In Transition

This weekend we moved out of the house we’ve been renting for the past six months.  I’ve never been happier to leave somewhere before.  After the break in, it was next to impossible to make that place feel like a home.  We are meeting today to sign our lease on our new house which is much bigger, in a much nicer neighborhood, and even has a pool!  This nice little upgrade is brought to you by TWO INCOMES!  Yay for employment!

Unfortunately, we can’t move into the new house until this weekend and so we packed up and moved everything into a storage unit for this week.  We get to move in on Sunday.  I can’t wait!

What all this means for today is that I am officially homeless.  Which isn’t necessarily a terrible thing considering where we just came from.  It also means that we have moved even more junk into my parent’s house.  We’ve been here for the past week and will continue to stay here this week until we move in next weekend.  Last week we had the things we needed to live in my parent’s house.  We brought out clothes and some of Bean’s toys and things like that.  But now that we have moved out, we brought even more crap home to mom and dad’s.

Now, there are miscellaneous boxes just hanging out all over the house.


And some of Bean’s bigger toys had to make the trip home with us, too. So the living room looks more like a daycare center.


And my mom’s big, clean kitchen counters have become flooded with the odds and ends that it takes to make our family run. Bean’s sippy cups, Goldfish, bread, snacks… The counters runneth over.


We’ve also moved our computer and office stuff into the breakfast nook, which means we are eating most of our meals as a family either at the formal dining room table or in the living room on our laps.


But the messiest area is without a doubt our bedroom. Chris, Bean, me, and the two dogs are staying in one of my parent’s guest bedrooms. We’ve got it as neatly organized as it can be, but we’re making a big stinking mess in there. Although, some of the things that look like a mess are really serving a purpose. Like, see that towel on the bed there? That’s Bean’s changing table, not dirty laundry.


And see that pile of random bags? Those each serve a purpose. One is my school bag, one is my bathroom bag with my toiletries, one is Bean’s new diaper bag (his old big one was stolen), and that big suitcase is full of shoes.


Oh, and look. There’s one of our televisions. Right there in our bedroom, in the box. How nice. And that’s our mail that we are trying to keep in one place so we don’t lose anything important during this transition period. And those are clothes that need to be dry cleaned (which I have to hide from my dad because he does laundry like a machine and if I leave clothing laying around, it’s going to be washed). See? All of that is useful, purpose-driven stuff.


Even though everything has some kind of use, it still feels a little chaotic. I keep losing things like my cell phone charger and the other day I even forgot where I put Lt. Dan!

But even with all of that going on, nothing can damper the excitement that Chris and I are feeling right now. We are so excited to be moving into the new house that we can’t even stand it! This new house has the same square footage as our house in Connecticut, so we’ll actually be able to unpack all of our things that we have had boxed up since we moved to Florida in March. I miss my serving dishes! I miss my candlesticks! I miss my throw pillows! And on Sunday, I GET TO SEE THEM!!

Until then though, I’ll be here at my parent’s house, trying to find my hair straightener and Bean’s left shoe. I know I’ve seen them here somewhere…

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51 Thoughts to “In Transition”

  1. The place you guys are going to move into sounds great! Glad you could find a place that you love.

  2. That is so exciting about the new house!!! And the pool, Bean is going to be in heaven! Good luck this last week and with moving, I can’t wait to see pictures/read all about it! How is the new job coming?!?

  3. That’s so awesome you’ll be moving into a new place soon. Best of luck to you guys!

  4. How exciting for you and your family!

  5. It sounds like everything is falling into place. Good luck with the move!

  6. I’m so happy for you guys that you got a new place! I know that staying with family is tough, but it’ll be over before you know it! 🙂

  7. I’m glad you found a great house! Good luck with the move next weekend, although I’m sure you guys are pros at it by now. Also, cute bag on top of the t.v.! =)

  8. If we had to move back into my parents’ house for three weeks with all of our junk all four of us would take up heavy drinking.

    Congrats on the new space. Happy moving!

    1. And by “all four of us” I meant my parents, Rich and me. We don’t give alcohol to the kids.

      Just Benadryl. 😉

  9. How very exciting!! congratulations =)
    The husband and I are going through some changes and there is slight chance we may have to in with my parents for a little bit (hopefully not) but it’s great to see that he and I will survive there =)
    Congratulations on everything — so happy things are looking up for you and your family!

  10. Tressa

    I’m gonna bet it seems chaotic at times, but none of you would have it any other way!! That’s just the way parents are! 😉
    Can’t wait to see pictures of the new pad, you should have us all over for a pool party! 🙂

  11. Hahaha, I can’t ever find my boy’s shoes and we’re not moving. At least you have an excuse for the mess 😉

    Congrats, hon. You deserve all of this excitement and happiness!

  12. Dianne

    Glad things are getting better for you all. Its about time the dark cloud move away from you and let some good sun in to brighten up you life;-)

  13. Congratulations on the new house! We lived with my parents for two months this summer through our transitional moving period and oh. my. goodness. I know what you mean about a mess. I got heartily sick of living out of suitcases and bags! Not to mention sleeping in separate twin beds all summer in my little brother and sister’s room while they were relegated to sleeping in their 15 year old brothers room!

  14. yay! i am excited for you and your new casa! it sounds like you have handled all of this craziness that has gone on with so much grace and I know that you and chris are closer for it all! …despite all of the random boxes and daycare living room, your parents are secretly probably really really happy their baby and grandbaby are there – all safe and sound! good luck moving this weekend and cant wait to read about it!

