Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Miss You Dad

RIP Dad you are in our hearts forever!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

At the end of the day ....

I do the sames things that I've always done I just do them with out my favorite soldier. I send the kids of to school, clean the house, go grocery shopping, pay bills, run errands for him and I'm still back in time to get the kids off the school bus, help them with their homework, I still make dinner but put one less setting at the table, get the kids ready for bed with out help, tell those same kids that daddy loves and misses them very much and will see them in their dreams, and then at the end of the day I go to bed alone.

I love being an Army Wife and I know these separations are part of the package and are only temporary but on days like today when the phone hasn't rang and there's no letter in the mail box or the email box this loneliness creeps in and I miss him even more. I love you babe - I cant wait to see you again!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What is a MILITARY Wife?

What is a MILITARY Wife?

They may look different and each is wonderfully unique

But this they have in common.


Lots of moving---



Moving far from home

Moving two cars, three kids and one dog----all riding with HER of Course

Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house

Moving curtains that won't fit

Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours

Moving away from friends, moving toward new friends

Moving her most important luggage; her trunkful of memories

Often waiting-

Waiting, waiting, waiting for housing; waiting for orders; waiting For
deployment; waiting for reunion; waiting for phones calls; Waiting for
the new curtains to arrive; waiting for him to come home For

They call her 'military dependent', but she knows better

She can balance a checkbook

Handle the yard work

Fix a noisy toilet.

She is intimately familiar with drywall, anchors, and toggle bolts.

She can file the taxes, sell a house, buy a car, or set up a move, --
--all with ONE Power of Attorney

She welcomes neighbors that don't welcome her.

Reinvents her career with every PCS; locates a house in the desert, The
arctic, or the deep south and learns to call them all 'home'.

She MAKES them all home.

She is fiercely IN-dependent

Military Wives are somewhat hasty

They leap into decorating, leadership, volunteering, career
Alternatives, churches and friendships

They don't have 15 years to get to know people.

Their roots are
Short but flexible.

They plant annuals for themselves and
Perennials for those who come after them.

Military Wives quickly learn to value each other.

They connect over coffee, rely on the spouse-network and accept offers
of friendship And favors and record addresses in pencil.

Military Wives have a common bond.

The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands his commitment Is
unique He doesn't have a job, he has a 'mission' he can't just Decide to
quit he's on-call for his country 24/7 but for you, he's The most

Unreliable guy in town!

His language is foreign






And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.

She is the long-distance link to keep them informed the glue that Holds
them together.

Military Wife has her moments----

She wants to wring his neck, dye his uniform pink, and refuse to Move to

But she pulls herself together.

Give her a few days, a travel brochure, a long hot bath, a pledge to The
flag, and a wedding picture.

And she goes.

She packs.

She moves.

She follows.


What for?

How come?

You may think it is because she has lost her mind.

But actually it is because she has lost her heart.

It was stolen from her by a man

Who puts duty first

Who longs to deploy

Who salutes the flag

And whose boots in the doorway remind her That as long as he is her
Military husband,

She will remain his Military wife.

E-Trade Baby

It's time for another youtube video or rather videos I just love that E-Trade Baby ...

Too young to buy stock

Clowns are creepy


Monday, August 18, 2008

1st Day of School

This morning the alarm started blaring at 645 telling me to wake up which I did long enough to hit the snooze alarm and back to sleep for another 10 blissful minutes when it went off again I got out of bed and made my way down stairs to wake up the boy and tell him to get up, then I walked back up stairs and woke up the girl and told her to get out of bed. I started thinking that it might be more productive for me to wake the girl first and send her down to wake the boy up less stair climbing for me. I made a good breakfast for them to start thier day off right cause you know that doctors say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Then on to the important stuff ... what to wear it was a tough choice for the girl she loved all her new clothes and found it tough to choose an outfit but in the end she choose the perfect outfit. Now that everyone was dressed it was time for some pictures before we headed to school.

Elizabeth was extremely happy to have me walk her to her classroom and snap a couple pictures before she walked in to her class ....

Nicholas however told me that he wanted to walk to his class by himself and that I needed to stay in the car. That soo didnt happen by the way but I did limit myself to walking down 3 cars and snapped a shot of him walking away.

Who said they could grow up and become independent?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Relay for Life

Friday was Relay and the night went great all of us put in a lot of hard work and to see how the night unfolded was an awesome experience for me. I have to say how proud of Summer and Michelle I am, they were the driving force behind Relay for Life this year. They had a lot obstacles to overcome this year being the new kids on the Relay block but they handled everything with grace and style no matter how hectic things got. YOU GUYS ROCK!! Together we raised 30,000.00 for the American Cancer Society!
Fiday night was also my birthday and I couldn't have asked for a better party .... We had illusionist Joel Meyers perform and he did a great job! I kept telling them I wanted cake, presents and singing for my birthday - well they listened and had me hauled on stage with Joel Meyers to sing me Happy Birthday. Do I have great friends or what??!! Here's the video they took!

I wasn't the only one brought up on stage with Joel check out Michelle's blog to see Melissa holding Joel's blue balls. Honest she really did it was great!

The night was a great success but there was still something missing ... our guys! I know they are proud of all the hard work we put into Relay but I really wish they could have been there to see what we accomplished this year!

My eye opening night

There are few things in the world harder than dealing with your childrens fears. Last night as I put Megan to bed we had the following conversation ...

Megan: Is daddy coming home tomorrow?

Me: No daddy isn't coming home for a while still.

Megan: Do I even have a daddy anymore?

I wanted to cry but instead I hugged her.

Me: OFCOURSE you still have a daddy - he's always going to be your daddy, but he has to help the good guys right now.

I wasnt prepared for the words that came out of her mouth next and I dont think any mother is.

Megan: Cause he has to help kill the bad guys?

These are words that I have never said in my house, I've never told my children that daddy is going kill anyone. I know my older children understand things alot better than I really want them to they know that daddy took a gun with him to Iraq and that guns kill. I know that my children spend time with other military kids whose parent share more information that I choose to share with my kids and that those kids tell other kids what they think they know. What I cant understand is why anyone would tell my 4 year that her daddy has to kill bad guys? If we werent a military family she would never have to think about things like this, but we are and she does and sometimes I just wish my kids could be kids without the worries that goes along with being a military family.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Little Miss Independent....

Megan decided she would take a bath without me knowing and this was the result …

It took 6 towels to cover the floor and 5 more to completely dry it I’m not sure what the end result of the water going into the floor vent will be but let’s hope it’s nothing major .