It’s been so long! (an update)

I don’t know how it happened but all of a sudden it’s been 6 months since my last post, so here is an update!


Hazel is now 8 MONTHS OLD! I hate how quickly these babies grow but she gets more mobile and silly and enjoyable every day. We are so happy to have her in our family and I feel like I’m kind of rocking this mom of two thing. (shameless brag)

Addison is 3 1/2 now and so stinking hilarious. We are cracking up every day lately over all the new Addison-isms. Of course now would be a good time for an Addison quote but of course I can’t think of any…soon though..I promise.

Army wise, Jacob is in the middle of a medical separation that stems from an injury he got during his 09-10 deployment. We don’t have any hard moving dates or anything but it’s looking like the Wheelers will be moving on from army life in about 6ish months. I am equal parts excited and terrified. Army life is the only life I’ve known as a wife and mother, so trying to live out those roles as a civilian kind of freaks me out. I’m excited for the new freedoms and having a lot more time as a family but it’s hard to not hold on to free healthcare and housing with and iron grip. Also, I’ll miss this man in uniform…sigh.


Which means, moving! Again!
You guys we have moved every 6-18 months since we got married almost 5 years ago….doesn’t seem like a ton, but this will be our 6th move together and frankly I’d like to live in a house for longer than a year. Recently we started house hunting around the Ft. Lewis area here in Washington and then realized there isn’t really anything holding us here. After the army, the world is our oyster, so we started talking about moving somewhere with family support. (you folks out there who have grandparents nearby don’t know how good you have it!) Since I see my family every couple months and Jacob hasn’t seen his much at all thanks to military life, his home town won out. Yes my friends, we are heading to Chattanooga, Tennessee!!!


Can I just tell you guys how excited I am?! When I first met Jacob, I had long elaborate day dreams of living in the South. The two times we have visited I feel HARD for Chattanooga and though it is across the country from my family, it isn’t across the globe, and we all survived that situation, so I think we will be fine. My parents love to fly ;)

School wise, I have gone back to school y’all! I started a Surgical Tech program here in Tacoma and will be able to transfer the classes to Chattanooga State after our move. I have become incredibly obsessed with all things anatomy, pathology, and surgery the past few months and I’m pretty sure I gross my husband out on the daily with the disgusting but awesome thing I’ve seen/learned.

So I guess we’ve done a lot for 6 months. I’m going to be honest, I’m pretty impressed because the day to day life of a mom with young kids feels pretty tedious and not all that exciting, so thanks for hanging with me.

If you REALLY want to keep up with me and see a borderline-annoying amount of videos/pictures of my kids, I can follow me on Instagram @arillablog

Oh and sleepwise…..I’m not getting any, in case you were curious


One thought on “It’s been so long! (an update)

  1. I fear the civilian life too. Mainly the whole healthcare thing because the Army pays for EVERYTHING. So I’m like, “Wait, I’m going to actually have to read medical bills instead of just looking at them, ripping them up, and tossing them?” Congrats on your new education plan and the big move!

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