Sunday, January 30, 2011

What a week

How I felt by the end of this week has been summed up by this picture.

I place Isaac in this bouncer when there are things I need to do around the house.
There are so many toys on this thing to keep him occupied for at least 2 hours.

Then you can hand additional toys on the bars and you can buy yourself probably an additional 30 minutes

He played and played and played until he passed out.

My week resembled this bouncer very much.

I had so much to do at work and of course I hung the extra toys of
volunteering, photo shoots and child extra-curricular.
By today, I very much feel like passing out.
Dont get me wrong, my week was FABULOUS!

But I am definitely out of fuel.
How was your week?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Taking the time to spoil OURSELVES!

So I have been married for almost 7 years

I have had 3 children in those 7 years

And I have been through 3 deployments
(On the third one right now)

In all those years, I have spoiled my husband like no other.
Especially once he joined the military.
He is a soldier, and I felt he deserved it.

Long hours=2 bottles of Jamison every other week.
Troublesome soldiers=xbox+games+assesories
Deployments=New Computer + Ipod

My children.
Well I spoil them too.
I feel bad that their daddy is gone a lot, which equates to awesome toys and DVDs.

When I added up my husbands habits alone, for one year, well it was a pretty penny.
(I’m not complaining)

I have a shoe habit; I think we all know that by now.
But I usually only buy shoes when I am sad.

I’ve never really bought something for me to seriously enjoy.
Something relaxing.

Well today I did just that.
I bought the Nikon D90.
The people at AAFES looked at me with wide eyes when the cashier scanned it.
(ill admit for 10 seconds I felt guilty for spending that much money on myself)

Then I thought.
I deserve it.

40+ hour work weeks
3 Children
Their extra circulars
Plus keeping up with his needs down range.

I deserve something fun.
And Mil-Spouses
So do YOU!

Now I am not telling you to go drop your whole pay check on a camera.
but, spoil yourself.
Take the time to reward your week of doing the toughest job.
Supporting your man
Taking care of your household.
And just putting up with life.

And don’t feel guilty.
Guilt is a feeling that stems from doing something bad.
And it is not bad to take care of you.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thank you

Thank you to my readers whom have listened to me rant the past thirty or so days.
Ive been dealing with too many things, and my blog turned into my outlet.
Thank you for reading, and doing just that.

Its nice to know you all are out there relating to the way I feel, but letting me have my moment and space.
Not commenting on every little thing I say.

Today I think I got to the bottom of it.
I let it all fly out of me to a chaplain.
(A very awesome chaplain if I may say so)

He did the same thing my readers do.
Just sat and listened

He let me express the way I felt, exactly how I needed to express it to make me feel better.

No judgement.

It was fantastic and I feel some what better.

Thank you all for being just....

Monday, January 17, 2011

Just getting started

As an Army Wife
Being separated from my husband is nothing new.

30 day schools
40 days field problems
12-15 month deployments

The year in which my husband was on "dwell time"
He attended 5 schools, had 2 field problems
And is now on deployment.

Each time he has disappeared from our lives I take a deep breath and make plans for
A better me
A better us

By this I mean, new systems of household organization
Better management of the kids schedules
And I start taking care of myself.

And as of now, my family is about to head into the 3rd month of our deployment and I am there.
My home is organized
Ive discovered the time I need to wake up in the morning to get 2 kids to daycare ,1 to school
and myself to work on time.

And Ive started taking my vitamins and I will be back in the gym..

And let me tell you, I'm just getting started.
2011 be ready for the new me

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sitting with rollers in my hair

I am sitting here with
Hot Pink and Neon Green Rollers in my hair.
Look Ill show you

I have a briefing tomorrow, which means Ive got to whip out the high heels, and do the do.
I wonder how many people still use these foam rollers.
I like them alot better than the heated ones.

What did you do this weekend?

Me? Well.
I slept.
Took care of the kids.
Cleaned house.
Did some shopping.

Made a Dr. Suess Birthday Cake

Called the family.
Picked out earrings for the St. Barbaras Ball.

(I think these are the pair I am going to wear)

And I did massive amounts of laundry.
But it still needs to be folded.

Anyways, back to sitting here with the rollers in my hair.
Ive been thinking about all the things Ive done this weekend and the crazy week to come.
And well I hope to hear from my Pookie soon.

He is the one person I havent really heard from all weekend.
Where he is at, connections are not good.
And they havent been good for over a week.
I know he is fine.
But I would love to hear his voice.

So, do you take pictures of yourself to see what you look like when picking out clothing?
Or am I the only one whoe does that?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One of the best videos recognizing Military Spouses.

This is one of the best videos
I have seen of someone recognizing military spouses.

Please watch the whole thing.
It will make you laugh.
And even make you alittle teary eyed.

Dont be fooled by the introduction to the video. 


An "easier" day

So like I shared yesterday that this week seemed to be one of "those" weeks
and how a loving, supportive, spontaneous email from my husband turned things around for me
(he also called last night for the first time in a couple days)

Well today is turning out to be a better day.

Ive mentioned in my profile that I am an FRSA.
A Family Readiness Support Assistant.

My job is hard to define because I do so many things.

I coordinate, advise, research and well just lots and lots of things.
(For about 400 families)

I love my job, its tuff at times, but very rewarding.

And planing briefings is part of the tuff part.
Especially when you are trying to get everyone on board.
(That was what part of my post was about yesterday, people making things harder than they have to be)

But today people seem ready to work.
I like that.
Because that means I can work.
I like that too.

My oldest son is better! The baby is better! The middle child hasnt gotten sick at all!
I did better at dragging myself out of bed this morning.
(Ive been having trouble sleeping)

So its lookin' up.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

One of "those" weeks

This week just seems like one of  "those" weeks.

You know, that week where nothing seems to go right.

Where you feel like everyone is telling you, "no".


Making things harder than they really have to be?

All the while you are thinking


Three young kids
And 2 out of those three are sick.
And my favortie kind of sick
Oh and as we speak my stomach is bubbling, yup I think I am next.

Oh yea, husband deployed + three young kids, which two of are sick+as we speak my stomach is bubbling.

AND! the weather where I live is depressing and horrible.

husband deployed+three small kids, which two of are sick+as we speak my stomach is bubbling+crappy weather+people making things harder than they have to be+40 plus hour work week+volunteering

And yea.
Its one of those weeks.

So just when I was ready to throw in the towel, throw my arms up, and lay on the floor and throw a tantrum
I get this email from my husband.

" Baby Gurl, I just wanted to let you know that I'm stupid in love with you Boo.

 I really wish I was there to hold you and give you that new years kiss you deserve.

I been thinking about you all night and day.

                           I truly do Love you and hope and pray all is well. Muah take care my Love"

And just like that, I knew I would make it.
That this too shall pass.
And I knew it would pass because I have someone praying for me.
Somone who believes in me.
Who knows I will find a way to MAKE it work.

I love you Brandon.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The New Multi-Cam

When he got it, I had to try it on.

Classic Mil-Spouse Picture.