We've succesfully moved out of our Chicago home - utilities turned off and keys returned. We left the place cleaner than we found it and managed to get all of our things out. Little Man and Mama walked around and said good-bye to every room of the apartment before locking the door for the last time. It's hard to tell how much he understands of leaving the old place permanently, but we keep talking up the "new house" to give him something to look forward to.
After turning everything in, we drove to meet Mama's parents and their RV for the ride back to Boston. All 5 adults, the toddler, the two cats, and the car on a dolly survived the ride despite some attempts by the cats to keep the ride interesting (one unlocked the cab doors in the middle of the night at a campground, the other kept insisting on diving under the driver's seat).
Our flight is in 2 days, and a home in Noord-Barbant province has been settled on and an IKEA shopping list is growing longer. Our relocation company has arranged to pick us up from the airport (an hour and a half drive away) - complete with car seat for the Little Man - and has arranged for us to stay in our new home the day we arrive, providing air mattresses so we can sleep there before we can purchase beds.
With 2 days left, we're praying that everything goes smoothly for our departure and arrival.