After having been gone for 18 days, we're heading back to AZ today. We're flying out of O'Hare in Chicago with a direct flight to Phoenix (thank God!) and we're going to look like the Beverly Hillbillies when we get to the airport. We have 4 big suitcases, a diaper bag, a car seat, a pillow, a purse, TWO weina dogs and a baby to haul in with us. This should be interesting. I need to go weigh the suitcases to make sure they're all under 50lbs. And I should mention that my parents are shipping a huge box to us from their house, plus another box with my saddle and another with our hammock, and we're shipping a big box from Mark's parents house, plus 2 little boxes. One of the guys from Mark's class is picking us up from the airport in Phoenix, and luckily he has an SUV. Sadie's never been on a plane and Ollie hasn't been on a plane in quite a while, so hopefully the puppies are good.
The next few months are going to be crazy for us. My friend from IA is coming on Thursday to spend a day with me, and then another friend from grade school is coming for a week in January also. (And BOTH of them told me they're pregnant when I saw them over Christmas!) My mom is coming Feb 13-23 and Mark's mom is coming down sometime in Feb too I think. In the meantime, we have a zillion things to do to get ready for the move and I'm going to have a big garage sale to get rid of TONS of stuff I don't want to have to move. We also need to figure out what we're going to ship home to my parents for them to keep for us while we're in Germany, what we want to ship in our "fast shipment" (that takes 3 weeks to get to Germany, instead of 2 months like the rest of the stuff will), what we want to pack in our suitcases, get the dogs microchipped with ISO compatible chips, get the car ready to go, figure out our schedule for moving and how we'll get the dogs there and what crates we'll use for them, etc. *Sighs* This is why I've been putting all of this off.
But for now, I have to get the baby down for her morning nap and then go ship the boxes home. I hope that doesn't cost a ton because we're already going to have to pay $300 at the airport to get the dogs and luggage home. Ugh.
Wow... I'm just imagining both of you sitting there with this giant pile of stuff at the airport! Hopefully you managed to pull it off because that's a lot of things to deal with :) I get the impression you are both getting pretty good at handling chaos lately, though, so I'm sure there won't be any problems.
Wow i don't envy you a bit. Good luck with everything. I know you will get it figured out. I really wish i could come visit before u go! If u know a final date for sure of when u are leaving let me know, i'll keep watching for cheap flights! -Rachel
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