Army

Moving Announcements

by Koko on March 14, 2014 · 3 comments

in Army, Georgia, Preston Home

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We move a lot (hello Army life). Our past two out of three moves have come at the end of the year near the holidays making it easy for us to pass along our new address (holiday cards). For this move, I wanted to get our new address out in a fun and timely way and through the mail (no technology for this one) - enter Tiny Prints.

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We have used Tiny Prints for our last few Christmas cards (here, here and here) and when I started looking at their moving selection, I was extremely pleased- from serious to cute to funny. I loved how Tiny Prints gave us the option to add photos onto our cards. This was particularly useful when I went around the neighborhood dropping off cookies and a card to our new neighbors. With our pictures on the cards, the neighbors who weren’t home now had a face associated with the name and knew we had officially moved in.

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Carl and I are slowly (very slowly) moving in, taking our time putting things away and figuring out how the house works.

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Do you guys normally send out cards when you move? Are we the only ones?

PS right now Tiny Prints is having free shipping on orders over $49 with code FREESHIP49

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Deployment Take 2

by Koko on January 30, 2014 · 15 comments

in Army, Deployment

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So I’ve been hinting at it and I’ve known it was coming for a while, and now it is here: deployment number two. Q left last week.

Each deployment has its own “thing.” The last one was hard because it was a year-long and Q and I were out of contact for weeks at a time. I still lived at home and had no military-friend support, although lots of friends to help me through it. I still grew up quite a bit and learned what it meant to be truly independent.

This deployment, I’m living on the military base. We have Carl. I have a Masters and student-teaching keeping me very busy. Yet, we are buying a house, and again, I have to learn to grow up and be independent.

I have to make decisions that I normally defer to Q on (which alarm company to go with, what fence to put up, which movers to use).

I have to make sure our house closes on time.

I have to pack and move our current house and unpack and set up our new house.

I have to live in a new house all by myself and figure out how it works.

I have to introduce myself to neighbors and make new friends, alone.

I have to start paying our bills again.

I have to make my own coffee in the morning and cook only for one at night.

And through all that, I don’t have my best friend around. And that stinks. I hate that he missed Carl’s first days in the snow, and the snow days in general! I hate that he will likely miss my graduation, and the day we will get the keys to our new house, but we have learned that although he misses some, there are many more memories he WILL be here for.

But we talked before he left about how it was a lot on me, but he knew I could handle it. And that he had no doubt that Carl and I would be just fine and totally kick this deployment’s butt. And I know he is going to do the same. This is a deployment that he has been looking forward to, and one that he is going to do such a phenomenal job at. And we couldn’t be prouder or more supportive of that. So with that, my motto of 2014 has been, “Bring It” and I mean it. Let’s do this.

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2014

by Koko on January 6, 2014 · 0 comments

in Army, Deployment, Me

2013 was fabulous. And I truly think 2014 is going to be great.

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For starters, I am finishing up my master’s in education this May. The next few months are intense, super intense. I co-teach everyday at a great school on Fort Benning. I’m paired with a second grade teacher now and each week she slowly hands off more and more lessons to me. In March, I move over to a 4th grade class and do the same thing. Each day after co-teaching, I get home and have about 2 hours to prep and cook dinner and finish any school work before going into class from 8PM-11PM. And I do this every weekday. It’s a major bummer because Q usually gets home at 6:30-7 and we spend all of 45 minutes together before I head off to class. But it is all worth it… and I’m halfway there. I’ll be certified in May and hope to have a full time job in the fall!

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2014 is also going to bring a deployment our way. There isn’t a whole lot I can say about it, except it stinks. I have been so lucky and used to having Q around these past 2 years that it is going to be a rough adjustment having him gone. And we have both decided that he is probably going to miss Carl more than me and I’m ok with that (hey, you know I would be the same way).

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We may buy a house. What???!? I know! Let’s just say we watch far too much HGTV to be stuck in a rental. And there are some amazing historical homes in the local area that we are looking at. Does it suck that I may have to move and set up a home without Q? Sure. Am I SO excited to actually own something of our own? Yes! It’s all so up in the air right now, but it is definitely a goal of ours this year.

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So ya, it’s another BIG year for the Bahler house. With all things Army, our plans may change on a dime, so we keep ourselves flexible and hope for the best. Bring it 2014!

All these fun photos were taken during our New Years trip up to Santa Barbara. 

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Turkey Weekend

by Koko on December 2, 2013 · 1 comment

in Army, Holidays, Uncategorized

How was everyone’s long Thanksgiving weekend? We truly enjoyed every minute of it. This next month has a lot in store for Q and me – Q begins an intense training course and I start my guided teaching (co-teaching 4 days a week and then night time classes on top of that). We needed this weekend to just be together as a family and get things done around the house.

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For Thanksgiving, we continued our tradition of having friends over and handling the cooking. It is one of those holidays that Q loves to cook for and I gladly let him take the reigns.

We end up eating Thanksgiving leftovers the rest of the weekend and feeling less than healthy. Today when I went to the market, the cashier exclaimed, “Someone is getting on the healthy train” as she rang up the pounds of fruit and veggies I added to the cart. I desperately miss green veggies when we don’t have them for a while.

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Two exhausted pups stuffed with turkey!

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Leftover breakfast of champions

We did a each did a little Christmas shopping (online only!) and watched a whole lot of football – family time at its best.

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I wish this picture wasn’t blurry, but I had to post it because it pretty much sums up the weekend- me in a comfy sweater cuddling with Car!

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How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

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