Friday, December 23, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
I am thankful for my home and all of the amazing resources that the Army provides us through my husband and his job as an American soldier. Yes, it can be a hard and sometimes frightening life, but it is also a very rewarding and fulfilling life.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Day 4, I am thankful for God and the faith I have in Him.
Day 5, I am thankful for amazing friends who are willing to come pick up my kids and take care of them when I am too sick too.
Day 6, I am thankful for lazy Sundays relaxing and watching movies with my kids.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I am thankful for my amazing parents and sisters. I don't know what I would do without any of you in my life. I am truly blessed. I love you all.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I am thankful for my three children. They may drive me absolutely batty at times but I wouldn't want to change a thing about them. They are wonderful and true blessings from God.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I am thankful for my husband and everything he does for us. Love you Honey!
Monday, September 26, 2011
This is for the young women that are waking up at 6 a.m. every morning with small precious children that they have been left alone to care for. This is for the pregnant Military wife wondering if her husband will make it home in time to watch their miracle happen. This is for the childless Military wife, living in a town or on a base alone where she is a complete stranger to her surroundings. This is for the women that feel like a third leg when they go out with their friends and their husbands. This is for the Military wife that cancelled all her plans to wait by the phone, and even though the phone broke up and cut off every time you spoke to him you waited anyway. This is a pledge to the women that cry themselves to sleep in an empty bed. This is to recognize the woman that felt like she was dying inside when he said he had to go, but smiled for him anyway. This is for those of you that are faithfully in that long line at the post office once a month handling 2 large boxes and 2 small children like a pro. This is for that woman that decided to remodel the house to pass time, and then realized that she had no idea what she was doing and sighed and wished she had a little help. This is for all the lonely nights, all the one-person dinners, and all of the wondering thoughts because you haven't heard from him in days. A toast to you for falling apart, and putting yourselves back together. Because a pay check isn't enough, a body pillow in your bed is no consolation, and a web cam can never compare. This is for all of you no matter how easy or hard this was for you. Our military men are brave, they are heroes, but so are we. So the next time someone tells you that they would never marry a Military guy, don't bother explaining to them that you can't control who you fall in love with. Just think of this and nod your head, know that you are the stronger woman. Hold your heads up high, hang that flag in your front yard, stick 100 magnets on your car, and then give yourself a pat on the back. Be proud to be the woman that you are, be proud to be a MILITARY WIFE ♥
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Life around here is getting hectic again, as it does every September. You see we have celebrated two birthdays this month. Didn't know that did you? Well, our precious Cayleigh-Grace turned 3 on the 3rd, her golden birthday, and our first born turned 8.... today! Happy birthday Kiale!! School is in full swing around here and has been for a month now. I can say with great enthusiasm that it is going MUCH better then last year. Thank God for that!! Kiale is doing great. The first 2 weeks were rough but it has been smooth sailing since then. Coin is doing excellent and his teacher is wanting to have him tested for gifted because it is just too easy for him. The poor boy comes home telling me how bored he is in class on an almost daily basis, thankfully he has a amazing teacher who is going to start giving him extra work that is at an advanced level to try and keep his interest.
We have added something new to our schedules this month, Cub Scouts. The boys are finally old enough to join in the fun and they are loving it. Some nights it seems like added homework for KS and I but it is all worth it. Now if I would just get around to getting their patches sew on they would be really happy with me. ;-) They are starting popcorn sales this month so all family and friends out there please help support my two Cub Scouts, I will be sending emails today or tomorrow with the website where you can order popcorn. (hint, hint) A percentage of their sales goes to their troop and helps keep costs down for patches, dues, activites etc.
