Hold on…. let me move this box over so I can see you better.
Well, it’s official – my dentist man is a civilian doc now, except for his one weekend a month and two weeks a year for reserve duty. He’ll actually be losing money to do his reserve time, but between the better health insurance rate and his sense of duty, we figured it was still the better choice, even though the massive budget cuts make it less than a desirable choice for practitioners. So he’ll be heading off this week to start at the new practice.
We do get one last move from the military and while we’re still trying to get through the loan process (USAA is very difficult to get a loan with), we still have to leave this house at a certain point. So the packers came, packed, boxed, bundled and left. And so went 99.9% of our possessions.
For two weeks we’ll be sitting here……
We’re so bored.
Every 1-4 years (or about’s there), a military family packs up their entire life, leaves friends, sometimes family (as we will this move) and heads to their next place. Some of you may have moved before…. picture that every few years. Picking what’s worth moving again and what should be pitched or given away. Some moves, like our last one where we were only there for 9 months, you have to decide if it’s even worth unpacking. It wasn’t. (Oh the craziness of watching packers unpack and repack boxes that were never opened!)
For the life of me I can’t figure out why it’s more tiring to have movers than to just do it myself (which I’ve done before)? I stand and watch, answer questions, point and assist in various ways and that’s it… and by the end of the day I feel like I ran a marathon? Every “mover” move it’s the same?
The first-born has flown the coup and is now out on his own, with the confidence that we’re only a few hours away, bank accounts are still connected for emergencies and more than a handful of loving friends offering free food and a room if needed. Had we known we’d see him more these last two weeks than we saw him all of last year, we would have moved him out sooner! And in spite of differing comments from various people to the fact that we’re “kicking him out”, “ditching him”, or “abandoning him”, there was no such action and the lad is 18 – seriously people – let me cut the apron strings! I homeschooled and was told I was a “helicopter parent”; let him out of the house at 18 and we’re uncaring parents – go figure. None-the-less, we’re all happy with the situation, including his brothers who had a small farewell ceremony and a good argument over who got his spots.
New renters in “that house” to top it all off! This in spite of the various odd inspection requests from differing agencies! How did we all survive in that house with deck spindles 1/2″ too far apart – I know how dangerous 3 inches can be! I have a great feeling about these renters though – which is a good feeling to have.
And although I discovered that I accidentally let my current knitting project get packed, I did manage to save a few other skeins to hopefully keep me from getting stir crazy between paint touch-ups, hole filling and wall scrubbing (6 months post dogs and I’m still finding “slingers”).
So while I sit here and watch “Spongebob” for the 100th time since all we have left is internet and teach the boys how to cook Top Ramen old school style – on the stove, using our “moving pan”, I’ll do my best to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having before we head off in two weeks to the house we still don’t have… to open up all the boxes that just left us.