Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Change of Command

A lot has happened in the month of February, keeping both of us pretty busy. That's my excuse for the lack of blogging!!

Last week Jay had his change of command ceremony. He took over as the Garrison HHT Company Commander. The ceremony was pretty great. A lot of nice things were said about both the outgoing commander and Jay. This position is going to be completely different for Jay. It will be a new challenge with a lot of rewards! After the ceremony, the guys had a reception with an $80 cake! It sure was tasty!! I'm really looking forward to the next year with Jay in the position he is. He will be awfully busy, but will be making change strides in the community!

The really expensive cake... that we are still eating a week later!

The Garrison commander, handing company command over to Jay.

 Listening to Jay's speech! He did a great job up there!

 New company commander (Jay), Garrison commander, and old company commander, singing "The Army Song"

 Celebrating afterwards... Jay with all the ladies, and baby James!
(Thanks, Jon, for taking the pictures! We really appreciate it!!)

Why have I been so busy.... I accepted a full time job teaching at the middle school on post. I didn't keep my job from last year because we thought we would be moving right about now. Because I didn't think I would be around all school year, I wasn't able to keep the job. So I spent the beginning of this year subbing in the elementary. In December, I received a phone call asking if I would be interested in a math job. I jumped on it and started at semester. It has been a great start so far. I wasn't sure how I would do with middle schoolers, but I'm really enjoying them. I definitely had to get used to eighth grade male hormones!! They would make me laugh even though I probably shouldn't have been! It's just funny what their minds come up with! I'm teaching three classes of 6th grade math, one class of 8th grade math, and a 7th/8th grade mixed class called Research Projects. All the prep and planning takes up my spare time, but I definitely wouldn't trade it!

With Jay in his new job and me in mine, we'll both be working some long days!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all, but mostly to the love of my life!!

It was so nice to have him around this year! Even though we both worked all day, I had the evening to look forward to. We went out for a lovely supper at our favorite restaurant and then came home to work on school work! Romantic... I know! But hey, the work must get gone!

Speaking of work, it's been busy lately! Jay has been settling into his new position. He took over the office at the end of last week and spent the weekend getting it just the way he wanted it. He was also taking a ton of online courses in order to be prepared for command. The change of command ceremony is tomorrow so he spent the day writing his speech. Tomorrow is the start to the next year! (I'll write more on that after tomorrow) I've been using my time up on school work. Grading papers, writing lesson plans, still arranging my room, the usual stuff! I also recertified in CPR and First Aid last week, which took all the evenings. Nonetheless, Jay and I haven't spent a lot of time at home doing nothing, which was nice about tonight.

Hope you all had a lovely day and remembered all those you love, and who love you!!