I have been spending an awful lot of time lately with my BFFs: boxes, packing tape, and a Sharpie marker. The sound of ripping tape has become music to my ears because it means things continue to move (pun intended) along.
It has been a crazy couple of weeks for all of us. We drove up to Valpo for my niece's graduation open house on June 16. After staying a couple of days, we came back to Lexington and moved into my parents' condo so I could pack up the house without living full-time in the chaos. We went back to Valpo on June 27 and returned to the condo in Lexington on July 2. It has been fantastic to have another place to stay, and I'm grateful to my parents for letting us take over their place. But, man, it's exhausting running around town all day, every day. Two days a week, I drop the kids off at summer camp at their preschool then go straight to the house to work. At 1:00, I pick up the kids, hang out with them for a while at the condo, then take them to their grandparents' condo, conveniently located in the same subdivision as my parents' condo, for the afternoon. The other days of the week, Nicole has the kids until noon, and then from 2:00 on, the kids go to their grandparents' condo again. My in-laws must be exhausted from all the kid-time, and I'm so appreciative of their help. Without them, I would have never gotten as much done as I have at this point in the process.
I would say I'm about 75% finished packing up the house. Then again, I tend to be hard on myself, so the percentage might be a little higher. I am throwing things out and donating other things like mad, but we still have an insane amount of boxes. Make a box, pack the box, tape the box closed, label the box, make an "x" with the appropriate color designation -red, white, or blue- for which floor it will go to in the new house, and repeat. My mind is starting to go a little numb. (And, yes, I am being that kind of packer, the kind who has color coding for each floor of the new house. You know why? Because the day the truck is unloaded, things are going to be crazy enough without me having to look at every single box and tell the movers where they go. If that happens, I. Will. Lose. My. Mind. So mock the big X's of red, white, and blue tape if you will, but I think it's pretty awesome.)
We returned this week from closing on the new house in Valpo. Woohoo! We got the keys on Thursday, and we immediately noticed that it was a little warm inside. At first, no one was worried because it was 100 degrees outside, but when it was still warm on Friday, we knew there was a problem. My dad called an HVAC guy, and indeed, the air-conditioner was broken. Kaput. Gone. Done. Buh-bye. At least we're starting our Hoosier adventure with a bang! And did I mention that during the majority of the most recent trip to Valpo, Trevor was in Vegas for work? Uh huh. That's how he rolls. And it was either raining or a squadzillion degrees? Thankfully, the new AC is scheduled to go in tomorrow, and I know that the guys who have been painting every room in that house will be grateful when it's finally less than 85 degrees inside.
So, it has been a little overwhelming, and I know it's not going to get better anytime soon. I'm still exhausted from the thyroid issues. I'm not great at waiting under normal circumstances, but waiting for the Synthroid to kick in while I'm trying to get The Move underway is almost impossible. The doc won't do another blood test to check my levels until the first week of August, so we'll be trekking back to Lexington then. My poor car has had enough of the 6+ hour drive and being covered in Skittles, M&Ms, and the cries of "Why does it take so long?" But the Flex has to suck it up and return me to the doc so I can try to get my groove back.
But when I really look at it, things have gone pretty smoothly so far. The kids have adjusted well to the constant travel, the new living situation, and the general schedule upheaval. (Hey, Karma gods, don't feel the need to punish me now by making them go crazy, okay? I'm teetering on the edge as it is.) I hate that I'm not spending as much time with them as I'm used to doing, but the house has to get packed. The truck is coming in less than a week, and I want to be ready. I think we're all ready to start the new chapter.