Much like Gray, I just want to curl up in bed and sleep off the exertions of this past week. Things have been intense. Our household goods arrived last week, so we’ve been living with chaotic piles of stuff in every room until we get it put away. Add to that, all of the wallpaper removal and painting we wanted to get done before we put stuff in the rooms and you can guess how busy we’ve been!
Move in day was pretty low key, for seven hours I directed the movers with each box of stuff to the appropriate room while Jon checked the box number off on our inventory sheet. The kids enjoyed watching an unhealthy amount of TV that day, but we accomplished the mission! The biggest mistake we made, was having the movers unpack the boxes. You have the option for them to do it, or you can do it yourself and then they’ll come back and collect the boxes for you. I figured it would save some time if they quickly unwrapped everything and got rid of all of the trash, but alas, then you have to live with all of stuff everywhere. Next time, I will definitely do it myself in a more organized fashion.
On the bright side, since we haven’t been able to cook much in our messy kitchen, we’ve been trying some of the local eats! Donor Kebab is definitely our favorite! It’s actually a Turkish restaurant just down the road from us, and Jon is becoming quite the regular face in there. The meat is roasted on a vertical spit and then they shave off crispy slices in to your pita like bread. I’m not sure what kind of meat and cheese it is, from what I’ve gathered online, it could be lamb with feta cheese? Regardless, it is delicious!
The kids have been happily rediscovering their toys as we unpack. We set up a designated playroom for them while we work. Mostly they pout at the baby gate wanting to get out, but there’s just no safe place for them to play. I’m very much looking forward to getting things in order and reestablishing some semblance of normalcy!
Along with all of the chaos, there have also been a few unbelievably sweet moments. Aurora taking care of Gray just makes me melt. As a military family, they’ve only really got each other. They don’t know their cousin, they’ll leave friends behind, but a sibling is for life. So, we’re trying to help them love each other well. With only 20 months between them, there are at times (okay, a lot of the time) fights. Aurora wants to build the tower, Gray wants to knock it over, etc. but at the end of the day, I hope they resolve their differences and that they always look out for each other.