30 April 2011

Six Word Saturday


Both babies staying 
over this weekend!
The Princess...
 
making her way around the table. :P
 
If you want to participate in Six Word Saturday,
check out Cate's blog, Show My Face .
 

29 April 2011

Mil-Spouse Friday Fill-In

I haven't done one of these in awhile. Looks like these are going to be some tough questions.
 If you want to participate, visit Wifey at Wife of a Sailor.

1.Have you and your spouse agreed to live in separate locations (a geographical bachelor tour) knowing that the short-term inconvenience would have long-term benefits for your family? How did it work for you? submitted by When Good People Get Together
No. He's National Guard, so I don't have to worry about us moving. And wherever he goes, I go. Even when he went to AIT for 4 months, I went with him. :)


2. What is your favorite thing about being a MilSpouse? submitted by Sarah Ruth Today
 I don't know.


3. If you could still have your spouse/significant other and your family, but take the military life out of it...would you?  submitted by Trust. Love. Believe. Bake.
 No. J loves what he does and we love being a military family. There's no point in changing what works for us.

4. What have your homecoming experiences been like after a year long tour of separation? submitted by Army Soldier, Army Wife
Nerve-racking...seriously, I almost puked. I was so nervous to see J after not seeing him for almost 8 months. And then after all the anticipation of seeing him, I finally had him in my arms. It was the most awesome feeling. I really felt complete again. 

5. If you have a child(ren) why you chose their name(s)? If not, why you would name your child something?  submitted by Tiara's & ACU's
Um... I don't really understand the question. But I don't have children. So...

28 April 2011

Praying

Praying for all the lives lost caused by the tornadoes yesterday.
I watched the news all day, from 6:30am and up until
11pm last night. The destruction I saw broke my heart.
Photo from Tuscaloosa News

I worried for my family and friends and the people
I don't even know.
So many people's lives were destroyed.
Photo from Times Daily
Homes were demolished and lives were lost.
Pratt City, AL
There are still people missing.
Please pray for the families affected
by these storms that tore through not only AL
but also Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia
and Kentucky.



Tornado in Tuscaloosa, AL

27 April 2011

Hoo Are You?

 Hoo are You? is hosted by Leslie at Night Owl Crafting
{She posts Hoo Are You? on Tuesdays, but I'm a day late...oh well.}
 
1. Do you plant a garden or flowers, or neither?
I live in an apartment, but I have "window" plants. I just recently
planted some herbs and I have had an Ivy plant for almost a year.

2. Does it bother you to have your blinds or curtains 
open after dark so people can see in your house?
No. Not really. J and my Mama say I'm an exhibitionist. lol. 

3. Do you like to go camping?
Love it! Haven't been since before J deployed. I can't
wait to go when J gets a weekend off! :)

4. Do you have a laptop or a desk top computer?
We only have a laptop. There's really no point in a desk computer.
5. What time during the day do you have your most energy?
The afternoon. It really depends on what time I get up though.
 

Wordless Wednesday

RTT: A Tomato!!!! A what?? A TORNADO!!

It's time for Random Tuesday Thoughts, which used to be hosted
by Keely at The Un Mom, but she is currently on hiatus. Therefore, I
have decided to host Random Tuesday Thoughts as well as her blogging 
buddies JulieAne,Stacy, Cass and Raven .
If you want to participate, just link up with Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post.
Be sure to use your RTT's URL and not your entire blog's URL.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me! :) 



So, I haven't been blogging in awhile. I apologize for that. I just haven't
been in the mood lately. Especially after Jeremy left Saturday the 8th.
I lazed around the entire weekend and went to Nana's
with Mama Monday. Tuesday I did laundry all day and packed to 
go to Amanda's (my sister). Wednesday I left home and 
headed to Springville with Sabrina. {She was really depressed-looking
because Daddy was gone to AT. ): }


When we got there, we got settled in. Then my sister wanted to 
go get groceries and snacks for our trip. When we were done, we 
drove to get J so I could see him before we left for Mississippi.
Unfortunately, he didn't tell me that he was all the way in Tarrant. We drove
way out of the way to get there. And then Amanda got mad because J
was still sick. {Not my fault, I thought he was better.}

