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Here’s a look at what Andy and I were up to in December! Hah, not much happened.
I went to my first redeployment ceremony (aka “welcome home” ceremony) for a company here at Knox that has been deployed to Afghanistan for most of the year. Since the company is in Andy’s battalion, everyone in Andy’s company was there as well. I decided to go since Andy had to be there anyway, even though I didn’t know anyone in that company (let’s be honest, I don’t know many people/spouses in Andy’s company!) I could just feel the excitement in the air as I walked in the building where the ceremony would be! The ceremony started on time– shocking!– which meant Andy was late because he was rushing to get there after an important meeting. In fact, Andy was walking in as the soldiers and families were walking out. He found me sitting in the top corner of the bleachers bawling my eyes out. I just couldn’t help it! I watched families be reunited and even saw a few new dads meet their babies for the first time. This was the same deployment that Andy asked to join when he first moved to Knox but they didn’t take him since he was still a SPC and the only additional soldiers they needed were NCOs. I definitely hug my soldier tighter that day thinking about his next deployment (whenever that may be.)
Speaking of Army things, Andy’s company had their FRG Holiday Party this December. It was my first FRG event and I felt like a fish out of water since I didn’t know anyone. Literally everyone at our table, even spouses, were soldiers except for me so I wasn’t really included in any conversations. Andy is pretty shy and quiet as well so he was included in conversations only slightly more than I was, which made me feel a little bit better. Except the only conversation that did include me asked when Andy and I plan to have kids. Sigh…
When we were getting ready for the party, Andy put on his gray polo and slacks to match me and I didn’t even have to ask him! He’s catching on! 😉
We were supposed to be in Vermont at the beginning of December but we had to cancel that trip due to very expensive car repairs. Andy decided to still take a few days of leave anyway since he didn’t take leave for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. His big plans for those days were to play video games. We did end up running a few errands together which was nice!
Andy started teaching Lily how to walk on the treadmill. We’re hoping to avoid taking her out when it’s bitterly cold this winter!
Andy and I went on a dinner date to Pizza King. Andy’s mom talked about a pizza restaurant in Indiana where they bring your drinks on a train and Andy said it was his favorite as a kid. I was surfing the web and stumbled upon the name– Pizza King– and learned they have one right across the river from Louisville. So off we went! The pizza was meh and the wait was long to sit on the “train side” so we probably wouldn’t go back, but it was a neat experience!
Lily got a new sweater and thinks she’s a person.
Andy and I went to see the Christmas lights at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown. They had the cutest little miniature Fort Knox!
And then… the Great Plague of 2016. I ended up sick from December 11th until… well, I’m still sick. My doctor suspects I had a stomach bug (Andy and I were both sick at the same time), and when I was getting better, got a food-borne illness from a local restaurant when Andy and I went out to eat for date night. I ended up even more sick than before and even went to the ER. The verdict is still out on what has been causing my illness (and why I keep getting sick again when I think I am getting better) but we’ll see.
Matching jammie pants.
Andy fixed my soup and brought me a spoon haha!
Cuddles with the cat.
Fun times in the ER.
At the time of writing this post, I’m still sick. Blogging will be taking a back seat in the meantime until we can get the issues totally resolved. Some days I feel well enough to write a blog post and read other blogs, but some days I spend all day just laying on the couch (not even watching Netflix, just laying there.) So if I haven’t responded to your email/comment, please know that is why; it’s not personal, I am just struggling with blogging + my health.