice having them here, but the majority of the time outside cat is starting to lose her mind with being cooped up inside the apartment. 

5.  I would have done better at finding property to look at.  Overall, I did okay, but I feel that the pretty unicorn of cheap and big enough is still out there.  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Some Pictures

We've been to a lot of parks. 

We've also been looking at a few different houses for a permanent place to live.  This part has been both fun and frustrating.  Fun because I love looking at different houses and trying to picture me, my family, and all of our stuff in one.  However, it has been frustrating because we have a lot of stuff and houses in our preferred commute zone and school level are much smaller than we are used to.  In hindsight, I wish that we had sold/donated almost all of our furniture and stuff back in Atlanta.  We have found at least three candidates that are really good and two that would be adequate if the first three don't work out.  We have put an application in on two of the three and will hopefully hear back in a few days.  The Seattle rental market is tough/tight and it's really tight since winter is not when sane people move.  Hopefully, we'll be in a place for a longer term than just a year.  

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Not dead

But the blog sure is.

It's not really a New Year's Resolution to work on this again, more like really committing to the time and writing and publishing what is going on.  Again, it is hard because as soon as I go near the computer, Fred starts crying.  And yes I know that most people would tell me to suck it up and let him cry, but at least for me it doesn't work that way.  I do when it is really important to use the computer.

At any rate, we've moved!!!  We're no longer in the Atlanta suburbs but have moved out to Seattle for a new job with Amazon.  Yay!  (or something).  I know that I was the one who pushed Matt into to taking the job, not that he really needed the pushing but needed the reassurance that it would be okay.  It will be, but again right now is stressful.

I should probably detail it out, but honestly it has been an adventure with hopefully a good outcome maybe not all of the treasure in world like Bilbo, but a positive outcome.  The kids have mostly seemed to adjusted to the time shift and that is good.  The first night they went to bed at 9pm Seattle time and woke up 3;30 Seattle time, so not enough sleep and then they were cranky.  But I think that they're finally on the right time.  Thank goodness!

I have pictures and will post them soon.  I think once I get settled into a real house with my stuff, I will either start to love Seattle or I'll have a really strong episode of homesickness.  I was sad when we drove to the Atlanta airport, and I had to tell myself that I can do this.  Once we got here (after the day of travel) it's been fine.  Mostly.  Thursday, I got my car back and I re-did my presets on the radio.  I almost cried over that, it makes it seem so much realer than just having the kids and even the cats here.  It's acknowledging that it is unlikely that my car will go back to Atlanta, and certainly not anytime soon.  I know that we'll visit every year, but still it won't be the same.

Let's not let this die again.