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Sometimes, when you hear stories about a grandparent when you’re young, you tune them out, and only remember parts. It’s not until you want to share family history with your own child that those stories become interesting again. On our drive from Virginia to Colorado, we stopped in Dayton, Ohio, where my dad grew up. […]

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  • Dana - I’ll admit that I NEVER do the five minute free write. I’m just too uptight for that 🙂 But I had a story I wanted to write and it had to do with my grandfather, so voila!

    The Wright Brother’s house across the street from where your grandfather was born? How cool. I think it’s cool to be in Kitty Hawk, NC…I hated history as a kid, but now I love to be places where historic things have happened.August 16, 2018 – 8:15 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Five minutes is soooo short. I’m too uptight for that too but did it tonight. I’m glad you shared your story and I loved it. I hated history as a kid too. Now, I like it more (obviously). The Kitty Hawk thing – we didn’t really explore that. Just the Dayton background but we’ve been to Kitty Hawk too and I mentioned it.August 16, 2018 – 9:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - That’s so true wanting to know stuff that we used to half listen to. Oh I wish I could go back in time just to retain some of the stories I heard. The Wright Brothers house looks ginormous! I stopped my timer today at 2:51 seconds because I had another thought which led to the Facebook post. Anyway looking forward to the bow making video! 😀August 16, 2018 – 8:28 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Same! It’s funny how much more important our parents, grandparents, and even our own stories get once we have somebody to pass them on to! I’ll have to post the video.August 16, 2018 – 9:26 pmReplyCancel

  • JT Walters - I will hold a descending opinion from your five minute blog. I have tried to be many things and all roads have led me back to what I am meant to be. I think it a matter of listening to hear your inner voice tell you what you are.

    But I vote for Tux being anything.August 16, 2018 – 8:37 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I think it’s great that all roads have led you to where you’re supposed to be. I’m not sure that’s a different opinion or not… Here’s to listening to our inner voices. Unless they’re crazy. LOL but really, here’s to finding our passions and following them.August 16, 2018 – 9:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Mike Vogler - Oh gosh, grandparent stories are amazing! I don’t have any children to share them with but as I’ve gone through stuff the past few years I came across some articles, information, letters that blew me away! Btw, my grandfather was an inventor too. Loved the post and oh btw…Hi Kristi! 🙂August 16, 2018 – 8:48 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - HI MIKE!!! I love that your grandfather was an inventor too. What did he make?August 16, 2018 – 9:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah Balding - When I think of my Pop-Pop Hall, I think more of the stories he made up for us rather than actual true stories. He liked to tell the wildest stories, like trying to convince my sister that she was raised by deer in the woods, or having my 3 year old self convinced that he was going to put my new baby sister in a bag. But I have such fond memories sitting on his porch, laughing and drinking caffeine-free Pepsi. Thank you for sharing a little story about your grandfather and how it inspired Tucker to be anything he wants. I think a Viking warrior sounds like a supremely cool goal to shoot for. 🙂August 17, 2018 – 8:22 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - What cool memories you have of your Pop-Pop. I love that he told you and your sister wild stories. I think a Viking warrior sounds like a cool goal too. Thanks!August 17, 2018 – 7:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Pat B - It would be so great to be able to tour either the Wright home of the home where your grandfather was born!

    Sometimes as a person strives to research their family history they remember little things that relatives said or did that they’d completely forgotten until they started doing research. A great site to explore is newspapers.com if you haven’t already searched there.

    Wow, you kept your post to five minutes. I totally failed at that!

