The Countdown

12 Days until we move into TLF (Temporary Lodging)

23 Days  until we move to Texas

And are you ready for this one???

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32 WEEKS UNTIL BABY WANNEMACHER #3 ARRIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right folks.  We are going to be a family of 5 and we are SO excited!

I Have Been Busy

I haven’t blogged in forever.  We took a summer vacation to Florida in July immediately followed by packing for our new assignment in Texas.  Needless to say we haven’t had a lot of down time.

Florida was great!  I love that when I am there the only decision to be made is pool or beach.  It is so relaxing and I love watching my girls splash around in the water.  Rachel got to practice everything she learned in her swim lessons and is on the verge of being able to swim.  When we get to Texas I am going to enroll her in another session of  lessons, so that we will be ready for lots of swimming next summer.  Allison loves the water.  So much that you have to be within an arm’s length of her at all times.  If not she will run and jump right in a split second.  I know this because it happened.  She was sitting on the steps and I was right there just shy of an arms length when she jumped in.  She only went under for a split second and most kids would have came up scared and crying, but not my Allison.  She was smiling and after she got her bearings she laughed.  I on the other hand I was in the middle of a mild heart attack.  Kevin laughed at me because when it comes to my girls I have super human reflexes.  I am usually at their side in the blink of an eye.  I also got to see my family which was great.  I miss seeing them on a regular basis.  It always feels as if so much time has passed and I never want my visit with them to end.  I can’t wait to be back state side where I don’t have this huge ocean separating us.

The next thing on our agenda was waiting for official orders to Texas.  We got them within a week of being back.  I was SO excited.  Then the planning started.  What do we keep, what do we get rid of, when do we ship our house hold goods, how are we shipping the cars, who has the best prices, where are we going to live, where are the best schools, etc….the planning never ends.  After much research I have found answers to all of my questions and feel at ease with our upcoming move.  I am ready to hit the ground running.  I realize there will be some unforseen hiccups, but I with all the planning I have done I feel I will be better equipped to handle the unexpected.  We are currently waiting on our air line tickets which we should get very soon.  Then we will have an actual date as to when we leave.  Tentative count down is 57 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need to Vent

First off I just need to say how bad I want to be back stateside.  Everyday I try to make the best of what time I have left here in Germany, but there are constant daily reminders of why I want my time here in Germany to be over.  If you don’t want to hear any complaining then I advise you to not read any further.

On Saturday we went to Ramstein because I wanted to get Kevin a new pair of running shoes for Father’s Day. Of course they didn’t have his size just like the last time I was there.  Next we move on to the BX to find some new work out clothes for him and pretty much anything worth buying was XL and Kevin wears L.  Oh did I mention it was raining and 48 degrees outside that day.  Normally I would have left upset longing for the day we leave, but instead I left happy that we are closing in on 100 days left in this country.

So the next day we wake up in a good mood because it is Father’s Day.  Thank goodness I had bought Kevin something other than the shoes and workout clothes that we weren’t able to buy.  We had planned on taking the kids to the park and playing with our new soccer ball and basketball.  But it was really windy, sprinkling, and cold again.  I decided I wasn’t going to let that bother me.  We went to the covered basketball court on base anyways.  We played for about an hour and then had to leave because we were freezing.

Monday rolls around and Kevin is sick.  Hummmm wonder why?  Probably because we where outside playing in the damp cold windy weather.  So for the last 2 days Kevin has felt awful.  Not to mention it has rained every single day.

That brings me to today.  I took Rachel to the BX to get a Barbie that she has been saving for.  Usually we always eat at home, but today we decided to go to the food court and get something.  So I walk in and 2 of the 4 places have been closed so our choices were BK or Anthony’s Pizza.  The girls wanted BK and I wanted pizza.  I ordered theirs first  and then I went and stood in line for 5 minutes and nobody came.  Finally I walked back over to BK and asked if anyone was working the counter for the pizza.  She said, “Oh I am”.  So very nicely I asked if she could take my order.  Only to find out they were completely out of bread sticks.  So I ordered something different and went to get my drink from the fountain and guess what the carbonation was all screwed up to it was like syrup when it came out.  All I wanted to do at this point is go straight to my car, drive to the Airport, and buy 4 one way tickets to America.

Needless to say I am counting the days until we leave.  We have planned our summer vacation in Florida and leave for that in 6 days.  When we return we should be somewhere around the 70 day mark.  Which means we will start shipping cars and packing our house up.  Germany was good for about the first 2 years, but 4 is WAY TO LONG.

