Last week I was talking to my brother over Facebook when I nonchalantly said, "I'm not even going to bother getting it fixed, I move to Korea in less than three months."  As I typed those 4 words, LESS. THAN. THREE. MONTHS I had an internal freak out.  Are you kidding me?  LESS. THAN. THREE. MONTHS.  That part isn't the real kicker, the kicker is all the thing I have to do BEFORE we move that have nothing to do with the move itself.   Not to mention that we don't have family orders yet.  Hubby has them for himself, but we are waiting for our family command sponsorship to come through, and if you think I'm sending him away for two years without our family, think again!  HEY KOREA, USFK, anyone out there listening?!?!  I would REALLY like to have our family orders IN HAND so I can finish up what needs to be done on this end!!  Fort Hood  sent the request over a month ago!!   I've got work to do over here and my time is dwindling.  Did I mention that I'm a planner?  (Yes, I do realize I should just be happy that I know this far out where we are moving to next.)

I need orders in hand to:  book travel, book moving companies (we will have 3 different pack outs), get Boy 1's drivers license since we have to report to Korea 6 Days before his 16th birthday....they tell me that if I have ORDERS WITH HIS NAME on them he should be able to get his driver's license BEFORE he turns 16, but I'm still waiting for those orders.  Hello people in high places in Korea...  I know I can wait for Hubby to get some of this done, but I would really like to get it done before he gets back (because I am good wife - stop laughing!  :)  so we can spend the last 6 weeks of our time here at Hood doing all the things that need to be done as a commander is changing out of command Not to mention that he will have just come back from a war zone and will need a tiny bit of a break before he moves overseas again...

Let me break it down for you:
4 weeks till Hubby comes home
9 weeks till Hubby's Change of Command
11 weeks till we clear Fort Hood
13 weeks till we are in South Korea
 And SO MANY THINGS in between.  Breathe.  Just breathe.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, all things that are happening are good it is just that my head is just swirling! 

(And yes, I do realize we will not be IN Korea in less than 3 months, but our household goods will be packed and shipped in less than 3 months.)
diane wiggins
3/29/2012 01:08:24 am

Well, well, well. You know I don't feel bad for you at all. When I think about you going to fish market and buying those oysters, I just turn green with envy. I am sure your friend Jeffana feels the same. Let's not even talk about how everything is always done in a hurry over there too. Don't get me wrong, I love Germany! They just beat the drum a little slower. Safe travels as you begin to make your way to the land of the morning calm.

3/29/2012 01:39:52 am

I completely understand what you're going through. We are waiting for J's orders to be cut for our PCS in less than 5 months, yet our big issue is selling our home before we go. We are hoping for a miracle. Don't let it freak you out, I've seen you do many things for the spouses in our area you're strong. You've got this!

3/29/2012 07:36:54 am

Do I need to send you daily reminders to breathe?

3/29/2012 07:37:48 am

At least you know where you are are ahead of me, but we have a little more time! Hang in there and enjoy the ride.

3/29/2012 08:30:32 am

Not to make you freak out more, just a heads up to check... My CS packet had been complete for weeks and it wasn't until I went in the Sill office for my passport that they actually said, "oh we've been meaning to send out the addendum, it has already been approved."
Really?!?! Really?!?!? Isn't that their job???? I would do a quick check. One of our friends going to yongsan in May has been approved as well.
You got this! Good Luck!

3/29/2012 12:59:13 pm

Now my head is swirling!

3/29/2012 05:26:19 pm

Reading over that, it was hard to believe that it's been almost a year since I was (almost) right where you are, minus the military aspect. DH left for Korea in April and it was up to me to deal with the rest of it. I have no doubt that you will get through this with flying colors, but I would be frustrated about the inability to plan, too! I was curious about your son's driver's license - if he gets his license before you go to Korea, will he be able to drive over here? Son#2 loves it here, but the one thing that kills him is that he can't get his license until he turns 18...or is there an exception that I don't know about? If there is, we may have to try and make arrangements for him to get his license when he's home at Nana's next summer...

3/29/2012 09:09:52 pm

From what I understand if he comes to Korea with a DL he will be able to get a DL there. But he must already carry a state issued DL and not just a permit.

3/29/2012 09:05:42 pm

It will all work out take a deep BREATHE.... I am amazed at how much you get done for everyone, hang in there good things happen for good peeps.

3/29/2012 09:11:40 pm

This is great!! YOU crack me up!!!

3/30/2012 06:28:18 am

Hi Trish, best of luck to you and your family in Korea. I have a serious question: Even if he could, do you really want your son to drive in Seoul of all places?

3/30/2012 10:17:09 pm

Thank you! I know it sounds crazy, but the answer is yes. I want him to be able to drive ON POST where the speed limit is ONLY 35mph. He has already decided for himself that he doesn't want to drive in the city and I'm good with that. :o)

3/30/2012 10:15:01 pm

I don't believe in orders any more....not after this past move!!!

But they are important for packers!!


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