  15. Hooray for two incomes and a new place to live! That is WONDERFUL news!!!

  16. It’s great that you’re able to get into a new house so quickly. That isn’t easy to do!

    And I’ll tell you something I told a friend of mine who was in a similar situation years back. You said that you’re “officially homeless.” Well, except that you’re not. You and your family have a home you’re living in. To be homeless would mean that you and Chris and Bean were sleeping on the street at night (God forbid). So don’t forget to be thankful about having resources like your family to help you out in times like this. Those of us who have that kind of thing are really very lucky b/c there are so many who don’t – who would’ve had to stay in that house, scared, or lived on the street instead. You get to be safe and sound, with family you love and trust. You’re never homeless when you have family like that. 🙂

  17. This feeling of am-I-losing-my-mind-or-just-my-keys?, I get. We just moved from almost 3000 sqft to 1650 sqft, and I doubt we will ever, ever unpack.
    Congrats on finding a house! It’s funny how life unfolds sometimes.

  18. colleen

    I’m happy you got a camera. I didn’t enjoy reading what should have been photos! Best of luck with all of your new stuff- job, daycare, house, camera…

  19. A few things…

    1. Everyone needs a suitcase full of shoes

    2. I’m with your dad, I wash everything in the machine!
    … dry cleaning is for sissies! Or maybe its cuz I’m lazy and don’t want to lug my nice things to the dry cleaner or laundry mat…

    3. As long as you don’t misplace your son in all the hustle and bustle, I think you’re alright… just wait though, a couple years, a couple kids and a lot less brain cells later the kids will start getting lost… at least that’s what my mother warned me about…

    4. And of course, CONGRATS!!! 🙂 big virtual hugs and a virtual toast. I’ll have some wine in your honor tonight 🙂

  20. I totally played out the scene where you see Lt. Dan again and yell out,”Lt. Dan!” and jump into the water.
    I amuse myself. 🙂

    1. By the way, I am probably mixing up a couple of scenes. Now I feel dumb, but it was funny in my head at first.

  21. Amy

    Hooray! I can’t wait to see your new home!

  22. I really happy that y’all found a house to live in. Congratulations!

  23. So excited to see pictures of the new house, and to hear about your teaching! You will love teaching. It’s the best job ever. 🙂

  24. Sonya

    So excited that you’ll be able to unpack everything! You definitely have some great parents to take all of you and your stuff back for a little bit!

  25. A pool?! That’s awesome! I bet its tough now, but you definitely keep looking at the positive side of things. Who knew you could be so happy homeless 🙂

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  26. Your dad is a laundry maniac?? So where did you get your phobia from doing laundry?? 🙂

  27. Nikki

    Yay congrats Katie! I’m so excited to hear all the great news! I cannot wait toread about your moving adeventures and the start of your new job! Excited to see more pictures of Bean Man too! He is just too cute!

  28. Kat

    So excited for you guys to finally be settled in a space you love!

  29. Woo! Hoo! Hoo! A new job! A new house! A semi-new fish! All in the last month! Well that’s T-riffic! Sounds like Operation Bloom Where You’re Planted is a blooming success!

  30. Lt. Dan!!!!!! I hope you found him.

  31. Meant to tell you this earlier, but I’m so excited for you guys! We’re in the process of finding a place and getting ready to move and man, it sucks. Good luck with these next few weeks!

  32. Renu

    I am so happy for you guys! Looking forward to reading more about your new place..take care.

  33. Lisa

    Good luck with the move, I hope everything goes well for you!! I too am in a transitional stage and it really bothers me to not be settled so I can totally understand how you must have been feeling.

  34. Mom of 3

    Since you’ll have a pool in your yard I hope you’ll consider enrolling Bean in Safe Start survival swimming classes. They are offered at all of the YMCA’s in the area. They teach little ones to roll over and float if they should ever happen to fall in the water unattended. The program is amazing and all of my kids became excellent swimmers at a very young age because of this program. If you have any questions I’d be happy to tell you more about it.

  35. Oy Vey.

    I don’t know how you are doing it, and managing to sound chipper. Nothing bugs me more than not being able to find anything. Good luck on the move this weekend. Hopefully you guys are blessed with beautiful weather.


  36. Emilyc

    Congratulations on your new place – and have fun, sounds like you are going to have one busy weekend!

  37. Jenna

    So glad I found your blog through Bella Life and Im so glad I did. good luck with the move

  38. Jenna

    Wow i just reread my comment. Talk about fubbing up… opps

  39. Keshet

    I can’t wait to see photos of the new house! Good luck with the move!

  40. 1. I’m completely envious of your pink luggage. It’s adorable.

    2. You lost your fish? I don’t know if I’d be that careless if I was you… we’ve all heard tales of the underwater mafia.

    3. There is no number 3.

  41. Thank God for wonderful parents that are always there to help us out in a pinch!

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel!! YEAH for you!!



  42. Oh so happy for you guys and the new house with a POOL! I’d kill for a pool over here in SoCal especially where I live. Love the “changing table” and the box for the t.v. Classic! Happy Moving Day…its not too far away!

  43. Yay for a house!! We’re trying to sell our house right now and it’s a bugger, especially since I keep seeing houses I’d love to look at and maybe buy, but we have to sell ours first. It is what it is, and I’m really happy you guys got your new home! Can’t wait to see it!

  44. Adrienne

    It’s moving day! Sure you guys are happy to leave your parents’ house, and so excited to get to the new place! Can’t wait to read all about it. Congrats!

  45. Lissa

    MARCO??? MARCO???

    Miss you…

  46. How’s the new house? Does Bean like it? Is Lt. Dan swimming again?
    Can’t wait for your return. Checking back daily 🙂

  47. dear katie,
    i hope you and your family are doing well. i miss hearing about your life.
    love, melissa

  48. Sics Wife

    Dude! I NEVER comment, but you’ve forced me to. I’m going through MC withdrawal. Hope the move went well, though…

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