Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wing Fears

There seem to be many people who have a fear of flying.

I'm not one of them.

I do, however, have an issue with sitting in the seats on or even behind the wing. If I can see the wing of the plane from my seat I HAVE to keep the window closed.

Why? Where did this strange issue come from?

Well, have you ever seen "The Twilight Zone"???

Years and years ago I saw an episode titled "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" where William Shatner plays a character flying with his wife to a destination after a breakdown 6 months earlier. Outside his window he sees a strange creature on the wing of the plane that is actually damaging the engine area. Any time someone else looks out the window the creature has hopped out of sight. The whole thing escalates and he steals a revolver and ends up opening a window and shooting the creature. When they land, safely, Shatner is hauled away in a straightjacket... though evidence of damage is seen on the wing of the plane.

Anyway, that is the basis of my semi-fear. Can you imagine how terrifying it would be to be flying somewhere and then you glance out your window and some freaky creature is standing there and trying to pull up part of the structure of the wing?! Oh man. Just the fact that something is strong enough to even hold onto the plane at that speed, elevation, temperature, etc...

Ahh, I just shudder to think about it.

I know this is irrational and stupid. It doesn't prevent me from flying... I just don't like to look out the window if I can see the wing.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another one of THOSE days

What a day!

Needless to say, I'm pretty worn out but I don't want to go to bed because I would appreciate just some quiet alone time.

A few crazy stuff today: base computers were down so I had to physically sign in the Occupational Therapist, Ryan took the van so I had no way to get to the gate to sign in said Occupational Therapist, a friend came over last minute to watch the kids while I took her car to sign in said Occupational Therapist, Ryan comes home after all is said and done and kids are sleeping so I get didn't get a break, Will is giving attitude and not listening or obeying, Alanna only wants held or fiddled with ALL day, I make dinner and Ryan is stuck at work, I finally take a break in the evening only to have both children wanting my attention while Ryan seems to ignore them, Will decides to poop his pants and literally gets crap all over the toilet seat.

So how was your day?!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Museum Day

Today was Museum Day!

We decided to go to the Albuqerque Museum of Natural Science and History. It was actually a pretty interesting place and I know I'll have to go back again sometime. Overall it was incredibly child friendly and since we went in the morning and left before noon there weren't very many people there.

While there we spent some time in a "hands-on" part looking at fossils and creatures that stayed contained in their cages. They had a black widow spider and the guy there was very informative and put Ryan a lot more at ease about them. Yes, they are probably around. Few, if any, people actually die from their bites. Also, they are reclusive spiders and want to hide and get away from people... rarely found in houses.

After that we began our trip though the ages looking at dinosaur fossils, the big bang, volcanos, caves... and then quickly toured their exhibit on technology and the beginnings of computers.

Will was really funny with the volcano exhibit. Unfortunately I didn't get pictures because it was a smaller area and there were a BUNCH of kids coming behind us and there wasn't room for us to stop and take our time. But the entertaining part was that they had plexi-glass on the floor with a lighted picture of lava that seemed to move. Will wasn't so sure about it and was afraid he would fall or that it was a step down.... so he SLID his foot out onto the plexi-glass at every break. At the end he was comfortable with the floor and wanted to play, but like I said, there were all those older kids coming behind us that were kind of pushing so we hurried out of there.

So here are a few pics of our fun times:
Alanna and Ryan with Stegasaurus
Will by the foot/leg of a HUGE dino
Will and I by more dinosaurs

the kids and I checking out the dinosaur nest

Alanna really liked the spinning globe while I read about the end of the dinosaurs.

And here we have Will playing on the footprints rock and checking out the "underfoot" exhibit with Ryan.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Trip Home Photo Overload

Alright, I've waited long enough and don't seem to have the time and patience to get the rest of my photos... so I'm missing the ones of our visit with Ryan's family and seeing Ryan's grandparents -- My MIL has them and I'm never connected to our external harddrive to download the pics. I'll try to get to them eventually.

For now, here are some (or a lot) of pics of our trip to Washington!

arriving at SeaTac... and no, that is NOT a double stroller

playing with the kitties

totally chillin'

Will and Aunt Lissa at the Rainier Football Game
Alanna at the Football Game. And we just left 95 degree weather for 60 degree weather so my kids got cold easily!
Great-Grandpa with Alanna and Will

Will with Cousin Zach's baby chickens

Cousin Bradley with Alanna

Will with the Chickens again - my fav pic

Shooting dad's new gun. It was LOUD

second cousins
Miranda, 5 months & Alanna, 4 months
second cousins
Kylia, 3 & William, 2

Lissa with Alanna

5 Generations: My Great-great Aunt Caroline, my Grandpa, my mom, me and my kids

Will going for a ride on Great-Grandma Genny's scooter chair

4 Generations: My Grandpa, my dad and mom, me and my kids. (BTW: Grandpa just had some skin cancer removed from his face that's what is up with the bandage)
Both kids visiting Grandma
Lissa having Will sit on the horse (and that's Zach holding her steady)
Me riding Sissy
Will got into the Kitty's bed

Alanna checking out the bee exhibit at the Puyallup Fair

Will pretend milking a cow

Will on the carousel

Will's favorite ride - the canoes

the space ship ride

banging on the kids' drums
feeding the sheep - and it bit him

Alanna at the fair

waiting for our flight at the airport to go home
even though it was delayed we tried to stay positive!

