Wednesday, August 11, 2010

We survived our first deployment

Chris is home!!!!

I have been working so hard to get the apartment ready for him. I only had 4 days to do it, and not only were there a ton of boxes to unpack, but there was a lot of laundry (because Chris left almost a whole sea bag worth of dirty clothes at his mom's house), dishes and pans to be washed (because they were brand new), and tons of errands to run. The good thing was that it gave me something to do to keep me busy and not thinking about how long it was until he got home.
On Monday, I woke up early, drove to the base, and got the decals for my car. On my way there, Chris called me and said they were pulling in 4 hours early. I had just enough time to go home and get all dolled up before coming back to meet him : ) Unfortunately, Chris is still on FSA, so I had to wait a few hours for him to finish taking out the trash (and I have the sunburn to show it), but it was all worth it! He surprised me.. He wasn't supposed to be out for while, but was walking with the tractor that was carrying boxes when he saw me, and walked over. It took me a minute to take it all in since I wasn't expecting him, so I had a camera-worthy reaction!
Chris is working 12 hour days this week, which really stinks, but on Friday he will be taking a 10 day leave to finish getting our apartment ready and to spend time together. I am so excited and so grateful for that time that we are going to get to spend together and explore our new home.
I love our apartment, I love doing stuff around the house, and I love having my hubby home. It feels a little like playing house still. 'House' was my favorite game to play when I was little, and surprise! I still enjoy it.
The house is clean, the laundry is done, and dinner is planned. I still have a few more hours until Chris is home, so I think I am going to curl up with a book until I'm back in my babe's arms!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hello, San Diego!

I made it. After a 9 hour trip driving a uhaul and towing a car, I made it to my new apartment in San Diego. We had a few problems along the way, and my nerves were completely wracked, but I made it, and thats all that matters.
I learned that I can be a strong, independent woman when I want to be. I drove 400 miles in a truck hauling a car. I unhitched and rehitched the trailor all by myself. I undid the chains holding my car down when the guy at uhaul couldn't do it himself. I had dirt on my hands. The whole day I kept thinking, Chris would be so proud of me!
I won't go into details about all the problems we had, but last night I slept on the floor, and 24 hours after arriving, the movers unloaded my furniture. I love my apartment. Like I mentioned before, I only saw it online before Chris signed the lease papers, so it was a huge surprise when I walked in. The complex is extremely nice, and the apartment has a great open floor plan. We don't have very much furniture yet.. not very much at all. Theres a huge entertainment center and tv in the living room, but no couch. I have all brand new appliances etc for my kitchen, but no table for the dining room. However, we did splurge on a new bedroom set (most important furniture for newlyweds, right?). Its gorgeous, exactly what I wanted. The mattress is like sitting on a cloud; I know Chris is going to pass out the second he lays on this thing.
Speaking of Chris, I can't wait for him to be home. In his emails the past few days he has told me how proud he is of me for handling this move by myself, and it makes all the work much easier. I actually think its going to be fun unpacking and everything- this is my first apartment! I want to make it as much of a home as I can before Chris gets here. He works so hard and puts so many hours in every day that I want him to be able to relax when he comes home.
San Diego is going to take some getting used to. Phoenix roads are all set on grids, with central ave in the middle, streets ascending one way, and avenues ascending the other. We have like two hills worth mentioning. San diego winds, and goes up, and goes down, and twists some more. I was born in Riverside, and I always wanted to move back here, so I am extremely grateful and excited that I am here. It still hasn't hit me yet- I'm married, living in San Diego, and in my own apartment. Just one thing missing- my hubby! I can't wait until he gets here and it all becomes real!