A few months ago, I shared my family’s experience with house hunting and the frustration we were having. The day I posted that, we toured a house, fell in love with it and the neighborhood, and put in an offer the next day. Now it’s our home!

While I thought the house hunting process was the hard part, little did I know that the real hard part was ahead: moving with small children.

Due to timing of closing on the house in relation to our rental agreement, we were able to take six weeks to move. At first, I thought it was a blessing — I could take some time to paint rooms, slowly move over boxes, and get things put away before we brought over the bulk of the furniture. Then we would have time to clean the rental house without having to rush. But then reality set in: everything takes at least three times longer when you’re trying to do it with kids in tow. Painting rooms took a couple weekends. Doing loads of boxes on days off while entertaining kids was difficult (there are only so many they’re willing to do without much whining). Unpacking is incredibly chaotic when little hands are “helping.” Moving furniture while dodging kids is somewhat dangerous. Cleaning a rental while wearing a baby on your back means you can’t reach as many areas easily.

We ended up working like crazy to get everything done within the six weeks. The last weekend of June was spent cleaning the rental house, making multiple dump runs, driving miscellaneous boxes to the new house, and taking more stuff than I thought possible to Value Village for donation. We were literally loading the last of our stuff into our pick up truck when our old landlord came to do the final walk through.

But now, five months after the start of our house-buying adventure, we’re done! We are (mostly) unpacked at the new house and it finally feels like home.

Now, on to the home improvement projects!

Kira Cox

Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.

I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.

When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.

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