Dad and I were talking today, and we decided that we both need to update our journals! So here I am, doing mine.
It was a pretty good week at work. We had a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for a new building they’re putting up on post. Wednesday’s concert band rehearsal was NCO conducting so different NCOs could practice some ceremonial conducting. We finished up most of our CTT training Thursday and Friday – we only have 2 classes left and then we’ll be done for the year! That’s a good feeling, being done with that. Saturday Ryan and Robbie and I went to our friend Amy & Ray’s house to visit and stitch. They had fun playing with Robbie, and Ray played his guitar to put Robbie to sleep for his nap. That was kind of neat! Today was church and grocery shopping and then the NASCAR race. Our driver didn’t win, but that’s ok. You can’t win them all!
Robbie is growing and growing. And he’s starting to crawl faster. He’s not doing a full crawl yet, but more of a military-style low-crawl. He can really move when he wants to, though, so we’re really having to start to watch him when he’s playing. He’s also doing well with his solids he’s eating. He gets part of a banana mushed up at Suzanne’s as part of his morning snack and then he gets oatmeal in the evenings. His 6-month well-baby check up is on 7 March, and it will be interesting to see how much he weighs and how long (tall) he is!
Just about time for bed for me, so I’m going to go check my e-mail and message boards. Have a great week!
I got this one from my Dad’s journal. It’s pretty neat!!
You Are 21 Years Old
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view – and you look at the world with awe.
13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what’s to come… love, work, and new experiences.
30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You’ve had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
40+: You are a mature adult. You’ve been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
I took the van in for its 12,000 mile check-up today – oil change, tire rotation, etc. Robbie and I had lots of fun playing with all his toys and then when he took a nap, I stitched! We went to Cracker Barrell for dinner tonight and that was good as always. Well, our server could have been a bit better – it seemed as if she would have rather been elsewhere tonight. How hard is it to refill a cup of coffee? It certainly shouldn’t take 10 minutes. And if it does, you’d better come explain that a fresh pot of coffee is brewing. The peanut butter pie we had for dessert was DELICIOUS!!!
Here’s a neat quiz I took earlier:
You Have A Type A- Personality
You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn’t rule you.
When it’s playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it’s hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest – encorporating the best of both worlds
I only had a 3-day work week this week! That was really nice, and I got a lot accomplished. We had our 100% Change of Command inventory scheduled and it went a lot quicker than planned so there was a lot of admin/office time that got put on the schedule instead of scheduling rehearsals last minute. I got all my reenlistment stuff caught up from when I was on maternity leave and I got a bunch of stuff done in the training office. It’s a really good feeling being caught up finally! Thursday morning we played at a departure ceremony for a unit that is being deployed and then Thursday afternoon for our NCO Professional Development we had a class on nutrition (the first of several we will be having). It was pretty interesting. Once that was done, First Sergeant told us to do details and then go home!! WOW! We actually got off early for a change. I was HOME (including picking Robbie up) by a little after 3:30 instead of my usual 4:30. I had my workout session with my personal trainer at the gym in the evening and I had a really good workout. Then I got home and Ryan and I watched the Gatorade Duels (2 150-mile races) that we had Tivo’d from earlier in the day and I stitched after Robbie went to bed. We fed him his first rice cereal last night – I think he may have worn more than he got in him, but it’s a start!
I hope everyone had an outstanding Valentine’s Day! My guys got me chocolate and teddy bears – a big purple teddy bear inside a balloon with some chocolates from Robbie (methinks Daddy helped) and a teddy bear figurine on a heart full of chocolates and the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates and a really cute card! I had the day off from work since we had a ceremony on Saturday (a Revolutionary War Battle Commemoration that we play at every year) so Robbie and I brought lunch to Ryan. We had a picnic in the back of our van. It was fun – and nice seeing Ryan during the day. Other than that, Robbie and I played and while he napped, I stitched!
