Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Yesterday afternoon, we took a break from packing and went to the pool for a couple of hours. Emily met a friend and they romped around in the water, while I drank iced tea and leafed through a vacation brochure. In February, Dan and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary by going on a cruise! Our friends (Dan's best friend/best man in our wedding) are celebrating their 25th also, and they're going, too!

Next to me at the pool were two young moms, each with a baby. The babies must have been about a year, maybe 15-months-old. One was just barely walking. I don't think either of the women sat in a chair the whole time I was there. They were in and out of the water with the babies, diapering, lotioning, covering, wrapping in towels. And all the while, chatting and laughing and enjoying their time together. Part of me was relieved to be able to sit and not have to tend to anyone else. And part of me ached with envy. To have my babies back, soft and sweet to hold, and kiss and swaddle in a beach towel, all warmed from the sun. And then, one of the moms was suddenly surrounded by three more, older kids. Digging in coolers, dripping on the dry towels, asking for money for the snack bar. I decided she was the one who deserved the cruise! And I thought back to the days when I schlepped all that stuff to the pool, along with my three kids, and how I would have sold one of them for the chance to go on a cruise! (Well, not really).

Today, it's back to packing. It's been a challenge, but in a good way. I've set up a huge supply of boxes, packing materials and labels and markers. The labels are colored and each floor in the new house has a corresponding color -- green for the basement, yellow for the main floor and pink for the upstairs. I've been writing the name of the room on each label and then the contents of the box somewhere close by. Emily is a master at organizing and packing. With a few directions, she'll pack up a bookcase or a cupboard in no time.

Tomorrow, we have closings on both of the houses, and our big move is on Saturday. All week the kids have been marking time with "this is the last Monday we'll be in this house," or "this may be the last time we'll have supper on our back porch." My thoughts are shifting from how-to-pack and what-to-give-away, to "where will we put the grandmother clock in the new house?" and "how will we arrange the furniture" and, the all-important, "where will we put the Christmas tree!"

For today, though, we're still packing boxes. And cleaning out the freezer. And cleaning the oven. And packing more boxes.

Stay tuned;)


Robin said...

Back then we always heard how fast the years would go. Now we know how very true those words are. But I'm learning that although things are different, they aren't bad, somethings are even better, but it is all different. And sometimes different is hard.
Good luck on Saturday - it all sounds so exciting!

Sandra said...

Time does fly doesn't it? When I was little it seemed to drag by but now it feels like I get up in the morning and it's time for bed LOL

Chappyswife said...

Karen, I loved what you wrote about the pool. I am not brave enough to try it with my 3, and I would definitely be the one packing all the stuff and never sitting down, and probably feeling sorry for myself for it.

So I really appreciate your perspective for how you were a bit envious. I try so hard to appreciate every moment, but then I have MY moments. :0)

You've got a lot going on! I hope this is a fun and memorable time for you with everything going smoothly. Have a good time!

Oh, & congratulations on 25 years. Happy Anniversary!

BClark said...

Robin is so right, time does fly. When I go through looking at pictures it takes me back and I would love to step back in time. When the kids are young you can feel the love, as they get older they seem so distant. Of course they are, they are all grown up with family and worries of their own. You are doing such an awsome job with your move, and great the family is jumping in to help so much. Best to you, Barbara

gail@more than a song said...

It does seem like not to long ago that we were the ones at the pool with so many little kids around! There are days I'd like to do it all again!
You're being so organized in your move, way to go! And sounds like Emily is a good helper. Can't wait to see pics later when you get all settled, or before. :)

Mac An Mhaighirtis said...

Congratulations on your new home. Your blog is terrific. I saving ever one and turning them in a book entitled "The Mountain Girl"

Send me a photo of your new house.

I also was appointed editor of the Retired Policemen and Firemen's Gazette. Its a newsletter that's published twice a year and gives all the scuttlebutt about everybody and everything. It should help me with my writing, which I'm still plugging away at.

Trailboss said...

Hey darlin, when you get your house in order hop over to my blog. I gave you an award.

Debi said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe you're managing to fit in blogging with all you've got going! Oh, and how I envy your organizational skills! I try, really I do, to be like that, but somewhere along the line I always seem to let things slip. Good luck on Saturday...what a busy, hectic, exciting day that will be!

And thanks so much for stopping by my blog! If you hadn't, I may never have discovered your wonderful place here!

Judy said...

We moved a year ago.

I started out organized, but those last few boxes...

I still have boxes in my garaged marked "Stuff".

Really. There is just some stuff that defies catagorizing.

I hope your move goes VERY smoothly

Jen said...

You will be done and back to order in know time flat. Good luck moving tomorrow and keep the wine somewhere you can get to it will need a drink tomorrow night about 8pm when everything is in the new home and you are totally exhausted....I'll be thinking of you this weekend,....good luck friend.

Sami said...

Hey Aunt Karen,
I can't believe you are moving! I can't wait to see the new house and everything but I will miss your old house too. I remember when we had to pack up all of our stuff but it was totally worth it. Good Luck. Tell Em hi

Kim said...

OH my. Read my latest post about Austen driving! I am right there with you--where did the years go. I too used to schlepp to the lake with towel, floaties, lunch, snacks, drink, books, sunscreen, ad infinitum!

I am looking forward to seeing pics of your new house. How totally exciting for you-- a lot of work, but so worth it in the end I am sure.

Have a fun on Saturday!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

So how did the move go??!!!!


Jen said...

How are things going?

Mac An Mhaighirtis said...

Hello Karen,

I like the house, lots of luck.

What's the extra garage for?...the butler.

I'll be 75 next years, is there a room for me in case I become homeless.

It looks like your moving from the lower East side as they say in the big apple to Park Ave.

Uncle Dick

Becky said...

Fun memories of toddlers and young kids. I remember those days well, and they did go so fast.

This year I have been asked to be a mentor for our MOPS group in town. It am so excited to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful young mamas.