Miekka: April 2011 Archives


Well, it's 2:30 in the morning and I can't sleep, so I guess I'll update everyone on what's been going on lately.

On March 29, we signed the papers that turned our house over to the new owners.  We had a few more days after that to get all of our stuff out.  We decided that since we didn't know where we are going to end up that we would use portable storage units.  We didn't want to have to pack and unpack into a regular storage unit and then pack and unpack again when found the right place.  The units came and they seemed so small that I had no idea how we were going to get all of our stuff into them.  We had a packing party on Saturday the 26th and got nearly everything we owned into the two units.  It was a packing miracle.  Luckily, we decided to take our mattress with us or we never would have gotten everything in. 

On Friday, April 1st we carted what was left over to my parent's house, cleaned the house, and locked the door for the last time.  We had the kids with us and tried to take a family picture in the empty space, but of course the batteries were dead in the camera.  James took a few snap shots on his iphone, maybe I can post them later.  We were both trying not to get too emotional about leaving our home of the last ten years.  I mean we brought home all three of our babies to that house and we worked so hard to get it looking nice, it was really hard to say goodbye.  James drove home with the kids in the van and they played a game called "Who did what in that house?"  The kids, apparently, thought it was great.  I wish I had an audio recording of them playing it, since I was driving the other car and didn't get to hear them. 

We are now semi-comfortably installed at my parent's house.  The kids are all together in the guest bedroom and James and I are sleeping on our mattress on the floor of the loft.  My mom and dad have worked really hard to get us enough space and storage so we don't feel like we are all living on top of each other.  It's taken us this whole week to kind of wind down and get back some sense of normalcy.  We've had a lot of late/interrupted nights and early mornings.

The kids love being here. (For those of you who have never been to my parent's house or haven't been for the past few years, you might not know that my sister bought the house I grew up in and my parent's built a new house in the back yard on top of the huge 3 car garage/shop they built several years ago. (Did that make sense?))  Anyway, the two houses are just a few steps from each other and the kids have had a great time playing with their cousins, jumping on the trampoline, and running around in the backyard.  Luckily, Marrisse and I timed things pretty well and my kids each have a cousin nearly the same age to play with.  (If only Sophie, who is Seth's age, had been a boy it would have been beyond perfect.  Luckily, they still get along pretty well even though Sophie likes all sorts of yucky girl things.) 

Living here has really made both James and I want to find a house here in Draper, but everything with even a few of the things we'd like to have in a house is way out of our price range.  (Dang hoity-toity, expensive Draper!)  Needless to say, we still haven't found a house we love yet and we are starting to get antsy about it.  Our main dilemma is that if we can't find something then we are going to build, but we don't know when to say, "Ok, let's stop looking and just build what we want."  I mean what if the perfect house comes onto the market the day after we are locked in with the builders!!  This is the kind of thinking that gets us in trouble.  Neither James nor I are especially good at making any sort of major decisions.  It took us 5 years of waffling back and forth to finally decide to sell our old house.  We have serious decision making issues!  We keep hoping that the perfect solution will appear magically, or that we will get some seriously good vibes about building, or something like that!  I keep saying, "Let's give it one more week", but one more week of looking means one more week of waiting if we end up building.  It's a tough spot to be in. 

It seems like I've been writing forever and not really saying anything.  I guess I better try and get some sleep.  I'll just finish by saying that even though we currently don't have a home of our own, we are very blessed to have such a great family that is willing to put up with us for as long as we need them to.  Thanks Mom and Dad!!