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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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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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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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12 Hours Later

We are back home in Virginia safe and sound – sans husband.  He stayed in Florida to take care of a few things with the houses and will drive back up in a few days.  I am relieved to have one less thing to worry about when we arrive there this summer, somewhere to live while our house is being built.  I really hope that we can be in our ultimate house before year’s end, but I know not to put too much of my hope in that idea as things happen.  We shall see.

I am sitting here with The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook in my lap with big dreams.  I was not a good girl over spring break – well it was vacation.  My other excuse is that I did something to my knee a few weeks ago while running and thought it had healed, but then it (I think it’s my IT band) flared up again with all of the walking we did in NYC.  I found some stretches and exercises on line that I hope will help and will start those tomorrow because I really need to run off these few pounds I put on this past week.  I am determined to get into better shape these last 2 months we have here before we pack out.  I have been cutting out lots of different <bad> foods from my family’s diet over the years, but I’d really like to start making some things like breads, protein bars, whatever I can, from scratch as much as possible.  I like the idea of fresh ingredients.  It’s just a matter of finding the desire and energy and making the time to experiment with new recipes.

One last thing that I have been working on lately is going to bed at a decent time, so I’m off to get some zzz’s.


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Work and Play

We’ve been busy in Florida with our work and play.  Yesterday we signed papers for a new house – it will be a temporary one for us to live in while we are building.  It will be just around the corner from where we are building which I really like.  The kids will be in the area where we are going to end up living, and maybe it won’t feel so much like the big military moves we have been doing over the years when we move from one to the other.

Today the boys went fishing with my husband’s uncle – hopefully they don’t come back too sunburned but with something for dinner and smiles.  The girls are going into Gainesville to do some shopping 🙂  My mil is building a doll house for my 7 year old niece and needs to go searching for some parts.  She has lots of fun in her workshop.  Over the years she has built a canopy bed and doll house for my daughter, a cedar chest for me, dining room tables, etc.  And most of the wood comes off of the land here on the farm which makes it that much more special.

Tomorrow I am going to visit a really good friend from high school.  I haven’t seen her since our 10 year reunion ( a few (11) years ago).  She lives about 4 hours away, so we are going to meet half way and do some catching up.  Sunday I am driving back up to Virginia with the kids.  My husband is going to stay here to take care of some things for the houses.  We’re hoping to start with some of the permitting and other preliminaries on the house we are building, so that when we arrive in June things are already rolling.  That is the plan; we’ll see how it unfolds.

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Living Large and Going Green

I have always tried to be a good recycler – I put the plastics, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and newspapers in the bin for the collectors each week.  I even dig through the trash can in the kitchen to pull out stuff that is sometimes “accidentally” dropped in.  I am learning about starting a compost pile and buying organic foods.  In Europe I started using reusable grocery bags.  In Paris, there are several stores that charge you per plastic bag if you don’t bring your own bags.  Others don’t even provide them; you have to bring your own.  We didn’t drive a lot in Paris.  It was easier to walk or take public transportation.  We left the Toyota Sequoia in storage in the States and purchased a Ford Focus while living there for times we did need a vehicle.  It was nice to be able to zip in and out of places, but squeezing a family of 5 large people in was a bit of an accomplishment.  In the States, my husband has always liked to bike to work; although we have found that where we live now is not too bike friendly.  He’s been yelled at, cursed at, driven off the road, and even chased down in traffic.  

I was nearly ecstatic to be back in the land of wide open spaces on our return to the States.  I know from personal experience that Japanese and Europeans don’t know what personal space is.  I give people in front of me in line at a store a couple of feet or more, so I don’t feel like I’m breathing down their necks.  But I learned quickly that you cannot do that in some countries; someone will think you are not in line and will jump right in front of you.  I am a “this is my personal space” kinda gal, so it was nice to have others with this philosophy around me once again.  I was also excited to get back into the driver’s seat of my Sequoia.  I know SUV’s are gas-guzzlers; I know they are big; I know, I know, I know…  But I have 3 children who play sports with lots of equipment, and they have friends that I often cart around as well.  And when the 5 of us go on a trip, it is oh so nice to be able to split the kids up just a bit and not have to listen to “Quit laying on me” or “Stop touching me!”  Since I don’t work outside our home, that is all that vehicle is used for.  We’ve only put 70,000 miles on it over its 7 years of life. 

Right now we are in the middle of looking at house plans.  We are leaving the military life next summer and are going to finally settle down in one spot.  We have lived in so many different houses that we’re pretty sure of how we’d like ours set up.  My husband is having fun thinking of ways to be green.  I don’t think he thinks of it as being “green;” he just gets into the creativeness of it all – thinking up ways to use solar energy to heat water or planting our own garden.  We’ve looked at so many house plans, my brain starts spinning and I have to take breaks.  I like a few ideas from one, and he likes some from another, but we can’t quite find “the one.” So now we are now trying to design one with all of our ideas.  He’s taking in to account the angle of the sun at different times of the day and making sure everything’s set up well to have a slide coming off the balcony from our bedroom into the swimming pool in the backyard.  (Some men just never grow up, do they? 🙂  I, on the other hand, am concerned with the flow through the house.  My children love to dump their backpacks, instruments, shoes, and sports equipment the minute they come in the house.   At our current residence, the only place to enter is the front door which has a small foyer.  So, guess where all of that stuff ends up each day?  When I finally get sick of it all and have to wade through dirty socks and last week’s science project, I sometimes end up threatening to throw it all out on the front lawn.  If they’re not careful, one day something might end up in the recycle bin or the compost pile I’m planning to start.

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