Every military deployment is different and in some way each are the same. One thing that will never change in this family is what I do while Jay is away.

Some military spouses start shopping, or a new hobby, take classes, some “hole-up”.  There are many things, but almost all military spouses do something that they wouldn’t do had their spouse been home.

Something to fill the time and the gaping hole that has been left in their lives.

I follow this truth as well. But, I don’t have much time, and the kids truly try and compensate for the “hole”.

But, I have managed to complete a few “Wahoos”. (To get an idea of what I’m referring to please go here.)

Now, the biggest Wahoo of all is the fact that Jay doesn’t have a clue as to what’s been done! Now, don’t go giving me grief about that! He knows family type things, the stuff that is important to him. . .but just as I don’t know what he’s done “over there”; he doesn’t know what I did here.

But, Wahoos really only count if you can tell someone. Jay will be coming home today, so he’ll get to see for himself. I will “spell it out” for you all.

I completed the following schedules: Advanced Math, Calcuus, high school American Studies (including Gov’t, Economics, History, and American Literature), Algebra 2, Pre-Algebra, Traditional Logic, Jr. High Literature, and early Literature (for younger two),

I cleaned and organized the following rooms: my bedroom, little guys bedroom, front closet, 3rd floor kitchen, school room. Also cleaned all the fans, which in a house without A/C is a nasty job!

Added some pictures to the walls.

Assembled this “pantry”:

Went on vacation to see the folks (Photos previously posted here).

Transformed the guest room:

The folks came here to visit, as well as my Grandma, my brother and one of my uncles. (brother not in photo). Even went to Amish country while they were here.

Transformed little guys’ room:
(Please note the original color was a lovely shade of “primary blue”; and quality like the kind of crayon you would get for your kids at a resteraunt.) I created a “school wall” in there as well, so they have their own area in which to do their school.

 (Please note the “journal” area of these photo pages is kept blank for the purposes of “security” on this blog.)

Painted guest bathroom (not completely done “transforming” it, so no pictures yet).

Took in 7 large boxes of books to the homeschool consignment store.

I did all the doctor runs, vet visits, Mrs. Fix-It jobs, chauffeur, etc.

I managed to keep all of us healthy, and out of the emergency room.

I managed to keep my sanity!

And today, Jay returns!!!

He did ask for some things upon his return. He wants some hot spiced cider, and pumpkin spice bread.

Would you care to join us, in our little celebration? Here’s the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Bread (hope you enjoy it).

Pumpkin Spice Bread (2 loaves)

3 c. sugar
1 c. oil
4 eggs
16 oz. solid pack pumpkin
3 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 c. water

In large bowl, combine sugar, oil and eggs. Add pumpkin and mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to the pumpkin mixture alternately with water. Pour into two greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Bake 350 for 60-70 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire rack; cool completely.

(Degrees temp. is given in Farenheit, for those on Celsius it’s ~ 175. )


Now, I’m off to finish that house cleaning and baking!

Everyone, enjoy your day and those you love around you!


One comment on “Wahoos!

  1. Eileen Andrews says:

    Wonderful to hear that Jay has returned and is doing well!! Thanks for the info in the blog! Sounds like the family was busy while he was away!!! Love ya, Eileen

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