After our DITY move from Virginia to Florida, I told myself I would never move ourselves again. I have heard horror stories about packers but after our experience with the DITY move, I was willing to take my chances. We scheduled our packers to come on a Wednesday with the truck scheduled to load on Thursday. We spent the week before getting organized and packing our cars with everything we needed, as well as everything we couldn't bare the thought of losing (photo albums, computers, jewelry, etc). The biggest thing I learned from our last move was to back a "New House Box" with a shower curtain, box cutter, toilet paper, and all those other little things that you forget that you simply cannot live without until your stuff arrives!
Our packers came on Wednesday and honestly, we were really lucky. They took all day but we ended up with only one broken item and nothing at all "missing". I have to be honest here and admit that I completely forgot to take a small baggie with $200 emergency cash out of my nightstand and I found it wrapped in paper, safe and sound, when we unpacked in Meridian. Believe me, I know I am an idiot and I know I got EXTREMELY lucky! The movers packed the truck on Thursday and again, I have no complaints. I try to make friends with the movers and think it makes things better for everyone involved!
We drove up to Meridian on Friday and moved into our new house. Our stuff was arrived on Monday so we only had to spend three nights on the air mattress. Even still, I was very excited to sleep in my own bed on Monday. I was even more excited for our internet to finally get hooked up on Wednesday ;)
After Rob found out he got jets, we drove up to Meridian to go house hunting. Meridian isn't known for being the nicest or safest town so after looking a little, we made the decision to live in base housing. BEST DECISION EVER! I honestly am SO thankful we chose to live on base. The town is small and there isn't much to do, but already it seems like such a tight knit community on base. We went to a block party the first night we were in town. This week I went to a cooking class at the community center, Wine Wednesday at a neighbors house, Bunco at another neighbors house, and worked out twice with a friend up the street. Our neighbors across the street brought us dinner the night our movers were here and another neighbor down the road had us over for dinner the next night. It is everything that I hoped for when I found out we were living on base and even more! I truly feel so lucky and it has made our transition to Meridian (and the lack of Target!) much sweeter. We have only been here for a week but I think we are going to be just fine :)