Saturday, July 31, 2010

Apartment Hunting Part 2

Ariel set out today again in a quest to find us an apartment. Today he met with two realtors who took him to look at 6 different apartments. Out of the 6 he thought 2 were pretty good, but honestly he didn't seem thrilled with any. He said they were fine but both had a few cons. We are both resigned to the fact that we are going to have to most likely settle on something because we won't find a perfect apartment.

On another note, I am starting to sort our things and get rid of unwanted items. I also need to sell a few big pieces of furniture. I'm getting so antsy for the move and as of now I am not fully stressed out but am feeling more anxious. I can't wait to be finally moved and settled. The next few months are going to be quite eventful!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Apartment FAIL.

So, Ariel met with the owner of the aforementioned gorgeous apartment I found available in Maadi. Unfortunately, even though the apartment was great, the owner was not thrilled with the fact that we have three small children and was worried about his furniture and decor be broken or trashed by our little monsters. Hmph.

Anyway, I was bummed for about three seconds, but am moving on to our next choices. Whatever, right?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Apartment Hunting

As Ariel begins his job in Cairo I have sent him a few links to apartments I would like for him to look at. On the top of my list is a brand new, fantastically furnished apartment located in Maadi Degla (an expat friendly suburb of Cairo). He is to tour the apartment tomorrow morning with the owner. I am hopeful this apartment will work for us, but know that not everything is what it seems in pictures, especially when house hunting in Cairo.

If this apartment does not work out there are a few others I've found, but to be honest I have not been overwhelmed with the available selection. The budget we are working with provided by Ariel's employer is very good (in Texas it would be freakin' AWESOME to have that much to spend on housing), but in the expat bubble of Maadi it is the norm. I figured I'd have found a huge list of great apartments, but no, I've only found about 4 or 5 that fit my criteria and of course that is via the Internet, so I'm sure that list will be whittled down a bit.

So, I'm hoping Ariel will find a good apartment before we move so we can have that crossed of our huge, daunting to-do-list. I'll keep you updated!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Start Date

Ariel is on his way back to Cairo again for work and the kids and I are trying to keep ourselves occupied before the BIG move to Egypt. Ariel also finally received his official offer letter after much back and forth, negotiations, delays, and frustration. So our official start date is now September 1st. That's like a month away....AHHHHHHH!!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Trying this out

I've decided to start a blog as a way to capture some of the moments in my life right now with three small children. My days are often a blur and I find that when I look back I can't remember much (3 kids under 6 will do that to you), especially those great moments when the kids were so funny, or witty, or cute. Knowing how they won't be this small forever I want to record some of those memories so when the kids are big I can look back and truly appreciate this crazy, insane, stressful time in my life.

Also, just because our life isn't crazy enough, this family of 5 from Texas will soon be expats living in Cairo, Egypt- the city that pretty much invented chaotic living! Stay tuned for our adventures in Egypt....