Saturday, July 26, 2014

High's and Low's

Wow, I really don’t know where to start.  So much has happened in the last couple of days from some really great things to some really sad things. 

First up, a great thing! Friday, July 25 was Tex and my 28th Wedding Anniversary!  When we first started out, we had no idea where we would be in 28 years.  1 ½ years after we married, Tex joined the U.S. Coast Guard and our life has been a whirlwind of excitement moving from place to place, making new friends, raising 2 daughters and learning and adapting to military life.

Tex and I were married when I was 19 and he was 21.  Everyone told us that we would never last, that we were too young to get married, but now, most of those people are divorced and we are still going strong. We have 2 amazing daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 1 amazing grandson who is just 2 weeks old. These 28 years have been beyond belief and I am so lucky to have found my soul mate at such a young age.  In 3 years, we will embark on our retirement years. I can't wait to start the next phase of our life together!

I just mentioned our 2-week old grandson, Caleb.  He is an amazing baby, but I am a bit partial!  He just never cries though.  He didn’t even cry when he was born! He just came out and started looking around the room, literally!  He is a very calm baby and is very alert and he eats A LOT! 

Well, the bad news is that Megan, Aaron and Caleb are moving back to OKC on August 6th.  Megan has been trying to find a job here in Seattle since they got here on June 1st.  She has applied to over 100 jobs and only been on 1 interview.  There are just way too many applicants for each job opening and unless you know someone and can network, the job market is just dismal. 

Megan has had several job offers in Oklahoma though, but just didn’t want to commit to them because they wanted to be near us in Seattle so bad.  However, they just had to face the facts that it could take a very long time for her to find a job and they just don’t have the finances for that. 

So, Megan accepted a 5th grade teaching position in the Putnam City School District in OKC and my little baby grandson Caleb will be moving 2,000 miles away from Papa and Nana.  We are heartbroken but know that this is the right decision for their family.  As a matter of fact, Tex and I did the exact same thing when Megan was 7 months old.  So I know how they feel and I totally understand how my Mom felt all those years ago.  I think it was harder on my Mom though because my Dad had passed away many years before and she was alone.  Tex and I are still very busy and have many plans for our retirement years.  We will only be in Seattle for 3 more years so even if they stayed here, we will not be here forever.  At least with both daughters and their families in OKC, we can visit them at the same time and, since they are in the middle of the USA, it will be easy when we are travelling to stop in often and see them.

So, within a matter of 2 days, we had a great high with our 28th Wedding Anniversary to a very sad low that our grandson - oh and our daughter and son-in-law, are moving thousands of miles away.  We are just very thankful and lucky that we got to experience the last few months of her pregnancy and got to be there for Caleb’s birth. 

Until next time!

Monday, July 21, 2014

UPS and my Underwear

Laundry is usually such a boring subject that it wouldn’t even warrant talking about, but today was a little different.  It is not everyday that the UPS delivery guy sees all your underwear.  

I try to do laundry every Monday because that way I don’t waste a few hours on the weekend when Tex is home.  I use the laundromat at the campground because it is so convenient.  I don’t have to load all the laundry in the car or drive anywhere.  I have a foldable wagon that we keep in the RV basement.  It doesn’t take up much space and it makes it really easy to get the laundry back and forth from the laundromat.

Well today, I had just finishing folding the laundry at the laundromat and had walked back to the RV with my laundry in the wagon.  As a little footnote, any time I open the RV door, I am immediately besieged with doggie kisses.  Today was no exception.  I had opened the door and was kissing the dogs and did not see the UPS guy drive up.  I turned around and here is this guy holding my package all the while my underwear in all its glory is laying right on top in the wagon.

This is Bonnie and Chloe on the back of the couch and Elsie Mae below.
They look calm here but believe me, when we come to the door, they go crazy!!

What do I do?  Run down the stairs and immediately grab the underwear, bringing attention to it or do I just play it calm and easy and try to distract the guy?  Well, neither was an option as the UPS guy immediately started asking questions about the wagon.  He was standing right next to it!  You see, he had delivered the wagon a few weeks ago and was very curious about it then.  Today when he saw it set up, he wanted to know how it worked and how easy it was to fold up. 

