Thursday, September 8, 2011
I haven't recently blogged about this or even posted about this on Facebook. However, we've been waiting for quite some time for news about a job change for Matt that would result in a move. No, not back to the US. It will be a move to another part of Germany. As Matt is an infantry officer, and there is no infantry unit here, his next job would see us moving.
We finally got the news. We will be moving in early January to Vilsek, Germany. It is in Bavaria and located about two and half hours away from where we are now. Matt's been dying to work with another Stryker unit - so he'll be happy to be back (He was in a Stryker brigade when we were stationed in Alaska) in a comfort zone. There is no deployment scheduled in the foreseeable future (for those of you wondering). This move will see us in Germany for a three year assignment, not including the 18-months we will have spent here.
I'm anxious because the girls will have to change schools in the middle of the school year and my heart breaks for them already. They have recently welcomed a new sibling, which is a big change and then we'll move to a different town, leaving behind friends in schools and dance classes. The dialect is different in Bavaria, so that will also be a change for them (You can kind of compare it to a New Yorker moving to Alabama).
I have to start investigating dance classes (on or off post), and German schools for both girls. Liv will be transferring from one German school to another. The housing situation (there is no housing available on or off post at this time) is tricky and since Olivia has to enter school upon arrival and we don't want her to miss even a day, we're in a bit of pickle. We're going to try to have a house lined up before we move - which will cost money. Lots of it. Military families know finding a house before you arrive at a duty station is near impossible unless it's a Stateside move. We are working on it, however. The school situation is a problem even if we were to put Olivia in American school as there are three elementary schools in the area. Your child attends the school closest to where you live.
Fortunately, Matt was able to get something called a COT (Consecutive Overseas Tour) and this allows us to fly home at no expense (No airline fees) to us in December. We are looking forward to introducing Colden to our friends and family. We are also looking forward to meeting Matt's sister's twin boys who are nearly one-year-old!
Lots of big changes coming for the McQuilton Family. I still have to update about Olivia starting school, Colden's birth and more. So stay tuned...