29 October 2010

Wow article

Check out this really great article. It's called: Worthless Women and the Men Who Make Them.

I have a lot I want to say on this, but it is late, so I'll have to post this weekend. For now, read the article. Seriously. If you're a male, it will really make you think and I hope it opens your eyes to things you might say or do around your woman (consciously or unconsciously).

22 October 2010

Books!

I subscribe to "Parents" magazine and I do actually find time to read most of it before the next one arrives. I don't agree with a lot of the stuff in there, but anyway, there are useful articles and it was only $7 or something . . .I digress.

Every once in a while I come across a great piece of information, usually based on a study.

This month's edition was really great. The magazine quotes a study from the University of Nevada in Reno. The study said that "keeping books around the house will up your kid's odds of snagging that college diploma later on. Having a library of just 25 propels a kid on year farther in high school or college - and a collection of 500 or more leads to an extra 3.2 years of education."

How awesome is that!

I have always known that literacy is extremely important.

When we lived in Oklahoma, I was able to participate in a free program through the Midwest City School System called "Parents as Teachers". Part of the program requirement was to attend the monthly bookclub, where a teacher read the story and then you got to keep the book for free! We actually got some of Sophie's favorite books through that program ("Rumble in the Jungle" by Giles Andrae and "Llama Llama Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney. - And yes I know the authors because I read the authors and illustrates to my kids as part of the story so that they will learn that authors and illustrates are important and theoretically it will help them later in life when they have to remember authors for book reports, classes, etc.) The program had a lot of other really great aspects, but I won't go into that here. If you are in MWC, OK though, and you are pregnant or have a child 0-5 years of age, you should participate! You can info about it at any school or library in the area.

Ok, I will go into one more aspect of the program. The crux of the program was that parents are the first teachers, and they are the best teachers. Children learn so much at home before they even start preschool and if you are already exposing them to books and a whole host of other things, than the theory is that they will have a desire to learn and therefore will grow and excel in an academic environment. The program helped equip parents with the skills to help make that happen (including giving free books!)

I really agree with everything in the above paragraph so much. If you work with your child and instill in them a desire to learn, then they will excel in life. And, in my opinion, this can be done in the everyday mundane tasks. Cooking teaches mathematics and chemistry - not to mention how to make delicious food! Telling them about what's going around them (the sunbeams coming through the window come from the sun, the sun is a star) (the grass is green, the sky is blue, we can't see the wind but it's there) (everything has a color) (everything has a shape and a texture and works in a certain way - what makes the door close - a hinge - how a does a hinge work?, etc etc). Truly, the learning in limitless! And that's not leaving the house/yard! Go grocery shopping and wow! The possibilities! (Another reason I like to wear my children grocery shopping . .. I can explain to them what I'm doing and about what I'm getting and they're eye level with me.)

Anyway . . . books can open up worlds of possibilities. Far away animals and places, stories of other children, stories of discovery . . . I grew up immersed in books and I really love them. It has always been my hope to instill that same kind of love in my children for books and learning.

And so far, I have to say it's working. I didn't start reading to Sophie in the womb like some moms, but I did start reading to her when she was 3 days old. And I started with the Bible. Why the Bible? Well, 1) I wanted to get my quiet time in, 2) that was the only thing that lack of sleep allowed for reading (the kids books didn't start until a few weeks later when I had more sleep). That being said, Sophie was about one month old when I read her her first novel (Charlotte's Web). I had never actually read Charlotte's Web and it was really good. Now reading to a captive newborn is completely different than reading to a wiggling, squirmy older infant or toddler. So for now, the novels are on hold. Although sometimes when I'm reading a novel, if the kids are in the room, I'll read it aloud, even if it's on how to manage your money. (They don't care right? They're hearing mommy's voice.)

Anyway, I was just really excited (as always) to hear another plug for books for kids. Unfortunately, the parents who probably need to hear this the most aren't going to get their kids books because they probably didn't grow up reading books and don't like reading. It's a vicious cycle!

Although after reading this, I was curious to see how many books we have in our house. So, while sitting on the couch holding my sleeping Edward, I counted the books on the four bookcases in the living room. This is a rough estimate, but including all the kids books, we have 537 books. Yay! A lot of those books are from when I was kid that I kept and never got rid of. They are just now passed down to Sophie. The VB books are a good mixture of college texts, fiction and nonfiction of varying genres, kids books, classics, young adult fiction and various books on Christianity. (And I sold back dozens of books and gave away a lot of books before we PCS'd!) I have to say I was pretty amazed and very excited!

