Saturday, July 30, 2011

More visitors

Having a fun and busy weekend. My mother-in-law and brother-in-law are visiting so we're staying pretty occupied. I finally caught up on most of blog reading but neglected to comment on any. Spending time on the computer has not been a priority.

So far we have ate at Tucano's (so incredibly, wonderfully gluttonous), wandered a bit around ABQ Uptown and enjoyed some YoYo Bliss, got a few things from the going-out-of-business Borders, and allowed the children to be spoiled by their Nana. It was a pleasure to sleep in this morning as well!

Today we hiked the petroglyphs and Will got to pee in a bush. I think he liked it. We're still hoping to get to the local park here on base as well as go swimming.

We still want to do more but we'll see how things go.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday's Song


Thursday Song Link-Up! I find myself looking forward to this post every week... it's just fun!

If you want to join in, check out Goodnight Moon.

My choice this week is a song I've heard on the radio a few times and it makes me smile. Especially the first verse with babies and cheerios. Been there. Hope you can find something in it for you too.



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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gettin' Ready!

We've got family coming to visit this weekend.

So of course I'm busy trying to get my house totally in order and other things neglected finally taken care of.

Like Will's car seat. I knew it probably needed washed but I figured it was alright. That was until he had an accident in it yesterday. Opening the car doors this morning in a hot garage helped make up my mind quite quickly that the car seat did, indeed, need washed!

Oh, I didn't share with ya'll that the other day my kiddos decided that toilet bowl water was PERFECT for a bathroom water fight. Yeah... it was quarantined from all use until I could thoroughly clean the entire room; walls and doors included.

Don't you just hate it when you have a full day of stuff to get done and then more gets added on? My To-Do list seems to get longer before I can cross things off! Oh well. Such is life.

What do you do to prepare for visitors?

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Jack Sparrow Lied!

Today was my birthday. And there is no Fountain of Youth!



Wow.

Now, I usually consider myself in the "younger" category when it comes to adult-hood. In fact, most of the people near my age at church are in the singles/college age group. I don't really fit in there considering I'm married and have 2 kids.

But this year was kind of sad for me because, yes, I'm still in my MID-twenties... but now I'm past that peak point and headed into the "lates". Scary! Who would have though 26 could be a difficult age?!

I think my age started bugging me a few years ago when I'd read the Stars and Stripes and the guys getting killed in Iraq and Afghanistan were younger than me. It just wasn't right. Then in the past year I've found several blogs of new military wives who are in their early twenties and it's like it wasn't that long ago I was there. I'm kind of past that starting out point now.

But on the other hand I'm pretty satisfied with where I am. At the age of 26 I have been married for several years, I have two wonderful little kids, a dog, a house (well, military housing), I have my Bachelor's Degree, we own 2 cars, I lived in a foreign country for a couple years which included some amazing experiences and there are many, many lessons I've learned. It is true that I never really had that young single life since I did get married so young, but that's alright. I've heard stories of the dumb things people did during those "single years" and I don't think I'm really missing out on too much.

There is much to be thankful for. Then again, there is still much to improve upon. Not sure what this next year will bring but I'm up for it!

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Heard at the House

Ever watch the Wiggles? Chances are, if you are a parent of a toddler you are familiar with who they are. Middle age Australian guys wearing primay colors and singing children's songs.

Hey, don't judge.

It's actually something my kids both like to watch (and that's saying something because Will really could care less about TV).

This morning we had an episode on and they were singing the song "Let's Have A Barbie On The Beach" -- a bbq party.

Ryan randomly walks by - stops - then rushes around the corner to see what's on the screen.

Apparently he heard "ba na na na na na na BODY on the beach. Tell your friends there's a BODY on the beach." He wanted to know what in the world we were watching!

Kind of strange to think about, but to be honest if there was a "body" on the beach I was at I would probably tell all my friends about it... most likely on FB.

We got a nice laugh out of it. But, you know people make up words to songs all the time that may or may not fit. Right?

And for your listening enjoyment you can hear the Wiggles song below.


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Friday, July 22, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


If you'd like to join MilSpouse Friday Fill-In, head over to Wife of a Sailor's page, answer and link up!

