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I have a weekly video call with my middle granddaughter (daughter of Army Girl). She is 2 1/2 and loves talking to me on the phone. Unlike her older sister who only talks on the phone if someone forces her to say hi. I am the Mia in the title.

When I say hanging out in the title I am not kidding. She and I do stuff together: we eat breakfast or snacks, we play, we watch tv. Generally just hang out. Case in point this is a screen shot of our conversation/ hang out today. I wish I could tape some of the conversations we have. They are fun, funny, and wide ranging.

view of our conversation

view of our conversation

As you can see, we do a lot of looking at each other. 😜 I love these days when I can listen to or sometimes see what she is doing. She always includes me in what she is playing. Today we were swimming in the pool with her baby dolls. Her imagination is so wonderful to be a part of.

Often when Navy Girl is on her way to work she calls and baby A will tell me a story. Cooing and warbling, sometimes it is a happy story and sometimes it is a sad one. Air Force Girl’s kids H1 and H2 love to tell me stories as well.

I am so grateful for modern technology so that I can see them. I can be more of a presence in their lives than my parents were able to be. It also helps me not miss my parents as much.

We usually talk until one of our batteries is about to die. Then we go about our days, me just that much happier.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!


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Happy Monday! January 8th already. I hope your year has started the way you want it to.
As most of you know I am a yoga junkie. Love it, love the way it makes me feel when I am doing it and how accomplished I feel when I am done. Yoga alone can be a great workout and when paired with other exercise . . . 💗
Yoga with Adriene has a new 30 day program (completely free) called TRUE. I have not properly worked out in nearly a month so a 30 day program will be just the thing to get me back in the swing. I did Day 1- Motive (24:56) today. This is a great starting video. Moves all the muscles without any fancy moves, no pigeons, no crows, no other animals. Just simple moves that are easy to follow.
I paired this with 30 minutes on the exercise bike. I kept it slow except for 4 1/2 minutes of 1 minute sprints sprinkled through out the ride (11.5 miles). The last 30 second sprint kinda made me want to hurl but that is good because we need to push ourselves a little.
Once this 30 days is done my intention is to get the new Fitness Blender’s 4 week Burn series (only $9.99) and yours forever.
I am in no way affiliated with either of these sites on YouTube. I just love them. I am going to document my attempts at getting healthy, getting a new job, and generally adjusting my attitude.
Oh I have also been listening to some books on tape. I travel a lot because Gpa, lives 3 hours away, Army Girl and fam live 4 hours away, In-laws live 5.5 hours away, Air Force Girl and fam live 8 hours away, and Navy Girl and fam live a whopping 14 hours away. So needless to say I have lots of time for listening. So I decided to make productive use of the time.
So far I have listened to Born to Win by Zig Ziglar, Meatball Sundae – Is Your Marketing Out of Sync? by Seth Godin and You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. I have listened to the last one 3 times in the last week. I will listen to it a few more times before it is returned to the library. I will be listening to a new one of these a couple times a month. I will keep you posted on which ones I find helpful.
So now I have a plan for the next two months or so. What is your plan for the new year? Have you started?

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I went and saw my Dad yesterday. As much as he dislikes it he is doing much better living at the nursing home. His color was good and he even looks like his weight is stabilizing. I hope he gains some of the weight he has lost back.

One of my brothers and two of his daughters were there while I was there. That definitely perked my dad right up. He said he was feeling pretty good but his memory was getting worse. We said that is one of the reasons we need him to stay there. It will help him keep what memories he has.

I got him a note book and some colored pens to write his memories in. He can use it as an organizer for all of the pieces of paper that he is trying to keep track of. I told him to get some tape and tape them into the notebook. I don’t know if he will but I hope he does.

Two young couples have looked at his house and we will have a second offer on it today. I don’t know if I am ready for this. It has only been on the market a week and offers already. Selling the house is so permanent. I know that there is no way Dad can ever live by himself again. He just isn’t healthy enough. But selling the house means time is running short.

I am 50+ years old and my Dad has been in ill health for a lot of years. My Mom has been dead for almost 20 years. I am not ready to be an orphan. Hubby makes fun of me when I say this but both of his parents are still alive. I am not ready to be the oldest generation in my family. Not that any of us have a choice, time marches on whether we want it to or not.

This coming weekend Navy Girl and family, Army Girl and family, Air Force Girl and family, and Hubby and I will all be together for the first time since 2011. When I am with my grandchildren I keep thinking how much my Mom would have loved her great-grandkids. I think about how my Dads illness is robbing him from knowing them.

I know I am very lucky. My Dad is well taken care of. The house selling quickly will be a blessing; we will be able to keep him in a private room longer. Life is short so hug your loved ones.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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This is a story about showing up, taking the initiative and working hard and then being noticed for it.

Army Girl was very young when she started with the military, only 17; a lot of people had to sign papers for her to join. It has proven to be a very good decision on her part. That could be the story but it isn’t.

Army girl was sent to Iraq, this was during the middle stages of the war and things were somewhat calmed down but still not overly safe. She was an E4 so pretty low on the totem pole. Army girl drives a fuel truck. They go out on missions frequently to other bases called FOB’s.

