WE ARE IN! We have officially and successfully (?) moved down the road and around the corner – literally. We had come to the point where the house we were in was too small and either we build a new house or we come to some sort of arrangement with my in-laws where they moved out and we moved into their much larger farm house. I mean – our house was
adequate fine, but for the past 6 years we had been living without a functional basement. The flood of 2011 paired with a high water table and ALL.OF.THE.WATER in the Turtle Mountains running through our basement to Whitewater Lake every spring – it was time for an upgrade. They boys were sharing room, we had one bathroom for five people (pre-teen kids should count as 3 people so it felt like 11 people vying for bathroom time), our kitchen was our dining room and the living was also the playroom (due to the basement being unusable). It physically felt like we were living in a 3 bedroom apartment – BUT- we had enough stuff to fill a house.
We originally moved into our old place in the summer of 2006 – I was very pregnant with baby #1 and it is the house where all three of our babies came home too. I remember having friends over and fitting 8 adults plus kids (only a couple because it was before we all had babies) at a table in our kitchen/dining room and asking whoever was sitting closest to the oven to move because the garlic bread had to come out. It is in that house where our kids had a lot of their baby/childhood firsts – laughs, birthdays, meltdowns, projectile vomit, Christmas mornings – the good and the bad. It is the home where we learned about births and deaths. Where we grew from a young married couple to a family of 5. In the last couple of years you could say we were
cramped, squished, cozy in the house.
This spring we were talking with my husbands parents and they knew we needed more space and that they were not ready to move to town. So they bought a trailer to move onto our yard and so began the process of swapping yards and the move down the road and around the corner. After months of getting everything ready and packed – it happened. My goal was to always be moved by Christmas – we had to – there was no room in my living room at the old house for a Christmas tree and I wasn’t about to string lights and put a star on the boxes that consumed the living space. So the first week of December – we did it. We moved – and the heavens opened and the angels sang.
The space – I have never been so thankful for a basement and two bathrooms and a separate dining room/kitchen. Everyone has their personal space back. It’s wonderful. I have a functioning dishwasher – it’s amazing – its my new bff. Everything has a place – there is no overlap of rooms – the living room is not the playroom – the kitchen is not the dining room – our bedroom is not the farm office. We can have people over now and we have space for them to sit in the living room (well actually we can comfortably sit 12 in living room at the moment because my husband has moved all the couches in there and we have, what I call, surround seating)
Yes, there are some renovations we would like to do – but for now – we are happy and working towards making my husbands childhood home – our home.