It's done. We're buying a new house as of July 14th. WE'RE BUYING A NEW HOUSE. It still hasn't quite sunk in yet.
We met with the wife of the neighbor couple last night at the house. Her husband had already left town, so it was just us 3 at the table with all the kids running and yelling around us. Negotiations were short and easy, and it was all very painless. We signed a contract. We wrote a check for earnest money.
And then we walked around the block to our own house and I suddenly felt very freaked out and sad. "What are we thinking?" I demanded of Husband. "I love this house! This is a great house! It's been good to us! What has it ever done to us? We're hurting its feelings!" I went on stupidly. Sigh. Of course it will eventually be fine, but this IS a wonderful house. It will be hard to leave it, even if we are just moving around the corner.
In the meantime, there is so much for us to do in the 6 weeks that we have before closing! I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment, and I suspect that starting a list of what we need to do after I post this is just going to make it worse rather than better.