Began at 7am on Thursday, March 3rd. We expected the movers to arrive between 8 and 9am. We were happy when they called at 7:30 to verify our address and give us an estimated arrival of 9:30. We continued our last minute packing (you know, when all the boxes are labelled "misc.") An hour later, they called again to get directions to our house. They couldn't understand why the address wasn't coming up on their GPS. At 9:30, they figured out the problem - they were headed to Bloomington, IN, not IL! New arrival estimate - 12:30pm. Now we better understand why they estimate 2-10 days for delivery of our things.
Movers arrive, pack everything into the truck (they lifted the sleeper sofa between 2 of them like it was nothing!) and get on their way back to Chicago.
By this time, it's 3:30 and we finish up packing the car with what we're bringing and begin cleaning the house. Finally hit the road and it was only 7:30pm. The kids were hungry, so we stopped to eat before we even left town. Thanks to a sleepy infant, and the wonders of DVDs in the car, we had no stops, and rolled into the evening's destination around 11:30pm. Chulo was happy we arrived before midnight (it's always his goal.) Bonita & Chulo went right to sleep (Chulo even slept without his monito!) and Guapo woke up. We took turns rocking Guapo through the night until it was time to wake up and hit the road again. We were so thankful for the family we stayed with and the coffee they provided. :)
Smooth sailing to our new town and new temporary home. So you would think that the excitement was over, but it was just beginning. Our apartment is great! We are very blessed with the location being near work, grocery stores, doctors, and in a great neighborhood. It does come with some adjustments necessary for our family.
Mercedes is convinced the residents of the complex are actual threats to our family. The neighbors with dogs are her worst enemies.
After a long day of packing, cleaning, and travelling, what would you normally like to do? Well, we thought showers sounded great. Unfortunately, the water had been turned off to the apartment, and wasn't turned on until after 6pm. This affected not only showers, but also bathroom usage, and bottles. Not fun with 3 little ones. Once water was turned on, we discovered that the master bathroom is missing a shower head. The hall bathroom is missing the drain stop. The kids think it's great that they bathe in our tub and we shower in theirs.
We enjoyed 70 degree weather that afternoon, which quickly cooled considerably during a thunderstorm complete with tornado warmings. That led to a leak in the ceiling of the dining room; which stopped after the heavy rain was over.
Saturday, we decided it was time to get to know our new city, so the first place we found was the urgent care center. Yes, I have a severe sinus infection, which is why I've been miserable and cranky for the past 2 weeks. The doctor was actually impressed with my sinuses, I wasn't amused.
The weather had gone from 70 Friday afternoon to 30 on Saturday. We weren't able to get out and find playgrounds and such for the kids, but we did have fun unpacking our things. We have found great grocery stores nearby (1 complete with a buffet inside!)
We are so thankful for this adventure that God has given us. Cooking with our camping pots & pans, sleeping in sleeping bags, using the cardboard boxes for not only a computer desk, but also some cool storage in the closets; are all making this time memorable and fun for our family; even with some of the funny mishaps.