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.
It was an eventful week. I flew to Texas for a week-long work conference. My room was nice and served a free breakfast AND dinner. I got to try Puerto Rican food and In-and-Out for the first time. Overall it turned out to be a productive trip.
While I was in Texas, the military children from Damien’s school got to meet the First Lady, Melania Trump!
Damien made us proud at the school year’s first awards ceremony. He’s on the B Honor Roll with Perfect Attendance AND he passed the two Critical Assessments that the students start taking in Third Grade.
Scott let his hair grow out for about five months before it was time for a haircut. It did NOT look good. In fact, it kind of reminded me of wig hair lol. So instead of cutting it all off like when he was in the military, he went for a fashionable style instead and I think it looks SOOOO much better.
Thanksgiving this year was low-key. We spent the day at home. Scott was sick so I made all the food: ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and green bean casserole. Oh, and I made pumpkin pies too!
We had a nice Halloween this year. The weather was absolutely PERFECT. Every year there seems to be less and less residents handing out candy in our immediate area so this year we decided to venture out to the Officer Housing instead. It was a success! Damien picked Freddy from Five Nights at Freddy’s for his costume. I don’t know a lot about it personally, but the characters are these scary animatronics that jump scare you. Damien LOOOOOVES a good jump scare…when it’s not him, of course.
And lastly, ever since we’ve returned from the evacuation, Damien has been very affectionate towards Katrina. They used to ignore each other, but now Damien feeds her and pets her. He’ll even get up from his games to pet her in between matches. Sometimes she loiters around his computer to get some extra attention.
Back in mid-September, we were under a mandatory evacuation order due to Hurricane Florence. The Millikens were kind enough to allow the whole family to stay at their house to ride out the storm since they don’t live in an evacuation zone. We were expected to experience major flooding, but it didn’t even really rain lol. It was a little scary at the time, but everything worked out. Interestingly enough, this area experienced damaging winds/power outages from Hurricane Michael on Thursday night. You just never know what’s going to happen!
And in other news, Scott officially became my dependent on 28 September with a new ID card and everything. Also, Damien has been doing really well in the Third Grade. On his progress report, he received As in Math, Science, and Social Studies, a B+ in Writing, and a C+ in Reading. AND THAT’S NOT ALL! He’s also reading at grade level 🙂 I’m so very proud of him. Also, he’s not complaining about his teacher so I know they’re working well together. Couldn’t be happier 🙂
Damien started Third Grade on Tuesday! Since Scott will be home now, Damien is now a bus rider to AND from school. Damien loves this because it gives him more time at home to play games, plus he wasn’t very happy the last couple weeks at the Youth Center Summer Camp because there was a girl named Sophia who kept bothering him. I’m also happy to report that I absolutely love Damien’s teacher this year so I think it’s going to be a great year. So far, so good!
Everything is winding down for school to start on Tuesday after Labor Day. The summer went by so quickly. We all went and met Damien’s Third Grade teacher last week and we really liked her. Such a relief! So far, so good.
Scott is still easing into his new role. I don’t think he realized how busy he was going to be. He also started streaming where people can watch him play video games online. He even set up a green screen and lighting to make it look more professional. There are professional streamers out there who make tons of money in donations for it, but Scott’s just doing it for fun right now.