While we were letting the dogs do their morning “business”, I told my second born daughter how I slept poorly last night due to being so excited about starting a blog.
She looked at me sideways, wrinkled her nose, and asked, ” what do YOU have to write about?”
SO….. I told her I would write about her. That put a some fear in her pretty little 17 year old green eyes. I explained that I am the 2nd most interesting person in the world, ranking right after herself, of course. I have plenty to say. I also have another 5 amazing offspring, and a husband, who all do amazing things, and say such endearing, quotable quotes. Extended family and friends can fill in the blanks if I get desperate.
THEN there are my amazing thoughts to share with the world. Or with my 2 followers who accidentally began following and haven’t had time to unfollow.
I plan to share stuff about home, arts, crafts, and crazy thoughts that come to me at odd hours.
I’ve lived in 22 homes in my life, so I know how to purge belongings, pack up and go. We’ve moved in a pick up truck (I’m from Georgia) and a semi truck. And I’ve helped my big kids move SO many times. Like yesterday.
SO….. My best advice for moving is to pack a picnic box/basket for when you first arrive. Basic utensils, plates, cups, forks, placemats or tablecloth, macaroni and cheese, pop tarts or other silly favorite, and a basic cooking pan, big spoon. Whatever you need for the first 12 hours in your new house. (Think coffee, tea, sugar) That box/ bag/ basket goes with you.
Also, each family member should pack a suitcase as if going on a weeklong trip. That way you won’t have to open forty moving boxes to find your toothbrush or coffee maker.
If you are driving/ traveling for days across country, try packing differently, with ALL toiletries and sleep clothes for the whole family in a single bag, and one set of clothes per person per day in separate suitcases.
SO…. When you get out of the car to sleep in a hotel, you will have your “everybody’s toiletries and pajamas bag” and one other bag that has tomorrow’s clothes for all your big and little travelers.
If we hadn’t done this, we would be carrying in 8 plus suitcases, making a big mess in the hotel for the few hours we were there, and taking too long to get back on the road the next day. This is a good method of packing for cross country traveling, even if just on a vacation.
For now, we are staying put in the home we had built for us 9 years ago. That doesn’t mean we don’t rearrange furniture and people constantly. This summer, for awhile, we had all 6 “kids” living here for various reasons. Now we are down to a mere 3, plus a new granddaughter. Don’t get grandma started on that sweet little one.
I’ll be sharing thoughts about being a grandparent, about “letting myself” do more art and other astounding ideas. Right now, though, my number 6 kid needs a doctor’s appointment.