They assure Gunner that tomorrow he will definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, double pinky promise, that he will have his clearing papers tomorrow.
We can hope!
He's already cleared his unit, housing, and a few other things, so the list of things on his list of things, should be minimal. He can't start leave until the magical clearing papers are found, completed, and he signs out of "The Great Place".
We are living with my mom, which is interesting in itself. She doesn't like noise or chaos, so try keeping three noisy children on their best behavior all the time is a recipe for disaster. Add in my two nephews that my mom is babysitting while their mom is on a business trip, and you have even more chaos. I hate being homeless.
We are going to my brother's house this weekend to get away from it all. He only has one kid, one dog, and 2 cats. It will also be the first time Gunner meets his newest nephew that is now almost a year old. Last deployment it was his son he had to meet. We will also be telling them goodbye until they come to vacation in Colorado and become ski bums with me.
I suck at skiing. We went once in the Alps, and I just never got the hang of it. I now blame it on the fact that I was pregnant with Em and didn't know it! I am determined to learn in CO and get good at it--okay, I will settle for just being able to get down a hill in one piece and off the bunny slopes!
I'm trying to crank out school work left and right, plus train for the triathlon on July 12th.
Gunner went swimming and running with me Tuesday night. It was wonderful!!! Unfortunately, the kids didn't stay in bed, so it won't be happening again. Togetherness must be overrated somewhere, so we will settle for splitting up the workouts till they are grown, it's all good.
Since my class gets out on the 9th, what's a few extra days in Texas? My friend T and I signed up to do another triathlon July 12th!!! I can't wait! These things are addicting, it's all I have thought about--ways to improve my time, etc. I ran Sat, biked Sunday, and swam today. Now I just need to up my amounts and get back in the grove.
I need to find my goggles before I swim again since my computer screen is a huge blur from all the chlorine in the pool.
Gunner still does not have clearing papers. Apparently they were doing everyone at once, and are now overwhelmed and extremely far behind. Gunner was supposed to have cleared and been on leave for 4 days by now. He's still waiting on clearing papers, but they assured everyone today that they would have them tomorrow. Famous last words? Let's hope not!
Junior is back at daycare and so far they haven't called us. (knock on wood)
Abs and Em have made it through the first week and today of summer camp with no mishaps--minus the boy Abs pinched because he was being annoying. She was not happy that she lost tv over that, but she sat in her room and read quietly that evening.
Houston this weekend to hang out with my brother and his family. I've got tons of studying and training to do before then!
I wish I could figure out how to make an hour presentation on the subject. It's so dry, I've never heard of it, and I don't want to speak for an hour in front of a class with my peers.
Two article reviews completed, one more to go.
Need to update my resume and scan my transcripts for Colorado.
I have the forms to get fingerprinted.
I ran 3 miles at the gym yesterday and felt super fast....granted my mom lives in a retirement community. Let's hope I am that active at their age!
I ran 3 miles last night too. I should have held off since I had taken 5 days off while we were moving. I'm sore today. Tonight I see a date with the trainer in front of the tv to watch Army Wives. I hate the whole Denise story.
Gunner and the kids and I desperately need to sort through everything that we brought and get organized, or I will lose my mind.
I found out that my classes go till June 9th, which means I am here an additional day.
I am glued to FB today as my triathlon trainer is doing the Escape from Alcatraz!
......I finished the third article. Started on my powerpoint presentation, visited with my sister and nephews, my trainer escaped from Alcatraz, and we are drinking wine so that we don't have to hand carry the bottles with us. Gunner and I don't know the difference between good or bad wine, so this should be interesting.
Better post this before we get too far into the experimentation.
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!