Tuesday August 16
The packing guys showed up at 9am and left at 3:15. I went and got them Candice wraps for lunch. The 3 of them asked for chips so I stopped by Kroger to get the kind of chips they wanted. They worked hard all day and packed just about the whole house in one day. At the beginning of the day I went to Walmart and got a bunch of Gatorade and then to Shipley’s and bought them donuts. After they left Tj and I picked up the bus and then went back to the house and started checking every drawer and closet to find what the packers “missed”. I packed one more box of stuff and then I went to get the boys.
I had a 2 inch crack in my windshield this morning, and when I went to pick up the boys this afternoon I watched it spread to about a foot.
We slept at the base since our beds are all packed now.
Going to bed tonight was wonderful! The big trailer is completely packed and padlocked. We’re totally finished with that! Finally! What a nightmare!! The bus is half packed, so we need to finish loading and then sort: the remaining house contents need to be divided into trash/donate/Mom’s trailer/etc. This was the hardest day.
I’m so grateful to finally be done with that part. When all is said and done I’m fairly pleased. We had to leave the armoire (my favorite one, of course), the desk and chair from mom (we had it in the entry), the sweater chest, the ikea bookshelves, the plastic storage unit that was in the Morgan bldg, the dorm fridge and other odds and ends, but mostly shelving. Ah well.
During this whole time people in LA were losing their whole houses! The flooding down there has been horrendous! Pretty much everyone I know has had flood damage, if not lost their whole house and contents. It really puts things in perspective. We are so blessed.
Tj said we couldn’t get on base with a big crack in my windshield so we called USAA to see about getting it replaced. They needed a dry garage to work in since it was raining. Tue/Wed/Thur we had the 28′ trailer in the driveway so they couldn’t use ours. We called Jennifer and she said we could use hers. Thank God for great friends!
Tj found out today that the buyers’ paperwork might not be completed in time, so they might not be able to close on time.
Max and Jack have gone to Amy’s yesterday and today. Max has done school and I don’t know what Jack has done. Monarch has been a godsend…so far Max has been finishing his school every day in about 4 hours!!!!
As we headed to the hotel we stopped for supper at Arby’s. I just about died…the brisket sandwich was out of this world, and the loaded curly fries were just as good! I’m not losing any weight during this move that’s for sure!!
We left the hotel around 7:30 or 8 and went home to work for a short time. Snell had Jack’s insoles in so at 10 o’clock the boys and I left to go pick those up, and to see if Jack’s new shoes fit. I got to Snell and Royce was super nice and helped me learn how to fit shoes and insoles on Jack. He said the toe of the shoe isn’t as important as where the shoe fits around Jack’s ankle. I should always leave a thumb’s width of length past Jack’s big toe when buying new shoes, and when Jack puts the shoes on I tug on the heel of the shoe a couple of times to make sure that it is snug. He also had Jack stand on his tiptoes with the shoes and the insoles on, and says if he’s able to do that the shoes are fitting well and the insoles are stabilizing his feet. He told me to ask Jack to stand on his tiptoes without any shoes and see what difference that made. I asked him if people with Down Syndrome wear insoles all their lives and he said they usually do. He told me to pay attention to Jack’s ankles during puberty, and said his heels might begin to turn out more around that time.
