We have less than a week to go until moving day, and I will be so glad once it’s behind us!
We had a plan, to move to a house in the area where we used to live. We had plans with the landlord to rent the house and we had a moving day set and friends committed to help us move.
Then, Kevin found out about a job opportunity. It was in Kansas. It sounded like a great opportunity, and a great career move. So, not wanting to regret taking advantage of this opportunity, he applied for the job. Because we weren’t sure how those interviews would go, we didn’t feel that it was a good idea to sign a one year lease if it meant that we’d have to move in a month or two, so we let the landlord know, so that he could advertise his house to rent out. Needless to say, my daughter wasn’t happy at all about the idea of moving far away, from her friends and family. My son was ok with it as long as there was a WalMart and a Target where he could still buy his HotWheels and CARS toys. The only thing he said that he would miss, would be Cafe Yumm! I wasn’t all that thrilled with moving either as I also have friends and we have family here as well. Our sisters however, were a bit excited at the prospect of having us within driving distance (My sister is morning to Nebraska in less than a month, and Kevin’s sister lives in Texas). My concerns were mostly about making new friends, finding a new church, homeschooling groups, and affordable housing with a basement (I have no desire to be in “Tornado Alley” without a basement), and how we would move across the country with our cats (one would for certain need to be tranquillized as she won’t get into a carrier).
So this week, on Tuesday morning, the kids and I took Kevin to the airport to see him off to a possibly new future for us. He hadn’t flown in at least 7 years, so this was his first time going through the TSA’s scanner. He was cleared, however the full tube of toothpaste he had in his carry-on did was not. The TSA agent brought me the offensive toothpaste and announced to everyone, that no more than 3 OZ was allowed. Then, an elderly couple took it upon themselves to lecture me, the non-flyer, about the rules of flying and how all of those are on the internet. Um, I’m sorry folks, but I didn’t pack his bag! Save your lecture for the people who are putting their shoes and belts back on.
While Kevin was in Kansas, I spent the time looking for an apartment for us to live in while we were figuring out if we were staying or going. Apartments are small, and nearly cost as much as a house rent-wise. Especially when you add the rental of a storage unit. The benefit of an apartment is that you can rent it from month to month (though in some cases, that arrangement will cost an extra $100 per month). The kids and I went to one of our malls. My daughter decided to get her ears pierced again, which lifted her spirits a bit. On Wednesday, we went to see a movie, and on Thursday, we worked on packing more of out things.
After the interviews, Kevin really didn’t feel that this particular job would be a good fit for him or our family, so we decided that we will stay here in Oregon. He contacted the landlord to see if the house that we had planned to move to was still available. It is! So our plans to move into it on Wednesday are moving on as if there was never any interruption.
Most likely, my next post will be after moving day (and after the looooooong nap I hope to take afterword).