I'm a teacher who is following her husband where ever his career in the Air Force takes us. We've been through a 6 month seperation for training. We've made a move from the city to a small town in the middle of nowhere. We've adopted a new furbaby. I've found a new job. We've been through a deployment. Through all of this, we've learned to embrace change and all that it brings.
Well, ALS is officially over. Anthony graduated on Thursday as a distinguished grad. There were 58 in his class and top 5 were the distinguished grads, so needless to so, I was pretty proud. I only got 2 pictures throughout the night because of where we were sitting, but my camera is at school, so I will post those later.
Friday was Anthony's Christmas party at work. It was at the fire station, in the stalls. They provided the meat and sides and we all brought appetizers and desserts. There was so much food! It was great getting to hang out with all the families, since we don't get together much.
We have three days of school this week. It is so hard to read on Facebook how we are basically the last school to let out for Christmas, but oh well. Atlas we are one of the first schools to get out for summer! Tomorrow is our holiday breakfast, and I can't wait. I've asked all the parents to send breakfast foods. The kids are wearing their pajamas. It's going to be a lot of fun. I've made scarves for all my kids out of fleece and I can't wait for them to open their gifts. Also, I bought a bunch of books for my kids. Since I wrapped the scarves, I really don't want to wrap the books too. I think the kids will sit in a circle and read The Night Before Christmas and pass the books each time I say "the." I am hoping they will all enjoy that! Later in the day we are making Santa snacks out of graham crackers, icing, marshmallows, and candy. And in the afternoon, we are watching Polar Express. It should be a wonderful, but crazy day! Wednesday will be a lazy day of movies and games. I can't believe the semester is almost over!
We still aren't 100% certain that Anthony has leave, so I'm not getting too excited since we've had it taken away at the last minute before. But, hopefully, we will get to spend Christmas with our family! I can't believe it's less than a week away!
Anthony is currently in ALS. I have read and heard many women who talk about how they hated when their husband was in ALS and was sure this wouldn't be the case for us. I was just thrilled with the idea of Anthony being home every night, since he usually works 24 hour shifts. But, now that we are 4 weeks into this, I'm not thinking it is so great. In fact, I'm kind of thinking I'd rather my husband be TDY than in ALS.
First of all, there's the homework. And LOTS of homework. He goes to class until 3 or 4, then has organized PT, followed by his own gym time. When he finally gets home at 6, he has atleast 2 hours of homework nightly. That means, no conversations. No watching my TV shows. And no one else to take the dogs out or do chores, even though he's home. Atleast when he is TDY, I can talk have real conversations over the phone and have the TV all to myself.
Then, there's all the cooking I have to do. We only eat out once ever two weeks, so that leaves me cooking the other 13 nights (he eats leftovers for lunch). When he is TDY, someone else cooks for him and he gets per diem and I can eat leftovers.
And finally, there is the graduation. Don't get me wrong, I am very proud of him. It's just the whole thought of this dinner has really stresses me out. Mainly, there is the dilema of figuring out what to wear. I don't like to be cold, but how dress semi-formal and still stay warm? And where do I find a dress in this small town? I found a cute 1/2 sleeve sweater dress with a cowl neck, tights and pumps. Hopefully it will all go well together and I will be dressy enough! Oh, the dilemas of being a woman!
Even though ALS has been a challenge for us both, I would gladly have my husband here with me than in another state or country. Having him close by certainly outweighs all the negatives of ALS.