Anywho... J and I spent the night at Mama's since Amanda moved
her guest bed over there. J had a co-worker {i.e. another soldier} pick
him up from Mama's, so I didn't have to drive him at 6:30. {ridiculous!}
After I had a shower, I went over to Amanda's to help her get the 
babies ready and the car packed. We didn't leave until almost 1:30.
Then, we stopped in Trussville to get something to eat since
Boog hadn't had anything for breakfast. We all ate, and I fed The Princess.
Then we finally got on the road to Mississippi. {FYI, we were
going to MS to see Amanda's high school friend, who we'll call "the friend". 
She had asked Amanda to come spend the weekend with her, but Amanda
didn't want to drive all the way to MS by herself with two babies, so when she asked
me, I said I would go.}
We drove forever to get there. Had to stop three times for dirty 
diapers and bottles. {Because I'm sure you want the details...} 
The first time we stopped,
was because we thought The Princess had a dirty diaper, but alas,
it was Boog. {Still not potty-trained.} Then we had to stop to make
a bottle for The Princess. Not too long after that, we had to stop
to change her diaper. Finally, like literally 6 hours later, we 
made it to Clinton, MS. {This chick lives in the boonies.}

When we get there, we start bringing all of our stuff in and the friend
shows us where we're supposed to sleep. She has a fold-out
toddler couch for The Princess to sleep on.
Like this, but with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on it...
For Boog, she has a crib mattress on the floor. For Amanda,
she has a twin-size bunk bed mattress on the floor. {Did I mention
Amanda is pregnant??} And for me, she has a twin-size bunk bed in another
room. Ok... That night, we move all the beds into her boys' bedroom {They 
slept with her.} so we can watch TV to go to sleep. The babies refuse to go to
sleep. We all swap beds a few times before we end up getting 3 hours of 
sleep. It was horrible. It was really hot in the bedroom and there was
absolutely NO noise. We all sleep with fans, so not having a fan
or air-conditioner noise was torture. 
When we woke up Friday morning, there were tornado watches for most
of the state. We got up, showered and dressed quickly and headed out to 
the Science Museum in Jackson. {We didn't want to stay at
the friend's home since she lives in a trailer.} On the way, we 
stopped at Wally World to pick up a few pillows {She only provided 2 pillows
for the 4 of us...}, a bottle brush and some dish liquid {She doesn't use it
at all? Ok.} Before we could check out, the friend comes rushing in with
her two boys {She went to pick up the 8 year old from school} and 
told us the tornado was 10-20 minutes away. Something like that. I 
rushed through the check-out line to buy my pillows, contact-solution
{I forgot my glasses at Mama's house!!! Panic! I only had the one pair
of contact lenses and I never sleep in them. But was forced to since
I didn't have a lot of contact solution.} and hair clips. Amanda didn't 
even get to buy the things she needed.
We rushed {and what I really
mean is, we broke a few laws getting to the Science Museum. The friend
drove like a maniac and it was already raining. It was really hard to follow
her.} to the museum and I jumped out and grabbed the babies and 
the friend let her two boys out on the sidewalk with me. I carried
both babies {it was raining.} while the boys walked in front of me to the
overhang in front of the building. We waited about 5-8 minutes before
Amanda and her friend got up there. When they did, we all were 
directed to the bottom floor to wait out the tornado warning. {Plus side- we 
didn't have to pay to get in. Score!} We waited
in the caterpillar exhibit for around 30 minutes with about 100+ school-aged
kids jumping, screaming and playing around us. Surprisingly, The Princess and
Boog were really well-behaved!
After the warnings were over, we got up and checked out the exhibit and 
the rest of the museum. It was pretty boring since it was for school-aged kids.
Boog got in trouble a few times for running out of our sight. Amanda and I 
took turns carrying The Princess and the diaper bag since she hadn't
bought a stroller for her. {We have since found one.}
Wish we had had it while we were at the museum. This little Princess
weighs a lot! LOL.

