Settling in

Where to begin…

The past few weeks have been really stressful. We expected some stress of course, mostly having to do with moving and ending our jobs, but it ended up being a lot more than just that. My grandmother, who lives in the state we moved to and whom I thought we could see more often, took a very sudden change for the worse. It was so awful that I flew down to see her while she lay dying, and that was indeed the last time I saw her alive. The following week, she passed away and I spent most of the day that the movers came to get our stuff driving and attending her funeral (which was much closer to where we used to live). When I arrived home, the movers had just arrived and took the rest of the day (5 hours) to get our stuff in the truck. Then we stayed over at the house next door since those neighbors don’t live there full time, closed on the sale of our house the following afternoon, got our cars packed up, and drove 900 miles to stay with my parents for the following two nights, until we were able to move into our current rental (about 25 minutes north of where we will end up living next month).

While that was happening…the death of my grandmother, the ending of both our jobs, the packing of our stuff, the imminent move from one place to another and another, we were negotiating first on one house which we lost, and then another which we did end up getting a signed contract on but not without its own share of headaches. But thank goodness it is set at this point and we will have a house next month.

Curly has been a pretty good trouper for the most part, but there have definitely been some harrowing times with him. Behavior regressions, a push for more control, and downright bratty “4-going-on-14” stuff happening….but it is understandable (although that doesn’t make it any easier). Today was the first day of starting a new routine…me going to my first day of work, and Curly going to his first day of school. His drop-off went seamlessly today as Nutella described it- the kids were sitting in a circle while a teacher read a book and he joined right in, no tears when she left. They had a special gymnastics bus visit today and a puppet show…all really exciting things for him, and he was in great spirits upon pick-up, while still running and hugging her. Couldn’t ask for better. My day…well, it was boring and discombobulated, but I think now that I’m all set up, it should be upwards from here.

Nutella is currently applying for part-time jobs, and doing all of the necessary household management and errand-type stuff…like dropping off mortgage paperwork, meeting with inspectors, doing the grocery shopping and lunch-making, etc. We did squeeze in a couple fun things, like a visit to the gorgeous beach one evening and a trip to Univer.sal…but we’re still finding our way and starting to appreciate more relaxing times ahead. Onwards and upwards.

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8 responses to “Settling in

  1. What a journey! I’m so very sorry to hear about your grandmother. Moving is already stressful, but grief and funerals and the realness of all of that is a lot to handle. I hope things start to calm down and feel a bit more like home soon.

  2. I’m very sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing. It must be hard to process it when you have so much else going on.

    I’m surprised you found the time to update!
    Hope the rest of the transition goes smoothly.

  3. I’m finding that one moment at a time is the only option for navigating a move…excited for you that you have a contract on a house!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother 😦 and about all the other issues. Sending you good luck!

  5. Glad you are safely settled into your temporary digs and hope that the next month brings excitement and fun as you discover new haunts and close on your new house!

  6. I’m sorry to hear about all of the stress but am glad you guys are there and getting settled now!

  7. Congrats on everything! How amazing that you made the decision this spring and then just made everything happen- good for you! I am sure it will be amazing. The beach sounds fantastic and looked so pretty in the photos you shared a while back. 🙂

  8. I’m sorry for the loss of your grandmother. Good luck settling into your new environs. It sounds as if your son fit right into his new school.

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