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Another-Another Anniversary

I just “celebrated” my 6-month anniversary at my job. I’m enjoying being out and interacting with other adults each day. The work is fairly easy and I am hoping to go back to school and move up to more challenging work eventually.

I’ve been thinking lately that I’d like to start a new blog – something different. I’ve thought about things involving chocolate, or running, or being a retired military veteran’s spouse, or ??? I don’t get around to writing for this one much lately, so we shall see.

The kids are doing well: the oldest is a freshman in college, the second a dual-enrolled college/high school student, and the youngest just a smarty pants. He won 1st place in his category at the county science fair for the 2nd year in a row. Hubby is teaching for his 2nd year at the local middle/high school and is still finding it challenging, while also working very hard at getting our house built. I can’t wait until it is finished!

I’m sure the 2nd 6 months will go by as quickly as the first 6. Here’s to hoping 2011 will be a great year all around!

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Working Woman

I was hoping to say that my first week of work went without a glich. Well, work-wise, I guess I can say that. But the 45-minute drive presented the glich this week.

Day 1, I met the temp that I am replacing. She has been there for 9 months and came on board with no pass-down, no training, nothing. She knows what it was like when she started, so she is trying to make it a bit easier for me.

Day 2, 10 minutes away from the house, two doe ran in front of my car. One didn’t make it to the other side of the road. And our Ford Focus didn’t make it very far after that either. It is in the shop being repaired, so it will get its second life. I think the deer went home with someone and made a nice meal. I felt badly and was a little shaken up afterwards, but there isn’t much I could do about it. With our oldest son buying his first car, we actually have an extra car now that he isn’t driving the Ford.  But for now I am driving our gas-guzzling Sequoia to work. It is actually my car, but we decided that with that long of a drive to work, that the Ford would be better to drive.  Except it’s not as tough with the deer.

The rest of my week went well, learning new things. The best part of it all is that I get a 3-day weekend through the summer. I work an hour longer each day, but having Friday’s off is awesome!

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The Final Countdown

In less than 60 hours, I will be in my new office starting a new phase of my life. I found out yesterday that I already have an e-mail address at my new job, and I haven’t even started yet.   I’m pretty excited to be back in the workforce but hope I don’t stress out about the house.  I have been running it full-time for the past 18 years, so it’s gonna be hard.  But then again, I may be too exhausted to notice the laundry is piling up or the dishes haven’t been washed in days.  We shall see.
The past couple of weeks have been great to have before I begin on Monday. I drove “home” to Gulf Breeze/Pensacola and then spent a couple of days on the beach with my sister, her 2 boys, my mom, and my youngest son. We watched about 6 different fireworks shows from the balcony of our condo on July 4th.  My daughter and her grandmother drove up to New York for the week to visit a friend.  They are on their way home today after stopping in DC yesterday. My daughter has never been there and wanted to see the monuments, etc. I think she has enjoyed having my mother-in-law to herself for a few days, but I will be glad when she is home to spend my last couple of days of “freedom” with her!  My husband and oldest son stayed home where they worked on preparations for building our new house.  The land is cleared and leveled and the foundation should be poured pretty soon (yay!).
My oldest son hit another milestone yesterday when he bought his first car, a 1999 Chevy Cavalier. It looks like a great first car.  At least it was manufactured after he was born.  My first car was 15 years older than I was, but it was pretty cool, a 1955 red Plymouth Savoy.  My dad was in an antique car phase and also bought a 1955 pink and white Ford Crown Victoria, a 1962 aqua and white Chevy Nova, and a 1969 Mercedes-Benz.  I got to drive them all while I was in high school; my friends never knew which car I was going to show up to school in.

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One Year Anniversary

Wow.  I started this blog 365 days ago.   It’s interesting to look back and see what we did over the past year.  I didn’t write much in the past couple of months as we have been settling in here in our new home in Florida.  We’ve been here 2 months now.  And we are learning how to live in the country.  We got our first real pets – we’ve had fish over the years – but now we have a puppy and two mares.  The dog has become a member of the family; he’s just too cute.  And we are gradually learning how to take care of horses.  We are hoping to ride them soon, but it’s been a while, so I’m taking it slowly. 

The kids started school last week and are trying to find their places in yet another new school.  Our oldest joined the football team over the summer before school started so got a jump-start on making new friends.  Since this is his senior year, I’m glad he was able to do that.  Our daughter joined the volleyball team when school started and is learning the in’s and out’s of another new sport.  Our youngest  joined the middle school football team and may be our quarterback.  I am really looking forward to seeing them play ball this fall.  I love to watch my kids play.

