Moving Day

moving-dayIt’s moving day on Thursday, and we’re moving to our new apartment. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to, but I’m still taking a lingering look around our old apartment that we’ve lived in for four years.

20060706-our-familyWhat I remember most about this apartment is the bathroom counter I sat on when I learned I was going to have a baby, and then later when we got to bring her home.

20070322-lane-1Those peaceful early days that were filled with reading and quiet rest.

20070608-water-baby-25Spending time on the patio around my plants and the tree outside my window.

lane-walkingAnd when those peaceful days gave way to adventuresome days, and things weren’t quite so restful anymore.

I’m glad I get to take those memories with me to the new apartment.

What is your favorite home memory?
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  1. Happy New House!

    And what a lovely look back…

    My favorite home memory? One would be me and Evie sitting out on our front porch and in our front yard under our little tree.

  2. well, Congratulations first of all.
    My first home memory was when I changed my whole city instead of just home. The way I used to jump around the stairs and run around the street near my home. I love it. Really enchanting.

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  3. They grow up so fast, don’t they? I love remembering sledding down our hill, curling up on the couch to cuddle or read, swinging on a swing attached to our old tree, tucking them into bed. They are 28 & 26 now. Enjoy! Every stage is wonderful.

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  4. it’s too early to think of my favorite home memory but just wanted to say I enjoyed this post. You are going to make many fine memories in your new home as well.

  5. Congrats on the new apartment! It’s hard to choose one favorite memory.

    I have to say may favorite would be any time we all sit squished together on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and watch a great family movie.

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  6. Southern Gal says:

    We’ve been here for 18 1/2 years. Too many great memories to count. My favorites would have to be
    1) bringing home babies #2 and #3,
    2) snuggling as a family in front of the fireplace on a cold wintry night,
    3) in the summer, sitting under the white ash tree we planted when we first moved here (which was given to us by my husband’s grandmother who passed away at the age of 93 in 2006).
    4)the zipline and BMX course in the back woods that my children enjoy(ed) so much.

  7. I have so many favorite home memories. The one I will share is laying on the couch every afternoon with Caitlin in my belly with Gabi laying on top of me to take a nap. Such peaceful contentment. Good luck on your move.

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  8. My family used to eat dinner in the TV room on Star Trek night. We’d have always have chicken wings and pizza, always with the same red and white checked table cloth on the coffee table. Good times : )

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  9. I enjoyed seeing the photos of your little family “growing up.” As for my favorite memory…I don’t know. There are too many to choose from, but they all involve my children. Your post has gently reminded me though, that my favorite times have been when the house is a mess, laughter is in the air, and all is good–I should stop sweating the small stuff (legos, tinkertoys, dishes…) and just join in the fun.

    Thanks for the reminder. ; )

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  10. We have been in our home for almost 8 years.

    My favorite memories thus far are giving birth to my 3 year old in our bedroom and birthing my 1 year old in our bathroom. These were planned homebirths.

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  11. Good luck with the move!

    Our house is so small at 480 sq ft that I really feel my family getting closer. I was worried we’d feel overcrowded, but we don’t. I love the little moments.

  12. Good luck with the move!

    I always remember the Christmas’ that we have shared in our house. It was hard to leave my old house in Tennessee. That is where we bought our first dog, brought our babies home to live.

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  13. Oh, the bringing home the babies homes . . . those are for sure the best memories. We have moved away from the homes where we brought the girls home, but that was always the thing I thought of when we closed the door that last time. *sniff sniff*

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  14. When we moved to this house I was not quite as sold as my hubby until I was washing dishes and looking out my window. There he was playing with the girls on our land and as they ran the picture of the girls running on “Little House” popped into my head. I realised this was a better place for my girls and has felt like home ever since that day.

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  15. Congratulations on the move – we just went through the same thing in January. I was sad to leave behind the old house and all of its memories, but we are making new ones every day in our new home.

