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Ice, Ice, Baby!

So ya – it’s been snowing here a lot since we moved! It’s been great fun trying to navigate the driveway in the blinding white snow since we were so awesomely brilliant and didn’t mark it. I spent many minutes driving up and down the driveway to make tracks that wouldn’t get covered over in new snow just so we had some chance of knowing where it was the next time we left the house!

Please give a big shout out to our plow guy Jeff (we hired him for this winter until we see what we need to buy for our own snow needs for next winter) who happily came to our new house early on moving day and plowed the driveway for the delivery truck and the moving truck. He even went above and beyond and plowed the road to our driveway since the road grader hadn’t been by yet. Yay Jeff!

Having a metal roof is awesome, especially when you’re getting insurance for a house with a zipcode that screams “FOREST FIRE!” It’s also fun because it heats up and cools down with the sunny days, which means very cool icicles!

Like this one, that grew right outside my bedroom window on the East side of the house. I’ve never seen one grow like this! The extra neat thing is that it’s very narrow . . . not thick  like a typical icicle, but thin.

 I like the ones that seem to be growing straight out, too :-)

 

 

And then there’s the front deck. The icicles out there could kill someone! Or at least break your glasses and give you a bruised cheek (You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!).

Dude grabbed this one off the deck last week and tried to impale Princess with it before school . . . it wasn’t even the biggest one!

 

While they’re cool and awesome and fun to look at and play with, they’re really uncool when it comes to our deck. The deck serves as our front door (house is backward on the lot – deck, mountains, views, etc.) and with the giant row of icicles growing off the roof and dripping onto the deck all day long, it creates an awesome skating rink right where people walk! Luckily, you can put that melting salt stuff on Trex decking, and it works wonders.

So for all of you potential visitors, if there are icicles, please be careful on our deck!

What I Learned About Moving – Part Four

We’ve been officially in the house for a week and a half. What I learned about moving Part Four:

  1. Cleaning the “other” house to get it ready to rent SUCKS! There is way more to clean when you don’t have any stuff in the house :-)
  2. Having a green metal roof is awesome as a reference for the movers . . . until it snows. Then the roof isn’t green anymore and looks like every other roof.
  3. Unpacking the main living spaces (kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, offices) makes everything seem comfy and like home in no time at all.
  4. Being comfy and feeling at home makes it difficult to get motivated to unpack the rest of the house.
  5. When you have a 60 degree week, you should mark your new un-straight driveway with those orange pole thingies. If you don’t, then it snows 5 feet, it’s very difficult to figure out where your own driveway is.
  6. Hauling two large cans of trash and the extra boxes down to the end of the driveway through 3 feet of snow in -10 temps is not nearly as fun as dragging them to the end of a 30 foot driveway.
  7. Hauling two large cans of trash and the extra boxes down to the end of the driveway through 3 feet of snow in -10 temps is AWESOME . . . if you’re a dog.
  8. Men will do anything in their power to get the TV and all that goes with it set up so they can watch the superbowl the day after you move.

Love love loving the new house! Amazing how easy it is to get settled in a new space. Looking forward to awesome weather this weekend so we can get the garage and shed organized. Both of those places have been holding zones for all the stuff we didn’t feel like dealing with when we moved.

Moving – Things I Learned Part Three

We’re down to our last few days before the final move . . . 5 more nights in this house.

Things I’ve learned:

  1. There is no reason to get rid of “stuff” just so you have less “stuff.” We’re moving to a bigger house with more space. After the fires, lots of people (me included!) came to the conclusion that we have too much stuff. A major purging effort took place for lots of folks (me included!). Then I realized, if we already have the stuff, there’s no need to get rid of it (unless it’s broken or doesn’t fit). The goal should be to not accumulate MORE stuff that you don’t need.
  2. Four people use a lot of stuff in 2 weeks. While we keep wanting to pack and move more things, we actually need to use these things until we can totally move.
  3. Disassembling and moving a trampoline is more of a PITA than assembling one. I moved the fire pit bricks and decided to just go ahead and move the trampoline. It was nice out, so why not? OMG what a friggin’ PITA! Getting springs off of a 15 year old trampoline is no easy task. But it’s disassembled and sitting in the shed at the new house, just waiting to be reassembled. This time I know how to do it!
  4. No matter how ready you think you are to move out of the house you’ve lived in for 10 1/2 years (since Dude’s 3rd birthday and Princess was only 8 months old!), when you actually have a date to move, you will spontaneously burst into tears while walking through King Soopers, buying the last groceries you’ll ever take to that house (or apparently when you’re typing about said impending move – sheesh!).
  5. Just like when you moved in and everything was a first, you will mention the “last” of everything you do at the house before you move . . . last movie we watched her (moved the DVD player), last video game played here (moved the XBox and Wii), last time friends have come over to hang out (Thank you for coming over, Eskews!), last time you had pizza delivered (new house does NOT have pizza delivery – ack!), and so on.
  6. Baseball practice and swim team practice don’t care that you are moving. You still “get” to transport your kiddos to these events 4 and 3 times a week respectively the week you are trying to actually move.
  7. Friends are awesome and willing to help with anything you need . . . I already knew this, but I really appreciate it :-)

We’re coming into the home stretch and can’t wait!

8 days!

Finally got the contractor to commit to a date . . . woot!

He will be finished January 31st. In the 24 hours since we’ve known this:

Hubby ordered the blinds for the windows downstairs.

We scheduled the movers to come on February 1st to move the few large things out of our current house to the new-to-us house. YAY!