Army life... well sometimes I don't even know where to begin on that subject. Today marks a year since we arrived at this post. In so many ways the time has literally flown by. We have got a new house, been through a deployment, finished one school year and started another, and celebrated many birthdays already. Many people ask me what I feel about our current post and after being here a year I can honestly say that I am indifferent to it. I don't see anything bad about it but there is nothing great about it either. I am thankful for the lack of negative things here. It makes being here easier. We are close-ish to home and there are so many outdoor things to do around here it makes it very enjoyable. We are a pretty active family who enjoys hiking and out door activities and they are plentiful around here. The biggest thing that has happened recently was that KS was promoted. Yay, go KS!! Other then that it has just been life as usual.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I used their original to marinate my chicken for my special fried chicken that I make. I didn't have time to marinate it for the usual 12+ hours instead I only had 6 hours, but you wouldn't believe the flavor that came out in the chicken after it was fried! It was delicious and you couldn't even tell that I didn't get to marinate it for as long as I would have liked.
Out of all 4 of their flavors, Original, Chipotle, Chili Garlic, and Chili Lime my favorite would have to be Original with their Chili Garlic coming in a close second. KS and Kiale preferred their Chili Lime as did Cayleigh-Grace. Needless to say they have made a future customer out of my family, and my bottle of Original is already almost out.
If your not sure how you want to use their hot sauces go to their website and try out their awesome recipes. Their food looks mouthwatering and I cannot wait to try out their Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail, it looks delicious!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I have been away from blogland for the past month and I must say it was a much needed break, May was busy. We finished up with reintegration with KS, Kiale and Colin had graduations and end of they school year ceremonies, as well as the start of T-ball season for both boys. Cayleigh-Grace decided that she wanted to test out the "terrible twos" for a little while and I read... a lot. Eight books total in May, and we went back home for a few days this past weekend.
Life on post is going good except for one MAJOR issue... they closed the pools. Their are two pools on post, one indoor and one outdoor. The indoor pool has been closed for a couple of years now due to renovations and now they decided to close the outdoor pool as well, I cannot help but wonder how many years it is going to take them to build a new outdoor pool and splash pad if it has taken them over two years to just renovate the indoor pool. Needless to say my water bugs are ticked off and their Mamma is as well. We already have two blow up pools for the backyard but they are no where near as fun as a normal size pool with a giant slide... but we will deal.
I do have several bog posts coming up as well as a product review from my new favorite brand of hot sauce Cholula! (They are amazing folks, go get some and try it. You WILL love it.) Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things and get some steady posts coming out of this blog again. It has been too long since I was on here regularly.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
- Pay off the truck.
- Sell the house.
- Buy larger vehicle.
Friday, April 22, 2011
|My crazy kids.|
|The Ladybug that stayed with me for awhile.|
Today I've got to go pick up the last bit of goodies for Cayleigh-Grace's Easter basket. I never got a chance to pick up her stuff with all the sickness going around, hopefully I can be sneaky and pick it up today even though she will be there.
Hope everyone has a wonderful day and if your traveling to see loved ones this Easter weekend, be safe.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
To all the wonderful people who responded to Jessica on her "Misadventures of an Army Wife" blog,
Tom and I want to thank all of you for the kind words you have posted on Jessica's blog. Jessica is currently in the hospital for an unknown length of stay and will require continued therapy afterwords. I was able to visit with her for about 1 1/2 hours on Thursday, 14 April, and she is starting to realize her actions last week as well as the events that led to her depression and suicide attempt. I did print out all your comments from her blog and was able to give her a hard copy.
One of Jessica's friends had a great idea that Tom and I are following up on....an Easter Basket filled with notes and cards of encouragement, empathy, stories, understanding or good 'ole humor! If we could be so bold to the virtual community, we would like to ask you to send your thoughts, notes, cards, etc. to the P.O. Box below that we have now established:
P.O. Box 292138
Columbia, SC 29229
I will gather them into an Easter Basket of Cheer for Jessica this week to continue to let her know she is not alone nor are the events she experienced isolated to just her.
Please let the word spread.....