This week:

1. Do you eat raw cookie dough?
Why yes I do! I enjoy all types of cookie dough; chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodle, monster, peanut butter. In fact, I used to throw semi-theme parties in high school and one time everybody brought over a bowl of different cookie dough and we ate ourselves sick! So much fun!

2. When you get online for the first time of the day… what site do you immediately head to?
It is usually hotmail or facebook. After those two it's blogger. I'm so lame... I know.

3. What was your favorite pet as a child and why?
Chassie. She was a cocker spaniel that was 6 months older than me. Mom always said we were babies together. When we were 10 she was hit by a log truck on the country roads. Sad day. We've had other dogs that were special, but there was something about her and I growing up together and my first real tragic loss of a loved one.

4. If you had a snail that could magically grant wishes, what would you name it?
Fred or Squishy. Maybe Magical Aspera (snail scientific name is helix aspera) so maybe Pera for short.

5. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?
I don't really "lick" a tootsie pop. It usually goes into my mouth to get sucked on for awhile. Then after a bit I start biting into it to get to the center and be done with it. I have a problem with savoring I guess.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday Song Link-Up

Thursday yet again. Time for the weekly song link-up with Goodnight Moon.


This week I've chosen "If Everyone Cared" by Nickelback. I've been in a Nickelback mood, especailly today. Things have been going faily smooth and not crazy busy like the last few weeks. Today I've been working on our 2010 photo album through Snapfish. Hoping I can get it done by my b-day because that's when the 50% off sale ends... and it is one SPENDY album. Already over $100 and I've still got pages to add. Whew...

Anyway, enjoy the message of the song/video. I love it!



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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Motherhood - It's Worth It

Before I get into writing I wanted to let you all know that Poekitten over at Many Waters is having a giveaway for a Pampered Chef Gift Card. Like to cook or bake? Click HERE and enter to win!

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Now on to what I wanted to blog about. My friend Tegan posted a link to an article on Facebook that was an interesting read and made me want to write about my thoughts on being a mom. You can check out the article HERE.

Personally, I think being a mom rocks! I love having my kids around and they are truly a highlight to my life. They are funny, entertaining, loving, and there's just something about them that I just can't describe. They are mine. It doesn't matter what my plans were before they came along because I wouldn't trade the time spent with my kids for those other opportunities - which I'm not so sure would be as fulfilling.

Yeah, sometimes being a stay-at-home mom can become overwhelming... the house is a mess, the kids have been crying all day, you still haven't showered, hubby wants dinner... but I think those bad days are worth the good days (which thankfully for me are more often than not).

Having a child is an amazing experience. It's like they are born and BAM it's a person. A WHOLE person has just arrived into your world. They have a soul, a personality, and their own preferences. Not to say that didn't exist in the womb, but it's so incredible to have this tiny person there who will rely on you to survive for the next few years. (I think that can go for parents who adopt as well... suddenly a special person exists in your life that wasn't there before.)

And each one is different.

I am still amazed by how my two kids, from the same mom and dad, could be so completely different from one another. I love it! They look so much alike... but one is more reserved, quiet, cuddly and obedient while the other is very social, independent and stubborn.

It's fascinating that when your child is born you just love them so much that you can't imagine loving another person that much. Then the next child comes along and you are overwhelmed with how much love one person could have at all to love that child just as much as the first one. It makes me ponder how much God truly loves us for He is love.

This whole "mom" business can be stressful. Forget the different parenting tips, commands and choices - I don't want to get into that one. But there are parents out there who seem to resent their kids or, as the article describes, do not have a priority on children. Yes, it was important for me to finish college before I had kids but that was also because I was incredibly young. Technically I did not finish college before having a child since Will was born 2 weeks before finals of my last quarter. Those two weeks were INCREDIBLY difficult and I am in awe of moms who have children and go back to school. It is not easy.

William was our surprise and Alanna was planned, well, sort of. Having them 25 months apart was perfect timing for us (and apparenty for God too). I'd really like to have a third child soon, but we're going to wait since so much of our future is up in the air still. If we are blessed with a third (and hopefully a fourth) child I am sure that I will be just as in love with them as with the first two.

Which brings me to my next topic. Large families. I don't have a problem with them. As long as the children are properly cared for; fed, clothed, loved, educated... then I'm okay with it. I'd also prefer they weren't being supported off the government or my tax money, but that's another subject all together.