    I hope Tucker remembers all the encouraging words you say to him!August 18, 2018 – 11:56 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - That would have been really cool. My dad said that the Wright home used to be a museum. I think we went there when I was young but I don’t remember much of it. Thanks for the newspapers.com site. I haven’t heard of that before. I think this is the first time I kept it to five minutes!August 19, 2018 – 12:24 pmReplyCancel

  • TD - That is so cool that your grandpa had that life and those experiences.August 19, 2018 – 9:05 amReplyCancel

Unfortunately, worrying comes easily to me. I worry about catastrophes in my absence (because if I’m there, either I’ll be able to stop them with my yet undiscovered superpowers…or think, “at least we’ll all die together.”). When Tucker was young, the first time I traveled without him, I worried the tree in front of our […]

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  • Kenya G. Johnson - Ok I seriously hope I don’t dream about sink holes tonight. I probably commented this before that I worry about them too. I worry that the potholes in the street are going to cave in. I love your post. I laughed out loud with the tree falling and the lice. I’ve never known anyone to worry about that. LOL! And the hypnotizing – I’m in between remembering that kind of stuff painfully and fondly at the same time. As for “stuff” I say that all the time, I wish I had the money that I spent on stuff that is totally useless to me now. Sigh.August 9, 2018 – 10:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Aw crap I hope you don’t dream of sinkholes either. SORRY!!! Thanks for the LOL to the tree falling – real worry but so dumb right?!?!?
      Never knew anybody to worry about the lice??? You’re welcome, I guess, because they can’t live like that TG!!!
      UGH to the stuff and learning about buying it now. I avoided buying Tucker a bow and arrow today so WIN???August 9, 2018 – 11:43 pmReplyCancel

  • JT Walters - Link dumping is something to worry about!!

    Worry is counter productive but I worry about my son.

    My new motto is, “Trust God!” I am trying to do that everyday. If I can change something I do. If I can’t I am reminded everyone and thing has a season.

    I wake up saying, “Trust God. I am not suppose to understand or be in control. Life is a test of faith.”

    Btw, discouraged by one of my prayer Sisters who went to Uganda and said she will never go back. Tux needs a sibling or dog. But you’re a good sport.😊August 9, 2018 – 10:22 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Oh I wish Tux had a sibling. We may get a dog… we’ve been thinking about it. And of course you worry about your son. How can you not? Here’s to trusting and letting go of things we can’t control. 🙂August 10, 2018 – 12:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - Lice on toilet paper? Ha, I never even thought of that, but yes, good to know they die on paper. The other thing is they actually like clean hair, so the less your kids wash their hair, the better! Anyway, great list, especially the last one. 🙂August 9, 2018 – 10:34 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - That’s true about the clean hair! I was freaking out when Tucker got them but then he got them again a year later and I was like “I know what I’m doing now!” Thanks, Emily!August 10, 2018 – 1:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Flakey McFlakeface - Bwahahahah I love your little pixellated rude bits!!! XD

    Also I love your #1, and agree that the others are pointless to worry about. So is the thing I probaly did at a key moment several years ago and wish I had done differently. Worrying changes nothing but causes endless anguish. Time to learn to let it go xxAugust 10, 2018 – 11:58 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Why Flakey McFlakeface! Here’s to learning to let go. It can be hard though. What’s the thing from several years ago you wish you did differently? Now I’m all curious.August 10, 2018 – 1:21 pmReplyCancel

      • Flakey McFlakeface - Kissed too many wrong’uns. I can think of at least two. One I thought was right. One, I have NO IDEA WHY I DID IT and it was the stupidest thing. Upset the one person I most didn’t want to upset. Not that I’d obsess…August 11, 2018 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Pat B - As a kid, I’d never heard of sink holes, but those metals plates that open up to allow deliveries to be made to stores gave me great concern. I walked around them because I just knew they might open and swallow me whole if I walked on them. 🙂

    I blame the eyes looking smaller for the bags under my eyes looking larger!

    Honestly, I’d never even considered the possibility of lice on toilet paper. LOL
    I do consider the possibility of lice being on the head rests of theater seats and airplane seats, but I’m not paranoid about it.

