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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getting ready to go

We had our garage sale for a second time last weekend, and it went pretty well. Not as well as the first weekend of course, but that was to be expected. Overall it was a huge success-we earned enough money to pay for the Disney tickets and an early camera upgrade, plus (even better!) we got rid of boxes and boxes of things that we'll no longer have to move when we're ready to settle down. We sold several larger items, like furniture, so that will especially help.

Since then we've been plugging away at our list of things that we wanted to finish before we left. We had our car serviced. We cleaned out both vehicles. I've washed the covers for 2 of the 4 car seats. I painted the kids' bunk beds. We boxed up the unsold garage sale items and put them in a separate spot. We packed up a few boxes of toys, dishes, and other items that we no longer want in the RV. And we are plugging away at selecting what we want to bring with us and what to leave behind, as well as rounding up all of the things that the kids have left all over my mom's house. I even managed to make room to squeeze in my food processor-oh how I've missed it!

At this point our plan is to leave whenever we have everything together, probably early next week. We'll take a break on Saturday to make one last visit to the children's museum in Bloomington, about an hour and a half from here. That serves a few purposes-first, we can have these delicious calzones from the restaurant down the street one more time, second, the kids get a museum visit after a long few weeks without one, and third, we can renew our membership since Saturday happens to be the day our membership expires.

When we leave we'll spend a few days in Springfield, getting a few bugs worked out of the RV and getting the brakes on the truck serviced. Then we're off to St. Louis to see the science museum and zoo. It's been wonderful to visit with my mom, but we're looking forward to getting back on the road again!


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