We have had quite a lot going on lately and will be even busier in the weeks to come. For starters our house in Clarksville finally SOLD!! It has been a few weeks now since we got a contract on the house. We were so excited that we did not have to end up renting out the house, which we were about to do because we had already put a contract on a house in Charlotte, NC and were planning on moving there regardless. We were just at a point where it was time to move on with our lives. Since Adam is retired now and has absolutely nothing to do, he was getting bored out of his mind. He is not the kind of guy to sit around and play video games all day--thankfully! Because Clarksville is a military town and is so transient, a lot of our friends have long since moved on. We were just ready for the next phase and tired of our lives being on hold. So, the plan is to move in about a week and a half; we close on the house in Clarksville on a Friday and then the house in Charlotte the following Monday.
So now, in the midst of all of this moving, Adam is in Israel for 10 days! He is on a trip with the Wounded Warrior Project on what they call a "Soldier Ride". The WWP does soldier rides in cities all across the country. It is an adaptive cycling event for warriors and the community and is typically a 3-4 day event. Adam is now in Israel on his first Soldier Ride with about 10-15 other wounded warriors for a 10 day trip. They are riding their bikes about 6 of the 10 days and are doing a lot of sight-seeing. I am so excited for him and cannot wait to hear about his trip! We have been communicating by email but no phone calls.
Right before Adam left for his Israel trip, we returned from a trip to Tampa. Went traveled down to Atlanta to leave Cohen and Cooper with my parents and then flew out of Atlanta to go to Tampa for a conference. It was a mentor conference so Adam and I can become mentors for other wounded warriors and their families. We have been getting involved with this over the past few months and are at a place in our lives now where we are ready to give back and help others who will be going through similar circumstances and life changing events. Not that we are experts by any means, but maybe we can at least offer an open ear or some words of encouragement. We were in Tampa for 5 days and had a great time! The conference was a 2 full days and was very informative and interesting. We also got to visit the VA hospital where Adam was an inpatient for so many months. We saw a few of his therapists, nurses, his physician and also got to spend some time with great friends! Everyone was thrilled to see us, especially Adam, and to see how well he was doing and how much he had recovered since leaving Tampa in April of 2009. Of course, they were all bummed that we did not have Cohen with us; I think he was the highlight of everyone's day when we were down there ;) After the conference we flew back to Atlanta then drove to Charlotte that same day because I had two job interviews the next day. Both jobs were great opportunities and I now have a new part-time job in Charlotte! Everything seems to be falling into place just at the right time :)
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Cohen had a blast this Halloween! Adam is out of town right now so my mom came to visit for a week and got to do all the Halloween activities with us. Over the weekend went to a pumpkin patch with some friends and had a great time. The kids rode a barrel train, played in the corn, fed the animals and we all went on a hay ride. We carved a pumpkin over the weekend and Cohen loves his "punkin". On Halloween, Cohen got to dress up for preschool then we went to the place I previously worked to visit and get some yummy treats. I was not sure how well he would get the concept of trick-or-treating last night but it did not take long at all for him to catch on. After we left every house he said, "I want some more trick-or-treating"! He did great walking from house to house, knocked on the doors and usually said "trick-or-treat" and then "thank you" at the end. Although the "thank you" part is still a little hard and has to be prompted ;) Here are a few pictures from our Halloween weekend.