    As for fancy new stuff, might as well forget it. The quality of a lot of the older things is much better and is often still available if you don’t mind that someone else might have used it before you.August 10, 2018 – 8:37 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - We recently visited a used furniture store and they had some of the coolest things. I have gotten a few new items but I have the dining table that was at my dad’s when I was a child and some of my grandmother’s furniture too. They just don’t make it like that any longer. Or, maybe some places do but sooo expensive. Those metal plates things are terrifying!!! I still walk around them. Same with the metal grates in the parking lots. Even if it doesn’t swallow me, I’m scared I’ll drop my keys down there.August 11, 2018 – 12:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Flakey McFlakeface - Kissed too many wrong’uns. I can think of at least two. One I thought was right. One, I have NO IDEA WHY I DID IT and it was the stupidest thing. Upset the one person I most didn’t want to upset. Not that I’d obsess…August 11, 2018 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi - One problem with worries is that even the ridiculous ones “could” happen. Trees do fall–I could tell you a story, but perhaps I shouldn’t–, sinkholes do happen. One could go crazy worrying about all the possible dangers in life.

    I love your advice in this post!August 12, 2018 – 9:07 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks, Kristi! And it’s true. Sinkholes and trees falling happens. But, they could happen while sitting here at the table typing, too, so… yes! 🙂August 13, 2018 – 2:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah Balding - I remember my sister getting lice as a child and the trauma that it was for me having to bag up all my worldly possessions until we could make sure they were lice-free and having to get my hair washed with nasty smelling shampoo and then my mom checking my hair for what seemed like forever. I did not contemplate the idea of lice being on toilet paper, which is probably a good thing and now you’ve saved me the trouble of having one less thing to worry about.

    Also, I did worry about my list being stupid, but I put it out there anyway and tried not to think about it too much. And then so many wonderful people were like, “ME TOO!” and it’s been awesome. Still working on #1 though – but I feel like I’m getting better at not caring so much what other people think. Most of the time I am the most judgmental person about myself.August 13, 2018 – 10:47 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Lice are traumatic for sure. Tucker got them (and then of course, me too) and I was a mess. Washing everything, doing the sticking things in bags, all of it… and then he got them again, and I managed to be calmer about it. I’d learned a lot about how they really can’t live once you comb them out and that the non-poison stuff works just fine if you do it every day for a couple weeks. Still, I hope we never get them again because EEEEWWW!!!
      I’m glad you got so many “ME TOO!” responses to your post. I think it’s true that we all worry about silly things outside of our control. And yeah, I’m still working on number 1… probably will always be.August 13, 2018 – 2:21 pmReplyCancel

  • My Inner Chick - Yes,
    Our stories matter!
    And I love reading your words, your insight, & perspective on life!
    You are so very “YOU!” xxxAugust 14, 2018 – 10:52 amReplyCancel

This summer has been different from most summers in that we’ve had a lot of summertime change, grief, and a hero name tag. Summertime Change Change of scenery, of home, and of where the drawer that holds my silverware is. It’s the summer we moved from Northern Virginia (a suburb of DC) to Colorado, where […]

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  • Linda Atwell - I love the ending of this! But I also love the beginning and the middle. This is a year of new stuff (with varied memories and meanings). They will all blend together and eventually you will create new memories.

    When I worked in the Colorado Springs area (well over 10 years ago), I found the people in the are to be awesome. I do hope I make it your direction before you decide to move back to the east coast!

    I can’t wait to hear all the new posts about this new adventure. I know you are going to have so many awesome experiences…well, once you are finally really and truly settled. Hugs!!!August 3, 2018 – 1:24 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks Linda! So far, the people we’ve met seem really nice (if young). It’s so pretty here too. I love seeing Pikes Peak again! And yes, come anytime. Now is fine too if you can ignore a bunch of mess and boxes. 🙂August 3, 2018 – 10:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Lizzi - That’s a lot, all stirred up in here. Thank GOODNESS for name tags. Sounds like the little things bight be pulling together for you.

    A year! Its been a year?! My goodness.

