Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Abe's going to Flight School!!

About a week ago, Abe got a conference phone call from his commanders in the National Guard. They said, they got him a slot in flight school and if he accepts he will need to report to Fort Rucker, Alabama(4 hours away) in two weeks....FOR A YEAR!!! Keep in mind Abe just got back from OBC(officer basic course) in VA less than a month ago. I've been living without Abe since October and IT'S AWFUL!! Not to be a complainer....I just hate not having him around....it's lonely and exhausting. We both thought the idea was crazy at first. I mean, we just got our normal life back. I can't live a year without him, we can't sell or rent the house in two weeks, I'm pregnant, I've already signed my contract to teach for next year, he just got back to his GIS job, they would not like him leaving for a YEAR!, etc....the list of cons goes on and on. With that being said, this is a once in a life time opportunity. It is EXTREMELY competitive to get into flight school. I am so proud of Abe for getting a slot because it's seriously next to impossible to even be considered for a slot.
Abe called his commanders and told them that he wasn't sure he was going to be able to go due to our whole situation (I had no idea he called them). His commander was kind of shocked...no one has ever turned down flight school before....he told Abe to think about it for another week. So Abe and I prayed LONG and HARD about this decision! I mean LONG and HARD. I think we both just know that if he doesn't go he will regret it for the rest of his life. He has ALWAYS wanted to fly. The grooms cake in our wedding was of an airplane!! We both just knew in our hearts that this is something that we just had to do. So Abe's going to flight school. He leaves on Monday (April 28) and I cry every time I think about it. We'll probably go live with him this summer in Alabama. I will be working part-time next year, so we'll probably drive up there every other week. He'll hopefully be able to come home a couple times a month to help with stuff around the house. Abe told his company that he has the opportunity to go to flight school and they told him to go and his job would be here for him when he gets back. His boss said he would do the same thing(we were worried about what he boss would say). ANYWAYS! THIS IS GOING TO BE A CRAZY YEAR FOR US!!!!!!! Abe's mom said to just look at it like an adventure.....so that's what I'm trying to do!! Let the craziness begin!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Spelunking....Caving for those of you wondering

This past weekend I went up to PettiJohn cave in Walker County. The cave is a few minutes outside of LaFayette, GA. The cave is in a Wilderness Management Area, called....Pigeon Crawford, I think. We camped out the night before and it rained off and on during the night. Thanks to my sweet one man tent(Sprite 1), I stayed perfectly dry. It's actually a pretty cool place. As you approach the entrance to the cave you see these big rocks on the ground and in the middle of them there is a whole that takes you down about ten feet and then it opens up into this big room. From there you pretty much just explore the different tunnels and passages in the cave. I think this was my sixth time in and I still don't really know my way around. The cave is a constant 58 degrees fahrenheit, 240 feet deep, and 6.4 miles of it have been mapped out. I think this was my sixth time in and I'm still trying to remember my way around in there.
This was before we went in.

These next pictures are in the cave.

It gets a little muddy. The entrance to the cave is right below the guy's feet in the green shirt. Some of the young men that I went up there with bought a live chicken from their neighbors for five dollars for dinner. The animal lover in me me did not watch it's last minutes but I did eat some if it and although it was a little chewy they spiced it up just right!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

I was tagged

I've been tagged by a few people so I will finally do this extensive pointless interview. It's either do this or clean up Mt. Express(that's what Abe calls it) on my bedroom floor. I just have to clean up Mt. Express before Abe gets home. I have an hour.

10 years ago...

I was 17 years old. I was a junior or senior in HS. Abe and I had just started dating. My favorite memories was hanging out with my friends. We always had fun.....80's weekends, lemons 79, etc.

5 things on my to do list today....
1. clean up Mt. Express
2. give Elle a bath
3. Get ready
4. Go to perimeter mall with Mandy.
5. Eat at Cheesecake

What would you do if you had a million dollars? Buy a HUGE house, go on another cruise, take Elle to Disney, pay off our cars, and save the rest.

Three bad habits.....
1. I ask too many questions when I talk to people.
2. Mt. Express
3. I need to stop watching Rock of Love. I know it's trashy....I just can't help it.

4 places I have lived......Woodstock GA, Powder Springs GA, Kennesaw GA, and Dallas GA!! I'm well traveled!!

5 jobs I have had.....

1. Champs at Town Center
2. Abercrombie at Town Center
3. Abercrombie at Arbor Place
4. Gap at Town Center
5. I'm a teacher!!

5 things people don't know about me......

1. I still sleep with my yellow blankie.....
2. I love twizzlers.
3. I didn't eat meat for 9 years.
4. I have a fear of divorce.
5. This is the first time since 9th grade that I don't have on fake nails!!

What is your hubby's name? Abraham. You can call him Abe or Abey Baby.

How long have you been married? 5 years in June!

How long did you date? We dated junior/senior year in HS, my freshman year in college- minus 2 months, then he went to Brazil for 2 years( we wrote weekly), then we dated when he came back. I loved him about 6 years before we got married.

How old is he? 27.

Who eats more? Abe!

Who said I Love You first? I did in HS. I said, "I know you love me. Why havn't you told me?!!"

Who is taller? Abe.

Who sings better? Ha HA!! I guess I do...I have easy competition though.

Who is smarter? Who knows. I do better in school, but he knows EVERYTHING when it comes to useless knowledge. He's the man at Trivia.

Whose temper is worse? Neither of us have tempers. I probably get my way more.

Who does the laundry? We both do.

Who does the dishes? Abe does. I cook and he cleans.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Abe does.

Who pays the bills? Abe does. We do the envelope system.

Who mows the lawn? Abe

Who cooks dinner? I do. I cook during the week. Friday's and Saturday's are my days off. I like cooking. I like how it makes the house smell.

Who drives when you are together? Abe does. It makes him feel like a man.

Who is more stubborn? Abe's become more and more stubborn in his older years. I kind of like it:)

Who is the first to admit they are wrong? Abe for sure.

Who's parents do you visit the most? Both. Our families all live right here. I love it!

Who proposed? Abe, in front of the temple. He was crying. It was sweet.

Who has more friends? I do.

Who has more siblings? he does.

Who wears the pants in the family? I do for sure. Don't tell Abe.

Consider yourself tagged if you are reading this and haven't already done it.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April Fools Day

I don't know why I always feel the urge to play an April Fool's Day prank on Abe, I just do. He's just fun to pick on. So this year, I had to live up to my legacy. I have a student from Harrison Highschool who comes to help my class during math everyday. She helped me pull off my April Fools Day fun. She called Abe at work. Their conversation goes something like this:

Abe: Hello?

Shelley: Hello, I need to speak to a Mr. Abe Owen

Abe: This is him.

Shelley: Mr. Owen, This is Shelley from Seven Hills Management(Seven Hills is our neighborhood). (She sounded very business like) I need to talk to you for a moment about your running habits. We have rececently had several complaints about you running with your shirt off. We just feel it is inappropriate due to your physical appearance at this time. I have spoken with my manager and she said that it would be fine to run with your shirt off once you go to the gym and work on your upper physical extremeties. But, at this time we would like to ask you to keep your shirt on out of respect for those in the neighborhood.

Abe: um....I don't run with my shirt off. Can I speak with your manager?

Shelly: Um....She's busy right now.

Abe: Shelley, where do you live?

Then Shelley starts laughing and hangs up the phone. It was still pretty funny though. She said Abe sounded really kind of defensive at first. I got a text message 2 minutes later from Abe telling me I was retarded. How did he know it was me???