That's how old I am today :) We had friends come up from Perth on the weekend to celebrate and warm the bowling club a little before we have our official house warming. It was wonderful, I am happy to report that the house worked really well for a party and sleeping six couples and a couple of kids.
We've been in the house for over seven weeks now and I am in love! It really is making life better and easier. I still intend to do some before and after photos, but who knows when that will happen....
But don't be fooled, these photos were taken in my pajamas on the Saturday morning as the first load from the old house was being strapped on to the truck. The new house is still pretty much a disaster. What a trauma! I never want to move again!! Well not for the next ten years at least anyway...
It was a mistake not to pack everything in boxes before we shifted. Large pieces of furniture got shifted on the first day but so much was left behind and then all of that got dragged over and emptied out of its box in order to reuse the box (if it even made it into a box). So much little stuff! It was like a shit explosion at the new house.
All of this wouldn't have been as traumatic if it wasn't for cleaning the old house and weeding and tidying the massive garden that had been only intermittently maintained over the last three years. My mother is a saint. She came twice and weeded that garden by hand from sun up to sun down, for days. Even whilst she was unwell with a cold. I'm not sure that it's right that a 37 year old woman still relies so heavily on her mum, thanks Mum!!! I don't know what I'd do without you!
I will post some lived in photos once it isn't so shamefully disorganised, and hopefully the painter can make it soon to paint all the doors and trim. It is wonderful to finally be here.
We have one more sleep in our old house, the only house these two munchins have ever known or would remember.
I am over the moon to be moving in to our own home, and can't wait to leave behind all the annoyances of living in an old house that needs some love and attention, but I know a part of me will get nostalgic tomorrow seeing empty rooms where we have done so much living.
I wonder how the littles are going to go with it too. We are only moving to the next street in our small town and we have been going to the "new house" since not long after Mia was born, but I suspect there will be some tears when Charlie realises we will no longer be living and sleeping at the "old house".
I'm in total denial over the fact that this is actually our last day in the old house as I've only packed one box from the kitchen and one and a half bookcases..... but I rationalise this by telling myself we're paying three extra weeks rent and it will all be okay. Truth is I think I'm just so overwhelmed I don't know where to start. I'm frozen in inaction :|
I was hoping the guy that has been fitting internal doors all week would be finished by today so I could clean AGAIN and take some after photos before we move all our crap in. I love the spaces without all our stuff cluttering it up, I will use that memory to help with my purging and shedding efforts which I'm happy to report are going rather well.
I hope you'll all be having more fun than I'm anticipating having this weekend.
I love home design blogs as much as the next girl and I would love a beautifully styled home, but honestly sometimes I would settle just for clean and tidy.
I am not a fast mover, and feel like I spend all day doing housework just to have a house that is as messy when i go to bed as it was when I woke up. I've figured out that the only way I'm going to find any joy balanced between my speed of doing housework and the amount of housework I need to do is to have way less stuff.
I am making progress though. I downloaded Clutterfree With Kids by Joshua Becker to the Kindle app on my phone and was totally inspired to start living with less stuff. I heard about the book on Ginny's blog. I am getting more ruthless as a chucker as one of the benefits of less stuff getting in my way is that it's making it easier to keep things tidy around here. I love it!
I also love the dishwasher which is helping, and my robo-vac :) Just being able to push the button on that little 'sucker' and have floors that don't crunch when you walk calms me so much. I'm hoping that when we move in to our new place having all new surfaces makes it easier to clean too.
At times it feels like we aren't making any progress at the new house and then all of a sudden things are happening. We are so close (well I think we are) but Ian says there is still a lot to do. Since I took the last lot of photos on the weekend the plumbers have been and fitted the sink and taps in the kitchen and laundry and fitted out the ensuite. Now once the electrician comes and finishes his stuff we just need to get the flooring finished and we should be able to move in. There is still all the little things that Ian can see that still need doing, like hanging doors and painting all the gloss work on the trim but all I can see is that we are nearly there!!
We sold our flat, the place that Charlie was born, and it settled today. I am a little sad, but relieved. It will ease up our cash flow and once we consolidate our renovation mortgage with the mortgage to purchase the bowling club we will only have one mortgage instead of 4! (We're also getting rid of the mortgage to Beverley)
Anyway, it made me go searching back through my photos for photos of the flat...
[a cute friend in fancy dress]
It was such a good little flat for us, smack bang in the middle between Ian's work and mine. Close to Freo, close to the beach. Our first home we bought together. At only 50 square metres and one bedroom though it quickly got too small once Charlie was born. But he was born there, right there in the living room! Such wonderful memories we made there. I still love you little flat, I'm sorry we had to let you go! But at least I have the memories and some photos to remember you by. Take care little flat, I hope your new owner has many happy times inside your walls.
It was an engagement party turned surprise wedding. We were in on the surprise though. Bridal was the theme and the ladies were requested to wear their own wedding dress or one from the op-shop which is what I wish I had done. I wore my wedding dress and I will never wear it again, for an expensive dress it really has not held up well at all. The boning came out in several places and it poked me painfully until I had to change or be miserable the whole night. So I'm hoping Angel Gowns Australia might be able to make use of it. They cut up wedding dresses and use them to make tiny gowns for prem babies who, as they say, gain their angel wings.
It was wonderful to see Pa (Ian's Dad) so happy and celebrate with him and Ann. They are both in their 60's but they first dated when Ann was 16! It was also wonderful for Ian and I to have our first full night together sans children since Charlie was born. Grandma picked them up from the wedding and delivered them back to us Sunday morning. We slept in our tent in the rain, it was nice and cozy. Grandma said it all went fine :) It's nice to know Ian and I can go away for a night now. Just one night though as I am still breast feeding. But still, a night!!
