We’re here. We moved. A moving to Italy recap.
Now that our move is over, and we’ve started to settle in, let’s go back in time and revisit how we got here. We will be posting all sorts of stories from our first month in Italy- but the time lag will be significant. We want to make sure we are sharing helpful, insightful, proof read material. For up to date action, make sure you follow us on Instagram @WhereWeAre.Family.
Before the big day, was the hardest day. This was the day when everything had to get done. We completely underestimated how much work there was still to do. How much still needed to be cleaned. How much “stuff” was left to sort, manage and take somewhere else. How many tiny, menial tasks were still waiting to be accomplished. Overwhelm would be an understatement.
Marco and I worked non stop for nearly 20 hours the day before we moved. Thankfully Nico was with my mom and we had lots (and lots!) of wonderful, dedicated, unassuming friends volunteer to help out. Finally at 9 pm, we had to eat, and we had another friend graciously offer to cook us dinner since our house was literally empty.
Then after 4 hours of sleep, we got up early and went back at it. By the time we left our house at 7:30 am there was still wet paint drying on the inside of the cabinets and a huge pile of trash waiting to be picked up on the curb.
But we were here, Actual Moving Day.
Honestly, moving itself was the easy part. It looked a lot like the first day of vacation, except we had packed way more than we ever had before.
This was our first time to travel with a car seat, a jogging stroller and an entire suitcase for each of us. We had wrapped the stroller in landscape plastic the night before, but here Marco and our friend Leo wrapped the car seat in the airport lobby since we obviously used it to drive to the airport. See the stroller in plastic below:
We ended up bringing a total of 3 large suitcases, 1 carry on suitcase, and 3 backpacks. Nico’s backpack worked like a CHARM. He knew exactly what snacks he had available, what toys he could access, and where his night night kit was when he started to feel “not tired”.
Hands up for a kid who is now big/old enough to carry his own gear!
The first flight, from Memphis to Atlanta was a little delayed because of lightning over the tarmac. Something about not wanting us to walk down the long metal hallway during a lightening storm or something. But we ended up making it to Atlanta exactly on time anyway.
While waiting in Atlanta we had a chance to walk around, eat lunch (Arby’s had the fastest, easiest line), and use proper toilets before our long flight. I went ahead and put Nico in his jammies since we had time and he was showing signs of being over his adorable jumper.
Finally we boarded and away we went!
This was the first flight were Nico struggled with his ears popping. He had no interest in the gum, suckers, ear massage, warm compress or even nursing (he was screaming! I’d have done just about anything!). They eventually popped when he got so upset he choked on his tears.
Clearly, no one on this flight was tired.
Thankfully we had packed a whole bag of toys because mostly what he wanted to play with was a $1 pinwheel pen I picked up on a whim at Dollar Tree 3 days before we left. I was picking up gum, a box of (bribery) M&Ms, and a few Magic Towel wash clothes. We used the pen to give each other tattoos, basked in its breeze, and tried to guess how many seconds it would spin if we cranked it a certain number of times. Good times y’all, good times.
Overall, this was probably the hardest flight for our family. Maybe because everyone was so tired and excited and anxious. Maybe because Nico is nearly four. Maybe because you can’t win them all. But we made it! We finally (finally!) landed in Rome.
And when we got outside, and over the second hand smoke, there was Zio! Waiting with the car.
We managed to fit all of our luggage in, first try. The car seat popped in like a dream, and we were off to Abruzzo!
Then just like that, we had moved. Nearly 20 hours after we left Oxford, we arrived at Nonna’s house and began unpacking our things for our next great adventure.
Thank you for following along. Make sure you check out our other posts about our first month in Italy. We’ll cover our bedroom, our first road trip, our new daily schedule and of course how we are all adjusting.
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