It's really happening... we're moving to Beijing, China. We are now in possession of six passports (6 Visas are in the work). We've received notice that we'll be getting a 4 (!!!) bedroom apartment on the campus of the school where Jed is going to be teaching economics. We just bought a bunch of stuff (crib, crib mattress, shelves, Thomas the Tank Engine set, etc.) from the family who is vacating said apartment. We bought our airplane tickets (LAX>SFO>PEK). We're mapped out our drive from Ohio to California. We've bought some suitcases at garage sales. We've made lots of lists of stuff to take. We keep talking about a practice pack to see if we can fit everything.
Are we fluent in Chinese? No. Do we know a few words? Yes. Does Jed plan on making us listen to Chinese language cds for the entire 11 day drive to California. Yes. Will be fluent in Mandarin by the time we land in Beijing? Probably not.