Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A couple weekends ago was one for the blog! It started earlier in the week. I had gotten a rash all over my arms that itched like crazy. I transferred it to my neck and ear and feet, so I wasn't surprised when I found a small patch on my low back as well. I was thankful that it didn't itch, because itching that region would have looked a little, shall we say... unpleasant. Thankful by midweek, the rash started going down, but the patch on my back did not. It looked like it was a bunch of welts and then it started to burn. Pretty soon my whole hip hurt and all the lymph nodes in my right hip swelled up. Everyone kept telling me to go to the doctor or at least show one in the ER where I worked frequently that week. But really who wants to say, "come here, Doc. Look at this rash next to my butt."? Friday night I tossed and turned. I couldn't sleep on my front because of the swelling, I couldn't sleep on my right side, because of the pain and I couldn't sleep on my back, because of the pain. I had pretty much decided what it was already and knew I was too late to get medicine for it, but I decided I at least needed something for pain, so that I could sleep. I got up around 6 am and headed to the ER. Sure enough, I was diagnosed with shingles. Rob started calling me grandma. It made me feel really old. Seriously, only 70 year olds get shingles, right? Apparently not!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Emma had me take pictures of my day for a Spanish 2 project. (Yes, we do realize that she is now taking the exact wrong language, but she will be in Germany for 2 years, but in the United States with tons of Spanish speakers the rest of her life. I think we still helped her choose well.)
My day starts before 5:55 am- I just took those 15 minutes to find the camera.
Then there is breakfast making- usually different for Emma than for the boys. Emma doesn't eat the homemade pancakes and waffles that the boys will. So I make her quick stuff that she can eat in the car on the way to seminary.
And there is lunch box packing.
I check my emails and Facebook and blog the 15 minutes I have after sending her off until I get the next set of children up and start the process over again. And sometimes I finish while I am waiting for the last one to start his day.
Then there is no picture of me exercising, but usually this is when I go.
Then there are the invariable errands- shopping and library and whatever.
Eating yummy lunches-
most days with Max who always wants something different than I do.
Mondays I quilt, Thursdays I volunteer in Max's Kindergarten class, Friday I scrapbbook. I didn't get a picture of any of that.
The kids get home and there is the homework help
and the reading
and the dinner prep
and the running everyone everywhere time- cub scouts, soccer, football, etc.
Then somedays I get ready for work,
including putting on makeup-
which I don't do much of, except when I go to work or to church. On Wednesdays it is get ready for Young Women's.
Work- always a different day and a different time. No consistency- but that's how I like it!
Finally, after washing my face
and brushing my teeth,
I fall into bed- this day at midnight- to snuggle with my convict hair-cut husband.
He says, "why do I look like a convict and not a soldier." Well, maybe he looks like a new recruit, but certainly not a Lt. Col. like he is! And worse yet- he paid for that haircut. He said he even tipped the guy! Ah, the things we do to not make waves!
So that's my day in Spanish minus all the little things like laundry, ironing, cleaning, kisses, hugs, prayers, etc. It's a busy life, but that's the way we like it!
Monday, November 7, 2011
We are excited! We are also a little overwhelmed. Although I have lived most of my life in Germany, I never really had to do any of the moving. I just kept out of the way and stayed up way past the time I wanted to go to bed to get myself accustomed to the new time. We are already thinking of what to do with the baby grand piano, the 2 motorcycles, the truck, all the food storage. We have already been told we have to live on the economy, so now Rob is really worried about our language deficit. We were lucky- we had my father who was a fluent German speaker to hash out all the details and work with the Landlords.
So, we're dusting off the old Rosette stone and putting up 3x5 cards all over the house. I figure it will help the little one learn to read better anyway!
Besides this, I have decided I have to get a decent wardrobe before I go over there, because let's face it, German styles aren't really all that and the BX almost always stinks! I was looking on line and some air force wife was going on and on about how bad everything was and then said something like, the Army never puts in the money that the Air Force and the Navy do to their facilities. Well, duh! That's because the Army doesn't get nearly the money the Air Force and Navy do to try and keep their people. We all know that! Although with all the forced draw downs the Air Force has had lately, I'm thinking some of that money should start going to the Army! Anyway, it's shopping time!!!
The two biggest problems I have are,
1. I have to find a way to keep my license without working for three years- or can I possibly get a job in their clinic?
2. Where will we visit first? So many places, so little time!!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011