Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Playing Catch Up

Okay, it’s been way too long since I last blogged but I haven’t had a spare moment in weeks. And if I did have a spare moment, I probably fell asleep. It’s been about 3 1/2 weeks since we moved  to Washington. Here’s what’s been going on:

The Move

Our move landed right in the middle of my worst morning sickness, but Ryan was kind enough to let Nathan ride in the “Big Truck” with him so I could drive by myself. We’ve made the drive from Springfield to Puyallup many times and it usually takes us about 4-5 hours. This time it took us nearly 8 hours. It was horrible. But, what can I say? Pregnant Heather has to pee a lot.

Who am I kidding?! Normal Heather has to pee a lot. Pregnant Heather has to pee A LOT.

We spent Friday night in Puyallup, then moved into our new house on Saturday. We got a ton of  help from our new ward and from my family. Unfortunately, the house was really not ready for us. When we showed up that morning, the previous renter was still moving out and he hadn’t cleaned ANYTHING! Gross. I told the owner and she kindly cleaned the kitchen top to bottom for me while we unpacked. We’re really excited about this house, but let me tell you about a few of the things that have gone wrong since we moved in:

-The house smells like cigarettes. The last guy smoked. It was advertised as a nonsmoking property, but does it really matter if you smoke inside or outside? No, it does not. The garage is the worst, and unfortunately my washer and dryer are out there. So is the furnace, so we are using space heaters right now. To make matters worse, I’ve got the typical pregnancy super sniffer and I can smell things REALLY WELL.

-Then, our washing machine leaked and flooded the garage. Now the washing machine is doing the opposite and the water won’t leave.

-Then, we had fleas. Yes, FLEAS. Apparently, Mister smokey no clean man had a cat. We’ve taken care of that problem but someone might still die.

Also, did I mention that Ryan went to work the Monday after we moved in? We’ve been feeling a little chaotic, to say the least.

On the bright side, we love our new neighborhood and our new ward and  I am finding that we’re the perfect distance from friends and family. I got to see Alex right after she had her baby, and Nathan gets to see Nana and Papa all the time. There are 3 other member families on our street, including the nursery leader, and the bishop.

We’re happy to be here and, even with all the stinkyness, I’m so glad we’re not moving again for a long time.

And I will post cute pictures of the inside of the house some day when all the boxes are unpacked and everything is clean. Maybe some time next year?

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Melinda said...

Oh man Heather, I'm sorry you've had such a hard move! I can so relate to smokers/fleas, our townhome was just like that and I was pregnant too--the dog smell in the garage used to make me so sick! I hope things all start calming down for you soon! Where are you at by the way? Puyallup, Tacoma or somewhere else?

Larissa said...

Oh no fun! I hate moving and cannot imagine doing it pregnant to a stinky house! Well I am sure your house is already becoming a home and will be very loved soon! You are lucky to be by family! xoxo

Kelsey said...

Wow, you have had a lot to deal with!! I'm glad you guys have a place you like though.

Also, when we moved in to our place, it smelled like smoke to, so my mother-in-law told me her secret. Put cups or bowls of amonia out in the rooms that smell and chnage them out every other day or when the amonia doesn't smell strong anymore. Do this for a week or two. It works!