Hello, its me… I’m still alive – just about anyway.
As you will probably know, I’ve been moving house. It’s something I mentioned a while ago, decorating and doing up my partner’s house, before eventually moving into it at the end of July. Well Monday and Tuesday were “moving day” and move we did! However technically we’re still moving as I wasn’t exactly ready for the move anyway.
Having spent the last two weeks completing all the emergency DIY on Chris’ house, I’d barely had a moment to pack. Those moments I did have, I didn’t really want to pack. However in the run up to the move, I’d managed to get all of the girls’ room packed up, along with most of mine and Chris’ room. There were elements of the lounge packed and plenty of items freecycled, but that was about it.
|Collage of the lounge decorating process|
Disaster struck on the Saturday before we moved, when Megan (my eldest) came down with a sore throat and sickness bug – together. Even my youngest was a little under the weather, choked with cold and again a sore throat. Instead of blitzing the house and getting all the packing done – not to mention finishing off the few bits of decorating at the other end – I was in fact doing nothing but washing sheets covered in sick and running around after my two kids. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mind but it was terrible timing…
Later on Saturday I started to get a sore throat myself and feeling a little nauseous too. This hampered things further though my mum had come over to help out with some packing so a little did get done. Sunday was no better, in fact it was maybe a little worse. Mum did more packing and I looked after the kids, feeling even more ill myself. Luckily Chris headed over to the other house and finished off the decorating – we’d have never got done without that!
Sunday night was a break, something planned for a while – dinner out at Damons, a place I have mentioned several times before. It was a friends’ birthday and so eight of us went out for dinner. Mum had the kids, though I begrudged leaving them (especially not 100% well) and I drugged myself up with paracetamol and actually got through the night, enjoying myself thoroughly. However by bedtime I was feeling rough and I already knew I was going to make a doctor’s appointment in the morning.
Anyway long story short, I had a pretty severe throat infection and over Monday and Tuesday it only got worse. Though I was able to drive the van around, I could barely lift anything as I had no energy and eating/drinking was virtually impossible. Monday night I threw up, making my throat twice as bad, leaving me unable to even drive the van for most of Tuesday until we had to return it. Anyway my partner and my brother were troopers, getting all the hard work done between them. We finally picked the kids up from their other grandparents on Tuesday and traveled to our new home.
|Collage I made from pictures of the girls’ room|
The last few days have definitely been a settling in period. I know I’ve been very emotional and/or stressed at times. Lily (my youngest) has probably struggled the most, often being quite mischievous or even naughty, from lack of a way to explain the emotions she’s been feeling about moving. However after 3/4 days of unpacking and sorting bits out, we’re definitely looking a little straighter. Everyone seems fairly settled and while its maybe not home yet, they’re certainly happy to call it that.
Yesterday we had a house warming BBQ, which I will post about soon. Everyone seemed fairly impressed with what we’d achieved in such a short space of time. There is still a lot more to do this week, including fitting a decent kitchen sink, some more units in the kitchen and generally tidying and unpacking some more, however its getting there. Today we took a day off the housework (well sort of at least) and took the kids to a Moshi Monster’s Bus Shop that was touring and was in Lincoln. They enjoyed it a lot and we tied it in with picking up another boot load of stuff from the old house, as well as doing a tip run with my brother’s car.
|Moshi Monsters Bus Shop|
Hopefully the rest of the summer holidays will be a little more relaxed, we certainly have plenty the kids would love to do. However the priority for me is making this new house feel like home, so fingers crossed that will happen soon…