Last Friday was the big day, and it's taken me 'til now to get my act together enough to post. This by no means implies that I have everything put away, but just that all the key components to do this particular task are in place: coffee, connectivity, and kids occupied upstairs.
Friday was crazy, no doubt about it! But the chaos was mitigated by the many helping hands we were so fortunate to have. In addition to my folks and Gail's family, friends Shawn and Katherine (buddies from our 1st assignment) and their kids came through for the weekend. Not your average house guests...they busily worked behind the scenes to make things flow smoothly.
The movers called at about 8:30. They were at the front gate with a small truck they had used to scout the route. I had warned them the week prior that they were dealing with some small, winding country roads, and a long gravel driveway, so they were checking it out for themselves. The worst part of the drive is the final ten miles, especially with a large trailer! Mark went back down the hill in his truck to act as an escort car, warning oncoming traffic of the obstacle coming their way.
Here they come, up the driveway:
Cause for celebration!
They backed the truck up to the house:
Inside, everyone is ready to go:
We've shamelessly hypnotized the children, for their own safety, of course!
Here comes the first item...of 447!
The movers were able to set up a ramp from the trailer right to the porch. That saved many steps during the long, hot day, but the running joke was that if it weighed over 50 lbs, it was going on the second floor!
Shawn and Katherine actually smooth out every piece of paper to make sure nothing is overlooked. They are unpacking things I haven't seen in years. Did we really own not one, but two silver ice buckets?
We actually had the beds set up that day. Sleeping on our own beds after a year and a half--priceless!
Clearly still chaos, but I'm really liking how our stuff is fitting in to the big picture!
OK, time to feed the kids and myself, and get to work!