Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Transitions....

What is it that 'they' say? When one door closes, another opens? I think that's a pretty good statement when talking about Military families, especially when it's time to pull up those roots you've planted and nurtured and transplant them to another location, only to do the same thing again one, two or if you're lucky like us, four years later.

Which is what we're in the middle of doing right now.

Sigh...

I have a lot of blogging to catch up on. This last year for us has FLOWN by. Isn't that usually the case when it's your last year living somewhere and you want to do as much as possible so as not to miss out on anything? But I've decided to start with the here and now and then work my way backwards.

So let me start catching you all up on us Hammies....

Right now, we're basically Nomads. No permanent address for a little bit. Our house in Lejeune was packed up and put into storage in Woodbridge, VA starting about 2 weeks ago. 

 The moving truck getting ready to load up our house...

Our empty home, after we primed the walls and started erasing any proof we even lived there...

Everything looks so empty and bittersweet...

I was actually doing pretty good with the move until the kids last day of school. With the DODEA schools here on base, we were able to do an 'Accelerated Withdraw' for the kids. Meaning they were able to finish up their school year, take their exams early (in Cassie's case) and it would all count as a full school year completed. For the boys, I bought cupcakes and took them into their classes. Let me just say that there is nothing worse than having to watch your kids say goodbye to their friends. I know that as an adult, I can handle it. It sucks, but I can do it. But for those kids, it really just breaks my heart.
 Jason with some of his best friends...



Jack's teacher Ms. Wyschka giving him a going away bag, which contained a blue teddy bear that she told him that whenever he was feeling sad and missing his friends, to hug him and know that they all missed him too. Jack hasn't let go of that bear since.

 His best friend Colton...


 
 For Jack, I think it's been especially hard. When I went in to his class, the teacher told me that his friend Colton had already been getting teary-eyed about it and then as Jack and I headed out, we had to stop in the hallway because Jack needed a 'moment'.  Between the two of us, we were a bunch of  crying fools.

Cassie and Jason both got school awards. Jason ended the year with 'All A Honor Roll' and "Perfect Attendance' for the whole year and Cassie was awarded 'Student of the Year for Culinary Arts'.  I couldn't be more proud of the two of them!!!!





If you weren't aware, Jon was accepted to USUHS (Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences) in Bethesda, MD, where he'll get his Master's Degree as a CRNA (Nurse Anesthetist). I am so proud of him but it's going to be seriously hectic and crazy for us all for the next two and a half years. He will be in school for one year there and then starts his residency program (that is a 18mo program) a year from now. We'll most likely only be in the DC area for a year and then we'll move once more to wherever they decide to send him for residency.  We're still waiting to hear where that'll be. Jon has asked to be sent to Jacksonville, FL as his first choice, Bethesda as his second, Portsmouth, VA as his third and then finally San Diego as his last choice. So as soon as we know where we're going, we'll let you all know as well.

He actually started school on May 19th. Two days after we left Lejeune. It's been a crazy couple of weeks for us. So while he headed up to Bethesda, the kids, dog and I headed to my friend Erin's house in Fayetteville, NC to spend a few days. We then packed up and headed to the DC area (specifically Quantico, VA) to spend a couple days with another friend of mine - Jb. The school was having a family day picnic, kind of a introduction to fellow families and classmates and Jon wanted us to be there. How could I say no? So while we were there, the kids and I made the crazy drive through DC traffic to see Jon, attend the picnic and visit where he is going to school at.

Luckily, while Jon is attending school he'll be able to stay at our new house that we're renting from some great friends in Damascus, MD. At the moment, they're still living there. The husband, Matt is in the same program Jon is in, but he's a year ahead. They are moving to start his residency in VA in June.  In the meantime, the kids, dog and I get to visit friends and family while we wait for our new home to be ready to move into.

I drove from Damascus to Mom and Dad's in Michigan this last Saturday (May 26th) where we will be staying put, relaxing and just being glad to be 'home' until the middle of June when we'll head back to the DC area to move into our awesome new home.

Leaving Lejeune was seriously hard. I've made some of the best friends I've ever had there. I was BLESSED that my sister and her family were able to get stationed there as well and I got to watch my nephews grow up and be a part of their lives for a three years. Which is almost unheard of when you have siblings in two different branches of the Military. I also got to become a part of an amazing Marine Corp community (in which I'm afraid NOTHING will ever compare to) where I got to go to parties, lunches, balls and embrace my love of cooking. I mean, really! How LUCKY was I to get to be a part of all that? I watched as our corp group of friends started leaving one by one and knew that one day, it'd be my turn to pop that 'bubble' and say 'See ya later Lejeune'. You really learn to cherish your friendships when you know that you're running on limited time. But still, when you have to leave your family, the one you grew up with and the ones that became your family all in the same day, it hurts just a bit.

So with that being said...if you're reading this, I am INVITING you to come and visit us in DC. We'll have a guest room and a beautiful deck for sitting out, drinking cocktails and watching kids play. Not to mention the billions of things we'll be able to go do and see while we're there. It's only going to be a year but we intend to make the most of it!


Here's to being grateful to the best 4 years of my life and hoping for some wonderful adventures to come!

xoxo!

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