13 May 2015

Packing packing packing

Hey lovelies, just wanted to post a quick update on what's been going on here because I really haven't had the brain space for blogging.

I've been packing and packing and packing and trying not to overdo things at the same time. Grant has been handling all of the paperwork and admin involved with registering the kids in their new schools, buying the house, setting up utilities, etc. I'm so grateful he does all of that because my brain is like mush right now. Sorting through all of our belongings and packing them up and planning where things will go in the new house is about all I can manage right now intelligence-wise, ha ha! He's also been slogging away doing some hard-core cleaning, for which I really don't have enough energy, so that is a huge help and I'm very grateful for all of his hard work.

I have been vlogging now and then because that's much easier for me to keep on top of than blogging, as it's just taking the camera with me through the day and then piecing together the clips when editing. Blogging, on the other hand, requires concentration and thinking and taking photos and editing them, etc, and I just don't have it in me right now, so I hope you'll hang in there for the next little while.

We move on the 25th, which is in 12 days time, and there is still a lot to do. The house purchase is still going through, although there are the inevitable bumps in the road, for example finding out that the house and garage roofs need immediate replacement as there are holes in places, and that the hot water tank, which is supposed to last 25 years, is 56 years old and will also need replacing! We negotiated the price down with the vendor so things are still going ahead, and hey, we'll have a nice new roof as well, so that worked out fine. Not sure if we'll be able to get the hot water tank replaced right away, but it's less urgent as there aren't actually any problems with it at the moment (as far as we know). We'd rather delay that because we'd like to move it to a different location (it's currently in the kitchen) when we make over the bathroom / laundry, and we can't afford to do that right away. We'll have to save up for that and get the hot water tank replaced at the same time.

So in the meantime, while I'm taking a little blogging break, you can catch up on me on my YouTube channel, on Facebook, or on Instagram. Facebook is the place to be, really, as I post there whenever I blog (unless it's just a photo and quote) or upload a video, and all of my Instagram pictures go on there too. [Update: if you want me to post my videos over here on my blog, just let me know in the comments below and I'd be happy to do that!]

Oh, and my brother is doing so much better and is getting stronger all the time - thank you so much for the prayers and positive thoughts!

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  1. Hey Jen, Only 12 more days! So exciting! I really love your videos so I'm excited that you'll be doing more of those to keep us updated with the move and everything involved. I can only imagine how much there is to do...ugh! But hang in there! If I were close by I would totally come over and help! ha ha
    Once you get to the new location I hope you'll "show us around". I love all that beautiful NZ scenery!
    Best of luck! Sending lots of positive thoughts your way! Just a reminder, your life won't be all boxes & packing tape forever! : )
    ~ Jen from Oregon, USA

    1. We're getting really excited! Thanks for the offer of help, you are very sweet - it's the thought that counts :)
      So glad you are enjoying the videos; I'm really enjoying making them.
      I just kind of made the decision to not post every video on my blog without even asking my readers - what do you think? Should I be posting them there or do you think people don't mind going over to YouTube?
      I've pretty much done all the packing I can for now, so am just going to take it easy for a few days - I've been feeling exhausted so I think a rest is in order :)

  2. good luck with your move



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