December 16, 2010

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

On Saturday we took Tristan to Charleston to see Santa Claus. Why did we go all the Charleston to see Santa, you may ask? Because the guy in Charleston actually looks like Santa! We had to wait in line over an hour to see him, but the man looked great! By the time we got near the front of the line Tristan was hungry and ready for his nap. I fed him about 5 people from the front of the line. When he finally got on Santa's lap he wasn't very happy. He fussed a little. I don't think he was scared, he just wanted a nap and was telling Santa about it. Here is the shot we ended up with:

December 8, 2010

Bad Day--Daniel Powter

Tristan and I have had a tough couple of days. Yesterday morning he woke up with a stuffy nose and by afternoon he had a fever. I took him to the doctor and the doctor said his throat and ears looked good and his chest sounded good and it's more than likely a virus.

Today he woke up at 5am today, still with a fever. I gave him some Tylenol and put him back to bed, but he continued to stir till about 6. I made him a bottle, which he promptly drained, and he decided he was feeling good. He got in the floor and played with his Little People Nativity and his jingle bells. I was totally exhausted, so my sister-in-law, Alex, who had spent the night to help, took him. I got back up around 8:30, but kept dozing on the couch until about 10 (thanks Alex, you're the best sister ever!). At about 10:30 he was ready for a nap, so I laid him down. He slept until about 12:00, awakening with another fever. I've been fighting the fever ever since. It goes down and back up, to 104+, but never away completely. On top of all that, I hadn't talked to Tyler in 3 days before today.

The moral of this story is somebody please pray for my baby and me. I'm afraid for him and also for getting sick myself. It's hard enough dealing with all this on my own, but worrying about Tyler just makes it worse.

Over There (Part III)-- George Cohan

So, where to start? I haven't been able to send out an email recently for lack of time. We have been working pretty hard in the motor pool fixing trucks. I can't really tell you guys what they are using the trucks for because we still do not have a real mission yet. I'll bet my family thinks I'm full of crap and they are under the impression that I am doing something dangerous and just wont tell them because I dont want to worry them. Well, they are not wrong, I would do something like that if it applied, but it doesn't. We still don't have a mission for real. Actually, it's kinda embarrassing because we are the only battery that doesn't have one. Anyway, I spend most of my day on my back looking up at the underside of a M1165 Hummer. So again, I'll try to read the minds of my family and friends and say, "wait a minute, when has Tyler ever done any mechanics work on trucks". The answer is never really. I worked at Advanced Auto Parts for a short time but thats about it. So needless to say I am learning ALOT. I pulled a radiator out of a truck and replaced it with a new one two days ago. You can imagion the mess I made. But I got the truck working (happy face).
They are working on leave times right now. It goes in order of lowest rank and works up. So all the lower enlisted guys get to pick first and then the sargeants get to pick. I chose a couple of time slots in the April-May area so we'll see if I get them. If all the good times get picked then I will have to take a slot in Febuary. Good and bad, I will be home for Tristan's first birthday, but it's kinda earily in the tour. I'll be in touch when I can.