Army Life

moose’s moving tips

Actually it’s more like Moose’s packing tips but ‘Moose’s Moving Tips’ has a better ring to it. Moose was the lead packer from the moving company who did our pack out. He was a big, local, North Shore guy and he let me pick his brain for his years of packing wisdom. I’ve combined his tips along with our own…

our new army brat

So it’s been 2.5 months. Yup. I’ve completely ignored the blogosphere for 2.5 months. I’d apologize, but it was necessary. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version… At the end of May we packed up and packed out. We then spent a week-ish in a less-than-4-star Army hotel. On June 2nd we boarded a plane with my super sick 32-week pregnant self…

in limbo

Sorry for the lack of blogging. We packed out last week and this week we are stuck in a hotel. {yay!} Saturday afternoon we fly to Atlanta to stay with my in-laws till our car arrives. If you want some comedy in your life, please try PCSing in your third trimester. It’s a hoot. The hotel we’re staying in has…

un-nesting

We are less than a week away from the packers {not the green bay variety but equally large hawaiian and samoan men} arriving to pack our house. I’m dragging my feet on SO many tasks because it’s the exact opposite of what I want to be doing. I’ve got that 3rd trimester nesting instinct. It seems to be heightened by…

last call

I went to my 1st Memorial Service for a fallen soldier yesterday. Except this time is was for 4 fallen soldiers. I didn’t even know these men and yet I wept during the service. I was one of the few in a room of a LOT of women who could squeeze my soldier’s hand for comfort. The bulk of the…

sorting my life

This is my life right now. Sorting, purging, sorting, and a bit more purging. This is actually a picture of My Soldier attempting to sort his professional gear into one area of the house. {pro gear doesn’t count towards our weight allowance, so if you walk into our front door right now it looks like a hunting lodge} The boxes…

grab a tissue

So My Soldier has been home for a week. You should all be jealous because that means My Helper, The Cadet and I have been spoiled rotten for a week. Thus far reintegration has been overshadowed by the chaos of PCSing {which thus far isn’t going well}. I mentioned last week that our friend Amy of Amy Copeland Photo took…

he’s home!!!

!!!! {pardon my gratuitous exclamation point usage} !!!! !! ! {ok, i’m done} ! After what seems like the world’s longest and simultaneously shortest deployment My Soldier is home from The Afghanistan! {cue the hallelujah chorus} We picked him up yesterday and I have spent the last 18 hours reveling in the fact that our family feels whole again. This…

First, An Apology

First off, many many apologies for my 2 month absence {2 months! i’m a terrible person}. In case you were curious about the unexpected disappearance (and even if you weren’t curious) here’s the low down. The 2nd month of deployment sucks. Like sink into a wee bit of a depression it was so low. That on top of growing this…

c’est la vie

Anything that can go wrong, typically will go wrong, and all in the 1st month of deployment. At least that’s our experience. Last deployment I had house issues, illness and a kid with a broken arm all within a few weeks of My Soldier leaving. This deployment seems to be no different. {and i have the added bonus of being…