Ok, so sometimes you just know you've made the right choice you know? Today was scooter's second "first day of school". No tears. No whining. Just bye bye mommy and kisses. I left my baby in a little chair at a little table coloring on construction paper :) When I checked her at lunch, she was eating peas, drinking apple juice and swinging her feet. When I picked her up, she was in a circle of kids, they were singing (screaming) twinkle twinkle little star and swaying back and forth. She was heehawing!
The master bedroom is painted and we'll start moving furniture back in once it's not so stinky. I choose a different ivory color for the walls. The old color was ivory putty, there was some gray in it. The new ivory has yellow in it that picks up the yellow tone in the carpet. Plus it makes the other ivory look dirty, it is very light and fresh looking. The baseboards and crown molding are white, so it really pops (can you tell I've been watching a lot of HGTV?). The bathroom is still being painted. I am going to pick out new towel racks. the old ones were cheapo ones installed by the builder. I have to dig through my storage containers in the basement to find my white bath stuff. Ideally I would spend very little $$ in this transition period!
I went through my house and decided what to keep and what not to keep. You know what? I am not keeping a whole lot. Our clothes will hang on the short rack in the closet. Everything else I am storing (with dust on it) will be sold. Everything in my tall dresser and long dresser (minus some make up and some PJs) will be sold. I am only keeping half of what is in my red chest. All the baby's too small clothes - gone. Most of her room is a keeper because I had already purged it. All of my kitchen stuff is a keeper because mine is nicer than Dad's and we'll sell his. My two larger closets, I would say 25% is stuff I'll use up (stockpiled bath stuff) which is a keeper. 25% is stuff I want to keep (pretty Christmas decorations) and the other 50% is going to be sold too. And you know what? My entire basement, the 1000 SF that is full of weird odds and ends? 90% of that is going to be sold too. It's very liberating because in the past I held on to stuff because I felt guilty selling it because it still had value. Now I have a great reason to get rid of everything!
The plan is, once my house is sold, I'll buy another house that is better suited for the three of us. We'll move in and empty out the condo and put it for sale. Hopefully in the end I'll just have a small mortgage and a nice house in a nice neighboorhood. I guess we'll see how it all plays out.
Ok, here we go - pictures!
She was in a mood this morning and wouldn't smile. You can see the difference in the walls, the far wall is our room. The darker color looks like a better match to the carpet in this picture but in real life its not.
Let me get this straight...you have FOUR cell phones? How do I get my hands on them?
Check that out! The old place used toy chests, the kids had to dig through them. Everything here is labeled and her height. The also have very nice toys, many that she has at home. She really liked that!
Shew momma, I played hard, I am tired!
Eating green beans. I purposly bought these monsters at the farmers stand because I knew she'd like eating them so much :)
Ok that is it for now. Things seem to be falling into place pretty easily. In the next week or so, the things I want to keep from my house (minus my furniture, I don't want it to look empty) will be in the condo. Everything we want to sell will be in my house. Then the yard sales/ebay/craiglist/classified freenzy will start! Bye!