Here's the thing. I almost didn't pick this bib up today. What seemed like an excellent idea (half-marathon!) last fall doesn't seem so great anymore. I didn't train like I'd meant to. Barre? Yes! Running? Not so much. I wanted to forget I even signed up. But there will be a group waiting for me and that accountability is enough to get me on the race course tomorrow. I'm a sucker for swag, and I've run enough races to know I'd be passing up a bunch of free stuff and missing out on an opportunity to dig deep while witnessing grit in others around me. So, I won't even come close to a *good* finish time, but I'll show up. And right now, that's feeling like something to be proud of.
I’ve been busy the last few days making hats to put in the baby gift bags for my husbands unit. We have over 400 families... we get a lot of new babies. I’m going to need to teach some people how to do this to spare my hands! 😂
🍿 Not only is it National Popcorn Day, but it's Saturday, which also happens to be our family movie night! And popcorn is my favorite snack - popped on the stove with lots of butter, of course.😋
🎥 My family always looks forward to our movie nights and my older daughter is still home on winter break so it's a full house tonight! We're making the best of things during this government shutdown since neither my hubby nor I are getting paid from our government jobs. But we won't let that ruin movie night!
So tell me, does your family have movie nights too or is there something else special you do together on the weekends?
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Feeling grateful today!! Driving through Beaufort yesterday, we had the pleasure of watching fighters jets do training of landing and take off. It is such a cool sight to see these magnificent machines and to hear the roar of the engine. When you see these machines, you also think of the pilots, their families, and the work they perform and lives on the line. In addition, we attended a ballgame at one of the military bases twice last week. To see the military community, schools, families, and children, really brought a new level of awareness. Thank you to our military and families and know that we are thinking of you and praying for you.
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Fort Hood soldiers return home from Iraq:
FORT HOOD — Family members, friends and fellow soldiers gathered Friday at Abrams Physical Fitness Center to welcome home 127 troopers from Fort Hood’s 3rd Cavalry Regimen following a nine-month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Capt. Christopher Cummings, commander of G Troop, said he spent the previous nine months working to help build a stable Iraqi government and infrastructure, but the separation from his wife, Callie Cummings, was the hardest part of the deployment. “It’s been difficult at times, but I have a very supportive wife, she’s very understanding,” said the troop commander.
He said one of the first things he was looking forward to now that he is home was sitting on the couch, sharing stories and catching up with his wife and playing with his dog.
Callie Cummings said she filled the time away from her husband by working and even authored a book titled “The Bold Maneuver.” “I know what they’re doing over there is really important, so you just try and think of the positive aspects of it, and keeping yourself busy is the best thing you can do,” Callie Cummings said.
Lilia Work, 10, and Tyler Work, 12, said the house has been quieter since their father, Lt. Col. Matthew Work, deployed. He is the commander of the regiment’s 2nd Squadron. Lilia and Tyler said they were looking forward to “tickle parties” and hunting now that their father is home. “It’s been pretty difficult, but we were focused on the mission overseas, and to see the positive effects we had over there and all the wonderful kids, reminded me of my kids on a daily basis,” Matthew Work said.
Maj. Andrew Betson, an operations officer with the regiment, said the soldiers who deployed worked in an advisory role for some of the senior headquarters of the Iraqi security forces throughout the country. He said some elements of the regiment also provided security and support to U.S. special operations forces inside Syria. “What they were doing was providing intelligence and fire support and military advice as they were going through their operations against ISIS,” Betson said.
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Do you sort of spy some workout equipment in here? Does this scream "home gym?" Unfortunately, we are like many who *think* they will exercise at home and then this happens in the garage. 🤦♀️ It's a literal hazard as I just fell HARD taking this picture and can already feel the bruise forming. ANYWAY, my point is that military spouses have free access to fitness centers on base or post and would be wise to take advantage of classes such as yoga, spin, barre or kickboxing. Get all the info in the article I wrote for @militaryfamiliesmagazine linked in bio. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I want to hear what classes you've tried! ⬇️
This week we said goodbye to our stuff. Some of which we’ll see in three months and others like this crib that will remain in storage for the next three years until we’re stateside again. I’m beyond excited for this next chapter in Okinawa for me and my family but can’t help but be a little heartbroken about our time at MacDill coming to an end.
It always happens this way. You move somewhere new, it takes what seems like forever to make it feel like “home”, you meet amazing friends, and then have to start all over again. This lifestyle isn’t for the faint of heart, but is so so worth the friendships and memories we have made.✨ •
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You know you’ve missed daddy when you make him a welcome home sign after 5 nights!! But he is back!! 🙌🏼 and fingers crossed we have a relatively settled life until April.
I’m not sure what normal is anymore but I know I’m looking forward to it!!