Every day before Gunner gets home for lunch, I feed Junior and then play with him till his dad gets home. Then Gunner has the chance to cuddle with him a bit before he puts him down for a nap. Junior was especially crabby today, but I kept him amused while we played on his blanket in the middle of the living room. Gunner came home, put Junior down for a nap right away since he was crying and came back to look over my shoulder while I shopped for running shoes. Not even 5 minutes later the heavy glass light fixture the army installed a few years ago came crashing down where Junior and I had been playing. The glass was so heavy I don't even want to think about what it would have done to him. We've vacuumed, roombaed (sp?) and run our hands over the carpet, furniture and toys to try and find the glass before the kids did. So far they have escaped injury, so I am hoping we got it all. Scary.
I usually buy Abs a pair of shoes that can slip on. She can tie her shoes, but she hates to do it over and over again. Yesterday I tied them for her in a way that they shouldn't have come undone. When I picked her up I asked her how it worked out and she told me "not so good, but I came up with a new way and they never came untied!". It took me a while this morning to undo all her knots and loops and then when I came home from dropping her off I found her new shoes in the corner and she had worn her old slip ons.
I talked to two different people today and I have no choice but to enroll Abs in EFMP in order for her to attend daycare on post this summer while I am in school. I told the lady it sounded like a trial by jury and I hoped I didn't get hung when it was all said and done.
I don't know what to do yet.
On the bright side of things, I am registered to take my test on the 23rd of February so I hope I can pass! I was going to sub today but they didn't have any openings for just the morning when I was on last night and I needed to plan for Junior's daycare ahead of time. I'll just wait till Tuesday when Gunner should be off.
And thank goodness for moms! My mom is coming to watch all three kids again while I go to class since Gunner has to work and get the conexes (sp?) shipped out on Saturday.
I cannot for the life of me figure out how the army works. My daughter takes a certain medication so in order to do hourly care after school in case of an emergency and have her covered for daycare this summer while I am back in school, I had to get extra medical forms filled out. I got the forms filled out, took them into CYS and they told me I had to go to Darnell to the first floor and have EFMP sign off on it. I told them she wasn't enrolled and they said that was okay, but it had to be done. Gunner took them in there and they said he had to have Abs enrolled in EFMP in order to go to CYS. They said that in 30 days a community health nurse will call and there needs to be a paneled discussion done and I will enroll her and get her the helps she needs. SHE DOESN'T NEED ANY HELP!!!! They told me that I would be entitled to 40 hours of respite care. Well if they aren't taking all three, then I don't need it! I called and talked to the EFMP and she told me it had to be done. I argued with her and told her why I wouldn't do it and how I didn't need any help. She said she would call back before 1:30 after she did some research. It's after 2 and I still haven't heard from her.
I'm just pissed. I jumped through the hoops that they wanted me to and it still wasn't good enough. They must get a certain amount of money from the government for every family member they enroll in EFMP.
Em had an eye doctor appointment this morning at 8:45. The girls didn't have school, but I had to wake them up early, feed them and then hit the road. We made a pit stop at the school to get her glasses that she left there over the weekend and then we were on our way. We drove the 40 minutes to the doctor's office, unpacked all three kids to find out that they didn't change the appointments but instead had cancelled them. I was mad. We left. Then I called Tricare who said I had to just choose someone from the phone book, so we went back and took the appointment at 10:30 this morning and we set off to find a way to amuse three children for two hours.
Target. We scoured the aisles for good deals and managed to find a few along the way. After we had looked at (and the girls had touched) everything in the store at least once we went back to the eye doctor.
Junior was all over the place after sitting nicely in the car and a guy who was wandering around while waiting on his wife told me he was from Mars and had experiences with martians. I didn't even know what to say. He had his pants tucked into socks so they looked like knickers. A tall distinguished looking gentleman asked him why he wore knickers and he said they were regular pants but he wore them like that because when he went to the bathroom in public places he didn't want to get his pants dirty. The second reason was because one time a spider climbed up his pants and got on his parts.
So the older gentleman and the Mars guy talked for a little while. The Mars guy was off the wall. He was from India, looked and spoke with a Slavic accent and kept talking to us about totally random things. He asked me what my husband did and I told him he was in the army. Mars guy asked what he did and I told him Gunner was a tanker. He commented on how it was an important job and the older guy pointed out how my job was important and equally as hard. The Mars guy started to say something negative and before he could get it out the older gentleman made a point of saying "You better watch what you say to her cause I won't let anyone speak to a military spouse like that". Mars guy kept quiet.
We finished up there and had enough time to run home, eat lunch that Gunner had prepared, talk to my MIL briefly as she took over watching Junior and we hit the road again. We tried a new dentist and I really liked him. I made an appointment for me to go on Monday to see him and Abs has to go back for a cavity. Poor kid. I don't know how they managed to get Ab's teeth clean as she talked the ENTIRE time she was back there. By the time she left she was hugging the dentist and telling him she would see him on Monday. Let's hope she keeps that attitude!
We finished up there and ran home to drop Em off with MIL and Abs and I headed out to her PT appointment. Met a girl there who spent two years in Korea with her husband and kids. I'd love to do that! I'd pretty much go anywhere.
Abs got done with PT and was worn out from all the activity. We made it home to find MIL had taught Em to knit and she is now addicted. I told MIL it's time to teach me how to do something else besides knit a scarf cause my family is running out of necks.
I was waiting for Gunner to bring home some ground turkey so we could have turkey burgers tonight but they are stuck at work. A 5 ton got stranded outside of the motorpool so they have to tow it back in. We have nothing to eat but gizzards and french fries. Not exactly a WW meal so I might have to resort to grilled cheese if he doesn't hurry home.
I'm tired but still hoping I can make it to the gym and workout.
We have survived four year long deployments--one to Bosnia and three to Iraq. We have been married for almost 17 years and have three children--Em, Abs, and Junior. Gunner is currently deployed for the 5th time to Afghanistan. We are fast approaching the year mark, and then we will focus on the prize--retirement!