The packers came on Monday and put every last little item we’re sending overseas in boxes. Stacks and stacks of boxes. The movers came on Tuesday and loaded all our stuff into a big truck and took it away. We won’t see it for at least a month.
All we have left is what we’re carrying with us on the plane. (Which, to be fair, is actually quite a lot of stuff. But not compared to what they already took out.)
This adventure begins with us sleeping on the floor in our empty house for a few nights, which is sort of exciting. It’s like camping! But with air conditioning and indoor plumbing and electricity! My favorite kind of camping.
Next Friday we’ll actually board a plane and be on our way.
Our flight leaves here at 10:30PM on Friday and takes seven hours. With the five hour time difference between here and England, we’ll land in London at 10:30AM the next day (Saturday). We’ve decided that we’ll spend the weekend in London instead of heading straight to the area where we’ll actually be living. We want the kids to be excited and have fun, and since we we’ll be living in a hotel for a while anyway, we may as well be in a hotel in London instead of in the countryside.
We’ve got reservations for a place close to Paddington Station for two nights. Quinn and Owen love Paddington Bear, so they’re pretty excited about the location. We’re going to try to hit the big tourist spots that weekend — we want to see Buckingham Palace, let the kids walk through and play in Kensington Garden, maybe do a double decker bus tour, and definitely do the London Eye. We may try to go to the Tower of London, but we’ll probably save the British Museum, Parliament, and Westminster Abbey for a later excursion. We want to give the kids an overview, stroll the city, and play in the parks. I can’t wait!
Sometime on that Monday, we’ll take the train out of the city to where we’ll be actually living. We catch that train from Kings Cross Station, so obviously we’ll leave some time to find Platform 9 3/4 before we board our train. The kids are almost as excited about that one thing as they are about the rest of the whole trip! Once we get to where we’re living, we’re staying in a hotel probably for at least a week. The Inn where we have reservations looks really cool and seems to have a great pub with an impressive menu. We’ll have a rental car, but we’ll need to buy a car sometime in those first few days. And Matt will have to start working, too! So the kids and I will probably be driving him to work, then exploring the area during the days and picking him up in the evenings. Eventually we’ll get two vehicles, but maybe not right away.
We are hoping to get into our newly rented house around the middle of the month. We won’t have furniture for another few weeks after that, but at least we can have a kitchen and a yard for the kids to play in, and we can plan what we need to purchase for the house without also having to unpack a million boxes (like a new couch since we aren’t taking the one from our house here).
We’ll also get the kids ready for school! They need uniforms, school supplies, and — most importantly — a tour of the actual school! They won’t start classes until September 9th, so we have some time, but I know those first few weeks are going to fly by with everything we have to do. I’m hoping the furniture arrives in four weeks instead of six weeks so we can have the house mostly set up before the school year begins. Either way, though, we’ll make it work.
And that’s the plan for now. I’m sure things will change and new developments will come up, but we’ll adjust on the fly as needed. I’m so excited to just get there and get started. Yay for new adventures!