Lessons Learned From Moving

  1. We have way too much stuff. De-cluttering is my friend.
  2. Maintenance cleaning is my friend. It will save a lot of time when it comes to cleaning when moving out of a rental.
  3. It is possible to find a house and get moved in in less than a month.
  4. When you find out you have to move, start packing right away.  De-clutter as you go along.  Be willing to part with as much as you can.
  5. You find out how helpful family and friends are. We could not have completed this move without good friends, our parents, and my sister and brother-in-law.
  6. Take time to rest. I have been way to tired with this move especially since I still worked my full-time house while moving.
  7. Local moves can be worse than long distance moves.  With long distance you have to be ready to move and have everything packed up, unlike a  local move where you can pack a box and move it.  Drags the process out way too much.
  8. God is faithful. He lead us to a great house that we were able to move into right away.  We are loving our new place even if it is the same size or smaller.  The way the house is laid out is great for us.  I love having larger bedrooms and a nice size living room.

Maternity Leave Over

I can’t believe my maternity leave is over and I have already been back to work for 2 weeks, though I have only worked 4 of the 6 shifts I was scheduled.

I think we have settled in pretty well being a family of 5. I really enjoyed my maternity leave this time, I didn’t have near the same money concerns this time (though money is really tight right now) and the transition wasn’t that bad.

Russ and I were able to work out a lot of routines while I was off, now to translate them to going back to work. It didn’t help that the first week back to work I ended up calling in twice because the whole family got sick. The doctor thought William might have menigitis so we were sent to the ER. It turns out he just had a high fever that was making him look bad. Two days later Tyler wakes me up with “My ear hurts” so back to the doctor with him and Daniel who wasn’t feeding well. Tyler had a double ear infection and she thought Daniel might have RSV. He tested negative for RSV, but still was a goobery mess of several days.

Happy New Year

We did get everything done with returning the rental car, except it took us almost twice as long as it should have to drive down to Lansing to return the rental car.  It was snowing pretty good when we left and it took us almost 2.5 hours to drive down (normally 1.5 hour trip).  The boys both did pretty good.  We split them up when we were in 2 cars, I did have to deal with a screaming boy for part of the trip especially since he didn’t have his brother to entertain him.

As I look back over the last few months I can see how God has been providing for us.  The van is already almost paid off and should be once I get the check for the remainder of the payoff from the insurance company from the credit union that held our loan, thanks to an unexpected gift.  Thank you.

2008 is definately looking up for us.  I am starting to very clearly see some areas of my life that need some work and already have plans to work on them.  So of them I have already started doing.

I do have a list of things I want to work on this year.  I wouldn’t call them “resulutions,” but rather goals.

  • Daily or near daily Bible reading and prayer.  I would say I do pray daily, but my Bible study has really been lacking over the last few years and I know that is something that needs to change.  I really stuggle to know what to read and need to have a “plan” to follow.  I am just going to concentrate on reading through the New Testament this year.
  • De-clutter my house.  Russ is saying how the clutter is driving him nuts.  We both really need to work on it.  Moving last summer really opened our eyes to how much “stuff” we have and how most of it we don’t even use and haven’t used in years.  I am planning on making good use of the van to haul stuff away from here.  May make my first of many stops for the new year to Goodwill today.  We really need to get the garage cleaned out so that we can park the van in there, especially since my uncle came and picked up the lawnmower so we could get the van in there.
  • Get myself in better physical shape.  Enough said.
  • Budget and save money.  We wouldn’t have had half the struggles we have had over the last few years if we had been following those steps.  For our  wedding anniversary my mom gave us Your Money Map, by Howard Dayton.  Stop number one — live on a budget and have $1,000 emergency savings.  That is my goal (and I dare say Russ’ as well) and should be possible long before the end of the year.
  • Relationship building.  I see some relationships that need a lot of work right now.

I am liking my house

Ok, that may seem like a weird title for a blog, but it is true. I am liking my house right now because it is close to being clean! For those who have been over to my house you know I am not the best housekeeper. There are usually several piles laying around and clutter on the floor. It is not anything like the homes you see on BBC’s How Clean is Your House?, but it can be pretty embarrassing.

This weekend my mother in law is coming up to visit us and bringing the cousins, Abby and Miriam (5&3).  Tyler is so excited that his cousins are coming to visit him.   He keeps thinking they are coming today.  I think we are all looking forward to them coming.

Since they are coming I have been in cleaning mode and wanting to take care of some messes, I have been trying to get to for a while.  Today the office got mostly done.  I have to finish a couple more areas, before my mother in law can sleep in here and so I can get into the closet, but I have to wait for my mom to bring me some parts to the filing cabinet she gave us to be able to move things so I can get into the closet.  I did get a good start on switching out the adult winter/summer clothes.  I had done the boys a while ago.

We also went and got a bags for our vacuum cleaner today.  I don’t think we had changed that bag since we moved.  It needed to be done as the vacuum had lost suction and the bag was almost overflowing. It was nice to vacuum with a properly working vacuum today.

I am working the next 2 days, so not much more will get done.  Friday I want to vacuum upstairs and the living-room and finish picking up what I can.  The house will be mostly clean for them.  I really need to keep working at flying, like the Flylady.  If I can just get those habits going, my house really would be in good shape.  Lets see if I can keep doing a good job picking up after myself this weekend and beyond.

I am having a really hard time staying off Ravelry, a really awesome knitting and crochet website.  My mother in law also has an invite coming, looks like she will have it before the weekend is over.  If you are on Ravelry, my name is mipennsn, my basic Internet handle.

Projects Started

Russ and I have been busy the last 2 days working on the garage.  One of the projects on my last post.  It has been beautiful weather for the boys to play outside while we are working and to get the work done.  I probably should have taken some before and after pictures.  Our camera is still MIA (still haven’t given the room I think it is in a GOOD cleaning), but I did take a picture of the garage with my phone.Garage
As you can still it still needs some work, but it is getting much closer to being able to get the car in.

I have been also organizing my craft/sewing stuff as we have been finding the boxes in the garage.  I have one more tub to unpack and put away.  It is nice to have an area that I can just dedicate to storage of that stuff.  Since I had the space I decided to hang most of my fabric on hangers.  It should be easy to find fabric when I need it.  Now to get started on those pesky sewing projects.  I already have a drawer full of fabric scraps that are large enough to be used some way and a bag full of too small scraps.

Tomorrow still a lot going on — playgroup, class at work, and Tyler is starting Cubbies at my mom’s church.  I am not sure how much cleaning we will get done, since the day is already pretty full.  Russ might get some done while the boys and I are at playgroup.