X is for an X-tra Special Moving Post

Ha! Who am I kidding?

Sadly, this post isn’t as x-tra special as I’d hoped. I’ve had movers packing my house into cardboard boxes for the last two days.

We have a lot of books...

Today, they’ll load all of our crap onto a moving van and drive it away. My husband, daughter, dogs, and I will be staying with my hubby’s parents for the next two weeks (that might sound crappy, but my in-laws are pretty awesome), and then we’ll be jumping into our trucks and driving to California.

You’d think I’d be well versed in the fine art of moving by now. This is certainly not my first rodeo, after all. Let me tell you: It does NOT get easier.

When the moving van is gone, when our house is exceptionally clean, when our new tenants have signed for their keys, and when we figure out our living situation in California, the cloud of stress that’s been hovering over my head for the last few months will finally dissipate.

Until then…

Thoughts on moving? Advice to offer? Anecdotes? Stiff drinks?


40 thoughts on “X is for an X-tra Special Moving Post

  1. kford2007 says:

    I grew up an army brat and we were always moving. My parents made sure that I always faced each move as if it were an adventure. We played road trip games, stopped at monuments, experienced the world Your little one is still young and may miss her friends she’s made. Instilling a sense of adventure and fun may help make the transition easier for her, too. Show her pictures of where you’re going. Make up stories together of all the things you might do together and give her an outlet to express her fears. You guys are going to be great.

    As for you, Mom…find your strength in your family. It will all be over soon. As long as you’re together, the world doesn’t seem so scary and out of control. *Hugs* coming your way. Keep us posted on your travels and all the cool places you’ll go along the way.

    • katyupperman says:

      Such fabulous advice, Jenny! I think we’re doing a good job of keeping a positive attitude for our daughter, but my husband and I are starting to feel the stress. Taking more time to appreciate family and the adventure of it all is a fantastic reminder. You rock! 🙂

  2. Temre Beltz (@TemreBeltz) says:

    Thinking about you and your family, Katy! It sounds nice that you will be staying with your in-laws for a couple of weeks – I bet it will give you a chance to regroup, take a deep breath, and then get really excited for your move to California! I live in Southern California and there is so much to do here and lots of fun things especially for families 🙂 I think kford2007 is totally right about this being another page in your family’s adventure story! Oh! That totally makes me think of Swiss Family Robinson!! Not that you guys are going on a boat (or moving to a fancy tree house, though I actually think that would be really neat, at least for a little while!), but wasn’t that a great family movie? I LOVED that one when I was a kid 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Ha! How awesome would it be if we WERE moving into a fancy tree house?! That would certainly up the adventure factor. 🙂 We are getting excited to live in CA, and you’re right: Once all of the loose ends in WA are tied up, we’ll really be able to appreciate the adventure ahead!

  3. Elodie says:

    Awwww…pretty books! 😀
    I really like Jenny’s advice and way of looking at it…Plus keep in mind how much you’ve already accomplished for the move, it’s all packed!
    While I didn’t move at all when I was young, I moved quite a bit since I turned 18…university, US, back to Europe, back to US, 3 different apartments in the US, then 1 home, then campus, then back to another home, then back to Europe and in Germany, over the past 4 years we have lived in 3 different places. While they were pretty close to one another, compared to your move :D, I gathered one or two tricks along the way…The last one: do not park the moving van uphill when it’s full as it might tilt…yep, hubby did have quite an adventure with this moving van (nothing bad happened but it was a tad scary to look at from the outside). And…junk food + stiff drinks are never overrated! 😀

    • katyupperman says:

      I think I’ll be indulging in a bit of junk food tonight, Elodie! And possibly some banana bread because I’m hoping to make use of the recipe you sent me once we’re settled in with the in-laws! Thank you so much for taking the time to email it! ❤

      Luckily, we're not responsible for parking or driving the moving van, though I can definitely see the value in your advice. 🙂

  4. Juliana Haygert says:

    I just moved from Brazil back to the US, so yeah, got plenty of moving for a while lol
    Yesterday was the one month mark at the new house and the cloud of stress is still hovering over my hear.
    Breath deeply … drink water … read great books … and just keep swimming, just keep swimming 😉

    • katyupperman says:

      Love the Nemo advice, Juliana! And yes, definitely reading (and writing and blogging!) lots to keep my mind busy. Here’s to hoping your life settles down in the near future. Are you guys unpacked and settled yet?

