At the end of last month, I mentioned that our big house move would hopefully be imminent yet we still didn't have a date. Literally the day after my Me and men post for October, we got the call (on my birthday as it so happens) from the solicitor that we would be moving in a week's time. Panic stations doesn't quite cover it and it really was the most manic week ever, packing up the house, organising all the things you have to do when you move and generally having a panic about it all, while at the same time feeling so excited and also anxious in equal measure.
And so November has been an extremely busy and exciting month for us. On November 8th we made the big move- not just around the corner or even to a nearby town, but to a whole new part of the country. We have moved from Yorkshire to Lincolnshire, from being within a ten minute drive of all the amenities you could ever need to being in a tiny, remote village in the middle of nowhere. We absolutely love it here and we are settling in much quicker than I thought we would. I have really enjoyed driving around with the boys during the day, just following our noses and seeing what we find. There's so much to discover in a new area and it can be daunting and exiting at the same time. We spent the whole of the first week unpacking boxes, getting the boys settled into their new house and just generally working out our new home. In our second week Mr F was back to work and I was here with the boys minus any internet, so we spent our time driving around the area to learn our way around and also to visit various nureries and playgroups. Luckily, I have managed to find them both somewhere- a nursery for L and a preschool playgroup for LO. LO has had his first 2 morning sessions this week and seems to have settled in so well- I am so proud of him for how he's coped with all this change.
I have found the month so far very tiring what with all the unpacking, carrying boxes around and having no childcare at all or family to call upon for help for the last 3 weeks. That's been quite hard but we will make our new routines work for us even if we don't have family nearby to help out. We really love our new village but of course we miss our family and friends so much, but we can't wait to be able to have people here to stay.
And so onto December. Our first Christmas in our new house and I cannot wait to get the decorations up. It's a very Christmassy sort of house and village (the sort of place where you get Christmas carols sung outside your door and where you eat mince pies in the pub on Christmas eve). I can't wait to see what next month brings.