Monday, January 27, 2014

Cold, Poop, and PCS

Happy Monday.

Sort of.

It's freezing here! Again. I am so over all this cold and that un-called for Polar Vortex. Single digits? Double digit negatives with wind chill? No. Thank. You.

It has only hindered life somewhat. We don't really play outside. We don't get out as much. And when we do get out we take our time and stay as long as possible. For example: Going to the YMCA for swim lessons? Let's just hang out for an additional hour or two playing in the family gym room.

Anyway, it should be no surprise to you that I have a bunch of posts to catch up on. From December. And January.

I don't know what my problem is. I get all caught up and then fall to pieces. Oh well. Such is life.

In the mean time, while those posts are still getting put together, I'll let you in on what's happening in our current events.

Our little girl has been dealing with some... umm... "number 2" issues for the better part of a year. We finally got fed up with it and took her to a doctor because we assumed SOMETHING must be going on. I talked with the PCM and we discussed diet, the fact that we tried gluten free and casein free with no change, and some consistency stuff. Conclusion? Bring a stool sample. (Gross!)

I was called about a week later with results. Something we were thinking was a possibility after speaking to the doctor came out to be positive. She shows some mal-absorption issues. There were other terms tossed out that I didn't fully understand but basically they want us to bring her back in for a blood test. They want to check for a certain type of anemia and something else that I can't remember. The lab person told me they think this issue could have a food trigger... like her body can't handle or process a certain ingredient or ingredients.


So we're taking her back in and see what happens.

Ryan and I talked about it and we realized that with all the testing Will has had done, he has never had a stool sample. He also deals with digestive issues, but the opposite of what Alanna has. Ryan wanted to bring him back in and have the same tests done for him. So now we will see what comes from that as well.

Additionally, we are working on getting all the EFMP paperwork done. It's all turned in and now we wait for an appointment with the board. Then more waiting while the paperwork is sent to the incoming base to approve. Then orders. THEN we can move forward with the PCS process.

I'm already getting the "move twitch"... I want to clean and organize but I realize the futility of it all since within 5 months everything will be packed up. So then I want to start packing everything up myself, or purging, or detailing everything we have stored away for better organization.

Oh my gosh. I just read over that paragraph and I think I sound completely neurotic. Please tell me I'm not crazy.

Hopefully posting something here will break me out of my writer's block and light the fire under me to finish my posts from Christmas and recent happenings. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Disney on Ice

We had a great family experience a few months ago. Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic was in town and we bought tickets to go.

It was so much fun! Our seats were excellent and the kids were really into it. Even the adults loved it! Of course all the food/snacks/drinks were horribly overpriced... but that didn't stop us from enjoying some of them.

The show had all the great characters and favorite princesses. Buzz, Woody, and Jesse as well as Jiminy Cricket, Mickey Mouse and the crew... even It's A Small World!
Will was sucked into all the sights, lights, and movement. He found the actual ice skating very interesting. Lana just adored the whole thing. Princesses?! Ice skating?! Everything was beautiful to her and she wanted to ice skate too.

I'm happy we had the opportunity to see the performance. I'd even be willing to attend another Disney on Ice show. But what this really brought to light for me is that my kids really need to experience Disneyland! Maybe I can save up and plan to take them in a couple years.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Farewell 101 in 1001

This is my last post on my 101 in 1001. I will remove the separate page soon.

In my opinion my list was a failure. I had big plans when this was made. What was NOT in my plans was a PCS that occurred about a year early that gave me a move across country. And the assignment we went to really limited my travelling goals as well as throw a whole bunch of crazy into what I was originally planning to do. Things that were once important and I could plan and think about were no longer a priority.

At first I tried to take it in stride and update goals. But with Ryan not around much and I'm dealing with the kids alone and we have other feeding/therapy/doctor goals a lot of these goals fell by the wayside. In addition to that: I totally forgot about it.

That's why I'm finally getting to review almost a year AFTER it ended. Oops! Maybe after we PCS again I will revisit the 101 in 1001 - create a new list and try to actually do all of it!

So here it is. I missed 44 of them... 66/100 is better than half...


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

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!

