If you follow me on Twitter, you already know what I am about to say. It has taken me a week to collect my thoughts and to be able to write a post about this. You all know that my husband Chris is in the Army and that we moved from Texas to Missouri in September. That was our 2nd move in 2.5 years. And now we are moving again.
Last Wednesday Chris went to work knowing that he would be finding out where we were heading. I was on pins and needles all day, so when my phone rang in the afternoon my heart skipped a beat. The news I got wasn’t what I was expecting. He told me that we are moving to Hawaii.
To say that I am not thrilled with this news is an understatement. I spent a lot of time crying to Maria and my mom on the phone. Who isn’t thrilled to move to paradise? Me apparently. Haha. You see, moving to Hawaii puts my career on indefinite hold and takes me further from my family.
I have wanted to be a doctor since I was 3 years old and gave that up when I married Chris on the hopes of attending Physician Assistant school. There are 5 major Army bases we could go to to make this happen. Hawaii isn’t one of them. PLUS it is just so very far away from my family. Basically I’ve been an emotional hot mess.
Luckily things aren’t official yet. The Army actually understands why we are trying to go somewhere else and are trying to find us an assignment at one of those 5 bases. In the meantime I am prepping to move to Hawaii just in case. Hawaii has a mandatory quarantine of dogs unless you do specific blood tests before you arrive. That’s a saga on its own.
BUT I have decided to dry my eyes and focus on the positive. Here are some of the things I look forward to IF we end up moving to Oahu.
1. I can run outside every. single. day. The average temperatures are unreal. I will never even have to break out my winter clothes. Can you say sundresses and flip flops all year round?
2. We will get to explore tide pools. hidden treasures, and waterfalls. There is so much you can do in the outdoors for free that I foresee new adventures every weekend.
3. We can island hop. I went to Maui in summer 2010 and I fell in love. I could show Chris my favorite rock ever. We also plan on visiting Australia before we move since the flight isn’t as long as it is from the mainland.
4. The hiking opportunities are endless. Plus Jurassic Park was filmed in Hawaii. Pretty neat right?
5. There is a huge military community. Not only is there an Army base, there is an Air Force base, Naval base, and Marine base. That means there is a pretty incredible support system in place.
6. I will get to learn how to surf and paddle board. These two things have been on my “bucket list” for a long time and what better time to learn!
7. Emmie will be a water baby. Since we will be at the beach all the time girlfriend is probably going to be a mermaid. I taught swim lessons for years so knowing that water acclimation will be available all the time
8. Chris wouldn’t be deploying this year. He was gone April 2010-April 2011 so knowing he will be home is HUGE.
9. Our family and friends are already planning to visit.
10. Pineapple is fresh. I really love pineapple. Haha.
Change is inevitable in life and it can be difficult to handle. Moving (a lot) is an inherent part of being a military family. I am still crossing my fingers that we can change our assignment but until then I am going to focus on the positive 🙂
Have you ever made a HUGE move?