Sandie Simply Says

March 2, 2009

So many emotions, so little time

Filed under: General,Spin — by Sandie @ 9:24 pm
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I got a phone call from the personnel office today. It went something like this:

Her: Hi, Sgt Rios! I’ve got your assignment RIP right here!
Me: My what????
Her: Your assignment RIP.
Me: Excuse me???
Her: You didn’t know?
Me: No! Where to?
Her: I’m sorry! I thought you knew! You’re going to Aviano! (For those that don’t know, Aviano is in Italy.)

And that’s how I found out the next 2-3 years of my life will be drastically different than what I originally thought! One issue we still need to get straight: they didn’t give Tony an assignment (normally the Air Force tries to keep military couples together. Generally, when one gets an assignment, the other will get one at the same time. Not sure what happened here!). I need to make some phone calls tomorrow to find out what we need to do.

Meanwhile, I have so many emotions I’m feeling. For one: I HAVE TO SELL MY HOUSE!!!! YIKES!! Luckily, the housing market here isn’t as bad as in some areas, so we shouldn’t have our asses handed to us while trying to sell it. However, this house is nowhere near “For Sale” condition and we don’t have long to get it there!

Also, this really couldn’t come at a worse time for us. Ashley and Amanda will both graduate while we’re over there. Air fare is expensive. Air far for 5 people is something I don’t even want to think about. Missing either of their graduations isn’t particularly appealing either. 😦

It’ll be my first “real” job in my current career field. And I’ll be in charge (well, there’s a Captain that’ll be “in charge”). I’ll be way out of my comfort zone. And chances are highly likely that I’ll “get” to deploy while I’m there.

And then there’s the one emotion I wasn’t really expecting: I don’t want to leave here. Never in a million years did I think I’d say that, but this place has grown on me. We’ve built a good life for ourselves here. We’ve got good friends, a great church family, love the schools/daycare. I’m not ready to leave.

We haven’t broken the news to the kids yet. I don’t know what we’re going to tell them. Angelina and Amber won’t care. Alyssa is going to have issues…especially since it means moving further away from her best friend who moved to San Antonio two years ago.


I was just over at and noticed that this week’s Spin Cycle is about adventures. And if moving half way across the world to a country I’ve never been and who’s language I don’t speak with 3 kids, a dog, and a husband doesn’t qualify as an adventure, I don’t know what does! So, I’m making this my Spin Cycle post too…which will hopefully get me back on the Spin Cylce wagon!).



  1. That’s an adventure if I ever heard one! The adventure of getting your house ready to sell, moving, traveling to Italy, and then settling in. I’m tired for you! Welcome back to the Spin Cycle, we missed you, hopefully, we won’t have to miss across continents. (This should provide great blog fodder!) You’re linked!

    Comment by Sprite's Keeper — March 2, 2009 @ 9:54 pm |Reply

  2. Wow! That is news. Holy cow and all it takes is one phone call. Adventure is the perfect word for it. Tell me you’ll be able to at least take your Disney trip before you ship out. 😦

    Comment by mrsbear0309 — March 2, 2009 @ 10:22 pm |Reply

  3. OMG, that’s insane! I’m curious about the Disney trip too. Italy will be quite a great adventure and the girls will learn to love it. Wow!

    Comment by Casey — March 2, 2009 @ 11:55 pm |Reply

  4. Found you via Sprite’s Keeper….
    Wow! Yes…most definitely an adventure and one that I hope turns out to provide you and your family with many wonderful memories.

    Comment by Nothing Fancy — March 3, 2009 @ 8:19 am |Reply

  5. OMG, Limey!! ITALY???? I think it’s very exciting! I was watching a show on HGTV the other night about a couple buying a farmhouse over there. It was SO beautiful. Please post all about it when you get there – every, single, detail!!

    Comment by Ginger — March 3, 2009 @ 11:54 am |Reply

  6. Ventured over from the Spin Cycle. WOW! That should be quite an adventure!! I’ll be checking back to see how things go. Best of luck.

    Comment by Kingsmom — March 3, 2009 @ 1:48 pm |Reply

  7. Italy?? Wow. That IS a big change from one phone call! I’m not sure I’d be able to just hand over control of my life like that…what a great adventure though!

    Comment by Keely — March 3, 2009 @ 9:07 pm |Reply

  8. Ok. Again.


    Comment by Tina — March 3, 2009 @ 11:52 pm |Reply

  9. I am really going to have to figure out a way to come visit!

    Comment by Debbie — March 4, 2009 @ 12:47 pm |Reply

  10. Wow. That will be an adventure. Good luck! I look forward to hearing all about it.

    Comment by Michele — March 4, 2009 @ 2:49 pm |Reply

  11. Oh my gosh, Italy!! Sounds VERY adventurous! I wish it was coming at a better time for you, though. Hopefully it will all work out. I hope you keep blogging from over there!

    Comment by HeatherPride — March 6, 2009 @ 11:09 am |Reply

  12. Wow, that will be an adventure. I would be so excited to get that call. If you can’t sell the house – put it with a Housing Manager and rent it out. That way when you do come back, you also have a house to come back to too. Good luck in your adventure!!

    Comment by Laufa — March 6, 2009 @ 11:19 am |Reply

  13. I’m sorry that you’ll have to leave the home and community that you love, but have to admit that moving to Italy sounds exciting! I hope that you sell the house at a great price, with minimum stress, and learn to love your new hometown as much as you do your current one! Great spin!

    Comment by Shangrila — March 7, 2009 @ 12:02 am |Reply

  14. Found you on Spriteskeeper’s site – wow – this is surely an adventure. I hope everything works out ok for you – Good luck!

    Comment by Jill — March 7, 2009 @ 8:49 pm |Reply

  15. Ack! That is the kind of adventure that would give me nightmares! But I will cross my fingers for you!

    Comment by Rachel — March 7, 2009 @ 9:00 pm |Reply

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