After we finished up there we went to the base to see if we could take care of the boys’ shots. I worked with Jack last night to help him not be so scared of getting a shot. The trouble with him is he wants to jump around when he’s scared but also hates having anybody hold him down. So we tried a new tactic; I told him if he got his shot with no fussing we would have ice cream for lunch. I use the same tactic on him that I had used on Max to get him used to getting a shot. Since I knew they were actually drawing blood I pinched the inside of his elbow and told him “There, you got a shot”. I was worried that the lab would be closed but that wasn’t the case, fortunately. I told the people there that every time Jack had had blood drawn they would wrap him up in a sheet and he would scream and cry and it was really torturous. He gets his blood drawn once a year at Arkansas Children’s Genetics Clinic to check his thyroid levels. The man at the desk said that he would get someone to help him. I was looking for Jack’s song on my phone and couldn’t find it so the lady behind the desk asked me what song; I told her it was Will Farrell’s ” Happy” and she said she would pull it up for me, but that it might take a while because they were next to lead lined walls. So the man and another woman came back and he asked me to have Jack sit on my lap and told me to wrap my left arm around his chest and my right arm should hold Jack’s left hand. I could tell Jack was scared but I just calmly talked to him and told him that he was going to get a shot and that he would get ice cream after. The guy told me to hold tight to Jack which I knew would make him fuss, but I did for the initial stick because I also know that if he jumped he could break the needle. The girl finally got the music on right before they needle went in, and Jack screamed and went completely stiff but I said again you just got a shot in a very upbeat voice and he calmed down right away. I was so excited and so proud of how good a job he did! I thanked the nurses there profusely and we left to go get Max his 11 year old shots. He got those no problem and they said that he wouldn’t need anymore until he was 16.
We went straight home after that and picked Tj up and went to Johnson’s Tasty Freeze to have ice cream for lunch. It was wonderful! We went back to the house to work a little and Tj left soon after for his flight physical. Max and I busted our tails sorting out the garage, and we cleared the entire top floor of the house. Tj came back home and took apart the storage shelves and emptied the Morgan building. We carried over one storage shelf to Freda. We also sorted all the medicines we’ve been hoarding all these years.
Around 6pm we wrapped it up and went to Colton’s for supper and I had the best filet mignon since that awesome one at Disney!
Well I thought Friday was going to be as calm as Thursday had been but that was not the case. Tj’s been so stressed about the garbage and also the motorcycle. I didn’t realize what a big job that garbage was going to be! We tried to find a dump but if we had found one we would still have had to rent or borrow a truck and make several trips, and on top of that Tj needed to get back to the base by 12:45 to do his interview prep webinar. He also had been trying to get in touch with the Honda guy to see if Honda would buy his motorcycle, but the guy was not returning his calls so it was left until today. We could have left it here and taken care of it at a later time, but Tj had his motorcycle jacket packed up so that would have been another thing to work out later.
Finally after making lots of calls we both realized at the same time we just need to call college hunks again to bring out their truck. They were supposed to bring a trash truck when they came to pack us up but didn’t either day. Tj called them at 10 o’clock and they had an appointment window for 10:30 to 12!!!! We obviously took that right away. They came about 11 o’clock and did an awesome job and took practically everything that we had. What we had leftover fit in our garbage can and is at the end of the driveway now.
The Honda people bought the motorcycle and JJ went to pick Tj up from there while I was taking care of the trash. Then we had just enough time to get to the base before the webinar started. Tj asked me to meet him at David’s so I hustled and got all of the returns I needed to take care of into the back of the truck. Max helped quite a bit loading it up and we were at David’s about a minute before they got there.
We drove straight to the base and Tj got settled in his room; the boys and I went to the boys’ room. The base hotel was really nice: there’s a master bedroom with a huge closet, a TV, a dresser and a queen size bed. Then there’s a living room with a TV and a full size stocked kitchen (with cooking utensils, not food), a stackable washer and dryer, and a bathroom for everybody to share. Beyond that was the boys’ bedroom with two twin beds, a humongous closet and a TV. I fixed lunch for everyone and after we ate Jack and I napped for a little bit. Then he and I took our returns back while Max did school and Tj continued his webinar.
I got back to the base just in time to drive Tj to the base gate. The guys picked him up and they went out for their last meal together. I drove the boys to David’s to have my last meal with the girls and kids. Not that we already hadn’t had a last Friday Funday and girls’ night, but whatever 🙂 While eating Tj, Nicole (our realtor) and I were texting about closing times and locations. It was beginning to be clear that even that was gonna be a hassle! We would be in Memphis for Tj’s interview, and the buyer’s paperwork wouldn’t be ready on time so we struggled to find a way to make all this happen.
