Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Digs

Phew, what a month.

As you may or may not know, we are on a quest right now. The Quest for the Right Home. This home must be accessible for Collin, have room outside for chickens and gardens and fruit trees, and be next door to my sister's family. Any one of these criteria is not much of a big deal, but all three together turn a simple house search into a Quest for the Right Home.

We have just entered stage two of this Quest: Apartmentdom. We sold our home in the spring, were allowed by the good graces of our buyers (and friends) to rent back for a while, but eventually needed to move along. Since we hadn't even put an offer on a property yet and since we are finding it more and more likely that we will have to build from scratch, we found an apartment that is a good fit for us and signed a year lease to buy ourselves enough time to get something done.

So the last month has consisted of getting all of our stuff out of the old space and into the new space while maintaining some sort of normalcy for Collin and keeping up with his appointments. We're tired, but thankful things went so smoothly.

We were a little nervous about making this transition with Collin. Though he has gotten to the point where he enjoys going outside and visiting some new places and people, he is very much a home body and always transformed almost instantly when we entered our house. But, though he did have a few rough days the first week, he has adapted with his usual resilience and now lights up when we come here.

I never thought I would be in an apartment again, but I have to say I'm really enjoying it. Being all on one floor is giving us a taste of what we will have in our new home and I sort of love being in a cozy space with my two guys. Also, every window looks out over grass and trees and when something breaks, I just call maintenance. You can't ask for much more than that.

First chaotic day in the new apartment.

Collin gets to sleep in a queen size bed now
that his room doubles as the guest room and
he loves it!