Thursday, September 2, 2010

Seamless (but not effortless!)

We've finally arrived to the Queen City (Charlotte!!). Honestly after 1 seriously long day of packing and loading, 4 days straight on the road, & now doing all the necessary steps to get this house ready to move into, I just haven't had any blogging in me. Today however, I was revived. Today we visited our soon to be house!

Ok, I'm not going to lie. It wasn't quite like we remembered it - definitely a bit more needy than either of us had recalled. And in typical Ben & Krista fashion, we freaked - on the inside (since we were accompanied by our realtor & the current home owner) - but after pep-talking ourselves back up, we now feel ready for the challenge. Just like everything else we do, we'll be taking the long way around with this house, but it's exactly the right amount of work we have long dreamed of, so let the DIYing begin!

Before I go on and on about the plethora of ideas and tasks that lie in our near future, let's back up a bit. I'd like to share a bit about what it took to get us here. As many of you may or may not have known, the majority of our personal belongings remained in Denver during our time in Guatemala. We could have (and probably should have) made it easy on ourselves and kept in all in 1 storage unit, but that didn't happen. We tried - we seriously tried, but it just wasn't possible. Fortunately we have some really great friends that had some really nice basement & garage storage space available. So in the end it turned out that we had most of our stuff in a 10 x 15ft. on the 3rd floor of a climate controlled storage unit, with a few exceptions, the major one being that all clothes, gear & 2 wheeled vehicles were left under the careful watch of our friends Brian & Angie. Horacio & Nicole helped us out by babysitting pretty much our entire 2nd bedroom & all of my work materials lived under Marie's basement stairs. Of course, we came back to find everything (everything, yay!) just as we had left it and are so very thankful to our wonderful friends for lending out a space in their homes (and providing us with a sense of total security).

Fast forward to the week before the big cross-country move. We put forth our best effort to combine our goods into 1 location and w
hen the big day arrived we were super fortunate to have the help of some great friends.

First let me explain a few things. As it turned out that the managers of our lovely storage unit would not allow our moving 28 ft. U-Pack truck to park inside the storage complex, so instead we rented a 26 ft. U-Haul to use to shuttle our things to the U-Pack facility where we then reloaded into the actual trailer that will deliver the goods to Charlotte. Double the work, certainly. Double the fun, perhaps.

So this is what it looked like when the big day began.
Unit #303 (how very appropriate).


In rolled this 26 ft. bad boy.

And within a few hours, it was packed full.

And we were saying goodbye to unit #303.

After a pizza break and an emergency visit to the optometrist for our head helper (who hopefully learned the importance of safety goggles) we got back to work.

The volunteers were dropping like flies (understandably so) but there were 2 who stuck it out to the end, and would probably have packed themselves right into the truck to come along if it wasn't so freakin' hot in there!

We had prepaid for 21 ft. of the 28 ft. truck, but had permission to go over if necessary (and we'd pay the difference). But when posed with a challenge, these 2 will always win....even it if took half the night to make it happen. And that's how it went down. Sometime around 9 pm we secured the bulk head at 21 ft.

Mission accomplished.

All of the moving certainly would not have been possible without the help of our friends, so thank you immensely Denver crew! If this Charlotte thing doesn't work out, we know where you are.
In the mean time, our house is your house. Come see us soon!

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