Smooth sailing (pun intended) from now on

D has passed all of his tests and inspections and will become a candidate officer this week!  We kept laughing every time he took a test or quiz because he got a score of 90 on every single one right up until his last test, where he rocked it with a 98.  We are soooo excited to be so close!!!  This week will be pretty chill for D, he has a CPR class today and a few briefs, Wednesday they have a capstone class and they have Friday off for the holiday.  After his capstone, he’ll be a Candio meaning he gets his phone back, can eat when and what he wants, can do PT on his own, gets some on base and off base liberty, and (he’s super excited about this) gets to drive people to med appointments in an awesome minivan on Thursday lol.  They get assigned a new job for Candio phase and D was assigned to indoc staff, meaning next week they’ll be helping (aka lots of yelling at) the newest indoctrination class with all of their tests and inspections and events.  He’ll be pretty busy at least that first week but have much more freedom.   I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am.  Yesterday I ended up on Pinterest looking at pictures and videos from military homecomings and bawled like a baby. (Don’t worry I was also productive, I’m super stoked I was finally able to book a hotel on base, saving us about $500).  We’ve had another crazy heat wave here and I’ve been working hard not to melt in my apartment!  I love having a pool again, although I’m a ‘if I go to the pool I want to be there all day’ type of person so I haven’t gone as much as I should with this heat.  I told D I want to be tan when I see him, but he said only if I can match the crazy farmer’s tan he’ll have from his uniforms.  I can’t believe we get to see each other so soon!

These are the packages I sent to D, their a tradition called Candio boxes, he gets to open them on Wednesday! They were full of lots of his favorite candies, snacks, chapstick, gum, magazines, homemade cookies, and of course a tiny Navy Hot Wings plane (and per request, Top Gun).

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Here’s their final PT test, D maxed on his situps and pushups and got an outstanding on his run.  Next week he’ll be helping out like the ones in the green and red shirts.10982250_773938686056874_3343869783337025046_o

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At least I get to see half his face in uniform –  kinda looks like he’s sleeping in this one.

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He’s not in this one, but here they are all lined up for their inspection.  They actually have one more inspection for their dress whites, but they perform it on each other and it’s not a rollable event.11225423_773938936056849_7599956324362540309_o

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I’m getting on a plane in less than a month!

I’m so excited for how close we are getting!  This is D’s last week of “rollable” events – he has another inspection Tuesday, another physical fitness assessment, and two finals in Naval Operations and Seamanship and Navigation.  After D passes all those things, it will be smooth sailing to graduation.  Next week, after the class before him graduates, he’ll be considered a candidate officer (or candio) which means a CELL PHONE!!! The candio phase is the leadership portion of OCS, he’ll spend a lot of time helping the new classes and he’ll have a job that he’s responsible for, but he’ll get to workout on his own time, eat on his own (and eat what he wants) and eventually get off base liberty – basically a lot more freedom.  I can’t believe that it’s coming NEXT WEEK!  I know this week will be super stressful for D, so extra prayers are appreciated.

As for me, I had an awesome week this last week visiting family in New Mexico!  I had such a great time hiking, swimming, and shopping with my sisters and a blast playing with my nieces and nephews.  I’m so grateful that they invited me, it was so nice to get away and I had such a great time!

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Here’s some pictures of D from his 6th week inspection.

It’s kind of sad when you start considering this a good picture of your husband – yes, that’s the top of his head coming out of the officer’s hat.10842197_767041586746584_5910313766313679909_o

And a portion of his face to the right of the hat this time haha!

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Love this man.

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It’s downhill from here!

We’ve officially made it halfway!  I get to see D in LESS than 6 weeks!  And in 3 weeks, he’ll get his phone back woohoooo!  I am so excited to be on the other side of the hill and am really proud of how we’ve been doing this last few months.  I wanted to jot a few thoughts down of what it’s been like for me so far.  I think somewhere down the road I may want to publicize this blog because I know reading other navy blogs was super helpful for me in preparing for OCS, so I wanted to  keep track of just a few of the things that have been helpful for me to not only survive, but thrive in these last six weeks.