    Hope your day has butterflies xxAugust 3, 2018 – 1:49 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thank goodness indeed for nametags! I worry about school though… A YEAR!! And we did see a butterfly on our walk yesterday to his new school. A gigantic yellow and black one! 🙂August 3, 2018 – 10:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerry - YAY for name tags. Walking into/starting a new thing, whatever it is, is scary. Anything that makes it easier is a blessing. I think Tuck sounds cool though. Hope you and yours enjoy the rest of this summer and many more in your new home Kristi.August 3, 2018 – 2:18 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Yeah, walking into a new thing is scary. Especially if everybody won’t know your name and you’re completely convinced of that. Poor kid. I think Tuck sounds cool too! And thanks for the warm wishes. I have so many unpacked boxes… sigh.August 3, 2018 – 10:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah - As a current Virginia resident, I’m slightly jealous that you don’t have to deal with all the gnats. I recently had one fly up my nose, and that was a traumatizing experience.

    And I’m so glad that Tucker ended up going to LEGO camp and that they had name tags so he didn’t have to worry. I’m kind of sad I’m too old to go because that sounds like a blast!!August 3, 2018 – 2:40 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - You’re in Virginia? We just moved from Oakton. I miss our neighbors a LOT but not so much the gnats. Or mosquitos. Or other random bugs flying in my face. Gnats up the nose are no joke! Ugh! LEGO camp was fun for him. They added motors to stuff and had a blast. Maybe you could teach one!!!August 3, 2018 – 10:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Pat B - Returning to an area with so many memories can be both good and bad. I hope that as you settle in, Tucker will feel more comfortable with his new home and his activities, and make new friends.

    Moving can be hard.

    Going for a walk and seeing butterflies presents such a peaceful scene.

    Name tags can be a good thing for all ages.

    Wishing you a good week ahead.August 4, 2018 – 12:11 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I hope so too, Pat. Thanks. I’m hopeful that school starting soon will help – he’ll be shy of course but I really hope he’ll find some friends who accept him as he is quickly. We have a meet-up with a boy who will be in his grade and Cub Scouts on Tuesday morning and I’m very hopeful about that relationship. Just one friendly face in the cafeteria makes such a difference!August 4, 2018 – 12:47 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - You made my eyes tear up with the last part. A sob out of nowhere would break my heart. You have to write the part two, how he enjoyed lego camp. So glad they had name tags.

    I get it about being in a “new” place even though you grew up there. It’s a long way from here.. Except for the few years in Japan, I’ve always lived in some part of the south east so even though they were new places a lot of it was the same – weather, people, accents etc.

    Not sure if I would want to trade gnats and bugs for mice, rodents and flying prey. That’s a tough one.August 4, 2018 – 8:42 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - He did enjoy Lego camp but wow, that was rough – hearing him feel so sad and insecure. Regarding the mice, rodents, and flying prey – we really haven’t seen any of them so far. My mom’s in Montana and has three small dogs – they have to watch them really closely because of the bald eagles! If we get a dog, I’ll get one that’s too big to carry away. 🙂August 4, 2018 – 12:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Debi Lewis - I remember when Sammi couldn’t say the letter “R.” I thought it sounded so cute, and I loved it, but the speech therapist in third grade said other kids were struggling to understand her, so we did it. I didn’t think Sammi had an opinion about it one way or another, but later, she said she hated listening to recordings of herself because she had no “R.” It made me so sad! Because of that, I think I can understand how Tucker might feel. I love the idea of calling him “Tuck,” actually. Have you ever read the book Tuck Everlasting? https://www.amazon.com/Tuck-Everlasting-Natalie-Babbitt/dp/1250059291August 4, 2018 – 9:37 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - It’s so hard – of course their voices are so precious to us but then they’re hard on themselves. Tucker’s been in speech since he was two years old and he’s come a long way but now is more aware of it, if that makes sense. I’ve not read Tuck Everlasting. I’ll have to check it out – thanks!August 4, 2018 – 12:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Trina - Such a nice depiction of Summertime. I still remember my childhood, we used to play games outside the house. Those times were golden.August 6, 2018 – 12:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Dana - It’s been a summer of change for you, for sure. And Tucker, which makes it doubly hard for you as his mother. Thank goodness for name tags, butterflies, and taking the time to grieve and remember.August 6, 2018 – 2:08 pmReplyCancel

