East Coast to West Coast in Only 6 Weeks!

working hard

planning, planning, planning!

So much has happened this past week.  Once our military orders arrived, all systems are GO, GO, GO!  You know all those stereotypes about men?  You know what I’m talking about:  “When men are sick they lay down, but women keep working,” and other such derogatory thoughts our society has attached to our males?

Well, let me tell you, Alan blows all those negative sexist remarks out of the water.  That’s right.  I said sexist.  Everyone’s so quick to call female stereotypes ‘sexist,’ but making fun of men is perfectly okay.  What’s up with that? Maybe you haven’t noticed.  I certainly have.  Being the wife of a high type-A, thorough planner like Alan, plus being the mother of four little boys, makes me a little more sensitive to the negative things our society likes to say about our men.

My husband, sick as a dog, plus recovering from surgery, has gotten more done in the day he got ‘request for orders’ than most healthy people could accomplish in a week’s worth of time. Alan, you are AMAZING!!!

Want to know his secret?  This is how he got this move plan running so quickly:

1.  Before he even secured the orders, he got me the smartphone I wanted, complete with synchronized Google Calendars.  This is my Mother’s Day gift.  I love it.  I used up my whole data plan in two days.  Oops.  There’s a learning curve to these things! But with this phone, I can be a touch more organized.

2. He sat down with me and even managed to get my UNDIVIDED attention to discuss EVERY DETAIL of our moving plan.  You name it, it is planned for on the calendar.

My undivided attention is about impossible to attain! I am never doing less than two things at once, and I’m often doing more than that.  C’mon, ya’ll, there are four little boys here!

3.  He went down to the orders office armed with a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts.  Plus, he’d dropped by and schmoozed with those ladies in advance.  Ha! Good job, Alan!

4. He went straight from the orders office to setting up the shipment of household goods. He whipped out the Google Calendar and managed to get the exact dates we had planned for.  Success!!!



5. On Saturday, we had our Yard Sale!!  We got rid of tons of junk this weekend!  But actually, I may never do a yard sale again:  sunburn, people wanting to buy all of my stuff for $1, and Daniel playing tug-of-war with kids that were buying the toys he really never plays with.  No thank you!  Never again.

Everything is running like clock work! At least I can claim the Yard Sale accomplishment as my own.  Remember “The Great Clean Out”?  I have gone through almost every drawer and cabinet, so I’ll be taking credit for that part.  : )


When we rolled into DC, 5 years ago, it was just Alan, me, Joshua, and Caleb.


….and I was 10 pounds heavier…deployment weight.  Can any other military wives relate to the deployment weight??  What causes that?  Ugh!

But look how cute the boys were:

Awww!  That was back when they let ME pick out their clothes.

And we’re leaving the D.C. area as a slightly larger group:


How far we have come!

I can’t believe we’re only 6 weeks out from our biggest move yet!

Here are a few quotes from our crazy week:

It was POURING RAIN the other day, and I had to get all of the children into the car.  As I was buckling Joshua in, he said, “Mom, I will buckle Daniel in so you don’t have to keep standing out in the rain.”

*heart melting in my soaking wet spot*

: )  Thank you, Joshua, and that’s why you’re the one we’re going to send to college. ; )  (I’m just kidding.  Caleb often voluntarily unbuckles Daniel for me, so he will get to go to college too. Yes, that’s what you go by!!!)


and bringing the funny as usual….

Caleb walked into the kitchen and said, “Whatever you do, do NOT talk to the toilet.”

“Why not?” I asked him.

“Because, it copies you.”

Daniel immediately ran to the toilet and started shouting into it.

Just another day in the House O’ Boys!



  • Yeah!! You know where you are moving to now and have a plan. You have a good hubs.

  • McMom

    Way to go, Alan! He is quite the guy, I agree 🙂 HILARIOUS post – I am still laughing picturing Daniel playing tug of war with random children. And Joshua getting to go to college, and the toilet copying you…good stuff, good stuff. So excited for y’all! I’ve missed reading your posts the last few days. Keep ’em comin’!

    • McMom

      Oh, and good for you with the great clean out! That is awesome and you will have so much less stuff to worry about moving now – go Super Mom!

    • Hurray! I love it when people laugh at my stories!!! We enjoy reading your blog too!! It has been highly entertaining to watch ya’ll become parents, and ya’ll are WONDERFUL parents!

  • donna Stephens

    McMom just said EVERYTHING I was going to say! Ditto… Loved the post!

  • Nicole

    I stumbled onto your blog a few weeks ago and have enjoyed reading. I too am part of the 4 boys club. 4 in 6yrs….3 of them in less than 31/2 yrs. Took me a bit to convince my husband into #4. Now my #4 is 15. It flies by. We also have moved lots as my husband is with the R.C.M.P. Just wanted to say I threatened with every move that was my LAST garage sale!!haha I laughed when I read that….Will be praying for you as we know the stresses of moves. Enjoy your beautiful boys!!! It only gets more fun:)

    • Thank you and nice to meet you, Nicole! That is so encouraging! But man I hope I do not fall into the yard sale trap again! Now what is a RFMP? A type of MP?

      • Nicole

        I said I wouldn’t fall into the trap ever again but as the boys grow and things need to go and you are moving…….heehee I even did one all by myself….that never happened again tho as I sold and gave away a bunch of stuff that was in the garage!!! My husband is a Type A personality too….very organized. He knew immediately what was missing!!haha R.C.M.P. is Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A cop in Canada:)

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