Going forward, however, my Crazy Murderer Deterrent Booby Traps shall grow more elaborate, and my fears even more insane. Look what we bought:
(House: side view)
(That...is not our stuff.)
We're moving in late June (in that blink-and-you-miss-it moment after school ends, but before camp begins), destination: northern NJ. Our house is perfect for us, or it will be after we redo the kitchen, which has literally -- LITERALLY -- not been updated since the Eisenhower Administration.
What this means is, when we're not working and hanging with the kids, J is taking care of brilliantly organizing and orchestrating every important thing, and I'm obsessing over things for which I want to punch myself in the face. Things like backsplashes, and drawer pulls, and...granite edge styles. (Bullnose! Bevel! Ogee! AM I IN A DR. SEUSS BOOK?) Also, Googling crucial home improvement tips, like "making sure your new house isn't possessed," and "how to paint a room with your spouse without filing for divorce."
I will desperately miss our neighborhood, friends, and apartment living for a whole mess of reasons, but I'm also beyond-words excited for our next step. (I'm in a glass case of emotion, truly.) We can't wait for the kids to each have their own room, a backyard in which to play (complete with new swingset!). And the space! Oh, sweet lord, THE SPACE.
The kids know we're moving, but I am a touch worried that when it becomes real, it'll actually hit them that they've left behind their friends, home, and nanny (which, don't even get me started, or I will cry about that -- again -- as she is amazing and has been with us for nearly five years, and OH, HERE COME THE TEARS AGAIN). Any of you who've done significant moves with small kids: do you have any advice/book suggestions/ideas for ways to cushion the impact, so to speak? And failing that, please feel free to share your favorite ways to booby trap your house to guard against intruders, and/or adjust to life in the suburbs. Lord knows I need all the help I can get. (Am I supposed to buy Juicy pants? I'm supposed to buy Juicy pants, aren't I.)