I believe we are finally at the point where we can start slowing down and start getting into a nice routine. So far we like the vibes here in Grand Forks. It seems like a nice, friendly community. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for any activities in the local area to explore. There was a Corn Feed event in Emerado (right outside of Grand Forks AFB) that featured all-you-can-eat corn, a car show, and inflatables. We also scoped out the weekly Farmer’s Market today in downtown Grand Forks.
Damien has been in school for two weeks now and everything is going so well. Damien said that he likes the variety of school lunches better at his new school. He also has made some friends and he likes his teacher. I would say that the biggest improvement is the fact that the teacher doesn’t assign homework, only reading. THIS HAS BEEN AMAZING. So much fighting and screaming and crying over homework these past school years and we finally have a little bit of relief.
It’s been a very busy (and expensive) two months for us as we’ve relocated to Grand Forks, ND.
Damien spent two months of the summer with my parents. He learned how to ride his bike without training wheels, went fishing, and learned countless other things. Damien is very quick to let me know when he already knows something lol. Scott and I are really grateful to have had the time to pack and travel while Damien was having a great time with his grandparents. It was a long time apart, but it worked out so well.
Now that the three of us are back together again, we’ve been busy being new homeowners, buying a new-to-us older vehicle, registering Damien for school, and trying to keep Damien entertained. That last one isn’t working out so well. He HATES going to stores, even if it’s to look at something for him. And our household goods won’t be delivered for another week! I’ve also been trying to wrap my head around my new job at work. My team seems great, but I’m not as familiar with the technical side as I’d like to be. SOOOOO much to learn.
We’re still settling into the new area, but so far we really like it. I think we will be happy here. I can’t wait until the next time I get to see my parents. They’re both the best!
Two weekends ago, Scott and I babysat our niece, Sarah. I can’t believe she’ll be five this year!
June has gone by so slowly. After Scott returned from ND, we were both working hard to prepare for the move. Well about a week before the movers were projected to come, we found out that none of the companies were accepting offers until mid-July so we had to push back our move date by three full weeks. Thankfully I was able to get everything rescheduled.
Since we’ll be in Virginia a little while longer, we decided to add a couple more things to do. We already hit up our number one priority–eating at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. We ate there once before for an anniversary and we just had to have their lobster mac & cheese again. And of course their steak is very good too. Last weekend we spent a very hot day in Colonial Williamsburg. We’ve been there before, but didn’t have tickets to go into the buildings. Scott went because I really wanted to go, but I think he had a good time too.
Not pictured, but we also went inside the Courthouse to watch some mock trials. They used real court cases and real names from during that era with some audience participation. It highlighted that women weren’t allowed to represent themselves unless they were unmarried and how slaves weren’t allowed to be witnesses. Oh and how you had to attend church once a month, or be fined. Overall, Colonial Williamsburg was a really nice place to visit. Would recommend!
We’re getting closer and closer to our move date! It’s so exciting, but there’s still so much to do. Damien has finished the Third Grade. I don’t have his final report card yet, but I’m pretty sure he dropped down to a C in Reading. He’s been so excited about summer vacation that it was hard for him to continue to focus on his schoolwork. Plus, reading has always been a struggle for him. It was hard for me too!
Since we’re moving away from the coast, we figured it would be nice to get in a couple of beach days!
I decided I wanted to try indoor skydiving for my birthday this year. It seemed relatively safe since children as young as 3 years old are allowed to do it. Plus, I don’t think ND has anything like it so I had to fit it in before we move. Scott and I did two flights each. My first flight was a little rough because I was so overwhelmed and focused on keeping my body in the correct position. My second flight (the high flight) was much better and I was more comfortable. I liked our instructor who I felt made for a positive experience. The conclusion: We are happy we tried it, but don’t feel the need to do it again.
We’ve had a nice April so far. Scott made an impromptu trip to Maine to visit family. With the pending assignment, it’s way easier and cheaper for Scott to drive up there. He had such a great time 🙂
After Dave and Busters, we went to check out the new Ikea that just opened in Norfolk. COMPLETE. CHAOS. lol It had it’s own dedicated parking garage and we ended up having to drive to the roof where there was only a couple of spots left to park. You can only imagine how many people were inside shopping. Overall it was a good time. Sometimes you just need a day out of the house.
Since my last post, we’ve received some exciting news. I have an assignment to Grand Forks AFB! My supervisor made a few phone calls and spoke with the right people and it happened very quickly. I need to report by the end of August. I already have all the paperwork submitted and now is the long process of getting everything signed and approved so I can get my orders. I need orders for anything important like scheduling my household goods shipment. In the meantime it’s hard to contain our excitement. We’re looking at houses and researching the area. So much to do!
Aside from the assignment, there’s nothing significant to report. Work feels busier than ever preparing for an inspection and we’ve pretty much just been staying home this winter.
It looks like the blog site has updated and changed a bunch of options, but I’m figuring it out. Not sure how different it’s going to look on the site itself.
Nothing terribly exciting has happened since Christmas. I applied for a special duty position in Minot, ND, but it was denied. I didn’t know at the time I applied that the Career Field Manager just isn’t releasing anyone from my career field due to low manning and retention issues. Such a let down. I’m still looking into options, but it’s not looking good.
We had a very nice Christmas this year. Scott got an electric beard trimmer and I got a little TV for the bedroom. I’d been fighting it for the last 13 years saying it would interfere with my sleep at night, but I also needed a quiet place to shut the door and watch some TV once in a while. We opted not to record Damien opening his Christmas presents this year, but I took pictures.
Here’s the breakdown for gifts:
From Grandpa and Grandma Hanks: Light-up snowman pillow and Splendor board game
From Great Grandma and Tom: Activity watch, gold squishy ball kit and gold bath bomb (as of this post he’s used the bath bomb and loved it!)
From Grandpa Whitehill: Kinex roller coaster set, NERF guns and ammo, Mario Party game
From Great Grampy and Great Grammy Whitehill: Perler beads, Switch carry case, Switch screen protector, and Monopoly chocolates
From Mom and Dad: Headphones, graphic novel, gem dig kit, Let’s Go Pikachu game with pokeball and strategy guide
Thank you so much for everyone who sent gifts/money for Christmas this year. Not only were we able to get Damien and ourselves some very nice items, but we also went to Christmas Town (which turns out is not free entry for military like it is during the summer). So thank you!
For Christmas dinner, we made a couple of casseroles and went over to the Millikens’ house who provided an excellent meal. They prepared one of their backyard-raised turkeys with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, two types of pies…EVERYTHING was so good! It was nice to spend time with family and catch up.
I can’t remember the last time we actually had a family photo taken so I figured it was time.
The Friday before Christmas, we made it out to Busch Garden’s Christmas Town. A lot of the rides are closed for the season, but they decorate and open for both Halloween and Christmas. I love the Christmas vibe so I’m so happy we were able to make it out this year. We couldn’t have picked a better time too because the weather was a wonderful low 60s/high 50s and it wasn’t terribly crowded. We ate some BBQ, had some delicious peppermint hot chocolate, visited Santa, and rode the train around the park.
Damien said he didn’t have a good time. I don’t know why because the only thing that wasn’t great was the long wait in line for the train. Otherwise, I don’t know what he has to complain about! I loved it. If we ever go again, I’d like to see one of the Christmas shows.