February 2, 2015

And we are moving to…..

In case you didn’t see the big announcement on the facebook page (which, of course, you won’t if you aren’t following over there, so you NEED TO FOLLOW) SoldierMan’s class got their assignment list last week.

And the next destination for the SoldierMan family is…

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Ft. Shafter, Oahu, Hawaii!!

I’d say I still can’t quite believe it, but that’s not true. I very much believe it every time I think about how much we have to do to get there! Getting the dogs squared away, downsizing our household goods, figuring out housing…I feel as though if I don’t spend every minute googling (or, more accurately, pinteresting), emailing, phone-calling, list-making, or otherwise planning and prepping, the entire PCS will be a disaster. Even just taking ten minutes to get this blog post up feels dirty.

Of course, that’s not really true. I said before we found out, God already knows where we’re going, and He already knows how we’re going to get there, so it’s going to happen one way or the other. And it is. And I remind myself of that every time I start to feel guilty for “slacking,” when in truth there’s really very little I can do daily at this point.

We had high hopes we’d get this assignment. I was *thisclose* to ordering Baby G a little Stitch toy (from Lilo and Stitch) last week to set up a very cute photo announcement reveal for when we did find out, just in case, but that felt like jinxing it. And the actual probability of it happening just seemed so far-fetched. I mean, we get places like Ft. Bliss, not Ft. Shafter, haha.

(Ft. Bliss was awesome, btw. Totally doesn’t deserve it’s reputation.)

Aside from general OCONUS PCS stress, we are obviously VERY excited! This is an awesome opportunity and believe me, we feel as lucky as we are. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, at all. I’m just ready to actually be there and have the transition part be over with.

I can’t believe that, not only will my baby have lived in three different states during her first year of life, we’ll be celebrating her first birthday in flipping HAWAII! (At Disney’s Aulani resort, if we can swing it.) We’re excited to take the dogs to the beach, with liberal amounts of sunscreen on Jeb’s little head. And if at all possible, our goal is to find a place to live with enough room for a proper guest room, because obviously. And we’re also looking forward to seeing the friends we already have there – military, blogger, and even some friends from back in the day in Oklahoma who live there now!

For those of you who have done an OCONUS move before, what would be your one top tip for us to keep in mind?

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14 comments:

  1. The dog was the biggest thing I stressed about when moving here. Luckily, it really wasn't as hard as it seemed. I'd suggest making your hotel reservations now. They tend to fill up pretty quickly.
    We did Aulani for Adri's 3rd birthday. It was a BLAST!

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  2. Wishing you a happy PCS, you will have to let me know how it is since we turned down orders to go there haha.

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  3. It looks like we are staying in chilly NY for another year, but I've got the PCS itch! I love finding out where people are heading! And you're right, it may be stressful now, but somehow, you will get everything there. Just go ahead and start the moving purge now!

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  4. My biggest tip is prepare yourself for at least DOUBLE the time you expect to be a hotel when you first get here. I came thinking we'd get right into base housing. Instead we spent 3+ weeks in a hotel in *noisy* Waikiki (after 3+ weeks in a hotel/traveling on the Mainland) and I was about to burst!

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  5. How exciting! I cannot wait to see the pics you take in Hawaii.

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  6. Whoo! Let me know if you have any questions!

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  7. HAWAII!!!!! WOW WHAT A CHANGE!!!!!! SO EXCITED FOR Y'ALL! I know it's going to be a lot of work preparing, but wow!

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  8. My advice? Don't forget "me time." Take a few minutes each day to do something that relaxes you, or the stress will overwhelm. Some things you won't be able to do until you get there, so try to not stress about them.

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  9. Don't worry too much about downsizing. If you end up getting post housing, a lot of the housing within SoldierMans rank structure is new, and has tons of square footage. Our house on Wheeler was way bigger than the house we have now (near Campbell). Hawaii is an amazing place, and I hope you love it as much as I did! Excited for you!!!


    Try not to stress too much! Get the dogs situated, go to the levy brief, and take it one thing at a time. :)

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  10. Don't worry too much about downsizing. If you end up getting post housing, a lot of the housing within SoldierMans rank structure is new, and has tons of square footage. Our house on Wheeler was way bigger than the house we have now (near Campbell). Hawaii is an amazing place, and I hope you love it as much as I did! Excited for you!!!


    Try not to stress too much! Get the dogs situated, go to the levy brief, and take it one thing at a time. :)

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  11. I don't think I could properly convey how jealous I am haha

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  12. If you have to stay in a hotel, pick a good one in Waikiki. When we first got there, the hotel on Schofield was booked up, so we said "put us in the next closest one to base." That one happened to be a gross airport hotel underneath a highway. Blah. On our way out, we booked ourselves up at the Embassy Suites Waikiki. AMAZING. We're flying through Hawaii on our way out of Korea, and we will probably stay there again.

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  13. Congrats! You will love it out here. It is so beautiful! The dog is the hardest part. Lots of things that need to be done. Make sure you start that ASAP! As the dog will need to be quarantined for 120 days before coming on the island. I have been out here for 6 months already and love it! Let me know if you need help with the dog stuff or any questions about the island!

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