After the museum, we headed back to the friend's home in Clinton. 
On the way there, we passed over the tornado's path of destruction.
I snapped a few pics, so we would have proof of our "near-death experience".
Pretty impressive, but the guy who was dumb brave enough to record
the actual tornado got much better footage:


And when I get on YouTube to find the video that my sister saw, I find that
there is more than one video... more than one idiot, brave person out trying to 
record a tornado... If you watch this video, you will see the Chik-fil-A next to the Wally
World that we were at 20 minutes before the tornado hit, less than a block away. 
Pretty scary. Thank God, we "got out of dodge"...*snicker snicker*

Anywho... We stopped by a grocery store and bought some real food to
make for dinner and finally got a bottle brush at a Dollar General. That night,
the friend borrowed a box fan from her mother-in-law and we finally got some
sleep. After the friend and Amanda took the kids to the park, {while I stayed behind
with the sleeping Princess, to wash our clothes and pack up our stuff}, Amanda
came back to pick me and The Princess up so we could get something to
eat with the friend before we left town. 

We finally headed out of town after 3:30 {I think} and we made it to Chunky, MS,
{No, I'm not making that up..it's an actual town.} when the tire started making
a funny noise. I asked Amanda if it was the road, she said she thought it was.
When we went over a smooth bridge, the tire was still making the noise, so she slowed
down and it got worse. We pulled off at the exit for Chunky, MS and I got out to
check out the tire. Sure enough, the tire was split.
 
Amanda called her insurance agent and they sent someone out to put the
spare tire on. We waited over an hour for the guy to get there. While we were
waiting, at least 7 people stopped to offer assistance, including a sheriff. 
Thank you citizens of Chunky! We both joked that we were moving there
since the people were so nice. ☺ 
 The Princess "driving" while we wait.
To keep him from sitting in the car, I made up a game for Boog.
We threw rocks at this sign. It was a lot of fun! No really! When we left, he cried,
"I can't throw my rocks!". Poor little guy. :( 
When the tire was finally fixed, we followed the guy to the Wally World in
Meridian, so Amanda could get some cash to buy a new tire. It was of
course, Saturday night and everywhere else had already closed for the night, 
so we had no choice but to use the guy-who-fixed-the-tire's friend. 
We followed him into the middle of nowhere and I stayed in the car with the
babies while Amanda helped the man unload the luggage to get to the
bad tire in the trunk. They replaced the tire in less than 10 minutes and we 
were on our way. 

We didn't get home until after 11pm. We were so exhausted. We
unpacked the car and got the babies ready for bed. Amanda, Tim and Boog
crashed and I rocked The Princess to sleep and then laid her in her crib. Then, I headed 
for bed myself. Despite being in a familiar place, I didn't sleep well. Over-exhaustion
probably. After going to the park Sunday, I left and went to meet up with J
in Trussville. Of course the check-engine light came on while we were down
there, so J got under the hood to find out what was wrong. He couldn't find the 
problem, so he sent me on my way and he headed back to his unit.

I got home and Sabrina and I settled in to watch some movies before bed. 
The next day, Monday, J got to come home after half a day. We took the car 
to get the codes read and to pick up supplies to do an oil change. Turns out,
I didn't tighten the gas cap all the way the last time I filled up, so there was
an engine emissions read-out. Oops...my bad! 

After getting the car checked out, we went to the mall and had some Chik-fil-A
and watched a movie, Arthur. It was really funny and I definitely recommend it! 
Tuesday, we just "chillaxed" at home since J had to go back to work Wednesday
morning at the crack of dawn. 
Sabrina and I just chilled at home the rest of the week until J came home a day
early on Friday. :) We had a Harry Potter marathon Saturday and then again
Sunday night. Most of Sunday we cleaned. I'm not really sure what
he did, but I cleaned out the spare bedroom and washed clothes. LOL.
Yesterday he went back to his regular job and I washed clothes and cleaned the
living room. Today I haven't done ANYTHING but blog and watch Ugly Betty. 
I'm not feeling real productive. 
I did call to reschedule my doctor appointment
to check on my thyroid. Hopefully my levels haven't changed, so I won't
have to have another prescription. I don't feel like the one I'm on is
helping me at all though. I still feel like a zombie most of the time.
And did I mention I make lizards look soft and silky?? Seriously,
I'm flakier than a high school cheerleader... haha. Just kidding. 
If anyone has an recommendations on how to treat my scalp
and forehead, that would be awesome.

