Sunday, July 27, 2008

We're Hired!

The job search has been long and somewhat frustrating but Scott just got hired as an accountant for the state of Washington. So...in about 12 days we will pack up our little apartment and head up to the great northwest! It's a little bitter-sweet for me because we will be leaving my parents and taking their last two grandkids away, but we couldn't be more excited to be close to all of Scott's family. I have never lived outside of Utah so this will definitely be a new experience for me!

**for any of you that have moved...do you have any tips or tricks? you know, things that after all was said and done you thought "hmm, I wish we would have done this differently" I would love to hear any thing that helped!

19 comments:

tyler and emily said...

Holy cow! You're leaving so soon! that's crazy. I hope you guys have lots of fun and find neat things to do and enjoy your neighbors. Sorry i don't have any advice about moving. Good luck with everything.

Travis and Celena Patten said...

Congrats to Scotty but so lame that you will be leaving. I am happy for you and I hope to follow you to Washington soon. I would love to live there and outside of Utah. Sorry no tips on moving. I haven't done a big move since I got married. If I hear anything, I will let you know.

J and J said...

congrats! I should have some tips because we've moved several times since we've been married. I'm drawing a blank though and can't think of anything other than I usually contact the town's chamber of commerce before we move. They always send a bunch of information, maps, and coupons so you feel a little more oganized when you get there. Good luck with the move!

Paul Harris said...

Sorry you have to move. It'll be expensive. Get a couple rolls of plastic wrap and some bubble wrap. use it for stuff you don't want to get scratched like picture frames. Put a detailed label on each box, multiple sides of the box if possible. Get rid of anything you haven't used or worn in the past six months. Moving is the perfect time to break stuff if you secretly want to get rid of it. Blankets are good to keep furnitue from rubbing and scratching. Are you renting a Uhaul? Rent or buy a dolly, they're not that expensive and they make things 10 times faster. Have Dad come and help tie down the load, your stuff will move around quite a bit when you're driving. Hope this helps. I'll let you know if I think of anything else.

John, Jess, Ellie, & Cade said...

My friend just had her moving truck (with all of their belongings) stolen, so I will never move again without backing up all my pictures and personal documents and giving them to family to store. Not to freak you out, but it's a good precaution. Good luck, moving is a pain, especially with 2 little ones!

Amy Lindstrom said...

What part of Washington? My friends live there. I have visited and I LOVE IT!! I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! I am sure you will too!

So here is my tip (which, having moved 11 times in the last 10 years, I feel that I am somewhat a specialist on the topic): If you know where you are moving too (apartment or whatever), then as you pack, box stuff up according to the rooms they are going IN not coming from! That way when they are unloading they know where to put them. Mark it BIG on the box so that it can't be missed. That helps A LOT! AND of course, don't be afraid to chuck stuff! Or garage sale! My friend didn't have a ton of stuff to sale, but she did make almost $500! That is huge!

Julie said...

I know it is a weird bit of advice but we got boxes that were all the same size- costs a little more but it helps everything fit in less space in a moving truck etc. even though I know you don't keep much stuff.
send me an email when you are going to Utah. Maybe we'll pass through the state sometime.
Oh... And good luck Scott.

FishinFamily said...

Oh Congratulations!! Sorry we didn't get together, I spaced that the 24th was a holiday. I'm excited for your new 'adventure'. I'd love to live outside of Utah, atleast for a while, just to see what it's like. As for moving tips, a lot of what I'd say would just be an echo...labeling the box of what room you want it to go in. Also, to save time on hanging clothes we just layed all our clothes on a sheet on the hanger, then fold all the corners to the middle and take it to the home that way. When you get there everything is still on it's hanger ready for the closet. Good luck!

melody said...

Bitter-sweet indeed! We will really miss you around here. I am just glad the blogs will keep us updated. It sounds very exciting to move to a new place, can't wait to read all about it!

Um, a moving tip I have is to pack dishes and fragile things among clothes and linens, to save on bubble wrap. Then again, you can probably get a ton of that free?! Good luck with the packing. I will surely see you before you leave - which is so soon!

P.S. It occurs to me that you have a few of my maternity shirts? Maybe I can retrieve them before you go. No need to pack more than is necessary! Thanks.

Ronnie & KaLee said...

So excited for you! I agree with Amy and Paul. Label EVERYTHING on two sides of the box and put the room it is going to. Other than that--have fun!

Spencer and Kim said...

How sad we are that you will be living, but so so happy that you guys are on your way to settling down. We will miss you for sure. Please keep in touch. Good lick with the move and I'm sorry I won't be there to help you pack. love you guys!

Mom said...

From April's mom. I'm avialable on the Olympia end to help in anyway I can. I'll be your substitute mother on this end. I'm a great babysitter and I'm all set up for babies. We live just a mile from Terry and Sue. Congratulations to Scott. Check out jobs at Evergreen if you're looking. Use me as a reference. Corine

Travis and Kristy said...

When we moved to TN I was so unorganized. I would ask Lindsey, because she had a list for everything and how she wanted it packed. It probably saved her hours! (and money) The only thing I would suggest. Fly your kids! You will have more room for things and they can fly for free with an adult.

Travis and Kristy said...

Oh yes, I am going to miss you even though I still don't see you very often. If you need help packing, I AM THERE! seriously don't hesitate to call.

JMHill Family said...

I'm still crying...sad..sniff...sniff
But BIG Congrats to you guys! What an adventure!

Emily said...

Congratulations. That is awesome. I was hoping as I kept reading that you'd clarify that you are moving to Washington DC instead of state, but I'm happy for you nonetheless.

cindy said...

I have no moving tips because I am still in denial!! Please don't leave, Jackson finally likes me. I will miss you all too much. My house will soon be too quiet, lonely and very boring. Can you tell I am not handling this very well??

Sarah said...

I wish I would have packed more organized. I just started throwing things in boxes. Get way more boxes than you think. Even when you are almost done, you will fill 10 more boxes. I saw a girl who had colored packing tape then each room had its own color, then when she got to the house she put up these signs ("bedroom" and then it had the blue tape under it) to label each room. I was amazed at her organization. good luck moving! Congrats!

Erica & Dan said...

I am so excited for your family. This will be such a fun adventure. I know I just moved so I should have a ton of tips, but of course I can't think of many. I agree with the many other people about labeling. Instead of just writing "kitchen", write "pots and pans" or whatever it is specifically. You find that before you know it, you have 20 boxes that say kitchen and you still don't know where anything is. Also, don't be afraid to throw things away just because you've either had it forever or you think the person that gave it to you will notice. :) I ended up getting rid of a lot of things that we had double of. I don't know why I didn't give them to the DI sooner. Well there you go. It's not much help, but maybe just a little.