Over the past two days, all of the furniture and stuff was packed into boxes and removed from our apartment. The rooms echo, they’re white and bare just like when we first moved in nearly 3 years ago. I was walking through each room, thinking about how I would decorate differently if we were moving in again… there’s something about bare rooms, there is so much potential… a blank slate. When we finally get a new place to live, I’m sure I will feel the same way about it before our furniture arrives.

We’ve been unbelievably busy. Last week both Mikey and I were sick, but we still had to soldier on because there was so much to do. Mikey has been stressed out these past two days, seeing all of our stuff being packed away. He falls asleep early, worn out from everything and wakes up screaming, not knowing where he is on a mattress in an empty room. I know change is harder on him because he doesn’t really understand what is happening. He was only around 10 months old when we first moved to Germany. He has grown up here, in this apartment and in this country. He has learned to walk on these floors and learned to talk in these rooms.

Perhaps I’m making it sound as though we’re not excited. We are excited about the move, we’re looking forward to the new beginning we’ve been given and all of the opportunities that come with that. Of course we’re going to miss Heidelberg and Germany too, having spent a good portion of our lives as a family here.

This morning we wasted a large portion in time waiting at the Embassy for 3 hours for my Transportation Letter that will let me back into the States. Now all I have left to do is to clean the apartment for the move out inspection tomorrow, I suppose I will  be up late tonight. Then we’re in a hotel until we fly this weekend. I thought we’d have more time, but you always think you have more time than you do.

Things will be quiet on here until sometime next week, when we’re finally settled in. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll speak with you again when we arrive in the U.S.

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  1. We’re going to miss you guys! I told Indy that you were flying on Sat and he was so sad. He asked where you were going and I told him Chicago and he said “Well, at least they get to go to the most awesome city ever!” He loves Chicago.
    Your photos are beautiful. It is sad leaving. I remember when we moved back to the US in ’04 and our apartment was empty and I was so sad because that was where we’d brought Indy home and he’d had so many “firsts.” I think I cried.
    I hope you guys have a great trip and can’t wait to see all the gorgeous photos you’re going to take in Chicago. Are you going to thecity proper or the ‘burbs?
    Mom in High Heels´s last post ..RTT- March- the Oscars and Han Solo- Beatle Baby

    • I’ve cried a couple of times, Dan’s work aside I’ve enjoyed most of my time here.

      We’re going to be staying in the suburbs with Dan’s parents for a while, but we’re going to eventually get an apartment in the city proper. We’re looking at the Lincoln Square area.

  2. All these images are so beautiful- the sunflare landscape is breathtaking and the image of the bike, for some reason, seems so sad. Good luck with your move and journey, and safe travels to your family to the U.S.!

  3. When I was about Mikey’s age my dad was stationed in Texas and honestly, I can’t really remember anything from it. I’m sure a few things about my few years there were a bit formative, but I have no idea how. Kids really are very adjustable, in many ways more so than adults are. Now, 16 years later, I do wish my family would have lived in “cool” places longer so I could remember them (after TX we went to Iceland) but I don’t regret ever moving at all.
    As high-heel momma said, I’m excited to see your Chicago photos as my family now lives nearby (in the distant NW suburbs).

  4. I would say endings are always a bit bitter sweet. Leaving a time behind, the appartement and friends is never easy.
    I wish you a safe trip to the US.
    And yes, you’ll always think that you have more time and then suddenly the ending creeps up onto you.
    Big hugs!!!

  5. Oh my goodness, these photos are amazing. I can’t wait to see what you do with the Midwest and Chicago!
    Safe Travels. I can’t wait to hear how it all goes!
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  6. caro

    I just came across your blog (I “befriended” you a while back on ravelry). Really nice picks. The third to last picture actually shows the street I live on 🙂

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