We have lived in one place for five years (and my husband for six), which any of you in the military or with friends in the military know is rare. The hard thing has been that we did not know we were going to be here this long, so we have been on our toes the past couple of years wondering when this inevitable day would come. Although it is not quite here yet, we found out where we are moving in the summer and I thought I would share it with all of you!
Do any of you recognize the mountain pictured? If you guessed Mt. Rainer, you can guess where we will be next. Ft. Lewis Washington! It is between Tacoma and Olympia and I believe it is about 45 minutes from Seattle. Although I have never been there and my husband has only been there for a brief visit years ago, we know that it will be a really great fit for our family.
I am a city girl and rural life has been a good experience, but I am ready for the hustle and bustle of civilization! I know it rains a lot there, but the Pollyanna in me says that it will be reminiscent of the month-long rainy season I grew up with in Japan so a cute pair of rain boots and I will be good to go. Aside from my nervousness about selling our home and taking on my first move with children to the opposite side of the country, I am really very excited. We could not ask for a better assignment.
There are more opportunities for me to work part time there and we even have a rental home already picked out and are waiting to secure the paperwork. It definitely helps to have so many friends already living there to scope things out for us (sometime else that happens when you live somewhere so long) and I was surprised to find out how many childhood friends and acquaintances are in the state as well. I also hear there’s a nice green parenting community and lots of Japanese food!
Are any of you from the Seattle area?