So, we have finished our move. Mostly. Getting to our new duty station was pretty easy since we didn’t have to drive anywhere. I mean, we got a taxi to the airport but there was no cross-country drive. As far as PCSes, this was a pretty easy one. Before we flew, we were in a hotel for 9 days. Because of this, we sent our cats ahead of time to stay in a kennel in Colorado. It was cheaper than the hotel pet fees (which are outrageous) and made arriving in Colorado easier. Working with 3 kids, all our stuff, and 2 cats – we would have needed a small fleet of vehicles to get to our hotel.
The flight. Our flight off Oahu was not completely full so we had an empty seat – 6 seats in total. We flew at night so as soon as we got on the plane, we got all the kid settled and prayed they would sleep. Mac was in his car seat and fell asleep during take off. He slept the entire flight. Piglet started off next to me and he slept for a while. We both woke up to use the bathroom and I kicked him across the aisle to Blueberry and Hubs. They had tons of room and I was squished between a car seat and a gangly 5 year old. Once Piglet moved, I was able to get a more restful sleep. We landed in LA and were delayed longer than our actual flight into Colorado but it worked out because we were able to get breakfast without rushing.
Get a car. We had a rental for 3 days but in that time, we knew we needed to buy a van. In Hawaii, Hubs leased a Mazda and we turned that in before we left. My SUV won’t be on the mainland until September and since it only seats 5, we knew we needed a bigger vehicle. We previously had a GMC Acadia but it was too bulky for me and we traded it in for a BMW X5, which is my dream car but now Hubs will get to drive it to work as I will be driving the “kid car.” We picked out a Honda Odyssey and used USAA’s car buying service. It was nice because we didn’t have to negotiate anything. Although the dealer we went to tried to add almost $10,000 in upgrades so we reported them to USAA. The reviewed our contract to make sure we still got all our rebates (we did) and put the dealer on the “no-no” list (so no one else has to deal with them). It was a stressful couple days but we got our van and it’s a pretty shade of blue.
Find a place to live. After spending 9 days in a hotel room, we knew we could not spend another month in a tiny hotel. Our sponsor suggested getting a corporate rental and so we did. We got a 2 bedroom townhouse at a rate that fit into our BAH and so we have a full kitchen, cable TV, internet, laundry and the kids are in their own room and it’s really nice. While this house is nice, we are still in a holding pattern as we wait to close on a house. Luckily, the house is in a prime location so we have been able to explore the city and see the many stores we missed while in Hawaii.
Pick up the cats. We got the cats on the first full day in town. They missed up and we missed them. Once we got them into the rental, they chilled out and I finally felt like we were “home.” Our cats are a part of our family and the 12 or so days they were in the kennel were lonely. They really make our house feel full. The kids were also happy to have them back.
So, we made it! Our household goods have arrived and as soon as we get the keys to our new house, we can move in and finally have all our stuff back. School starts soon and Hubs has to go back to work soon too so once we get settled, the vacation will be over and we’ll be starting our adventure in Colorado!