Range Day

Today was M-16 qualification day.  But I had PT first.  We did a total of 60 crunches and 40 pushups before heading to the track for 2 miles.  It was a decent workout, but I miss my 3-4 mile runs.  After PT, I headed home to change and get breakfast/pack my backpack/etc. before heading out to the range.  I was in the first firing order and I zeroed my weapon in 12 shots.  Then I had to wait for the second firing order and then we had to clean that range up and close it with Range Control.  We moved to the next range over for qualification, since we were qualifying with pop-up targets today.  Again, I was in the first firing order and I shot a 25.  It’s not my best score, but at least I qualified this time.  And it was my first time on pop-up targets since I think 2001, so I was a little nervous.  But I did ok.  I actually missed 50m targets, but I was able to hit the 300m ones.  Go figure.  Before my eye surgery, I couldn’t even *see* the 300m targets, let alone hit them.  Now I could see them AND hit them!!  After I was done firing, I took out the crochet project I had brought with me, and I managed to get another bib done.  I couldn’t completely finish it as I hadn’t brought my crochet case with me so I didn’t have scissors or a yarn needle.  Oh well.  It’s ok.  After we had finished cleaning and closing that range, we headed back to the band hall to clean the weapons before they went to be turned in.  I headed home and had a much-needed shower before going to pick Robert up.  We had supper and he played Wii for a little bit before we headed to church for choir practice.  Rehearsal went well and I always enjoy singing.  Then it was home to get Robert to bed and now I’m heading to bed as well.

Today’s high:  91 (tied the record)
Current:  75

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Moving Day!

Today was a long, but productive day.  I had the weekly pregnancy education class to start the morning off.  This week’s topic was infant oral health.  Then I headed home to change from ACUs into my PT uniform and get some breakfast.  I headed back to work and got some awards taken care of – they had come back with some corrections for us to make before being signed.  So I made the corrections and got the signatures and got them submitted.  That took me to our early lunch – the rest of the band had been in at 0630, so we had lunch from 1030-1200.  I headed home and crocheted for a little while during lunch and then headed back to the real band hall.  We got probably 90% of everything moved today, mostly due to everyone pitching in and helping wherever needed.  Each shop still has at least one computer up and running in the temporary band hall because we don’t have internet at the band hall yet, but for the most part, everything is out of the temp. place.  At the end of the day, we had a formation for information about Thursday’s ceremony and tomorrow’s rifle qualification range.  Then I headed home and had some me-time before picking Robert up from Child Time.  I finished the baby bib that I started crocheting at lunch – stuff for the Holiday Bazaar that is the first weekend of November.  I’m thinking of a price for them, and I’m thinking of $3 each or 2 for $5.  Any thoughts??  After I picked Robert up, we came home and I made frozen waffles for dinner.  He played Wii for a while and I talked to Ryan when he called.  I enjoy our daily phone calls, but I can’t wait until he’s home again in 3 1/2 weeks.  After he was in bed, I made another bib – 3 complete now!

Today’s high:  87
Current:  68

Family Fun Fest

I kind of slept way too long this morning and we didn’t make it to church.  And the choir anthem was a good one, too.  😦  Robert and I watched part of the race that Tivo had recorded before heading to the park for the Family Fun Fest.  It was a big carnival and all kinds of stuff.  I got Robert a wristband so he could ride all the rides that he wanted.  Partway through the afternoon we took a break for snow cones and a funnel cake.  We shared the funnel cake and still didn’t eat it all.  The snow cones were really good – in regular styrofoam cups and LOTS of flavoring.  It’s nice being able to enjoy your snow cone instead of having it soggy through the flimsy paper cone and barely any flavor.  We stayed until the carnival closed at 5 and then we made a stop at the post office on our way home.  After being home for a little while, we went to Dairy Queen for "dinner".  Ryan called while we were finishing up eating, so we talked to him there before heading home.  Mom called just as I was finishing talking to Ryan, to let me know that the company they had had left.  So I called them back on their house phone and we talked for a while.  Robert and I finished watching the last 35 laps of the race – Ryan had seen the finish earlier and he told me to let Robert stay up and finish watching it.  Robert’s favorite driver, #48 Jimmie Johnson won, so Robert was pretty excited about that.  Then he went to bed and I did some more crocheting while watching the Amazing Race.

