Today has been a fantastic day! If you don't already know it has been a pain the hind end to get everything done that needs to get done around here. Although I am new to this whole military wife thing I am going to attempt to explain the trouble it has been in the most simple of terms.
When I got to base the first thing that I needed to do was to get a military id. This enables me to do things like go shopping at the PX (which is like an all in one store on base with clothes and a drug store and home stuff), and to go to the pool - in 110 degree weather this was a big incentive, to register my car so that I didn't have to continue to get a visitors pass, and to start the process for many of the other things I needed to get done. This was almost impossible to get because I needed Jake to get it done. He goes to work at 5am every day and has an hour for lunch and usually gets off at 4:30. That one hour window at lunch was our only chance and the first 4 days we could go we went and failed. Finally on the 5th day we tried and success!!! It was really only a 15 minute process but the wait to get it done was what the kicker was.
Next, we needed to go to TMO. This is the office that will move all our stuff out here and put it into storage until we get on-base housing. We went and of course, Jake was missing a key piece of paper that he needed so then we had to go to IPAC (i have no idea what that stands for) and get the paper. That took forever but we finally got it and by the time we did the TMO office was closed...
Then we had to go to travel claims. I'm still not certain that we got this done right but we shall see. We are suppose to get a large sum of money for the trouble of getting out here that would cover gas and hotel stay and it is going to just magically show up in our account - or at least I hope :)
Then we had to go and apply for on-base housing. When you are in the military they give you the choice to live on or off base. They give you a certain amount of money (which depends on rank and location) to cover the costs of off base housing or you can move on-base where you don't have to pay any utilities. Since Jake's rank is lower and everything we really need is on-base anyway we wanted to get on-base which is a 3-6 month wait. (Don't worry, we found a tiny place that rents month to month until we get on base.) We filled out the paperwork and guess what! We got moved up 3 months because they back-dated it from the day he got out of boot camp! Less than 3 months and we should have a place on base :)
And finally, we enrolled me in Tri-Care which is the insurance on base and was the easiest thing to do thus far.
To top it off - my beautiful sister-in-law is in the beginning stages of labor! She went to the hospital and she is having contractions but since she wasn't dilated enough they sent her home. As she put it, hopefully the contractions stop or get worse so that she can either get comfortable or baby Adison can get here soon!
Thank you God for all the many blessings you have given to me. I know that I do not give you the glory that you deserve and that my frustrations get in my way. I am working on that and it is such an amazing feeling to get all of these things done and the stress is off my shoulders.
Now, i just need to find airline tickets home for Justin and Erica's wedding but i don't quite know when Jake is getting off...good luck to me!