I think coming from a big family has its benefits. There's always somebody to play with. You have lots of support from each other. You are included. I don't consider my family large as I'm only the 3rd of 4 kids, but I'm glad I do have sisters and a brother. We're our own special club. My mom is the 3rd of 10 surviving brothers and sisters and I truly enjoy having a large extended family that I can rely on for love and support though we are far away.

I've also heard it said that the more children you have the easier it becomes.

Anyway, to close this out I wanted to share what happens when people see me with my two little ones. Since they go practically everywhere with me I hear the comment, "you have your hands full" fairly often. I did like the author's reply in the article, but mine is sort of different. When I hear that comment my reply is "yeah I know, but it's all worth it." I truly do believe that.

Will and Lana could be running off in opposite directions and I'm flustered and frustrated and hot and sweaty but there's nothing that compares to one of your own bringing a book to sit down and be read to or one of your own curling up on your lap so they can settle down and go to sleep. It's those cherished moments that make my heart melt and know it's worth it!



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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book Review: Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson


Imagine experiencing the 9/11 attacks first hand and evacuating the World Trade Center from 78 floors up.

Now imagine going through that blind.

Author Michael Hingson doesn’t have to imagine it because he lived through it and survived with the help of his guide dog, Roselle. “Thunder Dog” shares the page-turning true story of Michael and Roselle’s trip down stairwell B of Tower 1 on that fateful day.

Everything starts from before the sunrise with a thunderstorm and preparations for just another day at work. Then everything changes. The first plane hits Hingson’s tower and although nobody is sure what happened, they all begin to leave the building in the safest manner possible – down the stairwell. There is confusion but a strange calmness as the smell of smoke and jet fuel permeates the route, burn victims pass and firefighters make their way up. In their metal and concrete cocoon they have no idea of the events occurring outside in the sister tower. Trusting Roselle and working together as a team Hingson and the lovely golden retriever courageously make it out of the building mere minutes before Tower 2 falls. Then they run. They run through the suffocating dust and debris praying nothing hits them before they can get to safety.

Once that harrowing danger passes and the other tower falls Hingson, Roselle and co-worker/friend David Frank still need to contact loved ones and find their ways home.

This was a fascinating story. It is gripping from the start and easily moves through Hingson’s life story being born blind and the obstacles he overcame and experiences he had which later helped him and Roselle to successfully make it out of the World Trade Center.

I really enjoyed this book. Hingson and Susy Flory have created a wonderfully uplifting narrative during such a horrible event. Readers take more from this book than just a blind guy and his dog surviving, there are lessons in there on humanity and discrimination. Even though I have been around numerous people with disabilities of different sorts I learned a lot about blindness, how those who are blind wish to be treated (no differently), and how our technology of today has opened doors to those who are sightless. It was also a blessing to get a glimpse at the beautiful relationship of faith and trust a guide dog and his handler have.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255



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End to a busy week

Finally! The week is nearly over. Saturday I have NOTHING written down on my calendar. How lovely is that?!

It's been a great week, though I've been busy. And tonight was truly the cherry on top!

Ryan and I went to see Harry Potter in XD 3D. Yuppers! It's finally over!

We got some pretty good seats and enjoyed the show. No spoilers so I won't tell you about the movie, just that I thought it was fun, exciting, and though different in parts from the books, it all tied up ends nicely.

A awesome part to this evening was that a couple from church came over to watch our kids. Will and Alanna did wonderful, were polite and entertaining and the couple really enjoyed spending time with them. It's been awhile since they've had little ones so they relished the opportunity.

Maya went to the groomers today so she was clean and happy when the "sitters" came over. She was a good girl too!

Perhaps tomorrow I can get some sewing done. And I've got another review to write when I feel like sitting down and focusing.

I hope you all have a great weekend... and to end I'm sharing a picture. Caption ideas???



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Thursday, July 14, 2011

What's Your Song?

Thursday has come again! Time for What's Your Song link up with Goodnight Moon.



This week I've chosen "High of 75" by Relient K. I've been a fan of theirs since their first album (remember the Marilyn Manson song anybody? anybody? Bueller?).

At Creation Festival 2001 I saw them perform on the fringe stage --- they're main stage guys now. It was right before they were to release their 2nd album.

