Saturday, August 25, 2012

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

Trent did make it home on Thursday evening.  We had two very excited little girls in the house who had to show him everything in the house as if he had never been here before.  The first thing they had to show him was our new algae eater, China. Then their new backpacks from school, papers and coloring papers from school, new books from Barnes and Noble, and our new lamps.  They pretty much talked nonstop for about an hour.  

Trent has the most outrageous tan line around his head from wearing his patrol cap.  I wouldn't even categorize it as a farmer's tan, it's just so odd.  :)  He also looks like he is wearing gloves because his hands are so tan, but not his arms from his ACUs.  Interesting, interesting tan lines.  What's even funnier, is Trent's shortlist of food he wants to eat.  He came home and has a list of food in his head that he has been craving while he's been gone.  So far he has marked off his list a guacamole bacon burger from Red Robin, donuts from Lamar's, and Gringo Dip from 54th Street.  He has also requested cheesecake and Olive Garden in the near future. 

Though we are so glad to have him home, Trent's family could use prayers right now.  Trent lost a family member in a tragic accident Friday evening.  Please pray for comfort over his family in the coming days and for our safe travels as we go to be with his family. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ring A-Ling

Why yes, I did receive my phone call.  :)  Friday evening/Saturday morning at 2:30, I finally got to speak to my husband.  Since then, I've been able to talk to him multiple times.  I've even called, even when I have nothing new to tell him, just because I could call him. 

Trent is doing really well.  He's ready to come home for a few weeks.  Though he is only on "loan" and has to go back way to soon, I'll still take any time I can get. 

He said that they did well out in "The Box."  He mentioned that it was hot, dusty, dirty, and absolutely exhausting.  Last Monday, it was 117 degrees out there, and the other days were pushing it.  However, other than that, he hasn't elaborated on his time in "The Box."  I asked a few times and all he says is, "I don't have too much nice to say right now, so I'm not going to say anything." That's soooo my husband.  He doesn't like to dwell on stuff, he just prefers to move on and think of better things, like coming home in a few days.  And we can't wait to have him home, either!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wishing and Hoping and Thinking and Praying

Did you do the actions when you read the title!?!  :)

Still waiting on my phone call from the hubby.  I'm thinking I might receive it tonight, at least I'm wishing, hoping, thinking, and praying I will.  If not, I'll just keep being patient. 

I apologize for not posting this week.  It has been a super full week!  I survived the first few days of school as my district started with kiddos on Wednesday.  I am blessed with an amazing group of students this year.  It was, by far, the best start to a school year that I've ever had.  With all seriousness, these kids are awesome!  I couldn't have asked for a better group, especially with all that is on my plate this year with Trent being gone.

I've also added one more thing to the mix.  I know it's going to show just how crazy I really am, but I've decided to go back to school and get my Master's Degree in Library and Information Science.  My classes are all online, so I don't have to actually go to classes and be away from the girls.  I'll be starting on Tuesday of next week.  Wish me luck!!

The girls are doing well.  We've had a few struggles this past week, but we worked through them.  Abigail had a rough couple of days dealing with her emotions.  I just have to keep reminding myself that a lot is different in her world right now, plus she is very "3" and learning what behavior is acceptable when she is angry.  Though there are many times when I am upset that I just want to kick and scream, but reality we just can't do that in real life.  (At least we're not supposed to.)  Joanna misses daddy bunches, but she keeps saying "It will be ok, he'll be back in a really long week!"  :)

All in all, it was a good week.  I sure hope it was for all of you, too!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

All Things Fair

I have never missed a State Fair in my entire life, and since Trent and I have been married he has never missed one either.  Even though he couldn’t go this year, the girls and I still lived it up at the fair today.  We ate corn dogs, went to the children’s barnyard, the conservation area, enjoyed ice cream and much, much more.  The only part I didn’t enjoy was the ferris wheel.  The girls really wanted to ride, and their cousins, aunt, and uncle were going on it.  I was worried one of the girls would freak out when they were up high, so I decided to suffer through it so the girls could experience it.  Needless to say, all the kids loved the ferris wheel, and they were holding my sister and my hands trying to calm us down.  :) 

Here are a few photos of our fun today.  It was a great day!  The only thing that would have made it better was if Trent was there.  He’ll enjoy the pictures though whenever he gets out of “The Box.”

Yummy corn-dogs!

New cowgirl and cowboy hats!

Talking with Auto and the Highway Patrolman.

Abby stole the microphone from the highway patrolman!  :)

Sitting in a fire truck.
Let's Go!!

Sisterly Love

Checking out the fish at the conservation area.

Ice cream!!

Gotta love these two cowgirls!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

No New News

We are up to day 6 of “The Box” and doing really well.  I don’t have anything too exciting to post.  Everything has been going pretty smoothly, classroom is set up, girls are well, back to work tomorrow, and almost a week to go before a phone call. 

Though I don't have anything new to share, I do have a fun neighbor story to at least give my readers something interesting to read.  Trent and I moved into a new neighborhood at the beginning of summer.  It’s a really nice area with very friendly people.  I have one neighbor who is especially friendly for she has introduced herself to me three times.  No, not just to be nice, but because I honestly don’t think she “remembers” meeting me.  She’s an interesting character, a little older than I am.  Every time I’ve met her she has a drink in her hand, and I’m not talking lemonade folks.  She’s very forthcoming with information.  She has explained who lives in which house, what they do, which ones are nice, which ones aren’t, etc.  She also probably tells more about herself than she probably should.  For example, during two of the three meetings she has informed me which houses have the police officers, in particular, the one who works in narcotics.  She says he is very nice (that’s great), and that he’s helped her out of a few sticky situations. (I’m sorry, what?)   Alrighty then.  Wow!  :)  No judgment, just Wow!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Clean Conscience

Why is there a picture of an unmade bed on my blog, you ask??  It was a busy day with church, grocery shopping, laundry, and preparing for the week.  It is 8:00 in the evening, and I walked into my bedroom realizing I hadn’t made the bed today.  Not really a big deal, but it would be to my husband.  You see my husband thinks that you cannot properly start your day without making your bed.  My mother also has the same views on this matter.  I, like my father, actually feel that it’s not too big of a deal if from time to time the bed doesn’t get made (you are just going to get back into it in a few hours), but I’ve lived with Trent for over six years and am used to this by now. 

