In Addition To Buying Ice Cream, We Will Also Be Purchasing Real Tomato Ketchup*

Those of you who mentioned The Ice Cream Dilemma in the comments of my previous post will be glad to know that there are two places to buy ice cream right around the corner from our new place. And we won’t be relegated to just sniffing the ice cream, either.

So I’d say that’s a victory, wouldn’t you?

It also occurred to me when I was reading the last round of comments that OH MY SWEET GOODNESS I am doing the Christmas Tour of Homes thing and DID I FORGET TO TELL MYSELF THAT I’M MOVING? Because the thought of having the house, you know, unpacked by the 15th seems a little daunting, but having my house decorated for Christmas, too?

Clearly I’ve been bitten by a touch of the crazy.

But I’ll just consider the Christmas Tour as, um, incentive and tell myself that it never hurt anyone to have a few extra unpacked boxes laying around at Christmastime.


And now to answer the questions about why we’re moving.


It’s pretty simple.

When we moved here six and a half years ago, we had a pretty good idea of what area we wanted to live in, and the thought of new construction was really appealing to us because we’d lived in two older houses previously. But in order to be able to afford new construction in this area, we had to move a little further out than we had planned (Robin, Theresa, Lori and Addie can testify to what I like to call The Boondocks Factor). We’re about ten miles outside of the city limits, and when we moved out here, there weren’t many subdivisions, traffic wasn’t bad at all, and we could get back into “town” in about 20 minutes.

But as is oftentimes the case with suburbia, this area exploded before there was much infrastructure to support it. There were around 10 subdivisions when we moved out here…and now there are about 60. Traffic can be a nightmare. Traffic lights are being installed along the main highway, which means BIG FUN FOR ALL on the roadways. And the catch is that we live our lives not in this little community – but in the much bigger city that’s over the mountain. With Alex starting K4 next year, and with his school on the other side of that mountain, it’s a good time for us to bite the bullet and head into town.

So, to answer the “why” question: location, location, location.

(You know, that’s pretty catchy. A real estate agent should really consider using that phrase in some brochures or something. Or on “House Hunters.” Because I’ve never heard that phrase on “House Hunters.” Except for, you know, a hundred times.)

Thus concludeth the essay on Why We’re Moving.

I will post pictures just as soon as I have some – and that’ll probably be this weekend.

I do hope the nervous anticipation of seeing pictures of an empty house won’t completely spoil your Thanksgiving dinner.

But in the meantime: LOOK! CHAOS!

*Anybody know the movie I’m referencing?

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  1. Just wanted to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Uh…is there something wrong with the way the house looks? Because that’s how my house looks ALL THE TIME. And I don’t have a three-year-old. I have two teenagers.

    Oh. I see. Point taken. :0)

  3. Since this is one of B’s favorite quotes (and one y’all started using when you were 12!) I think it would be cheating if I gave the answer…a Family Fav, no doubt!

  4. Sound crazy but somehow majority of us manage.

    I have to be complete honest My hubby is laid off in the winter months and draws unemployment and money becomes tight and I don’t have a lot of Christmas decorations but even if you can’t get everything up. I bet what every you do to your home for the holidays it will be just right.

    I told my friend Quenelle about your Christmas tour of home. But here the thing Quenelle doesn’t have a computer and asked me if I could take a picture of her nativity set and put it with mine.
    I didn’t think anyone mind.

  5. Well, I’m not family, so I’m busting in with “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

    “Real tomato kechup, Eddie?”
    “Oh, nothin’ but the best.”

  6. Oh, Daph…I don’t know why they call it Hamburger Helper. It tastes just fine by itself. :)

  7. Looks like your packing up really good! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. just toss some wrapping paper over your unpacked boxes for your pictures – Christmas present to Boomama! :)

  9. Thank you for solving the “location, location, location” mystery! I’m so happy for your family and I know the Christmas decorations will be wonderful! I can attest that simply lights on a tree are beautiful….

  10. Sister just cracks me up! She should get her blog going so we can give it back to her. :-)

    You know what? Just slap up a tree, snap a photo and call it good. Mercy, you’re MOVING. I think we all understand.

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, boxes and all.

  11. How fun; moving during the holidays! Looking forward to the Christmas tour of Homes!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are soon to enter the “chaos-sphere”. Our closing is scheduled for Jan.4th. So….I am thankful you are all doing the Christmas tour because all that will be in my house this year is BOXES. I will get to celebrate Christmas vicariously through all of your homes. Get those boxes unpacked – quick!!

  13. BooMama, if you get moved and get any kind of Christmas decorations up, that’ll be great. If not, that’ll be great, too. We all understand about, you know, REAL LIFE and all. Pics of the new house would be good, with or without Christmas decorations, if you get a chance, though….

    Have a great Thanksgiving, BooMama and Family. Where are y’all gathering this time, especially since the Great Moving Adventure of 2006 is in full swing??



  14. (Started to call you by name here, then wondered if yourelease that information on BM The blawg?)


    BooMama, we moved on December 20th five years ago. Yes, you read that right. FIVE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Oh, and did I mention that we do Christmas with extended family here? Scott literally hefted the already-decorated-Christmas-tree in to the back of our minivan and drove it over here to set up in our bare living room. So I can tesitfy that a few boxes (or in our case floor to ceiling boxes) in the background never hurt anyone’s Christmas morning, and in fact gives you something to talk about when you see the picutres in years to come. Make that part of your Bloggy Tour, and don’t pressure yourself to have everything picture perfect at Christmas time. Enjoy the excitement of moving and RELAX.

    So happy for you!

  15. Don’t you worry ’bout Daisy Mae, she whistles like a bird, and eats like a horse!! Loved that – :)

  16. ah, “managed insanity can be a way of life” :-)

  17. traffic is miserable! hope you love your new neighborhood! :)