Okay, I am finally feeling better. And I actually even have a little bit of time to update my blog!
Soooo, back in December Matt's boss came to him and told him that they needed him to get some real experience flying the airplane before he could instruct people here. And the place to get the experience is in Southern Maryland. So we had two choices, either Matt could be gone for 3 months and home for 1 (and repeat this pattern for at least a year) , or we could all move to Maryland. Easy choice for us!
At that point we had been here a little over a month and felt like it would be best to move the kids sooner rather than later. They both liked it here okay, but they both felt okay about moving again. Matt had a few flights to finish his initial training and then it was a pretty sure thing that we would move.
Then a million little things happened (weather, scheduling, military stuff) and Matt wasn't able to get his flights in. Months went by and we kind of hung in limbo. I kept telling myself "I can't do this or that because we're moving soon." It was really not a fun place to be. It's just hard not to know when (or really even if) you are moving! We didn't want to tell anyone at the risk of appearing even more flaky than we already appear for moving twice in 6 months. The only thing worse than that would be to have told people we would be moving again, and then not move. :) So we waited...
Finally Matt was able to get his flights done and then in a matter of days he was off on buisness travel to Maryland! Just like that! It confused me that they sent him so quickly but then I got it. By sending him to Maryland they were able to use him right away, while leaving me to organize the move. At lease it's all still so fresh in my mind that I know exactly what I'm doing. And what I'm in for. :)
Coming to California and not having a place to live was Crazy! So I knew I needed to fly out and look at houses. I had been looking online at houses and schools since December, so I had a pretty good idea of what was out there and where we wanted to be. My wonderful sister Amy was able to fly down , spend some time with lonely old me, and then watch Alexis and Christian (who opted out of the house-hunting trip) so I could jet set off to Maryland with Addie. A million phone calls later and I was off to Maryland too!
Flying 2800 miles with Addie wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. She slept for the first 2 hours of both flights out there. My first flight was a shortie, just to Vegas. I had the whole row to myself and it was dreamy! On the longer flight to Maryland I sat in the aisle (not the most conducive for breastfeeding) next to a very nice lady who obviously had experience with babies and helped me the whole flight. Picking up toys, handing me things, playing with Addie, she was very sweet!
The house hunting trip was very productive. I had been looking online at homes since December. I pretty much knew what was out there and because I was able to call some people at the church there, I knew the neighborhoods to look at. I was thrilled that we were able to agree on a home and put the offer in before I left on Saturday. I had been super worried that we wouldn't be able to find something in the allotted time, but we did!
And it looks like we got the house, so hooray for us!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot! In the midst of all of the house hunting trip planning chaos I got a phone call from our renters in New Mexico. It looks like he is being deployed and they are activating their military clause to get out of the lease. UGH! So then there was a whole new mound of uncertainty! Again, should we buy or rent?! We both still feel good about buying in Maryland, but it's still scary to have to worry that the house in New Mexico might go empty for awhile! We've had quite a few people inquire about it and my dear friend Stacey has even shown it for us. So pray for us! We need it!
So that's our lives in a nutshell. When I get stressed and feel like I'm getting ready to wig out (which happens frequently!) I just remind myself that this is a good thing! Even though it's tough right now, we both feel like Maryland is where we need to be. At least for the next six months. ;)