Before each mission there is a briefing on what to expect and any enemy action in the area. They are open to the troops but generally only those who had to be there, usually sergeants and above, went to them -with the exception of Army Girl. She went to every briefing before a mission.

She didn’t have to. She didn’t really need to. She could have just waited for the second hand information, if there was something important the information would have eventually gotten to her. But Army girl didn’t like getting second hand information, often times the details were a little sketchy and Army girl wanted to make sure she knew what she was walking- driving – into.

Pretty soon it was noticed that the lowest ranked person in the room was there voluntarily.  That she took notes and that she paid attention to details. Because she showed up, she took the initiative, her job responsibilities changed and she was able to get more experience and meet more people up the chain of command. By the time she left Iraq she had met majors and colonels and even a couple generals she would not have been exposed to if she left it up to someone else to attend those meetings.

Army girl was promoted to sergeant before she was 20 years old. By showing up, taking the initiative and working hard, she advanced her career.  This can happen to you too, you do not have to be in the military to advance your career by showing up, taking the initiative and working hard.

Don’t be afraid to be the lowest ranking person in the room. Don’t be afraid to get the information first hand. Don’t be afraid to take the initiative and be noticed.

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Merry Christmas everyone! I have been thinking about holidays a lot the last few days. There are so many expectations at this time of the year, and people always end up disappointed. There are so many festive activities and so much anticipation of things to come that inevitably things will go awry. The best laid plans, God laughs when people make plans, and other such sayings sum up my thoughts here.

Army Girl, the boy and Baby-O are starting to make their own traditions while carrying on with the old ones. Mr. and Mrs. Air Force Girl are also starting their own. That is the way it should be. As we get older we are pulled in ever more directions, trying to please everyone. The thing to remember is that you have to be true to yourself first, your immediate family second and everyone else (that includes grandparents) a very distant third.

This is the time of year when many tongues feel like they have been bitten through, lots of words are left unsaid, or said, and feelings are easily hurt. My advice is to let it go, those Christmas parties on Christmas Eve that you see on TV don’t actually happen. The perfectly trimmed tree is ugly – no tree is complete without your own personal version of style from kids’ homemade ornaments to Spiderman to the characters from Jeff Dunham.  Everyone getting along every minute of the holiday season is a commercial trying to sell you stuff you don’t want or need.

Cut yourself some slack, have some cookies there will be plenty of time to diet, be crabby, see the people you want to see, miss the people you can’t see and just let yourself have fun. Concentrate on the things you do have. There are so many people who don’t, can’t, won’t, be able to enjoy the life you have. Christmas is one day just like a wedding is one day; it is the rest of the time that counts.

So have a merry, merry and a happy, happy. Don’t forget the pizza and beer for Santa and my love to all of you now and always!

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Okay, okay, okay! I know it has been way too long since I last posted anything. I have been very busy and lots of other excuses. Do you know how many great books there are out there to read? I am currently reading 4 of them. Plus working and hanging out with hubby and of course seeing the amazing Baby-O as often (and not nearly enough) as possible.

I know I promise this a lot that I will get better about posting, and this time and for the foreseeable future we will. Both Navy Girl and Army Girl will be deploying somewhere for the next two years. We have been incredibly spoiled with no one being deployed for the last nearly two years.  *sigh* I like being spoiled. I like being able to pick up the phone and call my girls and knowing eventually they will call me back. But that is the life they chose and that I wholly support.

My company has started a wellness program. I am trying to get more exercise at work. So for my 15 minute break and my lunch I try to make 3 laps of the plant. It comes out to about 1200 steps per walk. It isn’t great but it is better than nothing. I think the startup of the wellness program has caused more stress than it has relieved. It will be an interesting year!

May everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year if I don’t get on here again before then. I know, I know I said more often. . .

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So many things have been happening in my household right now I hardly know where to begin. Let’s start with the most momentous news. Hubby and I are living together again! YAY!!! (Lots of smiley faces and wild cheering.) It was 20 months apart and now nearly one month back together. It is so nice. You have no idea, well actually if you have dealt with deployments maybe you do.

Baby O is four months old already. She is growing like a weed and I expect that to continue for the next 16 or so years. 🙂 Army Girl is doing a very good job. I am very proud of how they have adapted. We are all at that phase now where we can’t remember what life was like before O.  She (Army Girl) has found a nice home with her new unit attached to a cavalry unit and is taking the summer off of school. It is great to see things falling into place for her.

Air Force Girl and the Finance are doing well, three months until the wedding. We went and met her future in-laws. Liked them a lot! We hope to be able to see more of them than just wedding stuff. Boy who knew Air Force Girl was so organized and crafty? Well I guess we all knew about the crafty part but the organization part has been a happy surprise!  It will be a loverly day for all.

Navy Girl is off doing Navy stuff, always going in 17 directions at once. She sent me an email and the list of titles she holds is quite impressive. I have no idea when she sleeps. I hope in the not too distant future she will be able to slow down a little and maybe have a life too. I miss her, it has been too long since we were able to see or speak to each other. That is what happens when you are all so busy.

It is turning out to be a crazy busy summer. I hope you are all having as much fun as I am. I will try to write more regularly but no promises.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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