Last Sunday

So Saturday we finished unloading the Uhaul and that day we also went furniture shopping. We found a couch and a kitchen table (thank goodness!) and oh boy were those torturous in bringing up the stairs to the apartment! The couch we got is really huge and heavy and was seriously miserable to try to get upstairs!

Sunday we spent most of the day unpacking. And realizing how much we love having a smaller space… how close we felt… how easy it was to organize and feel in control of everything we own… but at the same time realizing many, many very bad things about apartment living.

Mostly, neighbors. Wow do we not like living close to people like that! haha

So after a few things going terribly wrong in the apartment (the oven and clothes dryer smelled awful when turned on, for instance) we eventually decided we just couldn’t spend the time like this. We’d be unpacking and our kids were playing, sometimes noisily (because my kids are never quiet) and we’d be cringing knowing the downstairs neighbors must hear every step. We couldn’t live like that! We for a few seconds debated getting a first floor apartment to solve the noise problem but with everything else going on it was pretty clear that we would go crazy living there!

We talked briefly about renting a townhouse or a house but in the end decided, we own a home, lets just live there! And because part of the reason I was going crazy in my house was trying to sell it… we’re taking it off the market!

We’re thinking that we definitely want to move but we’re just going to sit tight for another year saving money and then maybe next year we’ll try again. We just need a break from all the stress.

Moving back out away from all the main stores after living so close to them for three days was a disappointment for me. It is a pain in the butt to drive to get groceries. But I wouldn’t trade the privacy I have in my own home and the fact that I can almost never see my neighbors if I don’t want to… (but I actually love my neighbors in my neighborhood) it’s better. It’s a sacrifice but for now one I’m happy to make.

The move taught me to value what I have. I have complaints about it but now those seem less important when weighed against other options we currently have.

So Monday morning we rented a Uhaul trailer (again) and moved all of our belongings downstairs and back to our house. It took all day and I almost died. lol

Here we are the night we got back to our house. All of our clothes were packed up, of course, so Payson (in my desperation) wore an old shirt of Sierra’s.
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He looked goofy. And I forbade the girls from calling him a girl even jokingly.
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So moving back in was way messier than moving out was! Oh boy do I have a lot of work ahead!
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This sunset seemed to say to me, “Welcome home, aren’t you glad you’re back for this view?”
Yes, yes I am.
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We had no clothes I could find easily and barely any food. Top ramen it is.
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3 thoughts on “Last Sunday

  • I LOATH living in an apartment. Thankfully this time we are downstairs but the people upstairs sound like elephants. Plus, I hate having absolutely no privacy, no yard for my kids to play in, no space. I mean, I like cozy but this small is just painful. I feel like there is no end in sight to it either. We've been looking for homes and trying to save money but it is one thing after another. It is stressful and depressing…Sorry for the rant. ha. Obviously I'm having some issues.

    Glad you are all moved back in and feeling less stressed. šŸ™‚

  • So sorry for all of that stress!!! I am happy for you all that you have found a happy medium for the time being. Hoping you find a good place with enjoying your home a bit longer and the stress eases for you.

  • We lived in an apartment for a while before we bought our house but I can't imagine living in an apartment again as I'd worry about the same things with the kids being noisy and then having to listen to other people's noise too. Space is at a premium in London so we have a tiny yard (which is more than a lot of people have) and bedrooms are small. I envy the space you have in your home but totally get why you'd be frustrated about the distance you have to go to the shops. Here I have everything within walking distance that I get annoyed if I have to drive at all. For the longest time I wanted so badly to move back to the US so I could drive everywhere and have so much more space. Now after 12 years in London, I'm finally seeing the good things about being here though I still missing living out there. I guess nowhere is ever everything we want and it's just a case of trying to find the positives and hope they outweigh the negatives.

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