Movin’ on out

And so it came to pass on the appointed day in February, in the Year Of Our Lord 2017, that the eldest of my children, she who sprang first from my womb, who is called Laurent (and sundry other nicknames too many and varied to recount in this space) did pack up her belongings and get herself gone from my domicile, with abundant help and assistance from siblings, grandparents, and yay, verily, even her father and myself; for she did think it good and right that she should go out into the world and begin her life as an independent and fully self-sufficient adult.

And we agreed, and behold, it was very good.

Pics of the day.
(Toggle the i in the upper-right corner for descriptions of the move;
FS will give you full screen and SL slide show).


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Grandpa's GMC was on hand to help transport boxes etc.
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The surprising thing about Big Red is that it is pretty useless as a cargo van. It's a people mover, and it does that very well. But to move anything else around, you have to take other stuff out!
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For example, carseats. The seats themselves actually come out too, but that's a huge job, so we tried to simply wedge things in as best we could.
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In the apartment, there is a split-bathroom layout, divided with vanity and linen closet on one side, shower and toilet on the other, with a hallway between.
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Bedroom, view 1.
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Bedroom closet - a whole wall, with some shelves, not bad!
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An adorable big-li'l bro posing in the bathroom.
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Cute kitchen, view 1.
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Cute kitchen, view 2.
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The dining area beside the kitchen and looking down the hallway to the bedroom.
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Ma Heidmann brought a housewarming gift of wine, wine glasses, and a bowl of her gourmet chex mix.
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Efrain and Sarah opening the dining table box.
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I'm so jealous, she has a gas stove.
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Me and my girlie.
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Back at home, while the moving was going on across town, we were busy with another exciting move - switching Paul, the baby and myself out of the office bedroom and back into the master suite. It's been years since we used that room, having long ago given it up to the three girls. However, now that there are only two of them in there, it didn't make as much sense to them to stay there, and they insisted on the switch. I didn't work too hard at objecting. 🙂
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Megan it was who did the bulk of the work in moving all the girl's things out, taking down the bunks, and moving our things in. She is phenomenal!
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The living-room disaster area mid-move.
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She is so strong, that girl!
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The bunkbeds that Paul built so many years ago to fit in this room were constructed the way he builds everything: Solidly. So solidly, in fact, that there were bolts that simply could not come loose. After lengthy efforts, Megan finally resorted to getting out a saw to try to saw through the board. The first one she tried was not up to the task.
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This saw was bigger. She hoped it would do the trick.
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And --- success!!
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Back at the apartment in the evening, after picking up the new couch and dresser at American Furniture Warehouse.
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All the kiddos had to come along to see her new place!
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Oh yes, here's the shower side - with her brand new curtain.
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Babbums playing with the mirror.
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Babies love mirrors.
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And there's her lovely new peacock-blue loveseat - just right for a tiny-house!
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Leaving all the cupboard doors open is a gift the siblings needed to leave their sister before departing.
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She has acquired such pretty utensils, too! I know she will delight in using them.
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And a few pics from our new bedroom.
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So much space! It is a lovely retreat when I need a few minutes of comparative quiet - but it's actually become a great place to congregate, as the children have discovered. 🙂
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Paul's corner.
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My sleepy-time chair. It ain't fancy (we ain't fancy folk), and I have some decorating work to do, but still, I'm grateful.

 

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