We made our move. I am SO glad it's over! After saying I wouldn't lift a finger this time, I ended up packing 99% of our belongings and cleaning the apartment from top to bottom...It was a crazy move, we stayed at a hotel and then drove and then stayed at my in-laws. We were pleasantly surprised to see our new house, as we rented it sight unseen from craigslist. Luckily we know the neighborhood and have an idea of what duplexes look like around here, so it wasn't too risky.
Our new house is amazing!! By far it's the best place we've ever rented. I guess that comes with the fact it's the most we've ever spent on a place, too, but it's so worth it to be in a nice place with plenty of room. Our bathroom, can I just gush?? It's amazing. All new tiles, bath, toilet, vanity. Space to move, a built in linen closet right outside. SO MUCH better than our bathroom before with the running toilet, the shower whose knobs had fallen off, the gross glass door that was always dirty no matter how hard I scrubbed it.
And our kitchen, again, is amazing. Huge, tons of cabinets, you can fit more than one person and a garbage can in it. Our last kitchen was horrible! It was about four feet long with just enough space to stand in as long as you didn't have to open the dishwasher, oven, pantry, or refrigerator. Our new place has all new appliances that we had to actually take the tape off the doors!! And a gas stove! And one night Brendan and I were in there talking as he held Otis and I made dinner and we realized how great it was to be able to both be in one room without it feeling like we were stepping on each other. Ahhhhhh, room to spread.
Ingrid has been a handful but as we settle in she's been better. She was upset over all her stuff being packed up, so I made sure to get her room ready and unpack all her toys right away. It was like Christmas around here with her rediscovering things that had been in boxes for weeks! Her new favorite things, though, are the baby toys I'd packed up long long ago. Plastic rings, board books, and a walker cart are suddenly her best toys!
It's been a bit strange to have friends around again. We're so used to being pretty much alone that I forget that I can call up a friend and hang out! It's going to take some getting used to. I am just so so so so happy to be here!! We are here, we are staying, and we are finally able to live our lives and not be in that strange limbo we've been in for years! Hooray!