On June 1, we packed up our house and left Arizona for good.
My husband had been looking for a new job for a few months, our target areas being Nashville and the Pacific Northwest (Portland/Seattle). Close to our families. He's an actuary who works in health-care consulting. But nothing panned out in either of our top regions and something really great panned out in Denver.
So now we live in Colorado.
We’ve been here for a month, and I’m just coming up for air.
We didn’t just move, like normal people do. You know, fly to the new city for a weekend, buy a house, then hire a moving company or drive a u-haul up there. We put all our stuff in a moving pod and went on a month-long vacation before actually setting foot in our new home state. I don’t regret doing this because it was our chance to visit family this year, and we had a great time, but it was an exhausting two months. Mainly because our youngest son stopped sleeping through the night day one of vacation and didn’t resume until we had been in Colorado for two weeks.
The other big hiccup was that we couldn’t get our moving pod until we had been living in our (empty) apartment for 6 days.
If you’re ever in that situation, my pro-tip is that mattress toppers from Ikea are way more comfortable than air mattresses (and you can return them when you’re done if they make you sweat like crazy at night. TMI?). Luckily my husband had brought a backpacking pot from his parent's house so we cooked all our meals in that, and we had one small paring knife in our cooler. We bought some paper plates and made it work.
It actually wasn’t that bad. Having an empty house has perks. No cleaning! Lots of space for little boys to run! But we are SO happy to have beds to sleep on now.
And we are most happy that our children are sleeping through the night again. That is the best. THE BEST.
And, after house-hunting non-stop for weeks, we found a house! We close at the end of the month and we’re SO excited.
The crazy definitely isn’t over for us (hello, another move), but it’s exciting crazy. We have a home to make.