There is a downside to loving books: I have a hard time walking out of a bookstore with only one or two books. I have gone into a book store planning on spending $25 or so dollars and come out having spent eight times that. (My husband was not happy when he discovered this bad habit!)

The other downside is that there are so many books that I want to read and so little time! I have a very long "to read" list, but I'm working on it. Currently I'm reading two books right now and about to start on a third.

Maybe I'll start a "What I'm reading" thing on the side of my blog . . .  :)

The difference between men and women

I have always wondered at how different men and women are. Truly, we are not just physically, but biochemically and psychologically different.

I've been reading "Love and Respect" by Emerson Eggrichs recently and he talks about how woman are wearing "pink glasses and hearing aides" and men were "blue" ones. This was to illustrate how men and women can be saying the same thing and have totally different meanings.

And then there are the times where I just have to wonder "where did that come from????"

I have been known to, on occasion, in the past, ask my husband about something ordinary ("Would you like such and such to go with dinner?"), but throw in a really off-the-wall word to see if he's paying attention. For example, "Would you like some BBQ sauce with your chocolate icecream?" in a totally innocent way.

The reaction is almost always the same: "Sure, that'd be great". Pause. "What? No! You're silly! Poke!" (The poking is an "us" thing.)

Sometimes though I ask an ordinary question and I get extraordinary, out-of-nowhere response. (I want you to know that my husband said it was okay to share this - we both had a really good laugh over it.)

An example of this would be last night: We're eating dinner and I got out the Catalina salad dressing. "Do you think this is still good after being in the fridge when the door got left open all night?" I ask, referring very obviously to the bottle of salad dressing in my hand.

Mike distractedly responds: "You want to do what with salad dressing during sex?"

Now it's my turn to say: "What?? Nothing! What???"

Please bare in mind that my husband has recently returned from an extended TDY and he is a male AND his love language is touch.

Yeah, we laughed.

And no, the salad dressing did not leave the table except to go back to the fridge, so don't be thinking naughty!

That kind of thing happens all the time. I say one thing and Mike responds in a totally different way (sometimes I honestly have no idea how he makes the connection from topic A to topic B, but anyway, his brain is obviously wired very differently than mine). Sometimes this is funny, like last night. Sometimes it's really bad because it is obviously an impediment to communication and when you're trying to discuss a topic that's really important at the moment, it can get really frustrating.

Are there any other men out there like this?

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in

Head over to WifeofASailor for this week's questions!

1. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
I am an early bird for sure! I have a really hard time staying up late (that means past 2130) at night. I much prefer to be up early in the morning. However, after having children and my son still getting up at least once a night (more like 2+ times at least twice a week), I really, REALLY enjoy squeezing every moment of sleep in that I can get. So that means I get up somewhere between 0700 and 0800, depending on who wakes up and how much carrying on they do. Although, no matter how tired I am, usually once I'm up (read: out of bed and standing), I'm bright-eyed and bushy tailed.

2.What makes you jealous?
Hmmm . . . I probably shouldn't say on here.

3.Have you started Christmas/holiday shopping yet? When will you finish? (There's only 63 days left!)
I have, actually, started Christmas shopping. I bought Sophie a present when I was at Babies R Us the other day. I'll probably finish after Christmas (in all honesty!).

4.What would you have a personal chef make you tonight?
A personal chef, that could make me whatever I wanted . . . maybe a nice Lobster with butter and lemon served with some Shrimp scampi on the side served over a nice bed of pasta with a lemon white wine sauce . . . with a loaded baked potato and a caesar salad on the side and maybe some cooked spinach. With cherry cobbler for desert with vanilla bean ice cream. Yeah, that's a lot of food, but it's not like an actual personal chef is coming to my house tonight!

5.Where was your first kiss?
On the way home from the bus stop by the mailbox. It was sweet.

17 October 2010

I think it's safe

Okay, so he's flying a commercial flight, which is already in the air, halfway here.

So I think it's safe for me to write: My Husbandwy is coming home! Tonight! In a little over an hour! :D So excited!

