Monday, October 19, 2009

Our Final Farewell

Yesterday was our last big get together with family. My mom threw us a huge party at her house and the entire family was invited and most of them showed up. We made 4 huge pans of lasagna on Saturday to feed the thundering herd. Anyone who has cooked for a Mtn Home PMEL gathering can attest that it might barely feed everyone. Somehow we ended up with more than 2 full pans left over. Sheesh. But it was fantastic to see everyone and it made me cry when they all left.

My cousin Tootie took a ton of pictures at the party. We got both sides of our family in pictures and got some really great shots of everyone (Thanks again Tootie!!! I love you!)Since my computer is halfway to Germany by now the pictures I keep trying to upload don't work right so once I get them on my computer I will post them as soon as I can.
We leave on Thursday morning to drive to Seattle and I'm looking forward to it but not at the same time. I hate the thought of saying goodbye to my family but I'm still really excited to see Germany and start this great experience. Sometimes it makes me feel guilty but I know I really have no reason to. But enough moaning and groaning for now. I will post again as soon as I can.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our Flight Schedule

In case anyone is interested, here is our itinerary for the next few weeks as well as our flight schedule.

Oct 9 - Dave's final out, we leave Mtn. Home. Staying the night with my family.
Oct 10 - Going to my sister Tina's house in Idaho Falls for a party and awesome Mexican food. When that's over, we drive down to Utah to spend time with Dave's family.
Oct 11-16 - Down in Utah with my in-laws.
Oct 16-21 - In Wendell with my family.
Oct 22 - Driving to Seattle so we can drop off my car at the shipping facility.
Oct 23-24 - In Seattle just chilling for a few days.
Oct 25- We fly out of Seattle at the ungodly hour of 6:10 am and fly to Baltimore. We spend the evening in Baltimore . . . hopefully finding time to go to Charm City Cakes and take a picture outside Duff's bakery! :)
Oct 26- We are scheduled to fly out of Baltimore on a military flight at approximately 8:20 pm est.
Oct 27 - Touchdown at Ramstein AB at approximately 9:00 am German time.
So that's how the next few weeks should shake out. Not looking forward to all the travel time but it will be worth it. I'm actually very excited to spend a few days in Seattle before we leave. Dave and I had a great time while we were there a few years ago. We're actually hoping to get stationed at McChord AFB which is in Tacoma when we come back. But that's a few years down the road so we'll just have to wait on that one.

I Am Homeless!!

So yesterday was our final housing inspection for our house on base. They say that it's not supposed to be a white glove inspection but they kind of lie. We've been stressed out for a week, ever since the movers left, to get the house ready for the inspection. Because I hate moving and the thought of it sometimes made me physically ill I decided to make this move easier on myself and hire someone to clean the house for me. I know, I know. . . Dave gave me this big argument when I first mentioned it months ago how it was a stupid expenditure and we could be using money for other things on the move. Yeah, last week he was all but saying it was his idea because it was saving us alot of the stress and hassle to make sure we passed. My co-worker from the credit union does this on the side with one of her friends and they gave me a pretty great rate and did a fantastic job!!! (Thanks Mindi and Margie!!!) Anybody in the military who lives in base housing and is moving overseas I would highly recommend getting someone off the housing list to clean your house for you . . . totally worth it!! Anyway, the inside went fine. Dave spent all weekend working on the outside of the house to make sure it passed as well. Turns out since it had been raining for the past 2 days, and was raining during our inspection, that all the inspector did was open the back door to look at the lawn and we passed! I felt kind of bad for how much work he put in with our friends Matt and Jason and that's all their was to it, but if it hadn't looked as good as it did, I'm sure there would have been more to the inspection than there was.

But now all that means is that we're officially homeless for the next month or so. We're currently living in the temporary lodging on base until Friday when we leave to go home and make our rounds with the family. That part I'm really not looking forward to. Especially saying goodbye to my nephew, that's going to suck ass but that's another post.