So the big scary move day has came and gone and to be honest this was the most difficult and horrible move we have ever done in our whole time in the military.
Firstly 2 under 5s and a 2year old puppy are not the best thing to have around when moving house loading and unloading especially since they didn’t really understand what was going on. Secondly if you are choosing a company to move with I would avoid whites. Why you ask? After turning up over an hour late and us having to chase them, we went from two small vans to just one as they decided another job needed doing meaning the the men decided to squash and squeeze all our stuff on the wagon, add to this the fact that they loaded and unloaded it about 10 times you can see how long removal day took. All we wanted to do was leave and travel to our new destination but no let’s try unloading a reloading cause that will magically mean the stuff will fit! Oh wait nope it still doesn’t so goodbye garden table and dismantle everything thanks guys so much move work to do at the other end now! 🙄 Well the whole of our stuff was not even loaded when I had to leave I had two children and we had given the house back so they couldn’t understand why they were not allowed in but I had no keys so I decided to take them to Calke Abbey to escape the madness.
Thank God for national trust makes my life so much easier. Plus Calke is lovely it has a nice place area and it’s just of the main road so not too much driving out the way and it was about an hour and half into my drive so a nice stopping point. I hate driving too far it makes be bored especially on motorways.
Probably our last ever visit here and sadly we still never actually made it to the main building. The monsters are always too busy in the play area to pull out plus it’s all about them having fun not us. The downside was the food was very limited here but it was late on in the day so that explains it just sadly everything that was left contained mustard yucky 🤢 but I was hungry so that was another dilemma.
Daddy finally met us and told us the solution to the removals was to loose our garden table and dismantle the play house and the garden bench annoyingly since we were told to leave them up and now the screws etc. Have been shoved who knows where in the manicness to leave. So after waiting for rush hour to pass have toilet times drinks and snack we finally decided it was time to get back on the road.
Surprisingly the children were really good on the drive the boy was in charge of the music in the front. And the girl only had about 40 mins of crying the whole journey and this was cause she wanted to lay down to sleep and the answer was definitely no to this.
Finally we arrived at brize norton time to have a trip to get a pass.
Panic hits as then I realise I need to have my picture took arrrgghhh I look a right state have been up since 7 and working hard carrying and playing with the children all day. My some luck I manage to avoid this my the man finding my.old picture from the pass system win not lumbered with a crappy picture for the next three years. Well off we go in the dark to find the lodge we are staying at. Wow I hate trying to find stuff in the dark and obviously ours is on a corner hidden so we do about 3 laps to try and find the place and every time we stop the boy thinks we are there and wants to get out. Really nice place but just a shame we were so tired we couldn’t take advantage of it.
So the day arrives and its time for us to go to the new place. We arrive early, and white are already there but we have no keys till 11 as we told them so why have they arrived so early? So we do the meet and greet the housing officer is nice but the children are stressed and anxious so I decide to leave dad tocthe March in and we visit the park. It’s walking distance and not too far away a nice pit stop on the way home from school as well. To make the boy smile the play area is in the shape of a plane and it has a trampoline. How exciting for him he even asks if we can come more often.
So I come to our new home for lunch with the children, and discover this is the new location of our couch.
The house we have doesnt have any patio doors to get it in and the turn into the living room from the corridor is to much to fit it in as well. As lunch progressed more of my furniture joined the couch eventually I had my large display cabinet my kallax stand also outside in the garden. I felt like crying but we managed to dismantle the kallax and get that in. Currently we are still hunting someone to take the window out for the rest so if you know anyone let me know. Finally the removal men disappear and we can relax well sort of, they have dumped boxes in the middle of rooms so you need to move loads to get to what you want sadly this means that only one bed will be made, luckily for the boy this was his as I wanted to try and keep everything as close to old room as possible. Which is very difficult when you have downsized homes.
Anyway on my first explore of the house it seems ok apart from my garden couch issue. I have a reasonable size bathroom, a bigger pitcher which has space to move. Can even cook with the monsters in here and not have to panic too much about the oven as we have too sides. I have two toilets, two reasonable sized bedroom and sadly a box room for the girl, and a living room diner. My garden is a lot less work. However we have lost a shed and a garage so we seem to have to much stuff. We have some extra cupboard space and built in wardrobes and my favourite the cupboard opposite the stairs that is so small even Harry Potter turned it down.
First we start with the kitchen upon plumbing in the appliances we notice the casing on the washer has been pushed in. Grrrrr. And when hubby plumbs in the dishwasher and we use it it leaks water in the cupboard woohoo another win 🙄😂 Can feel our stress levels rising. All the kids want to do is play and be with us which means they are under our feet. Our shelving unit breaks and most of my storage is in the garden or the shed which mean I still currently have boxes I am unable to unpack as the collections have no where to go.
We have realised how spoilt our children are though they have far too many toys, books, and clothes and I’m not saying this as joke they literally have that many that I cannot fit them all in the house. We need to buy a new set of drawers and some under the bed storage for the girl just for her clothes. I have had to join sales and wants groups to try and get rid of some of the bigger things as we just have no space. The indoor rocker is on sales sites, the boy is happy to part with some Thomas toys, some wooden blocks in a massive tub the boys desk is going to have to go possibly his cars storage unit as well.
Finally when we completed most of the unpacking although some stuff has been hidden in cupboards out of site out of mind. Will get across to them at a later date, and try to reorganize everything we went and visited the local country park. This was a bit of a weird one to get to the parking is basically in a new build housing estate. But it is well worth it the park is huge lots of different play area some for little ones climbing for big ones a sand put area tunnel and bridges and it’s all so widely spread out so that the children aren’t all falling over each over. I instantly decided this is our place to visit regular our new park replacement and I think it will be cyclable with the girl so that’s a bit more exercise for me as well.
We then went on the walk around the park which is nice and we took the fur baby so that’s always good to have somewhere to visit as a family together. It’s a round loop wit lots of oppertunites to make it shorter and go back but we wanted a longer walk for the dog and to see the sculptures. We came across them they are huge compared to what I was expecting and the kids loved them they petted the horses and stroked them they were amazed.
Then it started to rain so it was time to leave the only downside so far to this park was that you have to pay to use the toilet, which might not seem major to some but I never have cash so know one day I will be caught out!