Skip to main content

The Big Move: We Trade Our Big Home Over North for a Condo Near Lake Harriet

We had one day to get all of our stuff onto the moving truck. Originally it was just going to be Scott and Tyler loading everything. My dad called the day before saying he would drive up for the night to help. 

Tyler and I picked up the giant Budget Rental truck and when we got back Mr. Mike was already there. Mr. Mike, Tyler and I (with some help from Meadow) spent the rest of the day packing up the huge rental truck.

When they picked me up from work the majority of our house was already emptied.

Meadow insisted on sleeping on the floor next to my dad instead of her bedroom.

She really loves spending time with her grandpa even if it's just sleeping. Brooke and I rolled out to our closing while Mike and Tyler finished packing. Without those two this move would've been impossible.

After our easy closings they met us over at our new condo. Back in the summer during all of our travels I joked we should just live in a condo since we are hardly home to work on our house. When it came time to look for houses we looked at both condos and homes. The condos seemed more and more like a great idea.

On the night of our final walk through our realtor asked if we chose a condo because we are gone 35 weekends of the year. We corrected him saying you mean 42 weekends? To some people we are going backwards. Most people move out of a condo when they want to have a family. We are moving into one and adding another member to ours.

We're also be blocks away from Lake Harriet, an ice rink and sled hill and either a short bike ride or walk to lots and lots of restaurants and shops. Meadow can also go to school right down the block. We had made so many friends over North, but we were ready to be back on the southside of Minneapolis.

Peanut quickly found a few nooks to hide in.

In a few hours we had all of our stuff in our new home.

Why is it always quicker to move in than move out of a home.

The next few days were spent finding places for all of our stuff. We did get rid of a lot of things, but we still have a lot.

We have plenty of closets in the condo plus a storage unit in the basement and a garage for our canoe, bikes, snowshoes, skis, etc.

The first few days we didn't really make any meals. We finally made big pancakes three days in.

At this point we had to eat surrounded by boxes full of our stuff.

The boxes were becoming fewer and fewer throughout the first weekend.

On Sunday afternoon the living room was still a mess.

Before we knew it we had a living room again.

Leftover Chinese delivery for Brooke and I and fried eggs for Meadow.

All the unpacking was wearing my little pregnant self out. Meadow had been asking for days when we could watch tv again. Today we finally reached the area to the tv.

After TV time we broke out her new train expansion pack. Now she can build some epic train tracks all around the living room. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Meadow's 3rd Birthday Party with Special Guests Mr. Mike and G.G.

My parents called the day before they arrived saying that they were coming for the weekend. My mom had to work late on Friday so they left early Saturday. This weekend turned out to be super humid and hot. As soon as they arrived I suggested we go to the Science Museum. Mr. Mike was astounded by the the museum. Partway through our visit we took a break to see a national parks documentary in the Omnitheater. This was Meadow's first movie.  I was surprised to see a lowly midwest locale featured. At one point in the film they went ice climbing at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. So cool. There was so much to see here that we didn't quite get to everything. And this is the second time we've been here in the past few months.  It was actually less busy on a Saturday than during the week when school groups are here. As we were trying to leave we kept finding more things to do. I had a chance to see space. You look astounded. Must be

Grand Rapids to the Gunflint Trail: A Work-cation

Scott had a few jobs in Northern Minnesota to do so he packed them all in to one week to make a trip out of it.  I offer a special rate for my 360 photography to Minnesota tourism businesses through Explore Minnesota.  We would be making stops in and around Grand Rapids, Duluth, Grand Marais and the end of the Gunflint Trail. Of course I have to bring the family along.  If I'm going to have to take off work to stay home with the kids, I might as well come along too.

Honeymoon But With Kids: Fayette Historic State Park, Kitch-iti-kipi and Lake Michigan Camping

Day 6 This day would see us exploring the south shore of the Upper Peninsula, which is oddly the North Shore of Lake Michigan. We luckily had a break in the rain when we headed to Fayette Historic State Park . We were surprised to see an almost empty parking lot when we arrived. This was one of our favorite stops 10 years back. Theo found something stinky in the old furnaces. Eventually Meadow wasn't bored. It's kind of amazing how much survived after it was no longer a vacation town. I was hoping more restoration had been done since our last visit but that didn't seem to be the case.  I think they wanted to maintain this weathered look, but the roofs had started growing moss. It was still fun to revisit.  It's hard to imagine this place being a bustling town.  Scott taught the kids how to play checkers in the children's exhibit. This would spark their obsession with the game for the rest of the trip.  Someone wasn't happy that he lost.  This kid cannot stand lo