Well the past week, the out door adventures and crafts and cooking all went quiet.... all due to the packing and organising for the new house took over. We collected the keys on Friday for our new home, and then it all became a blur....
We picked the keys up and took the girls to see their new home before dropping them off at a friends house who was watching them for the day, so mummy and daddy m could unpack the tv (Daddys pride and joy) and the kitchen stuff. Unfortunately Mummy got stuck in traffic, and was delayed, so another trip over during the night to unpack it all was needed. The van was also collected on Friday night as well as picking up Daddy Ms mate who was helping for the big move. S decided we weren't busy enough, so added an extra stress to the mix by doing a farewell drawing on the wall with another permanent marker....
Tips to getting it out is toothpaste on walls, hairspray on carpets and nail varnish remover on radiators!
The morning of moving day arrived, and Grandma and Grandad M was over first thing. Grandad was helping with the move, whilst Grandma took the girls out for the day, and night so we didn't have to worry about them. Poor Grandma had her hands full with S.
We got the first load loaded up very quickly as I had done most of the leg work in the previous week, packing all the boxes into the garage, so it was a straight chain of people from garage to van. And again was easily unpacked the other side as it was all just boxes. The 2nd load, I had a friend join us so we now had 5 of us to help. It was all the awkward pieces of furniture this time around. The guys started to pack the van up, but when they disappeared upstairs for a heavy item us ladies couldn't carry, we started to repack the van....TETRIS style... the guys were amazed at how much room we recreated and the van was packed from floor to ceiling without many spaces. It was needed with the hour commute between the houses, as this probably saved us 1 possibly 2 extra trips.
After this load was unpacked my friend and I stayed at the new house, and started to unpack some of the boxes, then rejoined the guys an hour later with ice creams, as they just finished loading the 3rd much smaller, but more fragile load. Whilst us ladies were in charge of collecting the cats up ready for their journey. They had been locked in the room for the day so they couldn't escape, and they were very nervous when we went in. When we picked them up for the cat boxes, Tiger, decided to squirt something from her rear end, which I can only describe as being skunked.... it stank... thankfully it only got the cat box. Jinxy was much easier to get in. After about 5 minutes in the car, one of the cats done the most smelliest poo ive known them to do, which must have omitted laughing gas, as both myself and my friend were in stitches for the next 10-15minutes. Then the other cat procedded to do another poo. GREAT!!
To make matters worse, I then missed my junction on the motorway as I was too busy talking, and the next junction was a lot further down the road. Albeit we arrived with an extra 10minutes to the travel time. Once the cats were let out, they were off exploring. And within an hour they were purring... they were happy.
Whilst we were in transit with the cats, the guys managed to break the dining room table. This had been on its last legs for a while, as its done many moves with us. But this was the only casualty of the whole move. And a new table was promptly bought on Sunday... how much do dining room tables cost??!! I was in shock... and still am.
After our moves in the past, food has always been an issue, its either bene to heavy and stodgy, meaning no one wants to move after, or if we ordered a takeaway, they got lost and arrived when we all wanted to go to bed. So this move was different. For lunch we got baguettes from the supermarket and some deli ham... was such an easy and filling lunch. Then for dinner we rewarded all our helpers with pulled pork and chippy chips. I had made the pulled pork on the Thursday in the slow cooker... this was such a great idea, and it all went.
We had one last mini trip over on the Sunday to pick up the garden furniture and the new dining room table, and we had it all. We couldn't have done it all so smoothly without the help from J, V or Grandma and Grandad. So a really big thank you!!!
Monday was the boring part of the house move.... cleaning the empty house ready for the new family to make it their home. Grandad watched the girls, again thank you!! But then a call to say his glasses broke whilst playing with the girls.... (oh no!!) and then the Sky man saying he was going to be early, meant Daddy got out of the cleaning. So Mummy cleaned a 3 storey, 6 bedroom house, in every cupboard, oven scrubbed, fridge and freezer defrosted and cleaned, and the cream carpet well and truly washed.... took 10 hours in total.
That makes it sound like it was filthy to start with, but once you add up all the rooms, cleaning skirting boards etc. it all adds up.
The keys were then handed back this afternoon (Wednesday) and I don't feel sad or sorry. It was the house that got us out from a our previous landlord who was a money pincher and finger pointer, and it made us realise what we want from a house. Downstairs living space, and just enough bedrooms upstairs.
Its still early days in our new home, but it already feels like home... but yes we do still have boxes in some rooms. We have a little reading nook (library) in a corner of our lounge, with a big open fire place, and very large playroom downstairs, and a huge kitchen diner. What more can we want? 4 good sized bedrooms.... yep its got that too... So big that S likes to sleep on the floor now she has the room to do it...and J has upgraded to a double bed....
And it even comes with its own 50meters long garden... but I will write about that another day.... that's another whole blog just there!! The girls are extremely happy here. J has already said she prefers it here. Both girls are actually playing, and not just sat in front of the tv, or they are running.... yes running around the house with excitement... only downside is the bird poo.... my car is covered in it!!! But that cant be a deal breaker....