Friday, June 29, 2012

One year ago...

Oh how life has changed in the past year.  I would be willing to say that 90% of my life is different than it was 2 years ago.  And honestly probably only 10 % is the same.  Enough with mathmatical equations :)

The only constants in my life have been God, Tedd, and family.  Thats it. Different home, different job, different state, different environment.  Who knew this would be where I was today?  Well God did of course.  But I surely did not lol.  The strange thing about life lately is I'm fairly happy.  I do still feel like we are where we are supposed to be at this moment.  Weekly Tedd and I will discuss where we think he will take his military career.  There are so many options.  Does she stay in as enlisted? Will he decide to go Officer? Maybe Warrant officer?  Where will we live? What will our lives be like?  We are very excited to see what the next 20 years of our lives will be like.

Army life in general is a completely different world.  Completely.  Its almost as if we were picked up out of our "old" life and dropped into a completely different universe.  Before Tedd joined the Army I had probably seen maybe 5 people in uniform (in person) my entire life.  Now thats the norm.  All of my friends husbands are military, I deal with almost ALL military clients at work.  Its strange that this life is now our normal lol.

Some big differences are NO privacy.  Tedd literally is PROPERTY of the army.  I am not in the army.  But I am still largely controlled by it.  Obviously whenever they need Tedd to go somewhere he must go, on any amount of notice.  His chain of command has had to come through our house many times.  They can literally tell you whether or not you can buy a car, if you're allowed to buy a tv.  If a tragedy happened back home, Tedd could not leave and go home right away.  It would have to go through the Red Cross first.   
If I get a speeding ticket, TEDD gets into trouble for "failure to control dependants"  Earlier this spring they told Tedd he could not drive the Saturn until he got new tires.  To be perfectly honest, it does not bother me any more at all.  I'm used to it.  But it is definately a difference from normal "civilian life".

A little  over a year ago we lived in a two story farm house, with a few acres.  Now we live in a duplex in a large housing area on a military installation.  THEY mow, they trim, they blow the leaves, they pick up the trash and recycling.  Very different.

As different as life is now.  We love our life right now.  Before we moved here I was scared terrified!  I think so many people get "comfortable" in life.  They have the same homes, same friends, same churches, same jobs etc etc. 
Some of my biggest fears about moving were: Making new friends, finding and getting hired at a new job, learning my way around a new place, and being "good enough".

I can honestly say I feel empowered in those areas now.  With Gods help we were both able to overcome many fears and we have completely started a new life here.  In a few years, we will probably do it again wherever the army decides to send us.  But Tedd and I now talk about where we will retire to and how excited we are to put down roots WHEREVER we want (and wherever God leads us).  We don't have that fear of "could we do it?"   We know we can.

Tedd left a few days ago for a stateside deployment for 6+ weeks.  Last year when Tedd left for basic training I was the epitome of an emotional catastrophe.  This time, I miss him.  But I'm okay :).  I have friends here who understand, a real support system.  I plan on going about normal life working and hanging out with the furry animals and my friends and trying to pass the time as quickly as possible until I can be in his arms again.
Please pray for Tedd's safety and that the next 6 weeks go fast! :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

You never know whats in your kitchen cabinet...

Two days ago, I got out of the shower and was getting ready for work.  I heard commotion in the kitchen and walked out to see what was happening.  I found "Z" and Tedd making some kind of wierd tea.  Z is one of Tedd's friends in his unit.  He is from Russia, and was actually in the Russian army before the U.S. Army.  He makes us all laugh trying to bridge the language barrier, and introducing him to new "American" things LOL.  Anyway, Z was teaching Tedd to make some kind of organic tea with a giant mushroom, a giant jar, some wierd tea/water mixture that looks like it was rotting etc.  Apparently its supposed to be really good for you.  And when I got home from work, I found all of my cook books moved and a giant jar of it in the cabinet LOL.  

One of my favorite things about the army "family" is all of the different cultures.  EVERYONE is from somewhere different.  We get to be friends with so many different people and learn so much about different people.  I guess in a few days we get to taste the tea and see how good it is!

Monday, June 4, 2012

The day after Org Day (see below)  we decided to take a float trip down the river.  We all bought $5 tubes from Wal-Mart and decided to go for it!  Five hours later we finally made it to our other car LOL. There was about 12-14 of us, and we had a great time!  We did get very burnt haha.  Afterward we all hung out at our house.  

Hall and Tedd supervising "Z" making his yummy Russian food.


And this is how we roll when we've all been out in the sun too many days in a row.  We were supposed to be watching a movie.  As you can see Joe, "Z", and "Montana" didn't last long! LOL

My new friend Stephanie was wide awake though! HAHA I love her!

Org Day

A few weeks ago, Tedd's battalion had "Org Day".  Basically its a day where each company competes with one another in sporting events, there is a big barbeque, and you everyones families come out to have a good time.   Here are a few pics!

Harvey, Bitner, Tedd and ??

Calvin was a big fan of Org day.  Or maybe it was all of the people and food?

A shot of just SOME of the people there attending.  I think they were about to announce the winner!

Calvin decided, (in true Army Dog fashion)  that when he got hot, he would just hang out under a MASSIVE  Army vehicle and hope it didn't decide to move. 

Tedd's company WON the whole thing! It was pretty exciting actually and there was  A LOT of Hooahs. :)
This is his first seargant getting a pie in the face!
And I didn't get any pictures but Tedd was on the softball team and the tug of war :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Cuteness OVERLOAD! :)  So happy!  Calvin is growing up!  He is over 6 lbs now! He finally lost his last puppy teeth.  He is in need of another haircut.  He's a very good boy.  He LOVES all people, children (I know they're people too haha), other animals, pretty much everything.     He's 100%  potty trained, and can now jump onto every piece of furniture. He goes crazy when we pop popcorn because he loves it sooo much.  Tedd told me last night he wants to get Calvin and I an engraved popcorn bowl with Calvin and my names on it LOL  We are going to be taking him to find out about his first leg surgery soon.  We want to do his knee surgery first.  We shall see.  We love our happy boy!