Monday, December 23, 2013

New Home...

So, later today we'll pass papers on our new VA home. I will officially be a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virginia. Later this week I'll see about getting my VA license and making it official (as well as making me legal to purchase firearms in VA... *G*) I'll still have to get the truck swapped over (NRA plates; I'm REALLY hoping I can get the custom plate I have in mind...), and then the Harley in March or April when she comes out of storage.

At some point in the next week or so (fingers crossed) the big truck full of our stuff will roll up and we'll be up to our eyeballs in unpacking. Christmas this year is going to be haphazard; most of our worldly possessions are somewhere in NJ, so we're cobbling together bits from here and there to make the kids' first Christmas in their VA home a somewhat approximation of normal if possible. Friends have lent various and sundry pieces of furniture; we've purchased a few items that we were going to need; and a few extras like a second Christmas tree (so they can open presents under it).

Yesterday we went over to the house to perform the "walk-through" to make sure it hadn't exploded in the interim between the home inspection and the closing. As we checked the various and sundry appliances (Gas range! Gas fireplace! Yay!), the kids ran up and down the stairs, checking out the finished basement (where TheBoy is already planning his "mancave", arguing over which bedroom they were going to have (but finally agreeing, miracle of miracles, and generally acting like kids.

It helped that on the drive to the house, TheBoy saw three or four boys his age playing basketball. That will help ease the transition, I think. BabyGirl G. is still a little sad for the friends she left behind and apprehensive about the prospect of making new friends, but I think overall the process will be easier than she realizes. In our old town there was very little "turnover" - there are a lot of townies there that, like me until very recently, grew up in the town and then stayed. Here in Northern VA, though, folks get re-assigned or move on pretty regularly.

Thus begins our new adventure. 

That is all.

6 comments:

ASM826 said...

Merry Christmas, I hope in spite of all the upheaval you and yours have a special day.

Keads said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours Jay!

Formynder said...

Regarding gun purchases, get your voter registration and keep it on you, you have to prove citizenship to purchase ARs and such.

Ed said...

Do not forget to notify withing the time requirements the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Public Safety that you are no longer a resident. Good luck on obtaining yearly the out-of-state License to Carry for your return visits to family.

Rob said...

Merry Christmas & good luck with the rest of the move!

Laura said...

congrats and merry holiday. :)