Anyway, this is one of my favorite songs from their 4th album. What I love about it is that I'm one of those people that if the sun isn't shining, then I'm usually not either. Living in Albuquerque, I think, really helps me stay a happy person. And though our highs are much higher than 75, it's still great and I am truly happy to be alive.

sorry in the picture/sound is out of sync... don't know what's up with that

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

and then? and then?

Stopping by to say HI!

Staying busy here yet again. This week I've been watching my friends' kids and tomorrow I have another one. I really don't mind... there have been numerous times when friends have watched my little ones for one reason or another and it's good to give back.

Today we had more therapies and Will is doing awesome. His "Oral Motor Function Therapy" (feeding therapies) have gone well and we are seeing definite improvement. Today we also had O.T. at the base pool. Will was actually jumping in the water, going under and NOT inhaling the water! Totally awesome. Alanna was also doing well in the pool and holding her breath when she went under.

Now both of them are ready to bathe and go to bed.

Today I realized that Will only has 3 weeks of his early intervention therapies! THREE! I'm actually going to miss those lovely ladies who have worked so hard with my son. Once he starts school they get 3 hours spread over 3 months to help his transition and see if there's something the school needs to be covering with him.

Anyway, Big Brother is on tonight (yes, I'm a Big Brother watcher... those people can be crazy!) so I've got to get Will and Lana washed up.

I'm already worn out and my house is a mess and I've got a friend coming over early in the morning to hang out and bake stuff... and then there are 2 lovely books I'm craving to continue jumping into and I'm starting Ecclesiastes as my next book for my Bible reading... and I still have to prepare my post for my song link-up tomorrow.

It's good to stay busy though.

At least Ryan and I have a wonderful date night lined up for Friday. Already have our XD 3D tickets for the new Harry Potter movie purchased! Yay!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

A Day at the Zoo

Saturday the kids and I met up with church people for a day at the ABQ Zoo. Ryan stayed home for more SOS studying and paperwork for AFIT. It was nice for him to have a quiet house to work in and me and the kiddos to be out having a nice time in the summer sun.

We enjoyed our church friends. It wasn't a large group and we all knew each other. We wandered around, watching each others' kids, talking and sticking to the shade as much as possible. Did you know it's around 100*+ every day so far in Albuquerque? Sheesh! Oh, and none of us got sunburned (major score for me!)

We rode the zoo train, had lunch in the park and fed the ducks. Will really had a good time pointing out the "kitty" (tiger, cougar, alligator) and "birrrrr" (ducks, peacocks, eagles, etc...). Both kids had a blast playing in the fountain play area. During lunch all the kids were taking turns sitting in a wagon while the others pushed/pulled them around our grassy area.

When most of the group headed home I stayed with a couple and walked around for a bit longer. They are wonderful people and I like talking with them. They also enjoy having my little ones around since all their boys have grown and gone.

Anyway, here's some photos:

sleeping cougar

Will's favorite exhibit

Lana, Lily & Will at the bird show

Lana on the train with Mr. & Mrs. Burns

Will being cheesy on the train

Alanna taking her turn playing in the wagon... while stuffing her face

Will taking his turn in the wagon at lunch time

As I said, Will liked feeding the ducks. Cheap entertainment but makes him happy. Lana watched from the stroller... sometimes unhappily. At the end you can hear him saying "more" since he wanted to keep feeding his feathered friends.
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Friday, July 8, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


To join in MilSpouse Friday Fill-In, go check out Wife of a Sailor's blog and link up!

This week there's even a question submitted by me! Fun!
  1. Does your Significant Other read your blog? Why is this a good or a bad thing? submitted by Mrs. Alana’s Miscellany
    Sometimes he does check in on what I'm writing. I think it's good so that he can see, sometimes, what's going on in my head or how I feel about something I may not have said outloud. And I really try not to write bad things so I'm not worried if he reads it.

  2. What is one item in your house that holds the most sentimental value and why? submitted by The Albrecht Squad
    Hard question. I think it would be my photographs (printed and on the hard drive).  I also have my grandmother's class ring. Then again, I think the little boxes with my kids' special items mean a lot to me as well.

  3. When it comes to water fun in the summer do you prefer the beach, the pool, a lake, or the sprinklers? submitted by The Tervo Times
    I LOVE the beach, but there is no ocean near where I currently live. So for now the pool does just fine... and I don't get my feet all muddy in the yard with the sprinklers.

