I feel like it's been ages since I actually tried to string together something coherent to write here other than my monthly letters to the girls or some random dialogue describing some pictures. We've been in the throes of getting ready to move for what seems like forever. We closed on both our condo and our new house and since then have been in flux between the two places. In our new house we had the wood floors refinished, the carpets cleaned and the whole house cleaned by a crew of people armed with vinegar and rags. In the meantime we've been slowly moving things we don't want the movers to pack into the house as well. And yesterday we plunked some money down on a new Honda Odyssey. That's right--I'm officially going to be driving a van in 2 weeks.
I celebrated my 50th (!!!) birthday on June 3 with a few presents and birthday cookies. We'll ring in our 27th wedding anniversary on June 10. I fear these milestones are being lost in the shuffle though, with all this chaos.
And now we come to tonight--our last in our condo as a family. Tomorrow, Len will take the girls to school and then pick them up and settle into a hotel (with a pool!) for their last week of school. I'll be here with Bella as the movers come tomorrow morning to pack everything. Tuesday the movers return to load it all into the truck and then unpack it all at our new house. I'll then stay in our house and try to organize everything until I have to drive back to Chicago to pick up the girls on their last day of school Thursday. We'll all stay in the hotel for Thursday night and then the girls have their kindergarten graduation ceremony Friday morning in Oak Park. We'll all finally spend our first night together in our new home Friday night (on said 27th wedding anniversary).
It's been an exhausting several months as I've been doing the bulk of the driving back and forth between the two houses. Factoring in traffic and construction, I was logging upwards of 5-6 hours/day in the car by the time I dropped the girls at school, made it to the lake house, drove back to school and then drove home. I NEED A VACATION.
Alas, we had to cancel our annual FL vacation this year. With all of this moving I just couldn't imagine packing up again in 3 weeks time and leaving for a month.
Fortunately, our new house feels a bit like a vacation home. It's situated on 2 wooded acres and the lake is just up the road. We bought a catamaran from the previous owners so we're hoping to use that soon. They also left us a canoe, a kayak, and some fishing poles. I'm envisioning a summer of swimming, sailing, fishing and bike riding.
I'll be going blog-dark for a week or so until we are settled and have everything plugged back in. In the meantime, here are a few shots of where we are going. We seemed to have gone straight from a large city, skipped over the 'burbs and landed in the woods. It's really beautiful!
This is the catamaran we bought with the previous owners enjoying the lake.
I'm thinking this blog may turn into a home renovation blog of sorts. Coming from a condo that was new construction back into a home that has not seen work in a while, I fear I have enough to keep me busy until the girls graduate high school.
See you back here in a couple of weeks.