So here's what I know from my conference call with the builder, the contractor, and my real estate agent yesterday. We have foundation. Lumber is getting delivered next Monday. And framing starts Tuesday.
Here's what I also know. This domestic move has more nomadic parts than any international move I've had. COMBINED!
Because though the support I get from the State Department is often more frustrating than helpful, they're actually responsible for handling some of it. *insert eye rolling here on how much they're supposed to do versus how much they really do.*
And right now? I am the one who has to coordinate ABSOLUTELY everything ... and it's much more time consuming than even I had anticipated.
Our initial plan when Matt left for Iraq was to meet in Virginia in the winter time, decide on an area to live, buy a house in the spring, and then move in once school ended.
However, as we all know, that's not entirely what transpired. So instead of moving out of this rental house in mid-June and directly into our new home, we're now heading to a hotel ... though we're not exactly sure where ... or how long we'll be there ... or what state we'll be in ... while we wait for our brand new home to be built.
I'm not really complaining **cough ... bullsh*t**. I'm just busy. So if you don't hear from me in the next few weeks ... here's what I'm doing:
* Schedule / coordinate mover for early June - get house and personal items organized.
* Sell items on Craigslist. Restrain self from selling Sheridan.
* Purchase furniture for new house ... bedroom furniture for kids, kitchen table, dining table, and leather L-Shaped sofa.
* Coordinate all new furniture items delivered before pack-out date.
* Find money tree.
* Take kids to Las Vegas for spring break.
* Solidify home loan.
* Work on California tax issue.
* Find hotel in CA. With a kitchenette. That falls under the USG TSMA rate.
* Find hotel in VA. With a kitchenette. That falls under the USG per diem rate.
* Summer camp? Where?
* Ship car or drive to VA?
* Map our trip to VA if driving.
* Stop for several triple grande caramel macchiattos. And wine.
* Coordinate delivery of storage items from Maryland, and Belgium.
* Buy car for Matthew
* Decide what to pack in bags for the 2 - 3 months in hotels.
* Enroll girls in school next year.
* Find preschool for Grady.
* Eat remaining Girl Scout cookies.
And hope that when the builder emphatically states that barring any weather or unforeseeable issues, that the house will be finished by the end of July/first week in August, that he's really done by the end of August. Because let's be real folks, it'll take me that long just to get through the list.