As you can imagine we're very good at moving by now. Darren and I have a rhythm that we slip into as the days count down to the big move. I sweep through the house and clean as I pack. I always start with the china because I love to take the time to wash each piece by hand and pack it myself with ridiculous amounts of newspaper to keep it safe. It would be much more practical to leave it boxed up all the time but then I wouldn't have the pleasure of opening the cabinet and seeing so much history on my shelves (I collect pieces from family and friends... I never turn down a piece of china!). I appreciate the way Darren handles the big stuff of the move, he gets things from here to there, making all of the arrangements. I especially appreciate the way he handles our furniture, making sure not to ding my old stuff (even though he jokes that it would probably only add to the value if he roughed it up a bit). I have an arts and crafts style library table that I love and would love to put it in an arts and crafts style bungalow someday. I also have a 1950's tanker-style teacher's desk that I think is fabulous. I rescued it from a dumpster so it has special value to me in that it was FREE! As you can see I really like desk and old school stuff (remember I'm that sicko that actually liked school). The kids get a little uneasy when we move, I'm sure it's disconcerting to see all the familiar stuff in your life packed up. The only fun thing about moving for them is playing in all the boxes. Why buy toys, right? We all know that kids love playing in boxes.
Jason is mulling over a big decision: which bedroom will he choose? How will he arrange his Legos? How will he survive without a bit of pink in his room.... just kidding, that's a perk for our boy, no more girl stuff in his room! And he can't wait to hit the hay without his chatty sister pestering him at bedtime. Cameron has no idea what's coming, this may be traumatic for her. She's comforted by having Jason in the same room at night and she may have trouble getting adjusted. We would put the baby in with her, but she's such a light sleeper that anything will wake her and then once she's awake it takes a long time to put her back down. Our life is definitely headed for some big changes, so stayed tuned to see what's next. New baby, a move, first year homeschooling... no problem!