Friday, September 24, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

My second post of the day, but I'm trying to catch up and keep up!

My answers to WifeOfASailor.

This week:

1. What characteristic about yourself has either been strengthened or weakened due to your experience as a Military Spouse? (from The Albrecht Squad)
    • I have calmed down. Not sure if that is a strength or a weakness. I’m not as “out-there” as I used to be and I am more realistic about things. I still dream and want a lot out of life, but I know things will fall where they will and if the money and opportunity are there I can grasp what I want.
2. What is your favorite vacation spot and why? (from ‘Tis the Life of the Army Wife)
    • Not sure I have a favorite vacation spot. We’ve gone a few places on vacation that were wonderful, most recently Bellows AFS in Hawaii. But Okuma on Okinawa was amazing as well as a trip to Hokkaido. Mostly for vacations we end up going home to Washington State.
3. If you could have any fast-food restaurant in the food court on base/post what would you pick? (from The Only Pink in a House of Blue)
    • Hmm... we were spoiled at Yokota and most of my favs were right there already. I guess really I would like Chung’s Teriyaki... but that was only found in our hometown. No other Teriyaki place do I enjoy outside of that.
4. Where did you go on your honeymoon? (from Pennies from Heaven)
    • Haha! Because of our time constraint (we got married over spring break during college and I still had to move in with him before classes started!) we spent a few nights at a wonderful B&B in Seabeck, WA called the Wilcox House. Beautiful views and the owners/hosts/chef were wonderfully friendly. It rained the ENTIRE time we stayed there. But it was a honeymoon so it was nothing to stay in our room the whole time and enjoy that 2 person jacuzzi in the bathroom! The morning we left it had stopped pouring so we explored the grounds and dock a little bit.
5. If you could have any job in the world regardless of money, degree or experience, which job would you have and why? (from Proud to Be a Navy Family and The Calm Before The Storm)
    • A theatre director! No question. I still love theatre arts and I would be lying if I said I didn’t think back on my college and high school time and sorta wish I had stayed with it. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom and wife... but it was a wish of mine, a dream, to be a member of a top notch theatre company and be a director or even a creative director that was skilled and valued.

Lovely Blog Award

Wow! My first blogging award! Thanks to Poekitten @ Many Waters for giving me this award. I feel a little more special! I actually enjoy Poekitten's blog... and it is partially because her husband is stationed up in the area I know as home so some of her posts warm my heart and make me homesick at the same time. It is great to see a non-native Pacific Northwesterner share the beauty of the place as well as give her two bits on military life.

Now for the rules of excepting this award:
  1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award to you as well as a link to his or her blog.
  2. Pay it forward to 5 other bloggers you have newly discovered.
  3. Contact those bloggers to let them know they have been chosen.
And the 5 people I have chosen are:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Delicious Orange Chicken

Tonight I made an Ah-maze-ing dinner! Not kidding. It was so yummy I hope I get the last leftover before Ryan does tomorrow.

This recipe was from a "Taste of Home" book that can be found at check-out counters. I'm trying to do a new recipe every month to expand our dinner options. When I read the ingredients I wasn't so sure, but trust me, it is so good!

So without further ado --- here it is, the recipe!

Delicious Orange Chicken

  • 6 skinless chicken breasts (I used the thin sliced)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium navel orange, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  1. Place Chicken in a 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine the butter, garlic, basil, salt and pepper; drizzle over chicken. Arrange onion and orange slices on top. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, orange juice and soy sauce until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Drain chicken; brush with orange juice mixture. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 170 degrees.
Serve from there leaving the onion and orange on top of the chicken. Pairs well with veggies and rolls.

Military Discounts

So today I want to write about something that bugs me. Surprise, I know.

Let's talk about some military "perks"... and not just the commissary and health care and housing.

I'm talking about those Military Discounts we sometimes get at different business places and such. They are great! I know I love to receive them and I know you can't get them everywhere, but at times it is nice to have the acknowledgement. One of my personal favorites is at Old Navy, where for the 1st week you can get a certain percentage discount off your total purchase. Love IT!

Anyway, a while ago we went to the movie theatre (we've gone there many times) and this time they said the military discount was only for Active Duty members. Okay. I'm fine with that, REALLY, I am. No beef at all and I paid full price for my ticket even though I never had to before at that place.