Sunday, April 3, 2011
This isn't a wonderful thing but it is kind of a funny thing... Cayleigh Grace decided that she wanted to stand on Kiale's back while he was leaning over the couch getting a book off of the bottom shelf of my bookshelf. She then proceded to fall into the bookshelf and give herself quite the goose egg and scratch. The first picture with her in the pink dress is from the 27th just a couple of hours post fall and the picture to the right is from 48 hours later and looking much much better.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
|I guess Casey thought that Kiale needed help with his homework, either that or he was making sure he was doing it correctly... good cat.|
|They decided they wanted to sleep together this weekend, it was precious!|
|Loving their Pillow Pets|
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
|Poor kid cannot keep his eyes open during pictures... drives me nuts, but I still love this pic.|
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tomorrow is the big day. My baby boy turns six. I have a few goals for myself in regard to Colin's upcoming 6th year.
- Embrace the child within him.
- Remember that he is only 6, not almost 8 like Kiale.
- Do not uphold him to the same standards that I do Kiale. Yes, it is easier on me, but it is unfair to Colin.
- Read him a bedtime story every night. Even when I don't feel like it.
- Remember to show him extra love, kindness, and understanding.
- Make sure he feels loved and special every single day.
- Work on building a strong and lasting relationship with him.
I just went back in his room and gave him an extra hug, kiss, and I told him how much I loved him. He went to sleep with the most peaceful and happy smile on his face. Motherhood is a grand and beautiful thing. Definitely a gift from God.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
|Barnes and Noble's, Nook|
Who has a Nook or a Kindle??? I am wanting to buy something like an IPAD just without spending the major $$$$. The books are much cheaper then buying hard copies and with our moving; I must admit my book collection ways a lot and adds up on our weight limit. I need help and I want hear personal your experiences with these gadgets. I also want something that is still going to work if we end up moving overseas one day.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
|I am Number 4|
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Tomorrow I will annouce all the many winners!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
How can you help Logan? Go over to Goodnight Moon's blog. She has put together an amazing raffle with some awesome prizes. 100% of the proceeds of the raffle with go to Logan and his family to help. Many of us bloggers banded together and donated several different items to help raise money for Logan, so please go and help out as well by entering the raffle and making a donation to help out his family. You could even win a toddler blanket made by myself.
Thank you in advance,
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
2.Getting my Lactation Consultant certification.
- complete the many quilts that I have in various stages of completion.
- Make the quilts that I have had the material to make for the past couple of years.
- Go to the Gym on an almost daily basis.
- Join a Pilates, and an Ultimate Ab class.
- Work on cardio and strength training big time.
- Work on creating a nice garden area around the house and in the back yard.
- Read at least 52 books while KS is gone. (So far I have already read 4) Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.
- Purchase Cayleigh-Grace's new dresser as well as a headboard or full bed frame for KS and I's bed.
- Work on my photography.
- Research becoming a doula.
- Sell our house back home.
Knowing me I will be continuously adding to this list as the time goes on, but this is a good starting point. I am actually looking forward to going through this list month by month to see how it will grow and to watch myself mark things off bit by bit.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
- I have four posts in draft that are almost finished (actual decent posts that are about something rather then random bullet points).
- Countless "picture of" posts that are not even almost close to being done.
- Everyone is healthy and has been for a week.
- I thank God everyday for Skype and Email.
- CYS registration is complete... well minus orientation, one of which I missed today. It helps if the lady tells you AM or PM when she says be there at 7 tomorrow. I assumed she meant PM... well, we all know what assuming gets you.
- I went to counseling last week, Kiale also went to counseling last week. Gotta love the Military Family and Life Consultants.
- New schedules around the house have changed this house from chaos to peace... well as peaceful as possible with 3 kids and a deployed husband.
- Lots of sewing projects in the works. Now if I can just find the drive to get them started and actually complete them... maybe I should finish the ones I have started first. That might be the better idea.
- Kiale is finally enjoying reading!!!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
|What my dinning table looked like when I went to bed on Tuesday.|
|Yes, that is him, asleep.|