Friday, July 17, 2009

The New House

So, after leaving Denny's and The Breakfast of Champions, we drove for the next 8 hours or so and went straight to our New House. I was looking forward to showing the kids, since they hadn't seen it, except in pictures.

Well, we drive up and the first thing I see is this...

Our house is the one you see in the distance, behind all the weird, dog-house-looking, sewer-substation crap. All I can think of is "What the hell did we agree to buy tomorrow?".

Actually, the view I had (from the inside of our minivan) was all sewer substation, because where I took this picture is at a higher vantage point than the one we enjoyed in the car. We did not get out of the car because we could still see the previous owner moving out their stuff.

So, off we went to the Doubletree Hotel for our wonderful 4 night stay.

Do I sound bitter and sarcastic? Because I am! It was dreadful! Small, with expensive, slow internet, and nasty food for breakfast, served on dirty dishes by sullen, impatient staff.

I couldn't wait to get out of there, let me tell you. If I hadn't been in such a state of shock from moving, I would have found my mojo and gotten us the hell out of there. But Dave was like, "If we cancel our stay early, they'll charge us."

Now, from the vantage point of a non-sleep-deprived and relatively calm Mom, I would say to him, "I'd like to see them try."

But at the time, I was so tired, irritated, shell-shocked and worried about our move-in that I just agreed with him.

Crazy, huh?

Well, five days later, the moving truck shows up around 11am, only to discover that they can't fit the truck up the driveway.

As you can perhaps see by the picture, it's an insanely long driveway. And curvy. So, after renting a smaller moving truck, they begin moving our stuff into our new house.

I think we had everything in, and somewhat assembled by 9:30pm. The kids passed out on the couch in the basement at 8pm. And I think I got to sleep around midnight.

But, we are now in our new house and it really is very nice.

It still doesn't feel quite like home (whatever that is), but I can see where it will in the future.

I've got everyone registered for schools, and we having all sorts of testing in the coming weeks for each of the boys, as well as Blythe, to help them with their placement for school in the Fall.

So, now, it's all about enjoying our Summer. And vantage points :)
Remember, perspective is everything.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Back in the US of A and, by the way, I'm Never Moving Again.

So, we finally drove away from our house in Toronto at 10:30pm on the evening of June 24th, and we crossed back over The Border just after midnight on the 25th. Oh. My. God. I didn't think we were ever going to get out of that house.

In the words of Blythe Grace at 7:30pm as we were taking another pee trip after driving around the neighborhood for the fourth time, "These are the Slowest Movers Ever!"

I shushed her immediately, although I don't know why. The only way they could have gotten any slower was to just leave...or drop dead there on the lawn. It was a long day.

We stayed at the Marriott in Buffalo, and hit the road again after a nutritious breakfast at Denny's. I seem to remember Kieran had chicken nuggets and juice, Blythe had hot dog and Cameron had pancakes and sausage. I tried to negotiate for more of a breakfast-type meal, but as anyone who has tried to negotiate with terrorists will tell you, you mustn't tell them "No." You must keep the lines of communication open, or else the consequences may be disastrous. That, and I just wasn't up to being That Mom in the Dennys in Buffalo that morning.

As we pulled out of the parking lot, Blythie saw this flag and started to tear up a bit.

"Seeing that flag makes me miss Canada, Mom."

I know, Honey. But we've got a lot to look forward to, I promise.
And little did I know how true my words were. There was so much more to look forward to with our move only half done. Lucky me, eh?