Our house is still not done (we're thinking middle to end of October) but our lease is up soon and Avery starts school TODAY so we decided to move into temporary housing in the suburbs. This will save me a horrible commute three times a week with both kids and is actually a better commute for Pat into the office because of the express train. To secure this apartment, we had to book it when it was available so while timing isn't perfect, it's nice to be out of our house and away from all the moving boxes and the daunting to do list. Another bonus is I can drive by the new house and breathe down everyone's neck EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Yay!
After scouring the web and moving websites on how to pack for a temporary move, I started packing for part one of our four part move.
Part one: Move into temporary housing
Part two: Move out of apartment and into storage
Part three: Move out of temporary housing
Part four: Move into new house
They say moving is one of the most stressful things you can ever do, so of course we are going to do it FOUR times in the next six weeks (or so). Fun.
While my brother and Emily watched the kids, Pat and I checked into the apartment. This allowed us to check out what additional items we would need to bring from home. It's a two bed, two bath fully furnished/stocked apartment, BUT, it obviously doesn't have everything we use on a daily/weekly basis so in addition to what they provided we packed:
-crockpot (fall is almost here!)
-measuring cups and spoons
-over the door towel hook
-and obviously tons more
After a night of bad sleep and waking up at 3:45 am, I am also going to be bringing our new 800 thread count bad boys from home. Even Pat, who up until last night didn't think we needed these new sheets, is now crying for them. Think Fievel singing "Somewhere Out There".
In addition to the the daily use stuff, I also packed two big tupperware bins of toys and books for the kids, their water table and craft table. It was the cutest thing when we brought the kids to the apartment and they both went straight to the bins, as if they had never seen these toys before. Emerson of course spotted the craft table right away (she loves climbing up and sitting in the chairs) and I found them both sitting at it dumping out craft supplies within two minutes. I was surprised they didn't care to check out the whole apartment first. All they cared about was the bins of toys.
Once we get that taken care of, hopefully our stress levels will go back to normal levels and we can treat our temporary housing situation like a vacation (which is what we have been telling Avery it is). I just better not be hosting Thanksgiving here...