I hope this is random enough for everyone! Maybe now I can get back into the swing
of blogging everyday more frequently. :)

BTW, the title of this post is from a book I read when I was much
younger. But, I can't remember the title. :(

I hope everyone had a very blessed Easter and a great weekend!
Keep on being random!
Don't forget to link up with Mr. Linky!

09 April 2011

Six Word Saturday

Averted shutdown means
two week AT.
J left last night at midnight for B'ham. :(
I'm gonna miss him a lot! This will be
my first time alone in our new apartment.
I didn't go to sleep until after 0300! I'm
exhausted. At least I have Sabrina to keep
me company. :)

For more six word saturdays, visit
Cate at Show My Face, link up and 
join in! Have a great weekend!!

08 April 2011

Please vote for us!

Jeremy and I are entered into a contest on DisneyFamily.com
to win a free Fairy Tale Wedding in the Happily Ever After Contest.
If you aren't entered and you are feeling up to it. Would
you please vote for us? It only takes a few minutes to register,
if you're not already. :) 

Here is the link:

If I win, I'll invite you to the wedding! 

Here's our story:
{The short version.}

J and I met in 2007 and started dating in October. On Mar 12, 2008 we were engaged (the day before he left for AIT for the Army) I followed him to VA and we were married in a park by an Army Chaplain. A high school friend of J's who happened to be in the area took photos for us. She sent us 7 of the photos and despite numerous attempts to contact her for the rest, she ignores us.
After returning to AL, we got an apt and started our lives together. Then, in Sept 2009, J deployed to Afghanistan. He returned in Sept 2010.
For our 2nd anniversary, J was deployed and it looks as if the Army will have him again for our 3rd anniversary this summer.
We would love to win the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding so we can renew our vows and have more than 7 photos of our special day. Despite being apart for a year of deployment, our love is stronger than ever! With or without a fairy tale wedding, our life together is a dream come true. I've found my Prince Charming! And he wears Combat Boots!

Wanna know a Secret?...

Yeah... me too. Just kidding! When I reach 50 followers, I plan on doing a giveaway! Not sure what though. Any ideas?? 

Since I missed Random Tuesday Thoughts this week. I thought I'd catch y'all up on what's been going on.

  • J and I had date-night last Friday. We went out to eat at Applebee's and nearly froze to death. They had the air on and it was barely 60° outside. (if that) And they burnt our appetizer! The swirly fry things? Whatever they're called. After we ate, we went back to the mall where we had bought our tickets earlier. We saw Sucker Punch. Not worth it!! We paid $15 just for J to fall asleep half-way through the movie. Seriously, it wasn't that great. There were several scenes that were just way too confusing and they had characters from other movies. Such as Orcs from Lord of the Rings. I swear... that's what they looked like!
  • Saturday, I dusted and vacuumed and three days later, everything was covered in dust and pollen and floor looked like I never vacuumed at all.
  • We had really great weather yesterday. It was in the mid-70's but really breezy. I sat out in the sun reading The Key to Midnight by Dean Koontz. (My favorite author, or did you forget?) Got a little crispy, so I moved into the shade,  but it was too late. The left side of my chest is burnt as are my legs and my right arm. Don't ask how that happened, I have no clue. 
    • J has AT for the next two weeks. :( And then this summer, he'll be gone again for our anniversary. WLC- Warrior Leader Course... This will be the second anniversary we've been apart. *sigh* {On a lighter note, he already told me he plans on getting me the china we registered for when we first got married! SCORE! They're really expensive and oh so beautiful!!}
    • J is home from work right now and needs to go to the doctor...so I'll blog later. 
    • J apparently has bronchitis and an upper-respiratory infection. Yuck! They gave him a shot in each hip and he instantly felt better when he got home from work. I'm so glad. :)
    • J's 1st SGT called him yesterday and told him that if the Bill isn't signed to pay military during this goverment shutdown, he won't be having AT the next two weeks. Unfortunately, that means a lot of military families who need the money, desperately, aren't going to get paid. 
    • I finished reading The Key to Midnight and then read The Vision by Dean Koontz. Great books, not his best, but still really great reads. I'm now reading Fireproof. It's really good so far. Reads pretty much right along with the movie. 
    • No Mil-Spouse Friday Fill-In today because Wifey's Father-in-law suffered a massive heart attack. :( Send some prayers their way. They're still unsure of his condition. 