  4. What is the one special thing that you do for yourself to get you through the first week of a deployment/separation? submitted by A Creed and a Psalm
    Haven't had to go through a deployment so I'm not sure what I would do other than keep busy with the little ones and our life. I'd probably soak up a lot of sappy movies by myself though.

  5. What is your biggest guilty pleasure website? submitted by Christine’s Little Blog
    Hmm... I spend a lot of time on facebook and blogger. I do like youtube as well when I want to find a laugh. Other than that, I'm not a big internet surfer.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday's Jam


Thursday!

You know what that means!

Time for the What's Your Song link up with Goodnight Moon.

This week I'm breaking the rules again and posting two songs.
Yup, two.

Be happy it's only two... I had a hard time choosing. I've been listening to Michael Buble, Reliank K, Good Charlotte, Taylor Swift, David Crowder Band and many others recently so, yeah, hard time deciding what to post.

And yes, I am often very eclectic.

Oh, and youtube is being annoying and complicated and for some reason I cannot properly embed the videos on blogger (fail) so I just have to post the links. Sorry. I know how blah that is.

 
First up is "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed. Gives some good memories and just always liked the song. So enjoy!


Okay, this second song just always gets me. "Lead Me" by Sanctus Real.

I love this song. Now, things haven't always been peachy with hubby and I. There are always struggles in a marriage and sometimes it's hard to put things into words. When I first actually heard this song and listened to the lyrics I cried. I felt that it truly expressed what I was feeling and wanted.
 
Right now things are going good, but there's just something about this song that's been on my mind lately so I felt I should share it this week. I wanted the official music video (which is disabed to embed but with the problems right now I can still just link the song) so just listen to the song and take in what it has to say.

 
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Book Review: A Place Called Blessing by John Trent


A Place Called Blessing by John Trent, PhD with Annette Smith is a fictional story based on the elements from the book The Blessing. Completely engrossing, I could not put the book down at all!

A 5-year-old Josh and his two older brothers become orphans and are split up when sent to foster care after their neglectful parents die in a drunk driving accident. Eventually the boys are reunited in a nice foster home. But things do not stay wonderful as a tragic accident forces the children to leave and go to a children’s home. Josh’s brothers are eventually adopted out but he is left behind.

At 18 Josh leaves to head out on his own. Angry, bitter, distrustful, feeling worthless he leads the life of a loner. No real place to stay and barely anything to eat Josh finally finds work in another town. It is there a co-worker, Mike, hooks him up with a place to stay – his mom’s house.

Living with Mike and his mom, Anna, Josh begins to learn what it is like to be loved, accepted and have self-worth. When things get hard and a horrible secret surfaces Josh finds the support and “the blessing” he needs to continue into a productive and healthy future.

Such a heartwarming and emotional story, it had me laughing out loud in some parts and in others tearing up. I became quite invested in Josh’s character and could not wait to finish the book. Once I picked it up I couldn’t set it down… but it is a fairly short read at fewer than 200 pages so in a couple hours I had it completed. And I am happy to say I felt the ending tied up everything quite well.

I have not read The Blessing which this book is derived from. After reading some additional information I might have to pick it up, as it would be an interesting book to read as well. I think any parent or person could enjoy this book as it can provide some great insights on truly showing love and blessing your children or any other person you come in contact with.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July 2011

Our 4th of July was pretty laid back. Ryan had studying to do and the kids were happy to just play here at the house.

Both kids ended up taking later & longer naps because we planned to go to the Balloon Fiesta Park for the FREE Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks.

Overall traffic wasn't too bad coming in... but the crowds were already in place. We ended up getting in lines for cotton candy, sno cones, and hotdogs. Not too bad of a wait, but not short either. Ryan ended up waiting over 30 minutes for a funnel cake and then gave up 'cause it would probably be another 15-20 mins and we wanted to get in place for the fireworks.


The fireworks were fun. I love fireworks. This year we couldn't have any sort of fireworks on base; no sparklers or smoke bombs. Going to a place where people know what they're doing was a plus for us... especially with all the dryness out here.

The kids LOVED the fireworks as well. Will kept pointing them out saying "ooohh" and along those lines. He thought they were fun. Lana also enjoyed them. She would point them out and babble her baby nonsense and I would just laugh.