Today, I created three new recycling bags of packing paper looking for a photo of my brother and I with my grandparents. I won’t give any more away because I’ll use that photo one of these weeks. Speaking of packing paper… I unwound a huge taped-up wad of it to find a charging cord, a […]

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  • Kenya G. Johnson - My post was going to go another way too, and I won’t say to much because I’ll probably use it. But I was just thinking today as much of a techie as I am I miss having a cellphone that didn’t do a million things.

    This is so nostalgic. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed Stranger Things so much is because I could relate to being around that age at that time. And thinking about MTV and there was another video channel but anyway thinking back at the WHO was on MTV makes it seem like it was a premium channel.

    I miss the Casey Kasem countdown. That’s a throwback!July 26, 2018 – 9:40 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - It’s weird right? I mean we love how we get all into technology and the whole “LOOK WHAT I CAN DO!” which is awesome but also feels sometimes like cheating, in a way… I loved Stranger Things so much too, and I think their use of old technology was so cool. Have you watched “The Americans?” I can’t remember if I asked before but they did a great job of showing the 70’s fashion and tv and the rest of it too.
      OM WHO was on MTV!!!!! I miss Casey Kasem too!July 26, 2018 – 9:47 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - I miss the simplicity of the 80s too and talk to my kids about it all the time! And, boy is your memory impressive — you totally jogged my memory of that SNL parody of “Ebony & Ivory” And that photo ID photo is awesome — so cute and yes, so YOU.July 26, 2018 – 10:14 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - OMG the Ebony and Ivory parody. “You are black, and I am white,” I MISS SNL back then. I don’t think Tucker gets the 80’s and what it was really like to not have YouTube… but I’ll keep preaching. xoJuly 26, 2018 – 11:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Pat B - This was so enjoyable!

    Love that picture of the young you.

    Those windowless vans struck a note of fear into the hearts of parents and made sure their children knew what not to do.July 27, 2018 – 12:27 amReplyCancel

  • Pat B - This caused some great reminiscing of the times. Love that photo of the younger you.

    Oh, the scary white vans, or vans of any color that did not have windows except for the cab. Parents warned their children of the possible dangers and what to do. Women didn’t park next to them in the grocery store parking lots at night.July 27, 2018 – 12:31 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks, Pat. I still get a bit freaked out when I see one of those vans today. And I’d never park next to one even now! 🙂July 27, 2018 – 10:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Lizzi - Reckon I was a 90’s child lol. 1982 is before my time 😜

    Sounds idyllic in a lot of ways though, and I remember similar things but a bit more techy. Computers were debuting in schools and lots more people had them at home. I think I babysat for £5 an hour and considered myself well off, by the time I was allowed to (?1997). I remember making our own entertainment though, and the Dewy Decimal system, and pavement chalk and water fights and being kinda carefree.July 27, 2018 – 1:26 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Yeah yeah, before your time. Sigh. I’m OLD. I do think there’s something to kids making their own entertainment. I need to make Tucker do that more often when it doesn’t involve the iPad…July 27, 2018 – 10:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerry - Ah, the eighties. Love it Kristi. I hardly remember them, but the music lives on for me, in a big way. It mist have left quite the impression, but I know I’m definitely not the only one.July 28, 2018 – 9:36 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Even Tucker knows a bunch of 80’s music so some of it must’ve been good. Or maybe I just play it in the car a lot and now it’s familiar to him 🙂August 4, 2018 – 12:57 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah Balding - I don’t have any recollection of the 80s as I was less than 2 years old when it ended. 😆I did get properly schooled in 80s music by my parents, so at least I got that going for me. My high school years were in the early 2000s, but I regale my 18 year old sister with stories of a time when you would drive places without a cell phone and had to rewind VHS tapes. I did not share any pictures from that time because I was obsessed with trying to perm my stick straight hair and failed miserably. 😂July 28, 2018 – 8:44 pmReplyCancel

