First, I got the teaching job I applied for in Texas! I'll be teaching 4th grade, and although I have never taught that level, I am sure someone out there can give me lots of advice on everything under the sun. I really stress about lesson plans.
Me getting a job, means that we had to figure out how to move to Texas quickly! We did some calculations, and we had to stay until Gunner finished his VA appointments....all 500 of them. I think everyone in the VA system has evaluated his injuries and documented his aches and pains. At 40, with 22 years in the Army, that means he has a lot.
So once we decided on a date, it meant that we had to use all my groupons that I had been collecting. Last Saturday we biked down Pikes Peak.
Talk about incredible!
I even got in a few pictures.
Since that wasn't enough excitement for me, we used our rock climbing in Garden of the Gods groupon, on Sunday! I was terrified, since I don't like heights at all, and I just didn't see how I could scale up the side of a gigantic rock.
Well I can!
Yes, that would be me climbing up!
After rock climbing, we had to try and locate "the mothers" (my mom and his mom traveled together to the Springs for his retirement ceremony). After locating them, it was off to the park to have a BBQ for Junior's birthday. I can't believe he is 5. More importantly I can't believe he is potty trained! (Oh, his surgery on those parts went well, and he is healed and has no more problems!)
A rare picture of my children not fighting.
Next time I think we will get a trip that keeps us on the ground. I thought that since this was on my mom's bucket list, that it would be a great adventure.....what I didn't account for is that our balloon would crash. The flight itself was great after it got off the ground....
This was how many times the balloon hit.....hard. We were lodged into our section of the
This is my mom trying to get out of the basket after we crashed. She spent the next day in the emergency room and had injured her knee (which will require surgery) and also her ankle, which they said was not broken. Of course that's what they said about Emily's, and it was. I think she needs to stay off it and get it xrayed again, but if you think I don't stop, meet the most stubborn woman in America.
The next day we relaxed, and then my mom and I headed off for a little target practice! I had never held a real gun, shot it, or even wanted to be near it.
I was told I was a natural, and the instructor called me Annie Oakley. Not to mention, I LOVED it! The class was great, and I can apply for my concealed permit, which I want to do. I am not buying a gun though, that's just too much stress with three kids in the house! I can't say that I am over my fear, but I do have a new appreciation for guns.
Just to keep things even more interesting, On Wednesday, June 30th, Gunner had his retirement ceremony.
Hard to believe that we were standing up there and seeing the end to something that has been a part of our entire marriage.
A "high-five" for making it! After almost 17 years of marriage, 5 year year long deployments.....we made it!!!
More to come, stay tuned for a last second move, a vacation that I decided we had to have, and the start of something new!