Monday, August 14, 2017

Moving Back

We've moved a lot, but we've never moved homes within the same city. Even though our year in Germany broke up our time in Tallahassee, it was sort of nice coming back to a familiar city. We are now living in a different part of town that we need to figure out, but we don't have to find a church, and we know how to get to work. It's nice!
We got to Tallahassee on July 31, and stayed with our dear friends the Kings that night. The next morning, we tackled a variety of moving related errands before signing papers and getting the keys to our new place. We like it! It's got a lot more light than the last place we lived (in the States, I mean). The inside of the kitchen cabinets is painted black which is so strange to me and I don't like that, but pretty much everything else about our new place is great. 

Here it is when we first walked through. Right now it's in a very transitional stage since we haven't been around, but here it was when it was pristine. They replaced all the flooring the day before we moved in which was so great!

A before picture, as we headed to get the moving truck. 

Nobody else ended up being available to load the truck, so it was just Carson and I. It took us six very long hours to get things from the third floor of the unit to the truck. 

Oh man. So bad.

I helped as best I could, mainly lifting only small things. A cart ran over my foot and put me out of commission for a little bit, and I took a "break" to walk up a hill (I forgot how steep Tallahassee hills can be!) and buy some Gatorade from a Walgreens, but for the most part, I was there too, not doing the heavy lifting and generally getting in the way.

At 6, some friends stopped by to help unload the truck, and that's right when Carson pulled up at the apartment with our stuff! It was so nice to have two guys there to help him with the heavy lifting. They were done in a little over an hour, even though they had to go up and down two flights of stairs into the apartment to do it. 

I went on another big Gatorade run while they finished up, and Carson ordered pizza that was scarfed down quickly before they all went to cool off in the pool (the pool is so close to our apartment!!!).

After they left, we tried to organize the boxes a little, and set up our bed. We were missing one piece of the bed frame, so we went back to the storage unit hoping it was among the few things left in there. We found it right behind the door, tucked away and almost hidden, but we found it! We stopped by Krispy Kreme on the way there because the hot light was on. 

The end of the day picture. Sweat not pictured.

This is how the living room looked at the end of the day. I set up the TV because finding that box wasn't too hard.

The dining room looks the worst (now) because all the boxes of Carson's books are in the corner there. He went to get those the next day.

Our friendly bed, ready for weary movers!

It was a busy week, so we made a list of things we needed to do.

The next day, we went on a hunt for a washer and dryer. We found a used set and it fit in the Pilot!

We had to get the set into our apartment ourselves, and that proved to be a struggle. As we were pulling and pushing the first one up the stairs and getting nowhere, a man from an apartment across the way, holding a small child, ran out of his apartment and helped Carson push while I pulled. He was holding his child the whole time! With his help, we got it up the stairs, and he had run back down to his apartment almost before we could thank him. We still had the problem of getting the dryer upstairs, but at that moment, someone from the Classics department walked by, and Carson said hello. They caught up (yes, he does live in this complex too) and Carson asked if he wouldn't mind please giving us a hand in getting it up the stairs. That definitely felt like a blessing from God, having those two just "happen" to walk by right when we needed help!

That day, we got all the things from the storage unit into our apartment and returned the keys to it. We had dinner out that evening (at 10pm because we were unpacking and lost track of time) and then got blizzards on the way home.

We settled down to watch a movie in our junky living room. Sometimes you just gotta take a break!

We unpacked and organized on Thursday, and then that evening, I had dinner with some old coworkers. My former boss is due with a baby boy any second now!

We did a lot of looking at storage solutions and things for the new apartment. Didn't buy anything, but we have our eyes out.

And we went by the Tax Collector's office to register and title our car and get new licenses. I didn't actually know we were getting new pictures taken, I thought we could just change the addresses, but apparently that's not a thing and we had to go through the whole thing again. I don't love my new picture but I've always HATED my old one. 

I made Carson smile in this new one and he looks a lot less murdery. His passport picture still looks a little too serial killer for my taste, but at least here he looks like someone who's safe to have on the streets.

Found my wedding dress while unpacking.

We went for a walk at our old favorite park, Cascades Park. They've added this walkway over Monroe Street in the time we've been gone.

It was a busy week! You're lucky that I didn't take pictures of all the times we were unpacking, because this post would have been way longer!

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