Friday, September 18, 2009

Some Exciting News

“Whooooooooo!” Tom bellowed as he walked through the front door. He had his arms waving victoriously in the air.

He startled me, to be honest. I was in the middle of drinking water and I nearly choked on it. I mean, you don’t just come bursting through the door shrieking. It’s just not cool.

“Guess what?” Tom sang at me. He looked positively thrilled and I half expected him to do a pirouette, which by the way, would have been hilarious. My husband is six feet tall so watching his limbs twist around would be a sight to see.

“You got expert?” I wondered. I knew he had just come home from firing his gun and he usually always gets expert.

“No. I mean, yes I did but that’s not why I’m happy,” Tom said, standing in front of me. I could smell his breath. It did not smell good. Has he not heard of Tic Tacs?

“Then why are you happy?” I asked impatiently. At this point I had been stuck inside with a cranky two year old and my son had come home from school grumpy and I had just burned my finger while cooking dinner. I was not in the mood to guess.

“What would make you incredibly happy?” Tom replied. He had a goofy grin on his face.

I stroked my chin. “Hmmmm. For the Gosselin family to go away and for there to be no such things are calories,” I answered.

Tom made a face. “No. Something else,” he said, twirling his arm impatiently.

I scratched the side of my head. “Um….not to move?” (For those who don’t know, Tom got orders to a base in Montana and we were planning on moving next month.)

“Yes,” Tom said, his goofy grin expanding.

My face brightened. “Yes as in…we’re not moving?” I was practically doing a happy dance. My feet started to tap on the carpet and a goofy grin was beginning to form on MY face.

“My orders were cancelled. We’re staying here,” Tom said proudly.

I whooped and jumped in his arms. He smelled like dog and gun powder but I didn’t care. We were staying! We didn’t have to move!

This is apparently what happened: see, Tom is a K-9 Handler and he called the base in Montana to make sure he’d get a dog when we got there. The guy told him that he couldn’t promise that which confused Tom because the reason he got orders there was because they needed handlers. So then Tom told his boss and his boss said he’d look into it.

To make a long story short, apparently the base in Montana forgot to update their lists. Basically the list that said that they needed handlers was over a year old.

I’m thrilled. I was thrilled when Tom told me. I kept squealing and then I said something like, “We need to thank your boss. What does he want? Does he want a two-year-old? Or maybe he’d prefer a boy? Tommy, you’re going to go live with a nice man!” I called out.

Tommy looked up from the book he was reading with a start. “WHAT?” he shrieked.

I laughed. “I’m kidding. But really, we need to do something. I’m going to write him a letter and bake him cookies!” I rushed into the kitchen to check and make sure that we had the ingredients.

“I thought you wanted to thank him?” Tom said, following me in.

I rooted through the cupboards. We have a lot of crap in there. When in the WORLD did I pick up minced onion?

“I do want to thank him, Tom. I need to make sure we have the stuff to make chocolate chip cookies,” I explained, pulling out a bag of chocolate chips. Yes! Score! One ingredient down, er…maybe eight more to go?

“Cooking for him seems like a punishment. I’ve tasted your cookies,” Tom pointed out.

I swatted his arm with the chips. “You be nice! I’ll make the best cookies ever.”

I ended up writing Tom’s boss a thank you letter and giving him some cookies, which by the way, turned out really good.

I just want him to understand how grateful we are.

We get to stay!

69 comments:

  1. Yay! Somehow I had a feeling it would work out. I don't know why because I know nothing of your situation, but you just were SO against it I felt sure the universe couldn't help but adjust accordingly. :)

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  2. Good news, how long will you get to stay where you are.

    I grew up with an Air force dad so know the feeling.
    xx

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  3. that is so awesome! Yeah for you!!!!

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  4. Congratulations! When I first starting reading this post, I was hoping that's what you were going to tell us! I'm so happy for you.

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  5. Ahhh! Fantastic, Amber! I know that news just made your entire decade!! :)

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  6. Woooooooooooooooo Hooooooooooooo!

    :)

    *does snoopy dance*

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  7. Yay! Weird, that was the first thing I thought when I read the title and I got all excited!

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  8. I knew it. As soon as I read the post title, I knew it. Congrats!

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  9. Yay!! So glad to hear you guys don't have to move! That is awesomee! :)

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  10. YIPPEEEEEEE!!! i know i have not been around long.. but i knew from the get go you SO DID NOT wanna move... i am so HAPPY for you!!!!

    have a wonderful wkend!!!

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  11. Congrats!! And hello Gymboree!

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  12. Amber that is such great news. I hate moving and uprooting the family. I unlike some of the others that anticipated your good news from the title, thought it was going to be that tom got his truck fixed after the incident at the Denny's.

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  13. Y-E-S-!-!-! Oh my gosh, that really IS good news!! I know how upset you were when you thought you had to move. WOW, I'm so happy for you!!! So Tommy won't have to change schools, you won't have to suffer without a Gymboree and you won't have to worry about misplacing all those 75% off toys from Target... and... and.... oh life is gonna be fantastic for you!
    I am so glad Tom decided to call and check up on that handler thing!! If he didn't... and you all moved there for no reason...?! This is truly a blessing!!!

