I'm so giddy I can hardly stand it. In the past three days I've actually had time to sit down and talk with my husband and we're on track with planning our upcoming move to Cairo.
First! We have flight reservations. Break out the smelling salts cuz I know you just swooned. We leave on September 4th. Pittsburgh to NYC to Cairo. Eleven hours direct flight from NYC to Cairo. Barf and bring on the Xanax. But at least it's a direct flight. I'd hate to have to deal with a layover with the following items:
*One 10-month old very active baby
*One 5-month old very active puppy
*Five personal items
*One Britax car seat
*One Cicco full-size stroller
* One Starbucks Triple Shot Soy Latte. Maybe two depending on the size of my headache.
Second! We appear to be CORRECTLY in-process to get diplomatic passports. Our travel passports have arrived in the mail and special issuance is handing our dip books. One more item to check off --- Visas to enter Cairo! --- and we're fully legit.
Third! We have an assigned house in Cairo! Four bedrooms, three baths, gorgeous hardwood floors, and green space nearby. The extra bedroom alone is worth the move. Since his birth, Kellen's crib has been in my room in our small Ohio home (I say "my" room as opposed to "our" room since Jason's been shacking up in Baghdad for the last year). Kellen is not a quiet sleeper. It will be uber nice moving him into his own room. Plus, Jason has done his homework for me and mapped out our location. The all-important distance to the nearest Starbucks...wait for it...only 2.3km! I can run that in less than 15 minutes. Because I've heard the traffic in Cairo is killer. So maybe running for a latte fix instead of driving for a latte fix may be in order.
Forth! We're stocking up on the important things. I have in my reserves three jumbo boxes of diapers, three months worth of formula, and six large jar Yankee Candles. I can think of nothing else that we'll need since we'll have PX to shop at and an APO to have items shipped to us. I *heart* amazon.com and target.com. 'Nuff said.
And FINALLY! Jason will be home in under 20 days. Each day creeps by, but at the end of the day it's one less day to go. Looking at the calendar, I realize we have only 9 weeks until Cairo. We're loving our time here with our family and friends and enjoying the summer as much as we can. But the countdown has started and we can hardly wait to begin our journey to Egypt!
Welcome to the Wandering Drays!
Not all who wander are lost...
Welcome to my blog dedicated to my family and our crazy foreign service life. Never content with staying in one place, we are excited to share our journey. We've survived two unaccompanied tour (Baghdad 2010-2011 and Baghdad again in 2015-2016), multiple TDYs, and enjoyed a two-year family assignment in Cairo, Egypt. The fab hubby is currently learning Turkish for our next assignment...Istanbul, Turkey! We leave for Turkey sometime in summer 2017. I write about what I know. Which is mainly kids, tween drama, gross pets, dealing with lots of government info, our moving adventures, being a nurse, yoga, running, living on too-little sleep, and an addiction to coffee lattes. I hope you'll enjoy this glimpse into our lives.