Hello everyone. It's been so long that I actually forgot what you looked like. Now I remember! (You need a haircut.)
For the past few weeks we've been knee deep in boxes (pizza) and living in chaos getting ready to move into our new house. We bought a cute little house about 25 minutes north of San Luis Obispo which cost us exactly Twelve rupees and two donkeys. Wait a minute. No. That's what it would have cost if we'd moved next door to Jack and the Beanstalk. Instead we had pay US dollars.
After spending years watching twenty two year old couples on HGTV (with a combined income of $48,000) purchasing their first homes for $187,000 in the midwest, we decided the time had come for us to make the leap from renters to home owners. Unfortunately we don't live in South Carolina or Utah and therefore we couldn't afford a home at age twenty two. Instead we had to save and save and save (and save) which included living in a one bedroom apartment with a baby and then a small townhouse with two babies until we FINALLY saved up enough to buy a quaint three bedroom home.
Now for a quick side note- I have to share my love and gratitude for my husband who has worked so hard to make our dream of being homeowners come true. He was (and still is) supportive of my decision to quit working to be at home with my children even though having just one income meant putting off buying a home for a few more years. On top of living on one income (in a very expensive smallish town) we managed to save enough to buy our home completely on our own. Okay the bank helped. A lot. But my husband and I can both appreciate that the harder you work for something, the more you appreciate it. At least that's true in our case! So thank you husband. You are wonderful.
Okay! Let's get to the good stuff.
HOW TO MOVE WITH A TODDLER AND BABY (with pictures)
1. Calmly discuss the impending move with your children:
We sat down with Macy and Henry to explain when and where we were moving and what they could expect in the next few weeks. I create a graph showing exactly what the ratio of packing would be to emotional meltdowns while my husband did an interpretive dance called "Transitions" for Henry. You can tell they totally understood what was to come.
|And so, in conclusion, if you divide the number of moving boxes by the percent of quadratic equations you will see pi equals moving.|
|Henry is taking it well. He only needs all of his comfort objects around him while sitting in my lap 24/7.|
2. Utilize your exceptional organizing and multitasking skills to get more done at once.
|Hey Macy, can you keep an eye on Henry while mumsy finishes packing? Thaaaaanks. 'preciate it.|
2. Keep your (and your children's) energy up by eating nutritious, well prepared foods from each area of the food group.
|The Aspartame food group.|
3. Recharge your batteries by spending quality time with beloved friends.
|Clearly seeing her best buddy has restored Macy's spirits!|
|Oh. Um. Macy that's rude.|
4. Get rid of any furniture you don't want to move.
|Who needs a couch when you can spend two weeks sitting on a camp chair? I think the throw pillows really add a homey touch don't you?|
5. Before you leave, take a sentimental pictures of your "old" home. In fact, let your toddler take the picture!
|Henry will look back and remember his first home. On Mars.|
6. Load everything into your U-haul (or have your husband do that while you get iced coffee), move everything in and settle into your new home stress free!
|You can tell by his expression that he loves it here.|
|She's gone full quadriplegic.|
Thanks for reading my addition of how to move with a baby and toddler. Maybe I should start a moving company! The movers could be toddlers and the drivers could be babies. Wouldn't that be wacky!?
I need a coffee.
Adios! Until the next post.