Tuesday, September 18, 2012

pcs wish list...

Well, we made it to our new home for the next six months. It's a lot smaller than our last place, so we're trying to figure out exactly where everything and everybody is going to go, but I like it. I think it's cozy and cute (we'll see how I feel about it once all our stuff is inside and kids are sharing a room though, haha). I'm also so happy to be out west again. Really happy.  Even though our new town is small, and there's not a lot to do, I love it. I'd gladly be a Texan for the rest of my life! :)

Most likely, however, I will not. We're still not sure where we're going after this move, but should find out around Christmas most likely. All of the conus places on our "wish list" are in Western states- Texas, Colorado, Arizona. But where we reeeeeally hope to go? Hawaii or Germany. Cross your fingers for us!!  Most likely it won't happen (although it is a possibility), and we'll end up in Ohio or something, but a girl can dream...
 
 
 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

goodbye, playroom

One of the things I really loved about our house in Georgia was the extra room that we got to use as a playroom. I'm thinking we won't ever have one again, since it would probably make more sense to put Owen in his own room if we have the space, but we'll see. I put these pictures on facebook before, but I'm going to add them here, since it was my favorite space in our house.


Here's the view from the door. I really love the tree growth chart. It comes off the wall easily, which is great for moving around. I got it here http://www.wallies.com/wall-play-pages-1069.php (except I only paid half price!).
 
The toy kitchen is another favorite, I'm not sure who makes it though. It was actually a gift from a neighbor, and free is always good.
 
Here's a close up. I did get rid of the toy storage thing, it wasn't that cute and ended up just being a random junk collector.
from Ikea
 
The curtains were from The Christmas Tree Shop for only $4 a panel, the wall stickers $3 from Ross.
the " 123" containers are from a trip to Ikea that I dragged Joel to while we were in France, haha.
more  $1 Tree stickers :)
What's a playroom without drums? This chore chart is from Melissa and Doug. It's super cute, but not at all little kid friendly, which is a shame because it has spent most of it's time in a closet.
 
 
 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

on the road

So very thankful everything worked out. We ended up going with ABF, and even though we only had two days notice, they were able to get to our house in time. They are so much better than u-haul since they drive your stuff for you, and it ends up being right around the same price once you factor gas prices in.  There were so many problems with the uhaul, we're just entirely thankful this worked out. Housing ended up just charging us for one more days rent, so that was fine too. Joel's brother helped load the truck, and when we get to Texas, we'll just hire someone to help us unload.


I've had a few friends ask about dity (do it yourself) moves. Basically, the military will pay to have movers come in and pack/load/ship all your belongings, or they will give you 95% of what they pay their contractors and you can do it yourself. Whatever profit you make, you pay a 30% tax. We were pretty much going to break even with the first movers, but we should actually make something with this new way. I definitely wouldn't have chosen to do things this way, buuut, I get to keep any profit for my future bedroom I'm redoing, so I'll take it...especially since I have to.



Anyways, so far we've made it to Mississippi. Traveling with a dog makes things a lot more of a pain, but we're surviving. Sam and Owen are in one car together and Annaleigh and Dallas in the other.

 Two more days till we get to Texas! I'm pretty excited to see our next house. I have no clue what it looks like, and I think it's a lot of fun. I went to the Dollar Tree before the trip and stocked up on cheap toys for the kids. It's a really good way to give them several new things without going bankrupt. I got both the kids taken care of for under $20. Here's their loot:
(I even found a playmobil at the $1 tree!)



Sunday, September 9, 2012

s.t.r.e.s.s.

Four months ago when we learned we'd be moving to Texas for six months of training, we started looking for housing immediately. We saw something online that said base housing had an estimated 18 month wait, and it was pretty much impossible to find a three bedroom apartment with only a four month wait time. SO our big plan was to get a two bedroom apartment, and to make that feasible, pack all our stuff ourselves so that we could sort the necessities from the not. We figured there was no possible (or at least sane) way to fit five people, a dog, and all our stuff into a tiny apartment, so the majority of our things would go directly to storage. We also decided to pack ourselves up because if tmo (military contractors) did it there would be no way to sort what was and wasn't absolutely needed. We've moved ourselves before and made a few thousand dollars doing it, so that was another perk, but mostly doing it ourselves was to make 2 bedroom apartment living a possibility.
Well.
Turns out we were able to get a place on base...the long wait list was only for people who wanted a brand new home off post, so we'll be getting three bedrooms, but by the time we found this out, we'd already packed most of our stuff and found a moving company, so we figured we might as well finish. Anyways, today was the day for the movers to show up and they get to our house look around and decide they can't fit our stuff in their truck. ??? We did a accurate inventory list online-we even had a professional moving estimator come through our house, so we knew how much stuff we had and they knew how much stuff we have. The movers get to our place and double what they were going to charge us. We already weren't going to be making much this time around, which we knew, but now we're looking at losing 2-3 thousand dollars.
We found a u-pack place that can deliver a "pod" Tuesday (which is the day we have to hand over our keys) so now we get the joy of loading and unloading all our things. (It's the same price if not a little cheaper than a uhaul minus the stress of driving a semi-truck across the country.) It is such a huge mess. We're just praying that it actually gets here on Tuesday and that our housing has a little compassion on us. Just thinking of having to unload everything once we get to TX with just Joel, me, and the three kids makes me a little sick. (That's the reason we were having movers come in the first place rather than just getting a uhaul. Some things just aren't worth the money. :P) At least here in Georgia we have Joel's two brothers to help. Moral of the story? No more dity moves EVER again.
Ugh.
 On top of all this, we took our two cars in for check ups at the mechanic and paid $600 on repairs which is a lot but not horrible, and as soon as I drove my car off the lot, the shock absorbers went out, so we got to pay another $650. Fun, fun, week, and that's my long rant.
The one bright side to this all is that we have family in town, so we're invading their house until we leave. If we had to be in our house with all the boxes right now I'd having a melt-down.
 
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