Saturday, July 25, 2009

The BIG day has come.

I am here once again in the lobby of the hotel writing to you. You see tomorrow is the big day and I can hardly contain myself.

We left Pope AFB, North Carolina yesterday morning to drive down here to Charleston AFB, SC to drop of our car. We can't take our car with us so it must be stored for the next three years. We were stressed for time driving here Friday. The port where the car must be stored closed at 3:30 and Joe's final check out was at 10. Mapquest said it would take 3 hours and 40 minutes and we had to get to our hotel first to drop off all the luggage.

Why did we have to drop off the luggage first you ask? Because you would have thought we brought everything but the kitchen sink with us. I took this photo to show you just how much we had. Though now that I have examined it, I see there are a few items missing from the photo. There was a big debate as to whether everything would fit or not. Joe called around to some car rental places and there was nothing available but a tiny car. We wanted a big SUV or minivan to drive around after we dropped the car off at storage and something to help fit all the luggage in. I asked Joe what the price of the tiny car was and it was going to cost just under two hundred dollars. I told him, I can pack the Tahoe I can make it work. So here is a photo of everything.

  • 11 suitcases
  • 1 duffel bag suitcase
  • Pack and Play
  • Stroller
  • 3 carseats - 3 children sitting in buckled carseats just in case you think we just shoved them in ;)
  • 1 dog and cage
  • 1 cat and cage
  • 1 litter box
  • Chaser's bouncy chair
  • 2 kid backpacks
  • 1 adult backpack
  • 1 Bumbo seat for Chase
  • 1 carseat duffel bag
  • 1 plate of brownies
Quite a bit huh?  I wish I would have taken a picture of it all in the car but like I said we were so strapped for time that Bryson burst into tears before I would stop to let him pee.  We did make it in time and had to take a taxi from the port to the airport to pick up our rental car and now we are driving in style.

We are driving the new Ford Flex and the kids love that they have a sunroof over their heads.  The back compartment has a button that opens that back so Bryson likes to sit in the third row so he can use it has a door.  We will be sad to turn it in tomorrow.....Tomorrow...I still can't get over it.

Well, I must get back to our house and finish collecting our stuff again.  I guess the next time I post we will be on the other side of the world.


Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

Good luck with the move! Looks like you are ready!

Anonymous said...

Wow! THat's a lot of stuff!!




Stacey said...

Wow...that IS a lot of stuff!!! GL with your move, and I can't wait to hear from you when you make it!!! God bless!

Anonymous said...

p.s. when you arrive to Japan can you change your backgroun? Maybe a pix of Japan or something Japanese?

educate us.