Thursday, September 19, 2013

Random Thoughts on Moving and Pennsylvania and Soccer and Stuff to Do and.. and.. and...

Warning: very random, subject changing, and purpose leaping post ahead...

I want to make sure you understand, dear reader, that this move is not a bad thing. It is glorious! Exciting! It is not as overwhelming and stressful as I'm making it sound, although it is stressful (how could it not be?). I went to the doctor yesterday for a physical and he asked if I had any "unexplained fatigue." I laughed heartily and said, "nope! It's absolutely explainable!"
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This is the first morning in a long time that I've fallen back into old habits. What are these old habits? I am sitting on the couch, in my pajamas, letting the boys watch television while I peruse the internets on the laptop. We had a crazy night last night, so the dishes sit in the sink and the bathroom needs tidying and there are loads and loads of laundry to finish, along with basic picking up and tidying.
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Things to fix today:
*the washing machine (we had to buy a new rubber boot gasket door thingy)
*new tabs in the fridge
*new knobs/hardware in the bathroom
*weather-stripping on the front door

Things to finish today:
*organizing the office and all the art supplies and papers to be filed
*laundry

Things to start tomorrow:
*purging all the kids' clothes by at least 1/2

Things to finalize by next week:
*Rent a HOUSE!
*Hire movers
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Soccer season is almost over! Huzzah! Every year at soccer sign-ups, I'm more than happy to let the kids play. Every year at the start of the season, it's fun. Every year by the end of the season, I freak out and tell the kids they are NEVER PLAYING AGAIN! Every year I sign them up again. Two are already finished with their seasons; just three to go!
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How in the world do people stage their homes to be sold while raising all their kids in that home??? I'm so far away from having this home staged that I'm not even sure where to start. I've thought about just packing up all of our stuff, but part of our moving deal is that I don't have to. We get movers! They will pack and load for us!  And honestly, I'd rather have everything organized and ready to BE packed, rather than start panicking and packing when I don't have to.
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I'm having a hard time staying committed to things right now. The knowledge that we're leaving is preventing me from doing things that I would otherwise do. For example, tonight is our big elementary school carnival. It's a fantastic tradition, the biggest fundraiser of the year, and we have always gone to support the school. But this year? I did not sign up to help, we have two soccer games right during the carnival, so I'm not even sure if we're going. Part of me feels badly because I want to be supportive! But the other part of me thinks, "why? What's the point? We're leaving in a month and will be supporting another school, anyway." I keep going back and forth...
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One of the biggest reasons I'm excited about moving to PA is the landscape. It's like I'm moving to England (kind of) without moving to England! And do you realize how much closer I'll be to the UK!?
Other reasons to be excited about PA:
*loads and loads of history



*close access to six different states


*really close to Church history sites!


*Glorious contrast of seasons


*Beautiful colonial homes



*Knowing I have family/ancestors that are from Pennsylvania (and that area) makes me intrigued to do more family history (Speaking of which, my maternal grandmother served a mission to the Eastern States!)


*Many home birth midwives! Well, I found a bunch, so that was promising. :)
(no picture. sorry to ruin the pattern!)

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So grateful to the friends and family who have taken my boys for me so I can work on the house. I feel guilt for leaving them and not taking care of them myself --especially when I should/can/whatever? --but I'm grateful they are being taken care of and are loved.


4 comments:

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

Oh Cheryl, I love you so. :)

Cheryl said...

Pennsylvania is so beautiful! I love those colonial homes and the fall colors are unbelievable! Feeling a little jealousy!

Amanda D said...

I'm the same way with sports seasons. In the beginning I love it, and by the end, I can't wait for it to be over.

It is 100% okay for you to take a lazy morning. You'll get what you need to done. You're strong and able. Enjoy those little boys during this quiet time. :)

Julie said...

Yes to the sports. Very yes.

Good luck with everything moving related. The thought of making my house remotely sellable is daunting! How do we live?!