Tomorrow the movers are coming to start packing our household goods, which means by Thursday afternoon all of our furniture, the television, all of the Agent's "big" toys, and about 70-80% of everything else we own will be crated and ready to ship to the United States. (We will not see it all again until early June.) There will be one more smaller shipment closer to our move date, so we are able to keep some things, including a selection of clothes, toys, and kitchen items, but we will be using borrowed furniture for the next two-ish months. Today's list: Ten Items Not Getting Packed Just Yet (aka, what Momma and the Agents don't want to be without without long term).
|Empty cabinets are so much fun (April 2010)|
2. Coffeepot . . . three Agents + tired Momma + slight vanilla nut creamer obsession = necessary to keep the coffee flowing as long as I can.
3. Books (for Momma) . . . my Bible plus two other books I have started. (I'm always reading a minimum of two books, usually three.)
4. Books (for the Agents) . . . we're boxing up their bookshelf and keeping out our recent windfall of books instead.
5. Television . . . okay, I know I said we were sending the TV, and we are; they won't ship anything that large/heavy with the second shipment. However, we recently "acquired" a completely functional 21-inch TV that someone had left at the dumpster. So we get to enjoy at least six more weeks of Dora, Mickey, and Super Why. Not to mention all those extra Friday Night Campouts with movies.
|Julia helping to unpack (April 2010)|
7. Cloth diapers . . . trying to hold off as long as possible before switching over to disposables, given that we'll likely be using them for at least a month while these are in transition.
8. Other toys . . . we're also keeping an array of Agent entertainment, including a bin of "critical" stuffed animals, blocks, tons of art supplies, some musical/noisy toys, and a few random puzzles.
9. Printer . . . we use it frequently enough for homeschooling printouts (and just-for-fun coloring pages) to make it worth keeping.
Now our closets are pared down, the kitchen is at bare minimum levels, and organizing is in full swing. The next two days should be interesting, particularly for the Agents. They've done pretty well with helping to decide what stays and goes, and I think they'll be okay seeing their things packed up. (It's not their first time, but it's been a while.) Wish us luck.