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!
The kids and I have had a very nice 3-day weekend. Saturday started out going to the beach with a couple of the kids’ friends. The water was freezing, but they managed to get used to it and floated on their boogie boards for a while. The boys dug and built sand castles and buried my youngest. I tossed the frisbee around with my oldest for a bit, stuck my toes in the freezing water and ran back to my chair screaming like a girl and then took up my book club read for the rest of the time.
Yesterday, we just hung around the house. It was nice to do basically nothing (well I did do a little bit of work on the computer). We were a little wiped out from the sun.
Today, we went over to a friend’s house whose husband is deployed on a ship. She lives on a lake – I want to move in with her. The view was gorgeous. The food was great (but I had too much and am now paying for it – lots of running scheduled for the week ahead). Her 2 little boys are so cute.
Tomorrow, my husband comes home from his 2-week trip to Florida. The house down there is just about ready for us. It’s strange to think we’ll be moving into it in a month. My husband had a couple of job interviews while he was there and now has to decide the path he wants to take after his military retirement. I will be looking for a job once I get down there. I’m trying to take it one step at a time. I am known to get a little stressed at move time because I think about all that has to be done and I want it all done right. We’ll get there, and it will be easier if I try to remain calm.
Continued from my earlier post Our First Overseas Adventure: Japan 2000 (part 6).
“10/2/00 Konnichiwa to you all! I wanted to send a quick message to each of you and thought this would be the easiest way (for me). If you haven’t heard from us in a while, we have been unusually busy lately. G8r left the first of September with his new ship, the USS Essex. I’m sure he would love to hear from you. He comes home Oct. 15 for a few days for a change of command for the ship’s captain. Then they are back out until Thanksgiving. The kids started school just before he left, and I went back to school with them. The elementary school here in our military housing had hired a new kindergarten teacher, but she was not to arrive for 2-3 weeks after school started. Lulu was in one of the 4 kindergarten classes (taught by 2 teachers – they have half-day kindergarten here) last year in which I volunteered a couple of days a week. I also applied to be a substitute last March (you would not believe the paperwork I filled out to do that!). Well, the other kindergarten teacher asked if I would like to fill in until the new teacher arrived. And actually, I was a little more than just a substitute; I created bulletin boards and lesson plans, had parent-teacher meetings, etc. It also lasted a little longer than a couple of weeks. Today (6 weeks later) was my last day as ‘teacher,’ ‘hey you,’ and ‘Mrs. Wose!’ I have had so much fun doing this, I am rethinking my plans after Mr DL is out of the house in 15 years from now. The experience I gained as a preschool director at our church in Florida really helped me a lot too. But I have also learned that I try to stretch myself too thinly. With G8r being gone, having a full-time job, and taking care of the kids and house has been exhausting. I am looking forward to the next few days to get the house back in shape. The new teacher will be having training classes and moving into her new house, so I have already been asked to fill in for her some more later in the month, and I will be glad to see the kids again and see how they are doing. And that is not all…Jay is still playing with the Japanese Little League baseball team. He has a big tournament the last weekend of the month near Nagasaki. He is also playing flag-football on base, which I love watching. Lulu is on the cheerleading squad, and they cheer for each of the football teams, a different one each weekend. She is also still going to her dance classes once a week. Mr DL’s gymnastic classes were temporarily stopped as they are looking for a new teacher to replace our last one who recently moved. Poor little guy can’t get a break! He’ll get to play t-ball in the spring and cannot wait for that. I hope all is well with each of you. SR”
Wow, to think that was almost 9 years ago! And now we are looking towards Jay’s senior year next year. This school in Japan was his second school; next year he will be attending his eighth.
I just dropped my daughter off at school after an orthodontist appointment and lunch. We ate at one of those places that you can take in your laptop and use the free wi-fi. It’s a neat concept, but I prefer sitting at my own desk (or on my couch or in my bed in my jammies), and I get a little nervous with food or drink too close by while I’m surfing the net. The only time I can remember needing wi-fi like this was when we moved to Paris (we didn’t have it in our hotel) . The McDonald’s a few blocks down had it. We would bundle up each morning and trudge down and order a coffee or hot chocolate to justify us taking up space to use their wi-fi to look for an apartment and check e-mail.
Today I looked around at the yuppies on their laptops and the colleagues on their lunch breaks, wondering if I would be in that crowd in a few months. I wonder what kind of job I will get. When we first started talking about me working when we get to Florida, I was nervous. I haven’t worked full-time since just before my first child was born. I’ve had part-time positions mainly because I wanted to be around when the kids got home from school. I have done a lot of volunteer work in hopes of balancing my lack of paid time on my résumé. Being a mom has been a big job, especially when my husband was deployed for 6-8 months at a time. Now the deployments have subsided, and two kids are in high school and one is in middle school. The kids say they would miss it if I wasn’t at home in the afternoons even when we move to Florida. I tend to agree that I like being there for them as well. So we’ll see if I can find something that will fit into our lives to keep everyone happy.