1.  Having a list of things to keep me busy – I started making this list of things way before D left.  I was worried about what I would do with my time since we do a LOT together and I have barely crossed two or three things off the list because I’ve been so busy – I’ve learned that no matter how much time you have, there’s still not enough time in the day to do everything!
2.  Making an effort to strengthen my faith each day – I know this has been the most helpful thing I’ve done.  I’ve been attending the temple weekly and praying, fasting, and reading my scriptures much more than I did before D left.  I’ve definitely been strengthened by the Lord through this, and it helps keep these teeny few weeks in an eternal perspective.
3. Having a routine way to connect with D – Writing him a letter every night before I go to bed has been really helpful in wrapping up my day and helping me to feel close to him.  I try to be encouraging in my letters, so it helps me to focus on the positive as well.  I also keep notes throughout the days of things that I want to tell him about in my letters or emails.
4. Taking good care of myself physically – Sure I haven’t eaten quite as good as I did when my paleo husband was here to feed, but I also haven’t gone crazy.  I have been exercising consistently, doing lots of yoga, and have also allowed myself to just sleep when I’m tired!
5. Spending time with family and friends.  I was bummed we had to move right before D left, but its been fun making new friends in addition to catching up with old ones. I’m also grateful to have my parents nearby to spend holidays with and get extra kitty snuggles!  I have also loved connecting with the wives/girlfriends of D’s classmates on facebook and am so excited to meet them in July!

Someone told me before D left that every time their husband went away for business, she laid on the floor and cried the entire time he was gone.  Besides the fact that that really isn’t sustainable for three months as I’m sure I would die of dehydration, that’s just not me.  I’m at a point in my life I don’t want to be unhappy, no matter what my circumstances.  This is for sure a challenge, but it’s also one that we chose, which makes it a heck of a lot easier to deal with than some of the trials we’ve been through that we didn’t want to go through.  There’s definitely been times during the last 6 weeks that have really sucked, but I don’t think it means I love my husband any less because I can be okay without him.  It also doesn’t make me any better than those who really struggle when their husbands are gone.  I know this is just the first of many separations during D’s military career, and I’m sure they’re all going to be beasts of their own.  But I’m working really hard to enjoy myself rather than be miserable.  And that’s not going to make our reunion in approximately 40 days and 19 hrs any less sweeter!!!

And one thing I did cross off my list this week – I ran a mile!  Not such exciting news for a runner, but for someone who hasn’t run in 15 years, I was incredibly proud of myself!

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Drill Competition

Here’s some pics from D’s drill competition last week – they scored a 91, which is the highest score they’ve had at OCS in over a year!  They earned a streamer, meaning they need three more to become an honor class.  D was soooooo excited to be done with drill and turn in his rifle.  This week they have another inspection (not as crazy as 3rd week RLP, but still another checkpoint to pass) and two more finals. We are so close to being halfway done!

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You can see half his face in this one – when you haven’t seen you’re husband in 38 days half a face is AWESOME!11406690_764100967040646_5152479997968736491_o

1/3 of the way there!

This Sunday marked a third of the way through training (as well as the longest D and I have ever been apart since we first met).  Last week D’s learned how to fight fires, repair a sinking ship, and scored a 90 on his weapons and engineering final.  They also had another strengths test – D improved his scores, but he was already at the level he needs to be on his final strengths test so no worries there.  His days now consist mostly of attempting to stay awake in class and doing lots of rifle drill (as well as RPT when they screw up).  They had a room inspection last week and he and his roommate were the only ones that passed (he attributed the success to his roommates cleaning skills), but another one this week where he said their bed folds did them in.  These room checks are basically just another chance for them to get RPT’d.  D is super excited for their drill competition this Thursday, only for the fact that after its over they’ll be done with rifle drill.  They don’t actually compete against anyone, they just get scored but if they do well they can get a “streamer” and if they collect enough they’ll be considered an honor class.  They already earned one from their RLP inspection.  He also started his Naval Orientation and Warfare class and Naval History Class.  I wish I could be a fly on the wall in his orientation class because it’s all stuff I need to know too! Speaking of insects,  D shared this story with me:

“We were doing drill and then all of a sudden a bunch of people starting showing up from other classes, other staff, and just a bunch of other people. One of the class chiefs got a promotion to senior chief and they were doing the ceremony, so we all formed up and the short ceremony started. We were standing at attention with our rifles when I felt something crawling on my neck. It wasn’t big, but it was there and I knew it. Of course, here comes this little spider crawling across my face and onto my nose and then just wanders around there for a bit. Of course this was emcompassing all of my attention and he was not in a spot where I could get him off without moving or making a bunch of noise right in the middle of this ceremony. If I had moved, I would have been RPT’d for days……. so I didn’t. For about five minutes this little spider just crawled around in different directions all over my face; forehead, nose, cheeks, everywhere. Then finally he went on my upper lip and I blew him off with a short but stout gust of wind, and gone was the spider.”

I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough self-discipline to have survived this scenario haha.  As for me I’ve been enjoying pool season (minus our first few gloomy days of June), doing lots of yoga, attempting to paint, and working a lot.  Well here’s some pics of D from last week, I’m getting pretty good at finding his head shape amidst the clones.  (Oh and I’ve also added a page of acronyms in the main menu in case my posts ever get confusing!)

The first pictures are from their PFA.  There’s my little runner again! (Second from the left in this one)

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D is doing sit-ups, 7th from the left

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