I just love everyone's words of support! Thanks so much for understanding my stress! It really is quite crazy. Here's the latest. This morning, DH talked to the guy in Italy who made it quite clear that we'd be going to Vicenza. He then called the guy at branch assignments in D.C. That guy wasn't quite as convincing, but seemed to indicate that Vicenza was certainly a reasonable option.
By noon, on the Army Knowledge Online site, DH's Assignment Satisfaction Key page said On Assignment - CS EDERLE. For weeks that page has said Schweinfurt, Germany, so I do not think it is a coincidence that after a few phone calls it has suddenly changed. (Caserma Ederle is the name of the base in Vicenza.)
Therefore, we are assuming as much as it is possible to assume anything at this point, that we are now moving to Vicenza, Italy in the second week of June. The SGM in Italy also wrote DH that he would have at least 6 months before he would deploy. Not holding my breath on that one, but I do hope he'll be there long enough to help me unpack a few boxes.
When I am able to wrap my head around this rather sudden and major change, I'm pretty pleased with Italy. Having lived there before makes it much easier to know what to expect. The food....oh, the wonderful food! The only thing I'm not thrilled with is the weather. I remember miserable, hot, muggy summers. Although Vicenza is in northern Italy, it sits in a valley and the smoggy, warm air just sits there and stagnates. Perhaps because we had no air conditioning ever, it seemed worse.
The website for Vicenza is so much better than anything I'd found for Germany! Take a look at all the amazing travel, shopping, and vacation opportunities sponsored by the base! I have connected with another military wife who is blogging from Vicenza who has assured me she'll show me a place to get good, cheap wine. I've also made contact with a knitter on Ravelry who is in Vicenza, so I already feel like I will "know" a few people there. And in the way of the army, DH will likely know half of post by the end of day 2.
The kids are very excited, although a little hesitant, understandably not wanting to get too worked up in case things change again. Grace had really had her heart set on Germany, for reasons I'm not sure of. When I told her that Italy was much warmer and I'd need to buy her another swimsuit and more summer clothes, she suddenly was totally on board with the Italian plan. Alex has kind of been hoping for Italy all along, again for reasons I'm not sure of.
My dear husband is being very understanding of my dark and gloomy personality lately. I have told him that it isn't him, it isn't this move, it's just where I am right now. I'm often sad and teary and angry and I can't pin it on any one thing, it's just time for me to be this way for a while. He doesn't expect me to pretend to be happy and relaxed and has allowed me to vent and hibernate in my mental shell whenever I need it.
I just can't believe that come July 2nd, the day my husband proposed marriage to me 16 years ago, we'll be right back in the exact same place. And did I mention the food? I cannot wait to taste my favorite pizza with mushrooms, eggplant, gorgonzola, and artichokes. Will it taste as heavenly as I remember?