Time After Time(line)

Why is moving so annoying?

I’m getting ahead of myself here of course because moving for military personnel, while frequent, is actually pretty smooth sailing. The movers come, they pack up your boxes, you run around trying to make sure they don’t pack the trash or your PCS binder, and then they leave; taking with them all your belongings and cares.

I mean, theoretically.

Obviously there is a lot more that goes into moving, but as far as the ACTUAL moving of your tchotchkes, we’ve got it pretty good.

So for me, the annoyance is the waiting. You have to clean and pack your suitcases and stuff but that’s all kind of impossible until the movers are done. So the anticipation of moving is there, but you can’t really do much about it. That’s where I’m at.

A timeline for you all…

Monday-wait around, take stuff off the wall, make impressive Dutch baby for breakfast (again), try to decide how long you can wait to do the FINAL load of dishes.

Tuesday-make a pretend effort at cleaning out the medicine cabinets and junk drawers, ponder over heels that you swear up and down you will wear again someday, go buy some totes for organizational purposes. Fill totes with stuff animals.

Wednesday- Oh no! Movers are coming tomorrow! Quickly stuff all belongings you will absolutely need as well as a whole freaking box of toys into the car and assess how much you will actually be able to bring on your roadtrip. Stay up late with husband finishing off any liquor because you can’t pack that stuff and you deserve it!

Thursday- Movers, day one! Hide out in a spare room of your own creating with only the stuff you DONT want the packers to pack. This includes fun stuff like electronics and the BEST toys you own, but also, coincidentally, includes the trash. Keep baby from eating trash. Be the best mom ever, pleading with you 3 year old to please play on the iPad, when all else fails…snacks.

Friday- Movers day two! This day is much like day one except when you are sequestered into a room with the babies it is to keep them from being squished by giant boxes and not just to keep them from being packed away. You spend this day wondering why you didn’t just let them get packed away. (Kidding, of course)

Saturday- Thank the Lord Jesus, you met a friend like Shannon who is letting your family stay in her house, also pray to the Lord Jesus that your children don’t destroy said house.

Sunday-leave you’re family for the day to rage clean the house. You are too cheap to pay somebody but you are also really irritated to be the one doing it.

Monday-have final inspection with notoriously picky housing company. Keep fingers and toes crossed that they won’t charge you for stupid things (or anything for that matter). Reward thy self with dinner at overly priced BBQ restaurant.

Tuesday-pack up family and prepare to endure 6 hours over mountain passes in order to see bestfriend and her family.

Andddd, Scene.
So that’s what we are looking at for the next week. Stand by for hilarious/frightening moving pics and an emotional wine induced breakdown.

Over and out.


Oops, I did it again!

And by “it” I mean completely abandon my blog after having honest to goodness intentions of blogging again…le sigh.

I can’t help but feel like blogging is this thing that everyone tries for a minute and then abandons when life gets in the way and they realize, hey, this actually takes some work.

I’m really trying not to fall into that category but the proof is in the pudding, right? And this pudding is chalk full of laziness and excuses and empty promises to blog more. Not just for you, my dear 3 readers, but for myself. Because I really do like it.

Just, you know, life and stuff.


SO….What’s new with The Wheelers?

Oh just getting ready to abandon all sense of normalcy and the tiny shred of stability we had, in search of our new normal.

Dramatic enough for you?

It is mostly true though. To cut to the chase and not get into the monotony of excessive details, we are leaving military life and joining the civilian world and while I am scared/nervous/stressed about the whole ordeal I am also wildly excited. Jacob and I have been married for 5 years and that entire time has been spent moving, packing, unpacking, and spending a lot of time apart and just “holding out” for the next phase of craziness for things to get better or easier. This should not come as a shock to anyone that military life is hard on families and while we have so much to be thankful for when it comes to the Army, we are also really thankful to close this chapter and move on to a more family-centered one.

So where to next?

That’s the big question, isn’t it?

Right now we are getting ready for movers and finishing out everything with the Army, then we will embark on the Wheeler Family Great American Road Trip to our final destination (for now) Chattanooga, TN. We have lots of fun visits planned between here and Chattanooga and I am going to try very hard to document all of it because it is going to be quite the adventure.

Once we are there we are both going to school and start putting down some roots for a change. I hope you will join us on our journey.

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