We have been busy. Last week I was frantically packing and throwing things out. I managed to get it all mostly packed by late Friday night and early Saturday morning the moving truck came. Since Andy can't lift much due to his hip injury, we ended up hiring a local company to move us.
We were very glad we did. They did a good job and were really quick - they loaded up this truck with all of our things in an hour, then we all drove an hour to Fayetteville, and then they took another hour to unload the truck at our new rental house. Yes - only 3 hours total! If Andy and I had tried to do it ourselves (even with help) it probably would've taken us all day.
We spent the rest of the day doing a few errands to get things we realized we needed (well a new TV wasn't exactly a need....but Andy decided that it was time to let my realllly old TV/dual VHS go and get a big screen - and we decided to go ahead and do it before the cable/internet got hooked up). We also unpacked the basics and get our bedroom set up.
I've been busy unpacking, organizing, and decorating over the last few days. We still have to go back to the apartment and get the remainder of things there and clean like crazy. I am not holding my breath that we will get our security deposit back because our apartment manager is a little crazy and I'm expecting she will find something wrong....but we'll try to get it all cleaned anyways.
It's been pretty crazy, but we are glad we made the move. Andy only has a 9 mile drive to work now and I think he's happy that he can get home a lot earlier. It also is just a nicer feeling to know that when he does have to go in and do a random event or something on the weekend, it is no longer an all day thing - he can run over there and still get back and enjoy most of the day. After living in apartments for nearly ten years, we both really like the change of living in a house
with a fenced in back yard,
and a garage.
Here is the front of the house. Inside photos to come as I get things set up the way I want them. I am still looking for a few random (cheap) pieces of furniture and I need to make a bunch of curtains. And I am still unpacking things. But I really like the space. It is an older, but well maintained 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath - which means we have a legit guest bedroom and I have an office/studio. It has a nice, big kitchen with new appliances. The only downside is that it doesn't have a dishwasher. But Andy has been washing dishes after dinner every night, so I really can't complain about it.
Our dog, Maggie, has adjusted really well and loves having a backyard and so many windows and doors that she can look out.
We are all happy and relaxing in our new home.
I am sending out our new address via email to all of our friends and family - if you don't get it for some reason and need/want it, please let me know!