Just this last week, this move got really real.
First, all the paperwork we need to get our visa arrived from China
We also sat down with the calendar to figure out when to put our last stuff in storage, when to leave here, and when to fly to China. Somehow for me, the calendar is what began to make it really really real. For our trip across the country, we stuck the pins into the map for real this time, and coordinated with the calendar again to get a good idea of when we will be where and what and whom we want to and can see.
We ordered cheap camping gear for the trip across the country, bought a giant suitcase to help us figure out how much stuff we can take with us when we move
and bought three non-refundable one-way tickets to Shanghai.