Dayna, re: 4. Banking. I was hoping to get advice on which banks are best, but someone told me that US banks are privately owned? I've never heard of that... I'm just used to nationwide banking institutions. Every town in every province has pretty much every bank, etc. So many differences to take care of! LOL.
Recommend looking at Credit Unions instead of Banks -- similar function but MUCH better ethics because they're a co-op instead of a privately owned for profit business.
Re: Chocolate Donut God, as a child I was really lucky. So the story goes, we'd gone somewhere and I really wanted a chocolate donut, but my dad said no. The next thing he knew, I was walking around the corner with a half eaten chocolate donut in hand (and on face). Really the lady behind the counter gave it to me, but he said the Chocolate Donut God must have given it to me. And then later, when I found a dime or something, it was always because the Chocolate Donut God provided. Funny aside, if you are old enough to remember banks of pay phones -- we'd go to the airport and my sister would go down one side and I would go down the other. She'd come up with nothing, I'd have 3 or 4 dimes, maybe even a quarter!
I wish the Chocolate Donut God believed in picking lottery numbers ........
Thanks for the banking advice! We have to open a bank account as soon as we get there, during our househunting trip. No time to waste, sort of thing. So I really really appreciate it!
LOL, the Chocolate Donut God. That's great! We always grew up blaming things that went missing on the "Time Builders" based off a Twilight Zone episode. But a Chocolate Donut God would have been welcome in our home! hahaha!
Dayna, regarding medical:
I believe for any routine care you would see a doctor at a military facility.
For urgent/emergency I believe you go to any nearest hospital. If I remember right, Tricare Prime memebers need to notify their primary care physician within 24hrs. Tricare Standard members do not have a PCP, so no notifying.
I remember my son getting ill and taking him to the nearest hospital, which was not military, and all was fine.
Thanks DG! George confirmed your post - his chain of command informed him that we go to the military hospital whenever possible, and go to local hospitals when we can't. Then various insurance companies reimburse us the fees or something. We won't have Tricare Prime, as we're Canadian and have to keep our Cdn military insurance, but I assume it's something similar.
Dayna, did you work out the car thing yet?
I asked DH and he said it depends on what type of car you have, as some are not allowed in until they are a certain number of years old. But really, the process is simple as long as you don`t have a forbidden car, lol. Just call boarder services. They will need 72 hours notice to receive your car and you will have to pay American tax on it, as it is new to their economy. And to bring it back is the same, but you will not need to pay the tax. Once you get there you will have a week or 10 days to complete a vehicle inspection, but since it is new, you should be fine. DH has imported a few cars to Canada, and it was really quite easy. But it is a boarder services thing, so they will be your easiest/fastest way to figure it all out.
I think it will be fine - we bought it a year ago, but it was pre-owned, it's a 2009.
And I don't know how to do the import thing the normal way, but it works a little differently with this move. We've been briefed on it by our rep. The military is paying to ship it, and they pay the import fees, if any. They also are re-imbursing us for registration, new plates, our new driver's licenses, etc. I will call them to make sure our make/model isn't on any forbidden list though. Good call. I did already check to see that they don't sell our model on the island, so parts will be expensive when it comes to fixing it there. The dealership can order them in, but they're coming a long way.
You ladies are definitely helping me think of extra stuff that needs to be done, so I am getting it checked off my list early! Woo!
New Good/Bad news: The military has informed us that they WILL pay for DD to go to a private school for grades 1, 2, and 3 - so that when she returns she will be at the same level academically to go into Canadian Grade 4. Yay! (The HI public schools can't keep her at the Ontario levels, and she'd have to repeat a few grades if she went with them.) Now the bad part - we contacted the private school... and they are pushing some "minimum age" agenda and making me angry today.
Apparently, although my Abbie has graduated Nursery School, Junior Kindergarten, and Senior Kindergarten (will be done this last one by June)... they will NOT allow her to go into Grade 1 there "because she doesn't turn 6 until Nov, and to be eligible for Grade 1, she has to turn 6 in September". They want MY government to pay them tuition to FORCE her to RE-DO Senior Kindergarten, because she's born 6 weeks too late to be "old" enough for grade one. (We weren't aware of it, but apparently even the public system has this rule)
Yet, academically, she reads. She does basic math. She does problem solving, is interested in science. AND DOESN'T NEED a fourth year of "circle time" and "lets do crafts and eat glue" time. She needs structure and motivation.
Sigh. This entire school year, all Abbie can talk about is going to grade one, and writing more, and reading books. And this new school said that they are about 90% sure they will not allow her to do the Grade One curriculum, even being 6 weeks younger than their youngest students, even if she shows readiness for Grade 1.
I don't get that. It's NOT in her best interest to BORE HER TO TEARS for an entire school year. She's ALREADY bored with kindergarten. An entire extra year, and she'd probably be acting out, disobeying the teacher, etc. And I have a REAL problem with her not being challenged to do her best. Or having my government pay them thousands in tuition to basically babysit her and bore her to death.
Homeschooling has never looked so good right now!
Sorry. Rant over. I'm sure it will work out. But Abbie is my # 1 priority. I'll rent a TENT to live in, I don't care, as long as it lets me live where I can get her decent schooling where she will be accepted, and have fun learning.
ETA: I didn't rant to look for sympathy. Sorry if it looks that way. Has anyone been able to do a move and smoothly get their children the education they needed? Even when it goes against the "norm" for the state? Share experiences if you have! I'm 'all ears'...