Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It was time...to fly the coop.

After nothing short of an interesting closing at the bank on Friday, we were given the keys to our new house!
Friday was obviously a very busy day, moving everything from our storage unit to the garage, which is about as far as we thought we would get Friday night. Our main goal was to get to the back of the storage unit where our mattress was. We were gauging our progress on being able to sleep on our mattress that night (even if it was on the floor).

Little did we know that Ryan, Matt's boss, would almost single handedly move EVERYTHING from our storage unit to the U-Haul truck. Okay, well not quite. However, in less than 1 hour they had packed the entire 26 ft. U-Haul, just the two of them, in triple digit heat. Matt was back at the house by 4:15pm, and fresh blood had just arrived to help unload! As furniture started showing up in the living room I staked claim on our overstuffed chair with the ottoman, and proceeded to direct traffic with my swollen footsies propped up. By 5:15 when the Soderquist CEO showed up to help, there were 4 things left on the truck! Our crew redefined lightning speed.

Matt and I accomplished our goal: to sleep on our mattress, in our house on Friday night!

Saturday morning our friend Libby came over and finished unpacking the kitchen, which Jacob started Friday night. In less than 24 hours my kitchen was unpacked, organized, and our stellar Bosch dishwasher was (and still is) being put to the test. Saturday afternoon, more fresh blood came to help! Gary and Ken helped Matt assemble our bed, a challenge for even the most able bodied builder/craftsman type. Don't tell, but they did consult the directions. Meanwhile, Danielle and Missy brought boxes to me, in my chair, and I told them where everything went. We were even able to move our cars into their home, after making our last trip to the chicken coop for our final odds and ends.

In our house in Marion, we finally got around to hanging up all our artwork after our one year anniversary...the day before Matt was offered the job in AR. In an effort to a) get the last few boxes out of the living room and b) make this feel like home faster, we hung up artwork on Sunday night! (And, thanks to Gary or Missy for making what few toys we have, look like they are on display at a toy store!).

We are not quite done unpacking everything, but...we are further along than we ever anticipated.
And I do have one thing to pack...the hospital bag.

On behalf of Matt, me, Baby, and Mari (our midwife who was pretty adamant about me not overextending myself)
THANK YOU to the following wonderful folks - we couldn't have done it without you:
Ryan, Marikit, Stephen, Aaron, Ken, Chuck, Jacob, Danielle, Gary, Missy, and Libby.

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