Our journey throughout our first year of marriage and our second deployment.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Back On Track

Golly gee, a lot has happened since I last blogged! So, I'll do my best to catch up! :)

2 weeks ago.. man, it was not pretty. I thought I'd been doing a good job of getting through things and such. Apparently not. I'm in 17 hours right now, with marching band and 2 other ensembles plus lessons and practice time. I also had an office in my chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and it wasn't the easiest job, but I loved it. Add to all of that that I'm dealing with this deployment and trying to keep my house clean and laundry done.. oh, and eat, that's important too... and you've got a pretty scatter-brained little Army wife/student/friend/person. Well, I had someone come up to me and tell me I was stressing all those around me out and that they didn't want to have anything to do with it. Why not just push me over that emotional cliff, huh?

I don't know what was expected of me, but it was the last straw. I've known for weeks that my plate was too full and that I needed to take a step back from something, but I had it in my head that I couldn't. Well, I made a sacrifice and I stepped back from my fraternity. I stepped down from my office that I've worked hours upon hours on and that I have been looking forward to for months, and in the process, I called the frat out on it's smelly stuff. I said how things were, told the black and white of life and then stepped down. I know I would not have had another opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings, so I took advantage of the time. Then, later on, others decided to take advantage of their time and share their feelings about how my letter made them feel.. basically, I got attacked in a situation where I was unable to defend myself. One of my biggest loves has turned sour and stale over the past few weeks, and it's my love for the purposes of the overall fraternity and the knowledge and understanding of some form of brotherhood that keeps me going. So, needless to say, that was rough. I took my tests, did my homework and got ready to go see my hubby!!

My friends, Adam and Leslie, came over the night before I was planning to leave and made me shrimp lo mein for dinner and brought cookie mix for dessert and for us to take cookies to David! Then, while I studied, Leslie gave me an amazing mani/pedi to get me all glitzed up for seeing David! It was an amazing night!!

I was packing the next morning, and for months, I've asked David if he needs any civilian clothes, and he's been telling me "no". Well, I texted him Tuesday morning and asked again and he said he had NO civi's whatsoever....
"ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!"
Just to rehash.. I have no dryer. And doing laundry takes forever, especially when I hardly have the time to do it in my own apartment. I brought one of his suitcases home in August, but I just shoved it in the top of the closet and decided to deal with it later. Guess where all of David's civis were? And were they clean?! Of COURSE not! So, I changed my plans, packed quickly, dropped off Taco and Belle at Auntie Leslie's and headed to OKC to see my sister-in-law, Sarah, play with my niece and nephews, and do a whole heck of a ton of laundry! Thanks honey! :)

I don't know how we got it done, but we did! :D Angie and I met up at around 8:45 on Tuesday night and headed down to post to see our boys! We stopped about an hour out and stayed the night at a hotel there. I was out as soon as my head hit the pillow and ready to go, bright and early the next morning! I cannot TELL you how exciting it was to see David!!! It had only been a month, but man, I missed my Hubby!! We stopped for some lunch and had some drinks and then went on down to San Antonio! :)

Thursday, we went to the San Antonio Zoo and then walked around the River Walk that night!

I got to help feed the hippos during feeding time at the zoo and we went to a fabulous Mexican restaurant at the River Walk! It was a great day!

Well, then on Friday, we decided just to all hang out and take things easy! We printed off some pictures, did some shopping and relaxing, and went to the mall for dinner at a cute little Italian restaurant called La Lucianno's. It was delicious!!

We went to Sea World on Saturday and it was pretty fun! I got to pet and feed some dolphins, which was amazing, but it was rainy the entire day!!

Yesterday had to have been the most relaxing day though! We got up and had an amazing 1-hour couples massage and then David and I went next door and got pedicures before heading back to post! AH-MAZING!! Massages are a new part of my routine! If you haven't had one before... INVEST IN ONE!!! ESPECIALLY if you're going through a deployment, or about to go through one!! It's amazing!!
We had dinner at Olive Garden and then stopped by the lake for some sunset pictures.. and we got some pretty amazing ones!



It was a fabulous week and I am so thankful for the time we were able to spend with one another! It was hard saying goodbye, but I think we both are at peace with where we are in life and have accepted the challenge that is being placed before us! I cried the minute before I got in the car, and even then, I didn't cry for long because I know that God is in control and that He has put David and I in this situation for a reason! The drive home was nice... long, but still nice and I was SOO excited to see Taco and Belle last night and anxious to sleep in my own bed.

I started feeling yucky late Saturday night, and thankfully it held off some yesterday until after we dropped the boys off, but I have swollen lymph nodes, swollen tonsils, a sore throat and a nasty cough and A TON of congestion! I went to the doctor when I woke up this morning and I have strep throat. I'm also dealing with cramps, but at least this happened on the day I'm excused from class and the day after David and I were together, so it didn't put a damper on our time with one another! So, now, it's just about getting better, doing laundry, cleaning and unpacking, and catching up on homework and readings! It'll be a busy week, and I'm excited for the weekend! I hope you all have had an amazing past few weeks! Sorry this is so long and I'm sorry I haven't updated lately, but I'll work on doing better with the blogs! Have a wonderful day!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to bring you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11