It's kind of a funny story.
We found our new Nashville house in March, closed on it in May, and started renovating (well, painting mostly and getting quotes from contractors) the very next day. And then I blinked and summer was over, some of our rooms were still gutted and major work was still taking place. Where did the time go?
To make our situation even funnier, we packed 90% of our home, clothes and work spaces about a month ago. We had a moving truck scheduled and the day before it was supposed to arrive, I got a call from one of my friends who was checking in on the progress who said we should push back our move date because to move at that point would have just been getting in the contractor's way.
So we pushed back our moving date a few weeks. Then a few weeks later we pushed it back again.
Our renovations have gone a little over budget (another story I will share at some point) and quite a bit over their timeline. If I could go back, I'd probably not try to do so much work long distance before our move date. But there's no going back. Believe me, I tried. Haha!
So that brings you up to date on what's going on in Larson world.
Now we REALLY are going to pack up the moving truck this weekend and move next week. Crazy times.
And to make it even more awkward, everywhere we go in Springfield someone says to us, "How's Nashville?" or, "Oh—are you here visiting?" To which we have to say, "No. We still live here. We're not sure when we're moving." Haha! We've gotten very pro at this conversation.
I had to let go of a lot of expectations and plans. We had to reschedule a visit from my family to a later date. I had to realize that as soon as we move, I have two weeks to somewhat nest (the thing I am craving more than anything!), and then we're leaving for our Amsterdam/Iceland trip for two weeks. So our busy, unsettled state of being isn't exactly going to slow down for the time being. And we're rolling with it! It's just a little cray.
My poor puppies freaked out when we first boxed up the house. They spent a lot of extra time under blankets and in their kennels, I think as a way to feel safe in the midst of change. But, by now, they're over it. They've adapted to our boxed up house and embraced it as normal.
I'm taking notes from their level of chill. It's unmatched.
Also—isn't Dolly just the cutest sad baby in her blanket?
And I don't want to miss autumn. Autumn is my favorite!
So here's me being open. I'm not trying to complain, I promise. I'm just kind of letting you know what's up with us and what I've been struggling with a little.
I am still VERY excited to nest in our new home, explore Nashville and make new friends. I keep telling myself that by Christmas this will all be over and we'll be decorating up a storm (!!!), brunching with our Nashville friends, watching Home Alone and baking cookies. (My happy thoughts are VERY specific! Haha!)
Just a few more hurdles and we'll be at the finish line. Send us some virtual fist bumps and high fives if you don't mind?
Love you guys! Elsie
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.