But now I've thought about it and it sort of bothers me a teeeeeny bit. I honestly feel that active duty members should get their discounts. They put their life on the line and signed a paper saying that their own well being, opinions, and choices aren't going to be their own and they'll do what they're told to do even if it kills them in the process.

And I want to extend that to retired and reserve personnel as well.

But here's the clincher. I feel that dependents are also fully entitled to some of those "perks". For instance there are several spouses who are raising their kids alone while their other half is overseas. Many women, like my mom and several friends, have had to deal with incredible crap from housing, tri-care, in-laws, the military in general, as well as diseases while their husbands are on duty or flying around or on a training weekend. I know I've had to deal with some of that crap as well, but thankfully it hasn't been too bad (except for Tri-care when I was about to deliver my daughter... but that's another story).

I've heard people talk that military wives have such a "great life" because everything is paid for. *ahem* it isn't really paid for. An example? We live on base but it is privatized housing which means that the BAH really doesn't go to us, it goes directly from my husband's paycheck to somebody else's pocket. You know that lovely insurance? It can be a complete pain in the butt and as long as you are in relatively good health there isn't much of a problem. Anything besides that is difficult to come by. Even now many "base" hospitals are basically HUGE referral services where it can take weeks to get an appointment and in most cases you have to get permission just to go to ER or Urgent Care -- and the country is going to government run health-care? Yeah, that's gonna be great (note the sarcasm).

Kids too. I was a navy brat. I remember my dad being gone for long periods of time and then the transitions once he returned. Moving around. Changing schools. Life for military kids isn't easy. A lot of the security that comes with having roots doesn't exist. There are a lot of children who really don't even know their extended families because they never get to see them. And even though they have married parents, it seems like they grow up in single parent households.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the spouses of these military members have to deal with a lot. They may not lose their life overseas, but their spouse can. And in the mean time there's a lot to deal with that the normal public does not. Give them some appreciation and realize that those horizontal tan colored ID cards are nearly just as valuable as those vertical white ones.

Give us our discounts! We've given up a lot as well.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sites & Travels

I have to admit that my last post was probably a bit depressing. Ehh, it happens.

Just to let you know... I have another post that hasn't been posted yet of a TON of pictures from our vacation back home. There are still more I want to upload... so it has to wait. There's a few videos but I'm not sure I'll post them. They are just of Will chasing around cousin Zach's chickens so you may find them boring.

On another note: The Four Corners Monument is OPEN! YES! I wanted to be sure it was open before planning out trip to Aztec, Farmington and the monument. I'm very happy! Now I just have to get Ryan excited, which I'm not sure I can do. At least it won't be as hot in October as it is in July.

And also in October -- the Balloon Fiesta! I'm going this year. Period.

Sunday we also learned "The Bodies" exhibit is in town. It's not spendy and I think I'm going to see it. Ryan is creeped out about it, but I think the human body is fascinating and I've been wanting to see this exhibit for some time. Because of the operating hours I might have to bring the kids along, but I don't want to go by myself with or with out kids. I'm trying to find a friend to join me.

Today we received a letter from Malay, our sponsor child. Will really seemed to like the picture he drew. It was exciting, and I didn't realize how happy I would actually be to get his letter. We'll be writing another letter to him soon and maybe Will can draw *ahem, scribble, ahem* a picture for Malay as well.

Actually, before we left for Washington we received a letter from the pastor who runs the facility Malay attends. I was shocked to find it was an Assemblies of God run program (the denomination we are members of) so it seemed very fitting and I feel even more so that Malay was the boy we are meant to support.

Now I want to go on a missons trip to India. It would be great to actually meet this young man someday.

Is there anyplace you want to travel to especially? I know I just want to see the world!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dealing with the diagnosis

Since being home I've had more time to talk over and think about Will's diagnosis with Apraxia.

To be completely honest, I'm still very upset.

Today we talked with our pastor and let him know. He told us that next Sunday we should bring him forward for prayer, and additionally, fill out the prayer card so they can put him on the church prayer list.

We've started Will on some Omega-3 supplement which is highly suggested to help with certain brain development and has been found to help with brain connections. It is something many parents of kids with apraxia have found to be helpful.

I've been looking up preschool gymnastic programs in Albuquerque to enroll him into. There are a few I'm interested in but I want to physically check them out before picking one for sure. Perhaps the physical, coordinated activity will help with his motor skills and in turn help bridge the connections needed to create speech.

Ryan and I have discussed our options on what to do. Of course we'll continue with his speech therapy, get his occupational therapist, try to get into the horse therapy, and probably try to get him into special classes. We meet with his speech language pathologist Wednesday so I hope we can get more of an idea on what our New Mexico options are.

I just feel horrible for my little boy. It doesn't seem fair! He is so smart, and clever, and funny, and happy... I wish he could actually talk to me.

We still treat him just the same, but there are times I just want to cry over him. He doesn't understand... and he shouldn't.

