Thursday, December 12, 2013
I am very excited to share my experience with you all for my first PCS! My husband and I have been married for almost 2 years, so I am new to the whole military lifestyle. Since Alex has been in the Marines for 14 years, people assume that we have been married longer and I know all the lingo. I had to learn what PCS even means. Thank goodness there is a site like MilitaryOneClick to be a resource for newbies like me. I have lived in San Diego for 9 years, so the move of course is bitter sweet. I will miss my family, friends, and life I have built here, but am really looking forward to this new adventure on the east coast.
Preparing for this move has been crazy. I have accumulated a lot of “stuff” over the years and this has forced me to do some needed downsizing. I am also going to school right now, and as luck would have it, my finals coincide with our moving days. Yay! Juggling moving across the country and school has kept me so busy, that I haven’t had time to be sad about moving. Last night we had our going away party at our house. It was a combination of both my husband’s and my friends, and we had a great turn out. I hate goodbyes so I kept things light and positive, but in the back of my mind I wondered when I would see everyone again.
Having lived everywhere but the east coast, this next chapter in life will be filled with new experiences. I can’t wait till next week to get on the road and begin this journey. Not only is it my husband and I, but our two dogs, Scout and Lars, will also join the fun. Lucky for us, we were able to book all our overnight stops with La Quinta Inns & Suites. Known for their pet friendly accommodations, we can travel with ease with the whole family! The La Quinta Inns and Suites website (www.lq.com/military) has made the planning of our cross-country journey easy. The website has a cool feature that allows you to plan your stay by the route you are taking. This made making reservations so easy. I have also downloaded the La Quinta app for my iPhone in case I need to make any changes to my reservations along the way. The LQ Instant Hold feature allows you to book a room using only your mobile phone number. La Quinta has definitely got things figured out on how to make traveling easier, so there are fewer things to worry about.
Please stay tuned for our first stop –Tucson, Arizona!
For more PCS resources, please see MilitaryOneClick’s Home and Relocation Page.