How do you go grocery shopping with four kids?
Got this questions a lot! So I will put it out there, I do not do the grocery shopping on the regular in this house. Chris does it. He always has, and he really enjoys it. I hate grocery shopping. Like I will do anything to avoid it. I love to cook, but I hate the grocery store. So we have a pretty good system down. Chris does the bulk of the shopping on Friday after work, or first thing Saturday morning. Then I will do the Costco run on Sunday. Costco isn't like grocery shopping....that place is amazingly fun. But, when Chris is in the field or we need only a few things from the store I will go. With four kids I can't really focus, so I have to go in knowing the exact few items I need. So, I wear Odette in her carrier, Avalon goes in the cart, Pierce usually starts in the cart until he screams bloody murder to get out and walk, and Ace is awesome and is the biggest help with grabbing things and helping unload the cart. It is always a race to get in and out before someone takes off their shoes, or an article of clothing for that matter. ALWAYS park by the cart corral, the sooner you get them strapped in the cart the better! And always have lollipops!
Can you share the birth stories of the other kids?
Another question multiple people asked. I can surely share their birth stories if you would like. I will have to consult with the other people involved to get a good recount of details, like my mother and Chris. But it is doable. I will warn you, they were quick just like Odette's.
Are you guys going to have more kids?
Never say never.....
Will you be in Alaska for the duration of Chris's assignment?
So, we will be in Alaska through the winter and possibly the spring as we await a locked in date for Chris to go to the Captain Career Course. It has changed multiple times already, so who knows. But as of right now we will be in Alaska for a little bit longer.
Do you see the Military as a life long career?
Umm...we have a plan for both I guess. Chris will have 11 years in service come December, so it's hard to walk away when he is inching very close to retirement. BUT, we do keep civilian options on the table. Chris had a great offer with a civilian company last year and we were really excited about the possibility of having a "normal" life. After weighing our options, adding in the costs of four kids, the grass wasn't as green. So as of this moment Chris will be in a couple more years, and we will reassess. You can read more about our military journey here.
Do you like living on base?
Well, simple answer is no. It just isn't for us. This is our first time living on base, and we didn't really have many other options when our beautiful mountain side house started taking on water. We needed to move fast! And there were plenty of houses open on base. There are good and bad things. The good thing is that Chris is seven minutes from his office. That means we see him so much more than we did when we lived off base. On crazy nights he can come home for dinner, see the kids, and then go back to the office. I enjoy the safety factor, it may be a false sense of security, but I am not as freaked out when Chris is gone for a while and I'm home alone with the kids. Another great thing is that we are super close to the commissary, so taking advantage of that little luxury is awesome. The downside, at least for us, is the no privacy! We share a wall with our neighbors. Our house is three stories and quite big, but we still have the thought in the back of our heads that we need to be respectful of our neighbors. Their children go to bed much earlier than mine, like by a few hours, so we have to tone the noise level down. I know that seems so stupid, but for us we like to have a late night dance party, or watch Jurassic Park with the surround sound turned way up. Basically we are the party animals on the block. I also HATE how much other people do not watch their kids. Just because you live on base, doesn't mean it's a free for all. Your children should never be in my yard without my permission! I get so heated when I pull up to my driveway and there are kids in my backyard! Like what!!??? What the hell are you doing? I don't even know you. And parents don't seem to see the problem with it. Like we are one big happy family, we aren't! I am also a super private person in real life. I know, crazy since I put my life out there on a blog. But, I'm self admittedly the most un-involved military wife ever. I have been to one FRG meeting in 10 years, and it was 8 years ago. I'm not on the up and up with most military happenings. This is not to say I am not supportive of Chris in every way. If he needs something for work, I do it. I just don't show my face very often. I'm a behind the scenes kind of gal. I very much like to separate work and family. This has been hard for the neighboring wives to understand. They think I'm some raging antisocial bitch because I didn't join the wives club, (I didn't even know that existed). I am one of those people that although I might be very social, I like my space, especially at my own house. Having my doorbell rung five minutes after I got four kids unloaded from the car is just not cool for me. I know this is probably not how most people feel. I have plenty of friends that truly enjoy living on base, and to each their own. We are just crazy. No really...we are.