Here's a little known secret. I never leave home. Okay, never is a strong word. I rarely leave home. At most, I get out of the house on a quarterly basis. Picking up the mail and taking children to piano lessons a couple of blocks away does not count. I never ( in this case, "never" is true) go grocery shopping, or go out to dinner with The Daddy. I don't have girls' nights. I get my hair cut once a year if I'm lucky. In short, I have a case of cabin fever that has been building for the last 4 years. The time has come.
And so, the hunt begins. For schools that would be best for the monsters. For a house within our price range that will fit all of us, within the boundaries of the schools we select. For location convenient for #1 who will be going to college (on a SCHOLARSHIP! To study to be a secondary English teacher. Sooooo proud!), as well as for the monsters in elementary, middle, and high school. This is starting to feel like the quest for the Holy Grail. Do we buy or do we rent? And, WHEN did we get so poor?!?!
Oh, and also? The Momma is going back to school, as well. Lots of changes in the air. Lots of things to worry over. And last night, a few things to cry over. I do not like change. I don't deal with it well, and I've lived in this tiny town for just shy of 16 years. These are some pretty deep roots. I'm a tad scared. The monsters? They are all, "Let's leave tomorrow! Just bomb the house, and let's GO!"
So here's what I need from y'all, because I am SURE there is someone out there who has done this. How do you "plan" a move like this? I need to make lists! I need to do research online! I need to have plans! I need to drive everyone in the house crazy by going through things to keep, things to throw out, and things to donate!
How have y'all gotten through it? Planning a big move? How long did it take to recover?
U-Haul truck image from uhaul.com. Fantasy Island image from the Google images. Just searc "Waving goodbye"!