I understand parents have had to deal with much worse than we have when it comes to their kids. But this is MY son. I want him to grow up to be normal and have the same opportunites as everybody else. Having verbal communication problems can drastically impact his life, so I pray and hope that he can overcome this disability (because it is a disability, not a disorder) and find his place in the world.

I would love for him to talk. That is a huge desire my heart aches for. But if he can't, we can deal with it and find alternate ways for him to communicate. If we have to sign, we'll learn and that's what we'll do. If he must use technology, so be it. I don't care what it is, I want him to have a way to communicate.

.... but, I really want him to speak.

We try to stay encouraged that he has made vast progress in the past few months. Knowing that he might learn to speak by Kindergarten or at least school age is a goal we hope to achieve.

Anyway, now I feel like having a minor cry before heading to bed, so I might just go do that.

Friday, September 17, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

My answers to WifeOfASailor

This Week:

1. How do you spend your deployment money, do you save, pay off bills or enjoy the extra money while it is there to buy the things you do not normally have? (from Troop Petrie)
    • Again, haven’t had a deployment to deal with yet... but I know what the extra money would go to. It would probably be split between paying off student loans and savings (for something big, like furniture, electronics or a trip).
2. If you could relive one occasion or moment, what would it be? (from Currently On Land)
    • There are a number of things I would love to go back to. My time at college, my wedding, certain travels in Japan... I can’t choose just one.
3. What’s the worst job you ever had and if it was so bad why did you take it? (from Faith and Deploying)
    • Hmm... interesting question. There have been major bad things in some of my jobs, but overall I usually did enjoy them. I guess it would be working at McDonald’s at Bangor for the opening shift. Not only was it super freaking early in the morning, but my supervisor didn’t like me for some reason, I worked the drive thru and I had the breakfast rush and the lunch rush and then got to go home. I always smelled of grease. Ug, but it gave me money over the summer which I spent on my trip to California with my boyfriend who I later married.
4. If you could play any character on TV, who would you be? (from Many Waters)
    • It’s a toss up between being The Doctor (from Dr. Who) or one of his traveling companions. It would be amazing to travel throughout the universe at any point in time.
5. If you could become the world’s expert in something, what would it be? (from Army of Two)
    • I have no idea. But... I watch a LOT of HGTV so lately I’m thinking it would be great to know everything about construction or contracting or designing. The whole designing aspect would be great, especially when moving every few years and figuring out how to decorate your house every time.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Home Again!

We are back in Albuquerque!

To be completely honest, I think I still prefer driving over flying... but maybe that's just me.

Tuesday my sister was in Washington (and she did find my camera) and we went to the Puyallup Fair. Amazingly, she'd never been before. We walked through the stuff for sale, looked at a few exhibits and collections and checked out the animals. Will had a blast looking at cows, running around, and looking at the goats. He was getting frustrated he wasn't allowed to touch the animals so we did the petting zoo part. Later we found the sheep you could feed, but after one sort of bit him he wasn't to pleased to be around them.

Will also went on rides. He was tall enough for 3 of them so I bought 10 tickets and he enjoyed himself fully. His favorite was this little boat ride. He also went on the carousel and the spin around rocket ride.

Alanna was also behaving well enough. She wanted to be carried around more than ride in the stroller so we tried to accomodate her. After all the rides Will got back in the stoller and within 5 minutes was totally passed out.

I wanted to get the kids photo taken in the Frontier Booth but after Will woke up super cranky and we got the outfit on him, he was completely uncooperative... so Alanna had the picture taken by herself.

It was an exhausting day, but we really did have a lot of fun.

Wednesday was our flight home.

Of course, our flight ended up with a 2 hour delay... and I already had to be dropped off early because of our airport ride situation. Anyway, by the time we got home (after 1 in the morning) it was a 12-hour travel day.

Again, for the most part our flights were uneventful. The only difficult part was that it was a long day and during our long wait I was trying to keep Will occupied.

On top of that, he has diarreah. (It seems many of my posts have something to do with poop!) Anyway, he's still dealing with it and I'm hoping it goes away and is not the beginning of rotovirus, again.

It is nice to be home. It's hot though. Ryan got the carpets professionally cleaned while I was gone, so I must say my house was BEAUTIFUL when we came home. The kids were thrilled to be home, in their own place, with their toys, Daddy was there and there's the puppy as well.

Ryan let me get to sleep and he stayed up with the kids to put them to bed. And a major highlight?! Ryan took the morning off work so I could sleep in and he could be with us.


Monday, September 13, 2010


Dear Readers-

Sorry I've been so quiet on my blog lately. The kids and I have been having a WONDERFUL time being home in Bremerton and then going down to Rainier, Oregon to visit family. There has been lovely weather. There has been good food. And I'm happy to report we haven't really had to deal with bad traffic.

Since being here we visited my in-laws and got some good info from my husband's aunt about apraxia. Her son also has a form of it but there are many other health issues that probably relate to it that Will does not have. We also have been enjoying our time visiting my parents.