Man, it's been a long and at times very crazy, and not in the best ways, 2+ months. Yes, I know he hasn't been gone that long in the military scheme of things, but it is the longest that we have been apart since we became friends (let alone started courting, got engaged and the married).

I am very excited about seeing Mike, but I have to admit that I might be more excited about Sophie seeing him. Since the little ones are little and staying up really late does not bode well for another day or two, we decided to have a friend come over (Thank you so much Maiden) and watch them while I go to pick Mike up at the airport. So Sophie will get to see her Daddy, her very favorite person in the whole wide world, tomorrow morning when she wakes up. I cannot wait to go into her room with the camera, open the curtains and blinds and start filming so I can catch the look on her face when she sees her Daddy for the first time in so long! It's WAY better than Christmas when you're a kid!

Now, don't get me wrong, I am very excited about seeing Mike. It's just different I guess when you have little ones so it's not just you and your spouse that have been separated. It has been a long time . . . I can't wait to run up to him and kiss him and wrap my arms around him and not let go!

Better sign off here so I can go check my appearance (again) and make sure I have everything (again) and take Edward upstairs before Maiden comes over. (Thanks again so much to Maiden!! You're the best!) :)

15 October 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in

It's Friday! Thanks to WifeOfASailor for the questions! In case you didn't know, you can go to her website and click on the Mister Linky link at the bottom and see all the blogs of the MilSpouses that participate for the week. It's a pretty neat way to hear stories from other MilSpouses.

1. What are some things on your bucket list? (from New Girl on Post)
Hmm, my bucket list . . . I don't have a "formal" bucket list, but there are some things that I would like to do in my life time: write a book and publish it; finish my bachelors; get a masters degree; go to Europe; go to mainland Japan; raise competent, well-adjusted children who are a credit to their Savior; have done something worthwhile with my life that has made a difference in the lives of others.

2. How long have you been a MilSpouse and where have you been stationed so far? (from Raising Roscoe)
I have been a MilSpouse for exactly three years and one day. (Yesterday was our anniversary, and yes, he was still gone on his TDY.) We have been stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma (where we met and got married) and now we are at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico.

3. What is a list of songs that sums up your life so far? (from Confessions of a Sailor’s Wife)
Hmm, wow, that is a really hard one for me . . . (since I have no idea what the names are of most of the songs I listen to, nor could I tell you what they are about - I'm usually too deep in thought and it's unusual for a songs' lyrics to stay with me). I may have to come back to this one . . . Not one single song is popping into my head . ..

4. What is your favorite kind of pizza?
I love Papa John's Hawaiian BBQ and their Supreme - it's really hard to say which would be my favorite. I think it would depend on my mood . . .

5.What are three good things in your life right now?
 Three good things in my life right now would be Mike, Sophie and Edward (my husband and my two children). :)

Relief

I feel that the storm (that I previously wrote about) is coming to an end . . at least I feel like there is an end in sight.

I turned my daily Bible verse page today and this was the verse:

"I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save me, He will put to shame those who trample on me. God will send forth His steadfast love and His faithfulness." Psalm 57:2-3 (NRSV)

The Lord does reach down and comfort us - He knows what we are going through - He is there with us when we go through hard times and when others hurt us. "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will." Romans 8:26-27.

I have been working through forgiving a person who hurt me incredibly, and I feel that I have been able to release that person to the Lord. "Do not take revenge my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written, "It is mine to avenge, I will repay," says the Lord." Romans 12:19 - I realized that in my pain and wanting this person to understand what they had done to me I was getting in the way of the Lord dealing with this person. Jesus died for all of our sins, he has taken their sin and what they have done and has paid the price. There shouldn't be a double payment; in other words, I shouldn't make that person pay for what they did. Jesus didn't just die for my sin, He died for theirs too. I will say that in praying and turning this person over to the Lord, I also asked that the Lord be merciful, show grace, redeem this person and to bless them as well. I feel so much better now! True forgiveness really is so freeing!

There are other issues that I am working out . . . it's a slow process, but the Lord is so patient with me. Like a parent teaching a stubborn toddler who refuses to listen until they've been hurt a few times, the Lord watches over me and protects me. He's always there, but He lets me fall so that I can get back up (often with His help) and watch Him and learn how to do it the right way - His way.

