We decided to move to Mexico after our May 2016 vacation and gave ourselves six months to prepare for the move, which included selling our house.
Our house sold at the end of October - and then I had to figure out the logistics for our stuff based on leaving our house in October yet not moving until December. We also had to figure out where to stay in the interim while we both worked through November, plan the drive, and I was also an artist in the Chicago One of a Kind Art Show in December.
The toughest part about moving overseas - what to do with your STUFF!
- sell it
- give it away
- take art show products and display to my parents - keep in mind that I won't be able to take the display items to Mexico
- pack it to be shipped to PV- coordinate this day based on the house sale and when we'll arrive in PV
- keep stuff needed to live in our house until it sells
- keep work clothes that we'll need after we sell our house (sold in October) while staying at a temporary hotel for six weeks
- keep clothes needed for the last two weeks in Chicago, while living at my parents house
- keep clothes needed for the Art Show, the drive to PV and possibly clothes we might need to live in PV should our stuff not arrive as planned (but not too many clothes because they all have to go on a pod on our car roof since our two big greyhounds will have the back space of our SUV)
- dog stuff for staying at the temporary hotel, my parents, and for the drive to Vallarta - dog beds, cooler for raw food, water & food bowls, dog snacks . and figure out where to get raw dog food on the drive
- buy a pod for the car that's large enough for the suitcases
The STUFF logistics was mind-boggling. Despite how crazy it was, I'm happy and grateful that we shipped special furniture, rugs, and eight dog beds to Puerto Vallarta.
the first surreal day
The day we moved out of our house.
This was the first big surreal day of the move - it was bittersweet, as it was our first house together.
We spent seven wonderful years in this house, pouring our hearts out into renovating each room. When we first bought this Chicago bungalow, it took us two weeks just to remove the wallpaper! Our house sold at the end of October 2016, and we still had six weeks to go before driving to Mexico.
the One Of a Kind Art Show at chicago merchandise mart
This show was important because I designed and sewed couture dog collars all year (besides my full-time corporate job) before we even knew we'd be moving. So I wanted to attend this show before we moved - over 65,000 people attend.
By this time, the move was only days away and we were excited, telling all our customers we were moving to Mexico and to come visit us!
one more day before the drive to pv
december 6, 2016
Holy crap, we're moving to Mexico!
We'd been staying with my parents the last two weeks.
In the morning, we had an appointment with a special vet that was certified to give us the appropriate stamp of approval at the border to show that our dogs had all their required shots and were healthy to move to Mexico.
We spent the afternoon prepping the car, attaching the pod, and other small last minute items on the checklist. I tried not to get teary-eyed at the thought of leaving my parents. The evening was occupied with last minute checks on the best routes for the drive down to Laredo, and then to PV.
I checked the leather satchel which stored all the important documents we needed for the border.
OUR CAR TITLE IS MISSING! We won't be able to get a car sticker at the border to go into Mexico without our car title.
Todd remembered he had taken the car title to the Mexican Consulate to get our car sticker for Mexico, but the lines were too long and they told him he could get the sticker at the border, so he decided not to wait and we'd get it at the border - after that, he can't remember what he did with the title.
It's 9:30pm, and Todd was calling anyone he could think of, maybe he left it somewhere. He even drove over an hour to Chicago to search at places he'd been, at his old Dunkin’ Donuts store, everywhere … nada.
After six months of planning, it came to this. And we had to arrive in Puerto Vallarta on a certain day because our furniture was being delivered the day after we arrived.
My dad said we could pick up a new title in Joliet, which wasn't far, and was on the route of our trip. We'd have to try that in the morning.
DAY 1 of the DRIVE to PV is in the next article - did we get our car title (drum roll)?
Larleen has a tough goodbye before she leaves for Mexico.
As exciting as this all was, the move was a little heartbreaking for me too, especially to leave my parents and other family and friends in Chicago.
Any questions or need more information about how to plan a move like this? Let me know in the comments below.