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Happy New Year,

It has been quite a year, hasn’t it?  Good things and bad things happened but we have survived.  The girls have done pretty well all things considered.  Hubby and I have done pretty well all things considered.  What were the things to be considered?  Well let me count the ways, in no particular order.

  1. Air Force Girl graduated from high school (good)
  2. Army Girl went Iraq again (good and bad)
  3. Navy Girl went out to the fleet and is now on the USS **** (good and bad)
  4. Hubby had 4 weeks of furlough (bad)
  5. Hubby still has a job (good)
  6. Military Mommie was laid off from her job in March (very bad)
  7. Air Force Girl left for basic training for the Air Force (good and bad)
  8. We still own our house (good)
  9. Went to Texas twice (good) (MM visited Army Girl before she went to Iraq, and Hubby, MM, and Navy Girl, saw Air Force Girl graduate from basic training.)
  10. Hubby and MM are still happily married (very good)

 I started writing this blog this spring.  It is about being the parent of children in the military.  I enjoy writing it and people tell me they like reading it.  I try to keep it positive.  I also started working on my MBA in Marketing, got an A in my first class.  Air Force Girl is home now until January 1, Navy Girl is home till January 7th, and Army Girl will be back in the US the middle to the end of January.  

I read a good quote by Mark Stelzner “the vampire is the perfect metaphor for 2009, because the year ‘sucked’.”  Hears to the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, may it live up to all of its promise.

 Love to you all,

MM

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We picked up Navy Girl today!  She got up before the ass crack of dawn, and we got up later than that and we met her at the airport.  She flew into the airport only 2 hours from our house so we got to leave later.  Air Force Girl, Hubby and I got there with less than 15 minutes to wait for her.  We went to the mall for Air Force Girl to find a present for her friend.  Navy Girl and I went to the restroom, it is one of those automated ones with the hand dryers with pictures on what to do.  And Navy Girl reads it as put hands under here receive bacon, poke receive bacon in the eye.  Moral of the story DON’T POKE THINGS.

When we finally dragged Air Force Girl out of there an hour or so later we were all starving.  So we went to everyone’s favorite, Culver’s.  We were back here by 1:30.  Hubby has taken his new balaclava for a test drive, Air Force Girl is test driving Navy Girl’s new computer.  It is a neat computer, it has all of the letters on the keyboard and everything (did I tell you that my computer is now missing the A and the 7, and a couple of other ones are loose).  Plus it is one of those that turns into a tablet, she likes to read books on it. 

The only thing that would make it better now that Navy Girl is home is if Army Girl were here too.  We all miss you very much.

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Property taxes, diet planning, top ten lists, I think the end of the year and the end of the decade is near.  Yes I can read the calendar I know the calendar says the end of the year is near, so does my check book.  The end of one year, the beginning of the next, a time to shake off the old cobwebs to make room for the new ones we will build this year is now.  We always start the new year with the best of intentions.  I will take better care of myself, I will eat better, I will be nicer, I will not be so afraid.  And for the first week or so we do pretty good.  But old habits are hard to break, and pretty soon we slide back into them. 

Research says it takes 30 make a new habit.  I think it takes a lot longer than that.  Last year Hubby and I started doing push ups and sit ups everyday.  We did a pretty good job for almost a month, then we just sort of stopped.  We almost had a habit in theory.  I think we were too punitive in days we missed.  I am a great believer in starting with 1.  The first day of the year is this Friday, on this Friday I will do one push up and one sit up.  Everyday after that I will add one more to it.  Plus the other types of workouts we decide on.

When I started swimming I went aquajogging for 30 minutes I started swimming laps with one length of the pool.  It seemed like such a long way, and man was it ever!  I was pooped by the time I made it to the end.  The next time I went swimming I swam down and back, one full lap.  It seemed like it took forever.  I added 1 length of the pool each time until I was swimming more than half the time I was there.  So I quit aquajogging entirely and swam laps, now I swim 45 minutes or 1 mile (35 laps) which ever comes last.  So far 1 mile has come last but some day . . . one lap at a time I will swim a mile in less than 45 minutes. 

I have decided to start a page of this blog just for my diet and exercise.  I hope to be able to show progress every week.  I am hoping that plotting my progress on that page will help me develop a new habit.  Army Girl has a new habit, she runs almost everyday.  She has gotten to like her habit so much she even looks for shoes and clothes to wear when she gets home and it is so cold.  Navy Girl is developing a habit, she worried that she would be away from working out for to long while she is home.  She can do my taped shows if she would like and she can swim with me too.  Air Force Girl has no choice, they still make her work out so who knows what habits she will maintain.  We all know of Hubby’s habit/obsession with walking.  Here’s to developing new habits!  Cheers.

