Well, October finally happened…we’ve been waiting and planning for October for a while.
So what is this big event?
Adam quit his job. His completely steady, stress free, well-paying job. And at the moment, he doesn’t have another one lined up.
Here’s the story (the longish version).
Adam is an adventure guy. His favorite pastimes include riding motorcycles, spearfishing (like way out in the ocean), and shooting guns. He is very responsible when he does all his hobbies, but that’s just the kind of thing he enjoys. Well, that and watching movies. And constantly working on my projects, haha. So anyway, when Adam got out of the army we moved back home to Texas (after six years of living in New York) and he decided he wanted to be a fireman. He tried out and was doing really well, but it is a really long process without any guarantees at the end. That’s when some family friends offered him a great job as a commercial construction estimator and he took it. He has worked that job and gone to school for the last three years. Adam likes his job…it’s consistent, it pays pretty well, he obviously likes the people he works with, and he never has to stay late or bring work home with him. But he’s not the type of guy that is happy sitting at a desk all day. He’s an adventure guy, remember? So early this year we started looking at his options. His top three career choices? Game warden, fireman, or police officer. What can I say, the guy likes public service. I just want him to be happy and fulfilled…and have an awesome benefits package. So after many months of research, ride alongs, discussions, and pro & cons lists we settled on his third choice, police officer.
So Adam quit his job and enrolled in a full-time police academy. He’s self sponsored, which means he doesn’t have a job lined up and won’t be getting a paycheck for the next seven months. Luckily he still has some GI education benefits left (the same one that paid for his college) and they will pay for the academy and send us a housing allowance each month. And we still have our savings, blog income, and are completely debt free…so seven months without a “real” paycheck shouldn’t hurt us too badly (barring any unforeseen circumstances, of course). Still though, if you’d like to refresh this page a few times and then buy your Christmas gifts through that Amazon affiliate button lower on my sidebar I won’t stop you. Anyway, that is our big October news…this was a big decision for us and we’re feeling pretty darn good about it.
So after Adams last day of work as an estimator we did what any normal unemployed couple would do…
We went on a cruise.
And we left the kids with the grandparents.
And it was awesome.
Adam and I haven’t been on a real vacation since our honeymoon almost a decade ago, so we figured it was about time. And cruise tickets are surprisingly cheap during hurricane season…I can guarantee I ate more food than the $250 that the ticket cost. I was a little worried about leaving the kids, not because they don’t have amazing grandparents, just because that’s what moms do. I have to admit though, I didn’t think about them at all once we left. I don’t even feel bad about it. Adam and I spent some quality time together, and even though we are good about making time for each other on a daily basis at home, I still looked at him at one point and said “Man…I’ve missed you!” Vacation time together and at home time together is very different. Also, I slept better than I have in years with that ship rocking me to sleep. I never take naps at home, but I took one every day on the cruise. We should really make this an annual event.
In other October news, my sweet little Levi turned two.
I realized today that I wrote an entire post dedicated to his first birthday, sharing ten things about him at that time. So here are ten more now that he’s two, mostly so that I can come back to this post and remember the things I will likely forget as time goes on.
1. He is LOUD. I don’t mean in the normal “kids are noisy” way, I mean his voice. He has a deep, resonating, grown man voice and he basically doesn’t know how to speak without yelling. And he is repetitive. He will say something like “I want some water please!”, so I will get up and get him some water…but the entire time I’m doing that he will be yelling “water!” “WATER PLEASE!” “want water Mommy!” I will tell him” “Levi, look at what I’m doing…I’m obviously getting you water so you can stop asking.” But he yells on. Then when I hand him his water he will always say “Thank you Mommy”…and if I don’t say you’re welcome immediately he will gently remind me “now say you’re welcome.”
2. He sucks his thumb. He never did as a baby… he really didn’t even like the pacifier all that much. But then one day this summer I randomly caught him sucking his thumb and he has been doing it ever since.
3. He is a water hog. Both my boys are actually…though so am I. We all need to have our cups of water near us, even in bed. Levi guzzles water and it’s pretty much all he drinks. Sometimes he gets water with juice in it, and sometimes Adam will give him some sweet tea…but he’s a water guy. Thank goodness.
4. Because of #3, the kid pees constantly…and it’s usually it’s not where pee is supposed to go. I’ll save him any future embarrassment and stop there.
5. He is really smart. I know all parents say that about their kids, but I can’t help feeling like he’s a little ahead. Although honestly it might just be a second kid thing…I don’t know, he’s my first second kid. He learns the same things as Elijah…Elijah learns his colors, Levi suddenly knows all his colors. I teach Elijah the ABC’s…I catch Levi singing them when he thinks I’m not listening. Elijah’s vocabulary explodes, suddenly Levi is speaking in full sentences and telling me imaginative stories. Although I’m sure people outside of our family have no idea what he’s saying, I understand him perfectly.
6. He grows hair like it’s his job. Seriously, that kid’s going to have a beard by the time he’s 13.
7. He holds his own against Elijah. Not only when they fight and wrestle, but Levi will straight up heckle him. I will put them both to bed (they share a room) and Adam I can hear them talking. Then Elijah will emerge in the hallway, crying, saying something like “Mommy….Levi said my name isn’t Elijah!” To which I will assure Elijah that his name is, in fact, Elijah and to just ignore his pesky little brother.
8. He eats anything and everything. It’s amazing, especially considering Elijah eats nothing. I seriously can’t think of a food Levi won’t eat. Tonight at dinner, for example, we had fajitas. Levi would be eating his taco and a big chunk of green bell pepper would fall out and he would pick it right up off his plate and eat it without thinking twice. Zesty spanish rice? He had three servings. Thank goodness, I couldn’t imagine fighting the dinner battle with two kids.
9. Because of #8 he has the largest toddler belly I have ever seen. Literally. He’s not big (20% for height and weight) but dang, his gut. He looks more pregnant than I ever did. It’s kinda awesome and I’ll be sad when he grows out of it.
10. He is the sweetest, snuggliest thing ever. He never turns down an opportunity for cuddles and often hunts me down just to wrap his arms around my legs and say “I love you Mommy”. He love to give sloppy toddler kisses that are accompanied my a loud “MUAH!” His favorite activities are ones that can be done while sitting on my lap. He totally melts my heart on a daily basis.
11. Okay, one more…I can’t seem to stop. When Adam get’s home from work everyday Levi immediately greets him with the same question. Elijah runs up yelling “Daddies home!” and Levi follows yelling “Daddy! Wanna wrestle?!”
I freaking love that kid.
We didn’t have a big party for his birthday, though we did take him to Sea World for the day and we had hot dogs and cake at my parents house (which is way better than a party if you ask me.)
I could write so much more about what we did in October, but I’ll stop there. Overall it was a great, jam packed month. Now…onto the holidays!