Saturday, June 26, 2010

Packed Up

a few select items waiting to be boxed up for the air shipment

The movers finished packing up today and the apartment is almost empty, except for a few items we still need to take to the hotel and very large herd of dust bunnies.

Niamh was too tired to be bothered by dust bunnies (the photo has been carefully framed to hide them), and took a nap on the bare floor. She's been running a fever all day. Rowan had it first on Monday night, then Muriel got, it. Fingers crossed that it stops at Niamh. She seems okay as long we keep up the children's motrin.

This afternoon I took the kids to the beach, leaving Pat behind to work on the apartment.

Niamh obviously feeling much better

But by dinnertime Niamh was burning up, and was sick enough that she not only didn't eat dinner, but couldn't even manage ice cream afterward. So I took Ro and Muriel outside the hotel for some ice cream while Pat stayed behind with Niamh.

Rowan showed Muriel how to walk through the sprinkler puddles, leaving footprints like a dog.

I have to say that this all looks fairly idyllic from the photos, but the reality has not been so much fun. Sick kids, Muriel not sleeping at night, living in a hotel, moving stress, and Rowan throwing the worst tantrums I have ever seen every thirty minutes or so, all have me looking forward very much to putting this all behind us.


  1. I know how you feel! Ever since our first round of movers came, Katherine's been having nightmares about things like strangers sneaking into our house trying to steal her pink puppy or her shoes falling off over and over again, etc. She's been waking up every few hours, but when I try to comfort her she insists her bad dreams have nothing to do with the move. We're moving into a hotel on Tuesday, so we'll see how it goes from there.

    Here's hoping for happy, healthy kids for you and a safe, stress-free transition back to the states! We're thinking of you!

  2. Though it has been a while since we have moved completely, I can totally feel with you; especially will having three children that are so young. I am glad you were able to find some time though to make it to the beach. Hope all your stuff arrives safely in the states. Good Luck!

  3. wow, your photos are as usual just amazing! I know that they don't quite tell the whole story, and that moving is hard. Hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly.

  4. Thanks so much, everyone! Emily, I'm thinking of you and your family too--it's nice to have someone to commiserate with, that's for sure!