We spent the whole weekend at the new house painting and bringing loads back and forth. It was more than I could handle. I didn't do any heavy lifting, obviously. I mostly kept the kids out out the way and unpacked the boxes destined for our new closets. I also spent a lot of time sitting on the floor painting or playing with Riley. I feel about 80yrs old every time I try to get up from the floor, Oy! My back is furious with me.
We got 99% of the family room painted and a decent start on Isaac's room. We're only painting the 3 bedrooms and the family room. So, 2 out of 4 are underway. I got our living room bookcase packed and over to the house (thanks D!). I also got quite a few of the kids toys over. Honestly, it doesn't feel like I've made a dent yet. Mike also got his beloved shed disassembled, transported and reassembled.
When we toured the house we were told our neighbor "P" was amazing. "Just wait till you meet P, etc". On our other side was a house with a pretty sweet playground set up in the backyard. I've always waited the kids to have neighbor friends. The first day we met a family from down the block their kids were 9, 4, and 2. Kids both our kids ages! Yay!
It wasn't until this weekend that we met P's kids. A boy and a girl 10 and 8. They said their younger sister is named Riley too! They started talking to Isaac through the fence in the back yard and then came over to show us their puppies. Their mom waved them back, but P didn't seem to be around.
Well, today I spent 3 hours painting and entertaining Riley while the boys took apart Mike's shed foundation at the old house. By the time the boys returned with food I was beat. After lunch the plan was for the kids to play in the yard while Mike put up his shed. When I admitted to Mike earlier in the week that I had "tried" to lay on the tile floor with a blanket he put the air mattress in the car, just in case. Today was that day so he blew it up and I was asleep before the back door closed.
Apparently, while I was sleeping face down, sprawled in all directions and honest to goodness, drooling into the indentation in the mattress the neighbor on the other side came by. In walked S and his 4yr old daughter I can't imagine what they must have thought of me. When I was told they had been there my first question was "Did you tell them I don't have a substance abuse problem?" That would have been my first thought seeing some lady passed out in the middle of the day on the floor. Mike seemed confused by my question and said, "I told him..that you had mobility issues. I said moving has been hard on you."
Good work Honey, not that I had worked my ass off and been alone with the baby all morning. Sheesh. So, S was very nice and he also has 3 kids. A 9yr boy, 4yr girl and a 2yr old. The 4yr old played nicely with Isaac and Riley while the men chatted. Mike didn't ask the name or gender of the 2yr old, men! Either way, Hurray! Kids the same age on either side. It's like we won the neighborhood lotto. S also raved about P on the other side of us. I'm beginning to worry he won't live up to the hype. S even extended an open invitation to come play on his awesome playground equipment. It should go without saying Mike didn't find out S's wife name or if she stays at home with the little ones or not. He did find out that S is a "project guy" too. I was bummed that I slept through Mike and Isaac making friends.
I guess I have time to get all that information and make up for my less-than-stellar first impression, here's hoping. When I asked Isaac if he liked his new neighborhood he said, "Yes! There's better kids and they have pets."