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One of the books that helped me see this and more is "I Should Forgive, But . . ." by Dr. Chuck Lynch. It is incredible (and I'm not even finished with it yet). A huge THANK YOU so much to Ruth for sending it to me!

12 October 2010

Desert

Photo courtesy mccullagh - Sand storm in Sahara.
I thought this image would be appropriate for where I feel like I am in my life, in a lot of ways right now.

It's the desert. There are hills. There's wind - it's the middle of a storm actually. Sand is being blown off the hill tops into the valley below. There's no rain in sight. No sun in sight. It just is. Tracks that might have been have been worn away by the fierce, unrelenting winds of trial and despair. 

No end in sight. No anything in sight, really. Except more storm.

When I say in my life, I really should clarify in my spiritual life. 

I have mentioned before that this has been a rough season of life not untouched by death. I thought maybe moving from Oklahoma was the Lord's perfect timing. Now I'm struggling to see any kind of time at all. 

Time to laugh. Time to cry. Time to live. Time to die. Time to sow. Time to reap. Time to forget, time to remember. Time time time. I feel frozen in time - wandering around in a spiritual desert, parched, delirious, uncertain, lost, alone, afraid, barely remembering what it is that I'm clinging to or why.

How did I get here? 

Spiritual attack, to be sure.

Haven't I guarded against spiritual attack? Yes. Through everything that has happened, especially with the deaths of my friends' daughters, I clung to the Lord. He is Sovereign. He is Lord over all. He holds everything in His hands. There is no denying that He exists, even in the midst of unspeakable tragedy. And fear.

Sometimes though, when you're looking afar, warding off all kinds of things, you leave yourself vulnerable to attack from close at hand. The kind of attack that sends you reeling in pain, blindsided, down and almost out for the count. The kind of attack that sent me to the desert, where I wander now.

And I haven't the strength to do anything about it. In the past, when I've been in deep spiritual valley's, I could at least cry out "Lord! Lord!" and rest in knowing that He knew the rest of what was on my heart. Or to turn to the Word and just rest there. Not now. I haven't the strength to pull my Sword from its' sheath.

I lay on the ground, barely able to turn my face up to Heaven to see that He is there, He really is, but I haven't the strength to reach out. I haven't the fortitude to even turn my face from the stormy winds. All I can do is wimper and wonder. And crawl agonizing ahead, day by day. With no sign of how long the storm will last or if it will even end.

There is no rest in this storm. There is no help in sight. If' I'm being carried, I'm too delirious to realize it. Weak, sick and parched. 

The song "Jesus, Bring the Rain" runs over and over in my head. But there is no rain in this storm. Nothing to promise growth or hint at new life on the other side of the clouds. Just searing wind and burning sand and weariness and faintness that borders death.

I want out of this storm!

I want a vision of the future. A hope to thrive on. "Where there is no vision, the people parish." I have no vision of my spiritual future . . . and I am parishing.

08 October 2010

Balloons in the City

I decided to get up early this morning to try and go see some balloons up close. As I was driving west on I-40, then north on I-25, the balloons were floating peacefully in the sky. It had a very surreal quality. Like some kind of fantasy city (as I played my instrumental oriental music in the car). Beautiful morning, sunrise over the mountains, hot air balloons floating silently over the city . . .it was really something.

