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Our no later than date came and went…. No real surprise there. I almost expect it at this point. You know who doesn’t expect it? My mother-in-law. Had to field constant questions from her, without any real answers… but whatever. I’m used to that by now…
Two weeks after we were supposed to find out what our plans were, we finally found out. My husband is going to graduate school in Dallas with a two-year follow on assignment at United States Military Academy. Thank goodness we got answers when we did because at that point the move was only 6 weeks away and we had to go out to Texas that weekend so that we could buy a house and close in time for moving day. Nothing like crunch time to add a layer of stress to an already stressful lifestyle!!
Let The Search Begin!!
We packed up the mighty SwaggerWagon (aka family minivan) and drove out to Dallas to house search. I had found a real estate agent, gave her our parameters, sent a bunch of MLS listings that I was interested in and in 1 day we saw 27 house. Phew!! Our realtor, Laura Bacon of Coldwell Banker, was the answer to our prayers. Thank goodness my in-laws met us and took our kids off our hands so that we could get it done. I seriously have no idea how we would have done it if we had to drag the boys with us.
We found an amazing house that not only fits our needs but should rent well once we are ready to move to New York. This is the third home my husband and I have purchased since he joined the military and we still own the others, with renters currently living in them. Now we are firmly in the mortgage process, which is such a pain in the butt. Not difficult, just tedious and time-consuming.
Time to Find … Everything
Now that we have answered the question of where we are going to live, I’m trying to figure out the rest of our lives!! I was able to schedule pediatric and dental appointments for the boys. My older son is on the waitlist at 2 different preschools and I am waiting to tour facilities before plopping down tuition. I’m having a bit of difficulty finding an adult dentist for myself. Now that TriCare has switched from MetLife to United Concordia it is really difficult to find dentists that accept the insurance, especially since we won’t be stationed in an area with a base. I know that I can go to a major chain (think Aspen etc) but I would really rather go to a private dentist. So that is a bit of a pain in the rear. I’ve put in notice with Joseph’s current school and with our on-post housing complex.
Overall I’m making great progress and feel like I’ve really got the logistics of our move under control. We are now 3 weeks away from my husband’s change of command. It’s going to go by in the blink of an eye… Can’t wait to see what else pops up!! We went from sitting on our hands waiting for answers to a frenzied race against the clock. I wouldn’t want it any other way.