My husband got a job at the middle school as an 8th grade math teacher.  He is finding it to be more challenging than he first thought.  It is much different than the 28 years he did in the military.  I am also trying to find my place here as well.  I thought that I would already be looking for a job, but it has worked out that it’s been good that I am still at home.  I actually have not quite gotten the house unpacked as we are waiting for our house-builders to repair/finish a few things that weren’t complete when we moved in.  Things like no shelves in our kitchen pantry, rips in the wall paper, legs missing on the stove, holes in the linoleum, and scratches on the counter tops have held me up from unpacking some boxes.  I just got a call that they are finally coming tomorrow to take care of these things – 2 months after we moved in.

Happy Anniversary to me.  Happy “New” Year to all.

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Comings and Goings

We start packing out in 12 days; that’s less than 2 weeks.  Yesterday we loaded up our Sequoia because my husband needed to go back down to Florida to do the final walk-through inspection on our new house.  Water and electricity should be up and running before the weekend is over.  He’s also put in an application for a job, so he wanted to be there in person to check on that.  There are things the moving company will not pack and things we don’t want them to pack – too many broken or missing items in previous moves – so he took some of that down with him. 

So, another week alone with the kids.  They are not out of school til next Thursday, so I still have my days to myself to get ready for the move.  I’m also trying to keep a regular routine going with working out, blogging, etc., but I know that some of that will have to be put on a back burner for a couple of weeks while we are packing, cleaning, travelling, and unpacking.

The kids keep going back and forth on their feelings about moving.  In general, they are excited.  We are going to be closer to lots of family.  We aren’t going to move again (well, except down the street when our final house is built).  We’ll be in Florida, where they were all 3 born and my husband and I were raised.  They can go watch the UF Gators sports teams live just about anytime they want to. 

Last night, however, our oldest son started to back-track and say he isn’t looking forward to the move as much.  I think some of that has to do with his girl friend of a year and a half.  She is the first person he’s ever gone out with, and they’ve had each other’s friendship for the past 2 school years.  I can understand his feelings.  Our daughter and youngest son have made a few good friends but no best friends.  They are used to leaving friends behind and stay in touch with several through e-mail and Facebook now.  As with all of our moves, we try to make it as easy a transition as we can.  I know as they are getting older, that it is getting harder, though.  I am glad that this will be our last military move.  We really have been lucky to have been stationed in so many great places.  The things we’ve seen and experienced most people wish for.  But now it’s our time to pass the torch.  My husband officially retired Monday morning at 12:01 am.  We just happened to be up watching the women’s college softball world series, so I was able to congratulate him and give him a little retirement gift. 

I wasn’t there when he joined the military 27 years ago yesterday.  He served in the Army Reserves for 7 1/2 years during high school and college.  After graduating, he decided he wanted to fly for the military, and the Navy recruited him.  Lucky for me, the Army didn’t have any slots for commissioned aviator officers at the time, and he went to Pensacola for Navy flight school.  We met about a month after he arrived, and here we are today, 19 years later, with 3 wonderful children.  I am so proud of my husband;  of his 44 years, 27 1/2 have been serving his country.  He was also an Army brat his first 12, so most of his life all he’s known is the military.  Here’s to his (and our family’s) smooth adjustment to civilian life – or maybe I should be saying, “Watch out everyone; here we come!”

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Americans in Paris: 2006

After leaving Guam in June of 2005, we began a new journey towards the other side of the world.  But first, a pit stop in Monterey, California to learn the language of love, le français.  My husband and I went to school just like our kids from 8 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday for 6 months.  The  differences were my husband and I lived, breathed, and dreamed in French 24/7 for those 6 months, AND I still had all of my mommy/housewife duties too.  Everyone tried to chip in and help, but overall, I was stressed out with wanting to be the perfect French student, mom, and wife. 

Miraculoulsy, we all made it through those 6 months and packed up all our household goods to be shipped overseas to Paris, France.

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Cleaning House

I wrapped up our Experiences in Guam posts yesterday and have them all posted to that page now.  Soon I will start on our Experiences in Paris.  Since I don’t have copies of e-mails from that tour, I will have to wrack my brain before I can post anything.  Thankfully, it was our most recent move, so hopefully my brain won’t let me down too much.  I’m thinking about posting some pictures from our many adventures as well when I get the chance. 

My husband went to Florida yesterday to get our (temporary) new house ready for when we move in June…31 days ’til pack-out…  He’ll be gone for 2 weeks; he’s also got a military conference in Jacksonville he’s got to attend and a couple of job interviews.  While he’s working down there, I am planning a total clean-up and purging of our house here.  It is amazing how much stuff can accumulate in less than 2 years!  If the computer or I get buried in the process of cleaning and I can’t update my blog anytime soon, click on the tabs above if you missed reading about our first 2 overseas adventures in Japan and Guam.  When you’re done with that, click here for my other blog www.sorose.blogspot.com.  After that, I guess you’re on your own.  Have a great weekend!

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