"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3:8 - verse on the back of the card from "Beautiful Noise", a 90,000 cubic foot Aerostar RX-8 balloon, the one you see here.
 I got to meet the pilot, Craig Hays, from Garland, TX (near Houston apparently) and some of the crew (from Houston, Dallas and Albuquerque areas).
 This was not exactly planned . . . I set out today to go to Desert Springs Church, where we go to church, because I heard from a friend that a lot of balloons had been landing there and near there. Well, when I got to the church, all the balloons were landing farther north, so I drove north. I did stop and take a few pics (not posted here) of some balloons floating in the skies above.
 Then on my way back to the church (to double check), I turned a bend and there was a huge, beautiful blue and gold balloon popping out from among the trees and looming overhead. So I immediately pulled into the nearest drive, which happened to be right where the balloon had landed! So there, right in front of me, (literally feet in front of the car) was this huge hot air balloon! I probably wasn't in the best of positions, but after I pulled in, I couldn't get out, so I just stayed there and got out my camera and prayed I wasn't in the way.
 The crew really had to wrestle the balloon down to the ground - it was quite a feat! It seemed as if the balloon had a life and mind of its' own and didn't want to be tamed! It billowed and flowed and fought the ropes that were trying to bring it to the ground. (Notice the hood of my car in this picture and how close the balloon was. No zoom needed here!)
 The crew did an amazing job though and got the balloon safely down. The pilot told me the balloon came down "hot". I think something happened and they had to land immediately, hence the dramatic wrestling to the ground, etc.
 Here the crew has folded up the balloon and put it away.
 Here is a member of the crew, from Albuquerque, who has been doing this for about 20 years. She was really nice and gave me a lot of fascinating information. For example, Albuquerque is a great place for hot air balloons because there is a "box" of air that surrounds the city. The balloons can't be steered, so the wind carries them where it wants. The winds in Albuquerque are such that once you get so far, you hit a "wall" of the box and you are pushed back in another direction. And it's like that all the way around the city! How fascinating is that! I really want to learn more about this. Edward (6 mo) is posing with her and the balloon basket. The basket was surprising big, but small. It could hold maybe two or three people at very most. And it yet it was still just a basket. Amazing!
 After leaving this scene, I drove back to the church, since I had time. Side note: it was really cute to see Sophie craning her neck out the window to see all the balloons in the sky!

Here a balloon is descending into the park across the street from the church.
 The balloon has landed! I didn't get as close this time, although a lot of people were going up to the balloon basket, but because I had the kids in the double stroller and the desert, what with the sand, rocks and sparse vegetation, is not ideal for pushing a stroller. Especially a double stroller with 40 pounds of children in it! And I wasn't going to carry them both all that way by myself. So I settled for watching from a distance. One close encounter was enough for the first time!
 The balloon is being deflated. Notice how big the balloon is in comparison with the people!
 This balloon wasn't so anxious about staying inflated as the other one was. Still an amazing site. It was really a great start to the day and definitely worth getting up early for!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in

It's Friday! So head over to WifeOfASailor for the latest MilSpouse Friday Fill-In questions! :D



1. What is the longest road trip you have ever taken?
Hmm . .. the longest road trip I have ever taken [by myself] would have to be when I drove from Oklahoma City, OK to Richmond, VA when I was 22. I say by myself because when I was 10 days old my parents drove from CA to VA, but I don't think that counts. I drove the first leg from OKC to the TN/VA line in 20 hours straight. On 3 hours of sleep. It was good times. I practically sang the whole way across the country. I had a brand new truck and I was young and impetuous and it was a fantastic drive. Except for driving through the mountains because I realized I get vertigo when I drive through mountains. A little too late to turn back though! I did drive straight through on I-40, then I-81 then to I-64, so it wasn't the best scenery. I was on a mission! Back then I was very "best time" oriented in my road trips. Now I'm much more relaxed and if I had to do it over again, I would take more rural highways and stop and see some sights.

2.Do you collect anything? Tell us a bit about it.
Hmmm . . .I seem to have a collection of books . . .but I don't think that's the kind of collection we're talking about. I like to collect Japanese eclectic art . . . most of my art collection is from when I lived in Okinowa as a child, but I have a few things from after that. If I could, I would only collect from the location itself. That's not really an option for me right now though with this particular thing. :)

3. What is your favorite part about being an adult?
I would say it's that I don't have to listen to anyone and I can do what I want, but that would be living a lie (after all I am married [to the military] and I have children!) I like that I am in charge [well, I like to think I am] of my own life. In the small stuff. Like if I want to pack up the kids and go to the store, I just do it.

4. What song brings a tear to your eye?
A lot of songs lately seem to be doing that . . . "Glory Baby" by Watermark, "It is Well" by Philip Bliss (hymn) and a few others.

5.Describe your first plane ride.
My first plane ride (that I remember) was from VA to Okinowa when I was five. Honestly, I don't remember that much of it. I remember coming back from Okinowa to the US and where we were flying it was dark on one side of the plane and light on the other. I remember thinking this was a great phenomenon, but now I realize it was a typical sunset and we were flying north/south, so it would appear that way . . . And I remember having a dream about lots of fire .. . Hmmm . . . no wonder I have anxiety flying!

