7 Apr 2008

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I looked at the computer clock as I clicked Enter to see that it was 9:03 pm on Friday evening. Then I plonked myself on the couch to continue watching 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' (yes, the last person in the Universe to see it - and how come no one told me not to bother?).

10 minutes later, the first text message came in. Followed by another, and another and yet another. I checked my emails an hour later, and there were 5 replies. The landline rang at 10:30 pm.

Clearly we'd seriously underpriced the trampoline in the online ad.

The text messages, emails and calls kept coming all weekend long.

Using the 'first come first serve' principle, the trampoline will be picked up this evening. I'm planning on keeping Christopher inside and safely ensconced in the basement, in front of his beloved computer.

The less he knows, the better for him. Judging from the teary drama he put on when I tried to get him to throw out the holey socks he was wearing the other day ("But these are my favourite socks"), I don't know how he'll react if he finds out his trampoline is gone.

Better to just leave him believing it's still safely stored in the garage. It's not like we'll be able to put it up before we leave anyway, what with all the snow that fell yesterday, and more in the forecast for this upcoming week.

But that knot in my tummy? It just grew another few centimeters.

Moving sucks.

53 comments:

Galmaran said...

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Stomper Girl said...

My Climber is like that about stuff. like you, I just never tell him I'm chucking stuff out anymore.

Beth said...

Awww...I'm sorry you are so sad about leaving. I'm sure there are new adventures right around the corner for you!

ALM said...

It all must really be so difficult... how are the kids dealing with it? The move? Has it sunk in for them?

Becky said...

I felt the same when we moved from Alaska to Mn. I hated to leave it all behind.
The up side - when our household stuff finally arrived it felt like Christmas. The kids had a blast opening box after box of "treasures" they hadn't seen for a month.

jennwa said...

I hope things get easier. We have moved around a lot and it is hard to leave stuff behind.
I hope Christopher does not get to upset when he finally does find out.

Amber said...

Sigh. The end of an adventure. This isn't just any move but the end of a wonderful journey! No wonder you are feeling remiss!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Actually, that's what I like about moving - getting rid of things. Sometimes I tell the kids the toys got lost in the move.

kimmy said...

Sounds like moving is going to be difficult for everyone. What day is the move?

Kimmy

Kyla said...

It does sound like moving home is going to be tough on you all. It has been such an amazing time!

Christie said...

Wise, wise woman. Moving a trampoline overseas? Not so much fun.

Lisa @ Take90West said...

So sad.
Moving does suck. Especially when you've had such a great adventure.

Dawn said...

This must be so tough for you and your family. I can only imagine how sad I'd be to have such a wonderful adventure coming to an end.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I hate moving so much that I just never do it. Of course I'm also not having Nordic adventures!

jen said...

moving does suck. and yet, still that's a heck of a trampoline. i hope you had a final bounce.

Beck said...

It DOES suck. My Boy is a lot like YOUR boy - I was trying to throw out BROKEN BABY TOYS yesterday with him a weeping chorus of sadness beside me.

Aliki2006 said...

Moving IS hard, and the letting go of loved things hard, too. We had to keep thekids away from our pre-moving yard sales because they kept wanting to take back all their unused things!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Aw, so hard! Love the trampoline photo, so much fun. I can't wait til we can put up ours again.
I can imagine the coming weeks will be so difficult for all of you, will be thinking of you.
Thanks for all your encouragement, Heidi, you are so appreciated.

Chantal said...

Sad, it is so hard to leave. I wish I could make it easier. :(

Rima said...

Love the photo. I always like to have an adult beverage myself when supervising trampoline activities!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Ooo, I wished I lived closer so I could buy it. We need a nice trampoline like that.

It is always sad having to give up things for a move. I'm still missing my silly terra cotta fishes that didn't make the last cut (though I think my husband was happy they weren't coming).

I will miss all the lovely posts about your European adventures, but I'm getting excited at the thought of learning about Canada and how you live like all us regular folk. =) (Oh, and I would have warned you about Mr & Mrs Smith but someone warned me first so I didn't have to watch it)

Cathy said...

When we moved to Texas for a year, I had to handle it alone on both ends (Hubs had out-of-town assignments).

What I remember most is my 2-year-old daughter standing at the window, sobbing, as the movers carted her crib out the door and into their truck.

Kellan said...

Moving does suck - I'm sorry! Hope you are getting a little excited to get back to your home and friends, though - that is something to look forward to.

SEe you soon - Kellan

painted maypole said...

couldn't you just fold it up and put in in a suitcase mom? golly.

;)

the dragonfly said...

