After months and months of packing we are finally moved to our new house in Iowa. There has been lots to do, between getting the house moved into and cleaning the out buildings. Along with having family come and visit.
It took us 14 long hours to pack the moving truck, which was packed as tight as we could get it. We ended up having to leave some things behind to come back and get at a later date. Thankfully we had some friends that came to help or we would have had to leave even more behind, it always took the new person to see where we could put things. The next day we drove for 12 hours before we reached the house. Lets just say the drive was a little crazy. We were travailing with 2 dogs, a cat, a tortuous, and 7 people between the moving van, truck, and mini van. Everyone was a little squished. The moving van was also fun to travel in because if you went over a certain speed it would turn the alarm on and lights would flash until you turned it completely off. We drove for about 7 hours that way. Luckily by the end we figured out what was wrong and were able to drive in silence for the rest of the trip.
The next few days were crazy trying to get everything unpacked and start cleaning out the outside buildings. It took us a while to get through everything but with all of the people we had to help it went by faster then any of us thought it would.
Before and after of where we are going to keep the hay for the horses and goats…
Before and after of the hay loft in the barn…
Before and after of the main floor of the barn…
(With the cleaning of the hay loft we made hay mountain below it which then had to be cleaned after).
(While cleaning out the feed bunks in the barn we found one fossilized cat and probably five cat sculls. There were also many other strange things found in the large amount of old hay. The hay hooks and pitch forks were a nice find).
After cleaning out the barn we started on an outside pasture for the horses. This was the first priority since Cowboy comes up in two weeks.
With the new amount of grass we need a more powerful lawn mower. It still takes about 3 1/2 hours to get through all of it and could be mowed every 3 days because its growing so fast.
We have also put a garden in. The plants we got were at the end of the season so we will see how they do, at least we have a little one. Next year we are going to take more grass out and make an even bigger garden.
Along with all the work we have done there has still been time to do some fun things. There are many different animal here then there are in Colorado. The first night there we encountered many different bugs, including lightning bugs, and a frog. We have also put the trampoline back up, which got a lot of use when all the cousins were here for 4th of July. Along with all of that we have a new toy to play with, a tire swing.
There are many more things to do and I’m sure there will be many more crazy adventures along the way.