05 October 2010

Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater


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What happens when you budget and you give and you’re still out of money at the end of the month? Maybe you have a Counterfeit Conviction about your finances.

  Your Money God’s Way by Amie Streater is a really excellent, eye opening Biblical approach to why people do the things they do with their finances. It is a book on finances, but not the kind of book I was initially expecting (something like a financial plan). The book was, in some ways, even better – it uncovered counterfeit convictions (half-truths or sometimes just plain lies we tell ourselves) about our finances and why we do what we do.  Streater battled these counterfeit convictions with Timeless Truths: principles from the Bible applied to the situation, backed up by Scripture.

An added bonus for me was that a lot of the Timeless Truths can be applied to other areas of your life – say self esteem issues. Of course we are talking about Biblical principles here and the Bible applies to every area of your life, including finances. I was challenged by the book and as soon as I finished it I went over to my computer to review our budget and get to work on our finances. I will definitely be applying some of the Timeless Truths to my own life as I work to get rid of my own Counterfeit Convictions.

 I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

02 October 2010

It's October!

It's October! Yay! Besides the fact that it's my favorite month, and the month of our anniversary, Mike should be coming home sometime soonish. That will be nice. It's been an interesting extended TDY to say the least . . .

I remember a mantra that was posted on a wall in one my high school class rooms: "Time will pass, will you?". Of course it was aimed at getting students who felt like they were forever trapped at school motivated to graduate, but for me, it always held something far deeper. Time does pass, and if you are waiting on something, or someone, the point will come when they return. All you have to do is wait for time to pass. Of course, this is not always so easy. However, having a toddler and an infant certainly does help to pass the time. Days are long, but they are almost always the same. In a life of change, sometimes it's really cathartic to have something stay the same every day. Even if it is getting up, fixing breakfast, changing diapers, getting kiddos dressed, fixing snacks, reading the same 3 books over and over, fixing lunch, putting kiddos down for naps, changing diapers, fixing snacks, fixing dinner, baths, more story time and then bedtime. With some Bible study, housework and final unpacking and house decorating from the move thrown in for good measure in between all that. It sounds like a lot to do, but it really isn't. And at the beginning of the TDY I was waiting to find out what was wrong with my knee and how long I would be on crutches and if I would need surgery or not. Thank the Lord I didn't need surgery! Ruth being here the first few weeks really helped out so much too. She was a huge help while I was on crutches and wonderful company. It almost harder to see Ruth leave than Mike. Almost. :)

With that being said, I have also been planning things for a while now as well. We are planning on going to Florida soon to visit Dad and Karen, and they have graciously volunteered to watch Sophie and Edward for two whole nights so we can get away. So I have been planning that little getaway. I was going to surprise Mike with camping on the beach of one of the keys, but I couldn't keep it a surprise (no surprise there!), and ended up telling him. We might change that to going to a bed and breakfast though. I found a bed and breakfast in the Everglades that has canoeing for a half or whole day in the Everglades and that sounds like a lot of fun. Except for the alligators and snakes. . .. not so fun seeing those. And if we go we will definitely see alligators. That's pretty much a certainty. Canoeing through all the mangroves and cypress trees sounds like a lot of fun though . . .

And I found out last night while talking to Mike on Skype that he gets ten days off when he returns, so we have decided to see some of the local sights of New Mexico! Finally . . . When we found out we were PCSing here, we decided almost right away that we wanted to see as much of the local area (and possible surrounding states) as we could while we are here. With that being said, I have also started planning on where we could go. It's fall, so I'm hoping to pick just the right state park where we can see fall leaves changing color! Here in the desert, there are some trees, but not like I'm wanting to see. New Mexico actually has some pretty diverse terrain, so I hope we get to find what I'm looking for. This is definitely in the research stages though . . .

There is something really big going on right here in Albuquerque though this week: Balloon Fiesta! I set my alarm and got up extra early (which is really hard for me to do nowadays) so I could go to Edward's bedroom window and see if I could see any of the hot air balloons. I was expecting to see hundreds (as advertised) of balloons ascending into the clear, crisp autumn skies, albeit far away. I saw three. Yes, three. I think maybe I was a little too far away and my view was obscured by other houses. Bummer. I was quite disappointed. However, the balloon festivities go on for another eight days, so I am really hoping to make it out at least once to see the hot air balloons. This being a city of thieves, I'm not so sure about going by myself with a toddler and an infant (feeling vulnerable there), but we'll see. Maiden wants to go too, so I'm really hoping we can together. That would be a lot of fun! I'll post pics!

