Wow. It’s been quite busy around these parts. Moving was a lot tougher than I expected, but also a lot easier in some ways too. I think the hardest part was not being able to lift heavy things, because I feel like we could have got so much more done in a much shorter time-frame. All I could do was pack boxes which I can’t stand. But I guess I’d have to do it anyway if I didn’t want it packed a man’s way. No offense, truly, but I wasn’t up for not being able to find anything when it came time to unpack haha.
We have moved at the end of every year for at least 3 years, but this one was the big out of state move. We left way later than we initially anticipated, taking off from Utah on Friday, December 13th around 11:30 p.m. Most people would probably think that was poorly planned, and part of it was, but I was so anxious to get out of Utah, even just to get into Idaho and make some progress on that 14-hour drive. So that’s what we did.
After about 4-hours of driving, we stopped at a nice little place overnight in Idaho, and the next morning had breakfast at some small little ‘Ma and Pa’ diner. It was kind of romantic sitting there, over hot chocolate and breakfast, everything we own in a truck and car, not knowing what our next adventure would be like.
Then we took off again, we couldn’t wait too long because our cats stayed in the U-Haul truck over night. We got here (back to WA) midnight that Saturday night and started unpacking. We haven’t quite finished everything yet, but we’re pretty dang close. We have been out of boxes for a good while now, so I guess that’s the most important thing right?
The following Tuesday was our 2nd-married anniversary. So, we celebrated that. The next day was my sister’s birthday. We bought her a little cake and gift and dropped it off to spend time with her. A couple days later we had a sibling Christmas party, meaning we had to finish (or should I say start) our Christmas shopping! Yeah, we hadn’t even touched Christmas shopping at that point. Then we headed over early to help my sister with the cooking and set up. It was good. Busy, but good. In addition to being exhausted from finals, being pregnant and doing a big ‘state to state’ move, the holidays and extra celebrations really took it out of me. So, of course I got sick, but only for like a week.
Even though boxes are unpacked, I’ve had to find a new OB and pediatrician, change our address at the post office to make sure everything from Utah gets here, switch things into our name (i.e. utilities), do the license/registration for our cars, get all our bills in order, etc. I still can’t seem to catch up with myself yet. Oh, and did I mention I’m supposed to be studying for my licensing exam too? Yeah, in between all this madness I’m doing my best. But I’m not terribly worried about it. I think the biggest thing is I just want to feel prepared, then get it over with.
During this move, we have finally been able to prepare for baby, which has been awesome. I’ve been wanting to do this foreverrrrrrr. But with finishing up my nursing degree and moving during finals week, it couldn’t happen any earlier. At this point, I have gone into full-blown nesting mode. Yes it is real. Nesting didn’t used to make sense to me, but I understand it in every sense of the word now… AKA, I’m feeling like a maniac running around like crazy trying to conquer the world before baby boy comes. It’d be so much easier to plan life if I knew the exact date he would make his debut. I guess I better learn to like surprises!
Here are some of the baby preparations I’ve worked on:
Buying books: This stack was a total of $8 and I’m super proud of myself, considering that is the price of a single book (if not more). No markings on the inside or missing pages either. Thank you thrift store.
I also restored a rocking chair that I found at a consignment store. After hunting on craigslist and everywhere else you can think of, I couldn’t find a style of a rocking chair that I liked, and I’m not a fan of gliders (personal preference), but I got really lucky and found this one for only $50. Amazing deal. In all my searching, I couldn’t even find a hideous one for that cheap. Of course I wasn’t crazy about the color of the wood, so I painted it in a country white chalk paint and distressed it. The chalk paint was homemade too (1 part plaster of paris : 3 parts paint).
A close-up to see the distress in better detail
I also restored this shelf, which I found at that same consignment store. Shelves are easily over $25 at least but I got this for $5 and painted it the same country white that I used for the rocking chair.
Lastly, I repurposed a wine box that I stole from my parents house, stained it and made it into one of his toy boxes.
Full pictures of the nursery will come later. Something else we have done to prepare for baby is reading to him. Kasen is so cute, he initiated reading time last week, so we’ve had fun reading to baby together. He’s getting pretty excited.
Anyway, with this move, we have gained another little creature for our zoo. I got my dog Khloe a little over 3-years ago, but because of school she had to live with my parents back here in WA. Now that I’m done with school we are reunited. However, the reality of retraining her did not hit me until I got here. Oops. That’s a whole other story and frustration, but I completely take the blame. It’s okay though, it’s all working out pretty well.
Overall, she is a great dog, she just has some weird quirks and I’m pretty sure she gets separation anxiety too. She is super sweet and loving, but also really clueless and invasive. And she has some gross/weird habits, like stealing our bath soap and chewing on it, or eating cat poop… It almost makes me gag thinking about it. Needless to say she has also been a tough adjustment for us in addition to all our other life changes at this time.
I also got this in the mail this week. My diploma and also my certificate for my minor. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry a little when I got it. Hard work paid off, and I really did graduate with a Nursing degree and minor in Gerontology. I couldn’t have done it without Kasen, or better said, I wouldn’t have made it out sane without him.
Also, here is baby taking over my body. He really is getting too big for me now, and it is getting increasingly more uncomfortable. I’m 33.5 weeks and people keep telling me, “Oh, you’re just going to get bigger!” Which is really not what I want to hear, because I’m pretty sure he’s taking up enough room as it is. Of course I don’t want to rush him, but I keep telling him, “I’m ready when you are buddy…”
Phew! Now that we’re all caught up with the old stuff… We’ve got some busy weekends ahead of us with a ‘home’ warming party (since we don’t live in a ‘house’), baby shower, other things with family and friends, and of course my licensing exam, etc. It’s been tough to balance everything and schedule my time outside of a school schedule, which is so weird because I have been a student since Kindergarten! But I started a little personal practice that I wanted to share, and maybe it will help you too. I figure it will be a nice way to end off this long post!
If I have one jar that represents one day, I can fill it with either rocks or sand. My rocks are my priorities, and the sand represents fillers, time wasters, or anything that is good but isn’t really a priority. If I fill my jar with sand first, I won’t have room for the rocks. Simply put, rocks first, sand second.
I wrote down my top five priorities or “rocks” the other day, and whatever I have time for after my rocks are taken care of can make its way into my jar. This may mean that my growing, forever page to-do list is not even close to being taken care of, but at least I know the things most important to me receive my time and attention.
Along the way, I accept the imperfection (or at least I’m working on it), and start each day anew. Hopefully I can be more in the habit of this before baby gets here.