It’s been a busy two weeks but here’s the full story! Grab a drink and hunker down!
On March 24th Keith and I picked up the first truck – a monstrous 26’ long truck!! Just the few miles home were a learning experience and we also discovered that Keith had mistakenly packed his trucker hat! What a bummer! However, I’m happy to report he successfully backed it into the driveway once at home, hat not needed to drive like a pro!
That evening after logging off our computers, we began to fill it with our possessions, trying to carefully distribute weight, tightly pack so it would all fit, and protect it all so there was little damage. To our surprise, we ended up getting about half of the large truck full and felt really good about ourselves! As we tucked the ramp back into the truck to pull it back a few feet closer to the house, all I heard was crashing and banging! Sure enough, those end pieces had come crashing down. And yes, of course they were glass!!!!
Thursday morning, we met Ryan at the Home Depot to pickup the second truck – a 16’ long truck! We sent him off to work and drove it home to pack. Keith and I had the day off, so we spent the entire day loading those trucks!!! As we opened the large truck after repositioning it again, there was a true test to my packing ability. I shook ever box that had fallen the night before, fully prepared to dump it if it made noise – shook each one and silent! Nothing broken – shockingly!! Midafternoon, we heard from the car transport guy that he preferred to pick up the cars that afternoon due to rain on Friday morning. Great minds think alike, and we were able to meet him at a local parking lot to load them in.
He was wonderful!! He took such great care of them – a true professional!! He was meticulous about going over the cars and loaded them so carefully. M-Pressive went in first and was loaded into the nose of the truck on the top layer. The Charger was loaded in right behind it. Both wouldn’t be touched again until drop off, so it really was the perfect setup. Even with as much care as he took – extra towels to cover doors as he had to lean out the window, it was nerve wracking to leave them in someone else’s care. As they both were loaded, I turned to Keith and asked if this is what it feels like to drop your kids off at camp?
Returning with confidence but nerves, we finished an amazing task – loading the trucks. Space was getting tight as the day went on! Keith’s family came by for one last goodbye and visited for about an hour. Then Scott came by and we stood outside for another two hours catching up. Going back inside around 10, we cleaned for an hour and went to bed. Not how we planned to spend the night, but it was wonderful to see them all one last time. There wasn’t much sleep that happened that night, only a few hours! We were too exited and stressed and nervous and worried!!
‘Twas the night before moving, when all through the house
Not a thing was left unpacked, not even my spouse;
The moving trucks were packed in the driveway with care,
In hopes that the big day soon would be there;
The Jarvis' were nestled all snug on the floor beds;
while visions of palm trees danced in our heads;
And Keith in his pjs, and I in what's left to wrap,
Had just settled our muscles for a short night's nap,
When only a few hours later there rang such an alarm,
we sprang from our slumber to join the southern charm.
Away to the empty rooms, getting them that was way tough,
Tore open the moving trucks and threw in the last of our stuff.
The temperatures were crisp on this end of March day,
Gave us one last chill for winter before we stray,
When what to my stressed out mind did I think,
but return the Fios and get Keith and Ryan in sync.
With a three vehicle caravan so lively and slow,
I knew it'd take two days to get there but we'd be out of the snow.
More nerves than Nancy the miles we'll drive,
And we'll radio, and wave, and call out directions to survive:
Now route 95, NJ Turnpike, 295 and 895!
On route 95! On more 95! On 95 and finally 26!
To south of the border! To the low country, the perfect mix!
Now drive away! Drive away! Drive away y'all!"
As memories that fill our hearts as the miles they pass,
when we owe so much to our family and friends in Mass;
so we hold them close and promise to visit.
With the trucks full of car parts, and living things too -
And then, in a long 16.5 hours, the miles we'll clock
The puttering and shifting of each little box.
As we near the red pin, and in the driveway we'll turn,
To a yellow house on a cute street, our butts will yearn.
We'll be dressed in big smiles, from my ear to theirs,
And our clothes were all rumpled and who want's to bet I'll have tears;
A bundle of boxes we'll have tucked on our hands,
and we looked like professionals just executing our plans.
Our eyes - how they'll widen! Our muscles, how they'll hurt!
Our butts will be like pancakes, our routes better not divert!
Our excited little life in the trucks for the weekend,
And the kindness to help us from a wonderful dear friend;
The sun will welcome us with spring in the air,
and the pool will cool us, who's going in first, that's a dare;
We'll begin to settle in and make it our home,
with setting up our belongings and starting to roam.
We are excited and anxious, a perfect balance of emotion,
and we'll laugh and we'll smile each time at the ocean;
A new state to live and amazing weather we've said
soon filled the new rooms to know we had nothing to dread;
We spoke of a plan, it took a bit to make happen,
we'll be there soon; then know it's not too misshapen,
and while pouring some Blue and raising for a toast,
and taking a sigh, down our hatches to celebrate the most;
We're thankful for everyone, to them we send hugs,
and a new chapter we start in hopes you'll visit these mugs.
But you'll hear us exclaim, ere we drive out of sight -
Happy moving day to us, and peace out MA!"
The alarm went off way too early Friday morning and we sprung into action! We tore apart the rest of the house, getting all the very last stuff to the front door. Last minute cleaning and checking to make sure we got EVERYTHING!! Ryan and Ashley brought us bagels and helped to load the very last of our stuff. I did a final walkthrough with our landlord and just as the three closed the doors to the truck on shoehorning our life into two trucks, we were ready to drive!
With our final look into Elkway, I turned to Keith, Ryan, and Ashley on the front steps and started balling!! Shocker, I know!! Saying goodbye to Ashley sent me into full blown water works!!!! It all happened so quickly but within minutes we were on the road, headed south!!