Yesterday was Toms first day of the academy. He looked so handsome in his dress blues!! The entire day consisted of an overload of information and paperwork. He was so mentally exhausted last night. Today started PT. They run it for an hour and a half in the morning. Luckily, Tom is in the best shape of his life right now, thanks to the marathon training!
He reports at 6:45 am and leaves at 4:20. He cant have his phone with him and I'm going through withdrawls not talking to him all day! Some days he will work other times. For instance, this Friday, he will be in the jail from 2-11:30 pm. He was surprised to find he gets holidays off..Labor Day, Columbus Day(day after the marathon, so this is great!), Veterans Day(Trevors 1st birthday!) and Thanksgiving. His last day is December 17th, so he will likely be working on Christmas, New Years and every holiday for the next tenish years! Eek!
I mentioned we needed to buy a lot for the academy. A lot is an understatement! When he went 2 weeks ago, they gave him a list of items that needed to be purchased. Every single items had to be brand new, with a receipt to prove it. Tom spent over $900 at the Police Gear store..uniforms, shoes, belt, flashlight, etc. We bought over $100 worth of school supplies from Office Depot, mainly 3 ring binders and tab separators. New gym shoes, a pocket dictionary, specific socks and undershirts, a garment bag, lint roller, the list went on and on.Every item was VERY specific, ie: ball point pens, crew cut T's, white gym shoes. We ran around to about ten stores acquiring all of the items and charging away. Were not sure what they will reimburse us for..hopefully a good portion. I think the total came out to more than $1300! Plus, he will need to buy a gun/bullets/case soon.
Apparently the second half of the day is classroom. I believe he will have some homework and reading some nights. Its all preparing me to life as a kinda-sorta single Mama. I also thought ahead and realized that when we do our FET, it will be on a Friday. Tom wont even be in the same room as I become "pregnant" with his baby. Weird to think..
We will adjust to the life change. Its going to make our life better and that's all that matters.
I almost forgot! I saw this super cute line out at Gymboree a few months ago. I didn't buy any because 1) I don't pay full price there and 2) I didn't want to jump the gun. As soon as Tom had the job, I went online with my 30% off coupon, happily saw the items were already 20% off and ordered away. Here are a few shirts I got for baby T's fall wardrobe. :)
Any other police officer wives out there? How DO you do it?