Counting Down

It's just amazing to me to think that we are moving to Long Island in one week. This is the last Tuesday my girls will go to school at their current elementary school.

Is it just me or is that... mind-boggling?

I find that I am both getting really excited about the move (especially being in the same time zone as my husband) and at the same time becoming increasingly sad about leaving Austin. Not really SAD-sad but, well, it's just a little bittersweet. I've lived here since 1983 when I moved here to go to college. It's the longest I've ever lived in one city, and I have such good, good memories of my life here. I feel certain that we will make new and wonderful memories wherever we are but there is still a bit of bittersweet in saying goodbye.

Everything seems to be getting scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week. I have to take the kids for physicals, the vet is coming to vaccinate the four-legged kids and give them health certificates for flying, I have a last foot doctor appointment (well, a last one HERE. I will be continuing the Foot Adventure in New York.) There are last minute treats to make for classrooms and last minute goodbyes to schedule and then there's the whole "Clean Out the Cooper Freezer" dinner party to plan.

The prospective buyers of our house are concerned because the inspection yesterday revealed (among many, many costly things) that our kitchen floor slopes to the outside of the house and so they've ordered a structural engineering report --to be scheduled for Thursday or Friday. Frankly, I've always considered the slope a nice feature of my kitchen, lacking only a large drain so I could just hose the place down. But I understand their concern that there might be some settling. It's a 30-year-old house... I would assume there is some settling. (Heck, you should see the settling I'VE done in the last 30 years.) (Well, okay, maybe you shouldn't.)

I also understand that it is in their best interests to portray our house as very close to falling down so that they are glad to take it off our hands at some very low price -- big-hearted buyers that they are. I'm not worried, though. I've got my best people (Coop) on it. I've argued with Coop before (once or twice) and he's a MASTER negotiator so I'm not so worried.

The photographer we had do our multi-generational photo last weekend was so taken with the kiddos that he posted a few of the pictures on his blog. If you are around the Dallas/FortWorth area and you ever need a photographer, he's REALLY talented, and so laid back and nice --the whole experience was a true pleasure. His name is Jake McKee and if you click on it, you can see our "pitchers."

Gotta go take Jane to her very last piano lesson here in town.

Mind. Boggling.


DK said…
Wow. Those are some darn cute kids. And I love the whole family shot. Y'all are a good looking bunch.
TheOneTrueSue said…
I can feel your sadness. Gah, I so relate that I can't even write anything coherent, it makes me tear up. Just know that I am thinking of you and wishing you a good week. I hope everything goes smoothly and that you get through it o.k. Hopefully you will be so busy that you won't have time to be much more than melancholy.

You know, the one good thing about giving back the house - NO BUYERS to deal with, tee hee
LaDonna said…
Oh, those pictures are DARLING! My favorite is the one of Jane and your sweet nephew. I love it when as a photographer, you're able to catch those "little moments".

Send you lots of hugs and good wishes this week, Barb. I'm sure there will be lots of tears this week, but it's all for a good cause. And don't forget to take care of yourself in all of the chaos!
Suna Kendall said…
I sure will miss you, even though I never met you. And yes, do take care of yourself and let yourself be sad if you are and happy when you are that way, too.
Mon said…
It is very strange getting ready for such a big move, the next couple of weeks will be a real adventure. But once it's over, you will be surprised at how smooth things go.
Anonymous said…
The pictures are great!!! I like the black shirts/jeans look. Wow, I can't believe how close it's getting to your move! Best of luck with it all, and keep the red wine flowing!
<3 Linda