  5. Nicole Mc says:

    Good luck to you! California sounds nice! 🙂 It sounds kind of nice to live with in-laws for a little bit…especially if it involves someone cooking you dinner once in a while! haha Hope you are back in commission soon, but give yourself some much needed rest.

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Nicole! Yes, my inlaws have already helped out tons so it’s been very nice. Hopefully after this weekend of cleaning and painting we’ll get to catch up on sleep… Yippee!

  6. elschneider says:

    Oh, Katy…we still haven’t met IRL and you only live right down the street now! 😦 Chances are more likely we’ll meet up when I come down to the Pebble Beach area, hopefully in August (it’s a golf trip for my hubby, which means I’ll have plenty of free time)!
    I know it’s stressful right now, as moving always is – but once you’re on the road, just sit back and enjoy the amazing drive down…you never know what kind of ideas you’ll pick up for your writing.
    Wishing you and your family the best on this new journey!

    • katyupperman says:

      Okay, I’m already looking forward to your Pebble Beach trip! If by some stroke of bad luck we’re unable to meet before I move, then we will most definitely have to make something work in August! Thanks, Erin. 🙂

  7. Rebecca B says:

    Good luck! Remember to take at least 10 minutes every day just for YOU–extra long shower, cup of tea and a magazine, etc.

  8. Alison Miller says:

    Stiff drinks. Yes. THOSE.

    Just kidding (maybe). But I love Rebecca’s advice. Long walks are good also. My family and I stayed with my mom for a month in between moves seven years ago. We made the best of it – lots of board games, lots of walks, a few extra dates with the husband than usual. Good luck with everything!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Alison. 🙂 Yes, lots of walks and bike rides and dinners out are in our future. Once our house is clean and signed over, we’ll have quite a bit of free time to enjoy.

  9. Jaime Morrow says:

    Moving is the pits, so I totally feel your pain. I’ve moved about fourteen times in as many years. Blech. I’ve kind of gotten it down to an anal-retentive science now. I number my boxes and keep a running list in a notebook of what’s in each box. That way I don’t have to put super detailed labels on my boxes (plus, it keeps the contents more private). It helps a lot, but if strangers packed your boxes I guess it doesn’t so much. 🙂

    Personal anecdote: I ran out of boxes one time and threw a bunch of my shoes in a garbage bag. My father-in-law tossed them in the dumpster by mistake. Whoops! Needless to say, I did a little dumpster diving that day. 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Oh my goodness! I hope you found all your shoes! We’ve actually had the opposite problem: Lazy movers packing our full trash cans into the moving truck. 🙂

  10. Krispy says:

    What huge thing going on for you right now! How are you managing to do the A-Z challenge?! My mind is officially boggled (and impressed). Haha.

    In any case, good luck with all the moving, and welcome to CA! Please be warned, our traffic can get crazy, so I hope you like driving (and have a lot of patience! Good music helps). 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      The A-Z Challenge is happening because I wrote many of the posts in late May and early April, then preschelued them. All of the commenting is killing me though! It’s been fun, but I’m kind of excited for the blogging pressure to be off for awhile. 🙂

      Thanks for the CA driving tips! We’ll be there in about two weeks and even though the actual act of moving sucks, I am excited to call myself a California Girl (at least for a little while!).

  11. Colin says:

    The thought of moving is daunting, especially the longer you stay in one place and accumulate stuff. If or when we ever move, I can’t imagine the logistical nightmare it will be. So, I’m afraid I don’t have any better advice to offer than what’s already been given you. Only that you have my sympathies, and I hope it all goes really smoothly for you. And that in the midst of the stress, you have lots of wonderful and precious moments with your family. 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Colin! The accumulation of stuff really is mind boggling. We’ve been in this house for four years, which is two years longer than we’ve lived anywhere else. The packing/moving process has made that painfully apparent. 🙂

  12. Carrie-Anne says:

    My junior year of high school was terrible, because my family had been supposed to move back to Pittsburgh, but everything went wrong, for reasons too numerous to get into here, and we ended up living in my paternal grandparents’ house in nearby Latrobe. It was a huge strain on everyone, for multiple reasons, and like 99% of our belongings remained in boxes in storage in my other grandparents’ house while they were in Florida till the spring. I may actually possibly be going to move home to Pittsburgh in the near future, after years of thinking about it, and I’ll definitely plan ahead better than my parents!

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