The move on Saturday went perfectly according to plan and the weather was as beautiful as predicted. We had just enough room in the van for all of our furniture and boxes and everything seems to have survived the journey unscathed. I've been hording paper boxes from work for at least a month now because they really are the perfect moving box. They're big enough and sturdy enough to hold quite a bit of your stuff, yet, they're not so big that you can overpack them, making them too heavy and hard to handle. Plus, they stack so nicely and neatly! They made for easy loading.
Our neighbor, Chris, helped us on the Virginia end of the move and my cousin, Michael, helped us on the Maryland end and, let me tell you, having those guys around to give Jon a hand with the heavy, bulky stuff was so appreciated. I really don't recall having an easier move, ever. We managed to fit all of our furniture on my parent's first floor, which was a huge relief to not have to lug couches and tables and televisions up and down the stairs. We even set the study up as a "man room" for Jon with our comfy couch and huge t.v. Jon is a very happy boy.
Did I mention that we're still living in our condo until Thursday? We want to avoid the commute for as long as possible so we're basically squatting in our place. We're sleeping on an air mattress in the bedroom and have camping chairs set up in the living room, with our hamper serving as a makeshift table. Our only source of entertainment is my laptop, on which we've been watching movies from RedBox and shows from Hulu. On Sunday night, we got takeout for the very last time from our favorite Chinese restaurant and set up shop in the living room with a bottle of wine. It's actually kind of romantic and I think we'll look back on this week fondly. Jon took a picture of me drinking my wine out of a solo cup (classy!) so I'll be sure to post it here.
Other then that, we are all set for closing on Thursday. We have an enormous check ready to pay the difference at closing and everything else looks good! This experience is just a bookmark between the pages of our life and before we know it, we'll be able to start a new chapter in a new home and we'll be better and stronger for it.