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.
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!
Continued from my previous post Welcome to Guam: 2002 (part 13).
“9/20/04: PARIS ! ! ! YAHOO ! ! ! (from G8r)”
” 9/20/04 (e-mail sent to G8r less than an hour prior from the person who coordinated his next orders): RE: French Foreign Service College G8r, You are a “GO” for French War College February 2006. DLI (Defense Language Institute – the military’s foreign language school in Monterey, CA) commences June/July 2005. Need to absolutely confirm with you that these dates work with your situation/command? Please confirm. Thanks…Helo Shore Detailer”
These were the last copies of e-mails that I have in our notebook of Guam memories. My husband returned from Iraq in January 2005, and we all left Guam in May to begin yet another adventure…on the other side of the globe.
I love holidays because it’s mostly about family. Even when there are presents involved (which are some of my favorite things :), I am still spending time with loved ones. I have to admit, however, I could do without the c-c-c-c-cold! I woke up to SNOW today…in southern coastal Virginia…in November!
I love my family, of course. But really, my kids are some of my favorite things. When we were in Orlando two weeks ago, we bought them t-shirts with “Thing 1,” “Thing 2,” and “Thing 3” on them. The kids love them. They decided to wear them to school today – all three of them. As I was looking out at the snow and they were leaving for school this morning, my youngest was standing in the driveway waiting for his bus in his red Thing 3 t-shirt and a pair of shorts. Seriously. I yelled out at him that he needed a jacket and maybe some long pants, but he insisted he was fine. I don’t remember dropping him on his head as a baby. I wonder if he just wanted to be sure everyone saw his shirt.
I also love chocolate (duh!). And I don’t need anything too fancy. I got to taste some of the most wonderful chocolate when we lived in Paris, but I am happy with Reese’s and M&M’s. I do have to admit, though, that the best hot chocolate in the world is in Paris at Angelina Restaurant. And right now would be a great time to have some of that hot stuff. But I guess I’m gonna have to settle for Swiss Miss for now. If you’re ever in Paris, it’s on Rue de Rivoli near the Louvre. Please bring a mug back for me!
So, these are a few of my favorite things. I could go on and on and on. But all that talk about chocolate and the cold is pulling me to the kitchen.