Today’s high:  84
Current:  72

Here’s a picture of the results of Robert’s blue snow cone:






Reid Park Zoo

Robert and I slept in this morning, but as usual, he was up well before I was.  But he did super good this morning and I didn’t hear him at all until I got up shortly before 9.  We had breakfast and I did my e-mail and other computer stuff and about 1030 or so we headed to Tucson to go to the Reid Park Zoo.  It’s a really nice zoo, and they even have elephants.  Lots of zoos we’ve been to in the past don’t have elephants.  We got to feed the giraffes and watch the otters being fed.  Robert had fun (twice) in the Kenya Get Wet area – a water play area.  We just took his socks and shoes off and he played in his shorts and shirt.  It was like 95 or so degrees out, so he dried fairly quickly as we were walking around.  Oh, and when we went in, instead of paying a one time admission of $10 for the 2 of us, I bought a family membership that is good for a year (and they’re open 364 days a year) for only $40!!  It’s actually $50, but they have a 20% military discount only on the memberships.  So all we have to do is go two more times with our whole family (once Ryan gets home) and the membership will have more than paid for itself.  And it doesn’t matter when you buy your membership, it is good for a full year from the date you purchase it.  I’m sure we’ll go to the zoo at least twice more between now and next September.

We stopped at A&W for supper on our way home since we both were hungry at our usual potty stop gas station – the A&W is in the gas station.  Then we got home and got the mail and called Ryan and watched a little TV before Robert went to bed.  Once he was in bed, I crocheted for a little bit, but I was too tired to do much.  I’m off to bed now as well – early church tomorrow.

Today’s high:  88 (Sierra Vista), 98 (Tucson)
Current:  76

Another week

Tuesday morning was my first Pregnancy Education Class – part of the PPPT program.  It was on oral care during pregnancy.  I had explained to Robert that I was going to have to go to classes on Tuesdays, so he’d be going to Child Time before school.  He asked me what kind of classes they were and when I told them they were classes on how to be a Mommy and how to care for a baby, he replied, "But Mommy, you already know all that."  I know.  But I still have to go to them.  After the class was done, I went and got my weekly allergy shots.  I think that’s the one benefit of the classes – they go from 7-8 and I don’t have formation until 9, so I have that time to kill and I’ll do it by getting my allergy shot.  I did admin work most of the day Tuesday, and after lunch we had marching band practice.  I finally got to get up in front of the band as Drum Major again since we had to practice for Wednesday’s ceremony.  After work was dinner and time with Robert and after he was in bed, I crocheted.

Wednesday was a Change of Command ceremony, so I didn’t have to go to PT.  It was a rainy, miserable day all day and the ceremony ended up going indoors and seated.  So I ended up playing trombone instead of Drum Majoring.  At least I still got to earn my pay by doing the ceremony.  I spent the rest of the morning doing some admin work and I got some stitching done at lunch.  After lunch I finished up the admin work I was doing and then headed to another baby appointment.  It went ok and then I headed home after.  Robert was scheduled to have a soccer game at 1730, and Coach hadn’t called yet at 1710 when we left the house.  "They" finally decided to call the game at like 1720.  Robert wasn’t really too disappointed.  It was POURING when we got to the field, so I’m glad they called the game.  However, there was an 80% chance of severe thunderstorms in the forecast for all day, and it had been raining most of the day.  I would have made the call a lot earlier in the day.  But that’s just me.  So we went home and had dinner and Robert did his homework for the week and after he was in bed, I did some crocheting.

