I FINALLY have internet!!! Actually, I've had it since last Thursday, however, the router password in the manual did not work. After four attempts of communication with tech support for Comcast, a guy asked me to look on the back of the router for the password, not the one in the book. Hello! It worked! I'm online and as happy as can be!
Here's Doug signing his life away again...
Not that I wasn't already happy, happy, happy! We are in the middle of one delightful huge mess! Good news: We’re IN!!! We’ve taken possession! All is wonderful in the “Now, the home is ours and the bank Department! Bad news: We aren’t moving the furniture into the home, other than the essentials and beds, until the floors have been redone. The carpet and floors will be installed next week, so it was silly to move it in for three or four days and then have to move it out because we will spend Friday and Saturday pulling up carpets throughout the entire home. BUT!! We are working out little hineys off to get things ready for carpet! More about that tomorrow. First...Here’s a few highlights of the weekend. It was quite the weekend, to say the least.
We closed on Wednesday, with an agreement that the seller’s children would move everything out by Saturday evening at 8PM. I really didn’t think that it would take that long but they literally took the entire weekend. They didn’t come, for the most part, until after work each evening. So, on the first night, we just went back to Alan and Jill’s to sleep.
The second night, Doug slept at the house so that he could get to bed immediately as we were finishing up, since he had to get up at 3:55. It saved him an hour of driving time and gave him a little extra sleep. As we were about to leave, Doug was already asleep on a sofa here in the home. We couldn’t find Go-Go anywhere. We were 20 minutes late for picking up Quayd from work and had searched everywhere, whispering, “Go-Go, let’s go for a ride!”, which always sends him into a frenzy of excitement. Nada. We finally left, all three of us girls in tears, horrified that he was lost out in the cold. HOWEVER. Go-Go never wanders. I told the girls that he was probably asleep with Dad and didn’t want to get up. Then, I prayed all night long that I was right.
I couldn’t sleep for worrying about Go-Go and had left my phone with Doug as an alarm. His charger and every dock in the house was still lost in a sea of boxes in the garage and his phone was dead.. There was no way to communicate and ask at 4AM. So, we were up and back at the house at 6:45. It was one happy reunion when we opened the door and found a frightened G0-Go who’d spent the last two hours alone in a strange place, wondering if we were going to return. He yelped and cried, literally, for fifteen minutes. I wished I’d caught it on video. The girls were crying. I was crying. All was well! The dogs have finally relaxed after a few days of being here, but when they hear the car keys or see me get my shoes on, they are right with me, not wanting to be left behind.
There was no school on Friday. The kids helped me all day, while the seller’s family were more present throughout that day. I unpacked the kitchen and tried to stay out of their way. It was a very interesting experience to witness. Out of respect for their privacy, I will simply say that there were a lot of chiefs and the father/owner was not aware of a lot that was going on. Our relationship, however, after four days of “sharing the house”, ended with a parting of hugs in all directions. I’m certain that we will see our sweet new friend again. My entire family has totally fallen in love with him!
Doug had to work Saturday, as well. So, we got him to bed at 8:30 and the kids were all so exhausted, they decided to go to bed too, on Friday night. They are sleeping in rooms with only a bed and their clothes on their backs. I stayed up late and put away the rest of the kitchen. (There’s still a lot missing, but it will come in slowly while the floors are being done. This move has been a living NIGHTMARE, but it will be over soon and we will have plenty of stories to last us the rest of our lives!!)
When Grace woke up, Saturday morning, she walked into the kitchen, saw the “put together” kitchen, looking like we had been here for years, and her tears began to fall. “We’re home.” It makes me tear up just thinking about it. This chaos has been rough on the kids. Quayd is having a really rough time of it. I’d bought some cold cereal. He asked why I’d bought that brand and said, “This reminds me of when I lived that “previous life” and I’d sneak and get food, then I’d get spanked for it.” I wanted to cry. The whole move has brought up a lot of his early childhood experiences because he’s felt such security throughout the years in our old home. I am anxious to get his room back together soon (after sheetrocking and paint), so that he can feel “home” again.
Later, during the evening, the kids were chasing each other through the “circle” of rooms in the house, like little kids. My sister-in-law, Jill commented that it was good to see them happy and laughing like that. It’s been hard. They’ve been wonderful helpers and are trying to be cheerful, but this chaos has been so hard. They’ve asked several times, “Can’t we all just live with Uncle Alan and Aunt Jill instead of move.” We’ve had a blast with Alan and Jill. I was in tears as I unpacked the kitchen alone that night. I was overwhelmed with gratitude to them for all that they’ve done. They’ve been our biggest blessing through this entire move! We, literally, could not have done this without them!
Anyway… a funny, and I’ll stop. I’ve got so much to do, I can’t begin to
describe. Every room has wallpaper needing to be removed and painting to replace it before carpets are installed.
SO. On Friday night, we’d brought enough boxes in to finally reach the beds in the garage and bring them in. Denise, Alan and Jill were all here helping. Alan replaced all of the locks in the home. Jill and I were looking for a new range at Lowes. (We’re redoing a bit of the kitchen now… not pre-planned, but the timing is right.) The girls were taking a break at the mall (it’s so close!) to hit Bath and Body Works for some new wallflowers. Denise offered to run and pick them up and grab a charger for Doug’s phone from her house. (TWO minutes away!!!!)
We were downstairs in ZJ’s room assembling her bed. Quayd brought our new bishop and his wife downstairs. They came into the mess and we were all gathered in the hall looking at their crazy rooms (which we discovered florescent blue walls under the wallpaper.) The girls and Denise came back from the mall and bounced down the stairs. Denise calls out, as she’s walking up to the “crowd”, “I’m back! Let’s go to bed!” I said, “Denise, I’d like you to meet our new Bishop and his wife. I have never seen anyone turn so red so quickly in my life!” We all busted out laughing. She was mortified. A bit later, we were upstairs in the den visiting. Bishop asked how we knew each other. We explained that we’d been neighbors almost thirty years ago and have been like sisters ever since. I said, “Oh, I could tell you stories for hours!” Bishop responded, “And now, tonight, you have a new one to add!” Again, she blushed Beet Red! It was a riot! Poor Nisey, she’s dying still at the thought of it!
It was a crazy busy weekend. We attended church and were well fed spiritually. This ward is amazing. The lessons, I want to record each week so that I can listen to them over and over. The people are wonderful and friendly. We feel so welcome and more than accepted already. The girls had “New Beginnings” on Sunday night and I was amazed at the decorations. Again, our theme is about being “anchored” in Christ. Oh my gosh, they built a ship in the Relief Society room. It was awesome! The girls are loving their new leaders. The young women in the ward are not as involved as they were in our old ward. The girls are hoping to see more activity in their new friends. It will be a fun transition.
We are so happy! I can’t say it enough. I've cried so many happy tears in the last two days! Now that the rough part of the move is over, it’s time for the fun! We can finally turn this house into our home! It's been a busy two days. We've made some serious progress in preparation for all that has to be done. So, no pix yet. But, I’m taking plenty of the progress as it takes place to share later! Life is good! Live it joyfully!