Friday, May 18, 2012

Driving in the fast lane

My husband and I can't do anything simple.  Period.  I should have known this when we were planning a wedding, buying a house, and job searching at the same time several years ago.  I wrote a week or so ago about us staying put for another two years.  No change, no moving, just life staying simple where we are.  Well clearly that wasn't interesting enough for us!  In a round-about discussion I mentioned that since we are PCSing across the country directly following this deployment it might be nice to go home to Virginia, especially having a 6 month old, 2 year old, and 2 BIG, high maintenance dogs to take care of.  This sounds like a pretty reasonable plan, right?  The catch?  The best time to sell our house is now.  While we are pregnant with number two, and a good 6-9 months away from when I would move back to Virginia. 

Now we're talking fun! So if all goes as planned (but we all know it won't) we will sell our house, find temporary housing for the next 6-9 months, and begin looking for a rental in Virginia for me, the kiddos, and dogs.  As crazy as it all sounds, I'm really looking forward to being down South for a year and having the kids close to family.  I guess our short time in the military has prepared me for temporary living and it doesn't bother me. Although I'm not denying the next several months are going to be a little crazy.  It definitly beats trying to sell the house and move on my own next yeah while the husband is deployed.

Here's to driving in the fast lane and keeping life interesting!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dig your roots a little deeper

The phrase - Bloom where you are planted - is often used by military spouses as we're often plopped in a new place left to our own devices to make friends, fin new gyms, grocery stores, daycare and activites, or at the very least get around without getting lost!  Usually just about when we've established ourselves and made a great circle of friends it's time to move again.

Well, today I'm going to dig my roots a little deeper.  What do I mean?  For the past 6 months we've been waiting/hoping for news that we would possibly be PCSing with a new opportunity for my husband.  Last week we got the news that we would not be moving, therefore staying right at Fort Drum for another 2 years.  This is always a possiblity and I knew that but I was really ready for a new adventure.  Fort Drum has been great to us and it's honestly not as bad as people say....but I felt two years was plenty. :)  Maybe it was the appeal of moving south with longer summers and shorter winters.  Maybe the thought of being a little closer to home and family, or maybe the idea of 2-3 years guaranteed with no deployments!  But, here we are for another two years and the realities are setting in.  Winter was good to us this past season so I don't hold my hopes high for the next.  We have the next deployment beginning in a year looming over us, and with two years in our current house I am at that point where I can tell you 20,189,387,156 things that I would like to change. 

So what's a girl to do?  I desperately want to be replanted! 

But I have a choice and I choose to dig my roots a little deeper.  On the bright side...we have a whole year to enjoy as a family before facing another deployment. (With months missing here and there for training but who's counting!)  Summer is just around the corner and there is SOOOO much to love about the North Country in the Summer!  We have a beautiful and safe home that fulfills our needs and I have a husband who likes projects so let the lists begin.  With baby #2 on the way, we know that those precious first years of both our kids will be in one place.  And, we have 2 more years before we have to worry about renting or selling our house.  There is a lot to celebrate afterall!

I am sure we all have had a time in our lives where we couldn't change our circumstance, as much as we wanted to, and had to deal with our current situation just a little while longer.  Dig your roots a little deeper.