The Ups and Downs of Moving


I won’t lie, last week was one of the toughest we’ve had in a very long time. There were lots of tears, frustrations and just pure exhaustion. It’s weird to be experiencing such lows mixed with pure joy as well. We of course are overjoyed to be moved into the house, but the moving, painting, organizing, cluttered craziness that accompanies that was just a lot to handle. Add that to being pregnant and having a toddler that has no idea what the heck just happened to everything she normally is use to and we’re talking melt down city (for everyone).

I was so thankful for my mom who was here all week and just kept painting everyday. What a trooper! Our friends were here helping till 2am on more than one occasion as well. Kev’s parents came for the weekend and helped us tackle painting the 15+ ceilings we have in our living room. We really couldn’t have done it without all the help.

The dust is starting to settle a little. We have a long way to go before we are officially “moved in” though. Our garage is full of boxes and I am sure it will be like that for a while but here’s to hoping we can chip away at it a little at a time. It’s amazing how a fresh coat of white paint can make you feel refreshed and energized to keep at all the hard work.

You know what makes all the downs worth it…
Standing in the kitchen with the kitchen window open. Feeling a warm breeze, looking out over our backyard and seeing Kev playing with Rowan. Hearing them laughing, giggling and having a wonderful time.

Here are a few photos from around the house this past week.

  1. look at little Rowan in her big girl undies. what a cutie pie. i’m sure the place will look fantastic once it’s finished, and will be so much fun along the way…

  2. Hang in there, girl! I know moving is so much work, I can’t imagine with a toddler and being pregnant! I’m glad you’ve had a lot of help. Can’t wait to see a house tour — it looks like a great space!

  3. It looks great so far and you are a great mama, so just breathe and chip away at it, rest in between and enjoy. We bought our first house last year and I thought I was going to die, I was so tired all the time, but as soon as we got it all situated and perfect, I missed decorating, painting, organizing, unpacking so much! We are funny creatures!

  4. We moves when i was 8 months pregnant ! Not the best timing! Just hard to let other people do all the work!
    But glad i accepted all that help!
    Good luck with the unpacking!

  5. Good luck with the settling in, but it seems like that will be pretty seamless 🙂 I can totally relate to some of these ups and downs as I move to Europe tomorrow! Yikes!!

  6. Love seeing Rowan prancing about! Also am happy to hear you have such good friends to help out so much (and family!). That is such a blessing when you start to feel overwhelmed.

  7. Awww! Hoping things settle down soon (perhaps this will be the last marathon before baby 2 arrives – wink wink). What a blessing to have such supportive family & friends!!

  8. Congratulations on the new house! So far everything look great, wish you all the best with getting settled in alright! 🙂

  9. Moving with a little one – I feel you on this one! But oh the joy when you realise you’re actually in your home. Especially being able to change whatever you want. I wish you all the best with everything.

  10. your new place looks great! be proud of all your hard work.

  11. So happy for you guys!! I’m sure it’s been a ton of work, and that there’s lots more to do in the coming weeks and months, but yay for you and your sweet family starting this new chapter! So very sweet and exciting. Congratulations.

  12. drop the mike, you guys have a hot tub! jealous!

  13. I so identify with all those photos – We just bought our first place in January in the midst of planning a wedding. From someone who’s on the other side: It’s pretty satisfying to look back on the time you’re in now and be amazed at how much hard work you put in! We still kind of marvel at the fact we accomplished it all. Keep going – It’s worth it in the end, even though you just want to drop from exhaustion right now!

  14. it will turn out just fine. Can I move in the birdhouse, please? It’s lovely!

  15. Congratulations on the new house. It looks so bright and fresh. I just found your blog, and I’m excited to read old posts top catch up. And adorable maternity style by the way!

  16. This too shall pass. But it’s awesome that you still find the joy in the chaos. I wish I was there to help!!! I hate that I can’t. I’m sorry.

  17. Your pictures are gorgeous, it almost looks fun to be painting and packing!

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