It's been awhile since my last post about our preparations for our move to Okinawa, Japan in February, so here we go, this is what's going on right now:
- Last week we had our Dental appointment with the Dentist on base. The kids and I go to a Dentist out in town, but for the final screening, we have to have everything checked and made sure it's up to date with the provider on base. I had all the records, and it all went smooth and fast. All five of us in the room and one after the other. Well, Chris was last, and we didn't wait for him, as he anyway was going back to work after the appointment, and we needed to get home and get dinner started.
- Ben was very upset and worried before the appointment. He didn't want to go there at all, and even if I tried to explain that we just had to show him how nice our teeth are, he didn't want to go. BUT, after talking with him again, after seeing Isabella jump up in the chair and go first, he was very brave and did it! I played with him that the chair would start moving if he snapped his fingers, and the dentist played along and told him that ok, time to snap and he did and WOW, the chair moved. Pretty cool how well the Dr. understood without further words, that I needed to get him comfortable. I was so proud of him, he did what he was told, got lots of praise for his shiny teeth, and then he was done. Chris took them in the waiting room to keep them busy, while it was Cassie's and my turn. We were all good, and ready to be signed off as OK. One step done of the checklist!!
- The last two weeks have been slow, we have turned in all the medical papers but have not yet been able to get screened and processed. It's frustrating, but there is nothing that we can do at this point. We finally got a date set and will have our Medical Screening on December 8th.
- Why the hurry you might wonder? Well, considering that it's holiday season starting this week with Thanksgiving, there are a lot of days that the offices are closed and everything takes so much longer. The total processing takes about 6-8 weeks, and not until then, we can get our date and tickets booked. To know that we need to leave in the beginning of February, this doesn't leave us much time. This is very stressful, as we need to reserve a spot for our "in cabin" rabbit, as the flights normally only allow a few number. We have no control over what airline, if with Patriot Express or commercial, it's all not in our hands. For someone that wants to make things happen and be on top of things, this "hurry up and wait" is very frustrating!!
- To not know what date we are getting on that plane is hard. It makes it very hard to plan ahead for other things. We need to have a plan on when to book the movers. When they come and pack the fast shipment that takes about 30 days to get to Okinawa. Then they come back and pack the second shipment that takes about 3 months to get there with ship. Then at that time, we need to move into a hotel and clean out our rental in a few days, take care of storage for the rest of the things that won't be coming with us to the island at all. Then we still need to decide on what to do with our cars...As it looks now, we most likely will put the Honda in storage with a good friend of us in Texas. Why? Well, if we happen to be stationed on the East coast or the West coast when we come back after 3 years, it's about in the middle to go and get the car! The second car we will most likely let the military put in storage for us.
- It's always stressful and hard to move, but this move takes the price! There are so many factors that we can't control, and to have to wait and not being able to plan as you like, is hard.
- So, to at least take some control of some things, I've kept very busy with selling things on Craigslist and last weekend I had a big yard sale here at home. Cleared out toys and clothes and it was nice to see all the "big" outdoor toys gone. I made some money, and got a lot of things cleared out, perfect. We will have another yard sale after the holidays, in January for sure, to clear out maybe some furniture etc too. It takes a lot of work to put these yard sales together. A lot of sorting, cleaning, washing and taking pictures. I rented tables to put everything on, and many hours went on this. Saturday morning early before 7am, the people started coming...I had hardly opened the garage, and people started pulling on things. I sold a lot and it was an almost sad feeling selling the strollers, the toddler slide, the water table that they have spent hours and hours of fun with, the seesaw, and all kind of things that were so typical for their early years. Even if I've know for a long time now that we are DONE with having children, it still hits you and it becomes very clear when you get rid of all the baby stuff...knowing that you won't need it again.
- And to make matters "worse", last week my husband got a new job! Just like that, out of the blue, he got transferred to another position. He's now not working shift as usual, but "regular" office hours. What is regular in the USMC? 7am-6pm give or take, Mon-Fri. It means that he is home on the weekend, but this week he has hardly been home before 8pm, as there is a lot to take care of. So we'll have to see how "good" these hours will be for the family, for him, it's stress pure, as he has to get a lot of stuff done in that office before he leaves, and as he is taking over after someone that didn't do his job well, it's a mess. Best part of this- no more night shift and sleeping during the day!!