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  14. Congratulations! Moving stinks. I'm so happy for you. That's why we are renting now instead of buying. We don't know how long my dear heart will be at the base he's at. Good for you.

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  15. Yeah!

    I loved the "Tommy! You're going to live with a nice man!" Line. Brilliant!

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  16. Okay. I was frantically reading to the bottom so I could confirm I knew it!!
    I despise suspense. :)

    Happy Day!

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  17. I'm thrilled for you!! Sounds like at least a few pirouettes are in order. : )

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  18. So glad this is working out for you! Yay!

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  19. That is just wonderful news! I know how much you hated to go. Does this mean that eventually Tom will be sent to a different base where they'll need a dog handler?

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  20. Not been reading for too long, but I knew how much you wanted to stay. So great news!!!

    Does that mean you will be staying put for awhile?

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  21. THAT is the first thing I thought when I read the title of your post in my reader. YAY! I bet you're beyond thrilled!

    Ohio it may very well be after all!

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  22. It's the best day ever! I'm so glad the cookies turned out well; giving a man food poisoning is not the way to convince him to keep you around! LOL Congrats!!!

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  23. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! I can just picture you doing your happy dance.

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  24. if your happy, i'm happy ;)
    glad you get to stay hun!
    moving and change would not be easy.
    happy for you and the fam!!

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  25. I'm totally jumping for joy for you! That is the best news ever.. I mean besides winning the lottery... I was really hoping that was what the title meant!

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  26. I'm so overjoyed for you! Congrats! :-)

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  27. Woooo Hoooo!

    P.S. Just buy cookies (and not Chips Ahoy), put them on a plate and say you baked them. :)

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  28. High five...jumping for joy.

    Hi, btw, my name is Rambler, I live over at My Rambling Thoughts...and I finally moved back in. :)

    Did I mention High Five and all that jazz.

    Glad the cookies tasted good...or the boss might have rethought his plans :)

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  29. So pleased for you. You wrote so eloquently about how much you weren't looking forward to moving and I'm really pleased that you get to stay where you are!

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  30. I love your sense of humor. Your conversations with your husband are priceless!

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  31. I'm happy for you and your family, it's hard to have to pick up and start all over again. Hope you get to stay a lot longer where you are!

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  32. Happy SITS Sharefest! What a great post! My boyfriend is a retired Air Force Pilot and he has told me so many stories of being told he has to go somewhere only a few hours before hand. I'm so glad you get to stay!

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  33. Congrats & cute blog name! Found you on SITS. Happy Sharefest!

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  34. AWWW! I know that was the best news you could have heard!! And now your stores won't go out of business,you'll still be there to buy one of everything!! lol And I know that's good for Tommy as well w/ school!! Congrats!!
    Natalie,

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  35. OMG! I am so excited I seriously got goosebumps and my heart leapt for you. SO pleased sweetie.

    Carla xxx

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  36. Oh congratulations! Wonderful news!!

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  37. AWESOME!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you hun!!!

    I'm in the exact opposite situation. I'm waiting for orders and I WANT THEM NOW!!!! Europe - especially ITALY - is calling for me......

    If you need some easy recipes let me know! I love to cook and I can make your family soooo happy and you'll be their super hero, lol!

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  38. Great news. Peace can reign again. I'm happy for you.

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  39. Yay!!!!!!



    "For the Gosselin family to go away and for there to be no such things are calories". lol-you are hilarious!

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  40. That's wonderful news! No packing, no moving! Plus a delicious chocolate chip cookie celebration!

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  41. That's just that one - do they need extra handlers where you are? Might he be going someplace else anyway, just not that one base? Sorry to be negative, just know the military.

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  42. YAY!!!! that's awesome!!!! YAY for gymboree and target!!!! whoop whoop!

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  43. I am so happy for you! That is the best news ever! Now I want cookies. Can we do the sans calorie thing on those?

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  44. Yeah!!! That is definitely awesome news!!!

    BTW, my husband's breath always smells too. I have no idea why b/c I know he brushes his teeth.

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  45. Congrats! I'm so happy for all of you - that is wonderful news! :o)

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  46. Oh, hooray! Hopefully the next assignment will be closer to what you were looking for!

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  47. Stopping by from SITS -
    So happy you get to stay!

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  48. What a happy day!!! So glad you don't have to go to Montana.

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  49. That's wonderful! I'm happy for you!

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  50. oh happy girl you are, thats great news...

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  51. Soooo HAPPY for you!!! Yay! Not just 'cause you don't have to go through the whole process of packing and moving with all the crap and stress that goes with that, and not just because you won't have to train in a whole new set of teachers/aides for Tommy, but really, because now you won't have to go through Kohl's and Gymboree withdrawals! Yippee!! lol.

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