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!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Yesterday morning I went to the bank and was planning on going straight from there to Ft. Wayne to meet my sis and to do some other errands. I was driving the truck because the mechanic told me to drive it once a week lol. As I pulled out of the bank parking lot all of the sudden I could tell something was very wrong. I immediately pulled into the very first spot I couuld in a parking lot only a few hundred feet away and this is what I found...
A REALLY flat tire. I must have run over something. With no one else to call... I called my Roadside assistance. An extremely sweet older man came out and put my spare on and also taught me how to do it. Roadside assistance rocks! haha. Then I went into town and went to the Ford Dealership and had the tire fixed, had it remounted, and had them put my spare back under the truck.
Then I went to the mall to meet my sis. I was rushing down the escalator and I almost ran into a lady as I was getting off. I started to apologize and she stopped me and said, "oh its fine! You know what? You have beautiful eyes!" Whoa. In case you never knew how much a compliment could do for someones day...it made me feel so good!
The biggest compliment though came from my hubby :). We didn't get to talk last night until after 11pm. After talking to him about his day, he asked me about mine. I told him about the flat tire. But I followed with telling him not to worry because everything was fine and I had it handled.
He got very quiet. VERY quiet. I asked what was wrong. After a pause that seemed like an eternity he said, "Nothing. I'm just SO proud of you. You have no idea. You're a military wife now. You guys have the hardest job there is and you have to take care of everything. I'm just so proud of you for not freaking, getting it changed, and decidin to get it fixed all on your own."
THAT was the best compliment I've had for months :) I thought it was sweet and it definately made my day that he appreciates me, as much as I do him.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
- Amos met his new best friend at daycare...a big black labradoodle. Apparently they are quite smitten with each other!
- I spent the afternoon riding horses with one of my besties. We did what we do best...racing and riding until our poor horses can barely stand. lol We even got chased by a combine...it was quite adrenaline pumping.
- I read 100 pages in a very good mystery novel I rented from the Library yesterday
- I listed 4 more large things on craigslist...I'm certain by the time we leave everything we "own" will probably fit in a Smart Car
- It saddens me to say I apparently cannot even handle keeping a 900 sq ft. apartment from looking like it has been through a natural disaster
- My cat is currently cuddled up with a stuffed giraffe
- My dog is asleep in my bed...on my side...with his head on MY pillow...*sigh*
- I found out we may be living in a hotel room for a while...awesome lol
- Working on a resume is seriously no fun. I can't help but wonder if anyone will want me lol