we scrubbed the old house clean. we scrubbed the new house clean. we said hallelujah for grandparents who take little people on outings. and cook dinner. and help clean houses. we regularly exclaimed how much we love the new house. we made secret birthday plans. we made cheesecake. we ate cheesecake. we played with new birthday toys. we had plans to go whale watching. it was cold and windy. it hailed. plans were cancelled. we went to bed early and slept like logs. we made little corners of pretty in the chaos. the list of things to do grew longer each day. i broke my favourite tea cup. we took a lot of stuff to the tip shop. we brought a lot of stuff home from the tip shop. we tried to be presentable for when builders arrived at 7am. we were utterly exhausted and equally happy.