***NOTE: due to a PCS and travel arrangements I had to make adjustments to places that I no longer have access to. The genuine spirit of the goal is still there, but altered to a new location. Changes are designated with asterisks.***

101 in 1001

Start Date: 1 September 2010
End Date: 29 May 2013

1. Actually finish a workout plan (P90X, Couch to 5k, Insanity, etc.)
2. Attempt snowboarding
3. Attend Baseball game with Fireworks*
4. Be a vegetarian for 2 weeks straight
5. Bungee Jump
6. Buy a car 10/31/10
7. Buy boots 11/28/12
8. Change the design of our holiday mail-out December 2010
9. Go to the Creation Museum* 12/22/12
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 lunch at a tavern/bar*
20. Eat breakfast every day for a month
21. Enroll both kids in swim lessons 7/9/12
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 5/4/12
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 (3/3)
33. Go Camping*
34. Go clamdigging
35. Go kayaking/canoeing
36. Go on a bike ride
37. Go on a picnic 9/14/12 (there were a lot, but I'll just document one)
38. Go to a driving range
39. Go to a New Mexico corn maze 10/23/10
40. Go to a waterpark
41. Go to another country 9/14/12
42. Go to Carlsbad Caverns 3/31/12
43. Go to Pennsylvania* 9/15/12
44. Go to a casino
45. Go to Santa Fe 11/26/10
46. Go to Kentucky*
47. Go to the Petrogylphs 7/30/11
48. Grow something from a seed 3/17/11
49. Hand embroider pillows for my kids
50. Hang out with somebody we knew in Japan
51. Have 30 followers on my blog (30/30) 1/28/11
52. Have a game night at our house
53. Have a makeup makeover
54. Keep up with all the homework for a Bible Study 5/11/11
55. Make a special craft tradition for major holidays with the kids (Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas)
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 12/21/10
61. Pay for a stranger's coffee
62. Pay off Student Loans
63. Pick out pumpkins from a pumpkin patch 10/23/10
64. Read 10 books (10/10) 7/5/11
65. Read the entire Bible again (40/66)
66. Ride a horse again 9/12/10
67. Ride a train 7/9/11
68. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
69. Ride on a motorcycle
70. Ride the Sandia Tramway 3/18/11
71. See "Wicked" 2/9/11
72. See an Major League Soccer game
73. See family in Colorado 9/2-4/11
74. See the After-Glow Fireworks at the Balloon Fiesta 10/8/10
75. See the Mass Ascension at the Balloon Fiesta 10/10/10
76. See the Rocky Mountains
77. Send 5 "thinking of you" cards to friends or family (5/5)
78. Sew a cute dress for myself to wear
79. Sew pajama pants for all my siblings (1/3)
80. Sing a solo 12/15/10
81. Skydive
82. Take a cooking class
83. Take the kids to the beach
84. Tile something, like a backsplash or countertop
85. Tour a professional baseball field*
86. Transfer/organize all photos/video to designated place*
87. Try 10 different restaurants we've never gone to (10/10)
88. Try 3 seasonal latte flavors from Starbucks (3/3)
89. Try cooking/baking a new recipe every month (33/33)
90. Try green chili
91. Try lobster
92. Try red chili
93. Visit New York City*
94. Visit Washington, D.C.*
95. Visit sister in California 5/28/11
96. Visit the Four Corners 11/2/10
97. Visit the the Wright Brothers Sites*
98. Watch 26 movies I've never seen beginning with each letter of the alphabet (26/26)
99. Work on a play 
100. Write a letter to our sponsor child 4 times a year (12/12)
101. Write a real letter to 5 friends instead of e-mails/facebook (5/5)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Stitches Not Included

We had a not so great experience the other day.

While leaving the YMCA, Lana was skipping ahead, hands in her pockets, and being silly while walking... and then fell straight onto the tile floor chin first.

I could tell by her immediate cry that she was truly hurt so I go to investigate and when she raised her head to point at her chin a gaping hole appeared. I rushed her into the bathroom before blood got everywhere. I cleaned it up with water then criss-crossed 2 large band aids over it (I'm a mommy... I always keep band aids on me).

