Loving the Ones I’m With

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(OK, I know I’m probably biased, but isn’t Baby Boy just adorable! I have almost the same shot of his big sister in Mimi’s sink. Precious! Ahem…onto the actual post…)

There are a lot of things that I complain about when it comes to living the oilfield lifestyle; being a lone for half of the year, taking care of everything on my own, Hubby missing major holidays and events, blah, blah, blah. The last few days have shown me that I have a lot to be thankful for as well.

The family and I are in Louisiana visiting Hubby’s side of the family. Pre-oilfield this would have meant Hubby getting leave from the Army and hoping that I had enough leave saved up to take off from the library. This time, we didn’t have to worry about the Hubby’s unit approving his leave request. I don’t work now so I didn’t have to feel bad for my co-workers having to pick up my slack or worrying about my paycheck being short. All we really had to do was set a date and save up some gas money. (And pack. I hate packing!)

This time with family has meant the world to me and has made me see that the best thing this lifestyle gives our family is time together. While I understand that not all of you get your OFM’s for two solid weeks, you will probably agree with me that it makes the time that you do get together that much sweeter.

Here are some of my favorite memories so far:

(Warning: I have absolutely no photographic talent nor the money to buy a fancy, smancy camera so I’ve Instagram-ed the hell out of the pictures I’ve taken with my iPhone. Enjoy!) (P.S.- Click on the images to make them larger.)

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We got the chance to enjoy some crawfish, which made Hubby really happy. (Ladies, you know it’s love when your husband takes the time to peel crawfish for you!)

 

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Finally got all the guys together! From L to R; Cade (brother-in-law), Jesse (brother-in-law), Rich (father-in-law), Justin (AKA Baby Boy), Hubby (Well, duh), and Lucas (brother-in-law and offshore worker). 

 

 

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Ashley got to play in the rain with her aunt Jenna. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so happy. 

I’m behind on school work and I’m running on a lot less sleep than normal, but I wouldn’t trade anything for the experiences and time we are getting together. We are in Baton Rouge this week and can’t wait to see what other memories we make.

What is your favorite perk of the oilfield lifestyle? Leave a comment or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie.

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About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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