Moving time again
Around this time last year my husband and I were beginning to plan our move. I was TAD in school and Jim was in Miami when we started preparing. It was a treat having my husband around for this move because he is Mr. Been There, Done That, Got the T-shirt guy when it comes to military moves.
As with most families when planning a move step one is find a place to live. We used the internet to research the area. But as you know the internet only gets you so far when it comes to planning. Not only did we need a house that was close to my work, but a house in the school district of our choosing, and one with a garage. That is a pretty tall order. Luckily the school I was attending was where we were moving. Jim came up to visit the area and start doing some research while I was in class. We planned on doing some together but as it turns out my class was cram packed.
We decided to pick the school first so we would know where we would need to live to be in the right district. Friends had recommended one of the schools in the area but after Jim visited the school we did not feel it was the best fit for our daughter. We checked out the other schools available, talked to adults in the community, and spoke with local students. That research helped us pick the right school for us. We are over half way through my daughter’s freshman year and she seems really happy with the school.
With the school decided, we had to pick a house. This move was easy because I work on a Navy base and we got to benefit from living in military housing. Had this option not been available we would have done the research. Jim picked out a few houses but the need never arose for us to check them out.
Most people feel after they find a house and school they are done. I think that is just the first step. The next thing to do is get acquainted with the area.
To do this, I recommend you get on the internet and do more research. You are going to want to find activities for your kids and get linked in socially yourself. In the military all to often we rely on meeting and being friends with other military families, but we do this at the expense of not becoming part of the community.
Jim and I used facebook to find a running group. That was one of the best things we did because we made friends who had a common interest with us right away.
Another good avenue is finding the local newspaper. Lots of communities have them. These papers tell you what is going on in your town. A lot of time you will find a lot of free stuff to do as well.
For those of you moving, good luck with your move. I know it can be stressful but it is something that we all have to do.