I feel like just yesterday we had six months left here in Hawaii. We have just over a month left on Oahu. Whaaa? I really feel like time has sped by.
A while back, I wrote up a post for my Hawaii-must-do-list. Since the guppy has come into our lives, many of the items on the list are not permitted for women who are growing a tiny human in their bodies. Because of this, and because we have decided to try to save more money than spend, we've decided that we will just come back to Hawaii, for a vacation, in a few years, and do a bunch of the items on our list that we can't do now. (Skydiving, SCUBA, shark-diving, drinking some local mixed drinks, traveling to the neighboring islands, etc.)
Over the next three(ish) months, we have to:
1) Get husband all set to ETS from the Army. After his deployment to Afghanistan, and some serious thought, J decided to get out of the Army and go back to civilian life to work and attend school. He's definitely open to rejoining, should he want to, in a year or so. ETS-ing involves a bunch of appointments and paperwork so we can move back to Texas. It wouldn't cause much stress if we were already located on the mainland and could just drive to Texas. But, alas, there is the Pacific Ocean in the way, so we have to get it all done so we can get back.
2) Pack and move our home, car, belongings, dog, and selves. Thankfully, the Army helps us out in the regard, but we still have to prep our home for the move, get pup on a flight back to Texas, and get ourselves a flight back.
3) Find somewhere to live in Texas. One of the items that is causing the most stress. Mostly because we have to wait until we're back to Texas to look. And I'm due in January. So we have a month to find a place and move in. Not looking forward to deposits, first-months rent, etc, taking up a huge chunk of the money we've been saving.
4) Find a job for J. His contract with the Army is up the end of December. Meaning, come the New Year, no more paycheck and no more health benefits. And guppy is due in January. Thankfully we have the option to buy continued medical coverage, but it ain't cheap. Though, it's much cheaper than having a baby without insurance. The insurance plus deposits/rent will be taking up the majority of the money we have saved.
5) Give birth to guppy. Hopefully the easiest (ha) of items on the list of things that will be happening in the next 3.5 months.
This doesn't even include the months following the birth of our babe. I try not to stress about things. I know everything will work out and I'm thankful for our families and friends who I know will help us out however they can, should we need it. But, phew, it'd be a lot for us to get done if I wasn't pregnant! That just makes it more of an adventure, right?
Like I say: Life's an adventure!
I'm ready for this next adventure!
I'd love to hear any tips you may have for us!