When we first moved into our Fort Knox home, we were thrilled to learn it was a 3 bedroom. You see, since Andy and I are a married couple with no children, we were only guaranteed a 2 bedroom house. Although a large majority of housing on Fort Knox is mixed-rank, our neighborhood (Prichard Place) was for E-5’s and E-6’s (junior NCOs.) Houses in Prichard were either one-story, 3 bedroom or two-story, 4 bedroom. Since Andy is an E-5, we had the option of moving immediately into the 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in the junior enlisted and mixed rank neighborhood, or waiting 6 weeks for the 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in the junior NCO neighborhood. Obviously, you see what we picked 😉
That being said, we had no idea how we wanted to utilize our “extra” bedroom. I had already called “dibs” on the other bedroom for my office, so we decided that Andy would get an “office” to himself. Not to confuse it with my office, we usually referred to this room as the “den.” I had absolutely zero say in how Andy decorated/organized this room, which was the perfect compromise for us! Nothing makes him happier than a room devoted entirely to his Legos, sci-fi books, and guns!
Let’s talk for a minute about that treadmill. Good gracious, moving that treadmill was a nightmare. At first, Andy wanted to keep it in the garage since we weren’t sure how we would get it inside, but I begged to put it in the house so I could have air-conditioning when I worked out (not that I worked out much…) Trying to get it through the door was an ordeal, and involved Andy taking it apart as much as he could and it still being a smidge too big. Somehow, we got it in there with minimal damage to the walls and linoleum. As I right this post, we’re a week away from moving out and I’m still not sure how we’ll get it out of there… maybe take the window off the frame and shove it out the window?
Andy kept most of his Army things in this room so he wouldn’t wake me up in the mornings. Whenever he was gone and didn’t really pick up the “gear vomit” laying around, I was able to just shut the door so I didn’t have to look at it 😉
His bookshelf was already cleaned off by the time I got around to snapping photos.
I had no idea this poster was on the backside of the door until Andy told me while I was taking photos! We lived here 11 months and I had no idea!
We didn’t really have a great spot for this colorful poster, so into Andy’s den it went! We bought these star stickers so we could label places that we’ve lived (separately and together) and traveled (separately and together.) So far, we’ve only lived in Kentucky together and traveled to Louisiana and Indiana together, but soon enough we’ll be adding a star to Iowa plus anywhere else we visit in the next 3 years!
Speaking of maps, I want to take a quick look at our hallway. We had a giant world map in the hallway with just 4 points on it: America (since we live here, duh!), Jamaica (for our honeymoon), and Andy’s deployment to both Afghanistan and Romania in 2014. Other than his deployment (which was far from a vacation), Andy had never traveled the world until we were married and I hadn’t either. We can’t wait to visit more countries over the years!
Oh, and one more thing. At the end of the hallway, on the wall separating the master bedroom/bathroom from Andy’s den, I put this piece of artwork. It didn’t really fit anywhere else in the house, so this was as good a spot as any!