For those of you who don't know already, we are moving in a few weeks. So, on Friday, Eva (the rental agent) called and said that she had someone who wanted to come see the house on Saturday at 3pm. That sort of put me into a panic because I wanted our house to look really nice for anyone who is interested in looking. I would hate it if they were totally turned off because our house was too cluttered or dirty. So, we woke up and got to work Saturday morning cleaning the bathrooms, doing laundry, vacuuming, etc. For the most part I was pretty satisfied with the end result, but in NO way thought it was perfect. So, Jakob and I left and went to the pool because I didn't want to hear any comments they would make while looking around. Brad stayed home because Josh was taking a nap.
When we got home from the pool, I asked Brad what they thought about the place. He said they used the word "immaculate." That shocked me. It put a smile on my face, but shocked me! NEVER would I EVER call my house immaculate. But, what mattered is that they were impressed and hopefully will be approved to rent it after we move out.
I personally find it funny that they thought it was so well kept...didn't they notice Jakob's artwork on the wall in the stairway from that time he got into my make-up? Didn't they notice the crayon stripes on the doorframe of the bathroom by Joshy? Didn't they notice the smudges and fingerprints all over the sliding glass door that I forgot to wash? Didn't they notice those toys sticking out from under the couch that weren't put away? Didn't they notice how dusty the blinds were in my bedroom? Or the piles of "stuff" that have collected on top of my dresser?? I could go on and on...but I won't. Thank goodness their idea of "immaculate" is very different from my own!!!!!
On another note...we are excited to start packing up. We bought a lot of boxes from someone off of craigslist and are ready to start packing all of the stuff that we don't use every day. Since we have moved so many times you'd think that we have a good system by now. Well, the only thing I have sworn to do this time is to have at least 95% of our stuff boxed up before everyone shows up to help us move. In the past we have probably only had about 60%...so that left a lot for us to do on our own without extra help.
Here's some interesting info:
Move #1: From our first 1 bedroom apt. to a 2 bedroom. I was about 3 months pregnant with Jakob.
Move #2: From the 2 bedroom to a 3 bedroom apt. Jakob was about 7 weeks old.
Move #3: From the 3 bedroom apt in Sandy, UT to Brad's parents' house in Fountain Valley, CA. Jakob was 11 months old.
Move #4: From his folks' house to our first place in FV. I was almost 6 months pregnant with Joshua.
Move #5: From that place to our current place. Joshua was 6 months old.
And coming up, Move #6: From our current place here in HB, back to FV. I will be almost 6 months pregnant with baby #3.
Kind of interesting that we have moved during each of my pregnancies, and within the first year of all of my kids' lives. Luckily most moves have been local and not across the country or overseas! I am grateful for that at least! I am also grateful for the chance it gives us to purge a lot of clutter and junk. (And then more of it finds its way back into our life once we move!)