Tuesday, December 27, 2011
So after going to Church on Christmas we took off for Bennett Springs State Park. It was me, Tedd and Joe (The Three Amigos) We were planning to do the "natural tunnel" trail. It was supposed to be 7 miles. Well it was 7 miles to get TO the tunnel. We took the shorter way back, and it ended up being like 11 miles! We did have lots of fun. It makes me soo excited for camping this summer!
AND before we took off on this hike we went to the park office. The very dedicated Ranger man was there...on Christmas Day. He told me how to get to the trailhead. Then I saw a brochure about Bears in Missouri. If you weren't aware, apparently there are black bears in Missouri.
My favorite part of the brochure is the part that says...and I quote, "If a bear should attack, fight back. Hit the bear in the nose and eyes. Kick the bear as hard as you can. Use any available objects."
Umm...am I the only one thinking this sounds a little crazy? Pretty sure you're not gonna see this girl bear fighting. LOL Luckily we didn't have to use these tactics!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I'm not even claiming to know whats going on here HAHA
Tedd on the side of a cliff. You can't really tell in the picture, but its a LONG way down!
Spelunking through the cave :)
They sent me into every cave tunnel first. Because all three of them (all grown men) were too afraid of snakes to go first!
Tedd down in some hole. It was actually dark here (you can't tell because of the flash) and he didn't really know how far down he was going to jump.
Me and long time friend Joe.
Such a beautiful view! You can't see them but there were tons of cattle down in that valley.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
And when you find a teeny fire pit on a craigslist like website and haggle the seller down to $20. Not only do they accept...but they deliver. Seriously? Just so we are all on the same page here: Yes, we did roast marshmallows outside tonight. Psh What you don't do that in mid December? Your loss! haha
The kind of weekend when a single piece of green quilted fabric is the coolest thing...ever. I'm not exactly sure how it started. But now he drags it around the house, hides under it, lays on it and basically basks in its awesome-ness. Who would have thought that a scrap of fabric would have brought such entertainment? haha
We also rang the bell for Salvation Army this weekend. We did it for Church and Tedd and I were both at opposite ends of Wal-mart. You may be thinking, "Aww how nice!". Well yes, it did indeed make us feel all warm and fuzzy. BUT we also got a great hour of "people watching in" LOL. As we donned our super attractive bright red Aprons and rang the never ending bell, we watched. I watched as a little girl get her finger stuck in my bucket. Tedd watched as a husband dropped his wife off at the entrance to Wal-mart. And also as said woman got out of the vehicle through the window. Straight up Dukes of Hazzard Style yo. I'm laughing out loud right now.
Well not here in SouthCentral Missouri. As Tedd was driving, my jaw dropped. Honest to goodness. There was a trampoline with rope, pvc pipe and barbed wire around it instead of a safety net. That'll teach those kids to jump in the middle! I can't even make this kind of stuff up people! HAHA
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
- We got our Christmas Tree from Trees for Troops. We decorated it and its very pretty! Trees for Troops is an awesome organization. They give out FREE live trees to military families. If you have the time, you should google them.
- "Puss and Boots" was playing at the Theater on base for FREE. So I gathered a posse and we went. It was a really cute movie, and a lot of fun.
- Our church Christmas program was Sunday evening. The kids and some adults did a really good play. Afterward was the Christmas dinner.
- As crazy as it seems, a long time family friend (Joe) is in the army and stationed here as well. He and his friend (whom I previously nicknamed "Montana") came over and the four of us (Tedd included lol) had a Monopoly playing marathon. It was so much fun. I went to bed after 11pm. And Tedd said they finished around 1:30 AM. Thats a lot of Monopoly! haha.
- I started a new job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started last Friday. I absolutely love it! What a blessing. Its at a really nice vet clinic and I get to do my vet tech thing that I love :). Besides the fact that we need the money, I am a career person through and through. I feel sooo much better about myself all around when I am working.
- Tedd and I are both joining Bible Studies through our church. They are both based on the new "Courageous" movie. The only difference is the men's study and one is the women's.
- We are not coming home for Christmas this year. There are quite a few of our friends who are also staying here with no family. We are trying to find a very cheap way to do something fun to celebrate. Maybe driving around and looking at lights? We'll see.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
My sis and bro in law got us a lot of cute Christmas decorations. We hardly have any so it meant a lot! Thanks Bob, Janelle, Ben and Maggie!
My brother, sister-in-law and family got us games and movies. We are super excited about them! We are trying to find someone to come over soon to play Rook! Thanks Justin, Danielle, Lance, Caleb, Zach and Julia!
And mom and dad with the gifts from us.
Flea demonstrating how much he loves his new tower!
Mom and dad at Bass Pro shops!
Me creeping in a hunting blind
A real alligator!
Mom sporting Tedd's helmet LOL
Dad sporting the whole get up
Thursday, December 1, 2011
One of the things I said when we started this journey was that I was going to try to take advantage of every opportunity that the army made available to us. The Army Community Service, or ACS, here on post offers a lot of things to the military and their family.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
- Lists...lots of them
- Pretending I'm a certified professional organizer :)
- Dave Ramsey (Think he'd fit in a box?)
