Saturday, March 9, 2013

We've "Shifted"....

When we returned to our home abroad after five months in the states, we came back thinking we were ready to look for a new rental property.  When we walked into our little apartment, it was confirmed!  We both felt like we were living in a little miniature world, after having been in the land of super-sized everything!  But in all seriousness, we had really outgrown out apartment in the Iris society. It was a wonderful place to live, just too cramped for a family with four children who are homeschooling and working from home!  We could have made do if we had to, but we didn't have to.  So...

Since none of our luggage arrived on our flight (thanks to missing ever.single.connection), we got back on Friday night with nothing to do but wait.  No bags to unpack.  Nothing to play with or wash except the old stuff that was left behind.  So the next day, I figured, I don't have anything else to do, I'll call the property dealer.  I set up to meet him at 1:00 after lunch, and for him to show me whatever properties he had available.

The third place he showed me was IT.

I have looked at over 50 different properties in our city.  I know, it's crazy. But I love to house hunt. I love to look at all the crazy things people do to their homes, the weird tiling they put in the bathroom, the funky architecture.  You just never know when you're going to find a gem here in India! : )  Or the absolute weirdest thing you've ever seen.  All on the same day.

All that to say, I know when I've found a good place.  And this was a great place.  I called Paul immediately after looking at it and said, "You must com see this place today."  So we met the property dealer at 5:00 that evening for Paul and the kids to see it.  He walked through and agreed, we couldn't find anything wrong with it. I had a list of what I felt we really needed in a home, and this ticked  The only thing we compromised on at all is that the flat is on the top floor.  Which means potentially a lot hotter.  However, this house is open on all four sides with great cross breezes both ways, and so far, so good.  We'll have AC's in every room anyway.  The worst part of being on the top floor (3rd in American English), is carrying all the groceries up two flights of stairs.  But in the end, totally worth it.

What we gained when we moved here:

-space for school that is separate and contained
-a beautiful terrace that is big enough to ride a bike or kick a soccer ball
-about 50 different restaurants that deliver including a slew of great Indian and Chinese, KFC, Subway, and McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Dominoes
-quiet and peace, no construction around
-much easier access to shopping and daily needs
-an extra room for our house helper to stay in with her own private entrance
-more space in every room
-much bigger kitchen with tons of storage
-more opportunities for the kids like good Hindi tuitions, beautiful parks, good dance classes and karate, as well as a soccer league nearby

One thing we lost was our bed.  We had the coolest antique wooden bed.  But it is one solid piece. The headboard and foot board don't come off. It's always been the biggest hassle about moving.  When we moved to Delhi, it wouldn't fit in the stairwell, so they hoisted it up to the 2nd floor with ropes, no lie.  Same going back down.  It just wasn't going to happen here, so we decided rather than have a carpenter come and hack it up and put it back together, we just needed to sell it and get something else.  So we have a new bed being made that will be completely different. I can't wait till it's finished!

We are so happy in our new home, and hope to live here a long. long. long. time.

While the first load of stuff was arriving. 

I thought it was so funny that the kids decided to help label boxes and wrote "tape" on the tape. Haha!

At 10 p.m. on moving day after the dump of everything...

Four happy kids.  They got farmed out to two different friends houses for moving day, so were happy to be back together!

The next day, I could hardly move in the kitchen, there was stuff everywhere.  This was an all day job. 

Kitchen at the end of day 1!

Our school tables arrived and we got the school area set up.  I'm so incredibly thankful for this. So thankful!

The bedrooms are all along the back of the house: ours on the left, boys in the middle, and girls to the right (not visible in the picture). Kitchen is door to the left. 

The boys room! I love all the natural light in this house, and how open it feels!

Girls room!

Kiryn and Meryn are also having beds made. It will be an L-shaped loft bed to match the low toddler bed we already have.  Can't wait to get them back!

The living room all put together.... almost!

View from the terrace.  Aaaahhhh......

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