Happy Friday, friends! We only have five more Fridays here in the United States before we PCS to Korea. Isn’t that insane? Our household goods are being packed up next Wednesday, and they will be loaded and shipped by next Friday, so in one week’s time, this little military house we made into a home will just be bare walls and floors again. We made the decision to do a bit of a roadtrip to say farewell to friends and family in Utah before we go, so we’ll head out next week. But, between now and then, we have a lot to prepare for – and celebrate. So, it’s time for another round of Wins for the Week…PCS style.
Wins for the Week
1 // Our unaccompanied baggage was picked up on Monday
I shared about unaccompanied baggage earlier this week, and this was definitely the smallest of our three pack outs. It didn’t even really feel like a pack out because it took them about an hour and a half to pack, load, and ship. Nevertheless, it was a big one because it contained most of our creature comforts like our Instant Pot, Nespresso, coffee pot, and more. I can’t wait to see them again!
2 // We scheduled actual move-out day
When you live on post, there are a few steps to moving out. We have to supply our hard orders to the housing office, schedule a pre-inspection for move-out, then schedule any necessary cleaners, and a final move-out inspection. Because we’re in the height of PCS season, most of the inspection dates were booked already, and we have to do our final inspection the day before we fly. It’s not ideal, but it is what it is, and we’ll have our pre-inspection the 3rd, cleaners the 18th, and our move-out on the 22nd.
3 // We decided to sell both our cars
There’s a bit of a story behind this one, but sufficed to say, our original plan was to sell our Civic and take our Odyssey with us to Korea. We had a car shipment day and everything. Last Friday, however, after a bit of unexpected car trouble, we decided that we’re not attached to either car, and we’re going to sell both. In theory, this will actually help us, as we can just buy a car there, rather than waiting for ours to arrive.
4 // We planned our road trip route & dates
Since it quickly because really real that all the things are happening now, we sat down and made finalized plans, contacted friends, and arranged dates to see family during our little roadtrip. Our tour in Korea isn’t short, and we know that there are quite a few people who simply won’t be able to make it there. So, this will be a special one.
5 // We selected our quarantine plan
I shared a little about this on my instagram, but quarantines in South Korea have been changing and evolving as mandates regarding COVID change, as well. Ryan and I are fully vaccinated, but since we have minor children, they’re not. Though USFK has implemented a “working quarantine,” in which Ryan and I can move around base as needed after our negative PCR test results, the kids will still have to quarantine. We were given a few options for quarantine (not regarding location, just about vaccination status), so we’re grateful we may have a smidge more mobility on arrival.
I feel like a broken record, but reality set in this past week (as we knew it would) that this move is happening, and it’s happening soon. The kids finish school next week, and then it’s full-speed ahead to wrap up appointments and do all those final things that need to be done. I appreciate you all bearing with me through the PCS process, and I sure can’t wait to share Korea with you once we get there! Our wins for the week might not seem big, but they are, especially as we tackle the minutiae of a giant move.
Tell me – what are some of your wins for the week? Do you have any questions about the PCS process?