January 3, 2010

Already Gone

Last night I dropped him off on post. After two weeks+ of rose-colored bliss. Here is the run-down, and I've tried to limit the picture-heavy nature of it by turning the pictures into slideshows.

12.17.2009 - Home at last

I picked him up the afternoon of the 17th. I had planned on getting there 2 hours early, to allow for both me getting lost (which turned out not to be an issue) and the very real possibility that he would be released early. It turned out, he was released early - 1 hour and 45 minutes early! I couldn't have planned it better. I stood by my car in my bright yellow "Go Army" sweatshirt which I just checked and saw is no longer available. that means the matching pants I was going to get are also not available. boo. The DS's walked them out one or two at a time. As you know, from a distance in all that gear, it's hard to tell who is who. But after a few sets of soldiers, one couple gets closer to me, and I hear him shout, "Can I run NOW, Drill Sergeant?" And the DS says, "Go for it." :) Do I need to finish the story?

We spent the weekend basically alone. We hit up several of our favorite restaurants, saw a couple of movies, rented a few movies, did a LOT of shopping (mostly for me, since SoldierMan couldn't do any Christmas shopping in BCT and didn't want to go shopping without me) and generally hung around the house and slept a lot :) We were both so physically and emotionally exhausted from the separation that I think we spent most of that weekend either laying around or ingesting caffeine. So, needless to say, I didn't get a lot of pictures from those first few days.

The next week was the final move, which for the most part went off smoothly. Tuesday night we saw Mannheim Steamroller in concert. It's not the most dynamic of shows, but we had seats 4th row, center, and that made it fun. It was the shortest concert I've ever been to - only an hour and a half! That was our first night officially out of our house.

The next day the weather turned colder. And colder. And colder. We did more shopping, it being the day before Christmas Eve. Saw another movie. Ate out again.

Then Christmas Eve came. And the snow blew in.

It was the first White Christmas in years. And turned into a record-setting Oklahoma-style blizzard: 4 feet of snow in less than 24 hours, with horizontal snow!. So we were stuck at home all Christmas Eve, canceling our typical Christmas Eve plans at both his mother's and my grandmother's. It was different, but fun. By the end of the week, though, all the stops had been hit and we made it to everyone's various Christmas gatherings.

You know how I've mentioned how SoldierMan was sick nearly the entire time at BCT? Yeah, he brought that junk home and gave it to me. By Saturday morning, I couldn't take it anymore and he agreed to go to the doctor with me. This was our first real Tricare experience. The most important lesson I learned: Get sick on Saturday! Any other day and I would have to make the 20-30 minute drive out to the nearest base clinic, at the AFB in another city. (Yes, 30 minutes in another city. And that's STILL considered close enough for my required PCM to be on base?!?!) Since it was the weekend, we were able to go to a clinic near the house run by a family friend. We got a generous dose of antibiotics and in 3 days felt like I had traded in my old, sick body for a nice, new, clean one. It was wonderful.

So, we went shooting. Here is the slideshow for that, the video (as you may have seen) I posted a few days earlier, if you are really interested. I think it's pretty funny, but that could just be me. ;)

The rest of the week involved lots more eating, shopping and movies.

Out with friends at BJ's

SoldierMan's last night here was New Year's Day. We tried to see a couple of movies, but since everyone was off work, almost everything was sold out. We were finally able to get tickets to Sherlock Holmes for 5 hours later! That evening, we ate dinner at the Melting Pot, which was YUMMY! Chocolate fondue is amazing. But that still left us with about 3 hours of free time. So, we went to Starbucks (I want to kick myself, I really don't like Starbucks - not for the stupid hippy reasons, but because their coffee is gross. However, my local family-owned coffee shop of choice was closed for New Year's, so that's the only option we had) and hung out for a while, messing around with the camera and camcorder and killing time.

Then it was Saturday. Yesterday. We had a birthday party for my Dad, since his birthday is today and he wanted to celebrate while SoldierMan was still here. We did his last-minute shopping for stuff to take back to BCT. We said goodbye to everyone. We made the long drive to Lawton. We said goodbye.

All in all, it was great Christmas. We were able to be together and make a lot of really great memories. Lots of time together, just sitting and talking or sitting and reading or watching movies...just being together. Lots of eating ;) but lots of quality time. I also got a really nice surprise Christmas present from SoldierMan. And that was very exciting :)


  1. Sounds like you two had a great time together!! When is he done with BCT?

  2. Sounds like a good Christmas! Hope 2010 is off to a good start for you, too!

  3. I'm so glad you got to spend Christmas with him and it looks like you guys had an AMAZING time.

    I hope the rest of BCT goes by quickly for you guys!

  4. What a fun couple of weeks :) I hope the time goes by fast as you wait for the end of basic.

  5. sounds like a great Christmas!
    glad you got to spend it with him!

  6. I am so happy for you that you had a great Christmas break. Do you know yet where you will be getting stationed after basic?


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