Yay! The week is almost over! It’s been a long week – mostly because there’s not much going on at work right now. I’ve gotten a lot of work done in my reenlistment office and I’m slowly getting caught up on my paperwork and everything from when I was on maternity leave. I had a soldier reenlist today for another 3 years, and another one is having his ceremony tomorrow! I guess I must be doing something right. Other than reenlistment stuff, I’ve been doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that at work – just helping other people out with stuff.
Ryan and I took Robbie to our Ash Wednesday service at church last night. He even got ashes on his forehead like everyone else! After church and this evening Ryan played with Robbie while I stitched. Ryan sure can get Robbie giggling!! It’s so much fun to watch them together.
We played a joint concert this evening with the U.S. Continental Army Band from Ft. Monroe. It was a lot of fun! We rehearsed for a couple of hours this afternoon and then played for a full house this evening. There was some really challenging music on the program, but it was enjoyable. Ryan and Robbie came to the concert, and Robbie slept through about the last half of it – even though the LOUD percussion part in one piece!
Ryan took the afternoon off today so he could watch Robbie this afternoon while I was at rehearsal. Our concert site was about 3 miles from the house and it made no sense to drive all the way to Suzanne’s (15 miles) for a couple of hours. The guys had a good time together – playing, napping, and snacking!
I’m off to bed now as I have to work tomorrow, but not until 10.
Saturday Ryan & I attended the wedding of one of my soldiers, SGT Vince Lawyer. He and the men of the wedding party wore their Army Dress Blue uniforms and the Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid wore navy blue dresses. Julie, the bride, wore a beautiful white strapless dress with a short train. The reception afterwards was a cake and champagne one – very nice! The new couple danced to one song as they had been taking ballroom dancing lessons and wanted to show off.
The rest of the day was spent relaxing around the house. Ryan grilled steaks for dinner and I made mashed potatoes and corn to go with them. Then he worked on the transmission of his Cushman motor scooter and I stitched.
Today we went to church and after the service we had a congregational meeting to vote whether we should offer a call to our prospective pastor. The congregation voted in favor of calling him! He now has 30 days to accept our offer and if he accepts, he has to give 30 days notice to his current congregation. It probably won’t be until after Easter if he comes here. After doing some grocery shopping for the week, we came home and did the usual – tv, stitching, playing with Robbie, etc. Ryan didn’t have bowling due to the Super Bowl, which we watched. It was a very good game. I got quite a bit of stitching done during the game.
So, did the groundhog see his shadow today? I haven’t heard. Of course, here in Georgia, spring should be right around the corner anyways. Last year I was starting to wear shorts in March already, so only another month to go. It was chilly here the past few days – didn’t get much above 45 (yeah, I know, that’s warm compared to some of you). It’s also been windy and that really makes it feel cold.
Monday was a pretty standard day. We had PT in the morning and then concert band rehearsal. After lunch I worked on some things in my Training office to get ready for our annual Common Task Training (Army tasks that are required to be tested on each year). I’m in charge of getting everything set up for this. Tuesday I was CQ, so it was a really early day. My alarm went off at 4:20 a.m. so that I could get myself and Robbie ready to leave by 5:30 so I could be at the band hall by 6. I was only 5 minutes late getting there, so it wasn’t too bad. There wasn’t anything going on in the morning so I got to stitch all morning! We had concert band in the afternoon and that went well. The day actually went by pretty fast. Today was PT and then concert band and then a ceremony for the African-American History program on post. The guest speaker was really interesting and didn’t drone on forever like some speakers do. I was actually home by 4 today – early for me! Ryan and I attended our monthly dinner at our church this evening, but this was a special one. We got to meet our pastor candidate (we’ve been without a pastor for about a year and have had a transition pastor since last Easter) and after dinner he gave a short devotional and told us about him and his family and then there was a question and answer period. I don’t know how the rest of the congregation feels, but Ryan and I really like him. He has a sense of humor, is very personable, likes kids, and is a good speaker. We have a congregational meeting on Sunday to vote whether or not to offer him a call. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!