Tuesday, June 10, 2008

So many things...

Sorry, it has been a while since my last post.  It has been challenging because we have had to pay for our internet access while at the hotel and it wasn't cheap.  We could use it for free at Drew's parents  house but, it gets tricky to write when so many interesting conversations are happening! 

 Driving test - I passed a written driving test that the base requires you to take within 30 days.  I was really suprised because it is a hard test.  The hardest part is trying to understand what the british mean in their highway code.  English is pretty different out here.

 Car - we bought a car, a very cheap car $400.  It has passed its MOT which is an annual requirement for cars out here to make sure they are up to snuff.  standards are pretty high.  It has passed the MOT until March.  Cars which pass this are worth at least $1000.  It will be a good car for a while anyway, its a bit difficult to drive as Drew has told me.  I won't actually be driving it, its a stick and I have only driven once out here anyway.  He will be using it to get to and from work.  Also, our rental car will need to be turned in by the 20th, so even if it were only to last a few weeks its cheaper then renting a car!  It is a 1993 Vauxhall astra

 New car ~  we have decided to purchase a new car for our family car.  we are most  likely going to buy a toyota Yaris.  We are going to get everthing we want in the car, it will be nice to have a little bit of luxury in our car for once! 

Car seat ~  our car seat came in today.  I bought an american car seat and travel system because Drew had said we would be buy an American car.  Not 5 minutes later, he said that maybe we should get a british car.  I think we are going to keep it anyway, then Joan and Fred can use it in their car when they want to take Anna somewhere.  Also, it will still work as a travel system.  Now, I just need to find a british carseat for our new cars. 

Dining room table.  I found a free dinning room table for our new place.  I need to get chairs for it.  I am really glad I didn't bring our table because their isn't that much room available to keep it in.  It is also pretty cute!  Its a round table that has a hidden leaf inside!  The owners got it at an auction and only wanted the chairs.  On base their is a weekly newsletter where people sell/give away things.  I think we will really luck out with it!

I wish I had pictures I could show, but our camera cord isn't here yet.  Supposedly it should come into customs on June 25th ~ not sure how long it will take to clear customs but we hope to have our stuff before the baby comes.


  1. Glad to see you decided on Yaris I think it will be a better fit. Actually, it is also quite small but gets great MPG. Good that you got a great night sleep finally. You and Drew deserve it as does you granddaughter Anne. Well thanks for updating the blog and so glad you have Joan and Fred to help you. We leave on friday so keep blogging and e mail me at hotmail acct with any updates. Love you all, Dad

  2. Thanks for letting me know how to leave a comment! It is great to beable to read how you are getting along. Keep us posted onhow you are doing. Love and hugs. Aunt Sue

  3. Kim,
    Sounds like things are going well. When are you getting the new car? I would wait on the car seat thing until you decide. Anyway, email or call if you get bored! Love you.