It was funny because we were sitting on a blanket and Lana had her shoes off (she got mad at them) but would not get off the blanket because she HATES the feeling of grass on her feet. It was hilarious! Ryan was sitting just off the blanket with Will since a rather large lady with a chair sat right in front of us and Will couldn't see... so Alanna was going to walk over to him, steps on the grass, screams and sits down crying. She's such a drama queen.
not the best pic, but yes, we were all wearing coordinated shirts


Anyway, even though they had "professionals" doing the fireworks they still started a fire. Yup, a fire. They were able to put it out though. Just goes to show how easily that happens especially in such a DRY place.
that orange glow center, below the fireworks is the fire

Leaving afterwards was a pain. It always is. Albuquerque really needs to implement some better traffic coordination for the Balloon Fiesta Park because it is always horrible! It took us over an hour to get home (without traffic should only take maybe 25 minutes).

I hope your 4th of July was wonderful. My kids looked adorable in their Old Navy shirts and loved the fireworks. I look forward to them actually appreciating this holiday!




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Monday, July 4, 2011

Commenters, mind your manners!

I've been wanting to address something that has been bugging me about the blogging community which I'm sure there are many people in agreement.

It's those mean commenters.

Thankfully I've really only had to deal with 1 or 2 comments and I will just delete any that seem offensive or rude to me. I allow open comments here so I'm thankful I haven't had to deal with much.

But I know that there are others who share their lives through their blogs who have gone through some horrible things. They lay out the story and open their emotions to whomever comes across that page. Several of those blogs provide an uplifting message through the hardships and I empathize for them and pray for them and do truly wish the best for their happiness and future.

Most of the comments I see there are extremely encouraging.

THEN there are the rude people.

I'm not sure what it is that makes them think it is appropriate to belittle, chastise, insult or condemn but I feel it is extremely out of line. And it's not just on emotional blog posts, it can be about anything! I've seen rude comments on recipe blogs! RECIPES!! I'm thinking, 'why on earth are you being mean and offensive to somebody's post about a recipe? 'Cause if you don't like that recipe, just don't make it.'

We really don't need to be spreading around negative things.

Perhaps it is the anonymity the Internet can provide that allows strangers to blatantly say horrible, mean, and explicit things they would never, in a million years, say to a stranger's face.

I know if I'm in disagreement on what somebody has posted I just do not comment at all or at least only mention my disagreement on the topic, not that person or their character. I also refuse to get into an argument though comments... it seems childish. Too much drama that I refuse to partake in.

Brings me back to what past mothers would always teach (though I think it's been going out of style lately):
"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!"


I think manners need to be truly brought into the blogging community... and probably not just the blogging community. Manners should be in place everywhere, but unfortunately, many people seem to have forgotten them.


Oh, and by the way, Happy 4th of July! I'll be blogging about our day in the near future.


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Sunday, July 3, 2011

nervousness sucks

I am so frustrated at myself!
Today I was to sing a special at church. My sound check/rehearsal went very well... but I couldn't shake this weird nervousness.

I don't usually get nervous before I perform so it really caught me off guard. Really, no idea where it came from. I've sang numerous solos, lead worship before, been on stage more times than I can count.

I tried to calm down. I tried my visualizations. I prayed. I asked for more prayer. I drank water. For some reason the odd nervousness wouldn't go away.

So what happened?

I screwed up my song in the beginning by getting clammed up and I was so mad at myself I guess it showed a bit in the rest of my performance. Ryan said I did not look very happy on the stage.

I tried to smile...

People still told me it sounded wonderful, but I'm just really irritated and disappointed in myself.

Oh well. I'll get over it.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and I think we've found something fun to do to celebrate AND see fireworks. I'm looking forward to it!!

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4th of July Weekend

It's the 4th of July weekend! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves. We're kind of taking things easy.

As an update on Will's IEP (which I was anxious about) things went GREAT! We got the services we wanted and overall are satisfied with his goals. Thing is, Will has normal development and is incredibly smart but just has a major speech problem. Not being able to speak and express himself impacts his emotions, socialization and it can be difficult to have a clear marker of his learning (since he can't explain verbally what he knows).