To me, military wife, moving seems like life. So glad the movers pack for me, though. :)

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Did you even TRY to pack it in your luggage?

Hallie :)

shay said...

Aw. Hugs! The packing up, saying goodbye and getting rid of things that just can't come is so hard.

Hopefully you have lots to look forward to on this end too!

kim-d said...

Awww, Heidi! Moving really does suck. I cannot even imagine how you're feeling...because I know how difficult it's getting for ME, knowing YOUR time in Norway is coming to an end. HA! Seriously, I don't know if I could ever do what you guys have done; I get so easily attached I'd probably have a breakdown when it was time to leave! Just remember the $60 McDonalds...

Not Your Regular Mini Van Mom said...

((hugs)) I can relate to your hate for moving, I think one of the rings of hell is probably moving again and again. Packing sucks, and saying goodbye to the people you have met sucks too :( Thinking of you in your last few weeks there and try and remember you will be returning to Canada when the weather is nice and warm again:)

Mrs. Annie said...

Ours finally dropped dead from over use...it's skeleton remains firmly rooted in the spot it maintained for years. Guess that'll be the first thing to go as soon as it stop raining...

carrie said...

Yeah, that probably doesn't fit the measurements for the standard carry-on.

Maybe he won't notice?

Steph said...

So hard and so sad. My kids do not part easily with outgrown toys, let alone one that they could still be using. Hope that the packing and getting rid of things is going okay.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

I had no idea how important socks were to a boy :)

Karen MEG said...

That is a great trampoline.

I wonder if he'll try to convince you to get a "Canadian" one once you're back ;).

Moving is so not fun. I feel for you my friend.

Kathryn said...

I've never had to move the entire contents of a house yet. Ugh. It is exhausting just thinking about it. I feel for you.

Ginaagain said...

Moving does suck. We had to get rid of a trampoline before one of our moves too and the kids were not happy with me.. but they did get over it quickly.

Nadine said...

I read "holy" socks instead of holey, LOL! I guess to him, they were holy.

Sorry about your move back, and about having to get rid of that amazingly cool trampoline!

I left you a "gift" on my blog!

Mary Alice said...

Moving sucks double and upside down.

dkuroiwa said...

Yes, moving sucks the big one and is probably the main reason I will never leave Japan!!!
Wouldn't it be great if you could just leave, in the dark of night, no sad good-byes, no tears...the movers come and voila! You're gone!!
Hang in there Heidi...you CAN do this!!! Hugs to you to help you through!!!

gmcountrymama said...

We have to sneak cardboard boxes out of the house to throw them away. My daughter loves them "Yay, a box, I can make something with it!"
Sorry about the stress of moving, it rates right up there with divorce and death.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh Heidi. (((hugs))) It's so hard to say goodbye anyway, but to a great time...

Big caring wishes for all of you.

LoriD said...

My oldest is the same way - will not part with anything! My son will happily purge the toy he is currently playing with if he thinks that's what I want him to do.

It must be so hard with each step you take toward leaving your adventure behind.

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

I'm sorry, yes moving does stink!

Gina said...

Oh man, and this is probably just the first of many. :(

Christine said...

I'm sorry that you are moving. Moving is hard.

MamaGeek said...

Oh I've ALWAYS wanted one of those things (don't tell anyone), so I can't imagine his pain. As I've said before, moving sucks the donkey and I wish you all the best!

Amy said...

Best wishes with the whole process!

LaskiGal said...

Ugh. Moving is seldom fun (unless you have someone else do it for you while you bask in the sun on a gorgeous beach with a icy drink in your hand!).

Sue said...

Oh, phooey. I'm sorry. I really, REALLY empathize. When we sold the swingset (because it was too large to move), the girls cried and cried and cried. They'd had so much fun on it. It was a part of their childhood. I felt like an official VERY. BAD. MOM.

Poo.

Sue said...

"Moving Sucks"

Yes. Yes, I agree.

BeachMama said...

Yes moving does suck. You are not alone with the kids though. I have to hide stuff that is heading out the door all the time, otherwise every broken toy would remain in the house.

And you are not the last person to see Mr & Mrs Smith, that would be me. I stand by my boycott.

another good thing said...

Just had to chime in on Mr and Mrs Smith-- I love a good shoot em up movie, and can overlook plot shortage for the thrill factor- if there is one-- but in this movie- which seems to continually run on Showtime, I kept trying to see who was flirting with who and imagining the beginning their love affair...

jenontheedge said...

Poor guy. Could he get another trampoline once you're back in Canada? Even just a small one like the one we have?