Pack Out II

It is a big relief once everything is packed. Then we’re ready to get things cleared out of the house and loaded. First up was our HHE, which came in at 7,102 lbs and filled 8 crates.




As boxes were loaded in, I checked off the numbers. This was then compared to the checks on the movers list to ensure that everything was accounted for.




After the first 6 crates were loaded, the truck departed for the warehouse and then returned with more to finish our HHE and to start on our storage shipment.


Our storage shipment wrapped up fairly quickly the next morning and came in at 3,746 lbs and 7 crates.




A huge weight was lifted once the truck departed with the last of the freight and we were finally finished. We have a small bit of loaner furniture from the embassy to get us through until we leave post.

Pack Out I

The morning that the movers arrive is always stressful. We’ve tried to do as much in advance as we can and we are hoping that our UAB will not exceed 700 lbs and that the what we are planning to ship to Guadalajara won’t exceed 7,200 lbs. We did a good bit of sorting and arranging in advance, which paid off in a smoother moving experience once the controlled chaos of the men arriving began.

Our UAB was sorted in guest room and out in the foyer area. We were able to ship everything that we had planned, as our total weight came in at around 640 lbs.



It’s fairly crazy watching the packers get after it. They were very quick, yet very meticulous in how they packed boxes and in how they wrapped and protected furniture.






It took two days to get everything packed and ready to load onto the truck. Then it was time to load our HHE going to Guadalajara and everything else that was going back to storage in Maryland.


Santa Clara Convent

DiploMom and I enjoyed one final trip to Antigua on Friday, sans the kiddos, which felt both refreshing and weird at the same time. We wanted to buy some final items at the artisan market and there were some ruins neither of us had seen yet – the Santa Clara Convent.








Semester Break Show

Last week DiploTot’s school had a big performance at a theater down in Zone 1, Teatro Abril. I knew that there was some sort of event taking place down at this theater just before their two-week break, but I wasn’t completely sure what all that entailed. We had paid some money for some kind of costume and DiploTot seemed to have picked up some dance moves that she was at times demonstrating to us at home.

Well, the week leading up, she brought her costume home and I was completely blown away that she had a custom made princess dress that cost us only about $20. We hired a driver to get us down to the theater the morning of the event, still not quite sure of what the show entailed. I have to say, we were quite impressed. Every class had a dance number that they performed and each class had different costumes.

DiploTot’s class performed to Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Her class was the last to perform and DiploTot started off pretty much just standing there, but then when the time came to jump up and down, she joined right in, so all and all, not bad. We were just glad that she didn’t just stand there the entire time, or worse yet, just cry.





The school’s director, Mariella.


Her teacher, Sophia.


Mexican Visa Mug Shots

Before arriving in Guadalajara, we have to have our Mexican diplomatic work visas. The process is quite simple, mainly because DiploMom can take our passports and forms to a person in the embassy and he then handles getting them over to the Mexican embassy and then picking them up. The only hassle on our part is getting the photos taken.

Here are our mug shots. As you can see, DiploTot has the whole “you can’t smile for the passport/visa photo” thing down especially well. At least DiploBoy managed to get away with a little bit of a smile. Quite a difference from when we had to get his photo for his passport after he was born and we couldn’t get him to wake up. The guy taking the photo at the post office finally gave up and we went with the sleeping 3-week-old newborn photo.


We’ve received our passports back with the visas, so we are all official now. It was exciting to see them as it makes the pending changes seem particularly real. They’ll be getting even more real soon as movers will be here to start our pack out in about a month.