Today the movers came and loaded up our PODS! I chose to stay out of the house for that whole process because wrangling four children who would be very interested in what was going on, and want to be underfoot, sounded like the least enjoyable thing I could do.
Allan kept Payson home to help out the movers. Payson was thrilled with this and very… what’s the word… proud? of himself. He felt really responsible and mature and was helping out the whole time the guys worked. I drove by a couple times (to bring Allan things from the store) and whenever he’d see me watching him he’d stand tall with his head held high. It was just the cutest thing in the whole world. I don’t want to ever forget how adorable he was, and willingly helpful, today!
I took Brooke to school and then took Sierra, Ember, and Everett with me to Wal-Mart to get one more roll of packing tape to seal up a few last boxes and also two padlocks for our PODS. On the drive home I realized I should’ve bought drinks for the movers and got cash back for tips. I hoped Allan already had cash since we’d talked about tipping them beforehand but it turns out he didn’t. So when I stopped by the house with McDonald’s breakfast for him and Payson (bought that on the drive home from Wal-Mart) he had me go back to the store to get drinks and cash. I went to King Sooper’s this time since it’s closer to our house.
After that I took the kids to Barnes and Noble to hang out for an hour or two while the movers finished up. We bought a couple things for the road trip: a couple books, a monopoly game, and a couple magnetic travel games.
We stopped at Sonic for lunch.
I got home and the landlord was at the house picking up the keys and garage door openers and checking out the cleaning job that was done and if there was damage to the house. She was really happy with how the house looked which made me and Allan happy!
We hung around taking care of a couple things at the house before going to pick up Brooke from school in the afternoon. Allan needed to hang some curtains back up that we’d taken down when we first moved in (they were butt ugly red and yellow curtains! blah) so since the kids were going nuts in the now empty house (they thought it was the coolest thing ever!) I took all the kids but Brooke to the mall. Brooke wanted to stay home and have alone time with Allan and talk to him while he hung up the curtains. Oh and he also reattached a giant wooden shelf to the wall in the laundry room. I have no idea why the landlord likes that thing up, it 100% made it impossible to get to the washer and dryer without having to bend at a really odd angle!
So at the mall we were going to play at the play area but turns out Ember was the only one short enough. It was filled with itty bitty kids and a sign, giant sign, was posted that children above a certain height can’t play. Darn! We went over to a fountain and threw about a dollar’s worth of coins, one by one, into the water instead. Then we went up to the food area to get a fruit smoothie. Except then I asked Payson if he got lunch today and he said no. So I got him Chik-fil-A. And Sierra and Ember were hungry by then (6pm) so I got them some, too.
Brooke and Allan ate leftover pizza. Allan’s also eating a chicken pot pie right now.
Since, once again, the kids were running around like mad in the empty house and we were worried about them making a huge mess somewhere (Payson peed on the floor twice today! Weird) we headed out to Bass Pro Shops to get Allan a shirt and basically just walk around and relax. The nearest Bass Pro Shops to our house in Idaho is clear over by Seattle so a 5 hour drive! We won’t go there more than once a year I bet.
So we got home from Bass Pro Shops and the whole family played My Little Pony Monopoly. Allan was Fluttershy. haha. It was fun!! Brooke hated the game because she wanted to win and she wanted this one property in particular that Payson bought at the beginning of the game and she was furious when he wouldn’t sell it to her. To be fair, he only had two properties so he was attached to them!
After the game I put Everett to bed and Allan gave Ember a chocolate zucchini muffin (from Costco) and then took her with him to go fill the car with gas. They just got back a minute ago and she was asleep so he’s going to put her straight in bed. And I have to organize our belongings that are left and load up the sequoia because 6am tomorrow we’re driving away!
When we brought Allan and Payson breakfast Payson ran up to the car to see us. He was feeling so grown up and proud. We all complimented him and gushed about how great of a mover he was and he was tickled.