Monday, May 20, 2013

Roll on 18-wheeler

This is an image I created with the lyrics from the song "Roll on 18-Wheeler" written by Dave Loggins and sung by Alabama. These lyrics are what gave me the idea for my blog.

"Roll On Momma" is exactly how I try to live my life. When my husband is away from the home I find it an rewarding to stand up and take charge of our life. This goes with chores, taking care of our 2 year old, paying bills, fighting off the door-to-door meat sellers (true story) and anything else that comes my way.

I think that him being away has given me the opportunity to know and be confident that I can run our home and take care of things on my own (not that I want to, because I really would rather him be by my side). Some days I sit around and wish that he was here and think about how much easier some tasks would be (especially now that I am pushing 8 months with child) I know that it is something that needs to be done.

He is supporting our family and there is nobody that I respect more than my husband for sacrificing so much for us. And that is why I choose to support him in what he does by taking care of our home while he is away and by "rolling on" with life when he is not here with us so he does not worry.

How do you continue to "roll on" when your significant other is OTR?

Friday, May 17, 2013

10 Tips for New Trucker Wives; Learn the Value of being Flexible

I am back from my small hiatus! The past couple weeks have been busy preventing me from taking the time I like to have for my blog. It started with a sickness overpowering our household (which will be a whole different post in the future) and then family priorities arose. Sorry its been so long since my last post, I hope people are still reading!! :) I am going to continue with the segment "10 Tips for New Trucker Wives"

As I said before there is not much information out there about "How to be a Trucker-wife" or how to make this life easier on yourself and your family. It took a while after my husband started OTR to get a handle on things and to be content with this decision. At the time I had wished there was somebody there to give me advice in the beginning, maybe it would not have taken me so long to accept this life and make the most of it!

So I decided to comprise a list of tips for new trucker-wives and how to handle the transition easier. This list can also be useful if your significant other has any job away from home...not just trucking. The last tip I posted was "Learn All About the Trucking Industry" this week I want to talk about how developing a flexible personality will help make your life easier and less chaotic.

Here goes....Tip #3

Learn the Value of being Flexible

While driving a truck anything can go wrong. He might get a flat tire on his way home preventing him from making it home on time. Once he gets home (this has happened to us) he may have to fix something on his truck taking time away from your time together.

Like I mentioned before, it is a low blow when you have had it in your mind all day that he was going to be home, and you have planned how that time will be spent, only to find out that it is not going to happen.
There are many ways you can improve your personal flexibility.

Learn to compromise. If you had plans to go out for dinner and a movie with your significant other, but now its 9pm and he's just pulling in....settle for a movie on Netflix and a frozen pizza instead. All that really matters is that you are spending quality time together!

Accept a little imperfection. If you have prepared an elaborate meal only to find out your trucker will be hours not beat yourself up about it. He will not care if the meal needs re-heated. A great way to deal with this is to instead plan a crock-pot meal that takes little effort and can easily wait for his return!

Make back-up plans. It is hard waiting around and being excited for your husband's return. We make plans. We clean the house. We shave our legs. And then we sit around waiting for him to pull in. But sometimes at the last minute you get the phone call that its not going to happen. BUMMER. And all the plans you made just went down the drain. Well...when this happens always have a back-up plan. Do not let your newly washed and straightened hair go to waste! Meet up with an old friend you have not seen in a while, have some you-time at the mall and buy something for yourself, or go on a "mommy-date" with your kids. Do not just sit around and sulk. It will not solve anything and even if you do not believe it, your husband is just as bummed!

What are some ways you have changed your life to become more flexible while living this lifestyle! Let us know by leaving a comment!

I just wanted to add that it is very funny that I decided to write this blog post today. While in the middle of it I got the phone call from my hubby that he is stuck in Illinois. He did not like the way they loaded some pipes onto his truck and he called safety and they agreed but the place that loaded him would not change it. So they unloaded him and now he is waiting on a new load. This means he probably will not make it home this weekend. Awe geez, does anybody want to go to the mall?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Pregnancy update; week 28; baby name delimma!

28 WEEKS! :)

My bump has definitely popped out there since I have last updated about my pregnancy! We are all getting very excited about seeing our tiny baby girl.

Since my last update I have switched to a new OB and am seeing the high risk doctor due to the blood clots I had earlier this year, but thank the good Lord above that all the other issues we have encountered have seem to go away!

The only issue our family has so far is coming up with the time to discuss baby names!! With A being gone during the week and me working every other weekend, it is really hard to find the time to really sit down and give it the thought it needs!!

I think that is why this pregnancy has seem to fly by. Since A is OTR and I am left at home alone to deal with all the chores, work, and taking care of our two year old, it does not leave much time to sit and daydream as I did with my first pregnancy!

Does anybody have any baby name suggestions!? We are leaning towards a "K" name!