The Stevens family moved over the weekend.
Since Mrs. Stevens and I arrived in Central Wisconsin back in May of 2001, we haved moved 6 times. I swear that my wife has some sort of gypsy or bedouin blood somewhere in her ancestry.
PICTURED: Mrs. Stevens a few decades from now. Still totally hot.
So why all the moves? Well, aside from my wife's apparent wanderlust, here's a breakdown of why I can plan on having crippling back pain about every year and a half to two years.
First Rental: The Crack House
Not to be confused with the cracked house, pictured above
It was a tiny house that we rented online from Ohio. The landlord warned us it was small and offered us a 30 day lease just in case we weren't happy with it. Small, we could deal with. The furnace sitting out in the middle of the living room, the rusty red water coming from every pipe and completely uninsulated bathroom were a different matter.
Also, the neighbors politely informed us that the previous tenants sold drugs out of the home for quite some time. We were wondering why everyone drove by so slow.
Thank God for that 30 day lease.
Second Rental: The Loft
It was kinda like this except taller and with more empty cans of beer.
Easily my favorite pre-kids apartment, I knew we were going to live here when Mrs. Stevens walked up the stairs, saw the vaulted wood ceiling and inhaled like my daughter does when she sees Disney Princess paraphernalia.
This place was cozy. The rent was right. It was within walking distance of work. It was perfect.
Our friend Kari, (the only one we had made in the month we had lived here), volunteered to help us move. Our landlord stopped by while we were hoisting a couch the size of a small brontosaurus upstairs and lent a hand too.
Once we got everything upstairs and Kari and the landlord went home, I proceeded to lock us out of the apartment. One embarrassing phone call to the landlord later and her was back to let us in.
Steve and Helen Schlinkert were AWESOME landlords who aren't paying me anything to say so in my blog. In fact, I haven't seen either of them in years. They were great to the Stevens clan and I'd recommend them to anyone looking for a pad.
So why did Anj and I move?
"Hi! I'm the reason. Also, Daddy needs to start posting more recent pics of me."
Anj, Roj and I fit quite comfortably in the loft, but squeezing a little brother in there was going to be downright impossible. So we packed up and moved off to...
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