Our realtor held an Open House this past weekend. Two people came to view the house. She said that was normal. I guess Open Houses don't really do a whole lot. But the people who came really responded well to all the updating in the house and she said it was presented well. All we have to do is get people to come through the front door to appreciate the beauty of the home. After all, its what's on the inside that counts, right?
So at this point, all we need to move is for our house to sell. It is really hard to just sit and wait. Especially when no one is looking at our house. But we are hanging in here knowing it will happen eventually. There is just so much up in the air right now. Will we have the baby here? Will I have enough time to find a doctor down there if we move before he is born? Will we need our winter clothes in our closets or can I keep them packed? Will the stress never end?
Jeff and I have both felt that things would work out from the beginning when they first announced the move, so that is comforting. When they first announced it, the CEO said they would be dividing up between Las Vegas and Portland. When Jeff heard "Las Vegas" he got all excited! And then when he realized he was on the Portland team he was upset. Neither he nor myself are fans of Portland. Every time we have been up there we just aren't impressed. I don't know if I just see all the wrong areas, but it seems the options are to live in an ugly city or a long commute. So when he told me the two places (without saying which one he was supposed to go to) I was hoping for sunny Las Vegas. I definitely am not a fan of all the rain, so sunshine really seals the deal for me! So when the CEO was asking for their decisions on whether they would stay with the company or not Jeff told him he would prefer to go to Las Vegas (plus, Las Vegas is the side of company that will be focusing on the games which is what Jeff really wants to do anyway). The CEO wrote him back and said he needed some QA guys there in Vegas and would love to have him there. So Jeff and two of his team mates are headed to Las Vegas. When Jeff told me that he had requested Las Vegas I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't know he was going to do that. I didn't realize how much he really wanted to go to Las Vegas. I think its really all about having a pool! He loves to swim, and really, really wants his very own swimming pool.
So here we sit in our finally finished house, with it clean and organized for the first time, waiting for it to sell. How I wish I had spent the last three years living in this house and not a house in the process of being remodeled. It is really hard to make a house exactly what you want and then have to walk away without really getting a chance to enjoy it. I am so grateful to Jeff's family and my dad for helping make my vision a reality. I am really going to miss my beautiful kitchen with a stand mixer drawer and pull out shelves for my pots and pans, my built in refrigerator and beautiful white cabinets, the awesome wainscot and my tiled shower, as well as the gorgeous crown moulding! I wonder if I will ever love another house the way I finally am able to love this one.
Last night I was reading a relocation book (about relocating to Las Vegas) that the company sent home to all of the people who are moving. It had a timeline for moving. I got to the 2 weeks before your move section. It suggested planning a small gathering with friends to help get things ready and says it is not only a way to get stuff done, but is a great last gathering in your home with friends and family. I started to cry, thinking of leaving everyone I have grown to love so much. I have really tried to put off thinking of that part of all of this. But as we get closer to actually leaving, it is getting harder and harder to be in denial. So I am planning girls nights every month till I go and hoping we can spend time with family as much as possible before we go.
Ashley is ready to go- last night she had dance so Jeff picked her up on his way home from work. He had the relocation book with him. She picked it up and started looking at it. I guess it got her all excited (maybe it was the pictures of all the pools) and she told him she can't wait to move there! I am worried about how moving will affect Ashley and Alona. Starting in a new school in the middle of the year could be a difficult transition for them. I think they will do well, but I know the uncertainty is especially difficult for Alona. I hope that we are able to find a good neighborhood with lots of children for them to befriend!