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Monday, November 21, 2011

What's Been Going On 'Round Here

I haven't been writing as often as I'd like lately because I've been so busy around here, and I'm still trying to figure out how to balance different aspects of my life.  Its hard to get back into the swing of things when I've been home for the last four and a half years and had a lot more wiggle room to get things done!

As I've mentioned before, I started working again recently.  I work at a bank as a teller and was hired part time.  I went to training for two weeks out of town, and last week was my first official week of work, and they've already offered me full time! They ended up needing an additional part-time person at another branch nearby, so that works beautifully for me.  I honestly love where I'm working - they pounded into my head how service oriented and "people first" they are, and its no hype! I feel blessed to have found this job, as my family needed me to get back into the workplace, and I know jobs are scarce these days.

For months now (pretty much since the earthquake), we've been stressing out about the Navy's "ERB," which stands for the Enlisted Retention Board.  What that means is that several jobs in the Navy have been overmanned for years now, and so Congress decided it was time to let about 3,000 sailors go.  This year has been stressful enough for us, but sitting in limbo for months not knowing whether my husband was going to have a paycheck in a few months, or be able to finish out his Navy career that he has already invested twelve years into, has been especially difficult.  Results for Lance's rank finally came out, and he was one of the fortunate ones that was selected to stay in.  We have friends who were "not selected for retention," and I feel for them. At the same time, I'm somewhat jealous of them and their chance to re-enter the civilian world.

Test results for advancement has also come out, and Lance didn't make rank this round.  However, he just messaged me saying this is the closest he's been by far, so we will keep our fingers crossed for next round!

Kids are doing well - Alex is loving school and made honor roll first quarter! Big Lance decided it was time to reward them for their hard work, and Alex made a little cash off of Daddy.  Lance Jr doesn't get actual grades yet on his report card, but he has improved immensely since our parent-teacher conference a while back.  We have been stricter about some things as well (such as where his papers go, how long and when he reads, video game privileges), and even his teacher commented on how big of a difference she's seen over the last month and a half.  I'm so proud of my kids!

Its Thanksgiving week! I am so excited for the holidays this year, I just can't stand it!  My menu is planned out and most things are bought, so I can't wait to have an American Thanksgiving, complete with the Macy's Day Parade! Woohoo! Our Christmas decorations are all sitting on my front porch (need to bring them in, actually!) and we will be decorating this weekend. Ah... I'm such a sucker for the holidays.

And!! What has me buzzing around like a bee on crack... My sister is coming to visit a week from today! OMG WOOHOO!!  I haven't seen her in four and a half years - and to show how much things change in that time... the last time I saw her, she was a teenager living at home, and now she's been in the Navy, done a tour overseas, met her husband-to-be (and got married), is out of the Navy now and has a baby! I cannot wait to see my beautiful sister and my gorgeous niece Rylie, who is a five month old cherub!  We have a few things planned to do when they come, but I think we are mostly going to sit around, enjoy each other's company and do some serious baking and Christmas movie watching!

Can't wait to see you, Jess!!

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