The Best Laid Plans

6.21.2012

Remember this post I wrote back in April about our plans/hopes for our future orders?

Since that post was written, we did a lot of talking and both agreed that North Carolina was the place we wanted to be when we finished our overseas tour. Even though a small part of me wanted to go somewhere new, I really felt good about going "home."

Once the decision was made and the wish list was submitted, I started pinning ideas for our house, browsing catalogues for new furniture/decor, and making plans for our transition back into the place that we used to call home. I had visions of our bonus room turned into a playroom, a cute playset in the backyard, and tons of other projects! I was already dreaming of trips to Lowes and Home Depot.

We were both just sure that we would get our wish and end up where we longed to be. But, of course, even the best laid plans aren't always meant to be.

Jesse returned from leave yesterday to find something that neither of us expected AT ALL.

WE HAVE ORDERS!!!!

Here's the kicker: they are for a much earlier time frame than we had originally anticipated AND they are not for North Carolina.

It looks like our little family of three is headed for beautiful and sunny California. Sooner rather than later.

Say what?!? Trust me- we are just as surprised as you are. In fact, I kind of feel like I need to pinch myself to make sure it's real.

And if I'm being completely honest, I'm more than a little bit freaked out and super excited all at the same time.

I'm freaked out because the cost of living is pretty high and the housing is definitely not cheap. So, instead of living in our new and spacious house in NC, we'll most likely be living in a tiny condo or apartment. My dreams of renos and DIY projects have pretty much gone out the window. It's also a bit daunting to be heading to a new city AGAIN. We don't know a single thing about the place so we will once again be starting over.

I'm excited because there are so many fun things to do there and also some serious shopping and amazing restaurants. Plus there are tons and tons of parks and outdoor activities which are perfect for our little munchkin. Not to mention all of the nearby tourist-y places to visit.  And the fact that we will be back in the good ol' USA sooner than we expected. Just a mere 5 hour flight from our hometown. How can I not be excited about that?

Because really, what's life without a little adventure?

And most importantly, we will be together. In the end, that's what makes a house a home. Everything else- all those little details...they will work themselves out and I'm quite sure that we will make a wonderful new life for ourselves just like we have each time we have moved.


Like anything else in the Marine Corps, this could very easily change between now and PCS time. It could even change more than once and we could quite possibly end up in North Carolina despite it all. Believe it or not, it happens ALL the time.

But until then I'll be researching our *possible* new home and making new plans. After all, isn't that what this military life is all about?
Callie Nicole said...

How exciting!

Marinewife1111 {Marcella} said...

Hope it all works out for the best for you guys!!
We are currently in California;
It has it's pluses and negatives! :)

Brittney Galloway said...

Wow, that's so exciting!! I was looking forward to having you around for the next year, but I am lad you are going to be so much closer to your family.

Kit said...

CA will be so much fun. I have always wanted to live there for a short period of time.

You guys will always have something to do!

Nicole said...

How exciting! But I do wish you were coming to NC!

Stephanie said...

I work with military students every day and the sacrifices they make are truly amazing. I'd think it would be so hard moving from place to place, NOT knowing if/when that move will happen, especially with a baby. But it sounds like you are taking it in stride and making the best of it which is such a positive way of thinking. How exciting though, California?!?!

Beth Ann said...

Wow! I am impressed and inspired by your open mindset. I tend to get way too attached to my plans and horribly disappointed and in a major funk when things don't go my way. I'm afraid my attitude would not be as good as yours- but I bet the military life has taught you to roll with the punches. What a great lesson to learn as we really should not be so attached to our own plans. What is it they say? If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. ;) I think you will love California and you are so right about what really makes a place a home!

Beth Ann said...

Oh - how long will you be there or do you know?

Lyndsey said...

Wow! Crazy how fast life can change! You'll make it a really great experience though, I can already tell. And I'm sure there will be lots of mommies and babies around for y'all to hang out with!

Allison said...

How exciting, I'm super jealous that you'll be in San Diego. I don't know much about the area, but from our day trip it's fabulous! Everyone I know LOVES it and I think you'll enjoy the "family friendliness" of the city.

For a side note, there's one large company (I think that's what it's called in the Marines; I honestly don't know) that will be moving to Miramar from Edwards this Spring.

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

Yay! At least you will be closer to home and back in the states. I love how you have the BEST attitude about all of this!

Kelli Kegley said...

I'm glad you are excited about the possibility of it being California! My mil travels there a lot as a nanny, so you'll have to let me know which city you'll be in and I'll ask her for fun things to do with kids (her kids are the same age as Emerson) if you want me to! Yay for being back Ina the USA!!!

Natalie said...

That is so exciting! I'm so happy for you guys!

J and A said...

That is very exciting!!! wow!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Where are you headed? We have really grown to love CA even though it wasn't our first choice. It will be nice to be back in the US regardless!

Also, the pics from the party are too cute!

B. said...

It's funny.. we either want to go back home to NJ or to California. Which is so extreme. We're in Georgia now and orders can't come fast enough. Glad to see you excited and trying to make the best of things.

Cate said...

You guys are in for an adventure!! i think you we be shocked with all the diy you will be able to do in a little apartment!

Pam said...

Congrats on your orders! If you got San Diego (Miramar or Pendleton, maybe?) you're going to love it! Outside of the cost of living, it really is a great place to live. We would love to return someday.

Janna Bogert said...

Yay!! California was on the top of our list last time! I'm happy with Colorado, but can't wait to see what comes next!

Gabriella said...

California! YEAY!! Great state ;) Let me know if you need any advice, pointers....anything!

luvbnmom said...

Hello,

I am your newest follower! Luv bn mom. My sister The Mom-Me Diaries recommended you to me. I loved the post and look forward to more. California sounds exciting and scary, but I am sure you get those kinds of feelings all the time being in the marine corps!

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