Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dead Ahead

 Recently I celebrated the 6 month mark of our 12 month deployment. While celebrating, the most surprising things crossed my mind.

1) Oh Shit, I havent saved enough money.
2) Ugh, I havent lost enough weight.
3) I need start researching our next duty station.

The list goes on and on, but in that moment, I felt the end of the deployment was nearer than it really was. I started to panic. I felt alot like the bells in this picture. There was nothing stopping that ball from hitting one bell after the other. And once it reached the end, that was it, it fell off the track.

Have you ever felt that way once you've hit that six month mark? Like it was going to be all over so soon and you did not feel as accomplished as you wanted?
What did you do to help ease your anxiety?

Me, well I started making lists. I counted out my pay dates and realized I had plenty of time to save more money. Lose more weight. And Ive already started planning our next move to our perspective duty station. Making these lists made me feel MUCH better. But I am a list kinda Gal. I mean seriously, Ive got lists everywhere.
On another note, as kind of an update.
I am doing okay.
I am most definitely not thriving this deployment, I am in survival mode 24/7.
I am going to attempt to turn this around for me by taking up a new hobby/interest.
I am starting guitar lessons next month!
I bought a new guitar and tuner! Ive contacted a teacher, I am so excited!
And I really need this.
I need it to relax and de-stress.
I need to do this for me.
So stay tuned for those adventures.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Our Sunday Walk

There is no better way for me to get ready
to start another week, than to take a walk.

Of course walking with three, sometimes four children,
there has to be a purpose as to,
"Where are we going"

So every Sunday,
as my time to reflect and enjoy my children
we walk to our local Ise Cafe.

This ice cream is the BEST in the world.
It is a family ran Italian Ise Cafe.

And we have no objections of their product
I love seeing my kids so happy enjoying their treats.

Finding new adventure along the way.

Oh by the way, there is Isaac. He comes along too!
What do you do to reflect on things?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Military Postal Service (MPS)

Living at an APO address has its advantages
when your service member is deployed.
One of those advantages is being able to use the Military Postal Service
otherwise known as, MPS.

Shipping from APO to APO is free!
Letters and packages.
(packages under 60 lbs)

And its expedient for the most part.
Packages usually get to their destination in a couple days.
Letters on the other hand, well those can take a couple weeks.

For example.
My Mothers Day letter from hubby.

The post mark said he shipped it 27 April.
I did not receive it until the last week of May.
I was expecting this letter for a while.

So I am sure you can tell I wasted no
 time opening it carefully.

Here is what it said:

Sacrifices have to be made, in which you have accepted.
Due to that you are often left behind and neglected.
Late at night instead of cuddling, you are found alone.
I am off fighting while you are taking care of our home.
You give so much but ask for nothing in return.
So I train hard to ensure it is to you I return.
Promises often broke, and rarely kept,
Just as many smiles and tears are wept.
While I am gone you fill your life with projects and work,
which puts you in a daze,
please just take the time to remember
I love you
Happy Mothers Day.

My old man has always been good work words.
The wait was worth it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday MilSpouse Fill-In

1. It’s now June (woot!)… what plans do you have for the summer?

Work, Work, R&R and more Work =)
2. What is your favorite summer memory as a kid?
Going to the lake with my Mom and brother. We'd take a picnic and just go out there and hike, fish and roast hot dogs.
3. If wild animals could be made pets without fear of them ever being dangerous, what kind of exotic animal would you want as a pet?
Not really an animal type person.
4. Is there anything about deployments that you do like? submitted by The Thrifty Military Wife
I like that it is easier for me to save money.

This post has been linked to Wife of a Sailor.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Deployment Juju

Bad Juju.
Have you heard of it?
I am sure you have.

Its a term meaning a sort of bad luck, or vibe.

Well I am adding a term to the "Juju" family.
"Deployment Juju".

All of us Military Spouses have heard of it, and had it.
It those times where we talk about the car breaking down, the kids getting sick
and the wash machine starting to make noises, and this happens
ONLY when he leaves.


In my community, and with my job, Ive been hearing about others deployment juju,
so I thought Id share alittle of mine.

Last deployment!
((oh your going to love this story))

I was caravanning with some friends to a Fall Fest not to far from our post.
And of course being the free spirit I am, I HAD to jam the whole way.
So I whipped out my ipod and while plugging it in

I use to have pictures of the accident, but I cant seem to locate them.

Anyways, after that happened, I put the car in the shop
and rented a Mercedes!
Oh it was awesome!
Leather seats, dark tint, the horse power!

Anyways while doing errands on the second day of my rental


And paid out of pocket to fix it.
Deployment Juju.

And of course deployment juju grabbed me again with our new car.

That is my 2010 Dodge Journey stuck on a rock.
I swear that rock jumped out from no where.

I was stuck in such an add way on this rock that not even the tow truck could lift me off.
So a wonderful soldier teamed up with the wrecker guy and decided.
"You lift, and ill pull the rock out from under with my truck."

Luckily it was alittle cosmetic damage that isn't going to cost me much to fix.
And Laura your right, I was able to laugh at myself.

This deployment juju gets us all.
And you can either let it get you down.
Team up with someone and figure how to get off that damn rock!