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Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 73

Well I guess the good thing about my recent blog-slacking is that we've jumped right into the 70s on my day-counter.
Yep, jumping at the speed of molasses. It feels like Josh has been gone a long time, and we're not even nearing the halfway point.
But the good news is that he's doing well and we're doing well, and we have lots of fun things to look forward to in the next couple of years to make up for this time we're apart.

I suspect that most of you have been keeping busy with the Thanksgiving holiday and preparations for Christmas, and haven't even noticed that I've been a little light on posting lately.

Except for one of you, who keeps giving me grief about it.

He knows who he is.
And he is very handsome despite the furry creature on his upper lip.

We spent the holiday weekend hanging out, letting the cousins play together, gaming, eating, and watching Michigan finally, finally beat Ohio State.
I'm not going to lie.
The food was good-- but the victory was even more satisfying.

However, I may have washed the satisfying victory down with some homemade pumpkin cheesecake.
Can't rightly say.

Over the weekend, I was the butt of quite a few jokes about the way I live in the "dark ages."
There were five adults here, and 4 of them were surfing the 'net on their iPads.
Then there was me and my laptop that can't be unplugged because it wont hold a charge, has a broken backspace key, and gives my lap third degree burns.
They all got a good kick out of that.

And then they noticed my cell phone.

I'm sure I'm not the only one without a smart phone, right?

Or texting.

Right?

(I think I just lost the rest of you there.)

Some of you who harass me about my lack of technology (ahem, Betsy), might be pleased to know that Josh and I were just discussing today that I might upgrade my phone situation.
But the problem is that we'd want to find a phone that can be used in Spain, and Josh wants me to make a few calls and figure that out.

Problemo numero uno-- Erin doesn't like making phone calls. Hello? I'm the one with the pre-paid cell phone that burns my ear if I talk over 15 minutes. Obviously not much of a talker.

Problemo numero dos-- I'm supposed to be asking about things like 3G or 4G and sim cards and...I'm already lost.

So if any of you have the answers to all that, save me the trouble, will ya?

Now that my sister and her crew are back to their home, it's been a little quieter around here.
The kids seem to be adjusting well to all the moving around and changes. They just take each day as it comes, and enjoy the extra attention.
Meanwhile, I enjoy some adult conversation throughout the day, and having someone else able to fix the kids a meal or get them a drink, or help with bath-time. I've definitely been more relaxed.

At home for the last couple of months, by the time bedtime rolls around I am just so done with being the sole caregiver, that I try to get through it as quickly as I can to get some time to decompress.
Here I've been enjoying getting a few extra minutes with Alex to read a book or to snuggle with my little guy. It's been nice.

I do feel a little lazy though, as there just isn't as much that I have to do during the day. I'm going to try not to feel too guilty and store up all the relaxing for the last few months when I'm back to doing it on my own.

Overall, I'm feeling especially thankful this Thanksgiving season for all of the blessings in my life. I have a marriage that can withstand, and even thrive during, a long separation. I have a sweet daughter who is growing into such a precious little girl, a son who brings a smile to my face every day, and a family who is happy to let us disrupt their lives to make ours easier. We have an exciting overseas adventure to look forward to, and most importantly, we rest in the knowledge that we have a hope and a future beyond what this world offers.

I am blessed beyond measure.

And so very thankful.

10 comments:

Sandy said...

when my son said that everyone in his school had a smart phone, i thought that he was over exaggerating in hopes of getting himself one...well, it didn't work, but, EVERYONE else does have a smart phone in his school! i just wonder how families can afford to supply everyone in the family with a smart phone. and everytime i see those qr codes i want to scream...they are even on his paperwork sent home from school! just call us the flintstones!!!

Erin said...

Don't worry, I too have a laptop that cannot be unplugged and that I need to prop up before it starts a fire. And we also share a pay as you go that dates pre-camera and pre-texting. Actually, our time in England is how we got hooked on pay as you go phones. Glad you are having a few breaks while visiting family.

Grandma said...

John, the master of researching every possible option when it comes to electronics, can be put it charge of answering Joshie's questions. Forward them to him.

And we on the east side of the state eagerly await your return.

Jessica said...

Seriously, this is a project for John. Stop trying to figure it out now and wait for a post-Christmas trip to Best Buy.

Suz said...

Well hello! NOW I know why I didn't get a response to my text haha. I texted you last night for a suggestion for a Hibachi place. We made it to NC over the weekend and got our house yesterday, our stuff gets delivered on Friday.

When you get back to town we are going to have to fix you up with a new phone!

So glad you are getting to spend time with family and relax a bit!

I'm Erin. said...

Sorry Suz!
Sumo on Spence has hibachi ;)

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

Having just lived through a year of a co-worker whine and complain through each and every day of her husband's deployment I love your attitude Erin!

Karla said...

Hi Erin! When the Master of Researching Every Possible Option When It Comes to Electronics finds a phone that you can buy now and use in Spain....could he also see if said phone will work in Norway?? My phone will now only allow me to hear anyone on the phone if I put it on speakerphone before I answer it. Not very convenient....and not very private! ;)

Karla said...

Hi Erin! When the Master of Researching Every Possible Option When It Comes to Electronics finds a phone that you can buy now and use in Spain....could he also see if said phone will work in Norway?? My phone will now only allow me to hear anyone on the phone if I put it on speakerphone before I answer it. Not very convenient....and not very private! ;)

Nicole said...

This is old sought advice but I'm catching up on your blog! I believe AT&T offers the largeset options for cell phones that work "all over" ... as in all over the world.