So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since I’m multitasking (waiting for a pocket of time to shower for tomorrow’s sub job while cooking tomorrow’s lunch, letting the dogs run around indoors for a change, squeezing in a couple of loads of laundry), I thought this might be fun to fill out while the chicken poaches in onions, garlic, and chicken broth. I’ll thrown in a couple cups of spinach and cherry tomatoes in an hour and voila! Our lunch (and dinner) for tomorrow!
1. My plans for this weekend include Zumba followed by all day at the pool, but what I’d really like to do is…
GO SHOPPING! Oh, how I’ve missed scouring end-of-season sales and stocking up on kids’ jeans at Old Navy during their $10 jeans sale. I’ve missed sauntering from Nordies to LOFT to MAC, my perfect trinity of bathroom and closet needs. I’ve missed hunting for bargains at TJ Maxx and clearance racks at Ann Taylors, LOFT and regular (even though between you and me, I can’t afford regular without a full-time job).
Budgeting is A MUST and even though we may see better financial times in the next few years, I hope that I will continue to be thrifty and a bit more conservative with spending
with still the occasional spree at the end of each season.
2. I consider the Labor Day holiday…
as a reminder of a new school year even though our kids have been in school since July. I get all goofy like Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail”, waiting for fall to arrive and excited over back-to-school stuff like sharpened pencils and an empty bulletin board.
3. My favorite meal for cookouts is NOW HUSBAND’S HONEY DIJON CHICKEN, but HE wouldn’t agree.
He is a “red meat” person and loves slow and low burning brisket on the grill though since the accident and our impending mid-life crises (I know, I know. We’re only in our late thirties but we’re trying to eat healthier
when we remember) he has a new appreciation for chicken and fish. Still, give him the choice and we know what he’d pick.
4. So far, my favorite part of summer has been SLOWING DOWN.
I pulled the kids out of gymnastics when we went to Virginia in April and when I got back, I was called in for jury duty for a two month criminal trial! In that time, everything ended. I’m talking about sub jobs, catechism for our oldest (that’s Catholic Faith Formation or CFF; kinda like Bible school), Girl Scouts for the older daughter… all those ending with the school year. It was really nice to have evenings free and even nicer when they weren’t in school.
Another great thing about the summer (or maybe life in general) is that all of us as a family are beginning to look at what’s important. Saving money is a huge priority to us so we’re finding ways to save without noticing such as finding the FREE DAYS to museums or attractions around town and taking advantage of the pool at our gym since it’s a necessary expense for me. Spontaneous play dates at the park or pool have been great as well. This summer I’ve started to really let the kids be in charge in meal prep and clean up in general. My sanity may be returning. We shall see…
5. When it comes to deployments, my philosophy is DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.
Every deployment was different for me. I was very tempted to move back home for R’s first deployment and could you blame me? I was a newlywed for six weeks, left a career, left my family, and moved to the opposite end of the country.
But for some reason I didn’t want to move back. Even now it’s hard for me to articulate why. Perhaps it’s because we were living a life together and I wanted to hold onto what we had together which was our small two-bedroom apartment in Augusta. Maybe it’s because I knew what I was getting into when I agreed to marry this wonderful, caring, selfless man so I should suck it up.
I didn’t think it could get any worse during deployment than having two young children in preschool, teaching first grade, and being pregnant! OH BUT IT DID as you all know…
Have a great weekend!