After our meal I drove over to the hotel to see Mom and Papa…they drove in with the trailer for us to pack up. Mom offered to drive Tj’s car to GA so we wouldn’t have to come back at a later date to get it. The guys dropped Tj off at the hotel and we went back to the base.
It poured as we packed! JJ brought Elliot and JP showed up to help. John had to go to the store and then came to help too. Papa sat in the living room and arranged all the computer boxes in the position they would fit in his car with our big TV on top. Jennifer told me last night that she wasn’t gonna be able to take my favorite armoire so I texted Matt to see if he wanted it…he did. Jennifer did take my red chair, though. Matt told me Terry was his muscle man and they were running to NLR and then would be back to get everything. Amy and John got all the Ikea bookshelves into their van despite the rain.
The guys helped Tj get all the heavy stuff out into the garage, and the gun safe into the trailer and then they left. There just wasn’t enough room for everyone to move around in the garage and Papa’s little trailer. It finally slowed raining a little bit. Tj and I finished loading the trailer, and we fit a lot more in there than we thought. Papa said he could’ve gotten the armoire in there but it was too late by then…I’d already given it to Matt. Oh well. Who knows if we’ll need that armoire, and we’ve had it for 12 years already. If he gets this job with FedEx I’ll get a new one.
Mom and I worked on loading the bus with everything that could stand the heat. I didn’t want to put the medicines or delicate food in there until we started cooling it. Mom and Papa went back to their hotel around 1pm and we went to McDonald’s for lunch so the boys could play on the playground a bit. When we got back I loaded the bus and Tj loaded the trailer. At one point I caught Jack with his pants down and the toilet seat up in the bus! That was close!
We bought tickets for the Family night at the Travs but it rained so much we were sure they were gonna cancel the game. Tj decided sometime 3ish I guess that we wouldn’t go either way…he needed to study and/or rest anyway. Of course a couple of hours before the game it stopped raining. I bet they played but I was glad we didn’t go. I’m bummed that we wasted the money, though.
Max is getting baptized this morning so I made sure to bring him extra clothes to church. Jack is in first hour G-lab now so I went there with him while TJ went to broadcast and Max went to his Sunday school class. On the way to our classes I kept seeing people and hugging them; it’s the last time I’ll see many of these people. After that Jack and I headed to church and saw Papa in the lobby. Papa wanted to see Max right when he got out of the baptistery so I left Gran and Jack in the pew and took Papa there.
It’s kind of amazing to hear what Max had to say. That he realized he needs to stop focusing on what he wants so much, and how he realizes that God wants to have a relationship with him. I hope he remembers for the rest of his life how important this was to him at this time. I’m trying to guide him on this path without forcing him one direction or another.
Papa wasn’t feeling well after working so hard loading the truck yesterday so he and Gran left right after the baptism. The sermon was very good as all of the preacher’s sermons have been lately, about how we worship the way God wants to be worshipped not the way we want to worship God.
After church G-lab had a lunch for us. The McDonoughs were there and lots of other friends, it was so good to see them all again. I can’t believe we’re actually leaving! After we cleaned up and everybody else left the girls and I took pictures and I told them and their husbands how thankful I was for such godly examples they were for my boys, and for such awesome friendship all these years! We tried to figure out how many years we have been together and when we got to know each other. I think we haven’t known each other all that long but the closeness makes it feel like it’s been all our lives.
We went back to the base and got a short nap then then I took the boys to the playground with Gran. Tj studied and Papa rested for the drive back tomorrow. About 8 p.m. I went back to the base. I made supper for all of us and then got the boys ready for bed. I cut Tj’a hair and as I was finishing up he decided his business casual clothes weren’t dressy enough, so I ran to Walmart to buy him a long sleeve button up. I got back around midnight and then we went to bed.