Friday, July 29, 2011

Big News!

It Finally Happened!
     Shanonn has found a job! It is though our church and will be mostly part-time, with the possibility of becoming full-time temporarily. One of the teachers (2 year old) is having a baby in November, so Shanonn will take over her shift for the 6+ weeks the teacher will be gone. Also, she will be working as a substitute whenever a teacher needs to take off work. So that is exciting for us!
Also, Tyler (finally) has a SERE date... for Monday! We got the good news yesterday, so he will at least have a few days to make sure he has everything purchased, packed, and ready to go. He will be gone for 3 weeks without any contact with anyone other than his classmates and and instructors, so it will be a challenge for both of us.
Other than those two major things, life has been pretty laid back and uneventful. We hope all of you have been doing well and we appreciate all of your love and support as we go through this phase in our lives!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Rolling With The Punches

Hello to All!
  Well it has been an action packed few weeks since we have updated everyone.  Tyler was supposed to go to survival school last week but had a hang up with his flight physical and they wouldn't let him go until it is sorted out.  Turns out that he is a little too tall according to the Army's requirements and requires a special waiver to fly.  He had to be measured in a helicopter to make sure he would fit (he does) and so now we are just waiting for the doctor to sign off on it and he will be back in training.  The next class will start either August 1st or August 8th so he should be able to get into one of those.  In the meantime he hasn't been doing much other than going to physical training, meeting for a couple of required "check ins" and studying.  This week and next week he is helping out at a course for senior Army leaders and gets to sit in on some of the classes, an opportunity that he is excited about.  Today a few officers from the Pentagon spoke, as well as the top general in Army Aviation, so he enjoyed that.  This past weekend it rained almost the entire time, so we just ended up going to nearby Dothan, AL and shopping, as well as playing some card games with friends Saturday night.  Tyler has been working on building a small apron hanger for Shanonn as well as a pen/pencil holder for his desk in his free time.  Kahlua has been good but has been sad she hasn't been able to go to the Bark Park and has been going a little stir crazy. Tyler takes full-advantage of antagonizing her at every opportunity, which actually is funny.  We're both doing well! Thanks for the recent phone calls to check on us- we miss you all!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

We May Not Have Had Fireworks But We Still Had Fun

Hello Everyone

     It's been a few weeks since our last posting and a lot has happened!  Tyler finished up Basic Officer Leader Course just in time for the 4th of July weekend.  He has been trying to build a bookshelf but progress has been slow since he hasn't had much time to work on it.  We have hung out with our neighbors (Ben and Stacey) a few times and stayed up late playing cards and watching the dogs play.  They have a 9 month old Weimeraner named Chloe that Kahlua has become friends with.  They have gone to the Bark Park together a few times as well as hanging out around our house and our neighbors house.  Tyler got to go to the flight-line and see all the helicopters up close.  It's a good thing he will be flying Blackhawks since he is far too big for Kiowas and Apaches.  Today he completed the Helicopter Overwater Survival Training course, where he learned how to escape a helicopter if it crashes into the water.  It involved lots of getting flipped over in a cockpit simulator underwater and learning to breathe with a small air tank.
We got a four day weekend for the fourth of July and went to New Orleans.  We got to see the French Quarter, Ninth Ward, Bourbon Street, Canal Street, the national WWII museum, and eat some beignets at Cafe Du Monde.  Even though it was hot and packed everywhere we had a good time.  On the way home we stopped in Mobile at the USS Alabama memorial and toured a WWII battleship, a submarine and lots of aircraft.  Unfortunately we didn't see any fireworks for the 4th.  Fort Rucker had theirs on Saturday and New Orleans were on Monday, so we just missed both.  This week should be an easy one.  Tyler is supposed to pretty much have the week off to prepare for his next training event SERE (survive evade, resist and escape) where he will learn to survive and avoid capture.  He begins that on Monday and will have no contact with the outside world (including Shanonn) for 21 days so feel free to give Shanonn lot's of phone calls to keep her occupied.  That is about all we have for now, we hope everyone had a good 4th of July weekend and we miss you all!