Thursday, July 30, 2009

Moving On

Well I'm not keeping up with this like I thought I would. But things have been pretty crazy around here. Not only do I have a very busy six month old to chase, but we are in the process of moving again.

The last time we moved, it was from McMinnville, Oregon to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. We drove our truck with a small U-haul trailer, loaded with the few items we had, and our horse of a dog in the back seat. It was three days of almost constant driving, only stopping for gas and a few hours of sleep in walmart parking lots along the way. No hotel rooms, no showers (I washed my hair in a truck stop sink), no beds, no real food. We arrived and were able to get a house in a matter of hours. We had no bed, no chairs, no table, no couch, no washer or dryer. Just an air mattress, dishes, and a 12 inch TV.

Since then we have gained a lot of 'things'. More furniture, another horse of a dog, a new car, and a new family member. So moving this time will be very different. We have movers coming to take most of our things for us Monday the 3rd. Then we'll load the last of what we have in our car and truck, and clean the house. Final inspection is Wednesday the 5th, Nick signs out at midnight, and we'll probably leave not too long after that. Then from what we understand we will drive most of the day and stay with friends in New Mexico. Nick will be driving the truck with the dogs and some of our things in the back. I will be driving the Buick with Holden and some more of our things. After that we will drive the rest to the way to Fort Bliss and check into our temporary lodging August 9th. The house hunting will start right away. Nick has to check into his new unit on the 10th. Unfortunately we've been informed that there really isn't any on post housing available for us, so we'll have to find our own place off post. Fun part is we only have lodging for 10 days.

Well I guess we'll see what really happens. Till then this is what we expect and will try to make the best of. We will be canceling our Internet soon so this will be it till we get settled in Texas. See you then.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Beginning cont...

At my first Dr. appointment I was told my due date was January 16th, 2009. Sure enough, 2 a.m. January 16th I went into labor. My mom had flown in to be with us for the baby's birth and to help afterwards for a while. We got to the hospital around 3:30 a.m. I'll save the birth story for another post. Finally our little man came into the world. Time has passed, months have passed. Now here we are. Still at Fort Leonard Wood, for now. Nick has re-enlisted and we will be moving to Fort Bliss, Texas in the beginning of August. That's all for now, I'll do my best to keep up with this so no one misses anything.

The Beginning

Well I'm new to the blog world. I decided that with living so far away from everyone, it would be a nice way to keep everyone up to date on whats going on with our lives.

Lets start at the beginning. Nick and I got married July 21st, 2007. Not a month later and he was off to basic at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Nicks mom, grandma and myself flew to be with him for his graduation November 1st. Three days later he flew to Aberdin Proving Grounds in Maryland, and we went back to Oregon. Nick was given leave for Christmas, and finally graduated from AIT in February. Less than two weeks later we packed up our pink truck and the smallest rental trailer ever, and drove 2000 miles, in three days, to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Finally to Nicks duty station, we were given a small three bedroom house. The same day Nick went to check in with his unit. He came back and told me they basically said, " Welcome to Fort Leonard Wood. Your going to Iraq." So April 25th, 2008 Nick left for Iraq. Luckily for us he was part of a rear detachment and wouldn't have to be gone for a full deployment.

My 20th birthday came and instead of having to spend it alone, like I thought I'd have to, my wonderful big sister, Lindsay, came and surprised me. Well there was another big suprise in store. After going to the museum and spending the day driving around post, I felt the strange urge to take a little test. So the next day when Nick called from Iraq I gave him the news, we were going to have a baby. My first mothers day I was three weeks along.

I spent the next eight months alone in Missouri with my two doggies, except for two weeks I spent in Oregon. Finally the day came, December 14th. I loaded my huge belly up in the truck and drove to pick up my hubby. This link has a video clip of the ceremony. There is a quick shot of us walking behind someone, and then us hugging. ( ) In case you cant tell, I'm the one in the purple with the massive belly. We got to spend the next month together, just the two of us and the baby belly.