Last weekend, we moved our family of five — two adults, one toddler, and two big dogs — from the ‘burbs back into the city. You can read the story of how our move came to be over on my personal blog, Daily Garnish. It was a wild whirlwind, but we actually pulled it off, and I’m typing here from the other side in an (almost) unpacked house that is ready to be lived in and loved.
My husband and I have moved a LOT in previous years, in fact we’ve moved almost every year for the past ten years! We’ve moved to new cities, and even to a new side of the country. Every move has it’s own challenges, but moving with a toddler was probably our biggest to date. There are so many other factors to consider, and so many less hands available to pack and carry boxes. (Since once parent had to be chasing our son at all times!) I’m planning to write some tips for moving with toddlers next week, but for now here’s a look at our move, through Instagram!
Our Move…Through Instagram! 1 of 11
See some of the highlights of our moving weekend...
Disassembling Furniture 2 of 11
About a week before we started actually moving, I listed a bunch of stuff for sale on Craigslist. As furniture was sold, we started slowly disassembling things and clearing out rooms. It was the first step that made it feel like it was really happening! Cullen enjoyed assisting with daddy's tools.
A Last Minute Date Night 3 of 11
My anniversary present to Casey this year was a pair of tickets to a comedian that we both really like. The timing was horrible -- moving week -- but we did it anyway and had a great time. It ended up being a really nice relief during a crazy week, and a chance to go out and celebrate closing on our homes and all we had to look forward to that weekend!
Finally Ours 4 of 11
Through our whole buying and selling process, I kept saying I would believe it was really happening when I had keys in my hand. And after several long months, last Wednesday we had just that. Cullen and I drove over and met Casey at the new house, and had fun exploring the empty rooms and envisioning ourselves there in just a matter of days. We celebrated and had a picnic on the floor of the empty sunroom. It was perfect.
Time to Celebrate 5 of 11
With keys in hand, we felt like the occasion called for celebration. It was 7:30pm, time for Cullen to be IN bed, and we were still thirty minutes from home. We decided to break the rules and take him out for cupcakes. He didn't seem to mind.
Help Arrives! 6 of 11
On Thursday night, my mom flew in from Ohio to help us with the rest of the moving madness. She was an enormous help, and Cullen clung to her the entire weekend. He actually cried if Casey or I tried to hold him, and he would only go to her. It was very sweet. I don\'t know how we would have gotten through the move without her!
Final Breakfast 7 of 11
On Friday morning, just before I packed up my kitchen, I decided to make one big messy pancake breakfast for us to all enjoy. It was the perfect fuel going into a really crazy day of non-stop packing. Looking forward to making our FIRST pancake breakfast in our new place -- hopefully this weekend!
Moving Day! 8 of 11
Saturday was moving day, and it went better than I ever could have expected. Our movers were amazing and so efficient, and there were no hiccups whatsoever. We were totally moved into our new place by noon, and even had time to go out for a lunch break. We couldn't have asked for a better moving experience!
Settling In 9 of 11
Once all the boxes and furniture were here, it was time to rip them all back open and find new spots for all our things. My mom and I tackled the kitchen in order to get one of the biggest projects out of the way. We unpacked quickly and really took advantage of Cullen's naps. I'm amazed at how much we were able to get done in just the first few days!
The Other Babies 10 of 11
Even though much of our move was spent planning for and trying to prepare Cullen, we also have two other four-legged babies who would go through a big adjustment as well. Luckily this house is much better suited for our dogs -- big sunny windows to look out, a much bigger backyard to run and explore, and lots of new places to sniff and discover. I think they are going to like it here.
Home Sweet Home 11 of 11
For all my worries, Cullen hasn't missed a beat. Kids are so much more resilient and accommodating than we tend to think they will be. He is loving his new bedroom and playroom, and is having fun with his new Sesame Street playhouse -- a moving day surprise.