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so much to tell you

OK, I can't take it anymore.

I had decided to let you know about this *AFTER* the bank approval (that we are waiting for, but it will still take up to one month ! The agony of waiting ! tell me about it !!) ... but after all the waiting we've been enduring this year, I can't wait no more.

But, first, please indulge my over-use of emojis in this post. Thank you !

W E   A R E   B U Y I N G   A  H O U S E  ! 🏡

So nope, we're not going very far, it'll be closer to my inlaws actually. Husband is going to work in Nîmes, and the boys have been accepted to a (really nearby) private school. 🏫 (they are not scared by change, or that's what they told us)

We've been looking for a house since the last school break, in April. We visited a couple of them none were the perfect fit. Until the destiny brought us on the path of something that was almost perfect for us. More expensive than planned (reason why we are stressing about the loan approval), but picture perfect. We signed the sale agreement on May 6th, but the bank needs to give its green light for the loan, which is not anytime soon.

I bet you want to hear about the house so here are some details !!
It is a single-storey house, and is smaller (113 m sq) than our current apartment (146 m sq). But it has a nice garden 🌾🌻🐝🌴, and even a small swimming pool 🏊 (but very enjoyable during the long & torrid summer months we have here). We could have done without the pool, but hey, it was there already ! It also has A/C (I was so against it but summers are getting too awfully hot over here). The kitchen 🍴 is completely brand new 👌 (house was built in 1997). It has two distinct terraces, one small & one large. There is floor heating by geothermal heat pump. There is a tiny train station 🚉 just 5 mn by car (for hubby to go to work) to Nîmes (25mn) or Montpellier. (8mn) It is rather calm, and is situated by a golf course. ⛳️ A big supermarket, a health food store, a frozen food store ... are just 5/10 mn by car.

If everything goes right, move should happen on August 29th/30th. Summer will be busy, but actually the busy-ness has already begun !! We have sold some of our (not pricey) furniture (we're being sofa-less for a whole month, yuck) since it will be smaller and ordered new ones (which will be delivered late June), and I'm going through every single kind of thing we own (book, clothes, and all the rest !) to see what we can donate, sell or ... keep. That's quite a M.A.S.S.I.V.E. work but I'm not too scared since we have three whole months ahead. We will be ordering garden furniture both as soon as we get the green light from the bank, and as late as possible since we won't be able to store it here. I have not started putting things into boxes, but going through everything you own, calculating what you will take with you (and what you won't), forces you to see the large amount of things you own, in all possible categories. I'm also going to go through the boys' archives, in order to keep the very best, and I am thinking about have them bound into booklets. Downsizing ⤵️ is actually a very good thing, we think. Less space to clean (we have three bathrooms here, and three toilets, can you imagine ?), and a natural obligation to go minimalist.

For several months, my studio ✂️ will be in ... the garage (we won't park the car inside) until we will most probably get a shed of some sort, in which I shall be able to work. We'll see how things will go, after several months of living there. We are all going to have to adapt ourselves & our habits to so many new things.

If you wonder, my mom will also move out of her apartment. Until we find something much suitable for her, she'll be living 15mn away (by foot or 5mn by car) from us, in a furnished apartment, for the next six months (at least) from September 01st. We are doing whatever we can for finding her a great place to live, pretty nearby. She'll also eventually get a little car so that she'll be 100% independant. 👵 🏠 🚗

I know I was really looking forward to leave the south, but in the end, this might be the best solution for everyone. A house, a garden, A/C for when it's too hot, a pool as well, a school nearby, a train station just as nearby, being close to my inlaws ... After living for 7 years in downtown Montpellier, I can tell you things got worse, and the proximity with everything (schools, work for hubby, food shops, doctors & restaurants) doesn't weigh as much as the heat in summer 🔥, and the noise 📣📣📣, the dirtiness 💩💩💩 & disrespect 😡 of everyone, all year round. When hubby must cross the center by foot, at 5am (once every other week) to go to the station (to Paris), I can tell you I worry. Idem when he comes home at midnight.

I am actually looking forward to come to Montpellier only for pleasure. Only for the restaurants or shops, or better, much better, the botanical garden. But living downtown has turned into a little piece of awfulness. You can envy the very old building in which we're renting an apartment (building started in 1616) but you won't envy all the downsides, trust me, please really do.

My lack of update for the shop is a result of all this intense busi-ness. The MegaMess (as I call it) has begun ... first (read = right now) because I'm sorting everything out, and soon because we'll have (empty firtst, full then) cardboard boxes everywhere. Oh well, it's all for the best, so I'm fine with it ! 📦 📦 📦 📦 📦 📦 📦

There ! This is my best and most unexpected (for us) news of 2016 ! You bet I'm excited !! 🎉

Thanks so much for reading till the end, you deserve a cocktail ! 🍹🍷🍸 Help yourself with your favorite !

ox

Sonia