Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Our past few weeks have been filled with adventures, which lead me to taking a break from blogging last week. Let me fill you in.
About a year ago, we started talking about looking for a home. After a few twists, turns, and much discussion we did something I always said we wouldn’t do. We started looking for a house in the small town in Michigan where I grew up. It was a slow process. We looked at dozens of homes over many months, and nothing seemed to be a good fit. Then in June, we found what we had been searching for.
At the end of July we were in Chicago when we got the call that the house was going to be ours and that we should start packing. We had one week to box up everything in our possession. We had originally planned on doing a truck load in early August and then coming back after our family vacation to do a final load. But when we reserved a U-haul, I noticed that the reservation was for five days. So we did something crazy.
With the assistance of our family, we loaded up our home and drove the U-haul up to Michigan. We unloaded it and then drove the five hours back to Chicago the following day. The next day we loaded it up with every last thing we owned and drove back to Michigan.
Then came the part where my husband and daughter are saints. We then drove back to Chicago and slept in an empty apartment for a weekend on an air mattress, so that I could take my ACE Health Coach certification exam. When I sat in that testing room and went to hit the submit button, I was incredibly nervous. What if we took that trip and stayed in that empty apartment and I had to tell them I failed?! Fortunately, I passed with flying colors and it was totally worth it.
For the next two weeks we lived out of suitcases on vacation and then at my parent’s house for another. A week ago Monday we signed the papers on our house and immediately went to our new home. We compared paint colors, and spent the next six days painting and prepping.
Yesterday, we finally began unloading all of our stuff and the home began to feel like home. We still have a lot of work ahead of us. There are to do lists that run about a mile long. Fall work in NYC is right around the corner. We still will be traveling to Chicago monthly to visit family and for work obligations. And there is still so much to unpack! But for right now, we are just going to enjoy the view.
How was your weekend? Any packing/unpacking tips to keep us sane?