Saturday, May 23, 2009

Home Again, Home Again

Wednesday was a busy day for us.

I took my Mom to the airport, ending a 5 day visit filled with nailpolish, glitter, stickers, and treats. What are grandmas for?

I wrapped up a shortened work week, which was filled with late nights and many projects.

We played at the park with Big Sis' preschool class, ending her tenure as a "little kid", and officially readying her for the move into kindergarten. I'm glad one of us is ready.

And we packed up the car, loaded up the kids, and headed to Detroit to find a place to live. Big Daddy stayed behind to finish up the last of his finals {hooray! one more year down!}, so it was just the kids and I. 600 miles, 3 days, 2 kids, 1 crazy Mama.

Everything actually turned out well. I found a place that has 90% of what we wanted, which is about 50% more than I expected. It's less than 2 blocks from the hospital, and 3 blocks from an elementary school. It's small, but much more roomy than where we're at now. And it has a 2 car garage! No more scraping ice for twenty minutes before heading to the grocery! And a fenced yard for the kids. I am so, so happy. (As an aside - I never heard back from the owner of the other house I was interested in. I really thought that in this economic climate, a vacant house would mean money out the door & a landlord eager to secure steady tenants. Apparently that is not the case.)

It was not all work & no play. We took a break to search for Detroit cupcakes, and ended up here:

This little shoppe is located in Birmingham, a cute, upscale suburb with a rehabbed downtown. The cupcakes were decent, but nothing remarkable. I'm glad I know now, so I don't have to make the drive again. The quest begins....

We also swam at our hotel pool - OK, it was more like me bobbing up and down with the kids hanging on to me like howler monkeys - visited Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Baja Fresh, and even tracked down H & M!

An extremely long 3 days, but a success all around. Now the packing (and the sorting, the discarding, the trips to Goodwill...) begins. Let me know if you have a good source for boxes. I'm going to need plenty of them.

Oh yeah, and Happy 300th post to me!


The Robinson Bunch said...

WOW! I have a whole new level of respect for you!...driving 600 miles ALONE with 2 KIDDOS! holy cow! my hat is totally off to you!...congrats on finding a place to live! and a good place to get boxes would be either hyvee at the end of the day, just ask them and they will probably point you in the direction for the garbage can and walmart in the back of the store....good luck with the packing

Chrissy Jo said...

I agree with Tiffany... I too have an even higher regard for your amazing abilities! To do all that with your two kiddos in tow is not something worthy of the faint of heart. It requires determination, self motivation, patience of a goddess, and super hero powers that only few poses. I'm so glad you found a place to live! One less thing to worry about. I wish I had boxes for you. :-) Good luck as you pack, and let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Matt and Erin Pitcher said...

Way to be, Super-Mama! When we switched apartment, I got tons of those produce boxes with the lids at Hy-Vee. They said the best time to come and get them was in the morning around 8 or 9, before they got crushed.