Sunday, April 7, 2013

Forward March!

As you all must know by now, we are in the process of moving back to Virginia for 3 years.  This has come as no shock to us of course.  We have been waiting a very long time now for orders from here.  We are now 4 months past our moving date and will be moving in less then 4 weeks (**gasp!**).  So as you can see, my posts have been very few these days.  The craziness of the move on top of two little boys has really been taking a toll on every aspect of my life.  I will be very happy when it's all over.  I'm currently in bed at 11 on a good night, and up at 6ish every morning.  Not to mention the times I'm up to feed the baby in the middle of the night.  It could always be worse, I know, but the past few weeks have been tiring to say the least.  
You may all be wondering what is all going on and our current plans.  Well, today I'm posting all the updated info on where we stand with our move.  
The outside of our new place!
  • We made the decision to live off base.  There are many reasons for this choice.  We look forward to moving back to Stafford, Virginia for our time stationed there.
  • We have a house!  
    • Located in Stafford, Va (the same town we lived in before)
    • 4 bedrooms (with a 5th in the basement!) 
    • 3.5 bathrooms. 
    • 3800 square feet.  Wow!  Our current place is only 1250 square feet and is quite crammed.  I don't know what we're going to do with all that space! 
    • The back yard is fenced in which will be great for the dog and the kids
    • Kitchen has an island (Mommy love!)
    • Has a living room, dining room, and family room.  The living room will be turned into a play room.
    • It's near a winery (because this is very important information!)
    • It is near base (15 minutes without traffic)
    • Close but far enough to everything- Target, Grocery, Gym, Kohls, Restaurants, you name it!
    • If we end up there 4 years it's in one of the best schools in the town.  Though that probably won't be a factor for us, as we will most likely move again before the kids are in school. 
    • It is currently waiting for us.  We move in immediately upon arriving in America!
  • Moving date:  This is all up in the air still.  We have a date of departure (May 4) but we don't have the confirmation paperwork.  Without that we can't do much of anything.  We can't get our things packed out (which will take at least 6 weeks to arrive at our new place) and we can't book a hotel to stay in before flying out of here.  We are literally held back from everything.  Silver lining though- the dog has a flight!  Don't quite know how he got a flight before us, but hey at least he's booked!
Couldn't decide between silver, black, and grey so went with the grey. 

Grey leather interior.  seats 8.  Much bigger then my "Toaster Oven" looking Honda Mobilio!
  • We got a car!  Mommy got a brand new 2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L with navigation (because I'm terrible with directions!)  We did much research before this but decided the Honda was the best car for us.  It will be waiting for us to pick up the day after we fly in!
We are very excited to be back in America and to see our family.  We already have family coming nonstop for awhile.  To those who want to see us- please be patient!  I know you're all excited to see us and meet our kids for the first time.  But please remember that an overseas move is a very big move.  We will be traveling for over 27 hours with two little kids and a dog just to get there.   We will then be very busy getting new phones, setting up a new house, getting new cars, and then unpacking our 3 shipments of things (we have things in storage in Virginia from 3.5 years ago).  So please work with us!  We can't wait to see you all (we will be 6 hours away!).  

In closing let me just mention how much I'm going to miss Okinawa.  It is where we brought both of our children into this world.  We have met friends who became family.  We have both grown in so many ways in our 3.5 years here.  I do not regret a moment of our time here.  We are truly blessed to have gotten the chance to live in Japan.  We both have discussed coming back here again someday.  Okinawa will always be home to us.  As we near the end of our time here, I can't help but feel very sad to say goodbye to a place that has been so great to us.  It's a bittersweet feeling, but we are all ready to open the next chapter in what will surely be a long Military life book.