Oilfield Wife Guilt

We all know that the supposed secret to survival and sanity in this crazy oilfield life is to stay busy while our oilfield man is away.  But what am I supposed to do with this guilt that I feel because I’m getting to do things while he works his butt off? As a team, we […]

Things I’ve Learned Since My Husband Took a Job 4,000 Miles Away

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since my husband accepted his job working 4,000 miles away in Alaska. In this past year, our oldest started and finished kindergarten, we put our house on the market (twice), and we moved into a different house 4 miles down the road.  It feels almost normal now […]

Our First “Real” Birthday Party

My oldest son is about to turn 6 and is in Kindergarten.  Until now, his birthday parties were as much about the adults as they were about him because we don’t throw a lot of parties and he didn’t have many friends.  This year will be a bit different because he wants to invite most […]

Part-Time Husband

The other day I was explaining my husband’s work schedule (4-6 weeks in Alaska, 2 weeks here) to someone and she said matter-of-factly, “Oh, so you have a part-time husband.” As I usually do, I didn’t really answer her and instead giggle a little and move the conversation forward.  I wish I could explain to […]

A Stay-at-Home Mom’s Guide to Space Saver Bags

I recently decided that since I’m now a stay-at-home mom, I should have closets that reflect my new station in life.  I thought those space saver vacuum bags looked like a fairly affordable way to achieve this. The following is my personal experience. Step 1:  Choose the correct size for the items you wish to […]

Leaving Again

I thought I had this thing down to a science. “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go” We have our little ritual in place. “I’m standing here outside your door” Everyone knows their job. “Cause I’m Leeeeaaaavin’ on a jet plaaaannee, Don’t know when I’ll be back again” We know we’ll be sad […]

Stop the Hate

I’m going to say something that will possibly make me the most hated Oilfield Wife on Earth, but I feel it should be said: Can we stop hating people who love low gas prices, please? Look, I get it, BELIEVE ME.  Low gas prices are leading to layoffs and that is affecting our ability to […]

Learning to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom

I haven’t had many different jobs in my life, but I’ve always worked.  When my oilfield man took the job this past June, I’d been technically unemployed for 3 months.  I felt so guilty to not be contributing monetarily, though I was happy to finally be with my kids.  I thought being a stay-at-home mom […]

Snow Days

Yes, we really DO get snow in New Mexico!  There’s nothing as beautiful or peaceful as a blanket of new snow. Unless, of course, you are a little boy.  A little boy sees a blank canvas on which to paint his mayhem.  We had our first snow of the season this morning and my boys […]

The Real Reasons I Need Him

I’m not- how would you say- a girly girl.  When I met my husband in a bar for the first time, I grilled him over some of the finer points of backhoe operation because I knew a lot of guys who said they could run one but had no clue.  (He DID have a clue, […]