Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Living the New Normal

It seems we're getting back to "normal" in our home.  We're all adjusting to the "new normal" of Dad being gone, but today felt much less foreign to us.  I'm feeling good today ... both boys had great days at school yesterday, we enjoyed an early "Taco Tuesday" dinner with our neighbors and everyone slept well last night.  I checked off a few important items on my to-do list today and was even able to sneak in a quick lunch with my sweet friend, Jenn.

Today was also my first medical appointment at the new Harker Heights Medical Center, which was infinitely more convenient for me than driving onto Fort Hood to the clinic there.  It's a nice, new building and the staff was super friendly.  The highlight of the appointment came when a young child of one of the patients there pulled the fire alarm in the waiting room.  Oops.  A required evacuation ensued and we waited in the muggy hot parking lot for the HHFD to come and clear the building for us.  I was impressed with the firefighters, one of which sat down with the little boy and explained why it was important to leave the fire alarms alone unless there was a real emergency.

The rest of the appointment was as uneventful as the annual exam can be and I liked my new Primary Care Manager.  Because my timing was off due to the unexpected fire drill, I texted my neighbor to see if she could pick up our kids.  She did, and by the time I was done, I was able to meet them for "Waffle Cone Wednesday" at TCBY ... 99 cent waffle cones all day!

A few errands rounded off the afternoon, ending with a trip to the Vision Center to pick up Joshua's new eyeglasses!  He's been a bit reticent about getting eyewear, but was happy to put them on when he got them.  He blinked a few times and looked around, then said, "It's a whole new world!"  As we proceeded through Wal-Mart for a few grocery items, Joshua entertained us by reading sign after sign of print he couldn't have seen clearly before.

Life moves on for us ... and we're quickly clicking into 'deployment mode.'  With the end of the school year just days away and summer bright on the horizon, the boys are handling themselves well and looking forward to some summertime fun.  Days like today ~ uneventful but busy getting things accomplished ~ are a welcome change from the stress of pre-deployment preparations, and a healthy reminder that life does go on.

"It's a whole new world!"

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Fabulous Remarks