Where do I even start?
To use the word whirlwind to describe the last six months would be an understatement and that's coming from someone who's lived a transient life for some time.
In the picture above, I'm on a plane heading to Hawaii on a last minute overnight flight last weekend to celebrate a military award my husband received. It's crazy.
Here is a quick little timeline of my life for the last 6 years.
Turn 21 in April, graduate from college in May. Move from Seattle back to AZ. Start grad school, see boyfriend off to Navy basic training. Do two years of long distance dating. See boyfriend off to Florida then Maryland. Get engaged. Have an 8 month, long distance engagement.
Complete excruciating final exams while prepping for a wedding two weeks later and a cross country move. See fiance for the first time in 8 months a few days before our wedding. Stuff all of my worldly belongings into a small 4 door and drive across the country to MD. Transfer schools. Become a military spouse.
Wallow in career purgatory as we await orders from the military. Come to the sad realization that as a military spouse, I have a complete lack of control over my career. Husband comes home with news that we are going to Hawaii. Frantically get ready to move under a severe time crunch. Visit family in AZ, MN and WA before we cross the ocean. Find out I'm pregnant in transit to Hawaii (game changer). Wonder what I'm going to do now.
Give birth at Tripler and start Dear Olympia. Become the retailer and distributor of CeCe Caldwells Paints for Hawaii. Discover that I love running a business. Run a retail location under extreme sales pressure with high monthly gross revenue requirements.
Discover that the military is demolishing our house in HI. Receive the additional distributorship territories of Washington, Oregon and Alaska from CeCe Caldwells Paints. Set up a whole new system for running the distributorship side of Dear Olympia. Decide that Adair and I will move to Washington while Nate finishes out his military career in Hawaii.
Move our booth in Portland to a room in Lighthouse Antiques in Olympia. Buy a foreclosed house that needs WORK but is in decent shape overall. Jump into a crash course on home renovation and ownership. Go back and forth between Hawaii and Washington. Live out of two suitcases for six months while awaiting the arrival of our household goods (still haven't gotten them). Find out we have to pay $3800 in private moving expenses even though the military booted us out of our house (still fighting feelings of bitterness about this). Begin the excruciatingly time consuming and expensive process of moving the business and paint from Hawaii to WA.
Receive the additional territories of ID, WY, MT and AZ as a CeCe Caldwells Paints distributor. Try not to get too antsy. Roll eyes and sigh when the military pushes back the date of our household goods arrival. Chastise myself for immaturely rolling my eyes. Hope that we can get the walls painted before the stuff gets here.
Reject regrets and embrace the ups and downs of this wild ride. Try not to day dream too much about living in our own home with walls painted in the color of our choice. Try to imagine the fact that we won't have to move in two years. Giddily picture myself with my own desk set up overlooking our new neighborhood (the master has a gorgeous view), catching up on thank you cards and drinking coffee made in my own kitchen. Imagine Adair playing in her rain boots in the greenbelt adjacent to our new house. See the "welcome home" banner hanging from our newly painted home as Nathan walks under it and into our house this November, putting an end to our long distance marriage.
If you need me, I'll just be dreaming over here for the rest of the day (or at least until Adair wakes up from her nap).
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