Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Our big accomplishment yesterday . . .

. . . getting both vans in the garage! This may not seem like a big deal to all of you who live in the midwest, land of the spacious garage. But we live in the land of really big houses but minimalist garages, so for us, it is quite a big deal. In fact, I never thought we would be able to do it. It required a lot of cleaning and the shifting around of boxes and other garage junk.

Our house in Ohio had a huge 3 car garage. Seriously, this thing had at least 800 square feet. People live in much smaller spaces than this was. Then we moved here, into a house that was several times larger, and we got a garage that barely fit our freezer, fridge, bikes, and one van. The fridge and freezer are still in there, but the bikes didn't make the cut. They had to move to the shed.

Another tricky thing about our garage is that we have a big metal pole in the middle of it supporting a bedroom above. This isn't a huge deal for the Toyota, which is on the left side of the pole--the passenger just has to wait a minute while the driver backs up a bit so the door can open fully to let the person in (this is the drill especially when the said passenger is pregnant, LOL). But now the Odyssey is on the right side of the pole--right by the driver's side. So Bob has taken to opening the sliding door, and has put the center-console-tray down so he can walk through to the front. He says he feels like a pilot going into the cabin! Bring on the snow!

5 comments:

CTmom2five said...

Now that's commitment! Taking out the center console...wow. We're not having to gear up for any snow down here. It's so weird. How much longer will you all be in that area? I heard rumors you were moving. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll keep checking in to Psalm 127. It's always a lift! CTmom2five

Dy said...

What a creative endeavor! I can't believe you did it.

mattkimuber said...

Claire you are on the organizational roll! How exciting!! No small feat I am sure with all that is on your plate. Are we really get snow? You are inspiring me to clean out our tiny one car garage. I have my doubts that I can fit our van in there. Makes me miss our midwest garage, too.

Laura said...

We used to live in northern VA and could not fit our van in any of the garages of the three different houses we lived in. Now that we're in AL we have a carport, which covers our big van with room to spare. Of course, it doesn't snow here, and it did where we used to live... .

Bob & Claire said...

LOL, we're not expecting any snow that I know of, much to the boys' disappointment. Bob changed the wording of my post right before I posted because he took issue with how I described him getting into the front, and he accidently took out the part that said something like "Cold weather hasn't been an issue yet, but now . . . now we're ready for it. Bring on the snow!"