We have been in the US now for 24 days now.
In that time, we have had 4 addresses and have moved 3 times.
As part of the relocation to the US, I got to work with a relocation specialist who would help me deal with all the details of the move such as packing, travel, temporary accommodation etc.
I got a bunch of forms to fill in and provided all my details - including the fact I have 4 kids.
When we were leaving Sydney, I was sent an email with our new temporary address. This is kinda important because we need to give the movers a forwarding address to deliver things to, as well as put that information on our I-94 form.
While we were in transit, I got another email with a different address. Good thing I checked my email regularly.
So, we land in Seattle, grab our luggage and head to the apartment.
When we get there, we realize that it is the same complex we stay in during our first time in the US way back in 1993.
Good news, it's really close to Microsoft.
Bad news, it's a 3 bedroom apartment, and a little on the small side. I have 2 BIG boys who need their space.
A few days later, we moved to a house
It was an OK place, a little bit rundown, but at least it had room for the kids.
However, there was construction happening all around.
They were building 27 houses behind the house and the builders would start early each morning.
But the straw that finally broke the camel's back happened a few days after we moved in.
The house next door to us was demolished and a HUGE truck was parked in the shared driveway. The family was "trapped". Oh No!
Then, while the builders were working on the new construction, they cut the water mains. Which mean there was no water in the house. And yes, I got a call from my wife very soon after that!
So, after some discussion, we got a choice of 2 other houses which were becoming available.
We picked the house and got ready to pack and move *AGAIN*
This is a 4 bedroom place. There is room for the boys. And it's in the school district that we want.
So far so good.
Each time we have moved, I have had to change the address information for our bank, phone, and a bunch of other services we have signed up for.
Hopefully, our next move will be our last.
And finally I just want to say, the relocation folks and the temporary housing folks have been very quick to help sort things out. They have been very responsive and supportive.