(Photo of Paprika, in 2007, during our last move...7 months old)
The big move is keeping us REALLY busy. The last time we moved, Paprika was 7 months old. It is a BIG change to go from moving with a 7 month old to moving with a 3 /12 year old AND an 8 month old. Big difference. Add that to the fact that this time we're also selling our house...Whew! It exhausts me just thinking about putting our house on the market and everything that involves.
When we moved last time, I plopped Paprika in her exersaucer while I packed. I packed during her naps and my "downtime."
Now there is no such thing as "downtime"- especially since Ginger likes to stay up all night long (still) and Paprika doesn't take any naps. Ginger doesn't really take any naps for that matter, either! She basically only sleeps when I'm holding her or carrying her.
For our last move, we did a big yard sale in front of our apartment building the day before we moved.
Our Yard Sale, 2007:
Paprika just entertained herself on the front lawn:
Sometimes I can hardly remember her being so little...littler than Ginger is now even:
Even though we did that huge clean-out back then, the stuff seems to have accumulated! We've been busy selling on Craigslist, boxing up things, donating to Goodwill, and sorting. It's kind of refreshing, actually.
We've been busy doing all the home improvement stuff we should have done eons ago. Isn't that how it goes? We're looking around, like...why didn't we do any of these changes ages ago?
So, that's what we're up to. Moving, selling...packing, cleaning, sorting, painting...and a gazillion other things. And we're doing it in our spare moments because Mr. Mustard still has to go to work, and Ginger and Paprika still need our undivided attention pretty much 24/7. We are still taking them to the park, and the playground, and all that good stuff.
Needless to say, I'm more tired than I've been in a long time. I have heard it said that selling a house is one of the top stresses of a person's life. Thankfully, after experiencing the loss of Vivian and Annemarie, moving and selling seem small potatoes. Whenever I get overwhelmed, all I need to think of is "the big picture" to snap things back into perspective.
I will post before/after photos when there's an "After"- everything is still looking "Before" at the moment! ;-)