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…
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?photo credit: coconut wireless via photopin cc