Everyone is always moaning about moving and how much they hate it.
I, ever the oddball, always enjoyed moving. Sure, it’s a lot of work, but it’s also a time of purging the corners and crevices and restarting. I like the challenge of finding new spaces for everything and reorganizing. It’s a breath of fresh air for me.
This time though, there are kids involved. Ah…now I get it. Moving with children is tedious and stressful and exhausting.
There is more of EVERYTHING.
No, seriously, every single thing.
Obviously, toys, clothes, and kid’s room decor are expected to add to the workload; but have you thought of the less obvious? My kitchen has kid sized containers and plates and utensils. There are more framed pictures to wrap in bubble wrap. We have a whole secondary library of kids books and DVDs. Don’t forget the bathroom with all the kid towels and bath toys….the list is mind boggling!
And aside from the sheer volume of stuff, there is also the sheer volume of, well, volume.
Those tiny humans are stress radars and they know something big is happening. The house is changing, things are disappearing into boxes and containers, and our routine is completely upside down. Any one of those things is enough to make kids act a little nuts.
I’m so thankful for TaeKwonDo. It is adding a lot of time stress because we have to stop and get ready for class and then sit through the 45minutes, but it is an awesome release of energy for them. They start and end the classes by running around at full speed which is exactly what Jonah and Haven need. Our first experience of quarterly belt testing is coming up next week so we are working hard to pass to the next level.
As much as having minions complicates this process though, I can’t imagine going through it without them. Really, they are the reason why we are doing this to begin with. Michael and I want to give them roots and a family home that they know is theirs to make memories in. It will also offer us some financial opportunities in the future that will benefit them as they grow into their adult lives with college and wedding needs.
We are already imagining the new rooms and organizing thoughts about personalizing their spaces to reflect their personalities. Jonah of course wants a dinosaur room while Haven wants kitties and Laelynn is only interested in Sarah and Duck themed things. It’s going to be so much fun to see them express themselves now that they are old enough to have more vocal opinions.
A little bit of humor to close this post with; Jonah and Haven had the most hilarious reactions to the news that we were moving into a new house. Jonah immediately asked if we were picking the empty house or the house with the toys in it (one that was still lived in when we toured it). When we said it was the empty one, he let out a huge sigh of relief because the empty one had space for him to bring his stuff with him when we moved. Haven, however, was horrified because the “empty house” was also the one that had a spider in the potty when we toured it. She was very concerned about the spider still living in the potty and was only willing to move in after we reassured her that the spider had been flushed.
I love seeing life through their perspectives. 🙂