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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. 

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