December 31, 2010

Oh, What a Difference a Year Makes

It's crazy to think how much has changed in the last year for us. (I'll just go ahead and warn you, this may be boring for you. If you have already had your fill of 2010 wrap-up posts, feel free to skip this one. It's mostly for my own benefit, anyway. :)) So here is my little walk down memory lane for 2010.

This time a year ago, we had just sold our first home and moved me back into my parents' house. SoldierMan was home for Christmas Exodus and we were preparing to take him back to Ft. Sill for BCT.

January seemed slow to me. I'm sure it did to SoldierMan, too, that last month of BCT. Other than an extension of the bi-annual Oklahoma snowstorm, not much happened.

Mom's birthday dinner.

SoldierMan donating blood. Read here for the story behind that look of terror.

February was better. SoldierMan graduated BCT and was sent to Georgia for OCS. The communication really picked up as he finally had access to internet and cell phone again, and that was wonderful.

Meeting up for Bible study at the coffee shop.

March was the only month I went an entire month without seeing SoldierMan. I know, I know, boo-hoo for me. But it was hard for us. Another milestone. Of course, looking back I know how lucky we were to have as much contact as we did. I was still living with my parents, of course, and truckin' along, making the most of time with friends and family.

April was very exciting. First I went to see SoldierMan over Easter weekend, since he had a 4-day pass. We found a place to live and bought him a pickup, and began to fall in love with Georgia. Then after coming back home, flew back to Georgia at the end of the month for OCS graduation. I have traveled as much this year than I think I have in the last 5 or 10 years total. Which also explains my deep loathing and hatred for TSA. But that's another post. ;)

May was the watershed month for us. We officially left Oklahoma and moved to Georgia. I have to say, the experience was different than what I expected. Of course, I was very sad to see Oklahoma shrink away in the rear-view mirror. But I was also excited and ready - after weeks of separation and anticipation - to move on.

Our going-away party

June :) The Georgia summer hit hard. I really don't have many any pictures from June, sadly. :( I was not a good photog this year. I don't do New Year's resolutions, really, but this next year I really will make an effort to take more pictures.

July was fun. We took a real trip to Atlanta and hit the Coke museum and the theater. More field training for SoldierMan, more hiding from the heat for me. We totally missed out on 4th of July fireworks, so that was a bummer, but we still had fun. Oh, and I got my super-shiny new laptop. Whoo-hoo. :)

4th of July

August was SoldierMan's birthday and the final month of IBOLC - finally! We were ready for that!

SoldierMan's birthday

September was our anniversary, which happened to be the same day as the IBOLC graduation. We also took a little day trip to Dothan, AL. The only real "local" roadtrip we took in Georgia. I regret that we didn't take more of them, but by the time the weekend came around one or both of us was usually so worn out from the week we really didn't want to go anywhere. Hopefully we'll be better about that in the future, as well.

Blue Cord formal dinner/our anniversary

October was my birthday month. I also started C25K that month. As we all know, that didn't last long, but I'm going to pick it up again.

Us on my birthday

November was a busy, exciting month. We said goodbye to some friends, had visitors from home, I went to El Paso househunting, I began NaNoWriMo (and eventually completed it) and had our first Thanksgiving on our own. The beginnings of the next big change.

Thanksgiving 2010

December has been crazy busy. SoldierMan finishing Airborne school, packing up and leaving Georgia, stopping off in Disney World "on our way" to Oklahoma on our way to El Paso, driving a Penske truck and towing our car across the country.
Often throughout the year, SoldierMan and I would look at each other and marvel at how much our lives have changed in the last year, how far God has brought us personally and geographically.

We really have been blessed in so many ways. We have made great new friendships and, thanks to the beauty that is facebook, have been able to maintain our old ones as well. We've always had as much as we needed, and usually more. That alone makes me thankful.

In so many ways I'm not ready to say goodbye to 2010 - it feels like it's gone by so fast! I know that's the cliche December 31st facebook status, but it's really true. I cannot even imagine what 2011 will bring. I guess we'll find out together!

Have a fantastic, memorable New Year, and stay safe out there!


  1. Not boring!! Loved every word :-)

    It's NYE cliche is the name of the game!!! lol

    Hope 2011 is wonderful for you both!!!

  2. It looks like you had an amazing year lady!! Happy New Year!

  3. Looks like an amazing and busy year!

    Happy New Year!


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