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Proud of my DD and moving update

Friday, June 07, 2013

My oldest, who turns 7 at the end of the month, has been the most anxious about the upcoming move of all the kids. The two littles are just too small and my 5 year old son just isn't the sentimental type. We took a trip to West Point in April to look at housing and then I went back yesterday to pick our house. There is such a high personnel turnover at West Point every summer, that the housing office makes a list of all the houses on post that are coming available and a list of all the inbound personnel, sorted by date of rank. Then you get together in an auditorium and they call each person up based on their date of rank, they each pick a house, and the house is taken off the list of available houses. The process is called the housing draw. Based on my date of rank, I was number 23 out of 75 or so to choose a house from the field grade officer housing list (major, lieutenant colonel and colonel). So, before the draw, we toured the neighborhoods, looked at the houses, yards, location, access to the on post elementary, and many other factors and then made a list of our top 23 choices. My DW and daughter were both getting fairly anxious about where we would end up. My daughter really wanted to be in a particular area, an area that we were probably not high enough on the list to get.

I went to WP the day before to make a final trip around the houses and finalize our choices. The morning of the draw, my DW was driving the kids to school when my daughter had an epiphany. She said something along the lines of, "Mommy, it doesn't matter which house we get. We will get a house, which is more than some people have and we should be thankful." It made me proud of her that she is actually learning some of the things we are trying to teach her (and if we can be honest, some of the things that are easier to teach than to truly live by example!)

In the end, we were able to select a nice old brick unit. It is the end unit of a 5 family house (a "quint") with a sizable and flat back yard and a huge side yard (that is common area). It is only 3 bedrooms, but we we have 2 sets of bunkbeds and were planning on doubling up the kids anyway. It has reasonable storage in the attic and a dry basement that can be used for a play room. One draw back is that the unit is due for renovation in 2 years. That means that we will have to move half way through our tour at WP. But, they "guarantee" that we will move into a unit in the same housing area as nice as or nicer than the one we are in. (There are some doubles in the same area that would be nice to move into).

The movers come here to start packing us up in another week and our new house will be available to move in on about 15 July, so we will be in suitcases and a hotel for about 3 weeks. (some of the units we were looking at are not available until August or even September, which would have made for a long summer with 4 small kids. Plus it will be a lot easier to stay on track exercise and eating wise when we are settled again.)

Here are 2 photos from the outside, showing the front and back:


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KIMCOLLINGS 6/14/2013 11:48AM

    Looks terrific! I love brick houses. I also love what your daughter said. What wisdom for a little gal. You and your wife have taught your children well.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 6/14/2013 8:31AM

    It is beautiful and you dd sounds like my kids. Hugs to you and your family. I will pray youmhave a safe move.

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TORTISE110 6/12/2013 8:37AM

    Safe travels and move. Your children sound wonderful! A new adventure begins...

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BLITZEN40 6/10/2013 8:33PM

    Good luck with your move!

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GOING-STRONG 6/7/2013 10:00PM

    How exciting.. love the house. It won't be long now.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/7/2013 9:21PM

    Looking forward to seeing you at some point. Put the WP Triathlon on your calendar. Its a *great* race!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 6/7/2013 8:41PM

    What a Great Blog! Thanks for share!! It's always great when we realize that we are instilling our values into our children!

Good Luck! -Patty emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 6/7/2013 6:26PM

    It is a great feeling when our children come out with such wisdom. Good for your DD and for you and your DW as parents, you are doing a great job imparting real values.

Good luck with the impending move.

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/7/2013 2:17PM

    Wow! So glad things are falling into place so nicely and you'll be able to stick to a good running routine.


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DOUGDC 6/7/2013 12:46PM

    Hope you and your family enjoy the house and the base. Will hope to hike by there next year as part of an AT through effort. Best to you all.
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LISAINMS 6/7/2013 12:45PM

    It's such an awesome surprise when we realize that our children connected the dots on the values we try to teach. I hope your new home is a great experience for your family. Thank you for your service and for the support of your family!

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NATPLUMMER 6/7/2013 12:06PM

    Beautiful house and such a wise DD.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/7/2013 11:17AM

    What a great house!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/7/2013 10:23AM

    Glad you got a great house. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for - they speak their gut feelings when initially hit with a new situation - then after they digest the upcoming situation they realize they have it good.

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MADEIT3 6/7/2013 9:59AM

    Great house and great place to live. WP is beautiful! And what a super insight for a seven year old. She must be very bright!

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WILSONWR 6/7/2013 8:33AM

    Looks like some nice housing! We have some great old brick units here at Randolph AFB. Almost all of the field grade ones are even single units!! Good luck with the upcoming move!

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ROXYZMOM 6/7/2013 8:19AM

    The house looks like a nice size and I am happy for your family to get in early before school starts back up. Your children can "ease" into one transition at a time. Are there a lot of children their age on your block?
Your daughter is very wise. Kids can always put things in the right perspective!

Congratulations
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KELLIEBEAN 6/7/2013 8:15AM

    What a beautiful daughter you have! You guys are doing a great job.

I couldn't imagine all that moving with kids but I guess you could show them it's a family adventure and it could be fun. Life is all about change after all.

I like the house!

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VISUALLYRICS 6/7/2013 8:05AM

    emoticon all around! Nice home and early date!
How interesting - a House Draw. Your daughter's spirit is beautiful.

Blessings to you and yours, Laura

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BIGPAWSUP 6/7/2013 7:57AM

    Glad you got something that will work out. I can't imagine doing all the moving that the army requires with 4 small kids. Best of luck.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 6/7/2013 7:44AM

    Glad you all found something suitable and that you can move in a decent amount of time. I agree that your 3 weeks of hotel will be a fun adventure for you family!

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STRIVERONE 6/7/2013 7:03AM

    I hope the period between houses is a fun adventure for your kids.

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 6/7/2013 6:16AM

    You and your family are emoticon !
You can be proud, for sure! I know how challenging (even when we are looking for it) a move can be... especially for the family! (I was in your situation last year, military move and we had to stay in transit quarters for 2 months before getting our house!)
Thank for sharing, I love reading your blogs and updates...
Your new place look great... sending positive energy your way...

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KRISZTA11 6/7/2013 6:04AM

    Your daughter's wise insight shows have been teaching your kids very well. She looks at the world so positively, many adults are not wise enough to do that.
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The new house looks and sounds great.
Good lock to the move!

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MERRY_XMAS 6/7/2013 5:43AM

    I hope this new house will be full of joy and good memories!
Your daughter is a treasure!


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