  • Christine Carter - Ah… Those were the days, right? My gosh, it WAS so much simpler then. I’m glad I don’t go to high school these days. I can only imagine what I would have done with social media during those crazy, reckless, wandering years!July 30, 2018 – 8:46 amReplyCancel

My bed is upstairs. Broken. Which breaks me a little. Feels stupid and first-world, but that’s where I am. Angry because the people that moved it broke the footboard that never should’ve been disassembled in the first place. This bed’s moved nine times now, and nobody’s ever taken it apart so completely. The guy who […]

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  • Lizzi - Lots of wonderful memories of your bed, for sure. The person and dog game made me laugh and remember a kinda game my sister and I invented (except we didn’t) when we were little and still sharing a room.

    I hope your bed gets fixed really soon xxxJuly 20, 2018 – 2:10 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Aw. I wish you had had the dog and person game with your sister. Maybe it’s never too late. One morning… somewhere with somebody special. A child, a lover, you can try our person and dog game. It’s really special fun. And thank you. I hope my bed is fixed soon too…xxxJuly 21, 2018 – 12:22 amReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - Nine moves! It should not have been broken. I can see how that’d be heartbreaking. We have a entertainment center that was custom make in Japan it was moved to the states just fine into an upstairs about. But when we bought a house and moved they broke it. It makes you feel so stuck like you can’t think about unpacking and fixing up the house because of the broken thing. It was fixed fairly quick as we were dealing with local movers and not the government. It’s only been moved again to come to NC from Florida and I can’t tell where the damage was. I just knew when it was repaired I was always going to be able to spot it but the repair was invisible. I wish i knew who did it, if they were still around I’d leave a google raving review. I hope that’s the case one your bed is fixed. I love that you’ve made your stainless steel bed work with your wooden furniture. It’s irreplaceable!July 20, 2018 – 6:50 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I agree. I have no idea why they’d have taken it apart now, after nobody ever needed to before. I blame trump and his stupid minions. Robert said that no moving expenses have been taxed before now either – now, because of jerkface, they’re taxed at 33% which I guess is the highest allowed. Anyway. I want to see your entertainment center. It’s so true that one piece of broken makes us wait for the whole settling in. Tucker and I have been sleeping in the basement, and Robert on the couch because he goes to work in the morning and Tucker’s too scared to sleep 2 floors up without us… UGH. I’m glad you got your piece repaired. A neighbor of mine (also a friend) said that she’d gotten a scratch on an antique and also could no longer see the damage. Fingers crossed. And thank you again! I like the mix of the wood and stainless steel but know I’m a little weird that way maybe. Or not. Who knows as we all like what we like and how much is because we thought something was cool when we were like 8 years old!July 21, 2018 – 12:33 amReplyCancel

  • Sarah Balding - To be honest, I had never seen a brushed stainless steel bedframe like that, but I think it’s beautiful. Of course, right now, I’d just like a bedframe period as our mattress and box springs are on the floor. 😛 I hope they are able to fix your bed soon.July 20, 2018 – 9:44 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thank you for thinking it’s beautiful! I love it too. And yeah, I get you with the mattress and box spring on the floor. Been there, and it works. I mean really whatever works works, right? Plus, after reading your post, sounds like you’ve got this whole sleeping thing figured out (eventually) right 🙂 ? LOLJuly 21, 2018 – 12:35 amReplyCancel

  • My Inner Chick - I LOOOVE that bed! WOWWWWW.

    I love your writing…

    How you can make a “BED” come alive like one of your characters!

