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).
2017 0204_Movin On Out
Grandpa's GMC was on hand to help transport boxes etc.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_100910n1webcopyright.jpg]230
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![img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_100919n1webcopyright.jpg]200
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.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_113235n1webcopyright.jpg]180
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.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_113255n1webcopyright.jpg]210
Bedroom, view 1.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_113311n1webcopyright.jpg]190
Bedroom closet - a whole wall, with some shelves, not bad![img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_113321n1webcopyright.jpg]200
An adorable big-li'l bro posing in the bathroom.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_113400n1webcopyright.jpg]190
Cute kitchen, view 1.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_113410n1webcopyright.jpg]190
Cute kitchen, view 2.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_113421n1webcopyright.jpg]180
The dining area beside the kitchen and looking down the hallway to the bedroom.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_113536n1webcopyright.jpg]170
Ma Heidmann brought a housewarming gift of wine, wine glasses, and a bowl of her gourmet chex mix.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_113817n1webcopyright.jpg]160
Efrain and Sarah opening the dining table box.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_114241n1webcopyright.jpg]170
I'm so jealous, she has a gas stove. [img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_114337n1webcopyright.jpg]190
Me and my girlie. [img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_131555n1webcopyright.jpg]180
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. 🙂[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_131650n1webcopyright.jpg]170
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![img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_131716n1webcopyright.jpg]150
The living-room disaster area mid-move.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_133654n1webcopyright.jpg]150
She is so strong, that girl![img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_133746n1webcopyright.jpg]150
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.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_134050n1webcopyright.jpg]160
This saw was bigger. She hoped it would do the trick.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_134128n1webcopyright.jpg]130
And --- success!![img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_202655n1webcopyright.jpg]130
Back at the apartment in the evening, after picking up the new couch and dresser at American Furniture Warehouse.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_202918n1webcopyright.jpg]120
All the kiddos had to come along to see her new place! [img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_203043n1webcopyright.jpg]130
Oh yes, here's the shower side - with her brand new curtain.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_203045n1webcopyright.jpg]140
Babbums playing with the mirror.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_203049n1webcopyright.jpg]130
Babies love mirrors.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_205607n1webcopyright.jpg]150
And there's her lovely new peacock-blue loveseat - just right for a tiny-house![img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_205621n1webcopyright.jpg]150
Leaving all the cupboard doors open is a gift the siblings needed to leave their sister before departing.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_205629n1webcopyright.jpg]150
She has acquired such pretty utensils, too! I know she will delight in using them.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_215404n1.jpg]160
And a few pics from our new bedroom. [img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_215412n1.jpg]160
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. 🙂[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_215423_001n1.jpg]140
Paul's corner.[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2017-0204_movin-on-out/thumbs/thumbs_20170204_215446n1.jpg]170
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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