Today was Thursday.  I missed choir practice last night because I guess I didn’t realize it was Wednesday since we didn’t work Monday.  My days were all mixed up.  Oh well – it happens.  LOL  I was able to walk Robert to school this morning, and that was nice.  At least I still have one day a week (most weeks) that I can walk him to school.  Work was a pretty normal day today.  Brass Band tried to have German Band rehearsal this morning (we morph into German Band for Oktoberfest time of year), but we have a severe lack of music.  We have our speculations as to what happened to the music, but no proof.  So we didn’t really get to play much.  We have calls and e-mails into several other bands that we know have German Band music, so hopefully by Monday we’ll be good to go – we have a gig next Friday.  I spent the rest of the morning keeping busy in my admin office.  I got more stitching done at lunch, and then after lunch I headed over to the old band hall.  We’re going to be moving back there next week, and we finished prepping our office area today – moving desks, cleaning, etc.  Once we were done with that, the admin team was done for the day, so I headed home.  I finished the book I was reading and then I took a nice long hot shower.  That sure felt good.  I went and got Robert from Child Time, and since he didn’t have soccer practice this evening, we had a nice relaxing evening.  I had ordered pizza from Papa Johns online earlier in the day and that was delivered around 6.  It was nice not having to think about dinner when I got home.  My friend H stopped by for a bit with her baby – she was out for a walk while B, her husband, was cooking dinner.  They only live about 1/4 mile from us.  I work with both of them.  After she headed back home, Ryan called and I talked to him for a while and Robert played Super Mario Brothers on the Wii.  Then after he was in bed, I got some crocheting done.  Yes, it’s a crocheting kind of week.

Today’s high:  82
Current:  66

PT. And more PT. And an appointment. And another appointment.

Think you’re seeing double???  Well, you may very well be!  I dropped Robert off at Child Time on my way to PT and after checking in at the facility where pregnancy PT meets, I headed over to the pool.  1st Trimester and postpartum will be meeting at the pool on the 1st and 3rd Mondays now.  We did a few laps with kickboards to warm up and then we did some upper body strengthening with underwater dumbbells – we worked our biceps and triceps and deltoids and pecs.  We ran in a circle in the pool.  We put the dumbbells under our legs and kind of like sitting on them, we used our arms to go down the pool and back – try it – it’s not as easy as it sounds!!  We had a pretty good about 45 minute workout in the pool.  Then when we were done, since I had the day off from work, I got changed into running clothes and went and ran 2.77 miles in 29:35 on the track.  I would have gone farther, but I had a time constraint with an appointment at 0850.  So I got changed again and headed to my appointment – steroid injection for my keloid on my shoulder.  Probably one or two more and it will be flat. 

Then the "fun" began.  NOT.  I had an ultrasound scheduled for 1030 and I had to drink 16 ounces of water at 0900, 16 more at 0915, 16 more at 0930, and 16 more at 0945.  Yes, that’s an entire day’s worth of fluids in less than an hour.  But I needed a full bladder for the ultrasound.  I knew I couldn’t drink that much water, so I went to the shoppette and got a 32 oz. gatorade.  Much better.  And I got some breakfast at the new little bakery next to the shoppette.  Really good!!!  I had a book with me, so that helped kill the time.  After my last bit of fluids at 0945, I headed back to the clinic to the radiology department and got checked in.  WOW was I ever hurting by 1030.  I had to pee sooooooooooo bad.  But the ultrasound went pretty well and part way through I was able pee some – not all of it, but boy did I feel better after that.  The u/s tech was trying to find the baby’s heartbeat, but mine was too strong so she wasn’t able to get the little one.  Not necessarily a bad thing, but I do have to go back for a transvaginal u/s on Wednesday and they should be able to get the baby’s heartbeat that way.  

After that was done, I was finally able to enjoy the rest of my day off.  I went home and had a little bit of lunch and did my e-mail and other usual morning computer stuff.  And I was getting sleepy, so I took about a 45 minute nap.  During the rest of the afternoon, I got some stitching done before going to pick Robert up for soccer practice.  He had a lot of fun at practice – his coach is great with kids and always makes practice fun.  Then it was home to make chicken nuggets for supper.  We had grapes with them.  Then more stitching after Robert was in bed.

Today’s high:  89
Current:  76

Here’s our first picture of our little alien, as we’ve been calling the baby (remember, Ryan’s from Roswell, NM. . .)

Oops. Several Days again

Thursday was our sort-of dress rehearsal at the Centennial Pavilion at the park.  We didn’t run through the complete show, as each group has been rehearsing on our own, but we did get sound going and we rehearsed the transitions between the groups.  So basically each group played the beginning of their first tune and the ending of their last tune so we could practice going between groups.  I think we went through it 4 times and then we were pretty much given the rest of the day off.  If we had shop work to do, we did need to take care of that, but other than that, it was a nice relaxing day.  I came home for lunch and even took about a 20 minute nap before heading out to post to do a little bit of admin work that needed to be done.  I picked Robert up for soccer practice and then after practice we went to Sonic for supper.  Boy did the mosquitos get their dinner while we were eating.  My legs were all itchy the rest of the night.