Happy thoughts for a happy day.

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balance

I got Hubby a present for Christmas.  We had said we weren’t going to get each other anything this year but I saw this balance board on one of my exercise shows and I wanted one.  So I got it for Hubby, he was very cranky that I got him a present, I think some of it was because he didn’t get me anything so he was worried I would be mad at him.  But hey I went against the rules.  I was mad at him because instead of just saying thanks, he was a jerk.  But we have  . . . kissed yeah “kissed” and made up.  😀 Multiple times.  😳 

We have been trying out the different exercises that came with the balance board.  The one we got is from Reebok and it cost me $17.99 at Target.  So far we really like it.  Ask me tomorrow how sore we are.  You can really feel it in your stomach and legs just standing on it.  It will be interesting how we feel a year from now.  I hope we will be considerably lighter and in even better health than we already are.  That is the goal anyway. 

Chatted briefly with Army Girl today, she was getting ready to go for a run, I was getting ready for work.  She is good.  That is pretty much the whole conversation in a nut shell.  Air Force Girl is having fun hanging with her friends.  And I have no idea what Navy Girl is doing except hopefully getting ready to come home.  I am so excited!  When your children reach a certain age you generally have no idea what they are doing and when they are doing it, having children in the military just accelerates that between you and your children.  Some day  you get used to it.  I am not sure when that will be but some day.

Happy thoughts for a happy day.

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being loved

Everyone wants to be loved.  Everyone needs to be loved, it is one of those basic necessities like breathing, eating,  and drinking.  There are different types of love, familial, lustful, puppy, friendship, self.  All very much important to the people feeling them.  Of all of the types of love, loving yourself is the most important.  Wait, What!? you are saying.  But think about it, if you don’t love yourself, how can you love others the way they deserve?  It has taken me  a long time to realize this is one of the biggest truisms out there.  I have loved everyone except myself for a long time.  If I can’t accept myself for who I am how can I expect others to accept me?  Do you love yourself?  Tell me about it.  When did you realize “hey I am ok, I am loveable, I deserve to be loved not just by others but by myself too.”  I am wonderful, I deserve to love myself as I love everyone else.  Sometimes it takes 40+ years to figure it out.  Sometimes it takes just a few years and sometimes people never get it.  Have you gotten it? 

“Women in general want to be loved for what they are and men for what they accomplish.” — Theodor Reik

 Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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merry day after christmas

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas.  I hope everyone had a safe Christmas.  I hope for the same for the new year.  We are going over to some friends house for a while and then to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  We were supposed to go over Christmas eve to Christmas day but the weather was supposed to horrible.  It was just not in the way they were saying.  It warmed up into the upper 30’s and it rained.  We lost about 1/3 of the snow that had fallen.  It has frozen very hard now. 

We have never given the kids a lot of presents.  We have never had more than two nickles to rub together our whole married lives so they are used to it.  Air Force Girl said the best present was just being home, we are so happy to have her here too.  I talked to both Army Girl and Navy Girl yesterday.  Army Girl spent the day with her friend and had a quiet day.  Navy Girl was making cookies and reading a book on her new computer and then going to a friends for dinner.  They both have to work today.  It is getting closer to Army Girl coming home, we got a tote in the mail on Christmas eve. 

Time to go to the party!  Love you all lots.  Merry Christmas!

Happy thoughts for a happy day.

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Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except me, the dogs, once in a while a cat, but other than that not a creature was stirring, well the washing machine is running so I suppose others could be stirring and I wouldn’t hear them.  And at least one TV is on, so really I am up and so could some other people in my house, but definitely not Air Force Girl.  She still is not a morning person.  🙂

We have gotten about 3-4 inches of snow so far, it looks like we have a break for a while.  I guess this afternoon it will start again.  As long the freezing rain stays south.  We really need it to stay cold here, the resorts in the area all need a good year for snowmobiling.  After all our county has more groomed trails than paved roads.  If it rains it will wreck all of that.  Ok looks like the break is over and it is pouring down snow at the moment.  I have heard there is wind too.  I am not sure how this will affect our plans.  The good news is we are usually 5 degrees colder than what the TV channel says.

