Catching up

It's been a while again – I just haven't felt like writing. I'd sit down to write and just have nothing even though I've been busy doing stuff.

This past Monday I started my unit in-processing – it's pretty easy. I now have a government trombone and a music pouch and a pretty green PT belt (NCOs here wear green PT belts, officers wear blue, junior enlisted a different color, students another different color). I've been briefed on driving stuff, taken required Army training for Information Awareness and Antiterrorism, and driven here and there and all over. I had to in-process the Battalion we fall under and the mail room; neither were terribly difficult. All I have left for my unit in-processing is the Unit Fire Marshal, the First Sergeant, and the Commander. I should be able to finish all those tomorrow.

Training with the Army Ten Miler team is going well, although I did miss practice last Monday. Thomas was up ever 2 hours most of the night and then when I finally slept, I slept through my alarm. It's probably best I didn't make practice anyway – I woke up completely stuffed up and miserable. Rehearsal that morning was horrible – it felt like my head was going to explode. I was able to get an appointment for that afternoon to get my Claritin refilled and an antibiotic for a sinus infection. But anyway, back to my training. I'm still very much the slowest runner out there, but everyone is so encouraging and I'm definitely getting to be a stronger and faster runner! I can't wait until the 10K I'm doing at home while on leave in a few weeks. I'll be running the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Pioneer Days 10K. It supports the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties. I've set a fundraising goal of $250 and I would love to have your support! You can make a donation at!

Robert is still enjoying his summer camp and the Youth Center. They've been on several fun field trips, including one 2 hours away in Florida last week. He's made quite a few friends both at the Youth Center and in our neighborhood. He spends his evenings out on the playground behind our house playing with his new friends.

Thomas is getting better and better at crawling and is going exploring more and more. Of course, this also means that he's getting into more and more things, but I think he's also learning the meaning of NO. He's going to eat me out of house and home when he gets older if he keeps up his current eating habits. He eats pretty much anything we put in front of him and he's getting really good at feeding himself. We went to Shoney's after church today and they had their breakfast & lunch buffets up, so that's what we had. I got a scoop of scrambled eggs (probably close to 1/2 cup) from the breakfast side and some watermelon, mushrooms, and oyster crackers from the lunch side and he ate it all and then still breastfed right after before we headed home. Then for dinner, he had an Eggo waffle, a whole banana, and probably 1/4 cup of blueberries, and then milk after his bath. I can't wait til his 9 month well-baby check up to see how much he weighs.

Once again, I'm going to try and do better about writing more often. Fingers crossed. . .

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