Friday, November 25, 2011

For the love of boxes

Just a quick update.

We have been in the land of the cardboard box.

I remember reading a post over at here about preferring to stab yourself in the eye with a fork than performing a particular activity with the kids.

Well I'm here to confirm that packing the house with the 4 kids around has had me indeed fantasising about stabbing myself in the eye with a fork.

In fact i think I'd rather have root canal therapy while simultaneously undergoing a colonoscopy with The Wiggles playing in the background.

The situation was not helped by the fact the removalist came on Tuesday instead of Thursday (quoting a 'logistical error') which put us under serious time pressure to get everything packed in time, making sure we also didn't accidentally pack anything we will be needing for the next 3 months of caravanning. Dont even get me started on the relentless pouring rain we have been having here in Sydney the last few days. The rain was hampering the efforts of the removalists so much that they didn't finish until after 8pm when it was dark which meant they missed a few items. We are now left to lug the following items in the caravan for the next few months:

* An axe
* A Pro Hart painting - I will hang this in the van even though it is ironically probably worth more than the van itself.
* A portable golf buggy - actually we will give this away.

You'd think after 10 moves in 12 years we'd be seasoned packers. Not so! I'm ashamed to admit it, but although we have the logistics of moving pretty much sorted out, the Pianoman's work has picked up the tab for all of our previous moving costs. We are moving ourselves this time and on a very tight budget. Hence packing ourselves so we can have more fun caravanning.

I have a new found respect for packers. It's an art, much like packing groceries at the supermarket.

But I don't want to pack again anytime soon. The unpacking at the other end is another joy all unto itself and i dont want to think about the fun that awaits me in 3 months time. So lets not!

At least others in the household were enjoying the box experience.

Jack in the box

Box Children

The Box Line-Up

Commando Box

Sleeping Bag Box

The Older Kids Box

Twin Box

See you on the other side!

Mel xx


  1. Oh Mel. You poor darling. I really feel for you. Yep, I've read from that song-sheet and didn't like the tune, either. We're still doing The Great Unpack, months later as well. Wishing you the best of British! J x

  2. We are in the throes of both unpacking and packing to move house too, don't even mention Christmas.
    You win hands down on #og moves OMG and extra children.
    I didn't realise you had twins too -
    I am excited for you about your adventure - we had an awesome time on our 10 week trip. I wish it had been longer.