Today is Grandma Kristine's birthday and her new condo got delivered this morning. After short stints in Denver and Arizona, she is back to Durango and is planning to stay a while. She has decided to purchase a new 5th wheel trailer and we are hooking it up at our place.
We are working on building the pad. It will be over by the shop, mere steps from our home. This will be her new spot in the trees. It's not quite done. We will add more material, build a retaining wall, wire it all in, and have a ramp to her door. You can see the equipment is ready to roll.
When it pulled up we were all very impressed at the hugeness of it. Jebb and Jackson immediately asked if they could move into it as well. It has lots of 'pop-outs' and is very nice inside.
For the last few years, Kristine has been working on 'sorting' through all of her things that she has acquired over her lifetime. I have to say, she likes to keep most everything. It has been quite a task. Some days I have gotten really grumpy at how much her 'stuff' has consumed a great deal of our time. Moving, hauling, re-moving, throwing, re-boxing, moving again. I am more of a minimalist and find it all quite overwhelming. But I have tried to remember that it is really hard for Kristine too. She attaches a great deal of sentiment to most every item and it has been very emotional trying to downsize.
For this reason, I was very surprised at her decision to move into this trailer. While it has all of the comforts of home, it has none of the storage. She is now in the process of deciding what few things she really needs on a daily basis. While this continues to be very difficult, I cannot help but think that it is healthy. She still has several large storage containers packed full of the things she wanted to keep, and they are stored at the pit. Here at the house, she will still have access to a small trailer of ours where she will store her 'treasures' (figurines, video tapes, etc.) These will be accessible if she wants to go and look through them. I am hoping this will be to her liking, as it will be quite different from the way she has typically lived.
Tonight for her birthday, we BBQed up some steaks and had our 'cousins' the Manns over. We are so glad they are here to celebrate with us, as they really love Kristine and are so good to her.
Everyone wanted a chance to kiss Grandma before we sang to her.
The girls made a mini cake themselves for her. We decided to stick the candle in it so she could make a wish. It was a nice night and Grandma seemed to enjoy it.
I know all of the moving has been stressful on everyone. I just have to say that I am so grateful for my good husband who always is willing to help his mother on her timetable--no matter how crazy his own life is. He is a great example to me and I am hoping my sons are all taking good notes. ;) I hope Kristine will enjoy having her own space close to our kids who adore her. They are so happy she is back in Durango and are already hoping to book lots of summer sleepovers in Grandma's new Condo.