Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Settling In

Hello to all!
      It has been a few days since our last post.  I'll just pick up right where we left off.  Saturday we made the drive down to Panama City Beach, FL.  We didn't exactly know the best way to get there so it took us a little longer than planned (about 2 hours) but we made it!  We decided to go eat first and ate at Margaritaville and shared a plate of Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos.  Tyler actually ate the fish and enjoyed it! (he doesn't ever eat seafood).  After that we decided to hit the beach for a bit and Tyler did some body boarding while Shanonn jumped the waves.  The ocean was extremely rough that day (red flags) so the adventure was somewhat short lived.  Panama City Beach has a very nice Pier Park with lots of shopping and restaurants so we walked around that some and drove around the area before heading home.  Sunday we attended our first church services since moving.  The church here is smaller than we expected (around 100 members) but everyone was very friendly and it is predominately people who are retired military or work at Ft. Rucker (or are both).  Sunday we also did laundry, which was a bit of a hassle since we don't have a washer and dryer yet and have to use a local laundromat.  Monday and Tuesday were pretty much normal days.  Tyler in class and Shanonn doing chores around the house and looking for employment.  Tyler is currently learning how to identify different combat vehicles as well as some aviation and general military doctrine.  Next week he has his first test so he is starting to devote some time to studying.  He has also been building some shelves and straightening out his shed to create a little wood working shop.  He'll post pictures when it's all done.  Wednesday Tyler went to class while Shanonn painted some shelves for one of the rooms.  We went to church again and met even more people, including another Lieutenant who is going to be about 2 weeks behind Tyler in school, so they should have a lot in common.  This weekend is a four day weekend for us with Friday and Monday off.  We plan on going to Montgomery to see the sights on Friday and to Destin, FL on Saturday to see the beach.  Sunday and Monday we will try to get some stuff done around the house, including hopefully building Tyler a desk for studying.  Well that's about all for us right now.  Tomorrow is our Friday and then off to have some fun!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sweet Home Alabama!

Hello Faithful Followers!-
     So, not much has really happened since our last post, but we'll take that as a good thing! Tyler officially started class on Monday and has a pretty stable schedule: up at 5, PT from 6-7, home until 9, class until 11:30/12, back to class (again), then home around 4 or 5. It makes for a hectic day, but at least it's stable.. for now. While Tyler is at class, Shanonn's been practicing to be a professional housewife by keeping meals ready, cleaning house and simply finding places to put all of our "stuff" that we so lovingly packed.
Monday and Tuesday were pretty uneventful days, with Tyler in class all day and Shanonn unpacking. Wednesday night we had a meeting for the FRG (Family Readiness Group) that basically was just telling us what the group was about while we're here, how to contact "leaders" from the group, etc. It was overall a good meeting, just very long. About half-way through, the wives were separated from their husbands, so that the women could get to know each other, as would the men. In general, it was productive, but we just seem to be in a different place than most everyone else. We seem to be the only National Guard people, so we don't fit in with the seasoned pros or the newcomers either, but at least we have a support system available.
Thursday morning, Kahlua went to the vet to get her shots (luckily, they went well), soon Tyler was home for lunch for a short time, then it was back to work! Shanonn got all of the decorations organized and put near where they needed to be hung (a task later for Tyler to finish), then it was time for Kahlua's bath. Not long after, Tyler was home for the night! We both decided that dinner was going to be an eating-out adventure, so we headed into Enterprise to a small, local restaurant with some of the best barbeque and sides we've both had! After dinner, we came home, hung up some decorations, watched part of the Thunder game, then it was time for bed to do it all over again.
Today has been mildly boring- Tyler was in class all day, toured the Aviation museum on post, and finally got home at 5. Tonight we're headed to Dothan (the nearest big city) to have dinner, then maybe do a bit of window shopping. Tomorrow will hopefully be a great day because we're headed to the BEACH! More about that later though.
Thanks for keeping up with us!!
Luckily our living room doesn't look like this anymore..

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Life in Boxes

Well Hello to All- 
          We are a little bit behind since we finally got Internet today.  We will try to cover as much as possible about the past two weeks or so.  We left Oklahoma City on May 9th with a loaded down Lexus, and a Dodge Ram that was definitely full pulling a U-haul trailer loaded to the max. We got everything packed in somehow though!! Except the box springs to our bed (but more about that later). We drove to Memphis on the first day and it was mostly an uneventful drive, since they decided to open Eastbound I-40 because most of the flooding had cleared.  We stayed two days in Memphis with Shanonn's Aunt and Uncle and spent some time with her cousins and their two little girls.  We had a great time seeing Beale Street, the super flooded Mississippi river and yes, we even went to see the King (Graceland of course!).  We then drove to Birmingham and stayed one night before finally arriving at Fort Rucker on May 12th.  Tyler signed in and started in-processing (a very disorganized process) and we looked at a house on post and decided to live in it.  It's a 4 bedroom 1.5 bath house that is pretty nice (except for the 70's throwback bathrooms) and it has two storage sheds, which Tyler is excited about.  We spent the first full day and weekend in-processing and unloading the trailer/unpacking. We had 4600 lbs of household goods! We also went to Dothan a couple times, since it's the nearest "big" city and got some essentials that we needed in order to get settled. Then, finally, on Saturday we went into Enterprise and bought the box springs for our bed! This was definitely an experience because we had to take the Lexus, so the box springs ended up being strapped to the top of the car. We're trying to fit in down here for sure.  Monday Tyler started class and more in processing.  Tuesday Tyler had a PT test and did more... you guessed it... in processing.  Tomorrow he should start actual class.  The house is coming along, still a little more unpacking to do and of course, decorations to hang. Kahlua is also doing well, she's found some doggie friends next door and likes the wooded area located behind the house.
So there's our first official update! Hopefully the ones from now on can be a bit more detailed and less lacking in the details. Watch for pictures- coming soon!!