After much rearranging, sorting, and even more cleaning, the movers managed to get all our stuff boxed up and on the truck and away it went. We made one last visit to our empty house before heading on our way ourselves.
Ella and Alex had been at friends' houses the whole time all of this was going on. When we got to the house, Ella rushed in to look for her books. She came walking back out slowly with tears welling in her eyes. It was so sad. But I explained to her that her books were on their way to Washington near Grandma and Grandpa and she cheered up. Then promptly went and used the bathroom that I had just been cleaned. Oh well.
I was afraid we weren't going to fit everything in our car, but Anton the superpacker managed to get it all in there and even left room for the kids!
As we were driving away I realized that in the stress and business of the whole moving thing we kindof neglected to really say goodbye properly to most of our friends. So for those of you who didn't get an official goodbye, goodbye! Though I'm kindof glad I didn't get real goodbyes because I'm not very good at them. I usually end up crying. Besides, this world is so small you end up running into people you know everywhere. Also with blogs and the internet noone is ever very far away.
But we need to send out super special thanks to the people who helped us out watching kids and cleaning houses. So Tonia, Brooke, Jacquee and David, a huge thanks to you guys. I could never have done it all without you. My baseboards had never looked so clean, nor probably ever will. :)
I'll be keeping you all updated as we make our various stops across the country, so keep your eyes peeled. If you happen to be driving down the road and see an overloaded minivan with the mom crawling into the back seat to discipline her children, it's probably us!