I drove onto post this afternoon (the Air Force and Navy calls it base, an Army installation is a post). As I was waiting for the gate guard to look over my ID, I was getting irritated. I was the only one in the car as I was going to pick Brother up from something. He had me open my passenger window and then he looked closely over each row and each section of the Suburban. I thought, well, wait a minute. I'm not the enemy here. I know. I know he's doing his job. And, the precautions are necessary. It still didn't stop me from getting annoyed.
Our annual "Not Back to School" potluck picnic is today. As always it's predicted to be a scorcher. It's always hot. But, we pick a park where there are trees. Hopefully, there will be a breeze as well. It's too bad it's not Saturday as we're expected to have a cold front come through. Our homeschool group is in the midst of a down swing. There is not a lot of participation in the events. Our field trips are sparsely attended. Most of our very active members moved away (thanks, Army).
A dear friend of mine is moving away in January. She's one of my MOB (Mothers Of Ballerinas) buddies. I already lost one MOB buddy this summer. Wait, I lost two. I don't know what I'm going to do without her (darn Army).
Yes, I have a love/hate thing with the Army. I understand logically why things work the way they do. It doesn't mean I have to like it. I'm tired of fighting moves all the time. I'm tired of saying goodbye to good friends. I am grateful for the paycheck. Truly. But, emotionally, it's been hard. In many, many ways.
Next week starts our fullest week yet. My son will have to start rising at 7 am on the dot and be ready for school by 8. He's not going to like it. If he doesn't, he will never be able to complete everything he has to before he runs out of down time. My girls will have to follow suit.
I have a friend who is due around Thanksgiving. She said she had 11 weeks left. That sent me into panic mode for two reasons: Nutcracker and Christmas.
Vacations are fun, but hard to recover from. This past weekend, my SIL invited the entire Cho family to her parents house on Possum Kingdom Lake west of Forth Worth. Oh, my it was a grand time. The boat rides were fantastic. The best part? My mother rode the wave runner with my brother. I thought my BIL, Todd's eyes were going to pop out when he heard. My youngest brother's jaw dropped. It was great.