We've seen a great football game, where my cousins won! I was able to ride Sissy, my sister's horse. Will got to chase chickens and ducks and then pick up baby chicks for hugs & kisses. We had a photo taken with 5 generations in it: my Grandfather's Aunt Caroline, my grandpa, my mom, me and my kids. Will got to be an active member of the cousins (there's like 30-something of us) and was learning to play baseball. And I drove my Grandpa to Vernonia and back and was able to learn some wonderful family history and reminisce together about my Grandma (who he was married to for 50 years). We also went up to the cemetary to introduce Alanna to Grandma.

Today I visited my father-in-law and another Grandmother (on Ryan's side). I had a nice time with my MIL.

Now my sister might come up to go to the Puyallup Fair with me tomorrow.

This has been a busy trip and soon we'll be back in Albuquerque.

And to top it off... I believe I left my camera in Oregon! Hopefully my sister finds it and will bring it up here with her!

Friday, September 10, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

My answers to WifeOfASailor

This Week:

1. Do you set goals for yourself during deployment? What are some of them? (from Military Mommy)
    • I’m sure I would (no deployments yet, remember?). In times we have been separated for TDY’s and such I was usually working and now that I have my kids, I’m busy with them as well as my other hobbies like blogging, quilting, church activities, making photo albums, and site-seeing. I’m sure now if hubby were to deploy I’d have a fitness goal and lose some weight.

2. What would you say to someone dating a military guy or gal? (from Mothering Off the Cuff)
    • Are you prepared for what’s ahead? The military life is not for everybody and as the spouse you have to be the big emotional supporter for your spouse’s job. Sadly, you will not always be first so be ready for that. Be willing to move often, make friends quickly, and say goodbye just as quickly. Family can’t be around so embrace your new family of military spouses.

3. If you have children, how do you prepare them to move to a new place? (from The Random Ramblings of A Household 6)
    • I only had our son when we moved this time and he was too little to remember anything. But I think it is good to talk about where you’re going, making new friends, keeping in touch with old friends, and generally being happy and excited so the kids will be too. I also think allowing them to pack their own little bag and help box up toys is helpful as well as making the rounds to people and places loved to get “one more time” out of the way.

4. Name one hobby that gets you through alone time. (from My Sailor’s Mistress)
    • Just one? Well. Look up at my answer to #1 and you get the gist.

5. What’s the one food you don’t ever get tired of? (from That Army Wife Life)
    • There were a number of things I wanted to put down but now with my current feelings (“THAT friend” finally showed up recently) I would have to say Chocolate! It comes in a variety of flavors with different mixtures. Oh, how I love it. You can have it straight, make brownies, muffins, cake, ice cream, have it on strawberries or bananas and so much more... mmm... I’m sure it has saved marriages!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Childhood Speech Apraxia

I know... 2 posts in one day, but this one is kind of important to me.

Yesterday, before leaving on the plane to go to Washington, Will had a session with his speech language pathologist (SLP). He was incredibly cooperative and because of such, Becca was able to evaluate him more fully than she has in the past. Based on what she saw combined with previous sessions and information she has gathered from us she believed she had a diagnosis for him. She instructed me to look up Childhood Speech Apraxia and read up on the descriptions and see how well it fit.

I felt like I was reading a book about my son.

I e-mailed her to let her know that I agreed with what she thought.

Will somehow has a disconnect from his brain to the muscles in his face/mouth that form to create words. He literally is unable to make speech. He understands everything you tell him and he has the words in his head but he can't express them. This oral-motor disability can range from mild to severe and it seems that Will is around a moderate case, but probably leaning more towards the moderate-mild end of the spectrum.

Some children never learn to speak and have to find alternate ways of communication. Other children learn to speak, but have very obvious issues. Some seem to speak with accents, impediments, or have problems gathering the words to create sentences. Then again, some children are able to speak normally and live normal lives.

Many children who do learn to speak continue to have difficulty with language and communication (and sometimes reading) for the remainder of their lives.

Will probably will have to attend some special education classes before school age to aid in his speech development. These classes may have to continue on through the years as well.

After receiving all this information I was crushed. There was a good deal of crying over my little boy.

But in a way I really felt a relief. There is a reason for his lack of speech. I can't tell you how many people have made comments like, "why aren't you working with him" and "don't you talk with him and read to him?" and other insensitive comments. Then I see other little kids his age having full-on conversations with their parents... why can't my son do that? It has been an internal emotional struggle for me... trying to communicate with my son. It was wonderful to have our SLP explain that this had nothing to do with my parenting. This is how William was created (by God, I believe).

Once I read about apraxia more things clicked. Will had always been a very quiet baby and didn't really babble. He drooled A LOT, even as he got older but learned to curb it before he was 1 year old. Even now he occassionally has issues with his drooling while drinking. In addition, Will has some other motor development issues which goes hand-in-hand with oral-motor apraxia (thus the reason for work with an Occupational Therapist and hippo-therapy).

