The monstrous truck arrived in the morning, and Eric took charge of taking inventory of everything as it was unloaded. I stayed inside the house and directed traffic while keeping the baby as happy as possible. Achilles was in charge of licking the sliding glass door.
Giant truck in the culdesac
Eric keeping track of things as they come in
Huge inventory of all our stuff
Moving our stuff in to the living room
Keeping herself occupied on the other side of the house
I have no explanation for this.
My dad has really done his best to make us feel at home here, and to make it as much like our own home as possible. First, we had this greeting waiting for us upon our arrival:
Happy welcome signage in the front window
In addition, our setup in his house has really been as ideal as we could have asked for. The house is essentially two "wings": at the front of the house is the living room (right when you walk in the front door) and then a small hallway to the left where there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. The kitchen is at the center of the house, and then at the back of the house is the master bedroom/bath and family room. The furniture was almost all cleared out of the front living room, so we were able to set up our own living room furniture there. Eric and I are sleeping in my old bedroom, and Ellie is sleeping in my sister's old bedroom (now my dad's office) across the hall. So we essentially have the front of the house to ourselves to make our own with our own things, which has been nice. It was especially nice being able to put up our own Christmas tree for the holidays.
Allow me to show you around our "wing" a little bit!
First, the living room:
In this picture, I am standing at the entrance to the living room from the kitchen looking back towards the front of the house. The front door is to the right of the grandfather clock. Obviously, the piano is a piece of my dad's furniture that has stayed put, as is that clock. Other than that, almost everything is our own. Our couch fits nicely in the front window, and we traded in our Pointy-Edged Coffee Table of Death for a padded bench for a while, for the sake of the wobbly little one who loves to pull herself up on things.
Here is another view, from the far side of the room. The picture above the piano is a new family photo canvas we just ordered. I like it!
This the view from the corner where the TV is, looking back towards the front door. Also, there's Achilles. He is a fan of the big front window.
Our room is largely similar to how my dad had it before we took over his house:
We kept most of his furniture in there, and only added the two of our own pieces: the dresser in the corner and the cabinet in front of the big window. Everything else stayed put.
I think that's my sister's really old TV from when she lived in this room a couple years ago. We haven't used it yet. The closet on the left there is where I used to hang my Leonardo DiCaprio posters back in my days in this room.
As for Ellie, her space is probably the most personalized:
A better look from inside the room: her changing table is on the left, a bookshelf for her ever-growing library, her crib and the glider.
This is the far side of Ellie's room, with her dresser/changing table, various storage bins, and her bookshelf.
A better look at Ellie's library and diaper changing station. It's all very organized!
Moving Ellie to "her own room" was a big thing for me. I still miss having her sleeping in our room sometimes, although I know Eric and I (at least) are sleeping better now that we don't have to worry so much about waking her up every time we breathe too loudly or roll over with too much gusto.
However, even though Ellie is no longer in our room, the room isn't quite fully hers - it still doubles as my dad's office.
As for the rest of the stuff, take a little peek into my dad's garage:
So that's our home for the next few months. Not bad, right? It really has been working out well so far, although I do miss having some of our own stuff to use. It will be nice to settle into our own place in Jacksonville this summer, but for now, this will do nicely. We have our own rooms, we can sit on our own couch, and Ellie and Achilles have far more room to roam here than they did in Hoboken. I think it's good.
And now that we're all unpacked and settled in, we can start anticipating packing it all back up and doing this dance all over again in a few months! Hooray!