    You are AMAZING. xxJuly 20, 2018 – 1:06 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thank you!! I love that bed too. You can’t even tell how perfect it is because the best part is covered with pillows in this photo. Anyway thank you!!! You are amazing. Adore you!!!July 21, 2018 – 12:37 amReplyCancel

  • Emily - I totally get why you love that bed — it’s super cool looking — and very pretty too! And, even though it’s “first world” as you say, it still matters and I really, really hope they can fix it to be just like it was before. We have had our bed for a really long time too and I never thought about it, but you’re right –a bed can hold a whole lotta history!July 20, 2018 – 7:18 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks, Emily. I love it. Nobody seems to get it here, anyway. I hope they can fix it too and appreciate you saying so. Here’s to history and the things we have that remind us of it. <3July 21, 2018 – 12:38 amReplyCancel

  • Pat B - How dare they break your bed. They needed to know your story and then maybe they would have treated it better—much better.

    It is a shame that you have so many broken pieces of furniture from a single move.

    Your comments about it being a family gathering place, reminded me of a time when the kids and I sprawled out on our bed and ended up in giggling fits as we saw each other’s faces in upside down positions.July 23, 2018 – 1:06 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I was really sad about the bed although I’m happy to report that I went ahead and hired a company to repair it, knowing I may not be reimbursed. It felt so unsettled with all the pieces piled up and the mattress on the floor. It is a shame how much they broke. I know it’s just stuff but it’s stuff we use… and to have to spend time cataloging and photographing all of the damage is something I resent a bit too. Moves are busy enough. Sigh. But, it’s just stuff. I have my people and giggles and that’s what matters. Love your memory of seeing each other’s faces upside down 🙂July 23, 2018 – 1:24 pmReplyCancel

I know, another post about moving to Colorado. But I’m still in the thick of it and the disasters we’ve encountered moving across the country are fresh, and keep coming. Oh. Also, sorry for the occasional ragey rantyisness that may come through my helpful advice. Like the title says – disasters (but in the first […]

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  • Emily - Oh I’m sooo with you on that towel rack and the cleaning thing — that is so not right!! I’m glad you’re writing you way through this and I’m even more impressed that you actually have the time and patience to blog!July 12, 2018 – 10:30 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks! To be fair, I wrote this in 50 minutes, and only because I told Kenya that “sure! we’re ON!!!” and then realized it’s two hours earlier here after getting sucked into unpacking Tucker’s room…July 12, 2018 – 10:47 pmReplyCancel

  • Pat B - Your #10 is so much easier to say than to do.
    I’m surprised the potted cabbage lasted the whole trip. Tucker will no doubt remember this trip with his cabbage.
    So sorry about the dents and scratches on your furniture.
    Is there a possibility that you have some kind of allergy to something in the area?
    It is hard to fathom why the previous owners wouldn’t have cleaned a little better as they moved out the house. Considering how hard you worked to clean everything before moving out of your previous house, plus miles of traveling, what a bummer to have been greeted with dirty cabinets, etc.
    I agree with Emily. You are amazing that you were even able to link up this week!July 13, 2018 – 12:36 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Going through “stuff” is the easiest when moving I think, although the after-move brings the whole “why did I bring this???” Any advice on the cabbage? It was fine in the car but now is struggling. I think the climate change is what’s going on with my nose, although I’m highly allergic to dust, and there’s plenty of that. Thank you for your kind words!!! I think blogging this week grounded me in many ways.July 14, 2018 – 1:16 amReplyCancel

