Why am I starting this blog? I discovered over the last couple of years that I have a terrible memory. I couldn't even tell you what we did for my 10 year old's 10th Birthday without looking for pictures. I figured if I blogged, then it would be easier for me to remember things. I was blogging epiphanies while I was stationed in Kuwait, but got myself into trouble when I voiced my opinion about various military related things. My blog was discovered by the wrong set of eyes and I got a nice little slap on the hand. Figured if I tried to stay away military related blogs (opinionated one's), then I would be okay.
I have been married to my husband David since July 1, 2006. We met on December 31, 2004. He is my rock. We have 4 boys - Kaleb (10), Brian (9), Gabe (4) and Xander (2). The two older are from my former marriage (another blog for another time). We have two dogs, Kooper and Diesel. I love Kooper- even though his skin allergies are really starting to annoy me. I could do without Diesel- she's 10 months old and she is a typical hyperactive puppy in an adult dog body. We bought our first home (in Colorado Springs) in June of this year.
So, where am I in my life now. I am a Sergeant First Class in the Army. I'm technically a Satellite Network Controller, but I'm currently assigned to an S-3 shop and my title is Battalion Operations NCO. My responsibilities include conducting inspections on the Company Operations, dealing with various current operational issues, helping plan for future operations and helping to develop two Soldiers that I have assigned to me. What that really translates to is - passing companies on operation inspections, because everyone in the battalion would have a fit if I ever failed everyone; putting out small fires; making decisions that I have no business making decisions about; and pretending to be in charge when I have no idea what I'm doing.
I am enrolled in college. I hate college. I have 7 classes left before I finally have a bachelor's degree. I honestly wonder if I will ever finish it. I hate online classes. I hate having to write paper, after paper, after paper. I hate responding to online discussions where everyone says the same thing over, and over and over.
I have 8 years left in the Army before I can retire. Even though it's not, I feel like 8 years is forever. I just got home from Kuwait in June (a year away from the family). Now my job takes me traveling at least every month for a week- usually longer. I am going to Maryland for 2 weeks this month, coming home for 3 days and then going to Germany for 8 days, home for 5 days and then back to Maryland for 14 again. Just thinking about it makes me miss my family.
Facts about my kids as of today, January 2, 2010:
Kaleb- loves playing football; can never get enough attention from anyone; can be really sweet at times, but won't hesitate to make others feel bad if he feels bad; is very messy and doesn't take care of his things; has the cutest freckles; frustrates the hell out of me on a daily basis
Brian- loves bionicles; would surf the internet day and night if I would let him; is very, very smart; will give in to his older brother every time
Gabriel- is not potty trained even though he's 4-years old; loves watching cartoons; is spoiled rotten; loves eating; is afraid of the dark
Xander- is a snuggle bunny; sucks his thumb and has a blankie he carries everywhere; knows many cuss words that he can use in context (this morning he said "Ah, $hit" when he couldn't get something open); whines way too much; will probably be potty trained before his brother.