Last month, we were shocked when we learned that D’s orders were already in the system. Ironically, it happened on his birthday, so that was pretty cool. More often then not, we end up not having too much lead time before we have to move, so this was a pleasant surprise. Because it’s not too far away from here, we will be able to do some house hunting ahead of time which is a good thing since the wait time for base housing right now is 12-18 months. We’re only slated to be there for 24 months. lol!
When we told people that we were headed to 29 Palms, the most common response was – “this is a good thing?” The truth is that we’re happy with it. Yes, we’re going from one desert to another desert, but that’s okay. The fact that we’re going to be surrounded by numerous places to explore is a major plus for us. I can’t wait to check out all the new locations. Many people have some serious reservations about moving to this base for a variety of reasons, but we’re comfortable with the new location. It’s going to mean some adjustments on our part, but that can be said with pretty much any new duty station.
I’ve been researching homeschooling in California, since we’re going from a very homeschool friendly state to one that’s not so much. It looks like we’re going to be filing as a private school once we move. Because I want to stay up-to-date on all the happenings with homeschooling within the state, we’ll probably be joining the state homeschool group. I’ve joined a local homeschool group online, so I can try to get to know a few people before we move. I found out that there is an American Heritage Girl program near the base which is something that I’ve always wanted Munchkin to be able to participate in. When she was younger, she thought it would be really cool, but we never lived near a local club. Now, she’s not as sure, but I think part of that comes from not knowing anyone going into it. It’s always a difficult transition.
Munchkin’s current TaeKwonDo instructor is going to try to find a good place for her to continue taking classes once we move. D talked to him after Munchkin’s last class, and he immediately made a call to the Grand Master to ask him. Once it was determined that they didn’t know of anyone in the area, they decided that they were going to personally do some interviews to find a place for her that they felt would be a good fit for her. Yes, this is one of the many reasons that we really like our current place, and we’re going to miss it when we move.
When are we moving? Right now, it looks like we’ll be moving mid-summer. We’ll be going from one hot location to the next. 😉