April 8, 2010

Moving Adventures Part II

I can't believe we'll be heading out of here in 33 days!! It feels like just yesterday I started out on this adventure - my first big move away from my family, away from the east coast, away from everything I knew, and on towards my new life with my soldier. And now, here we are, about to take another step forward, finally entering in to the REAL ARMY and finally being done with training.

I tend to make things more difficult then they need to be. It's just the way I am. I blow things out of proportion and put more stress on myself then I need to. I'm determined not to do that to myself this time. After stressing out last weekend with a million thoughts running through my head, I took the time Monday morning to write out feelings, thoughts, concerns, and listed things that need to be done. I feel MUCH MUCH better and have all week. I've been taking care of little things here and there and we are now on the right path.

I got a lot of my housing questions answered on Monday by just making a little phone call. Imagine that. I don't know why I get so worked up from just the thought of picking up the phone. That's what they are there for! And if I don't do it.. it will never get done! So, I called housing and found out that there is a 9 month to 1 year waiting list. (better than the flat 1 year they told me the first time.) I'm still a little confused and not sure about what you are supposed to do while you are waiting for housing. Is there someone that sets you up with temp. housing on post? Are we supposed to find some place to rent in the mean time off post by ourselves? If so, how do you go about finding someone that will be very flexible with leasing options?

I went to the Transportation Dept. on Tuesday and set up our move and got an advance on our partial DITY. They will be here to pack up and move out on the 11th and we'll start our trip on the same day. I found out that the Army WILL move us from temporary housing to on post, which was a big deciding factor for me.

If you can't tell... we are strongly leaning towards (as in just about 100% planning on) living on post. I know there are pros and cons to each option, but for this move, we just feel like it's the best option for us. Really, the BAH for this town isn't very much compared to the cost of the renting I've seen so far. It seems like between rent and utilities it will add up to be more than our BAH. With us being a single income family for now and having a baby on the way... that just isn't an option. Plus, I'm really kind of excited to have that experience. I wanted to try it out at least once to see if I'd like it.

That's about all for now. I'm turning in our vacany form to the apartment office today. I know in turn they will give me a cleaning list and how much it will cost if we don't do each thing... grrrr... not looking forward to that! Then I'm going out to buy decorations for our Gender Reveal Party for Saturday!! I don't remember if I've told y'all about that, but I'll do a full post on it after the weekend :)

Tomorrow's our big day!! One more day to vote. I am so very excited to find out if we are having a boy or girl, I can hardly stand it!


Shayla said...

Oh Jess! I hope you are able to relax and have things come super easy for you throughout this move!!!

I get worked up about phone calls too. I do not like calling random people whether its the doctor's office or someone for school-but I will email them without hesitation. Maybe im just weird!!!

The Coastie and I will live off base :) our BAH will more than cover our monthly bills, and the apartment is WELL aware of the military status. Actually ALL of the local apartments know that to get out of apartment contracts all a mil family has to do is show orders of moving and then their contract is void. They can't hold you to it AT ALL. You just have to make sure you give them a 30-60 day warning (depending on apartment) I'm pretty sure if you are renting a house the same laws would apply.

I hope that helps!

I hope you and your baby are doing well :)

Annie said...

Looking forward to your big news!

Anonymous said...

It is exciting that you will going from a training phase to his actual unit. Training phases can be so tiresome...and a lot of hours! Depending on his job and unit (hopefully both good) he should be home more now and he won't have to study! Yeah! Added bonus! Good luck with the move. Congrats! Pray it all goes smoothly for you. I have been happy with our movers.

Expat Girl said...

Urgh I am the same about picking up the phone especially when it comes to someone not understanding my pronounciations at all! And ahhhhh I am soooo excited to find out!

Erin said...

You will probably have to find a place to live off post while you are on the waiting list. But it sounds like in the end, that is going to be the best option for your family!

Good luck tomorrow! So exciting to find out what you are having!

Anonymous said...

Where are you guys going? Have I totally missed it (totally possible) or have you not said? (also totally possible) Moving is such a pain in the ....

Good luck with everything. I cant wait to find out what you're having!

Heather said...

Definitely don't stress about this move - it will all work out. I know this is an exciting time for y'all :)


JG said...

I'm the same way. I HATE calling people. I was so excited to see housing had an email address - which they actually respond to, as opposed to phone messages, which they don't. I can't wait till we get orders and can get the ball rolling. There are pros and cons to every living situation, you'll find out how to thrive once you get there, I'm sure! Can't wait to hear about the gender reveal!! So, are you going to have a scheduled post to announce it to those of us who can't be there in person? I think that's only fair. ;)

Gaile said...

A gender reveal party sounds so fantastic! :)
I get to find out my baby's gender on Saturday (SOOOOO freaking excited!) and my sister finds hers out tomorrow.

BTW I think you are having a GIRL.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

At least you know you've got somewhere to go if you can't find the housing your looking for. We still haven't picked a place. I'm waiting till we get out there and we can see all of our options and decide that day. Hang in there!!!! Maybe we can hang out the week after you get there. We have 45 days!