Well, I had no choice.  He waited for me to pick up my undies, socks and other laundry so I could show him how it worked.  I wanted to crawl in a hole and hide!!  However, I kept my cool and showed him how it worked.  He loved it and is thinking about getting one.

Maybe I should write the company who makes the wagon and tell them how I marketed the wagon to a potential buyer? 

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Well, HEY everyone!!

Really sorry I haven’t posted in so long but I have several very good reasons!

After the last post in November 2013, we found out two major life altering events.  First, Megan and Aaron found out that they were expecting their first child and our first grand child!  How exciting is that! Tex and I couldn’t believe it!  We were on Cloud 9!

Second, just a week after getting the exciting news about our new grand child, Tex received orders to move to Seattle, Washington no later than July 1, 2014.  We were REALLY hoping to stay in OKC the last 3 years before his retirement, but that wasn’t meant to be. 

And add to the above, Amanda and James wedding was in May 2014 and there were lots of things to do to prepare for the big day!

So, because of those three events, life has been crazy hectic, to say the least!  There were so many plans to make and plans were changing every day.  Things were fluid and it was really hard to keep up with everything.

First, Megan and Aaron had planned to move to OKC to be close to us because they had decided they didn’t want to stay in their small Alaskan bush village of Atqasuk to raise their child.  There are no services or things to do in Atqasuk and the weather is harsh year round.  HOWEVER, once we were told we had to move to Seattle, they quickly changed their plans to move to Seattle! 

Then, Tex and I had to make plans to move to Seattle.  Since we own a home in OKC, we had to make a decision on what to do with the house and where we would live in Seattle.  And we had to make the decision fast!  We only had 5 months before we had to be in Seattle and we still had a wedding to plan and execute.

After many long discussions and lots of research, we finally made a plan.  We would keep the house in OKC and Amanda and James would rent it from us for a price they could afford.  Tex and I would live in our RV while in Seattle.  Since we plan to full time travel in our RV once he retires in 3 years, we just decided to live in the RV while in Seattle. 

This plan helps Amanda and James and also helps us.  Win/Win!  There was no way we could have sold it in time to move and this provides them a safe place to live for a price they can afford.  They can take care of the house for us and we don’t have to worry about renters destroying the house.

However, this meant we had to liquidate and move everything out of our house that Amanda and James didn’t want.  What a HUGE task!  We went through every room, every closet and every drawer.  We sold a few things and gave away most everything else.  Amanda and James kept most of the furniture, which meant they didn’t have to buy anything or spend money right after getting married.  Megan and Aaron took a few pieces of furniture and artwork for them as well. 

During this time, in April 2014, one month before the wedding and our move, Megan and Aaron moved from Alaska into our house!  It was a crazy time!  6 adults (one very pregnant!), 3 dogs and a cat!  We were trying to clean out the house at the same time Megan and Aaron brought all of their stuff into the house.  In addition, we were trying to plan and prepare for Amanda’s wedding.  It was super intense!

We finally got the house emptied and our clothes moved to the RV.  No small feat!  Amanda did most of the wedding preps herself.  I felt bad about not helping more but there was so much going on and I had to rest a lot in order not get run down.

So, in May Amanda and James were married and we moved to Seattle the following week!  It has been a crazy adventure but one I would not change for anything.  Just goes to show that military families are resilient and can do anything!

So here we are in Seattle!  Our grandson was born on July 10, 2014!  He was 2 weeks to the day late!  He just didn’t want to come out and meet us. 

Caleb Dean Qalluuraq Gunderson was 8 lbs 1 oz and was 19 ¾ in.  He is the most amazing baby.  I am a little partial, however, it is true.  He never cries and has been alert since the minute he was born.  He sleeps extremely well and is just the most calm baby I have ever seen.  He makes so many funny facial expressions it is hilarious!

So that is it for today!  A quick run down of the last year!  I am going to try to blog on a regular basis now, and will be posting more info about our past year as well.

Thanks for reading! 

Until next time!