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We have officially been in our new apartment for six days now. It has been a whirlwind!

My sister flew in last Thursday to help with the move. She hasn’t visited since 2006, so needless to say, I was ridiculously happy. I made broccoli casserole at her request. We spent Friday finishing packing and loading the truck with boxes.

Saturday we moved. It went surprisingly well actually. And by “surprisingly well”, I mean we got through it alive. I only had one tiny meltdown. You never realize how much stuff you have until you move, and even though we decluttered a lot of things before the move, it was still very overwhelming. Especially carrying it all up three flights of stairs. Our movers were great though. We made it through relatively unscathed, except for my knee. And lots of bruises.

Sunday we went to Hatsumi fair at the Morikami. We’ve been wanting to take J for years, so it was very cool to show her what we’ve been yammering about for so long.

Monday we had fancy doughnuts, went to IKEA, and to the beach- twice. It sounds like a lot, but it was surprisingly relaxing. It was a lot of fun being tourists in our new city.

On Tuesday Jason gave Jamie skateboarding lessons. I think she had fun- except for the falling and hurting her arm part. We did not have a great week for injuries… She flew back home that night.

Jason went back to work on Wednesday and I started the unpacking process. I can’t wait to have everything unpacked so I can start on the fun stuff like picking out more plants! Right now I have most of the kitchen and some of our bedroom unpacked. I want to finish up those rooms today and figure out storage for the bathrooms. The bathrooms here are… different. Storage here in general will be a challenge, but we’ll figure it out.

I’m so excited to be in our new place! And the very best part is that I get my husband back. No more two hour a day commute! We could not be more thrilled. 🙂

It’s hard for me to believe that during the time I’ve had this blog, I’ve lived in three different houses! I was looking through my archives and found a few posts on the subject.

Finding out we had to leave our first place together.

Thoughts on Home and the stresses of moving.

Our last move.

2012’s Week In the Life was all about unpacking from the last move, especially Monday. I am extraordinarily grateful that MK has handled this move So Much Better than the last one. We’re all mostly sleeping through the night, which is fabulous.

Back in August when I was getting the itch to move (but hadn’t yet convinced Jason)

Apartment hunting in December. (The last picture is the complex we’re living in now)

I love love love having the blog to look back on!

Hatsume Fair!

Every year we go to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens for the Hatsume Fair. This year we went with Antoine and Heidi. Since it was also St. Patty’s Day, Jason and I dressed up in our finest hats,  green nail polish (me), and big boots (him). It was a great day, lovely weather, lots of sunshine. A little too much for me, I got a mild sunburn that’s just getting to that sexy itching and peeling stage.

Hatsume is probably my favorite of all the festivals that the Morikami puts on. There are the usual vendors, food, taiko drumming, and tea ceremony. But the fun part is checking out all the people in their anime costumes. Some people really go all out and it’s cool to just sit and eat soba noodles and people watch.

A couple of new-to-us things this year. We heard part of a talk on cosplay, saw a martial arts demonstration, and watched a costume competition. Other highlights included a turtle doing yoga, frozen lemonade, and of course having company. Jason and I always go by ourselves so it was nice having people with us this time. It was Antoine and Heidi’s first time at the Morikami, so I hope they had fun 🙂

I used Wendy Zine’s Round It Up Actions for the collages.

Oh and I also did my hair in a new way, which qualifies for my 52 in 52 weeks challenge. Usually I do not advocate pigtails in anyone over the age of six. But it was St. Patty’s Day. And I was wearing a sparkly cowboy hat. So I had no choice.