On November 19th, 2012 we got the keys to our new house and made the big move! Well, it was just the first of many loads we decided to make with Dave’s uncle’s big trailer. We ended up doing the whole move with that trailer, except for the few extremely heavy items we had the professionals deal with. But on that day, there was just David and his mom, the dog and all the kids in the Expedition, towing the big trailer full of the items I had packed in the day before, which I deemed necessary for me to sustain life with the kids until Dave could make it back with more stuff in a few days. I was driving in the smaller vehicle, and got there before him, in order to videotape the Expedition arriving to the property. That was such an exciting moment!!! All of our hard work, stress and patience was leading up to this! Then the kids got out and saw the house and the land for the first time. They were a bit overwhelmed! But happy!
After we all went for a family walk with Django (our yellow lab puppy) around the property, we went inside and showed the kids all around the empty house. They loved it! What a high! I would say that this moving day ranked among the greatest days of our life as a family.
Then we unloaded the trailer, and just worked til after dark. Our wonderful neighbor Gloria (whose parents were the ones who built the house) came by to visit and brought us some fresh from the oven pumpkin cupcakes. What a great neighbor!!
After it was all unpacked, Dave went out and brought home Chinese take-out and a few groceries. Then we opened up some champagne (the one bottle I had brought home from my trip to France last June) and celebrated! I don’t have a ton of pics because we were so busy working. But here are a few from that momentous day, and a few other moving days following that one as well:
Our first night in the house, getting ready for dinner:
Here is Dave, getting ready to pop the champagne:
My beloved and I:
Me and my girls:
My sweet and helpful Mother-in-Law Sandy with baby Ben:
Here is the trailer moving the next load in a few days later:
The kids helped us carry in stuff:
Our living room:
Our dining room/kitchen area:
Here’s the master bedroom, where David’s dad helped move in the giant bedframe and put it back together for us! How marvelous to sleep in our own bed again:
In the finished walkout basement, there is a carpeted space that will be the older girls’ bedroom. David will be putting up a wall, door and closet. There is already a window in there:
Here is the walkout basement door:
Here is the long hard-floor open area in the basement. Down that direction there is a guest room, a full bath, and a full kitchen. Can’t wait to have get-togethers down here and do my food preserving too:
My basement kitchen:
Well, that’s all for now. Since these pics were taken, we’ve unpacked quite a bit and are starting to make the place shine a little. David is off work for the month of January, during which time we’ll get tons of stuff done around here, including finishing the girls’ room. I’ll document that stuff soon. Please stop by again to check out our progress! :)