Monday, December 29, 2008

The master plan

Okay, so the next couple of weeks are going to be big ones for us. On Wednesday we're going to move all of our stuff into a storage unit and clean the apartment to as sparkling as we can get (if you've seen my tub, you know that it's not going to be anywhere near the actual definition of "sparkling").

We're going to be spending a week or so in our bishop's extra room in their basement. (They have a queen sized bed and Sis. T doesn't want me sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of somewhere. I have a feeling she's going to treat me like an invalid! lol)

Since the company's HR department has been out of town until today, Matt hasn't been able to sign any paperwork to officially accept the position, so we haven't been able to get in contact with the moving company. (if it hadn't been the holiday season, we'd have the paperwork signed and the moving company would probably be moving us on Wednesday, without the storage unit/homeless step in the middle). So hopefully tomorrow HR will fax us the papers, Matt will fill them out and fax them back, and we will be able to get in contact with the company's liason with the moving company. Maybe. There's not actually anyone in the mover's office until NEXT Monday. Not only that, but since the movers want to be there "every step of the way" we can't really sign a contract with the apartment complex we want on our own. They'd like us to do it through them. Matt's been in contact with the people at this complex since this summer when he spent some time in Denver during some downtime on his internship. We can get a good deal if we sign by the 8th of Jan, so I'm really hoping that we can get this thing going with the moving company soon!

So, overall, I'm stressed but excited. It's kind of weird to me to think that I'm actually moving out of Rexburg. I'm excited for Denver and for the changes this will bring in our life though!

And if any of you have any tips for long car trips with a toddler (mom? dad?), please share them! Erin gets fussy after about 2 hours in her seat, and the trip to Denver will take anywhere from 10-12 hours depending on the weather. (At least we won't be pulling a trailer!!) I'd like to keep our sanity and hers as much as possible, without resorting to something like bendryl to put her to sleep!


HRHSpence said...

1. let Matt drive most of the way and you sit in the back with the baby. Then switch when he is starting to drive erratically.

2. keep a traveling bag full of quite toys and snack foods that Erin likes.

3. take plenty of breaks along the way for her to get out of the seat and have a change of scenery.

4. keep some kind of chewy snack handy for when you go up and down in elevation. If she is chewing the pressure on her inner ear will not be so bad.

5. your attitude can determine if this is a fun or an arduous journey

sweetpea#1 said...

Do you guys have or have access to a portable dvd player for her to watch her favorite shows on? Darryl and I have even gone so far as to leave at bedtime or an hour before so that the drive is just her normal sleeping hours and she wakes up to her new home! That would just mean one or the other of you do A LOT of sleeping during the day or two before the drive to prepare to be plenty awake for the night drive. We have endured unbelievable traveling with small children and it is all about naps, timing, and portable dvd players. Good luck!!!