Sue had the week planned. New appliances on Thursday, household goods delivery on Friday, and Christmas lights hanging on Saturday (before it snowed and we couldn't get on the roof anymore)(a tangent…in Alaska we'd hang our Christmas lights on Labor Day weekend, because that was the last date that we could be pretty sure there wouldn't be snow on our houses. We turned them on Thanksgiving weekend.)
Anyway, the household goods delivery was delayed by a day until saturday, so Sue resigned herself to just a few lights in the windows this year. But no, April and Stephen to the rescue. They had been planning to come and help us on moving day anyway, and they said that the lights would get hung. So, as the boxes came off the truck, Sue waited anxiously for any box that said "Christmas decorations" on it, and she immediately tore into it. After a few…Eureka! She found the lights. April took over my job checking off the inventory and Stephen and I got up on the roof to hang precariously over the edge of the second story roof to hang lights. My neighbor, Toni, looked up at one point while I was on the edge of the roof and said, "Now Mark, don't fall off. That roof has a history of people falling off of it." I told her that she could have waited about an hour to tell me that! We both had a good laugh, and she said she was praying for me. By the time that was done, I had paperwork to do, so Stephen took care of the lower level roof himself. We had fun! When the movers left at about 2pm, we finished up, and by dark we had a house full of boxes and wonderful Christmas decorations on the outside. (Just so you know, the purple/green tree in front is not Sue's fault. We originally bought green lights for it, but didn't get enough. When I went back to Home Depot to get more I found out that Green is sold out across the universe! So I chose purple to finish the tree, just because. I love it!)
So, thanks to Arpin Van Lines we have our stuff, and thanks to Stephen and April our home is beautifully decorated for Christmas! An Honorable Mention to Sarah, who unpacked our Kitchen! Thanks kids, it was a great day with you!