- Trying to find a job (well I wouldn't say that my favorite...ugh)
- Making and Mailing out Christmas Cards ( I'm in love with them)
- Taking advantage of the services that the army provides (more on that later)
- Having a washer and dryer
- Getting a housewarming package from my aunt
- Having more visitors in the past month than we've had the last 4 years combined
- Super cute scarves
- Good Smelling Candles and wallflowers
- Seeing the mountains
- Playing wii ping pong
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tedd started inprocessing yesterday so I haven't taken many pictures yet but I wanted to share some fun facts about things so far and our new state!
P.S. For the purpose of this post, FLW will mean Fort Leonard Wood and MO will mean Missouri. :)
- The base is HUGE and seriously beautiful. Set smack dab in the middle of the Ozark Mountains and Mark Twain National Forest. There are tons of trees and parks and outdoor activities, off and on base.
- We are living in temporary housing right now. Its almost like living in a dorm room in college. We're making the best of it. Although I will say its slightly difficult to find meals that can be made soley on a "hot plate" haha.
- We've been offered a house!!! Praise the Lord. The normal wait list is 2-4 months. And we get to walk through in about 10 days. We will be accepting because we can't afford not to. And because no matter what, we're not buying it so no biggie. Home is here the heart is. Well and where the moving truck drops your stuff off haha.
- I went to the commisary yesterday. It is just like any giant grocery store except for two things. The first being the prices. Not everything is cheaper. But there are some things that are CRAZY cheap. Like, "I can't buy this because we can't make it on a hotplate but I want to buy/hoard 28 of these, cheap" Honest. The second difference is that they bag and load your groceries just like the good old days.
- When the nice old commissary man was following me out to the car to load my groceries....I realized I did not have one single solitary clue where I'd parked. That was slightly embarassing LOL. But you know me, you know I roll that way :)
- I somehow found my way to the post office, thrift store, movie theatre, bowling alley, Army Community Services building, and the Px all on my own yesterday! Since I am directionally challanged and can't find my way out of a three sided cardboard box, thats great for me.
- They have a special office here at FLW that is specifically to help spouses find employment. Yay! I will be headed there after we get back from meeting the movers.
- In a safety brief yesterday we learned that it is illegal to pass on the right in MO.
- We also learned that you're allowed to text and drive if you're over the age of 21 in MO. (Seriously? Thats so extremely crazy. Who thought that up?)
- There is NO using cell phones or electronic devices while driving on FLW. If you so much as check the time on your cell phone and the MPs catch you...$75 fine. Oh and since this is the MP (military police) school, they'll catch you. :)
- The thing that I am possibly most excited about is the fact that we have armadillos here in MO. How cool is that!? My wonderful husband has so bluntly pointed out, that they are simply rats with shells. You may think that made it less exciting for me? Oh no. Not at all. In fact I am quite determined to find one and take many pictures :) I wonder if they bite?
- I am very anxious to get all of our Household goods packed up and on a truck. But I'm more anxious to get Flea and Trixie here. But I am so excited to have everything here. And to set up our new home. To hopefully find a friend that will help me decorate. Or maybe just find a friend in general haha.
And last, but certainly not least, for your viewing pleasure......
I think its kinda cute!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I remember knowing EXACTLY how my life would pan out. I was sure of it. I won't put you to sleep telling you what I had planned but what I am going to do is the following.
If you would have told me that _______________, I would have looked at you like you were C.r.A.Z.y.!!
- I'd be living in a 900 sq. foot apartment with no yard or barn
- I would be washing A.C.U.'s
- I would know the meaning LES, ACU, ASU, FDS
- I could spend months without seeing my husband
- we are leaving tomorrow and have NO clue where we will be sleeping for the next week
- we are leaving tomorrow and have no home set up...period.
- I don't know where I'll be working
- I don't know when the movers will come
- I don't know when I'll be coming back to get my animals
- I would have packed a bag with scissors, a skillet, a pot, a wooden spoon and a cookie sheet
- there are sleeping bags in the pile of things we're taking with us b/c thats most likely what we'll be sleeping on
- we may be living (wherever that is) without furniture for months
- I would be going to the laundry mat or to my sisters to do laundry every week
- that I would get SO excited when my husband calls
- That my husband wouldn't know where the silverware is where I've been living for 3 months
Okay are you bored yet? I'll get to the point. FAITH. You may have it. You may think you have it. This entire year has been an enormous leap of faith for us. I have times when I worry, or stress but then I hear these words:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
The moral of this story is, it does matter what plans we have. God knows what he's doing. God knows where we'll be sleeping tomorrow night. He knows when we'll get a home to rent. He knows where I'll be working. He knows how much time Tedd and I will get to spend together before he has to leave again. Our plans do not always coincide with his.
So in the the near future my "plans" consist of lots of faith and prayer, lots of driving, and a lot of aleve for the backaches of sleeping in sleeping bags on the floor :).
I'll try to keep you updated if we have access to internet!