  • Debi - Oh my gosh, Kristi. I hope they sell wine near where you now live.July 13, 2018 – 3:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - Oh your whole experience sounds AWFUL! #9 did make me laugh though – but if only that was the worst part of moving. Removing towel racks and curtain rods is really mean. Wow. I remember in our first home in Florida, we didn’t have anything hardly so we asked for everything and we got to keep the window treatments. It’s nice not to have to buy that stuff. I can’t imagine spending a first night somewhere with naked windows. That also sounds like a very sorry moving company you had. One of the worst things done with our stuff packing to go overseas is that spices ended up being packed with our shoes and the pepper must have exploded. I don’t know what’s worse, pepper sneezing or dust sneezing. Some of the shoes were so peppered and smashed we threw them away. I definitely agree with #10. I now live like we’re moving one day. My husband is the pack rat. I’ve seen what’s in the attic and I’m like, “Please don’t die before me, because I can’t handle the mess that’s up there.” But what’s in the house “comes up missing” if it’s time for it to go. Clutter cleaning before the move calls for an adult meltdown. It’s too much. Too this day, I still keep my shoes in shoe boxes (just in case we ever move)July 13, 2018 – 9:15 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - #9 makes me laugh too. And yes! OMG removing towel racks is MEAN. The moving company was horrible, and I’d call them out but we still need them… not that they’d ever find this blog but who knows, right?
      I threw pepper and salt away tonight too… and also a bunch of bathroom stuff. I don’t know what leaked but something did. LOL to “please don’t die before me…” I’ve been saying that since we found out we’re moving in March or before because OMG. He’s all “but that was my uniform in Iraq in 2xxx” and I’m like, um.. and we need it in the house??? LOL
      Funny about the shoes. I think one (said this before but still) blog posts of yours was how many black shoes you have! 🙂July 14, 2018 – 1:23 amReplyCancel

      • Aaron Smith - I am so sorry to hear you had this awful experience with your movers.July 23, 2018 – 2:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - LOL – admittedly I did take a brief nap before you sent me the code last night. I woke up at 9:45 and then was probably sleep again at 10:01. Maybe we should think going live on Friday mornings. We could poll the group. But that’s just me being the person that can’t hang until 10.July 13, 2018 – 9:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Christine Carter - I WANT TO SCREAM!!!! OMG YOU POOR THING!! Give me that guy on the phone, and I’ll tell him exactly where he can take his BS response to you being ‘aggressive’. Omg Kristi, I am literally so pissed for you right now. I would have lost my EVER-LOVIN’ MIND if I were you! I am just so freaking sorry, honey. YOU GUYS DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER.

    Please update us all on everything. Pff. I’m seriously so mad right now, like I want to go raise some hell for you somewhere, ANYWHERE. I need to step outside… lolJuly 16, 2018 – 9:07 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thank you thank you thank you!! It SOOOOO SUCKS and I’m that mad too. Thank you. I’ll keep you posted on the suckiness levels to come and would love to hire you as my alt caller! 😉 Because they suck. And thank you!July 19, 2018 – 12:46 amReplyCancel

  • Lizzi - Holy crap, my lovely. That super mega hugely SUCKS. I hope your allergies go away soon so if nothing else you’re comfier xxxxx big hugs xxxxJuly 17, 2018 – 4:59 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Yeah super mega hugely sucks. Thank you, Love. xxxJuly 19, 2018 – 12:46 amReplyCancel

      • Henry Collins - It is always important to get to know your movers and how they work. Doing some research about how reliable is the movers company your are hiring is the best way to avoid headaches in the long run.July 26, 2018 – 3:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi - #10–yes, yes, yes! What was I thinking?! Even though we decluttered and downsized, I’m still left with more to get rid of. This is going to be an endless, ongoing battle, I think.

    Good luck to you!July 22, 2018 – 10:47 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I’m a little shocked by how much we still have to donate. I thought I got most of it back in Virginia but you’re right – ongoing battle for sure. Hope all’s going well with your move! And thanks for the good luck. Right back at you!July 23, 2018 – 1:19 pmReplyCancel

  • coordinate with moving professionals Montclair New Jersey - Relocating homes is sometimes really time consuming. Making you delay the stuff you need to do. Good thing there companies that provide transition services.August 2, 2018 – 2:29 amReplyCancel

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