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We've been working all weekend, and we will continue to do so through Tuesday. The movers will be here on Wednesday!

The house stuff is falling into place, albeit slowly. Please keep your fingers crossed on that front. Our realtor is optimistic we'll be able to be in the house immediately upon our arrival (the 13th), and then closing will be about the second week of November or so. I just keep praying things go smoothly.

We've done a phenomenal job cleaning out the pantry food items. So much so, in fact, that we had to go shopping for the last six meals here, haha! I've got everything planned for quick, easy meals through Thursday. We have packed all my baking stuff and the entire kitchen ourselves, as we're bringing it with us in a U-Haul truck. (I need my cookie supplies the *second* we arrive, and I worried about all my Longaberger dishes too much to trust our movers with them.) We have a covered skillet, nylon spoon & spatula, and measuring glass kept out for now, and those will be packed at the last second. I just baked a Cheeseburger Pie half an hour ago, and that will be reheated on paper plates for dinner on Thursday night (amidst the boxes). Friday night, Jack and I are off to a Pampered Chef party at one of my closest friend's house (and Jack's best bud as well), and Philip and A.J. will use up a $10 credit at our local Pizza Hut. Saturday night, other friends have invited us for dinner, and our going-away party is set for Sunday night at J.R. Rockers here on base. I honestly think the only food we'll be passing on to our friends when we leave is a bit of lemon & lime juice, as well as 2 pounds of butter. Success!

I've got Key Lime pies and Chocolate Peanut Butter Nutella pies chilling in the fridge right now, and we'll leave in a little while to go and gift them to our favorite bagger boys at the commissary. It will be our last time to see them, and three of these guys are just the sweetest kids around. Two love peanut butter, and one is allergic to it, so I made two different desserts. (And used all new equipment for the Key Lime pie, just in case.)

It's hard to give up my meal-planning ways, and I'm already excited about the drive. A.J. is going to help me brainstorm a typical 2-3 week meal plan while we're driving, and then when I have Jack with me (Philip and I intend to switch the boys over the 4 days' drive), he will write out the shopping list items for the meals planned. When we arrive, we should be ready to go shopping! I figure it will save us money in the long-run, not heading out every day for 3-4 things. Plus, since we packed the kitchen to come with us, we can jump right into making real meals immediately, and not have to keep eating out. (I imagine we'll be kinda sick of restaurant food for a while, after the move/drive.)

Jack's headed swimming with a friend, and then a sleepover after that as well. A.J. was a huge help to me and Philip last night while we boxed up all of the pictures, scrapbooks, and craft items. Tonight, we'll sort through all the things we've pulled to get rid of, and then put some in a "sell" pile, and the rest in a "Goodwill" pile. We sold the snowblower yesterday, as well as a few brand-new pairs of snow bib overalls, but we've got lots more to put up online, and Philip is going to take care of that for me.

We leave Minot in just 8 days!

Date: 2012-09-02 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prosodic.livejournal.com
Best of luck with the move! Hope it all goes relatively smoothly.

Date: 2012-09-02 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lotsofjoy.livejournal.com
Such a crazy busy life you've been living lately! I'm so glad that everything is going so well!!! I KNOW you'll enjoy your new house and I also KNOW you'll make it a home faster than I can bake my own set of cookies! :)

Love and hugs and wishes for a fun, but event-free drive.

Date: 2012-09-02 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blognmomma.livejournal.com
Good luck with the move, and I hope you'll love your new place.

Date: 2012-09-02 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunney.livejournal.com
Where are you headed? And I hope this means you'll be able to restart your cookie business properly because, woman, your cookies are the prettiest I've ever seen.

Date: 2012-09-02 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taryns-mom.livejournal.com
Wow! You are super organized and I'm super impressed!!!

FYI - your LB dishes would have been fine - they are tough enough to survive most packers/movers, although one of my favorite covered baking dishes (round navy blue with an American eagle/star design on the lid) was a casualty of the last move (lid got broken) and I think it's because the casserole dish was inside the matching basket and it wasn't properly packed with the kitchen items. And believe me.... we had more broken stuff during our final move than added up over 20 years of previous moving! Still, you were smart to pack what you wanted to protect :-)

In the new house - will you rent back from the owners until closing? If so, that's a nice option and I hope it all works out for you. What town will you be living in?

Good luck with the move!! **hugs**

Date: 2012-09-03 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] navygreen.livejournal.com
All four of the families we've known to move this summer from Minot have had EXTENSIVE damages, and the moving company was already blacklisted from the base by the end of May. However, they had to lift the ban because there wasn't another company that could take on the excess moves, so it's really risky right now. I already had to move all my cookie-making stuff myself (for a 3,000+ cookie order I have to work on as soon as we get there!), so I decided to simply pack my whole kitchen as well. Everything is Longaberger, and 90% is discontinued, so I knew it wouldn't be worth the fight. Yeah, they *might* replace things (though we've never had a claim actually paid yet), but at the original value, and not the higher price I'd have to pay on eBay to get those items again.

Yes, we'll be renting until close. :-)

Date: 2012-09-02 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hearts-refuge.livejournal.com
Safe travels!

Xoxo

Date: 2012-09-03 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrs-picasso.livejournal.com
Good luck! I hope all goes well.

Date: 2012-09-03 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hetterrific.livejournal.com
I am SO glad things are working out with the house! I can't wait to visit you and see it!

Date: 2012-09-04 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a1.livejournal.com
Wow you really have things in order! Where are you headed? Hoping things line up perfectly for a smooth transition!

Date: 2012-09-07 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maryjo.livejournal.com
I wish I was half as organized as you are :o) Good luck on the move!

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