In other news, I finally, finally, got Edward's room decorated today! I got the painting that Terri did hung up on the wall, as well as the crib bumper and quilt (I don't like to put the crib bumper in the crib because of risk of suffocation or something, so I put it on the wall as a decoration instead - you can see more of it that way anyway). And I'm 1/3 of the way through hanging the curtains. That means I got one bracket mounted. I don't like to stop in the middle of a job, but Edward was crying because it was time for a bottle and bed, so I needed to stop. I didn't want to drill after the kids went to bed and take the chance of waking them. Edward is a fairly light sleeper . ..

Sophie's room is almost complete as well. I have a hammock I need to hang (I have to wait for Mike because I'm too short, even standing on the chair), and a wind chime to hang from the ceiling (again I have to wait for Mike because I'm too short). As soon as I get both rooms decorated, I'm going to take pics and post them on FB. :)

I do have the upstairs bathroom all decorated! The master bedroom still needs a bit of work (curtains and a few pics and some of Mike's military gear I need to find a place for. And I need to get a saddle rack for my saddle . . .). Downstairs progress is coming along as well . . . I still need to put up curtains, which I just remember earlier tonight that I don't have curtain rods for . . .::sigh:: and the kitchen still needs a lot of work. But we only have 2 boxes (just two!!) that still have to be unpacked. And one box has our outdoor furniture cushions which I don't know where to put so they're good in the box for now. The other box has the stuffed animals that will go in the hammock in Sophie's room. So we've been moved in for 2.5 months and I only have 2 boxes left! Not exactly what I planned . . . but knees get injured and you end up on crutches and what can you do? I do owe so much thanks to all the ladies who helped me unpack over the summer and get stuff put into place while I was injured. The house wouldn't be the same without them! Thank you! (You know who you are!)

Well, I really need to sign off here. I told myself I wasn't going to get on the computer tonight because I'm really tired and I have a headache and my body is really aching for some weird reason, yet here I am. Up even later than usual! Well, not really.  . . but still! ::Sigh:: The internet is addicting! Although I did order some stuff online that we needed (like a crib mattress for Edward's yet-to-be-purchased crib. He's still sleeping in the pack-n-play in our room.) So at least I was somewhat productive. And I got to write - that's cathartic! :)

01 October 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in

It's time for MilSpouse Friday Fill-In, brought to you by WifeOfASailor. Yay! I have really enjoyed getting on some of the other MilSpouse blogs and reading about their lives.  

1. What is the silliest get-up you have ever worn outside of a Halloween costume?(from To The Nth
Hmm . . . I'm not really sure . . . I can't think of anything off the top of my head. I'm not really one to do that sort of thing.

2.What is something that you gave up in order to live the military lifestyle? (from Pennies from Heaven
I have given up a lot of things to marry my military man . . .but directly to live the military lifestyle .. . freedom to choose where I want to live (as in localation). Sure, there's a dreamsheet, and my husband and I decide together what bases go on there, but there aren't a lot of bases that my husband can work at that are also on the dreamsheet.

3.If money wasn’t a factor and you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why? (from Life and Times of a Displaced Jersey Girl)
I would really love to go to the mainland Japan. Or China. Or both, in one trip! I love the culture of both countries - the food, the music, the art, the people, the landscapes. There are places in China that I've seen in pictures, and man to be able to visit them in person would be amazing.

4.If you were going to join the military, what branch would you join? Or which MOS/rating would you choose? (from And You Never Did Think)
If I were going to join the military, I would probably join the Navy as a nurse. That was something I had planned on doing before marrying Mike (yes, plans, plans - all my plans go awry). I chose the Navy because the Navy takes care of the Marines and my brother and step-brother are Marines. (As was my Dad, two Aunts - you get the picture.)

5.What is your favorite thing to make for dinner? (from Armendinger Party of 4)
This varies quite often, but in the past my fav's have been: jumbalya; cajun saucage and veggies (squash, zucchini, mushrooms); manicotti with meat sauce; chips with melted cheese and salsa.