Just a quick update for those who are looking for more than I have offerred elsewhere...
As of this morning it is almost certain we have a partially furnished place to move into for the next several months. We will need a few things, but mostly we will be able to hold off on major purchasing. The insurance company is still making their final decision regarding the condition of the house and then we will know more regarding a timeline.
Despite the insurance company's determination that almost nothing (with a few exceptions) in the house is cost effective to clean, we have taken the family photos that suffered only smoke damage and not physical damage to hopefully be reframed. We also found a few of the boys favorite stuffed animals and blankets and a friend from church has been working on cleaning them and she just called to let me know they are smelling great. The boys are looking forward to having those things back for bedtime tonight. Today I remembered that although I had initially said we didn't have any jewelry (because I never wear any!) we actually have a few family pieces that we were able to rescue.
Our goal for today was to do some extra resting and family time. We are still working on making inventory lists and handling phone calls, but we (meaning the kids and Tim) are swimming and we are watching cartoons in bed and eating snacks. We also spent some time playing outside this morning together.
That's all I have new for now. We are still hanging in there. I think Tim and I are either starting to get more worn down or the kids are getting more frustrated and the "adventure" mentality is wearing off because it feels like the family stress level has gone up about 12 fold today. I think getting out of the hotel will help. Up for tomorrow is moving and visiting with our homeschool co- op.