Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Life is Wonderful

And tonight I am... in Georgia!

We arrived around 5 pm Saturday and settled in for bed at 11 pm. I had two very long days in the car and I am so impressed with how well my son behaved the whole time! I am so impressed by him (and so glad for all the time I spent teaching him how to pretend and occupy himself!).

I get to live very meagerly for a while, but the family is together and it is amazing! I am so overwhelmingly happy to be living with my hubby again. Our son is equally happy (thought he's not quite sure about the permanence yet and clings to his dad every moment), but he is quick to test boundaries as often as possible. I keep explaining to him that the rules don't change just because we move.

The apartment is all put together, and, with some assistance from my sister and her MIL, I have a table, chairs, and cooking pots/pans. No microwave, but I am thinking that's for the best. The boxes are empty, and I've already cooked a full meal! I feel like a domestic goddess. Haha

I am not entirely certain how we're going to fill all of our time, but my son has a lot of books & flash cards so we can do more prep for 1st grade and there is a pool. My sister and her family live not too far off and I think we'll see a lot of her and the kids (esp for some pool time!). My son loves having his cousins close.

I have some thoughts about what I want to do when I get back "home" in October... and I'm mulling over some other creative ideas. I am excited to see what develops from my efforts.

Whew. I'm wiped now. Trying to get used to the time difference is going to take some time. Did my tired mind just make a pun?

"Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each." - Thoreau

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

8 Years

Monday is my & my hubby's 8 year wedding anniversary.
Since I don't think I'll be on until after that point (packing, moving, etc), I'd like to say how happy I am to celebrate 8 years with him.

"You make me understand how wonderful it is for little lizards when they find that one special rock that's perfect for sunning themselves on. You make me lizard-happy."

We've been through so much in the last 8 years, if we can get through all of that I think we can get through anything.  Can't wait to see what the next 8 years will bring!

Here's "our song."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Life is Being Flexible

To Georgia, to "home"?

I'm not exactly sure yet.  I move in less than 3 days and I'm still not exactly sure where I'm going.

We're trying to secure an apartment in Georgia, but it's difficult since my hubby is training during the hours the apartments are open and every time I call I get completely different (sometimes vastly conflicting) answers.  We think we found one, but we won't know until tomorrow.  I hope it works out, it would be nice for the three of us to live together as much as possible, but if it doesn't, I have someplace to go back home.  I have "people".

I like to think I'm flexible, but yesterday I had a complete melt-down.  I'm flexible, but I'm a control freak too.  That sounds contradictory, even to me.

The thing is, even if I had made plans and had them all finalized, they could still change.  So, I need to be more flexible and just "go with the flow."  This goes along with my thoughts on change.

Breathe.  Don't worry about you can't control, and get plenty of sleep.

Friday, July 9, 2010

As promised, here are some photos from my hubby's visit (I like these better than the one of us dressed up).

Life Is Change

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.
W. Somerset Maugham

I was thinking tonight about how this blog was all supposed to be about the ups and downs of life... and then somewhere along the lines I deviated from my original thoughts/goals. So, in lieu of all the changes in my own life, let's go back and talk about change.

Life is all about change.  Things change somewhat consistently and we just have to be ready.  We can't fight change, that only makes it more difficult, but I think in someways we can limit the negative impact if we embrace change and "let it roll."

I've been fighting change. "If I pretend it's not coming, will it go away?"  How absurd!  Yes.  I am afraid of change right now.  It terrifies me.  So much has changed already this year and I just want to be done with it and start creating some routine.  But my change is not over and decisions must still be made.  I've decided that decisions are more painful the more I fight against making them.  I say "embrace the change", but it reminds me of my husband telling me an Army phrase, "embrace the suck."  Sometimes "change" and "suck" are the same things... but eventually even the "suck" seems meaningful, just depending on how you handle yourself and what you learn from each situation.

All the changes in the last couple weeks have been absolutely horrid, but the end result is that my son and I are moving to live with my husband for the last few months of his training and then moving back home with him for a few months before he deploys.  These changes that I've fought have resulted in more time with my family together!

What changes are you facing right now?