I shall start my first post to give a little background on how this trip came about. John's company, d-Wise, decided to open a subsidiary in the UK. He asked how I felt about spending 6 months in England, I said, "sounds fantastic," who wouldn't say that? Of course I didn't think we would really be doing it. One phone call led to another, a contract was signed, and we are 3 weeks from beginning our adventure across the pond.
There are a lot of details one must think about when moving to England for 5 months. Yes, I know it started out as 6, but the longer it takes to get things organized, the shorter the time becomes. The kids needed passports, we all needed visas, plane tickets, suitcases, a list of what to pack and what to buy once we get there. We decided to not enroll the kids in school and that I would home school them (she laughs hysterically as that thought becomes reality). We have to find a house, car, furniture, everyday items that you need to set up a house, foster homes for the dog, cat and bird (thank you family for taking them in), and do all of this while still living your life here at home.
I don't want to sound ungrateful for the opportunity that I have been given. I am extremely lucky to be given this chance to live abroad. Everyone else is very excited for us and knows we will have a great time. I just haven't gotten to that state yet. I'm scrambling around gathering information, materials, house hunting, making sure the kids are ok with this, dotting t's and crossing i's...wait, well you know what I mean. When I can actually stop and think about what we are doing, I get very excited. I want to see the Globe Theater, Buckingham Palace, get into Royal Wedding Mania, drink tea and eat biscuits. I love fish and chips, not sure about bangers and mash (don't really know what they are) and I can learn to like beer, at least for 5 months!
So, I guess when it all comes down to it, is it much ado about nothing? Will it all fall into place and really be like an extended vacation? Will I have that nervous breakdown that I have been threatening for weeks now? Time will tell...so please keep reading because I can't wait to see what happens next!