****CUE Eddie Murphy***
We found out this morning that we are officially moving back to the States. Chicago to be exact. Oh, and hello! I know, I know I have been away for a while.. ***Waving at AMIMENTAL ***
Things here in Japan have been wonderful, amazing, and BUSY! I started working part time at the beginning of the year, still have 4 kids and a sailor who has not done much sailing these past few months. All this makes for fun filled, busy days. Days that I have grown to LOVE! Sometimes I wish I would have found the time to blog about it all.... The older I get the more my memory fades and it would be nice to have the posts to read back on!
OK, now on to the good stuff! We are moving! OMG! It still has not sunk in that my children and I will be living next to Panera Bread.. Have access to 24 hour everything, and be a short flight from family. All of these things are reasons to celebrate our return to the states.. BUT! BUT! BUT!
I don't wanna go.. Japan has become a second home to my family. When we board our flight (the longest flight on the planet) we will have lived in Japan for 7 years. Acclimating to life in Japan was so easy. We all just sort of fell into it. A nice, quiet, easy life. All of that will be gone. Gone are the days of coffee with friends, or shopping for 4 hours to find the perfect pair of shoes. No longer will we have the convenience of soccer practices across the street and a commissary 3 minuets away. Here is the secret people don't want to share. Living OCONUS is NOT living in reality. When you live overseas everything becomes more simplistic. Right down to the handy dandy bus that transports my kids to their after school activities, and then back home again.. (I have tried e mailing to cancel the bus home, but the powers that be insist I keep my kids)...
Gone are the family dinners at Joyful for $30. Gone is the most amazing customer service EVER! Gone are the ITT trips to amusement parks, shrines, or shows. Gone will be the best people I have ever worked with. I have 2 bosses, 1 American the other Japanese. I am one of 5 or 6 Americans that work where I do, and there are HUGE differences. Working is fun! (OK, I work in a bar so of course its fun by default, but the people I work with seem to enjoy their jobs) GONE! It's all just gone. And, as much as I say we will return one day, that may not happen.
We are ready to PCS. It's just time.... BUT! I will soak up as much of the next few months in Japan as I can. My plan for this bitty ol' blog is to blog it all! Every step of the way. From the pack-out to the plane ride. Someday I will want to read all about our PCS! And, as things stand now Ian will be leaving ahead of the kids and I.. So. pass the vodka because I am going to need it....
Have a great day.....
Oh, and if anyone can find me a car that fits all 1000 of my kids for less then the cost of my arms and legs that would be a GREAT help! Kinda need my legs to get through this move!!