Well hello there! An update from the land of (now melted) snow and ice at last!
We moved into our house on February 2nd - hurrah! It's flipping enormous, they don't seem to do small houses in Canada. Our whare in New Zealand was 100 square meters all up, this place is over twice that size. Lucky we've always had way more furniture than house, huh ;)
It also has such fantabulous features as this little balcony thingee overlooking the lounge, purpose built for me to recreate 'Don't cry for me Argentina'. Disturbingly this is what I've always wanted ;) The kids are thrilled with the stairs, as Jarvis has had a thing for a few years now about really wanting a house with stairs. Long before the whole 'skip the country and move to Canada' business came up, Jarvis told me we really needed to get rid of our old house and get one with stairs.
One of my favourite things (besides the evita balcony) is the sewing room/office. There's actually a room we can leave set up permanently for sewing. It's not a guest bedroom, it's actually a spare room. The desk was a good score - it was in pieces in the garage, and my fabulous husband reassembled it for me to use as a sewing desk :) Now I just need my sewing stuff to arrive!
Really we just want all of our stuff to arrive. It sucks being at the mercy of the sea! Initially it should have been here February 20th...then March first, then March sixth. It *should* get to Vancouver today, which means by next week the airbed can be deflated, and the house won't echo like a cave any more ;) Don't get me wrong, I'm so happy to be camping in our own house than renting someone else's, but I've actually been dreaming about sleeping in our bed, then waking up to realise that we're still on a borrowed air mattress.
And having over a month in the house without the furniture means I've had a whole lot of time to plan where I want stuff to go! Which means I can get the moving men to put things on the right floor, avoiding the need to move bookcases and stuff up and down staircases when I change my mind about where it needs to go! (find the silver lining!)
Anyway, so far so good - we have somewhere to live, the kids are loving school & preschool, and I'm figuring out all of the logistical stuff to keep us ticking along. Winning :)