Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for my baby girl. Two years ago she went into the hospital after having a asthma attack. 15 days later she left the hospital after having a 5 ulcers. This week we had her re scoped to see if the ulcers were still there. I am thrilled to say that not only are there no ulcers but there are no signs of reflux either. So no more pink pills. She is still having a little pain occasionally. They took biopsy's and we will know on Friday if they show reflux. The hospital was amazing Monday. We had to be there at 7:30 and she was first on the schedule at 8:30. They decided she did not even need something to help calm her down. You know, since she was laughing and dancing. They took her back at 8:20 (ahead of time, can you believe it) and by 8:50 the Dr came out to tell me the good news. We left the hospital before 10am. She had no side effects from being put to sleep. Good, True & Beautifult=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5522267056925916066" />

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

So where have I been

I feel like I have been neglecting my blog. I see my blog as a journal. Something to look at. My husband is currently on leave and we are enjoying every minute of it. We decided not to take a big vacation. My hero did take the kids to the camper for a week and at the end of that week the kids will go to my mom's and I will be enjoying two wonderful days alone with my husband.

Friday, September 24, 2010

My day

Hello! Hello! Anyone out there? Okay I am going to assume you are wondering what I do every day. Some days we do school some days we sleep (just teasing). Some days like today we spend the day in the kitchen. I love to cook; I love to cook for other people. Once a month or so I am given the joy of making breakfast for our church which is about 60-75 people. Since tomorrow is a busy day I thought I would get it done today.

Okay, I kind of lied. I wanted to do it today because I will be busy tomorrow but also because my hero was home today to help me and I love working with him.
I want to tell you about this wonderful recipe we have (well pampered chef has). Take a white cake mix and pour in a bowl (no egg or oil or water, just the cake mix) add a can of pie filling. Mix and bake according to package. So today we made a blueberry with white cake mix, cherry with white cake mix, peach with white cake mix, and apple with white cake mix and cherry with chocolate cake mix. And then since I had my hero here we made 150 JUMBO cinnamon rolls. Thank you, Pioneer Woman. Then I made 6 pie shells with egg casseroles and one 9*13 egg casserole. I will also have French toast sticks and sausage. I think it will be enough. Part of the cinnamon rolls are for a friend and part are for my freezer. I cleaned as we went and can now wake up to a clean kitchen.
Do you have any quick and easy recipes? If so will you share?

Mil Spouse fill in Friday

1. What characteristic about yourself has either been strengthened or weakened due to your experience as a Military Spouse? (from The Albrecht Squad) This is really easy for me and hits home this week. My strength and weakness is the same. It is my attitude that I need to suck it up and drive on. It has helped me be a strong woman who can deal with just about anything during the last SEVEN deployments. But, it also allowed me to make excuses for being tired and in pain for the last 4 years. For telling myself I am fat and old and that is why I am feeling bad. When the reality is I am having thyroid issues and should have had them dealt with years ago.

2. What is your favorite vacation spot and why? (from ‘Tis the Life of the Army Wife)
this is hard because I love amusement parks and being busy. But I also love going into the mountains and relaxing and spending the day scrapbooking

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)chick-fil-a, no questions asked please bring us some chick-fil-a

4. Where did you go on your honeymoon? (from Pennies from Heaven)This is funny and sad, we had reservations for Governors Spottwood in Williamsburg. Our wedding was like something out of a horror film. You know, no electricity, hurricane hitting close, guest stranded on side of road. So after the wedding we head to Williamsburg and kept driving around to find the hotel. Finally a police man helped us find our hotel. It was like a Budget 8 and underneath was a small sign that read Governors Spottwood. Then the office was closed and we had to wait for a man to come to the office and he was wearing a pair of cut of sweat pant and NOTHING else. The hotel was amazing after all.

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) Working with abused children, helping them work through there issues and finding good healthy homes

Fill in the blank Friday

1. In the story of my life the actor who would play me would be.... I have a issue, it drives my husband batty. I cannot remember actor’s names. So I will say the lady who plays the wife on everyone Loves Raymond, her TV name is Debra. That is so sad that I would admit that is my life

2. If I could change one thing about the world it would be... how we see children. How we look at people who have more than a couple of children, how we talk about our children, how we treat children.

