We moved from an older apartment back in July, because it was too small for all 5 of us and just really unsafe for health reasons. We rented from family for a couple of months while we found something bigger, more convenient and local to everything we need to do (school for me, grocery stores, etc.), and more in our price range. Something finally came up, and we moved within a couple of weeks. Now, we have a beautiful 3 bedroom apartment, with tons of room for all of us, great neighbors, a great yard for the kids to run around in and play, and that's right near everything and everywhere we go on a regular basis. The twins have their bigger room, mommy and daddy have a much bigger room (and upstairs, so it's private ;-) ) and when he's ready, Mason will have his own nursery as well. For now though, that room is our office area. We moved in one day. Yep. Read it. ONE DAY. We "splurged" and rented a U-Haul, and with filling that to the brim and the help from my grandparents with their van, we moved everything in one day, and by the end of the next day, I had everything unpacked and put away where it needed to go.
The one and only drawback to the new place, is we are unable to keep out cats. Our cats are a part of the family. We have had Buddy for 5 years and Chewy for 4, and being without them is terrible. They are staying at my sister in law's house for now, while we wait word from the local animal shelter that they have room for them there to put them up for adoption. I hate the thought of that, but the animal shelter they will be going to is very very strict on who they let adopt the animals. They do a lengthy and strict background check and match the animals up with just the right family so we know that hopefully, they will be in as good of hands as they were with us. We just could not pass up this opportunity, and the pet policy is very, very strict, so there is no changing the landlord's mind, unfortunately. :-( It will be okay. In some ways. I am okay with it. Since we had the twins, the cats have kind of been put on the "back burner" so to speak. They used to get all of our attention, and then the twins came along and they took that away from the cats. Don't get me wrong...we still took care of them and they were always clean and fed and loved, but they just didn't get as much snuggle and love time with us when the babies came along. So in some ways, it may be good for them to go to a different home where they can be the center of attention again, something that we just can't give them anymore. But, it's still just so sad, since of course we love them, and have many great memories with them, and the twins have grown to love them.
Chewy and Buddy cuddling, like always: