Wow, I cannot believe it’s been so long since I last blogged! It’s amazing what getting two nights of decent sleep can do, I’m actually able to blog now!
We’ve been cooped up in our hotel for exactly two weeks now and truthfully it’s been the longest two weeks of my life. And I thought those 9 days I went over my due date were bad? Psh. Ain’t nothin but a chicken wing ( I miss those) compared to what we’re dealing with now. The hotel we’re staying in is really nice but only one room which means we get zero space away from our kids. We have one bed and one pullout bed but the pullout bed is horrible so we’ve all been sleeping in the full bed instead. But since we’re all in the same room, Caleb won’t actually go to sleep unless we’re lying down next to him and falling asleep ourselves. Otherwise he thinks it’s a party if we’re up moving around. So every night, at around 7:30pm, it’s lights out and bed time for all of us. When baby girl wakes up for her night feedings, Caleb wakes up. Then we spend a few hours every night trying to get him back to sleep but if Amelia makes even the slightest peep, Caleb is up again and wants to play. Amelia then wakes up for the day around 5:45 which does not make for a very happy or well rested mama. And you can forget about naps, those aren’t happening.
Here’s a video “tour” of our room and how I’m trying to somewhat keep it healthy here:
So you can see why I just haven’t had it in me to blog. Thankfully, Amelia is getting bigger and waking up less, meaning we’ve actually gotten some sleep the past two nights. Thank you sweet baby Jesus!
Anyway, here I am again! Even though we’re sleep deprived, our days here have been pretty awesome. Since we don’t have a car here yet, we have to walk all over the place to get our inprocessing done. So far we’ve been able to set up our new bank, get our German cellphones, the hubs has gotten his international drivers license (I’m next!), we’ve gotten set up at the medical and dental clinics, and we’ve completed a whole bunch of other things the military makes you do when you move to an overseas assignment. It’s actually been kind of fun with all of the walking just because the weather is so beautiful here and I feel we’re able to take in more of the scenery not being in a car all the time. I also feel like a true European having to buy groceries just for the next day or two and then walking back with them.
And because of all the walking, I’m convinced that it’s made me a speedy gonzalez when I run. I went out for a run the other night and ran my fastest two miles ever. I was trying to run to the store to get groceries for the next day since we were told everything closes on Sunday in Germany and I ended up getting there in less then 13 minutes. Made it to the store just in time to learn that the Commissary here actually stays open on Sunday. Oops! Can’t complain about that run though, it felt great!
We didn’t bring a stroller since my dumb ass packed it with our unaccompanied baggage thinking that we’d be fine without one. So we’ve been walking everywhere with one of us holding Caleb and the other wearing Amelia in the wrap. Thankfully, our sponsor let us borrow their son’s umbrella stroller to hold us over until our stuff arrives.
The stroller has been a huge help and has allowed us to actually venture further out. The other week we walked 3 miles from our hotel to the nearest train station off post, then caught the train to Weiden, an adorable city close to the base here.
We’ve been here for almost three weeks now and already I can say that I love it here. The people are so nice, the military community is so helpful and much stronger here, the beer is delicious and cheaper than water, the food is amazing, and there is so much to do! We finally gave in and rented a car to explore even more and just this morning we bought a new car. It’s a beater and will only be used for my husband’s commute to and from work, but it’ll be nice having two cars again. And the best part is that we paid cash for it so no stinkin’ car payments, baby! Whoo!
Finally, in other great news, we found a place to live! It’s in a gorgeous little German town, 15 minutes from the base the hubs will be working on, and 5 minutes from the other base that I’ll be working on and where Caleb will be going to school. We move in this coming Wednesday and I can’t wait to share pictures of the inside, it’s adorable! We even have a view of an inactive volcano in the distance and since it’s set on a hill, we have a great view of all the cute German houses below us. And German houses are definitely cute!
So that’s all I have to update for now. Send me some prayers that we survive our last five days in this hotel and that our move-in goes somewhat smoothly. I’ve heard one too many horror stories about damaged goods arriving and with how our packers in North Carolina worked, I won’t be surprised if we end up spending the next month crying over our damaged goods. Our movers in North Carolina turned our stairs into a slide by taping cardboard on it, and then SLID OUR FURNITURE DOWN THE STAIRS. Seriously. Who does that!?
Have a great week friends and family! Hopefully the next time I update it’ll be from our new office :)
Psst: Great read. This just says it ALL.