If you smile when no one is around, then you really mean it. — Andy Rooney

I know it is a rather random quote to throw in but it appealed to me today.  Hubby is on his way out to shovel for the first time today.  Steve is very excited, for a dog from South Carolina he sure loves the snow.  He is such a great help when Hubby shovels, pointing out places where Hubby missed and making more just in case he needed more exercise. 

Navy Girl and Army Girl we are missing you today and everyday.  We look forward to seeing you soon.  Christmas is in our hearts everyday of the year when we remember that we are loved whole heartedly, unconditionally, and forever.  The more you love people and let people love you the happier you are.  Love and happiness are what everything is about.  Merry Christmas my darlings!

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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waiting for the bathroom

I am waiting for the bathroom.  I haven’t had to wait my turn for the bathroom in the morning since June.  I am seriously out of that habit.  I am not minding it one bit.  Mornings used to be a  ballet of who moved where and when, that happens when you have 4 people trying to get through the shower and out of the house by 8, hubby avoided the rush by having to be at work by 6.  Gradually the ballet changes as the girls grow up and move out till there is no one left to dance with.  Then they come home, and the dance begins for a short time.  There are some missed cues, and some toes get stepped on, but the dance comes back.  For the most part today will be the only one we actually have to do the full dance.   I have another 10 minutes before I absolutely have to be in the bathroom.

I talked to Army Girl yesterday.  She was tired, she had to be up extra early yesterday to help with pt tests.  She is so amazing.  She was a little bummed because she did not run yesterday.  She is doing 4-6 miles outside right now.  I am not sure how she is going to do that here.  We are supposed to get a big snow storm in the next two days.  We have about 6 inches on the ground now.  I am so looking forward to her being home. 

Ah the bathroom is free now, I will write something way more interesting later.  Maybe.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Christmas is coming very soon.  Four days from now in fact.  But Christmas is when ever a family gets together with love in their hearts.  Christmas is about families more than about presents.  My family has asked me what I would like for Christmas.  More than anything I would like peace on earth.  However, that seems to be in very short supply.  People have been fighting since the beginning of time, I just don’t see it happening now.  Since I can’t have peace on earth I will have to ask for something else.  That is where it gets tricky.  I really don’t need many things.  I am at that point where I would really like to get rid of things.

I would like things that really wouldn’t cost money.  I would like a love letter from Hubby.  I want it to say that he loves me and why.  It doesn’t have to be all flowery and romantic, a list will do.  I want it for those days when I don’t feel loved or loveable.  We all have those days, if I had a love letter I could pull it out and read it on those days.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded that we are special and having a love letter would be something tactile that I could refer to. 

I would like all of those home projects that have been started and gotten to the useable state finished.  The area above the surround in the bath finished, the new counter and cabinet put in.  I would like the ceiling in the kitchen repaired so we can finish the painting of the ceiling and the walls.  I would like the trim replaced around the front door.  If you can’t find the pieces that used to be there, go buy some new stuff and put it up.  I would like the dish washer that has been in the garage for 5 years (or is it 6?) to be installed in my kitchen. 

I would like my girls to help go through the basement and garage and tell me what they want to keep and what I can get rid of.  I would like love letters from my girls too.  Sometimes seeing and hearing that you haven’t completely messed up their lives is a good thing too. 

If I can’t get the above a nice flannel night-gown would be acceptable.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Yesterday we picked up Air Force Girl.  We got to the airport about an hour early, they were saying the weather was supposed to be snowy so we left extra time.  The roads weren’t to bad so we made great time.  Because she is still in training she has to wear her uniform when travelling, I tell you this because it figures into the story multiple times. 

Air Force Girl flew American Airlines, she got to Dallas to transfer to her flight here, they upgraded her and another air force girl to first class.  We were waiting for her to come out the door, I nearly knocked over a lady to get to her to hug her.  I apologize to her, but she was between me and my baby.  As we were waiting for her baggage to come through several people thanked her for her service.  We finally got out of the airport after two and headed for home.  We stopped at a mall and Target.  She got a lot of looks because her ACU’s (or are they BDU’s?) are quite different from the army ones people usually see around here. 

We stopped to see Hubby’s brother S and his family.  He has two preteen boys and they are . . . boys.  Air Force Girl got a picture with them and they acknowledged her presence and then we spent about an hour with S and his wife.  We left and stopped at a Culver’s.  They bought Air Force Girls dinner.  It was a really nice thing to do.  As we were leaving some people in a car rolled down their window and yelled “Thank you for serving” and drove off. 

It was an amazing day.  People were so nice, there were people shopping at the mall, and we got to bring Air Force Girl home.  I am looking forward to the next two homecomings.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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