It looks like when she fell she hit the side of the tile where it meets the grout and it literally slit her like it was a box cutter. It was deep! But when her head was down or straight ahead the cut seemed to stay closed. Only when she lifted her face up was the wound open.

After her initial tears and cries I was able to get her to calm down. Blood doesn't bother me so she could see that it wasn't a big deal if mommy was okay.

We were on our way to Will's therapy appointment and Lana actually had a doctor's appointment rescheduled for that afternoon for some other issue, so I decided to just continue with our schedule and have the doc look at the wound while at her appointment. I didn't want to go to urgent care and sit around forever if we didn't have to.

So... 4 hours after the incident we show up at the Pediatric Clinic. I ask if the Major can look at her chin while we were there and let me know if we should go over and get stitches or if she's fine the way she is and allow her to heal on her own. Well, she looks Alanna over and decides that they will clean it out, push back in the little bit of fat tissue that was coming out, and just glue the wound together. That way it will prevent the cut from getting bigger, hopefully prevent infection, and make it easier for it to heal from the inside.

Then suddenly 4 airmen come into the room to hold her down, put her wound together and glue it. Alanna did not like that part. She told them they were hurting her... because the super glue stings.

They didn't do the best job. The Major looked over their work and I could tell she wasn't thrilled that it didn't turn out the way she expected. Oh well. She will heal. She will have a scar. That's life.

The area is still tender but she doesn't mind showing it off. I'm just glad everything worked out and she's on the mend... no stitches necessary!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

It's almost done

We are down to DAYS, people. Just a few more days before my husband has to turn in his thesis!

He's worked very hard. We have hardly seen him.

I can't wait for it to be over and he can re-join family life.

This assignment has been extremely difficult. Already we have seen marriages around us crumble with the additional stress AFIT brings to a family.

2 and a half months... and then graduation.

The end is in sight!

Yesterday I picked up the stack of papers needed for the EFMP board. Not looking forward to getting them all filled out... but it is necessary before our orders can be cut.

It's a little surreal that this phantom date has suddenly arrived. A lot of semi-important decisions and life changes have been put off until "after the thesis is turned in." Next week. Next week... then hubby will probably need a couple days to recover from this crazy, all nighters, frustrating finale.

After it's turned in he's not magically done with AFIT. In fact he still has a last quarter of classes (with homework) and he'll touch up his thesis in preparation to do his defense in a short time. BUT HE SHOULD BE HOME!

I've spent my lonely evenings curled up with Netflix. My mind already feels numb.

I just chant to myself, "it's almost done, it's almost done, it's almost done..."

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Welcome 2014!

I hope you had a fun time ringing in the New Year. We kept it kind of low key... so low key my husband didn't show up at the house until about 2 minutes before the ball dropped and when I finally found the channel (since I was on Netflix before that and totally forgot about watching anything on cable) we saw the final 30 seconds. We enjoyed some ice cream then called it a night.

The children and I are still adjusting to the time change from our trip home to Washington over Christmas... going to sleep late and waking up late. They did NOT get to stay up and welcome the New Year with us.

I've seen many bloggers doing their year in review and posting New Year's Resolutions or their goal word for the year. I'm not doing that. 2013 was an okay year. Not outstanding and not horrible... just another year. I think I had my head down a lot dealing with the life of an AFIT spouse and mother of young kids.

I am looking forward to 2014 though!
  • Ryan graduates in March.
  • We have a move coming up in 4-6 months which should return us to the Land of Enchantment! Of course the EFMP board or Will's Developmental Pediatrician could force that to change so I'm trying not to get my hopes up TOO high (though they already are).
  • If we do return to ABQ, I get to be with my best friend again!
  • William will start Kindergarten in the fall.
  • I will begin my final year in my 20's.
  • Family will hopefully visit.
  • We might get another dog.
  • We will be making some family decisions.
All good things (mostly)!

The only thing you can call a "resolution" would be that I've started on a plan to read the entire Bible in 1 year.

Like I said, I'm looking forward to this year. I hope to be aware of God's blessings around me and be able to love and encourage others. I want to see growth and positive change in my life, my family, and my friends.

Happy New Year!