Saturday, August 13, 2011

The San Antonio Temple

Last Saturday, I was able to join some of Chase's extended family as we witnessed his cousin's fiance going through the temple for the first time. Chase's cousin, Jordan, is in pilot training for the Air Force right now at Del Rio, Texas. Because of this, his parents and fiance flew out here so that Jordan could be a part of this special event since the San Antonio temple is the closest temple to Del Rio. Chase offered to watch Mila so I could attend the temple session with everyone. It felt so good to get back to the temple since I haven't had the chance to go since Mila was born. The San Antonio temple is quite small, but so beautiful. I wish I would have taken a picture of the windows because they have beautiful stain glass images of trees and nature--I loved it! I also loved the fact that it wasn't very tall so you could see very clearly the angel Moroni. I think it's the closest I've ever been to it :)
It was so fun to see family and to introduce them all to Mila. And, it just so happened that the Thatchers were in the same session with us all so we got to see them again. They even surprised us by bringing us the famous large Round Rock donut...man do we love those donuts! It was so sweet of them. We had compare its size to Mila's of course.
A yummy donut, friends, family, and the temple--what more could you ask for?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

House Arrest

You read it right. I'm on house arrest. Not by any government or city authority. Nope. I'm confined to my house instead by a crazy, mean cat. Let me explain...last week one night while Chase and I were lounging on the couch I started to hear what sounded like a kitten meowing outside. I kept hearing it so I got up and opened up the hanging blinds in order to look out our sliding glass door. And low and behold what did I find??? Four kittens and a ticked mother cat on our patio.
How they got there is beyond me. All I can figure is the mother cat carried each one over the wall. You would think that I would be thrilled to have these visitors seeing as though I am an animal lover, but I'm not because the mother cat is scary. She hisses at you when you get near the glass.
Then she glares at you.
My SIL says it's as though she is sucking the soul out of you. Now, I get it; she's protecting her babies, but seriously it's a bit scary. They have now taken over our patio/porch area since I dare not go out with the mother on the prowl.

This situation has caused me to be a little annoyed with the city of San Antonio because with Texas being hotter than ever (seriously we are hitting all time highs everyday) I am concerned that these cats might die in the heat. I tried calling different animal organizations and have yet to find one that will come and pick up the family of cats. So, I don't know what's going to happen. We leave tomorrow. I'll probably just inform the apartment management and leave it in their hands. Till then, Mila and I will continue to miss our patio where we use to sit. At least Mila enjoys watching the kittens play through the glass window. I wish I had it on film, but one of the cats actually clawed halfway up the screen door. It was pretty impressive.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Baby Steps

Don't be fooled by the title. Our little Mila is not walking. Ha, she's not even really scooting yet (well not on her tummy at least...she does scoot on her back). No, this post is entitled "Baby Steps" because as of last night I officially took my first baby step towards getting back into shape. Before delivering Mila, I had this grandiose idea that upon returning to Provo I would compete in the sprint triathlon that is held every August at the Scera pool. I competed in it 2 years ago and loved it. Well, I soon realized after giving birth that I may have set my sights too high. It's amazing what pregnancy and labor can do to one's body. Plus, they advise you not to even start trying to workout again until after the first 6 weeks. So, to ease myself back in, Chase and I signed up last night for a 5k the law school is hosting at the end of the month. This will be the first race Chase and I will run in together. I'm pretty excited. Especially since we are going to bring Mila along for the ride. We've got to put our Bumbleride to work!

It feels so good to be running again, even though I still will never claim I am a runner (10k is the most I think I'll ever run). I now have plans to do the Telos Timp Tri again in April. That should be plenty of time to get back into shape to run, bike, and swim.

Well, wish us luck as we continue to utilize the workout facilities here. I'm dreading returning to Utah and running outside with the whole altitude difference. It will probably kick my trash! Good thing we'll have two weeks to adjust before the race.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Time for Chase

With Chase's internship coming to a close I thought I should toot his horn a bit (since he won't) and explain what the future holds for us. For those who don't know, Chase was selected out of hundreds for 1 of 50 spots available this summer for a JAG internship with the Air Force. Then, we were placed here in San Antonio close to family after the Air Force learned I was having a baby just two weeks before the internship began. This truly has been a huge blessing, not only to be closer to family, but because of the opportunities that Chase has had here at Fort Sam Houston (the base he works at).

During his internship Chase has had the opportunity to really shine. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the office is open for any enlisted individual to come in and receive legal advice and so Chase has helped individuals directly on those days. He has also had the chance to help with a court martial that will sadly take place after we leave. He was given the assignment to write a motion for this particular case that may be placed on the Air Force's database for others to refer to when they need to write a similar motion.

Near the beginning of the summer he was given an assignment that he ran with. He went above and beyond what was asked of him and has really impressed his superiors here. I don't remember what the original assignment was but in the end he created brochures that can be available for enlisted individuals that explains many common legal questions they have such as issues with divorce or changing residency and so forth. Before now there was no resource like this for enlisted individuals. The base is excited to use these brochures.

Also throughout this summer Chase has been working on the packet of information he has to submit to the Air Force. Part of the process of completing his packet has been collecting letters of recommendations from captains and the colonel at his office. In both his interview with his supervisor and with the colonel, Chase received a lot of good feedback and was praised for his work this summer. In fact, one of the individuals who just recently left their base because he is being stationed at a different base said in his closing remarks to everyone at their office that he hopes to work with Chase in the future. What a compliment!

Everyone has been ensuring Chase that he will have no problem being chosen in this next wave of applications. This has been very reassuring since only 6% of the applicants are chosen to become a JAG.

So, now we wait. His packet will be reviewed in October and so we should know by the end of October if he has a job. Then we wait again. He has to pass the bar before he can officially be hired. So in July of next year he will take the bar and once the results come back (sometime in September), if he has passed, the Air Force will hire him. He'll then have to go to officer training in Alabama for four weeks followed by a training camp on military law. Sometime in the midst of these trainings we will be placed in our first assignment. Our assignment is based upon a list of preferences we give the Air Force of where we would like to go, and we've heard they tend to place you at one of your top choices the first go around. So, we are opting to put foreign bases as our top choices first so we can ensure to go overseas. See, Chase isn't sure yet if he will stay with the Air Force after his initial four year commitment. So we want to make sure we get overseas during these 4 years. At this point we are leaning towards the two bases in Germany or a base in Italy, but who knows, it may change.

So that's the 411 on Chase. I am so proud of how hard he has worked, and I am thrilled with the fact that he has found a career that excites him and gives him a variety of things to do so he doesn't get bored :). I'm sure many wives can agree, life is so much better when your husband loves what he is doing. We feel very blessed that the Lord guided us towards this path and that Chase has excelled this summer.