Oh, and I got eyelash extensions. I love them. Though my natural lashes are not good apparently. They would break off/fall out with out any provocation from the beautician. I am booked in for refills so we'll see if my lashes are any healthier by then. I have started taking MSM and hope that will help. I'm really not good at taking vitamins and have let myself get a little run down I think. Or I just have crappy lashes! Anyway, Ian thinks it makes me look like I'm wearing mascara all the time, and he doesn't love it. So if I can or I can't keep them it doesn't matter, they make me feel pretty though.
I rang my Mum for Mother's Day this morning. She was telling me how my sister in law asked her what she would like for Mother's Day and her answer was 'nothing' and then 'if you have to get me something, buy me some flowers and look after them for me' I said, 'well I got you the perfect gift...' nothing, that's what I got my Mum for Mother's Day. What I could have done was update this blog, she likes that.
I've had a wonderful Mother's Day, Charlie is three so I've had a couple of Mother's Days but this is the first one that I've loved and felt special (thanks Ian for your effort today!). I came across this idea for a Mother's Day journal* instead of a card and it worked wonderfully. Ian traced the kids hands and drew a few things Charlie wanted, a lizard and a box, Mia says puss so I got a cat as well. I loved it, and Charlie did too, I think he could tell that I really did cherish it.
I even had some time at home alone while Ian took the day off from renovating and took the kids to the park. I thought I might do some sewing, but I enjoyed cleaning out a draw instead. That's where I found this photo of me holding my first niece at my Mum's 50th birthday party. I was 25, almost 26. My Mum is a Dragon in the Chinese Horoscope and she had me when she was 24, which makes me a Dragon too, and I had Mia when I was 36 also making her a Dragon. So there is a line of female dragons running through my family!
Mummy moments I want to remember from right now... Charlie asks me to count 'three honeysuckles' when he wants to hide and be found, I think it comes from the cartoon of Guess How Much I Love You. Mia has just learnt to so 'No' and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever when she gets her little pointer finger pointing and purses her lips and squeaks out nnnnnnoo dragging on the n.
I hope all you Mothers felt the love today. I love you Mum, you are the best xxx
ps. I loved having short hair. Anybody else out there keep their hair long for their husbands??
* via Like Mother Like Daughter (for a non-Catholic I seem to read a lot of Catholic Mothers blogs, I think I must be impressed with the job they do of raising so many children!)
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Even I have had some, which is unusual as I don't care much for chocolate (strange woman!) and I chucked a sad tonight when I realised Ian had eaten all the Picnics out of the Favourites box :( ha!
I made hot cross buns for the first time. They turned out pretty well.
We have been making progress on the bowling club with Ian taking the three days off between Easter and Anzac Day. Tomorrow we will be able to use the toilet that got set today! The first bathroom will be ready for people to use over the Anzac Day long weekend when we have a group of friends and family coming to give us a hand and camping out on the old greens. Hopefully that will see most of the painting done :)
We have missed our Easter move in date and are now hoping to move by end of financial year. Last year I liked the Foxtel add for their end of financial year sale EOFYS and am hoping for our our own EOFYS... End Of Financial Year re-Settlement! If not, Ian's birthday is in August and if we miss that too then hopefully we can be in for my birthday in October :|
We will get in sooner or later and I hope the extra waiting makes me appreciate it even more!
It was a bit of a rough night for these two (and my parents) and a bit painful in the morning for me, but we all made it through and I think we are the better for it.
I enjoyed my time out and sleeping through the night, and I honestly didn't think about Mia all that much. I did wonder how things were going at Mum's but didn't dwell on it. If I did, I would have upset myself by calling home to find things really weren't going well, just as I suspected. Best not to think about it... best just to enjoy a couple of wines with dinner at Deca Bodega...
I woke up early and quietly scrolled through Facebook on my phone so as not to wake the bride. I was rewarded with a hashtag rich account of Ian's night. For your enjoyment he has given me permission to include it here...
Margret normally co-sleeps with the kids... And I sleep in a seperate bed so I can get some sleep #sadiknow...
But tonight she is spending the night with the lovely Charlotte before
her big day tomorrow (well today now)... So for the first time I get to
co-sleep with the kids #challengeaccepted... Charlie has been fine #whatalittlechampion... Mia on the other hand #devilincarnate took more than an hour of crying to go to sleep #OMG...
And has woken up every1/2 to 1 hour for a good 5-15 minute cry. The
only way i can get her to settle is put my arm under her head #outlikealight . Fine but i cant sleep with her on my arm... Wait for her to fall asleep #sucker. Then try extract my arm roll over and try go to sleep, all without waking her up #doesntallwayswork....
He felt better after getting all of that off his chest. My mum is proud of him for not getting angry or losing his cool all night. I'm proud of him for sticking with it and not handing her over to my Mum to deal with.
So that's how our weekend went. We didn't end up going to Sculpture By The Sea, next year I'm going to plan a specific trip just to see it.
I'm excited and nervous at the same time. Tonight is scheduled to be the first night that I sleep by myself away from my babies since Charlie was born three and half years ago. I'm looking forward to having a full night sleep without being woken 4 to 5 times to nurse but apprehensive about what that means for Mia, my boobs and my Mum (or Ian) who is babysitting.
The reason is my best friend is getting married tomorrow and I am spending the night at her hotel with her. I would take Mia with me, but who wants to be the cause of eye bags on a bride on her big day?!
I worry about the amount of sleep that will be had at Mum's house, but a full night of sleep for me and getting to spend the time with my bestie on her last night as a single woman are a pretty tempting proposition and not to be overlooked in their importance.
Now I just need to steel my resolve. I can do this. Mia can do this. We will both be ok.
I hope you have as wonderful a weekend as I have planned coming up. I think we should to go to Sculptures by the Sea on Sunday before we head home.