Last month we moved. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. When we got married and moved into our first apartment together it took me from the 28th of February 2008 to the 11th of September 2008 to unpack our house. It was difficult and I was so sick. I was a little worried about getting time to pack with Kyle and being able to unpack in the new house.
Here is a picture of some of the boxes. I had Ekitzel over to help me on moving day while Evan was at work and she moved a lot of the boxes to the truck.
This is the empty monstrosity. Evan and I bought this at Ikea before Kyle was born. It is about three hundred pounds and is a huge bookcase. It is 5 rows across and 5 rows high of square shelves. It took 22 boxes to pack all the books that were on it.
This is Ekitzel playing with Kyle after we were done and before our volunteer group came to help us move. Because we moved within our ward we had help on both sides.
It took our friends under 90 minutes to load, move, and unload everything. Ekitzel and I went to get pizza and ice cream during that time. It went smoother than I could imagine. My biggest concern was that we were completely packed and cleaned and ready to just move when everyone got there. We were, luckily. But only because of Ekitzel's help.
This is the pride and joy of my life. We bought these the day before we moved and within three days I had done ten loads of laundry. I never felt like a completed adult until I had these in my apartment and now I will never have to get quarters or go to my in-laws for laundry again. Joy!
This is our new living room. We were able for fifty dollars more a month to double our square footage and we went from one bed, one bath to two bed, two bath and a pantry with hook-ups. All in the same ward at the time we wanted. It was amazing how it all worked out.
This is our new living room. I even have windows with natural light in our new place and more privacy. Since we moved, we've been able to hold three dinner partys with two more planned. It is like my dream apartment for this stage. I couldn't have asked for anything better. There is also a playground right along my building.
The greatest thing of all is that I unpacked 75% of it in four days before we left on our roadtrip to Portland. I finished with most of it the week after. There were three boxes that hung around until the 17th of March, but in less than a month our house was completely unpacked and cleaned. Considering how long it took last time, I'm pretty proud of myself.
I'm very happy with our move and I am not trying to gloat, but after living in a hole for the first year of our marriage we feel pretty good. Needless to say, our door is always open to visitors. We have been making purchases and doing things to improve our house, so expect more house posts.
P.S. I'd like to express my profound gratitude for those who helped us doing the heavy moving. Especially Frances who held Kyle while it was all getting unpacked from the UHaul. :)