I started writing this post and thought maybe I already had, as the information seemed very familiar: we're moving, John will deploy, and return after 6 months or so. But then I realized it's familiar because I wrote the exact same thing a mere two years ago.
So, we're on the move. I've known for quite a while. I've been waiting for it to sink it but it still hasn't. John came home one Friday evening in December and dropped the bomb on me: we'd be moving to DC and he would get another all expenses paid trip to Afghanistan.
I think since he said those words, I've been overwhelmed. I realized the other day just how much I use that word. Probably because it sums everything I'm feeling up into a nice, neat little ball of nerves. Overwhelmed. Twitchy eye, less than great sleep, forgetting everything.......where was I?
We got back from a house hunting expedition to the DC metro area this past Saturday. I will not bore you with the horrible details, but we found a house to rent for two years. It's bigger than our current house which means plenty of room for guests! You can start making your reservations now. And I love the name of the town: Triangle, VA. And it's right next to Quantico (Marine Base and home to the FBI Academy). Now, to just get our house here rented. Any takers?
We will leave Alabama the last week of March and hopefully get settled in in VA sometime the first or second week of April. The house we're renting has to be completely repainted inside; a prime example of why you never let renters paint. I'm amazed at some of the colors people choose for their homes: lavender, cobalt blue, canary yellow, persimmon with gold sponge paint, and that was just in one room. Bizarre. We had an awesome Realtor help us find the house and she told the property management company that we had a special needs child and the paint colors might be too exciting for her. Needless to say, she neglected to tell them that Layla's blind! :)
John should deploy sometime at the end of June, returning sometime after the first of the year. Sean is excited about the access to tons of lacrosse and crab and lobster. He's easy to please, just not cheap to please. I've started working on getting everything worked out for Layla as far as her care is concerned. And Addie doesn't care where she is as long as Dora can be found on the tv. I can't say I want to move, but I'm trying to look at all of the neat things we'll have access to and people we'll get to be near, especially some hydran families we've never met. Not to mention, IKEA will be about 20 minutes away! Yay for inexpensive Swedish home goods! I think that will make the move totally worth it.