Wednesday, March 21, 2012
We're not the betting type.
We don't visit casinos, I rarely buy lottery tickets and I haven't filled out a March Madness bracket in years.
But this week we've had a family bet going - which U-Haul design would grace the side of our moving truck?
We're weird that way.
The kids REALLY got excited! You should have seen them on the drive home from school yesterday. They BEGGED me to take them right home so they could see the truck's design. Unfortunately for them, we had about two hours worth of errands to run. By the time we turned onto our street they were straining their little necks for the first glimpse at the side of the truck...and who had won the bet. Shad picked the manitee, I wanted a canoe, Alek was sure we would get the fish, Anya picked a flower and Maddie wanted a butterfly.
Nick won. It's a moose.
I don't know how ANY of us could have gotten it right with all the design choices, but he says he 'felt' it. ;) Anyway...Nick was presented with a movie-size box of M&Ms as a prize. He was thrilled. It's the little things, really. We've used the guessing game to help build excitement for each of our last few moves. It makes picking up and moving across country a little easier to swallow if you have some chocolate to help it go down. ;)
Day one of packing went well. Actually, I should clarify...Shad did well. I sat at my computer feeling guilty all day because I had to finish some freelance writing assignments.
Never fear! I get to do my part today. We're about a third of the way done. Shad packed all the non-essentials yesterday. Our 'new' house is WAY too small so we're putting a TON of stuff in storage...and all of that is going in the front of the truck.
And when I say WAY too small, I mean it. It's a one bedroom house that has been turned into a three bedroom by finishing a basement. We'll be packed in there like sardines, but that's alright. It's temporary.
Yes, that's how we do things in the Sunflower household. We find temporary solutions. ;) The town we are moving to has a housing shortage. A severe housing shortage. I think we were lucky to find this thing. We do, however, have a lead on a much larger house that should come up for rent in December. And it's in Tiny-Little-Town (still looking for names)...which is good, because that is where the kids are going to school.
We visited Tiny-Little-Town during our College Town housing search last weekend and I have to say, I love it. The district superintendent volunteered to met with us at the school (on short notice no less) and gave us the grand tour...on a SATURDAY! She was genuinely thrilled to have the kids move into the district (I think it has something to do with us increasing their student population by 5%!)
She took us through the whole school, opening doors and answering every one of our questions without acting like we were putting her out. And she engaged the kids in a way I haven't seen in a long time. She is FANTASTIC.
That sealed the deal.
That, and the fact that we had the whole town (and I'm not exaggerating...much) looking for a home for us. We had real estate agents calling clients, neighbors calling neighbors and bank presidents following leads. In the end, we didn't come up with housing in Tiny-Little-Town, but we did come away with the feeling like it would be a fantastic place to live.
It's a bit 'Mayberry-ish'...which is just fine with us. After all, how many towns still have country music piped through the downtown music system. Seriously. Oh, and they have one of those A-Frame community notice boards sitting in the intersection of First and Main.
I love it! Of course ask me that again in a few years after we re-discover there are no secrets in small Kansas towns. But that's okay...we'll still take it. We believe the small class sizes will be just the ticket for Nick who is still struggling in math and for Maddie who, while doing fantastic in school, could use the extra one-on-one attention. Alek is excited that he won't have to worry about trying out for a team...he'll get to play, regardless...AND he can get his driver's permit in a couple of months. (Lord, help us, please!)
Anya is our wild card in this move. She says she's fine...but she's one of those 'waters run deep' people. She can appear totally fine on the outside and truly be struggling on the inside.
Sigh. We'll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, Shad starts his new job on Monday...so the packing continues. In earnest.