I only have a few pictures now, but will post more once we actually move in. The condo is a 2 story town home on a "lake" (read: pond). The complex we are in has a pool and some really pretty grounds...trees everywhere, green space, etc.
For those of you who have been out of the loop, I am planning on staying here during most of the work week once I start school. The plan is for me to stay in Tuscaloosa on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, but that will, of course, have to be adjusted as needed. Chris won't be able to come to Tuscaloosa while he is in pilot training, but maybe once he is finished and (hopefully) an instructor pilot, he will be able to sometimes. After I graduate, we are currently hoping to use the condo as a rental property. It is near the local hospital and has a great rental history.
|The kitchen had updated cabinets, which we liked. The appliances are not updated, but that will be okay for now.|
|A big selling point was the screened-in porch overlooking the "lake". It is really low right now because the city was doing some pipe maintenance, but we've been told it will be filled back up soon |
|I guess this face is supposed to convey excitement over soloing...?|
|John, Autumn, and I on the way to the Princess on the party bus!|
On Sunday, we had lunch at the Saugahatchee Country Club to celebrate Chris Sr.'s birthday. I'm glad Virginia put a nice lunch together for us, and it was great to be with family! We will be coming to Auburn again to celebrate next weekend, but have the added bonus of celebrating Aunt Bette's 90th birthday along with Chris Sr's 60th!
Well, I know this post is getting rather long winded, but I want to share a few more pictures before signing off!
|Now that I'm finally home during the week and not in Birmingham, I can decorate for the Fourth of July! Here is my coffee table. I have a lot more decorations around the house. I will post pictures of them later.|
|Jon and Ralph came over to eat the (Autumn was out of town). They were so excited about being photographed for the blog! haha|
|Yummy meal on my 4th of July place mats! And the wine coaster that Meredith made me for Christmas!|
|After dinner we went to Jon and Autumn's so the boys could work on their latest batch of homemade beer and I could sit around and watch TV while the dogs played. (The black and white one is Ralph's dog, Stuart)|
|Ralph could not resist the urge to snuggle Mason! I mean, who could?|
|For lunch on Saturday I made these delicious "turkey sandwiches" out of tomatoes, avocados, an olive relish that I made, cheese, and (obviously) turkey and bread.|
Maybe I haven't posted enough adorable pictures of our wittle baby Mason lately...here are some ones I wanted to share.
|Mason modeling next year's Halloween costume...just kidding! This is just a picture my sister found online and sent to me, but it is so hilarious and looks just like Mason will when his adult coat grows out at 2 years.|
|Mason cooling off in the shade after chasing his ball.|
I have submitted Mason's picture to the Lee County Humane Society calendar contest and would appreciate your votes when voting opens! I will be sure to post on the blog and solicit votes all over the place when it starts!
Chris has been flying all week, still working on formation flying and also starting instrument flying. Instruments are what you use when weather or darkness prevent you from being able to see to fly the plane. His schedule this week has started at 5:30am, but, selfishly, I kind of like it because that means he is home by 5:30 pm, same time as me! Next week starts his night-flying week...the first flight isn't until 3pm. He does 12-hour days, so you do the math. I certainly will not be seeing much of hubby next week! I can't wait to hear about night flying, though, because it sounds cool! It's interesting on base when they have night-flying weeks, because you go to sleep to the sound of faint engines roaring in the distance...except, sometimes the distance is pretty close, and sometimes the noises aren't very faint. I wonder if I will be able to sleep knowing that one of them is Chris' plane! While Chris is still deciding whether he wants to go the T-38 route or the T-1 route, he has really loved formation flying and I feel that he leans more and more toward the T-38. As we know, only a small part of that decision is his! So we will just have to wait and see what he decides and, more importantly, what Uncle Sam decides in August.
Next week is my last week of work, my very last day being June 29! Last week I started working in Columbus instead of Birmingham, and I think I will be working here until my last day. I can't tell y'all how excited I am to finally start this new chapter, as the tension has been building for several months. I have been working a lot on my teaching materials for the class I am teaching in July. I must admit, it is a little intimidating to know that I will be teaching people who are barely younger than me. Some of them may even be older! But I'm excited and ready for it. I know as a college student, I didn't really think differently of my younger teachers...as long as they taught me what I needed to know in clear English, I really didn't care if they were 20 or 90! I think most college students probably have that attitude.
Before I finish, in honor of Father's Day, I want to say "Thank You" to all the fathers out there, especially my father, Chris' father, and his step-father, Greg. It's so sad that a lot of people these days don't have relationships with their fathers, because it is certainly a special relationship for a growing woman or man. I can truly say that both Chris and I are fortunate to not only have relationships with our fathers, but have very close relationships with them. We both enjoy being with our fathers and appreciate all the life lessons they taught us. We are also fortunate to love and have special relationships with our fathers-in-law. We look forward to all of those relationships growing and getting even better over time! Love y'all, and thank you for everything!