Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Moving Day

Even though I'm sore in places that don't make sense, and my toe is the color of a ripe plum, I feel compelled to document the beginning of the end of this journey.
For even on it's first day it was FULL!

I find it ironic that we assumed our escrow would close on November 15th.
This was an unconfirmed assumption as our renter's signed a lease on April 13th and we had to wait for them to be in our old house for 6 months.  That put our START of escrow at October 13th....with a 30 day close.
Blah, blah, real estate details.
As our timeline drew to a close we (er....I) pushed for a 15 day escrow hoping to close on November 5th.
As usual there were MORE than enough hiccups to get us to where we were this week....closing on November 16th.  Amazing:  

No matter how HARD I tried to 'make it happen' faster.....
Those keys did not get into my hands until the appointed time.
So yesterday, November 16, 2010- 
The Weiners went home.

hee hee.
 Natalia and I picked up our keys, garage door openers and a little box from Tiffany & Co., from the nice salesperson.  I was surprised by the pretty blue and white bundle, but I reminded myself that we DID make quite a big purchase here.  So thank you very much Standard Pacific!   That little candy dish may be the only thing I ever get from Tiffany's!   Ha.

Then I spent the next 3 hours on my knees wiping Tile Sealer onto every eligible surface in our new home.
Let's just say that the little bottle I purchased was supposed to cover 1,000 square feet.  And I wouldn't have complained a bit about the entire process....except that I backed into the corner of a wall and jammed the second toe on my left foot.  Sprained or broken, I was not about to let it hamper this moving process!
So puffy and bruised we finished the job and settled back at my parents while those fumes aired out.
The deliveries begin:
 Today we headed back to the house to welcome our belongings.  With Jarrod still out of town for work it was just myself and one dear set of friends.  Little did I know how hard the three of us were about to work.
Our first POD finally arrived at the very last minutes of their 3 hour delivery window.   Apparently our new development is hard to find.  We spent about an hour unloading the first quarter....maybe even half of that POD when our second POD showed up.  It was about that time that we were told both PODS weren't going to fit in our driveway and that our city has an ordinance where they cannot be stored in the street.
The blessings abound:
Thankfully the driver gave us a little leeway and we kicked it in high gear.  Can I tell you that we unloaded the rest of that POD in less than 20 minutes?  I felt like we were being filmed for a reality show.  It was totally a race against time to undo this 8ft square of boxes row after jam packed row!  We didn't bring it into the house, but everything made it into the garage.  And as long as I wasn't running things up and down the little blue toe didn't throb as much!   I am just so thankful to my dear friend Cheri who was there today and who convinced her hubby that this would be a good idea ;)  I tear up thinking about how much they helped today.  Amazing!

She even stuck around and unloaded my entire kitchen!  Another friend, Barb showed up for the evening round and helped me sort through a few boxes and wrap my head around all the decor.  On an earlier note, my mom took Merrick to his dentist appointment and then spent the rest of the day nursing my ailing daughter with chicken soup and vicks.

As you can see, I don't do anything alone.  And what a gift that has been.  Jarrod will be home tomorrow and I can't wait to see his face when he gets to the new house.  Tomorrow we'll unpack more boxes.  And I don't doubt that there will be more help to back me up!  What gifts!
stay tuned.....and until them sit back and enjoy the view.....


Stef said...

yay!!!!!! SO happy for you! Lets pretend I'm coming by tomorrow night to bring you a "welcome to your new home" dinner :)

I will pray that the unpacking, the getting settled and the adjustment to the new home goes smoothly.
I know those walls are going to be filled with God very soon :)

Love to you!

Gina said...

Nikki--I wish we were in a better state--I would gladly have given you John for the afternoon! But I'm so happy that escrow has closed & you all can move in & move on! Here's hoping your battered toe heals quickly & the family gets over illness soon. Happy moving to ya!

Gina said...

BTW--love the antenna decor! :-)