    My favorite memory – sitting as a family on the couch, with a pile of books from the library, cuddling & reading (my two favorite activities!).

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  16. What a beautiful post. A few of my favorite home memories:

    -Christmas Mornings – My husband and I always get such joy out of watching the kids get excited about Santa coming.
    -Family Gatherings – We love having the extended family over for dinner parties. Having so many people we love under one roof at the same time is always so special.
    -Cuddling on the couch with my kids before bedtime
    -Laying in my five year old’s bedroom with him at night and looking at the glow in the dark solar system that we created on his ceiling while we talk about his day.
    -Watching my kids play in the backyard.

  17. Hmmm . . . I love sitting at a clean kitchen table in the afternoon sunlight, working on a Bible lesson or reading while my son naps. I also love chasing him around the apartment or vice versa – we have a great layout for laps.

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  18. Favourite memories are all based around bringing my babies home, it doesn’t seem that long ago and yet they are starting to move out now.

    Enjoy your new home :)

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  19. This is such a lovely happy post! It had me grinning from the get-go, you have a gorgeous daughter and that first photo is adorable. I just signed for my very first rental flat today, so i’m going to be moving May 1st and starting a new chapter in my life of living alone. Exciting! Hoorah! :D I’m looking forward to building memories in my new place, the same way you have. I hope your moving day goes well! :)

  20. We are getting ready to move again so I’ve been thinking about our memories here. I did make some good friends. :)

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  21. Oh, I remember leaving our last condo (our favorite place we’ve ever lived), and the memories I had made there.

    Although there were some tough memories (my husband’s cancer treatment), there were also beautiful memories of times spent with friends and family, birthdays, picnics out on the lawn, my daughter eating popsicles on our deck in only a diaper, finding out I was pregnant again…

    My favorite memory of all: giving birth to my son at home, in my living room, on a glorious, sunny May afternoon. Then just basking in the late afternoon/ post-birth glow as I snuggled my babe, surrounded by my family and a few visiting friends. :)

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  22. Congrats on your move. We are going back to move another load of things from our old house and have to have our home empty in about 30 days. It just hit me today, moving is so bittersweet! So many memories of the old place, but new ones to be made in our new home. When we move we always take one last look around and then quietly shut the door for the last time. I feel like we are in a movie. :-) Sigh, good luck with the move!

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  23. I concur about the bittersweets, but it’s oh so helps us to appreciate the good things in life! And it definitely sounds like you have lots to be thankful for. :)

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  24. Good luck moving! First off, I love your patio, it’s so beautiful. Now as far as favorite home memories? If I had to pick one it would be playing hide-n-seek with Diego for the very first time. Just realizing that he knew he was “hiding” and then he would peek around, find me, and ruuuuunn and jump into my arms with a huge grin on his face. Sigh.

  25. We are moving soon, and while I love our house I’m ok with letting it go. The thing I’m struggling with is that this is where we have lived for the past 6½ years, our oldest had just turned 1 when we moved in here and we brought the other 2 home from the hospital to here. But you are right, I get to take the memories. There are many, and I’m glad I have a lot of pictures to remind me.

  26. You’re killing me with those Lane photos again. She seems like such a happy little girl.

    We’re moving in four(!) months when my husband finishes his Ph.D., though we don’t know where we are going with the economy as it is. (Our original plans may be out the window.) I’ve grown sad lately thinking about leaving Atlanta, even though it’s something we both need to do, on some level. Knowing we’re going is definitely making me cherish our time left here.

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  27. My favorite memory has and always will be Sunday dinner. Here in the South, as far back as I can remember,everybody always showed up for Sunday dinner. We laughed and talked and teased and listened to the latest about who was doing what. I have carried on the tradition with my family. Sunday dinner is always a long, slow, enjoyable time with a tableful of good food. I always said that when I die, just make sure it isn’t on a Sunday,because, I don’t ever want to miss Sunday dinner.