Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Moving Madness

I hate moving. I hate the packing, the planning, the apartment hunting, and well, everything.

You wouldn't guess it as we move just about every other day. But I hate it. And actually, every other day is a slight exaggeration (only slight), but since Will and I were married three and a half years ago, we have packed and moved five times... and are currently getting ready for our sixth.

Ugh.

We are trying to be happy about it. Will has been offered promotions with his company in West Texas for about 6 months now, but we keep turning them down as we do not want to move to West Texas. I'm not too keen on rattlesnakes and tornadoes. We don't particularly like living in Austin, either, and have been talking seriously about moving since we got here about two years ago. However, we certainly didn't think when we moved it would be to Abilene.

But off we go. We finally decided he needs the promotion right now and that his career is more important than my fear of being bitten by a rattlesnake or sucked into a tornado. And besides, it will only be a year in West Texas before we can move back and figure out where to go from there (I'm debating whether we should even bother unpacking!!).

Gracie is able to put on a happy face for a silly picture, but in the real world she is really upset by all the talk of moving. My whole family is in Austin and we get together as often as humanly possible and more. This apartment is all that she remembers living in and the idea of a "better apartment, just like the little girl in the moving book" just pisses her off.

It certainly doesn't help any that we have to pack and move out in under a month. She just sits back watching us pack up her toys and clothes and scowls, saying, "I'm not going to move to a bigger and better house. I'm going to live in Austin, Texas."

Luckily, Annelie is too young to figure out what is going on and the packing boxes are just a whole lot of fun for her. She is a climber and now she has a jungle gym all over the whole apartment.

I'm trying to lessen the blow of moving, by letting the girls have wonderful picnics filled with their favorite lunches and dinner. It certainly makes my life easier and the picnic amongst the boxes is Gracie's favorite part of the day.

The meal of choice seems to consistently be a hot dog octopus sitting in a Ramen noodle ocean filled with bagged veggie fish. Part of me is completely ashamed (that would be the organic loving, cooking meals from scratch part) but the other part of me thinks that I am just preparing them for the cheap and easy crap they will eat once they get to college (yay, for Ramen). Its good to be prepared, right?

Kinda gross. But the girls are happy.

So my artwork is being packed. I will still have my shop open for the next few weeks, but wont be starting any new projects or working on any commissions. I hope all goes nice and smoothly and as painlessly as possible... but you never know when it comes to moving day!!

14 comments:

Winklepots said...

We do hot dog octopi too! Peri loves them. :o) She grabs the tops and says, "Octopus, squish squish."

Beat Black said...

that octopus IS kinds gross but I've never seen a hot dog like that before and I think I'd like to try it out. I'm an organic loving, cook from scratch kinda gal too but I need to make that octopus!

blazedanielle said...

Oh I wish you the best of luck with the move. What crazy business! And I hope Gracie isn't too sad. I still remember how sad I was when we cut down our big tree in the front yard. But I got over it!

I love the octopus hotdogs! I make those for the girls I nanny! A bit silly, but it always brings many smiles!! :)

johanna said...

they are adorable! when i was little i liked to play in boxes too :) lol

Rosebud Collection said...

I have to admit, I hate moving and packing..My heart goes out to you..
The pictures of the girls are so sweet and they are having a good time..I wish you the best on your new adventure..

Marie said...

I was really hoping you would move to Houston! I'm not even sure where Abilene is...I hate moving too. We've been married for 7 years and have moved 5 times and getting ready for our 6th move-not fun with kids at all, so I totally understand!

Denise Felton said...

Okay, I do care about the stress of moving on you and your precious little ones and all. Really I do. But I accidentally got captivated by the photos. I love the quilt SO HARD. And the octopus idea is so brilliant that I'm tempted to make one for my 18-year-old daughter.

Leah said...

Sorry you have to move, I hate moving too! But hopefully the promotion will be worth it. :)

Nikki said...

Moving is for sure not fun! I'm going to have to make and Hot Dog Octopus, he would love it!

Candice said...

I love the hot dog octopus, what a cute idea!!

The Smug Cat said...

When we were moving, my cat would creep into the half-filled boxes & sleep amongst the bubble wrap. I used to worry I would accidently tape him in there!

Angie said...

Cute! :)

Janna said...

Oh, I feel for you! We moved from Maryland to Arkansas when Zach was 3 and before I got pregnant with Lane. Zach handled it quite well. Once you get there, you may be surprised how well Gracie does.

One tip I found for moving that was so helpful: make address labels with names of each of the rooms on them. Put one on each upper right or each upper left corner of every box. Then when you unload, each box can immediately be carried to its final room before unpacking. Then make one box that has in it tools for assembling any furniture (beds) and sheets and a few towels and any favorite toys or other items the kids will REALLY want. We marked our tool/sheet/towel box with a big duct tape x on each side. That box can easily be found as soon as you get there so you can make beds, take showers, and comfort your kids. Good luck with your move!

Janna said...

Oh, and your kids are, as usual, very adorable!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...