    That's all I have right now. Sorry the posts have been so sparse. I'm trying my best to keep up with everything. I get distracted easily though. LOL.

    02 April 2011

    Six Word Saturday

    Here comes the 
    sun...& it's alright...
    I know that's not technically how the song goes,
    but it works ok for now. (And technically the "&" 
    symbol is not a word. lol)
    The sun has come back out! For the last week or
    so, it has been cold and rainy here. But 
    today, the sun came out! I'm so glad! 
    And J got half the day off today
    and he's completely off work tomorrow!
    I can't wait to spend the entire day with him.
    I'll probably get on his nerves a lot, but
    that's to be expected. LOL.
    While you're singing The Beatles' song, "Here Comes the Sun",
    head on over to Show My Face and let Cate know I sent ya!
    Link up and join in every Saturday to let the world know
    what's going on in six words!
    Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

    01 April 2011

    Mil-Spouse Friday Fill-In

    Oh *sigh*...it's Friday already? I guess it is. Who am I kidding? I'm really excited it's Friday!! I have a date tonight with my lover. {Of course I mean my sweet Hubby!} I just hope the weather is nice. Anywho... I should probably be cleaning something, so lemme answer these questions real quick like...
    Mil-Spouse Friday Fill-Ins are hosted by Wifey at 
    Wife of a Sailor. Link up at her blog and leave some love!
    1.What romance movie scene reminds you of your s/o or spouse and the LOVE you share? submitted by Simply Sunshine and Daisy's
    Some kind of wonderful. Most definitely. The main character, Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) helps to set up her best friend, Keith (Eric Stoltz) with the girl of his dreams. He then realizes he's not in love with her, he loves Watts. The whole movie is really our story. LOL. 
    I was dating someone when I first met J and my best friend, Amy, was single, so I introduced them and they exchanged numbers. A few weeks later they dated for about a week and when Amy broke up with J for someone else, J and I started dating. And we've been together ever since. :) I didn't get any diamond earrings though...


    2.If you were allowed to deploy with your husband to a war zone would you and why? submitted by I & J
    Heck yes! I seriously would have gone with J when he was in Afghanistan last year, but of course that wasn't possible. I hate being apart from him, even for drill weekends, so of course I would go!


    3. Have you ever done anything (intentionally, or unintentionally) to embarrass your spouse/significant other in front of his military cohorts?  submitted by Marrying the Navy
    Yes, unintentionally, of course.  I posted a video (with sound only) on Facebook, of J snoring last month and he had drill that morning. The guys teased him about his snoring. Of course, he knows first hand that most of them snore too. 

    4. What is your most irrational fear? submitted by Eights on the Move
     I still cover my ear when I sleep. It's an old habit I've had since I was really little. And I don't sleep with closet doors open. I also stuff lots of stuff under the bed so nothing can live there. I'm not so sure it's all that irrational... lol.

    5. If you could only live in one kind of climate for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?  submitted by Many Waters
    Interesting, I don't know. I like living in the South, but if I could choose... I'd probably choose somewhere that is mildly temperate all year round; somewher between 65°-80°F. 

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