Sunday, September 25, 2011

Oy Vey!

Bryan and I were discussing our plans for the next couple months, making our home into a rental property after our move and even talking about when "the next one" should join our little family. Well, wouldn't you know, less than 48 hours later, the Army Gods ripped all of that out from under us.

I don't consider myself the "average" Army Wife, I don't have an "Army Wife" sticker on the back of my car and my husband's dog tags are for his neck, not mine. Basically, I just really want our life to revolve around more than the Army, we are so many great things and we just happen to be an Army family. That said, it's hard not to get overly involved when it comes to major changes for all of us. Bryan went to reenlist earlier this week and was basically told to change his MOS or get out, we never saw this coming. I bawled, my husband has always been a Signal Soldier for as long as we have been married and even before. It was just a big shock, the Army is doing some seriously weeding out and unfortunately, it is affecting the wrong people.

Anyway, I eventually stopped bawling and got over my pity party, Bryan reenlisted as a Broadcast Journalist and we are fairly sure than he can go back to Signal when he goes to WOCS (any input on this would be appreciated!) and now we wait for orders. Bryan reports to Fort Meade, MD for AIT December 2nd until March 16th, so we will most definitely have orders very soon, let's just hope we like where the mean ol' Army is sending us! Here's to hoping!

Monday, September 12, 2011

My, oh my...

Aydan will be one in 32 days. I find myself getting excited to plan a fun party and have all of friends together, but to be completely honest, it is an emotional roller coaster. My baby really is growing up, whether I like it or not. I feel like he really will be pulling out of my driveway tomorrow.

Motherhood has been amazing, this last (almost) year has been amazing. I feel like being a mother is what I was meant to do but in all seriousness, is my baby really turning one?!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

St. Jude Children's Research Children's Hospital

Aydan was diagnosed with Torticollis (wry neck syndrome) at two-months-old. So for the majority of his life we have been going to weekly, sometimes bi-weekly physical therapy appointments. We are blessed to have found an amazing PT after some trial and error and when I really sit down and think about it, we are blessed in many ways when it comes to Aydan's condition. We are blessed that we do not live at a hospital and watch our baby go through countless tests and painful procedures, all in hopes that one day a cure will be found.

I have such admiration for the children and families of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and of course an incredible amount of admiration for the hospital in general. With Aydan's birthday lurking around the corner (YIKES!), I felt like it was a good opportunity to start out on a generous foot. Of course I would love for Aydan to get a bunch of great new toys on his birthday, but I also have the thought of those families and their incredibly strong children in the back of my mind. We have suggested that friends and family make a donation, in Aydan's name, to St. Jude. Cancer is such a horrible disease and I hope that in some way, whatever minuscule amount Aydan's Birthday raises, that it helps make a difference for someone, somewhere.

To donate:

-Hover over "Ways to Help"
-Click "Memorial and Honor Cards"
-In the drop down menu select "Birthday"
-Select a card and fill out your info with a special message for the birthday boy!

Aydan's email is

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

I hope all of my friends are enjoying a fabulous Labor Day with family and friends! We are laying low today, we ventured around Downtown Savannah yesterday and Bryan has to work today. We got a few steaks to grill later and will be enjoying a great meal followed by some fabulous Reality TV courtesy of Bravo tonight.

Today is the first holiday Bryan has not off in as long as I can remember and for that, I am extremely grateful, that is certainly one of the perks of this Army life. Thank you to everyone who dedicates their hard work to keep this country running. Happy Labor Day!