Apraxia has nothing to do with his intelligence. That is a stressor to explain! Anybody who has spent time with William has discovered an incredibly smart and bright little boy. He is amazingly clever. Like I said before, he knows what words he wants to say, but he cannot say them.

For the time being we just have to encourage any form of communication we can at this time. He signs a few words and we have a magnet board with pictures of his common foods to choose between. The few sounds he does use for common words, like "yeah" and "kiki", need to be celebrated and have immediate responses to them.

And it should go without saying that I need to continue doing his lips, tongue, and cheek exercises.

Once learning all of this I was incredibly down. I fear my son will have to work very hard to do something many children find simple and normal. I can only pray that this will not impact the rest of his life.

I was discouraged.

Then I received an uplifting e-mail from our SPL this morning! She is encouraged by the amount of improvment Will has had since beginning his therapy. She believes that with continued speech therapy, work with an O.T., hippo-therapy and probably other classes, Will should be able to catch up to an adequate amount of speech, possibly normal, by the time to enter kindergarten.

Oh, how lightened my heart became. There is hope! It will be a difficult and hard road but I'm willing to take it on with my amazing little man.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I've been tagged by Poekitten @ Many Waters. So here's what happens... answer 8 questions and then tag 8 people so they can answer the questions.

1. If you could have any superpower, what would you have? Why?
Oh, so easy. I have always said I wish I had the power of invisibility. With it I could easily travel around to see the world. I could also play tricks on people and eavesdrop on conversations. Sounds fun!

2. Who is your style icon?
I don’t really have style so I don’t think I have a style icon. Who wears sweats or pj pants while home but throws on an un-stained (usually) shirt or sweatshirt and jeans, often sans makeup when going out? I really only dress “nice” for church or other specific functions. What “style icon” does that?

3. What is your favorite quote?
I’m really not sure. Lately things our friend Stu has said are amazing quotes, but they are completely natural. My current favorite: “If you’re not reading the Bible enough, no big deal, nobody does! Just do it more.”

4. What is the best compliment you've ever received?
This is a very hard question. I’ve never been one to take compliments well and often don’t pay much attention to them (Words of Affirmation is definitely NOT my Love Language). Hmmm… I think the best compliments are from strangers who tell me I have lovely, beautiful and well-behaved kids. It warms my heart.

5. What playlist/cd is in your CD player/iPod right now?
If I’m not listening to the radio I usually listen to my iPod, which is on shuffle so there are a mass array of music to choose from. I’ll get bored with one artist or just one genre of music… so there’s a little bit of everything. When I do hear a CD it’s William’s Veggie Tales Goodnight Songs.

6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?
I am very much a night owl and always have been. I hate mornings. It is harder to be a night owl with young children but I still do it… that’s when I get the most cleaning done.

7. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
Dogs. I’ve tried cats many times but they always have their own agenda and not as social to me. Dogs love you no matter what.

8. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
Nothing really. It’s my name. We call the blog the Tervo Times because when it started it really was just an update on our daily lives, like the family news. I wasn’t using myspace much anymore to blog and most family didn’t have accounts anyway to keep caught up.

Now I have to tag some people:

1. Mandie @ Mandie’s Mumblings…
4. Mrs. Ma’am @ Life as a Cajun Bombshell
5. Jessica Lynn @ Jesstagirl and her Officer
6. Valerie @ Thelandology
8. Angela @ Watch the Grass Grow

Let’s see if they see they have been tagged!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Ready to go

I can't believe I'm heading home TOMORROW! I'm super stoked! Almost finished everything I wanted to. Few more loads of laundry and then packing.

Right now I'm watching "Roswell" through my streaming Netflix and I'm laughing because I really think it was NOT filmed in Roswell. A few shots probably were, and some things resemble what we saw there, but I seriously feel like it was shot in Albuquerque or something... we didn't see any mountains in Roswell!

In other news:

Alanna is being super cute. I love to watch her. She's doing the superman pose on her tummy, grabbing at toys and being very vocal. Before I know it she'll be crawling. She smiles a lot. Ryan can even get her to laugh and squeal like no other when he tickles her. Her sitting up is constantly improving. She'll sit for awhile and then will tilt too far and fall over... she's learning.

Will is becoming more social. While at the park the other day he was following around a little kid (with his mom) and trying to get him to play with him. Then in the nursery he started playing with Ethan - who he usually ignores. It is a very good sign. He's jumping all over the place, jumping off things, climbing on everything, and jabbering up a storm. He is attempting more words, including "Hannah" our babysitter. He's also trying to pick up every moving creature he sees... including the cockroach we saw outside. Gross!

