Well, it’s time to scurry and pack because not only have we sold our house in Saskatoon – we have bought a house in Calgary! And we pushed for early possession, wanting to be in before the start of school. In the end, this will be best to make the transition easier for our kids. Right now, though, it feels sort of like having a moving train coming up behind us on the track. We spent five days in a hotel with the kids, house shopping and keeping them entertained, then drove home to leap into action. I feel like maybe I need a superhero cape – somehow the kids have more energy than I do, and I have way more to do. Why is this always the way?
I have to admit, though, it is shortening my to do list. I had plans to purge more, to get more of my bookkeeping done ahead of time by my current resources, and things like that. In our compressed time window, now all I can think about is cooking all the food in our freezers and moving out whatever larger items we know we aren’t taking. Yikes!
Two weeks from now, our home should be getting all packed up by the movers and we’ll be doing our last bits of organizing. We take possession of the new house August 31st, and hope to have all our furniture and belongings delivered the next day. School starts the following week so the sooner we can get the house feeling like home and our school aged son sleeping in his own bed, the better.
What else? We’ve decided on a school for our son, and he’s excitedly awaiting the first day. Man, I love this kid’s enthusiasm for change. He’s wavered over the few months we’ve been planning this, and had some sad moments knowing he is leaving friends behind, but excitement has arrived and I’m hoping it will carry us through. We all love our new neighbourhood and have spent enough time there that it feels familiar and comfortable. Plans for the babe are still up in the air as we quickly explore options, but hopefully we’ll find her a spot in a preschool for the year. Cross your fingers!
The only thing I can’t imagine is how to see everyone we wish we could see before we go! Looking at the calendar is just plain scary, so we’ll push through the things we need to get done this week and see what we can do. If we miss you, it’s not because we wanted it that way, it’s just the time slipping through our fingers!
In less than three weeks, this will be our new city:
Pretty, right? I’m excited to get going and start getting settled in our new home. Buying a house is fun, but it’s much more fun when you can get into it and fill it with your own things. No home will ever be mine until we get in and clean it, then fill it up with good smells like coffee and chocolate. Yes, the coffeemaker is one of the last things packed up, and one of the first unpacked in the new house. I have no shame, and I’m married to another coffee lover so I don’t even have to hide it.
Wish me luck and clear thinking in the days ahead, please! I’ll need it!
This will be the ninth city or town I have lived in. I stopped counting moves – ran out of fingers. Will Calgary keep us for good? Only time will tell.
How many cities have you lived in? Are you in your forever home? Your forever city? Or are you a nomad like us?