Adam’s Dad planned a fantastic Alaska trip with the boys in the middle of August. While Adam went north I decided to go south to visit family in Phoenix. I returned home with a nice tan. Adam returned home with 38 pounds of frozen fish filets from his deep sea fishing trip! What?! That was fun trying to fit all in the freezer. Weekly meals: Fish tacos, grilled fish, fried fish, more fish tacos, and pan seared fish. Frozen fish filets are great gifts too! You’re welcome friends. We ended up giving lots of fish away before our move.
Tuesday, September 30, unaccompanied baggage pack out. We were limited to 1000 pounds. It was pretty non stressful. I made sure to start packing a week before and started my list of things to pack two weeks before. Everything that was going in the Express move went in the guest bedroom. Our express move included extra clothes, sheets, blankets, toiletries, lamps, and a small kitchen to get us by for a month. Oh, and a couple of extra things of peanut butter. I love my peanut butter! Rumor has it that Brussels peanut butter is not good. The movers had one guy pack up our items. Having packers come to the house is always awkward. This pack out went pretty quick. The packer kept to himself unless he had a question about the pack out… then Adam offered him lunch. The packer took 45 minutes eating his sandwich and had a lot to say, about everything. Oh, boy. We ended up having 495 pounds of stuff in our unaccompanied baggage. Hmm… I wonder what we forgot.
Friday, October 3, family Hawaii trip. What were we thinking? After Hawaii we would have 2 ½ weeks to sell both cars, move out of our house, and say good bye to our friends. My friend told me that it was good for me to go away. She felt if I had stayed home for those ten days I would start stressing about the move, and there was nothing else I could really do until the movers came. Well, Hawaii was fun and stressful too.
Wow, after Hawaii our storage pack out came (Storage will stay in US for the duration of our stay in Brussels), our main move came (we had around 6,500 pounds), Adam had his last flight, we drank all of our fantastic bottles of wine from Paso Robles, CA and then said goodbye to Lemoore, CA.
What went in storage? All my baking sheets (will not fit in European ovens), most of our garage stuff, I left a lot of Christmas decorations (I plan to buy more at the famous Christmas markets in Europe), Most of our Halloween decorations (I wonder if Brussels celebrates Halloween?), and lots of our 110v kitchen appliances.
What’s in our suitcases? Stuff. Lots of stuff! I’m usually a pretty organized packer. I make a list and check it twice, before packing. I did not make a list and it was the first really stressful part of our move. Not only did we have to pack clothes for winter time in Brussels, but we had to pack clothes for Chico, CA, San Diego, CA, Phoenix, AZ, and Lake Havasu City, AZ. All family goodbye stops, before our big flight to Brussels. Total luggage: 4 (28inch) suitcases, 1 (19inch bag), 1 carryon bag, and a backpack. One of those suitcases we don’t open, because it’s all full of Adam’s suits and uniforms for his new job.