Ryan and I had a nice time last night. He humored me and took me to "Nick & Jimmy's" a greek/italian restaurant. They had super yummy pasta, but Ryan wasn't too thrilled with the menu. Oh well. This month they are having a special on Sunday's where you buy one entree and get the second free. Considering all the dinner entrees were over $14 it was a nice discount.

Then we saw "The Other Guys" and laughed through nearly the whole movie. Very funny!

Anyway, like I said before, I'm excited to go home. What I'm not looking forward to is the weather. It's still in the upper 80's to 90's down here and in Washington it's in the 50's. Nearly all of Alanna's clothes are summer outfits, so I might have a bit of baby clothes shopping to do when we get there. And Will is finally beginning to fit in 2T clothes and I'm not sure what he has available to wear.

Wish us luck! I've never flown alone with two little kids before!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Baking Soda Mishaps

Ug! Sometimes I'm amazed that I even enjoy baking!

Tonight we were having pancakes for dinner, the Bisquick kind, not the "from scratch" kind (they take too many eggs, more messy, and mixing/prepping is too slow). Anyway, I decide to make the Supreme version which is 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp vanilla.

Sounds simple, right?

Well, I put in 2 Tbsp baking soda. Not a good thing. I catch it after 1 pancake so I throw out all the batter. Thankfully I still had 1 egg left so I was able to half the recipe (which I usually do anyway) and mix it up proper.

It was frustrating and funny and reminded me of something I did similar in college...

I was baking cookies and go to get the flour. Now my roommate provided most of the kitchen stuff, so I grab the GIANT jar/container with white powdery stuff inside. Dump the measured amount in my dough and continue on.

It isn't long before I notice my dough literally rising in the bowl. I do a taste test and it is bitter... you know, salty flavor.

What do I do? Dump a ton of sugar in. The dough continues to rise... and it still tastes awful.

I ended up throwing it all away. When my roommate came home I told her what happened and she asked me to show her the container I used.

It was baking soda. I put in 2 1/3 cups BAKING SODA in my chocolate chip cookie dough. Apparently there was an "s" on the huge glass container to let you know.

What I want to know is why in the world do we have a gallon+ jar of baking soda?! Who does that?

Friday, September 3, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

My answers to WifeOfASailor

This Week:
1. What is a weird/funny superstition that you have? (from A{muse}ing Mommy on a Pink Park Bench)
    • I don’t like stepping on cracks. There’s always that little kids saying, “step on a crack, break your momma’s back.” Not that I avoid them at all costs, but ya know, I always step over them. I also like to eat candy and small treats in pairs. If they are m&ms or skittles or something colored I try to eat them in matching color pairs.
2. What are your hopes and dreams for the years AFTER the military? After all, we aren’t in it forever! (from Stetsons, Spurs and Stilettos)
    • We would like to settle down somewhere, put down roots. Finish raising our kids. Buy or build a house and enjoy life. Hubby wants to raise puppies, but I'm not so sure about that. I’d love to get back into the theatre (that was my major before moving overseas) preferably directing. Of course traveling will also be in there somewhere.
3. Since [this] month is National Apple Month (no really!), I’d probably ask: What is your yummiest apple recipe? (from NH Girl Displaced)
    • Hmmm... apple cobbler. Sadly, I can’t find my recipe. Tells you how long it’s been since I made any, ha! Good thing I’m going home next week and can raid my mom’s recipe books!
4. How long have you gone as a military spouse without talking to your husband/wife during service? (from A Navy Princess and Her Little Sailors)
    • It was actually during Hurricane Katrina when hubby was at training in Biloxi. We went about 2 days without contact. In the grand scheme of things it isn’t that long... we haven’t had a deployment to deal with yet.
5. I occasionally watch When I was 17… on MTV. So, what was something that was significant about your 17th year of life? (from Ashley Amazing)
    • Oh, I graduated High School. Probably the biggest. That was actually one of the funnest years of my life with school and my friends. I was jazz choir & choir president, one of the main editors to the yearbook, sergeant in the colorguard and extremely active in the theatre. I wasn’t a nerd or anything but I was always busy and had amazing friends. Also, I was accepted to both my top choices for college and had to choose between them.

For love of the job

I just love my job as a mom. My kids really do bring so much into my life. Regardless if I complain about my lack of sleep or dealing with obedience, potty training, whining and crying... whatever, I still love them so much.

Right now the whole 2-year-old stage is getting annoying, but at the same time it is a lot of fun. Will is all about trying to do things for himself -- whether he can or not. Exploration of everything is important as well. In addition, he wants to check his boundaries to see how far he can push things. I know that if he could talk he would be asking questions up the yin-yang and would really have a lot to say. He is so clever.

Alanna is also at a fun stage. She can sit up fairly well on her own but she still topples overs. Peek-a-boo is a blast! She doesn't have object permanence yet so when I re-appear it's like the most amazing thing to her, so fun! Lana loves to look at herself in the mirror and really, any kid who looks at her will be met with a smile.

