Well, we officially sold our house. Wow. That is such a weird sentence to type.
Those 30 days FLEW by! Everyone kept telling me that escrow would NEVER close on time and so, while we were planning on closing in 30 days, we all kinda thought it would take longer than that. But, not only did it close on time, it actually ended up closing a few hours early. Yikes! It was a mad dash to get it all done. Remind me next time we move to take a day off of work (that was the stupidest thing I did - both Mr. Howard and I worked the whole time!). I'll be honest, it was probably the most stressful thing I've done in a long, long, LONG time. Add in there that daycare was closed for the holiday break and so I was trying to pack a house with three little kids at my feet. Things I have learned: (1) I need to be better about asking for help. (2) Take a day or two off of work to move. (3) Be moved out the day before escrow closes rather than cutting it to the last hours. (4) Get a babysitter for moving day!!!!!!!!!!!! (I really cannot say that enough. Mr. Howard moved the entire garage by himself the majority of the time with three kids.)
One thing we did do well was get a Coolbox Portable Storage Device (it's a pod). They deliver it to you on your driveway, you fill it up, they pick it up for you and store it for several months, and then they deliver it to your new address when you're ready for it. So worth it. The only problem was that we got a 20 x 8 x 8 and it was not big enough. They always say "it can fit four bedrooms!" but what they mean is, "it can fit four bedrooms if you have absolutely no furniture in two of the bedrooms. Eeek. Our neighbors (who are sooooo wonderful!!!!) are holding onto so much stuff for us until we move. Tell me that is not amazing?!? We are so thankful.
I have been writing on this blog since the day we bought the house and I have documented everything house related - from complex remodels to simple paint changes. I even had a to-do list that was always evolving on the blog. I wanted to do a final post and show you all what the house looked like in the minutes before we handed over the keys and locked the door for the very last time.
Our eat-in kitchen area and kitchen:
What we did in master bedroom: Fixed one wall (there was a built-in fireplace box - no actual fireplace - that we had to rip out), drywalled, textured wall, installed new carpet in master closet; repaired hard wood floor.
The hallway standing in the master bedroom:
Front living room:
I've mentioned this before, but this is the seventh move Mr. Howard and I have done together. We are certainly not new to packing up and moving, but this was a different experience for us.
We have felt so wonderfully blessed in that home. It is the house we brought our babies home to; the home we celebrated birthdays in; the rooms we laughed and cried in...fought in, and danced in; the walls that heard our celebrations as we became a family of three, four, and then finally six; the floors our dogs ran and played on, the same floor our babies first crawled on, later took their first steps on; and finally ran on; the windows we peeked out of while dreaming, praying, and desperately wishing for a baby; the carpet that soaked my tears as I cried and cried and cried over Cole; the bath that held us on our "bath dates" in the winter; the sinks that held all three of our newborns for their first baths; and so many more memories. We were so lucky to have such a beautiful shell as our first home.
As sad as we were to hand over the keys, we know that we will create new memories and new stories in our new home and are excited for all those adventures to come.