Sunday, December 23, 2012

Greetings from Kansas


The girls and I have spent the last few days out in western Kansas visiting Trent’s family for Christmas.  No worries my Mizzou friends, I fully represent the black and gold while I’m out here.  :)  Yes, I get many weird looks from people, but I feel like I have to do my part, so my wardrobe, while out here, almost always is Mizzou gear.  Here is a conversation had at the Topeka tollbooth between the money taker and myself.

           
Me:  (Drive up to the tollbooth in a Mizzou long-sleeved t-shirt, and I'm greeting by friendly older gentlemen.)

Money taker: Good evening ma’am, that will be $2.50... Out of $5.00.  That makes $2.50 your change back.

Me:  Thank you, have a good night.

Money taker:  I sure hope you find yourself a new t-shirt here in Kansas.  That one doesn’t seem to have the right colors in it. (insert wink)

Me:  Oh, (big smile) I think this shirt will do just fine sir. (insert return wink)  :)



The girls have been extremely spoiled over the past few days.  They have opened so many presents, played barbies and dollies for hours, had tea parties, rode four-wheelers, rode horses, enjoyed rides on the tractor, checked on the chickens, cows, and oxen, and just had a grand ol’ time.

Trent was able to call and talk to all of his family while we’ve been out here.  I’m so glad he was able to talk to them.  The other week I posted some pictures of the girls, and I said that I would post the others later.  Well…it’s later.  I had to wait until a few Christmas presents went out before I posted them on here.  I had the girls’ pictures taken with Trent’s yellow ribbons that I had made.  They were beautiful pictures that we will cherish forever.  Here are those pictures for you to enjoy now.








I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It's the little things...


Five Things I’ve Learned To Do Since Trent Left:
1.     How to change the air filter for the house.
2.     How to explain things to a car mechanic (though my explanations are probably quite comical.)
3.     How to feed the dog on a somewhat regular basis (I’m getting much better at this one.)
4.     How to take out the trash every Wednesday (with the help of the alarm that I have set on my phone.)
5.     How to pick up my own glass off of my nightstand (It may take five glasses before I do it, but I will eventually get it done.)

Five Things I Need To Learn To Do:
1.     How to light the pilot light in the fireplace.
2.     How to change the light bulb in the globe light fixtures (we may be living in the dark by the time he returns.)
3.     How to make it through the grocery store with both girls and not get shopping cart road rage.
4.     How to slow down and enjoy my days.
5.     How to ask for help before I’m emotionally overwhelmed.


 Miles Away
      Trent is getting into the swing of things at his new "home" away from home in Afghanistan.  Any and all prayers are very much welcome right now for him.  He seems to be extremely stressed and has a heavy heart when I talk to him.  My prayers are for peace to come to his heart and his worries would be washed away.  I pray that the people of Afghanistan will embrace the help that our soldiers are giving them and that they will treat them with kindness and respect.  I pray for the safety of Trent and all of the soldiers serving overseas.  

 
 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Four Days and Farewells


The four day pass came and went way to fast, and absolutely none of it went according to my plans.  Regardless, it was still a great four days.  If Trent was going to come home and be with us for a couple of days, might as well make it the real thing.  :)  So it went down, something like this.

Tuesday morning, prior to picking Trent up at the airport, I took Joanna to the doctor because she was running a fever for the second day.  What did she have?? None other than Influenza B.  It’s a good thing the Army gives a shot for every possible thing, and Trent didn’t get it.  Never have any of us ever gotten the flu, so getting the flu shot is not something we have ever done.  So, that morning, both girls got the flu shot, and the entire doctor’s office and surrounding city heard it.  Then we headed to the airport to spread our germs and pick up Daddy!

The fun didn’t stop there, at 7:00 that night, I started turning into a pirate!  Or, at least that is what the girls kept calling me.  So, apparently you have a gland in your eyelid.  Somehow I got an infection in mine and it kept swelling, and swelling, and swelling.  Thankfully, I got right into the eye doctor Wednesday morning and things started looking up and less like a pirate with some antibiotic.

We spent the rest of the day Wednesday at Crown Center.  We sent to Sea Life, Kaleidoscope, and Fritz’s.  We had a blast!  On Thursday, Trent and I went Christmas shopping together for the girls, and spent the evening with the girls.  Then, all of a sudden, it was Friday, and it was time to say our goodbyes.  It was very difficult actually leaving the airport.  Trent didn’t want to say goodbye to the girls at the airport, so it was just me.  When he went to get on the plane, I literally had to give myself step-by-step directions on what to do next.  Head up. Walk out the gate. Find the door. Walk across the crosswalk.  Find the car. Stop crying enough to see.  Drive home.  I did it, it wasn’t fun or easy, but I did it.

Since Trent left, the girls and I have spent the majority of our time recuperating.  We have all been sick.  Joanna is over the flu, and is still working on getting all better with her breathing, but that’s something she always has to work with.  I ended up with sinusitis and laryngitis, plus the eye thing, but I’m doing so much better now.  Abigail just started having an earache yesterday.  According to her, she has a snake in her ear and that is exactly what she told the doctor.  Even though he assured her there is not a snake in her ear, apparently he doesn’t know what he is talking about, because she stands firmly behind her thoughts that it is most definitely still in there.  :)

Trent is officially overseas now.  Please know that I cannot actually give you his exact location on this blog, since it is a public blog.  I’ve talked to him twice since he has been overseas.  He isn’t to his final location yet, but will be in a few days.  He is doing well.  I hope to hear from him again tomorrow. 

Thank you everyone for your continued prayers for our family and the soldiers of the 603rd. We are so very thankful for each of you.