A real update....

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A real update....
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 10:04pm

Most of the time I read the board on my phone but I finally got my laptop out...

Nothing much is new with me or DH... same jobs, same house, etc.

Justin got out of the army in Nov. 2011, went to Florida to go to school for motorcycle mechanics, graduated this past spring and worked for a time for a Harley Davidson dealership.  Then PTSD raised it's ugly head and he's been unemployed since.  He's been going to the VA 2-3 times a week for treatment of his PTSD and various army related physical ailments and to get a disability rating.  His back and knees are such a mess that we question whether he'll ever be able to work full time.  He's also deaf in one ear and has lost 20% of his hearing in the other.  Also has TBI that really messes with his ability to remember and concentrate... I sometimes wonder how he ever graduated school.  He's living with us for now, though at the moment he is in North Carolina visiting a girl that he met when he was in Florida... they would likely be married now if it weren't for the 1700 miles between them. I'm not overly fond of her, but he's happier than he's been in awhile.

James and Chrissy's divorce was final almost 2 years ago, in April he married the woman he's been seeing since he and Chrissy separated.  Ironically, Jamie is the younger sister of Chrissy's bff from high school, so James has known her for quite awhile, but until 3 years ago he pretty much saw her as the annoying little sister.  They have a little guy named Mathew who was born on July 2.... he's absolutely adorable.  Yes, I'm an obnoxiously proud grandma! ;) James, the formerly troubled teen, is a youth care manager in a school for - get this - troubled teens.  He's apparently pretty good at what he does, but the school is under review at the moment by the state, may be forced to close.  If it does, he's thinking about going back to school using his GI bill.  Doesn't know for sure what he'd go for though, some kind of social work has gone through his mind a few times.  His wife also works at the school, but she HATES it there, even before the licensing issues came up she was talking about looking for something else right after the first of the year.

Zack is still in the army and is stationed at Ft. Hood TX.  He's taking college classes toward a degree in History with a specialty in Military History.  He had knee surgery in January because he tore his ACL when he was in Iraq - playing football! LOL  We dont hear from him very often but when we do he seems happy.

Nicki and Tim have been married for almost 2 years, Wyatt is now 2 and baby number 2 is on it's way.  She got scolded by her doctor this morning because she's 5 months pregnant and has only gained 1 lb - but she had such round the clock morning sickness for the first 3-4 months that I'm not surprised.  Her doc wants her to EAT and she says the thought ust makes her nauseous.  Wyatt is talking like crazy, knows his colors, numbers, can count to 20... they have him going to a day care that is also a pre-school. Even though he should be in "2s" they have him in the preschool room a lot to keep him challenged.  Nana is pretty proud! Nicki and Tim moved into their own place in April and they've never been happier.  She is working full time as an LPN, she was going to go back to school to finish her RN in January but now that she's pregnant she's going to put that off at least a year.  Even so, she's making a decent income working at a county owned nursing home that has an exceptionally good wage and benefits.  Tim is working full time as an auto tech, thinking about going back to school to start working on advanced certifications.

So that's pretty much it for us.... Pam I see you've been in the Madison area this week.  Yes we will have to get together one of these days.