Where do I even begin?
Its been a crazy/odd/slow/fast/exciting/disappointing…just different 7 months.
Evan has successfully finished Captains Career Course here at Fort Benning, and is now doing a month long additional course before we pack up our stuff (again) and move to Fort Riley Kansas. Unfortunately Evan hasn't enjoyed either of the courses, but he's had a lot of down time to make up for it. That means we have had a lot of time to just enjoy being together, which has been amazing. Its been the first time in our 4 year marriage that we haven't had to worry about deployments, long work days, or getting called back into work on a Saturday afternoon. It has been a nice change of pace.
Since quitting my job at our last post, I've been a stay at home housewife, which has been interesting. We knew we would only be here for a short period of time, so why get a job to only have to quit a few months later seemed silly. I of course had lots of ideas and goals that I wanted to accomplish while having this time off to myself. To no one's surprise, including myself, most of them haven't happened.
Things like blogging everyday, keeping my house impeccably clean, reading, researching, crafts, baking, cooking, taking pictures, and exercising…oh the sting of self disappointment. Well…not completely.
I successfully became a second shooter for a wedding while here. I was incredibly nervous, but it turned out, I ended up having a lot of fun, and a huge boost in my photography confidence. Quickly after that (in July) I shot my first wedding all by myself. It was a learning experience, but I was surprisingly calm and confident. I felt like I did a great job and now I can't wait until I can do it again. Hopefully when we move to Kansas I can do it full time. I've launched my website and I'm in the process of getting business cards made. I nervous about gaining a business base in Kansas. Sometimes I'm over the moon excited about it, and other days it seems really overwhelming and I couldn't care less what I end up doing as long as I make some money…is that awful? Or maybe I'm just lazy. I'm not sure which. It just makes me confused about what I should do after we move.
The only other successful thing is keeping my house clean…for the most part. I guess a few years ago this would have been a major accomplishment. Lately I've been trying to stay extra organize (including the inside of cupboards and drawers).
Looking back over these months, I am disappointed that I didn't accomplish more, but on the other hand, this might be the only time since I was in high school that I can sleep in until 10 and watch TV all day if I want to, so I'm not going to beat myself up too much. I'm thankful for this time off, but I'm starting to get the itch to get the move over with. I can't wait to get to Kansas. Evan and I traveled there a few weeks ago to get the lay of the land, along with finding a house. Its a beautiful state, with lots of new things to do, including decorate a new house that we bought. Yay for being grown ups!