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Today we leave Australia for USA (Monday 29/12 at 5:55am)

written on long flight over (time to kill)

We are finally on our way to our first destination point. I think Nick would have you believe that an adventure of this magnitude only took a little planning. Anyone that knows me (OR Nick for that matter) knows that there is a very strong likelihood that we had a list or two going on what needed to be done to actually do this. I can now categorically say that we started with a chalk pen, a floor to ceiling cupboard mirror and an hour long brain storming session. First point or points to go up on our makeshift mind map was our top 10 things to see and do. (That's an entirely separate story).

The mirror very quickly filled to the degree that neither Nick and I could continue to operate without ending up with fractured identities, so we resorted to good old fashioned pen and paper. We ended up with a list of things that needed to be done that took up an entire A4 page and no less than 4 columns.

By six months into planning it felt like we'd crossed 4 items of our list and added another 10 (and that would be a weekly occurrence). I had to keep reminding myself that rarely had I ever started something without finishing it, so I knew we were a good chance of crossing everything off our list. Even though at times it felt unachievable.

Things like electoral roll, suspending Bupa, making sure insurances were up to date, finding someone to look after our mountain bikes for us while we were away, finding someone to look after the house and then making sure all those things were up to date. We then had to consider how we were going to get around (RV, car, bus, rail) and roughly what direction we were going to travel to make sure we got to see and do everything we wanted. Then the smallest matter of cancelling mobile phone plans in Australia and reviewing our options for keeping our numbers in 2016 and having a suitable plan in the US (including wifi access for school). Not to mention suspending or cancelling memberships to almost everything with an annual fee attached.

We even did a compendium for the house guests - how to turn the washing machine on (cause its held together with superglue), how to maintain the sprinkler heads that pop off (araldite), the extra piece of timber maintaining the cubby house structure, the pilot light on the oven etc, etc, etc.

And then there was a tiny matter of how the hell we were going to educate Alyssa. That's where the School of Distance comes in. And not only did we have to think 2015, but we had to even be thinking about 2016. Apparently there were no guarantees she would get back into Southern Cross in 2016. So like any good parent, we stalked the school until they agreed to accept an early request for admit to grade 6. Clearly we're optimistic we will make good teachers and she will pass grade 5 with flying colours (or is that colors). I stalked the School of Distance on a few matters too and I'm pretty sure I'm one of those numbers that come up on the phone that people groan about or worse, they avoid answering because I'm "one of those mums".

Needless to say, we managed to cross absolutely everything of our list (like there was ever any doubt), and we're on our way.

I'm reminded at this stage of our adventure that sometimes you just have to jump and then grow wings?

Posted by V3USA 11:31

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I hope you have a wonderful 12 months and you school alyssa without choking her, I would Kelsey in the first day so thank god the middle school is starting in Julia creek next year. You are on the adventure of a lifetime so enjoy and make the most of it which I am sure you will. Look forward to more blogs on your adventure .

by Alana Verhoeven

I hope you have a wonderful 12 months and you school alyssa without choking her, I would Kelsey in the first day so thank god the middle school is starting in Julia creek next year. You are on the adventure of a lifetime so enjoy and make the most of it which I am sure you will. Look forward to more blogs on your adventure .

by Alana Verhoeven

Mm, yep, more of the jumping, less of the planning. . Good luck and happy travels! (Still jealous)

by Susanne & David

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