It’s true. Moving suuuuuuucks.
I have a theory. Moving is so terrible that talking or thinking about a past move brings on a sort of PTSD situation. This is why no one tells you how bad it is. And so when you ask your friends and family and acquaintances for recommendations, no one really wants to think about that horrible time in their life. So they just pretend they didn’t hear you or avert their eyes and
walk run away in a state of avoidance.
I get it. I don’t want to talk about it either. But I think that’s how I ended up with the WORST MOVERS EVER and I was crying on moving day but only because the mean mover guy made me hang out in 40 degree weather with no coat for two hours while he told me AFTER LOADING ALL MY STUFF that it was going to cost about twice what I thought. Fuck that guy. (I mean, thank goodness my husband’s company paid for the move, but it was still awful. And they couldn’t fit Babystar’s playhouse. And I was cold and tired and hungry and he kept adding wrong and starting over and talking to someone on that stupid phone clipped to his ear and omg I’m having flashbacks.)
Ok. Forget it. Never use Long Distance Movers. Oh yeah, I’m linking to them so you know exactly who I think you should never ever use. Trust me on this one.
(Though the guys that moved us IN in Colorado were simply lovely. But they also contracted for United Movers so maybe use them instead.)
So, moving sucks. Colorado is AWESOME, you guys. FREAKING. AWESOME.
But moving still sucks. I am STILL not completely unpacked. And that’s not even counting all the boxes in the basement. There is still one box in my bedroom and a few hidden in closets throughout this farmhouse. I doubt I will ever truly finish. I give up.
I have totally been feeding Babystar this whole time. And we went some fun places too. We also went a lot of boring places so Babystar got some cool Patience Presents. And I bought more Cat & Jack clothes from Target because they are so darn cute. And I bought other stuff because I am a sleep-deprived sucker.
I have a pile of receipts and no time or desire to take pictures or think of clever titles for separate blog posts so I’m going to cheat and list a whole bunch of stuff here.
(You know, for the Smithsonian. Yep, that one. Babystar turns eighteen in 2033. Hey Smithsonian, hit me up then, k? K.)
- Princess Poppy pillowcase (for the bed she still won’t sleep in) $4.79
- Princess Poppy blanket (that she at least uses in her teepee) $9.59
- This adorable shirt because why is Target so cute!? $4.50
- This shirt for St. Patrick’s day $4.50
- Two more shirts and some leggings $5, $4.50, $5
- Princess Poppy hat that we lost the same day $0.90
- Some Usborne books from a friend’s virtual party plus shipping $21.97
- Brand new awesome stuffed Branch doll from thrift store $5
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book from thrift store $1
- heart shaped rock $6
- green rock from a random shop in downtown Boulder $2
- quartz crystal (yes, the kid loves rocks) $5
- Blue!! from eBay (that tag lasted twenty years outside of my house but twenty seconds inside of my house) $26.70
- 3-pack of Contigo water bottles from Costco $11.99
- Coffee and snacks and tip at Java Mama which is a cool coffeeshop with a playspace that I wish was closer to my house $12.43
- three sets of 4T pajamas from Costco that were marked $3.99 but I just noticed while looking at the receipt that I paid $7.99 each and I’m slightly annoyed although I knew that price was too good to be true
- dinosaur dig kits from the Target dollar aisles $3 (times three)
- four mall dinosaur rides, you know, those animal shaped ride on things in every mall in America $40
- four mall carousel rides $4
- another trip to Frolic, an indoor play place a bit too far from the house $9.86
- a trip with dad to the Denver Children’s Museum $26
- three crochet finger puppets from the grocery store line $2.99 (I didn’t know the price until they rang up and I was already feeling too defeated to try to put them back)
- m&m tee shirt and m&m’s from dad’s trip to NY $29.65
- Aldi wipes $3.49 times four because I made my son bring back a bunch from the east coast in February because Aldi wipes 4 lyfe and now anyone that visits me from the east coast needs to please bring me Aldi wipes because I miss them so much ok thanks
- Other wipes $3.79, $3.49, $4.99, $6.99
- Diapers $14.99, $7.99, $21.99, $21.99, $14.99, $14.99
- laundry detergent (she shares with us obvs) $4 per month so $16 through April
- Seventh Generation Coconut care baby wash $7.99
- Honest bubble bath (that she asked for but hates) $10.79
- Babyganics bath wash $8.99
- bathtub crayons $2.99
- dinosaur egg bath fizz thingy that she hates $1.49, $1.49
- January food $159.42
- February food $144.06
- March food $142.24
- April food $146.94 (Hit me up if you want the full list. I’m talking to you, Smithsonian. Also, I see your kid’s meal price jumps, Chick-fil-A.)
RAISING BABYSTAR: $28,033.62
(And now, hopefully, back to our regularly scheduled sass.)