Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig"

The time has come! 

Everyday we inch closer, and closer, and closer to Germany.  Will we ever actually GET there? Who could know? Who could even know. Living in Europe, (I'm sorry, I just like to say it) sounds glamorous, but there is so much to do to make it happen. Poor Steven is taking the brunt of that process. It seems like everyday he is told one thing about what needs to be done to finalize our travel plans, and then the next day--just before it's too late---he is told either the complete opposite, or an intensely more complicated version of the original directions. It is definitely stressful for him; I however remain completely unscathed. Which I often feel a little guilty about, but it will be over soon! 

SO! October 29th we are DONE in Virginia. DONE. Goodbye VA! Good riddance!

I don't mean that. I will miss Virginia. I know that I have said a lot of terrible things about our particular area, especially Petersburg. Let's be honest......I meant every single word of it. But putting the Tri-cities area aside, Virginia is pretty lovely. I have never seen so many trees, or hills, or rivers, or lakes, or hawks, or history. We also found a really great church, and made some great friends. All in all, I really enjoyed it....and now I'm over it! Moving on!

On October 29th, we'll head back to Oklahoma for three weeks, (that's almost a month!). And then we get on plane, (really) and go to Germany.

Some of you, and you know who you are, might be asking yourself this:

"But Blayne, wont you be sad to be leaving all your friends and family, right before the holidays to go to totally different country where you know no one?"  Wow, thank you for putting that in to perspective for me. Yes, it will be bitter sweet for sure. We really love the holidays. Steven especially loves this time of year. But we think it's going to be a good thing. This will give us the unique opportunity to start our very own family traditions. Maybe we'll even pick up a few German ones! 

Anyway, I just wanted to warn Oklahoma that we are on our way back to you! And we can't wait to see you! We cannot even wait! 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Are You Guys Ever Going to Germany?

YES. 


We're going. I promise. I know, it seems like all talk and no walk--but we are GOING. I will admit it feels like an adventure that we've been in a process since February to "hurry up and wait" for. But the time is near, dear readers! We will launch into Europe, (YES...EUROPE) in mid November. We are so excited. Jiminy Christmas, we are so excited! The process has been pretty stressful for Steven though. There is QUITE a lot to do before we leave. Unfortunately, I can't be of much help. Nobody of importance wants to talk to the "wife" (fair enough). They only want to talk to Steven; the one with all the authority to get us going. Slowly but surely we are checking things off our to-do list, though. 


We will be headed to Vilseck. Vilseck is a village in Bavaria (yes, kiddos--Bavaria is a part of Germany). Bavaria is a state in the southeast region of Germany. Munich is the capital, (maybe you've heard of it?). Anyway, we'll be stationed at a base located outside Vilseck, (remember---the base is like a big gated community; and that gated community is essentially America--not Germany). 


Vilseck has a population just over 6,000 people. It's 25 square miles, (that's intensely "village-y")Here are some photos:





Gosh it's cute! I bet it's filled with little gnomes! 

I haven't been able to find too much information on Vilseck. Most of what appears to be helpful websites are all in German (naturally...go figure). So, I suppose I'll find out what it's like when I get there. Then again, that's probably the best way. Now I'll answer some FAQs.

"Are you going to learn the language?" Well...let's just say I'm not going to rely on everyone to speak english to me. I don't know "fluent" I can become in 2 or 3 years though. 

"How long will you be there?" two to three years.

"Will your baby have dual citizenship!?" No. I get asked that a lot. Here's a surprising fact: there are really only a handful of countries that honor dual citizenship. Germany is not one of those countries. While the U.S. would not mind if the baby was a citizen of the U.S. AND Germany simultaneously, Germany would be horrendously jealous--and stop talking to us. Hence, no dual citizenship. 

"Will your baby be a U.S. Citizen?" If you have asked this question....don't feel bad. Sometimes we all need a review of basic information. YES. The baby will be a U.S. Citizen. The only thing you need to be a U.S. Citizen is:

- One or both parents are U.S. citizens
OR
- You were born on U.S. soil.


(Oh yeah, and if you marry a U.S. citizen, or you legally obtain U.S. citizenship)

DONE. 

"Will you live on base?" Maybe. It's a little too early to tell. When we get to Germany we will have a few weeks to find a place to live if we do not live on base. Base housing is not actually "guaranteed." There are factors that create a "waiting list." Housing is based on rank, size of family,location, availability, etc. So, we aren't sure what will be available for us in Vilseck. We may have to wait to live on base. OR we could enjoy a cute German cottage! That's my romantic view anyway. 

"SO.....what will YOU do when you get to Germany?" Well since you asked--I'll be unpacking for awhile. I'll be preparing for the baby. And then when the baby arrives I will take care of the baby...and maybe take some online classes, (I haven't decided). I'll also be exploring--naturally. Cooking, marathon training, (after the baby of course!) and hanging out with Steven! 

"Wont you get bored?" Hmm. Maybe. I don't know. Fortunately it doesn't take much to amuse me :).

Please come visit dear readers. We would love to have you. Even if you're one of "those people." ;)