I swear, moving sucks the life out of you! haha. My parents and sibs moved this weekend and you’d think it would have been really easy considering they only moved one street over, but noooooo. They were supposed to get the keys around 3 pm on Saturday (and be out of their house that night), but the people moving out of their new house weren’t done “cleaning” until after 7:30. I say “cleaning” with quotes because I’m not exactly sure what they cleaned. It was so dirty when we finally got in there. So for 4 hours, we sat around waiting and waiting and waiting to get access to the house. Full U-haul, full van, full car, full crew of dad’s friends, neighbors, and our family ready to go. The house is really cute; they gained a computer room, a second living room, and a game room. Mom is really frustrated with the kitchen, she lost a lot of cabinet and counter space so trying to fit her old kitchen’s worth of stuff isn’t going so well. The kids bedrooms are a little smaller, but 1/2 of the stuff they had in their rooms is going in the game room or computer room so really, they will basically just sleep in their rooms.

My sister is loving it, she lives catty-corner to her besties now. I made them a folder on a string yesterday so they can pass their secret messages over the fence without them blowing away. The girls came over and helped her unpack and arrange her furniture, which was a huge help for mom. It gave mom time to do other things, like wrestle with the kitchen haha. My brother took a little convincing that this was going to be cool. The first day he was pretty upset with how small his room was, understandably. He’s 16 and feels like he should be getting more freedom, not less space. But by the end of day 2 he was really liking the house and I had helped him unpack some of his stuff, so he was able to see his space. And he gets that the game room will probably be his hangout.

It was so cool to see the kids all playing video games together in the game room! My brother, sister and her 2 best friends all piled on our big denim couch battling it out. This is exactly what my mom and dad were hoping for. In the other house there was no space for computers, so everyone ended up putting their computer in their own room and the family was spread out all over the house. Now they have a computer room right off the living room and it has double doors so they can all be together AND on their computers.

My mom and brother and I were up so late the first night laughing and goofing around, it was so good to see my mom laugh. After last week, I wasn’t sure how long it would be before she was laughing again. I love their new house, I can’t wait to have a big family dinner over there! However, while I was at my family’s house, my house was getting soooo messy!!! Gotta go clean!

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Every time I think I have this place unpacked, or clean, or ready for company I get hit in the face with the overwhelming realization that I am nowhere near done with this place! And believe me, having a “project man” in the house does not help. With the “new” car coming home in a couple weeks we have discovered that we are going to have to empty the garage to make sure it will fit. This would be just fine if we had space in the condo (reminder: this is a 1 bedroom condo) for all the stuff in the garage. Plus, every time I go out to the garage to bring boxes in, I’m reminded that it is summer in Southern California and is therefore a billion and a half degrees outside.

Saturday when I went to my cousin’s grad party, my grandparents picked me up and were finally able to see our adorable place. Where did all the unpacked and uncategorized stuff end up? Hidden away in the garage :). But now I have to bring it all in and start really deciding what is necessary and what can be given up. We just don’t have the space for all of the excess. I know if you haven’t used it in 6 months, you don’t really need it. I’m also frustrated because I haven’t been able to have help from my love. It seems every weekend at least one day is completely full, and the other day he needs to just relax before going back to a  busy work week. We need organization, downsizing, and order. All things that make a small space livable. If we had only the things currently in the condo, and none of what’s in the garage we’d probably be ok, somewhat. haha.

Ok… enough ranting, onto being productive about this! But first… Air conditioner, on!