Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mountain phase and ickies

Matt is in his mountain phase of training. Things have slowed a bit for us finally. I can't tell you how much I like having him come home at 4 or 5 instead of 8 every night. That got old fast. Matt has been rock climbing and learning how to lower patients from sides of cliffs. Apparently, its pretty intense lowering a 185 lb soldier from the side of a mountain. Keeping their vitals stabilized and not falling to your own demise probably gets the adrenaline flowing pretty well. Matt took us up to one of the mountains they hiked recently. We had an amazing view of the city and surrounding area, probably a good 60 miles in most directions. That's something you don't really get to see in Florida, flat land doesn't support panoramic views!



Even though things have finally slowed down a bit for us, its not like we've really gotten a break. We have all been sick and weaklings. Two weeks ago I got a sore throat and that lead to a nasty cough. I think there was more to it, but the doctor was in a hurry and didn't get to check me like I think he should've. We've all been there. Erica and Ayla both got my cough and then decided that wasn't enough, that they needed to add pink eye and ear infections to the mix. Good times. Matt caught it and even though men are seriously pitiful when it comes to being sick, this time I genuinely felt bad for him. He's sick and still has to go out climbing mountains, PT, run, and all the other things that they do. There are no sick days in PJU. I thought I was getting a little better, but that was short lived. I now have a full blown sinus infection and we're all coughing worse again. When does it end?!

Erica starts soccer tonight, this is her first practice with her team. Daddy had to make sure she knew what she was doing so he's been practicing with her on their own. She seems to be picking it up fast and I think she'll do fine among the 5, 6, and 7 year olds.

All I can think of is we only have two and a half more months left until Matt graduates. Please say a special prayer that we all make it the end without physically falling apart!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Looong Week

When Matt is gone out in the field or to a school somewhere it just stinks. You'd think that after almost 3 full years of him being gone all the time I'd be used to it by now. No, it still bugs me and everything kindof comes unravelled when he's away. Case in point, Monday he left for a week. Monday night the dog discovered how to get out of the fence and wander the base. At 8:30 p.m. I have to bundle my girls up in jackets and socks over their pajamas and drive around in the 30 degree weather yelling, "Zee!" for about 20 minutes. I had called the law enforcement desk on base before I left to find out if anyone had turned her in or reported a stray wandering around. While I'm out driving they called me back and told me a neighbor a few streets down was holding her for me. Zee wasn't upset at all, in fact she had made herself right at home. When I knocked on the door the lady said, "Oh, I'll go get her, she's in bed with my daughter." Took the dog home and was able to put my girls in bed a few minutes before 9, but it was still late for them.

Until he comes home my day consists of babysitting Chloe, the 9 week old daughter of a friend, and baby sitting my dog even though she has a fenced in yard because I can't trust her for more than 20 minutes at a time outside. She's escaped everyday since Monday.

Matt will be home on Friday and it can't get here fast enough!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

7 years

Sunday we celebrated 7 years of marriage. It was great day, I surprised Matt by coming home from worship service childless. He was stoked that we had the whole afternoon to ourselves. Giftwise, he gave me a new iPod Nano since my old one is beyond dead, perfume because he knows I LOVE getting perfume, and a card that he wrote a long note in and had me bawling by the end. I loved everything, he's so good to me.

We had a really good lunch at a seafood restaurant called Pappadeaux. The meal was delicious, especially since we haven't had any seafood since we left Florida a year ago! Do you know what it did for this native Florida girl to see alligator (they didn't call it gator, only a minor faux pas) tail, frog legs, and crabfingers on the menu? The only thing that could've made the menu any better is if they'd had sweet tea. Finding sweet tea this side of Texas isn't an easy task. I think Wendy's and Cracker Barrell actually serve it, but that's it. Matt's not a tea drinker so he always rolls his eyes when I ask half heartedly if the establishment we are dining at serves it only to hear those infamous words, "We have unsweetened, but there are sweeteners on the table." You might as well have just offered me rat poison.

Sometimes I still can't believe we're married. I love him so much that my heart hurts from it. I thank God every single day for him. We still seem to be in a honeymoon phase, and I'm not complaining. There are so many things I can't wait to do in the future, and not a single one doesn't involve him. Sorry this is beyond sticky sweet and lovey, but you know... that's just how we are right now. :)