I am trying to be patient with the process, especially since rushing through building a house is NEVER a good thing, but it's not cheap to live in temporary housing when there are 6 people (like, it's more than our current mortgage!).
In the meantime, we've been packing like crazy...and yet it looks like we've still got SO MUCH LEFT to do! Summer vacation is always a challenge in keeping up with cleaning and such so adding that into the mix isn't helping. However, adding 2 hours to my day (that I don't have to spend driving back and forth to school) makes me feel like it's possible. It's not going to be pretty, but it will get done.
The hardest part is making a decision about every ever-loving thing! Everything has to go through the test - will I use it in the next 6 months? If yes, it goes into the apartment. If no, it goes into storage. There's not a lot of room for storage in a 3-bedroom apartment (although this one does have a garage, which is SWEET!). Unfortunately, we have too much CRAP.
Add into the mix the emotions that are running super high for all of us and it's a recipe for disaster. I am trying to tread lightly, with my own emotions and especially the kids. This is the only home they've ever known so it's hard for them. This is the house we built expecting to live here forever so it's hard for Greg and I, too.
It's just a house. A building. It doesn't really hold the memories - those are inside of us. At this point, it doesn't even look like our home anymore as there are boxes and bins everywhere. I even had our realtor send me the photos he took because I wanted to be able to remember each room as it was (and then I cried when I opened them!).
I cried the day our kitchen cabinets were installed (remember, I was pregnant with Nick at the time - crying was pretty much a daily occurrence). This is the photo that had me bawling like a baby today, though:
My kitchen. Sigh. I'm having a hard time picturing what my new kitchen will look like, but I can remember that this one was exactly the way I had pictured it in my mind. Best.day.EVER.
Now, on to a (slightly) bigger kitchen in a (slightly) bigger house.