I’m PCSing

For any non military people reading this a PCS is a Permanent Change of Station.  Which for us is 7 months away, but give it a few weeks and when you walk into my house it is going to look like it is tomorrow.  My kids are into EVERYTHING and it’s driving me nuts.  So I have decided that every time I am at the BX I am gong to pick up one of those big durable plastic crates with the lids and slowly start packing my house up bit by bit.  I am not even kidding.  Allison is 19 months and I love her and her energy more than anything, but for goodness sakes she is killing me.  I just can’t keep up with her.  It seems as if every time I look up she has one of the following in her hands waltzing through my house:  picture frames, potted plants, scrap books, computer, books (oh the books drive me insane), DVD’s, digital photo frame, dishes, blankets, dish towels, towels, and anything else you can think of.  She has also discovered from watching her sister that if she pushes a chair up to something she can get almost anything she wants.  Did I mention that none of my doors lock and we don’t have door knobs.   We have door handles.  So while most kids her age can’t open a door yet because they don’t have the coordination to grab, squeeze, turn … well mine just has to tippy toe, grab the very edge of the handle, and then stand flat-footed again and viola it’s open.  URGGGGGG!!!  Also on the list of Germany sucks is NO CLOSETS.  So I can’t barricade stuff for 6 to 8 months while she out grows this phase.  When Rachel was little I just put stuff up high, in closets, closed doors, and all that other baby proofing stuff to make it easier to keep up with the normal I’m 1 and into everything phase. 

So  by reading this you can tell it is not my sweet little Allison’s fault.  She is doing everything a 1-year-old is supposed to be doing.  It is my fault because I need to put these non baby proof items away.  Which brings me back to PCSing.  Since I don’t have closets, door knobs, or door locks to help the situation.  I have decided to pack it up and get it out of here.  I am officially turning our garage into a storage unit until that big wonderful truck pulls into the driveway to bring us back to the United States of Awesome in 7 months.  And when I get there one of my first purchases is going to be a great big American Flag that I can hang on my front porch and show the whole world how proud I am to be an American. 

Here is the list of things I am looking forward to the most:

CLOSETS

DOUBLE SIDED SINKS

LARGE DISHWASHERS

DOOR KNOBS

DOOR LOCKS

PARKING LOTS

LARGE PARKING SPOTS ( A few times I have had to let everyone out of the car and crawl out the back of my Honda Pilot.  Sounds funny, but trust me it’s not!!)

110 OUTLETS

PAY AT THE PUMP GAS

Kind of a Big Deal

Have you ever met my husband because he is kind of a big deal.  At least I think so.  Last night we attended the Annual Wing Awards and Kevin was a nominee for Airman of the Year.  And guess what …………………HE WON!!!!!!    I am so proud of him.  I witness first hand what a hard worker he is and it  is so nice to watch him be recognized for it.  I love being able to share the experience with him.  It was definitely a well deserved award.    Staff Sergeant Spradley, who is also in the CE Squadron, won NCO of the year.  That’s right CE took home not one, but two wing awards.  I am sure Colonel Kale our Squadron Commander was on cloud nine!!!

So what’s next?  Kevin will be heading to Ramstein to compete at USAFE (United States Armed Forces Europe).  That’s right he is competing with all the other Wing Award Winners in Europe.  Like I said he is kind of a big deal.  I am so extremely proud and there are no words to express how wonderful and deserving he is.

Here are some of the photos taken at last night’s event:

Colonel Weggeman (Wing Commander), Kevin, and Chief Miller (Command Chief)

 

Kevin and his award

Kevin and Me prior to last night’s event

Colonel Kale (CES Commander), Claudia Kale, Me, and Kevin

Chief Suarez (CES Chief), Kevin, and Me

Colonel Kale and Kevin

Kevin and SSgt Spradley (EOD a.k.a. Bomb Squad)

WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU?

THAT’S RIGHT WE’RE BAD

Kevin, Colonel Tooke (Mission Support Group Commander), and SSgt Spradley

 

What does A-W-E-S-O-M-E spell?……………KEVIN!!!

Sweet Treat

My friend Tiffany bought Rachel these cute kid size baking items for her birthday and we have been dying to make something with them. 

So that is exactly what we did today.  I promised her we would do it this weekend, and I pick Sunday that way she could take them to school and share them with her class.  If not Mommy and Daddy would have chowd down on them.  And you know what they say,  “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips”.   Rachel helped measure all the ingredients and she also did all the mixing.   She is so excited about taking them to school tomorrow and sharing them with her Sure Start Friends.

My little Alli-Cakes was sick today, so she wasn’t able to join in on the fun.  She seems to be feeling better this evening, and that makes me a happy Mommy.  There is nothing worse than when your kids are sick.  Here is a cute picture of  her from yesterday and I just had to post it because she doesn’t have her passy in her mouth (very rare occurence, but I am working on it). 

Swim Lessons

Guess who is going to learn how to swim????  That’s right you guessed it……..MY LITTLE RACHEL-CAKES!!!!  We had sign ups this morning and guess who was 20 minutes early to make sure their angel got a spot….That’s right ME!  I am so excited for her.  We are moving to Texas in October for 4 years and I have been anxious for her to learn.  I am sure with the sweltering heat in Texas we will spend much of our time at the pool soaking up the rays and splashing around in the water.

Can someone please tell me how my baby turned 5 over night!!!