Things have been super crazy around the Nest lately. We are finally getting situtated here in Massachusetts. We had a great drive up. I enjoyed seeing the pretty yellow flowers in North Carolina, purple flowers in Pennsylvania, and rolling farmlands in Maryland.
My little guy was such a trooper in the car! In my perfect world, I would have sewn him a cute organizer in some awesome fabric, and activities would have been in some cute little container, perfectly organized. Reality is that we did what we always do. Our old DVD player that straps to the headrest went up (I usually stow it away in the nifty floorboard compartment), and I loaded up his Robot bag (which is a fabric bag that I made for library books) with crayons and a coloring book that he barely touched, some new books, and his stuffed animals he sleeps with.
I did a fairly good job of not letting him eat snacks and drink too many fluids all day long. We stopped for lunch, and stopped driving around dinner time each day. There were indoor pools at the hotels we stopped at, so he got some exercise.
Looking back on the whole packing/loading/unloading process, here’s what worked and didn’t work. We bought shrink wrap to protect our furniture, but didn’t use it enough. We had some furniture get damaged that we aren’t even sure how it happened. If we had wrapped it like we originally planned…..sigh. I guess I will be pinning wood repair tips later.
One idea from Pinterest that I wish I had implemented was this idea of having a “first day in the new place” tub. Things like toilet paper, cleaner, box cutters, trash bags, etc. would have been handy to have in one spot, rather than digging around. All my cleaning supplies were the last to go in the truck from cleaning our old apartment, so they weren’t hard to find, but somehow toilet paper was something I had to dig around for. Also, I will say that the $2 I spent on a little knife cutter was the best thing ever! I stowed it away in my purse so I had easy access to it. I’m still using it to break down boxes as we unpack.
Another great idea that I liked was using the trash bags for the clothes. I mentioned it in my previous post, Adventures in Moving. You can find it here. It was easy to pack, load, and hang up in the new place! I can’t imagine moving my clothes any other way in the future!
We moved all our stuff ourselves, it’s just too much money to hire movers for us. My husband’s brother volunteered to fly down and help us load and drive up. What an awesome guy, right?! It was a big help. Plus, we had a friend help us with the second half of the unload once we got here. We really needed the extra help for the final push. We are on the 2nd floor, and by the time he got here, we were beat! Another great helper!
I used an app on my phone to clock my steps. I walked 5.7 miles, approximately, 14,288 steps. I can do that in a day at work easy, but up and down stairs? By the third day, our muscles were starting to feel better… A jump in the brisk Sebago Lake of Maine helped a little.
Overall, we are happy to be here. Job chaos seems to be working itself out, and Caleb loves the new daycare. I’m thankful we arrived safely. We’ve only had a few unexpected bumps in the whole process, but they have been manageable.
There is still a lot of emotional turmoil going on with my daughters over the move. While one is being supportive and is excited to come visit, the other one has completely shut me out. You know a 14 year old is mad when they “unfriend” you on Facebook. I called and talked to her on the phone, and texted her about our plans/progress on the road. After about a week of no communication she sends me a novel of messages claiming that I hate her and that I need to stop talking to her.
It is very hard to deal with this, but I know that I can only do so much, and just pray about the rest. I have told her that she can unfollow me on social media. I still love her. I text her to let her know I’m thinking of her. I love her. I texted her to let her know what our plans were and what was going on because she has a right to know what state her mother is in at any given moment. I still love her. I let her know that I understand why she unfriended me. I get that it’s difficult to see me talk about things that are hard for her to handle. I will let her have her space. But I won’t stop texting her to let her know that I care about her. I love her. No matter what she says or does.
It’s hard, but God gives me strength. Life still goes on.
With boxes piled everywhere, it can be a little overwhelming to see all the work that needs to be done. No rush, so I’m not letting it get to me. I’m enjoying the new scenery and the beautiful weather!
I’m taking life one box at a time.