Basically the goals are normal pre-school level stuff: recognize shapes & colors, count to 10, begin letter recognition, initiate and actively participate in play with peers, etc...

But the important stuff is along the lines of speech, like have him speak in 3-5 word sentences with clarity others can understand.

It was good to have Will's therapists there who made sure to have things clearly stated (they are more experienced in IEP writing) and were on our side. We didn't really have to fight for anything because we were all in agreement. The OT did speak up more about being sure documentation in his IEP referenced his struggle with fine motor skills as well as transitioning so it can be a focus in his preschool if it does impact his other development goals.

I'm very happy with the outcome and I think Will will enjoy school in the fall.

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I don't remember if I blogged about it before, but our van was overheating *gasp* with weather in the 100's. This wasn't good considering we just had the water pump and some belts replaced and engine fan work done in March. Thankfully it wasn't a big deal (like a cracked head). Just needed a new thermostat, radiator cap and there was some electrical problems with some of the fans... so about $300 later our van is drivable again!

And then! and then! and then! Our vacuum died.

Not a real shocker there. It's been on its last leg for quite some time now. Ryan purchased the vacuum after her graduated high school and was living on his own in the Air Force. So it was probably around 10 years old. Strangely enough, last week I said that with this paycheck I was going to buy a new vacuum because I felt the one we had was going to give out. It wasn't sucking very strong and would spit out pieces of cracker or cheerios that other vacuums would get. I was tired of fighting with it and fearing it would blow up on me while I was working.

Hubby wasn't on the same page at the time.

But then HE was vacuuming just yesterday and it literally flew apart. And, no, I did not sabotage it. I don't even think I know how!

Today we got our new one. LOVE IT! Ryan is impressed with how strong it is and how well it works. Our carpet feels so incredibly different now that this vacuum can get the dirt out the other left behind. I look forward to a very thorough vacuuming followed by some steam cleaning.

How sad is it that I'm excited about domestic work?

Besides getting the vacuum I also had to go to Old Navy. Good sales going on right now and I needed to get the shirts for the 4th of July. Between the sales and then getting 10% discount for sending some flip-flops to the troops, I spent about $55 for around $90 worth of clothing/shoes/hats. Awesome, right?

This year we're talking about going somewhere to actually see fireworks. I heard there was something going on at the Balloon Fiesta Park so we might go there Monday evening. No fireworks of any kind are allowed on the base... not even sparklers or smoke bombs. And with as dry as it has been here I would like to go somewhere "safe" to enjoy a fireworks show. I'm sure the kids will like it too.

And finally... I'm supposed to sing my solo at church in the morning. Right now my throat hurts from the practicing I did today so I hope it feels better. I finally decided on a version of "God Bless America" since the other songs I was debating on could not be found in a key I could sing in. By the way, the Bibles Plus store here in Albuquerque (where I finally found the performance track) is the best Bible book store I think I've ever been in. Very awesome! I could definitely spend some money in there.

I'll let you know how the performance goes.


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Friday, July 1, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In



Friday! Time for MilSpouse Friday Fill-in. If you want to link up, head over to answer the questions from Wife of a Sailor.



  • Have you (spouse) ever considered joining the military and what do you think of dual military couples? submitted by Project Army Wife



  • actually yes! That's how we met. I joined AFROTC in college and planned to complete that and become an officer. Instead, I married my flight commander.


  • What is your idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon? submitted by A Few of My Favorite Things



  • hmmm... after church have a lovely lunch, everyone naps in the afternoon and we just relax and hang out. Maybe even have some friends over.


  • What do you usually do for the 4th of July holiday? submitted by Anchor’s Away



  • We used to go out and enjoy festivities of Independence Day and then fireworks in the evening. But I don't think fireworks are gonna happen with how incredibly dry it is in New Mexico... there's enough fires already.


  • If they could make an Olympic event JUST for you that you know you’d medal in, what would it be? submitted by Pants are Confusing



  • labeling. I love to label EVERYTHING... and I'm not kidding.


  • What have you been doing to get yourself bathing suit ready for the summer? submitted byNot Just an Army Wife



  • HA! That's a joke. At this point I can't worry too much about it 'cause I'm in the baby pool anyway chasing my kiddos. And honestly? The sun hates me so I try not to spend all that much time outside with my skin exposed.



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