As you may recall, Kevin and I were going to move in with dad before he passed away. Originally we'd set a target date of the end of March, but discovered that was a somewhat unrealistic goal. I'm not sure if you're aware of it or not, but trying to paint, pack up two houses, and work two full-time jobs, well ... it's a bit stressful to say the least. By mid-February we knew we'd have to extend our target move date to June.
In the meantime of course, dad passed away. But - we will still be moving into the house. It was kind of the plan that, when the time came, Debbie and I would split things down the middle. We would buy Deb out of her share, since her family's roots are in TO, and Kevin and I would keep the house. Sounds easy, but trust me, there are a ton of paperwork issues. However, the fact remains that when all is said and done, this is what will have happened, and Kevin and I will live many long and happy years in our family home.
Initially when we were going to move in with dad, we were just going to paint a few rooms. Now that dad's gone, we're painting them all, which, while it will look fabulous and be hugely rewarding when we're finished, for the moment, we're absolutely and utterly exhausted.
We're beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and realize it's not a train on the other end. These last nine months have been a crazy, confusing whirlwind. Now that we're beginning to reach the end of the tunnel, we are ready to get back to our somewhat normal lives and relax for a bit.
This weekend we will pretty much be finished with the painting. We still have one hallway, one ceiling and lots of trim work to complete, but we're getting there! Tomorrow, the furniture that we're donating will be picked up; Monday, they will begin removing the carpet and getting ready to refinish the hardwood floors; the following Saturday, the bedroom carpeting will be installed. Then, all (all?)we have left to do is finish packing our current house, move furniture, and put things away. We've been taking some photos along the way and I can hardly wait to begin sharing them with you!
Luckily school is nearly out and we'll both be on vacation soon. Our goal is to have everything finished by the time we return to work in August. Wish us luck!