We survived the move!

The last few weeks have been truly chaotic in my house. A simple move from one town to a town only 25 miles away has been akin to moving a mountain. I was raised in a Navy family. That meant fairly regular moves. It is only now that I can appreciate what my parents went through.

The last time we moved was 8 years ago. My daughter was only 3 weeks old. We moved a lot of baby stuff and set up a nursery. In hindsight, that was child’s play. She didn’t care where we lived and went wherever we took her without argument.

I knew that moving a young person would be tough, but had no idea what was in store. Getting her enrolled in school felt like it would require an act of Congress. I know we completed paperwork when she first went to Kindergarten, but it was fairly minimal. The sheer volume of paperwork involved to prove residency and allow the two districts to transfer records was mind boggling.

The IEP (individualized education plan) only added an additional wrinkle to the process. Asperger’s children require a large support staff to make school work for them. I am very grateful to her support teams old and new. The staff at her old school were so helpful in easing Zsuzsa’s transition. The new staff has been super welcoming and friendly. Without those people, I don’t think we would have made it through.

After we got the school stuff squared away, we had to deal with the physical move. It’s amazing how much stuff 3 people can amass in 8 years. So many, many, many things to clean and box up just so they can be taken back out of the box at the new location. There were days I wished we could just leave it all behind and buy all new stuff. Unfortunately, that was not an option.

All in all, we got through the move with minimal pain. We’re all adjusting to our new home and we are together. Plus, we got to go trick-or-treating in our new neighborhood and I finished Zsuzsa’s costume with a few hours to spare. She got to be Merida as planned.

Another successful Halloween!

Now that we’re settled, you can expect regular posts again. Keep your eyes peeled for new giveaways and reviews coming your way!

The most wonderful time of the year!

October is one of my favorite months and Halloween is my favorite holiday.  There is something so wonderful about dressing up and being someone else for a day.  I look forward to it every year.  (I’m going to be Tammy Faye Baker this year!)

We always let Zsuzsa pick what she wants to be and try to pull it together for her.  We purchased costumes a few times when she was very little, but that’s a no-no these days.  There’s nothing wrong with store-bought costumes, but I love the challenge of creating a costume.  This year, she wants to be Merida from Disney’s film, Brave.  I’m thrilled today because I picked up all the supplies for to make the dress and purchased the wig.  I can’t wait to get started and see how it comes together.

Halloween is not just my favorite holiday.  It’s also my husband’s favorite.  Our first date was Halloween 2000.  We wanted to get married on Halloween, but we just couldn’t swing it due to timing.  As a compromise, we got married on October 12, 2002.  We will celebrate our 10th anniversary tomorrow and the 12th anniversary of our first date on Halloween.

With so many things to look forward to, I think this is going to turn out to be a great month.