I'm sure I could go on and on about the personalities of my children. To this day I am still awed at how different they are. It's like, a person was born and already came out with who they are as that person. Life is inspiring!

Anyway, let's keep this short. Enjoy some pics and videos!

can't remember if I shared this one or not, but I love it! Will refused to sleep in his bed yet he passed out on the glider chair.

The kids were napping so I had office time. I come out and see Maya helping Alanna nap.

My pretty girl in her new shoes and tights, ready for church.

Mischievous Will

Videos of Will jumping off the chair onto pillows (like my brother used to do) and Alanna kicking off a blanket over her face.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

101 in 1001 List

I’ve seen 101 Goals in 1001 Days on several different blogs so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make some for myself. In my daily life I use lists anyway, so this might give me more incentive to get things done I want to do. With a set time limit I hope to finish much of my list… and some of these things I’ve wanted to do for a long time, while others are opportunities I want to grab onto while living in New Mexico.

If you want to do it too you just create a list of 101 measurable, clearly defined tasks and try to achieve them in 1001 days (2.75) years. You can find out more info at

My Start Date: September 1, 2010

My End Date: May 29, 2013

Items that have been finished are crossed out and have a completion date.

Some items that are in process will be in italics

Check out any links to see what happened!
1. Actually finish 90 days of the P90X
2. Attempt snowboarding
3. Attend Isotopes game with Fireworks
4. Be a vegetarian for 2 weeks straight
5. Bungee Jump
6. Buy a car
7. Buy cowboy boots
8. Change the design of our holiday mail-out
9. Climb the Astoria Column again
10. Complete and order my Japan photo album
11. Completely grow out my bangs
12. Crochet a blanket
13. Decide on a Master's Degree
14. Decorate our bedroom
15. Do a cross stitch project
16. Donate $1 to charity for every goal not completed
on this list
17. Donate blood at least 3 times (0/3)
18. Dye my hair blonde (I can always dye it back)
19. Eat a Tav Burger in Ellensburg
20. Eat breakfast every day for a month
21. Enroll both kids in swim lessons
22. Find a school to get my Masters Degree at
23. Finish the big quilt started 7 years ago
24. Finish the kids' room
25. Get a Brazilian wax
26. Get a facial
27. Get a Family Name wood sign for outside
28. Get a massage
29. Get a pair of moccassins
30. Get Alanna a passport
31. Get CPR certified
32. Get family photos taken at least once a year (0/3)
33. Go Camping in a Cabin
34. Go clamdigging
35. Go kayaking/canoeing
36. Go on a bike ride
37. Go on a picnic
38. Go to a driving range
39. Go to a New Mexico corn maze
40. Go to a waterpark
41. Go to another country
42. Go to Carlsbad Caverns
43. Go to Nevada
44. Go to Route 66 Casino
45. Go to Santa Fe
46. Go to Texas
47. Go to the Petrogylphs
48. Grow something from a seed
49. Hand embroider pillows for my kids
50. Hang out with somebody we knew in Japan
51. Have 30 followers on my blog (14/30)
52. Have a game night at our house
53. Have a makeup makeover
54. Keep up with all the homework for a Bible Study
55. Make a special craft tradition for major holidays with
the kids
56. Make enchiladas from scratch
57. Make jam from scratch
58. Make monster cookies
59. Make Pizza from scratch
60. Meet one of my fellow bloggers
61. Pay for a stranger's coffee
62. Pay off Student Loans
63. Pick out pumpkins from a pumpkin patch
64. Read 10 books (0/10)
65. Read the entire Bible again (0/66)
66. Ride a horse again
67. Ride a train
68. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
69. Ride on a motorcycle
70. Ride the Sandia Tramway
71. See "Wicked"
72. See an Major League Soccer game
73. See family in Colorado
74. See the After-Glow Fireworks at the Balloon Fiesta
75. See the Mass Ascension at the Balloon Fiesta
76. See the Rocky Mountains
77. Send 5 "thinking of you" cards to friends or family
78. Sew a cute dress for myself to wear
79. Sew pajama pants for all my siblings (0/3)
80. Sing a solo
81. Skydive
82. Take a cooking class
83. Take the kids to the beach
84. Tile something, like a backsplash or countertop
85. Tour Safeco Field
86. Transfer all photos/video to the Mac
87. Try 10 different restaurants we've never gone to
88. Try 3 seasonal latte flavors from Starbucks (0/3)
89. Try cooking/baking a new recipe every month (0/33)
90. Try green chili
91. Try lobster
92. Try red chili
93. Visit Las Vegas
94. Visit Sedona
95. Visit sister in California
96. Visit the Four Corners
97. Visit the Grand Canyon
98. Watch 26 movies I've never seen beginning with
each letter of the alphabet (0/26)
99. Work on a play
100. Write a letter to our sponsor child every month (0/33)
101. Write a real letter to 5 friends instead of
e-mails/facebook (0/5)