I just had to smile, because I know exactly what Trent would say if he saw this.  He would be shaking his head, smiling saying, “Leah, how on earth did you ever make it through your day without making the bed?”  Well, I had no problems at all getting through my day. I’m not gonna lie though, as soon as I took the picture, I made the bed. 

 It’s been six years, I guess that man is rubbing off on me.  :) 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Reality with a Twist

I wasn’t going to write about this, as I want this blog to be as positive as possible.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I’m not so naive to think that we aren’t going to have rough days ahead of us.  Well, yesterday was one of those days, in particular for me.  I like to consider myself a fairly strong individual.  I can pretty much handle whatever is thrown at me, it might not be my best moments, but I can get through them.  We all made it through the day yesterday.  I’ll elaborate on the details in just a second, but before we do, I want to throw a twist into this blog in order to make it a bit more fun and not so boo-hooy. 

I’m a regular Bruno Mars Pandora Radio listener.  Today, however, I just didn’t feel up to it, so I switched to one of my favorite standbys Don Williams Pandora Radio.  If you are unaware of whom the Gentle Giant is, then I encourage you to check him out.  I truly enjoy good ol’ classic country and this station has all the good stuff.  Anyways, Don William’s radio plays more than just his songs, they play all of the classics on there, and it was just what I needed to hear.  During the rest of this post, I’m going to throw in some titles into my writing.  Let’s see how many song titles from our classic country artists you can find… Ready, Set, Go!

Thursday evening, I stayed up way past my bedtime waiting for my husbands phone call.  Since Ft. Irwin isn’t on Tulsa time, because it’s in the Pacific Time Zone, we are two hours ahead of them.  Being a soldier isn’t really a 9 to 5 job.  Most of the time when Trent is able to call me it’s rather late in the evening for him, therefore making it come early morning for me.  Because I’m the good hearted woman that I am, and I know it’s our last phone conversation for two weeks thanks to “The Box”, I wait up for my phone to ring.  When it finally rings at 1:15 a.m., I happily answer the phone “Hello Darlin,” and in return he replies with, “Hey good lookin!” (Yes, I’m paraphrasing, but stay with me here.)  We have our conversation, and he apologizes for it being so late.  It gets a little tearful near the end, and then we say goodbye and he turns in his phone.  And so it sets in…two weeks of not talking to my husband, my best friend, my love.  Saying a prayer, I fall asleep knowing I’ll have Jesus to help me make it through the night. 

I did well through the night, and woke up to kiss my angels good morning.  My mom called around 9 and asked what I was up to for the day, and I’m not sure what happened but I just started to fall to pieces.  I did my best to pull myself together, and Mama tried to encourage me and praise me for how well I’ve been doing.  Unfortunately, life isn’t always like a rose garden and sometimes you feel like you are in a ring of fire.  So my confession is that sometimes, preferably behind closed doors, I’m gonna fall apart. 

After my conversation with my mom, and before the next teardrop falls (yes, I know it should be fell) I made a plan for the day to stay as busy as possible.  The girls and I were going to head to my classroom for my first round of trying to get it together for the year.  Not my brightest idea with both little ones and my emotional state rocky at best, but we did our best to make it work.  At the end of the night, I snuggled with both of my girls for a second and thought that even on our roughest days I wouldn’t have missed it for the world and our love is still on a roll. 

In two weeks, when my phone finally rings, I will be the happiest girl in the whole USA.  Until then, I will wake every morning and say, “Lord, I hope this day is good,” and if it’s not I’ll walk the line and do my best to make it better.

That certainly made a mopey post way more fun!  What’s your count?!?!?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Operation Say Cheese

Tomorrow marks the day of “The Box.”  AKA:  No communication with Trent for 2 weeks.  First of all, this is the longest we will go without talking to one another since we’ve known each other.  Even during the last deployment to Iraq, I don’t believe we went more than 3 or 4 days without a phone call of some sort.  I just don’t know how Trent is going to make it without hearing my lovely voice every day.  :)  Yeah Right! 

During the two weeks that Trent is in “The Box,” a lot is going to take place.  School starts for this summer lovin’ teacher.  I have to mosey on into my classroom and put everything back in order and prepare for the year with my new kiddos.  I wanted to do something special this year in my classroom.  We are going to follow Trent’s unit in class, write pen pal letters, and send care packages.  I’m going to have a bulletin board just for them.  Trent is going to send me 5th grade appropriate pictures to show what it is like wherever they are at.  I’m super excited about this project!!  To get it started, I needed some pictures of Trent and his squad.  So I launched the mission – Operation Say Cheese.  The past two days, Trent’s squad has taken some pictures for me to print out and put on my bulletin board.  It’s actually a difficult task because they are super busy with their training, but leave it to real soldiers to accomplish any mission.  Hooah!  Here are a few pictures that were sent to me.  Thanks to all who made Operation Say Cheese possible.

My handsome husband!

Trent and his Team Leaders

 Trent and his Squad