Monday, October 19, 2015

1/3 The Way Through Deployment

The last couple of weeks I have been busy.  I have been helping my parents organize and cleaned out.  I think that they both can admit that they have some problems getting rid of things.  They aren't hoarders by any means.  They keep broken things that they like and know they can fix but they seriously just don't have the time to fix them.

An example of some projects I have been working on.  Hanging up a curtain.  When I arrived there were new curtains for my window with almost all the tools to put them up.  My father was getting to this but just didn't have time to finish it.  So one weekend while my parents were away traveling I finished it.  It took the use of power tools that weren't pulled out but I knew where they were so after checking that it was okay to put an additional hole in the wall, I took care of it.
Window before the curtain was put up
Window with the curtain up
My brothers spent another day with me outside organizing the garage.  Again we purged out what wasn't being used or not fixable.  Here is what Friday trash day looked like after that project.  It took us all day to do that.

Trash day after cleaning out the garage

It hasn't been all work and no fun!  We have been apple picking

Family selfie while apple picking

David & Kevin picking apples
Beautiful and delicious apples

Still picking apples
Pome on the Range
Picking apples
Pumpkin picking which also happened to be at the same place we went apple picking:
Going back deep to find the perfect pumpkin
Tough decisions with lots of great pumpkins
They are good to go!

To the mall up in Olathe (I believe that is the town the mall is in) and up to Baldwin City for the Maple Leaf Festival.

Baldwin City Maple Leaf Festival
Beautiful fall colors in Baldwin City
While up at the festival I cheated on my diet and had some local donuts to celebrate 1/3 of the way through deployment.

Nathan and I have been emailing each other every day for the most part.  He did pull into port early this month.  While in port we did get an opportunity to Hangout, which I wasn't expecting at all.  I thought a phone call might be possible but I didn't think we would be able to use Google Hangouts and have video calls.  I was thrilled!  If all goes well he will be in the next port soon and we will be able to Hangout again.

Hopefully the rest of deployment goes by as quickly as the first part!