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starting – We’re in Pennsylvania!

You know how you plan things, work out how you’re going to do something, think about an event in the future and in your mind play out how it will go? I am in the middle of our process to get to Saudi Arabia. I’m actually doing the things I planned and thought about! It’s taken so much thought and effort and planning just to get here, but we’ve started! We’re on our way to Saudi!

We left Washington Friday evening, flew through the night, and are in Pennsylvania staying with Stephen’s parents. Stephen will be here for about a week before he flies to Saudi Arabia. It will be a week full of visiting. I week I will find far too short. Myka, Emery and I will stay here with family until our visas are ready and we can join Stephen in Saudi Arabia.

I have taken two naps in Pennsylvania so far, and we’ve been here about seven hours. Flying through the night was ok. We’ll see how the next day or so go and decide if we ever do that again. I certainly don’t recommend it if you aren’t going somewhere that allows you to sleep a lot the next day.

Every time I fly I think, “Why did I bring all these things with me on the plane? I didn’t use half of them.” I should really work on packing more selectively.

I have to go now. I need to make a list of essential carry on items. What else am I going to do with my quiet, alone time while the kids are with Grandparents and Stephen is sleeping?!


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moving day #2

It’s going so much better today than yesterday! Even with both children here. It was at least 1:30 before I fell asleep last night.  I couldn’t get my mind to shut off.  It just keep going over the things I needed to tell the movers today, the things I forgot yesterday, worrying about fitting everything in our luggage.  About 1:00 Stephen ask what was wrong, and his problem solving skills were seriously appreciated! We have plenty of room in the shed to store things if there are any problems packing the things I forgot to tell the movers about.  If we need another bag we can get one.  There is still room in several of our suitcases.  It will all be ok.  And, of course, it has all been just fine today.  Almost everything is packed on the truck now, and it’s not even lunch time!

After the movers leave I can focus on cleaning, organizing the chaos that is our luggage, filing some paperwork.  Then there’s not much to do tomorrow and Friday.  So if you’re around and available, come on over!  I’ll be here.  Really, someone will have to be here all the time because we don’t have car seats for the kids.  Come visit!


moving day

It’s here. They’re here.  Two guys are packing things as I type.  I’m at the boring section of the day, but it started out so stressful.  Someone remind me not to procrastinate next time!  But really it was fine.  When the movers arrived I was taking apart the crib. Myka was already at someone else’s house, so it was just Emery and I.  The craziness was directing the movers, disassembling the crib, Emery crying, and knowing that I still had dishes in the dishwasher all that the same time. After the crib was done, I held Emery, and got the dishes out of the dishwasher everything was much better.  Even if I feel really unorganized, we really did a pretty good job getting everything sorted before today.  I should have taken pictures.

Emery’s room was full of the items we wanted to go to Saudi Arabia.  The front room was where we put everything we wanted to go to storage.  Then in the living room there were more items for both shipping and storage.  I had a list of things to do so I wouldn’t forget them.  Bring the wagon and plastic potty from the backyard to the driveway.  Get the Brita pitcher out of the fridge.  Make sure the gates are packed.  Empty the dishwasher.  Check the laundry.  There were areas in the kitchen which needed cleaned up.  I didn’t want any trash packed.

There were a couple times I would remember something to tell the packers.  “Oh, there is a table and chairs outside that need to go to storage.” “This side of the shelves stays; that side gets packed.”  “The cedar chest is actually full of things that need to be put in boxes.”  But the movers have been so gracious.

Things I should have thought about earlier:

Clean out your fridge.  I have a couple containers in there that I want in Saudi Arabia. Now I have to personally carry them there.

Remember your bath mats. I did.  Just barely

You’ll need to keep a couple towels.  Can’t shower without them.  Well, you could, but that would be unpleasant.

You’ll also need somewhere for your children to sleep.  I’m fine sleeping on the couch, but Myka and Emery need somewhere to nap.  We borrowed a crib mattress for Myka and a pack-n-play for Emery.

Food and a way to cook that food. Paper plants and plastic silverware are just the beginning.  Thinking about eating some simple frozen food? You may need a pan, a serving utensil, hot pads.  Who thinks about this stuff?  You no longer have a microwave or toaster.  Now I have english muffins with no way to toast them.  How disappointing is that?

No car seats mean you will be stuck at home a lot.

I learn so much each time I do this.  Maybe someday I’ll know what I’m doing!

Do you have moving tips?  Fun moving stories? I’d love to hear them!

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Where are we going?

We don’t really know how much Myka understands about our move to Saudi Arabia, but the girl’s pretty smart.  At least she repeats well.  Haha! This was a little conversation we had about moving:


Kelsie – Where are we moving?

Myka – to Pennsylvania!

K – Where are we going after Pennsylvania?

M – to school?

K – What country are we moving to?

M – you tell me.  you tell me, mom.

K – Do you remember? Saudi…

M – Arabia! to Saudi Arabia.

K – What are you looking forward to doing yin Saudi Arabia?

M – I’m going to see lots of counties in that place, in Saudi Arabia.  Lots of countries.

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Stephen’s visa is approved!

Stephen can go to Saudi Arabia!  In fact in about three weeks he will go to Saudi Arabia.  I haven’t wrapped my head around that one.  I am going to miss that guy.  In two weeks we all go to Pennsylvania.  In one week we have a yard sale and get rid of anything not going with us or in storage. I type it but it still doesn’t sink in.  Why isn’t it sinking in?! I’m sure as we continue to count down days, say goodbye to people, and things disappear from our house it will become ever more real.  I’ve always come back here from our trips to PA, and I have to keep reminding myself that this trip is different.  Very different.

There are lots of things that still need to be finished before we leave, but spending time with people is a priority.  We take the time to stop working on projects and just hangout with people.  We’ll still get everything done, and we’ll be more relaxed and happy while doing in!  Well, there will probably be some very un-relaxed moments as we get closer to leaving.  Haha! But that’s to be expected.  Next Sunday we are having a get-together to say goodbye to people at a park nearby.  I always feel uncomfortable being the center of attention at these things, but I want the chance to see people I wouldn’t get to say goodbye to otherwise.

This afternoon is going to be spent watching football.  I may run some errands by myself (aka – enjoy some alone time) while the kids are quiet.  We need some restoring, quiet time before another busy week.