Friday was the annual POW/MIA walk on post at 0600 and that was our place of PT for pregnancy PT.  We could go in civilian clothes if we wanted (I did) and bring our families (I did).  The band was playing while all the Soldiers and family members and veterans were gathering on the field, and the morning started with a live (and very good) version of Reveille.  Then there were a couple of short speeches and then the walk began.  It was 2 miles and we went a pretty good pace.  Robert did really well and walked most of the 2 miles.  I put him up on my shoulders for a little bit at two points, but it wasn’t for more than maybe a tenth of a mile total.  After the walk was done, we headed home and I changed into uniform and he had breakfast and then I walked him to school.  I finished getting ready for work and headed out to post.  It was a short morning and I did a little bit of admin work and that was about it before heading home.  Once home, I had lunch and then got the laundry going and played on my computer.  I took a 45 minute nap and that really helped.  I picked Robert up from Child Time and we came home and had dinner and watched a little TV.  I got some stitching done.

Saturday was a busy day.  Robert had a soccer game, but before the game they had team and individual pictures, so we had to be there an hour early.  The game went well although we "lost" – the quotes because they don’t keep score at this age.  Robert scored 3 goals and his friend J scored 1!!  I took a lot of pictures and I’m going to put together a CD at the end of the season and give a copy to all the parents.  There are only 7 kids on Robert’s team, so it won’t take that long to burn the CDs.  Then we came home for a little while before heading to the park for sound check.  They had  a little bit of trouble getting the sound system to cooperate so sound check took a little longer than anticipated.  I was able to leave shortly after our scheduled dinner break started, but there was still one more group to do sound check when I left.  Robert just hung out and played while I was playing with Brass Band.  I made spaghetti for supper for us and got changed into uniform and then we headed back to the park for the concert and grand opening of the new band shell, the Centennial Pavilion.  Ceremonial Band played some marches for pre-music and I’m in that.  Then the people from the city said a few words, someone from the city sang the National Anthem, and they did a ribbon cutting for the pavilion.  Then Brass Quintet opened with a fanfare piece.  Then it was Jazz Combo, followed by another Brass Quintet tune, followed by my debut with the Brass Band, then another BQ tune, and then the Rock Band closed it out.  There were probably 300 or so in attendance and it was a really good concert.   It was nice being able to feature all of our groups and show the wide variety of musical genres we can perform.  After the concert, I talked with some people that came up to me and then Robert and I headed home.  (He hung out with one of the band wives and her 3 kids during the concert.)  We called Ryan and Robert fell asleep in the chair while I was talking to Ryan.  I carried Robert to bed and woke him up enough to have him climb the ladder to his bed and then he wanted a bedtime story.  So I started reading – he was sound asleep by about 3 paragraphs in.  All the running and fresh air from the day tired him out.  It tired me out as well, and I was in bed less than half hour after Robert was.

Today was Sunday School and Church.  Robert sat with the choir during the service again, and again I got lots of compliments from people on his behavior during the service.  And of course the choir members love having him sit with us.  After church, we went to Denny’s for lunch, but we both had breakfast.  Then we went to Big 5 Sporting Goods to get Robert a new soccer ball.  His went missing at the game yesterday.  We found a green one, so he’s excited about that, and the manager was talking to us and I told him that Robert’s ball had gotten stolen yesterday at the game, and he told us to tell whoever was up front to give us the best discount she could on the ball.  That was really nice of him!!  We ended up getting like $5 off!  Then we went to Target for kleenex, paper towels, juice (this was Robert’s idea – he knew I needed juice from the grocery store, and he saved me a trip when he suggested I just buy it at Target – smart kid!!), and a bigger water jug for Robert for during soccer.  Then we headed home and Robert played Super Mario Brothers on the Wii for a little while and then we watched the NASCAR race that I had Tivo’ed.  I called Mom & Dad and then Ryan and had good talks with all.  Robert and I were still full from lunch, so we didn’t have dinner.  Robert got a bath, and I got a ton of cross stitching done today!  Time for bed now. . .

Today’s high:  90
Current:  76