We scheduled the phone to be switched.

Hubby got on the horn with the new TV cable satellite people (no clue what his plan is) and got them scheduled.

Princess and I spent moolah on her new bedroom stuff (bedding since she’s getting a queen bed to replace her twin, warm window shade supplies, fun box wall hanging shelf things).

I cleaned out the beer fridge and the gatorade/water/pop fridge so they can be moved.

I moved almost everything out of the kitchen and unpacked it in the other house.

I moved the deck chairs and random decorative pots to the other house (can I just say how sad and lonely our small deck furniture looks on the ginormous deck?!)

I hired a painter to paint two bedrooms and an office after we move out of this house so we can get it rented.

We donated another car load of stuff to Goodwill.

We set up plans to pick up a trailer from a friend so we can move bookcases and a few other items this weekend.

Motivation – the end is in sight and I can’t wait to get into the new house! This Saturday will be our LAST SATURDAY NIGHT in this house . . . the house we’ve lived in since Dude was 3 and Princess was 8 months old.

Bittersweet.

Eternal Easter

The new-to-us house is coming along . . . hoping to move in sometime in the next 7-10 days.

I’ve been able to unpack most of the kitchen since nothing is changing in there. All we’ve kept at the current house is stuff we need to use while we live here for another week or so instead of going out all the time. Love having a room unpacked and ready to go for when we move in! It’s fun to see our own stuff in there . . . makes it feel like home.

While I LOVE the kitchen, one thing I want to change is something I probably never will. The previous owners were very proud of a painting they had done on the tile backsplash to the commercial grade Viking oven. They spent a lot of time and money all over the house making it “Colorado” – the wood on the stairs is from Woodland Park and the tiles around the fireplace have Colorado animals carved into them. Previous owners did not want to leave the kitchen out of All Things Colorado, so they hired an artist from Manitou Springs to paint the backsplash with Colorado wildflowers, mountains, birds, and animals. Apparently, this artist from Manitou Springs also painted something in Oprah’s kitchen – which according to the previous owners means it’s a big deal 😉

Colorado Mountains – check.

Native Wildflowers – check.

Local Birds – check.

Rabbit – check. (Instead of moose or elk or mountain lions or something cool, there is one single rabbit)

Basket – check.

Wait – what?! A basket?

Yup – the artist took something that could’ve been really cool and made it Eternally Easter in my new kitchen.

 

Moving – What I’ve Learned Part Two

And the move continues! In the past week or so, I’ve learned that . . .

  1. . . . we own approximately 47 glass lids for our Corningware dishes. OK, maybe not quite 47, but a lot. They were hiding in the back of a weird cabinet. They had about 10 inches of dust on them – one inch for each year they hid.
  2. . . . we own 8 sets of chopsticks. We also own 7 funchops, which is weird since everyone in the house with thumbs is proficient with chopsticks.
  3. . . . molasses has the shelf-life of a Twinkie. The last time I made pancakes with molasses was about 8 years ago. The molasses in the back of the pantry is STILL good until 2015!
  4. . . . my office (aka the room of requirements) is like a bottomless bowl of spaghetti. No matter how much stuff I take out of it, it will never be empty. Pretty impressive the amount of stuff I had in this tiny little dungeon!
  5. . . . even though I don’t “do” plants, I own a boat load of pots, both indoor and outdoor. I’ve chosen to move them rather than donate them because the new-to-us house has a greenhouse, which I’m sure will make me better at not killing plants :-)
  6. . . . I’m REALLY going to miss my mud/laundry room :-( I have a feeling that will be the next project on the new-to-us house to do list . . . sacrificing some of the ginormous garage to expand the laundry room into an awesome mud/laundry room like we have now (complete with dog washing tub if I have my way!).

Let the final weeks of moving commence!

Moving – What I’ve Learned Part One

We’ve officially own the new house! Yay!

While the contractors finish the basement before we move in, we are gradually moving things from our current house to the new-to-us house. Some things I’ve learned while packing:

  1. I am way more willing to live without things for a few weeks than the rest of the family.
  2. When Princess gets in a packing groove, she’ll pack EVERYTHING in her room, including all of her books, then write on a homework assignment that she couldn’t look up a word because she’s moving and packed her dictionary. She was completely flabbergasted when I told her she could probably find the definition of the word on the Internet.
  3. Dude packs like he organizes his room . . . random and messy.
  4. We have a LOT of glassware.
  5. I’m very willing to keep glassware we don’t use because we now have the space for it.
  6. I’m very willing to donate things to Goodwill instead of move it.
  7. We haven’t worn our motorcycle helmets for 13 years . . . it was finally time to get rid of them.
  8. It’s fun to move when you have a giant shed to organize and store your stuff in.
  9. We have a LOT of whiskey in the liquor cabinet.

Theories on why we have so much whiskey include:

a) I don’t like it so I don’t drink it
b) People buy me more than I could possibly drink
c) I don’t drink enough whiskey
d) my whiskey-drinking friends did not grace us with their presence often enough in 2013

Winners: c and d!

The awesome part? Both of those “issues” are very fixable . . . I think I’ll work on fixing one of those problems right now :-)

Feel free to come join me.

Cheers!

Friday Photo

We actually closed on the house this past Monday, so I feel like I can post photos without jynxing anything :-) We met the contractor at the house today . . . and it was so pretty! Love an awesome frosty morning in the trees.

Excuse the crappy cell phone photo. I can’t wait until next December! There are a couple awesome Christmas trees outside that will definitely be getting some giant lights.