4 days to go

We’ve had the final night in our own beds in our own house. 
Tonight the Family Shields is all tucked up in a hotel. 
It went about as well as feared. 
#1 Son has issues sleeping in a low down unfamiliar bed. 
The Tiny Tyrant refused to sleep in the provided travel cot so we tried her in the second kiddie bed:

First she climbed out. Then she fell out. 
I tried to “snuggle sleep” her into submission. That worked for all of 25 minutes. After being transferred to the cot she woke and screeched. So the upshot is, poor Jo-face is now trying to sleep in said kiddie bed and I’m curled up with the Tiny Tyrant who is now happily asleep while I blog under the covers. 
It is 21:30 and I am going to plug my phone in to charge and try and sleep. 

6 days left

Today was our last Sunday in the U.K. for the foreseeable. 
The countdown is real and scary now. 
It’s also exhilarating. 
Yesterday the hus-creature and I celebrated (a tad early but meh) ten years of wedded bliss. Our actual anniversary is Wednesday but that’s “van and tip run day” so it just wasn’t going to happen!
Thanks to the wonder of Red Letter Days vouchers we went to Kouzu in London and it was amazing! I luffs the husband creature. 
Today was our going away bash and it was wonderful to see so many of our family and friends in one place!
I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would like with each person but I am grateful to everyone for coming 💗💗💗
We will be eating leftovers for days though!
And we have given away many electronic gadgets and I am now learning just how much we relied on the joy and wonder that is a microwave… and hoover!

9 days left

Single figures now. 

Plans are now coming together swiftly. 
The cat knows something is up. The Tiny Tyrant knows something is up (and is demon spawn hellbeast toddler as a result)
#1 Son has been having a tough week at school, and has started being sad about “missing his house”. Breaks my heart, but this is for the best. 
He’s getting his own little graduation ceremony next Friday to make up for missing the main one, hopefully it’ll help. 
New things achieved:

  • Cleared out medicine cabinet. 
  • Cleared out cupboards. 
  • Thrown away expired items. 
  • Donated relevant non-expired items to local homelessness shelter. 
  • Completed the last crochet projects intended as gifts. 
  • Dyed up the last of my yarn for a new project. 

Slowly but surely we are getting there. 

We’ve also seen a house that would be perfect, but we aren’t allowed to indicate an interest before Monday due to strange and bizarre realtor rules. 
Cross fingers for us, as the house is gorgeous, it backs onto a wood (so there is space for the kidlets to run around) and the  closest Elementary School looks amazing

12 Days to go

Well, give or take, given today is mostly over. 
Today we have:

  • Purchased a new mattress – turns out American mattresses are bigger than British ones so our cunning plan to replace stateside would not work. 
  • Purchased new pillows and cover protectors for same – new bedding won’t matter if it’s too big because YAY bigger duvets. And the nice salesman gave us a discount because of large purchases. 
  • Arranged delivery of new mattress, and more importantly, paid for the removal of the old one! I don’t have to throw my back out (more) trying to get the bastarding thing down the stairs!
  • Picked up new glasses and sunglasses – I can SEE!
  • Organised the medicine cabinet. I have sorted my makeup (and thrown a lot away), the actual medicines, and organised the drawers so we now know what we actually have.  And man does the Tiny Tyrant have a LOT of hair bows!!!! I will be dropping a bag of toiletries to thelocal homelessness shelter tomorrow. 

So all in all, productive day was productive.  
I mean, seriously how many does she need?

Just turned off my alarms

The Tiny Tyrant usually wakes up before 07:00 anyway. 
But still, it feels weird. 
Tomorrow is the true start of SAHM-dom. and I am more than a little apprehensive. 
But, I got a great send off: 

Drank far too many Bellinis, and sobbed all over my lovely boss. Who I will miss a lot. 
In fact, I’m going to miss everyone. 
This is the start of a new chapter and I’m going to embrace it wholeheartedly, and hopefully people will stay in touch. 
I haven’t been brave enough to open my card yet…. 

And then there was one

One day left. 
I have to admit, it doesn’t feel quite how I expected it to. I’ve been there so long, it’s part of my identity, now that is changing in a fundamental way. 
It’s going to be amazing, and I’ll have opportunities to watch the kidlets grow, but I’m apprehensive. 

I had confirmation that my childcare vouchers had been cancelled, and we received Tiny’s last UK nursery invoice (less than £60 to pay after voucher deductions) so again, more solid proof. 
I have a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach and still no leaving speech…

3 days left in employment

Half a week left as a working parent.  Blimey. I’m sure I will be able to do lots of excellent things with my free time.  Just think of all the crocheting/knitting I’ll have time to do…

Things that we have achieved since the last update (not necessarily in any order of importance):

  • Plane tickets are now booked – we have a block of four seats (window-aisle, window-aisle) so each child has their own seat and can be caged in by a parent.  No immediate neighbors to annoy.  We are close to the toilets (where there are diaper-changing facilities) which is vital for both feral small people.
  • House sale has stalled a bit – don’t pay peanuts for conveyancers – total monkeys and no organ grinders!
  • All outgrown baby things (apart from a few genuinely sentimental items) are now in new homes.  Feels great to have the space back and to pay generosity forward.
  • I have frogged at least one WIP that was distressing me and thus have one less unfinished project on the guilt pile.
  • Started saying proper goodbyes – tears are definitely being shed.  Not so good for my mental state but a necessary evil.
  • Going-Away-Party plans are progressing.

There are other things, but mostly on the small pile.  Oh and I can’t look at dogs to adopt because I’m not in the USA yet… boo

Getting (more) things done

This is a gradual process, but wheels are definitely moving again.  Things that we have done since the last update:

  • Sold the car.  There is a non-weathered, car shaped gap in front of our house!
  • Emptied out the attic.  Our recycling bin is full.
  • Withdrawn the Tiny Tyrant from nursery, her last day is Friday 14th July!
  • Organised catering for the going away bash.
  • We have our temporary accommodation confirmed!

This last point is the most important – so many ‘next steps’ have hinged on needing an address in Massachusetts.  And we have one now!

And it’s a stone’s throw away from the hus-creature’s office so that will be a smoother transition for him since it’s been over seven years since he began working from home.

So we can have our flights booked, the movers have a preliminary address for the air crate, though the sea crate needs to be sent to where we have a lease signed.

This is a very welcome development.

It is so looooooonely 😂

5 weeks til take off

Which means three weeks left in gainful employment for me.

This is a hard thing to get my head around.  Still so much left to do.  And I’m leaving at basically the worst possible time ever for my current boss.

(Sorry Chris!)

We still don’t actually know where we’ll be living for those first few weeks but hey, who needs a roof over their heads right?

Not going to speculate much on politics directly here, but the current storm in Blighty makes me feel a bit less reticent to up sticks.

#1 Son was talking about how ‘I can’t wait to go to America’ today.  Not sure if that is because:

  1. He gets his own room back
  2. Proximity to beach
  3. Prospect of actual snow (which for a five year old is amazing)

Or all of the above.  Another meeting with the school on Monday.  Not looking forward to that.  Roll on July 15.


Is sometimes complicated. 

I’ve said before that I thought that Kindergarten would be good for #1 Son – repeating Reception as he’s struggled. 

Well today proved it. A very bad day today. I’m still terrified of the backlash from the move but am more convinced than ever that it’s the right thing. 

To my audience at home: Never have children