3. Yesterday... I felt good and it was a wonderful feeling, I felt like I had a brain and I had no aches and pains
4. My favorite comfort food is.... KFC fried chicken with mash potatoes and gravy and green beans and a side of banana pudding

5. My new favorite blog find is...I am sorry to say no one new because I have not had a chance to look around much recently but I look forward to finding everyone else’s
6. If I could meet any blog friend (who I haven't met yet) in real life, I'd choose to meet... a friend called khourtney, she had a preemie about the same time I did and I have watched her struggle, I have seen her Faith. She is a amazing mom and a amazing cook and I could really see us being best friends if we lived closer

7. My favorite breakfast food is.. Homemade biscuits with gravy and scrambled eggs

5 Question Friday

Questions for Friday, September 24th: (Special thanks to Colleen [no blog], inspiration from Pam, Tiffany, Angelina, and Jill for their question suggestions! If YOU would like to be linked in a future 5QF, c'mon over to my community and offer up your best question suggestions!!)

1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)? hmmmmmm British would be it in a heart beat

2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck) a couple of years ago no, but now I seem to be tired all the time and can fall asleep anywhere. now sleeping is another story I need my bed or couch. Actually I would prefer to sleep alone on the couch. I always have but it is not good for my marriage, hehe

3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet? Do I have to admit this answer? The answer is yes and yes. Okay now you can kill me. The reality is that I make sure the kids go potty everytime we leave the house but I on the other hand am in a hurry and never go.

4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with? Kirk Cameron, because I know we could find stuff to talk about but I would never be attracted to him or maybe Dr. Phill. oh yeah, Dr. Phill, a 24 hour counseling session.

5. Where did you & your significant other go on your 1st date? Oh now I love this question. He took me to play miniature golf only when we got there they were busy so we went to the driving range first. Then back to miniature golf. I asked if I needed to do anything else and he said NO. So I swing the ball and guess what? It hit a car in the parking lot.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I am so thankful for a husband who loves me enough to say dear you need new underwear and then take me shopping. Not only did he take me shopping but he made sure I bought more than I needed. Not only did he take me shopping he allowed me to buy granny panties because he loves me.
I am thankful for a friend who told me to get my thyroid checked when I talked about how cold I was this summer. I am thankful for that friend who then pushed me to get that blood work done.
I am thankful for the second doctor I saw who did not lose her brain when I told her I do not use birth control. But, instead say how or why you have not gotten pregnant in the last 4 years. Who said no mam you are not nuts, you have thyroid issue. I am thankful to that doctor who spent a good 25 minutes with me talking with me. I did not have to insist on certain test or to insist to see a certain type of doctor because she was ahead of the ball game and wanted the same things.
I am thankful for a husband who set with me for hours this week after we saw my hormone levels and laughed with me. Who helped research thyroid with me and then laughed when it says things like you are foggy headed. When I baked a cake on broil or poured a can of pumpkin and a white cake mix in a pan and forgot to mix them he did not laugh. I may have a new excuse for all the silly things I do.
I do have a question, do you have thyroid issues? If so what made you have it checked and how do you treat it?
Good, True & Beautiful

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

This is life at a campground with 4 children for a week. It was wonderful for me, because I got some time to get things done around the house. It was wonderful for them because they got some time to bond together.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I am so sad today

Today is a sad day. And no, it is not just because Not Me Monday has come to an end. Today is the last day of block leave. I wish there was a way my hero was home and never had to work. Today I wished I played the lotto.
The last month (well at least the last 3 weeks) have been bliss. I will be honest and say the first couple of weeks he was home were well interesting. I felt like we had nothing to talk about and well it was just not fun. I was not looking forward to him being home for a month. Then he signed out on block leave and it was like a switch got switched (boy that makes sense). I woke up excited for each new day. It was nice because we did not really have a bunch planned. I did not even have a huge list of things for him to do. Although now that we are on the last day I have a ton I wish we would have done.
So what did we do on block leave? We did very little school. No worries we started early and we do not take fall break or spring break. We went to the Aquarium, to the beach a couple of times.
My husband taught my children how to chop and stock wood. I think they will spend many more Saturdays’ chopping wood. I had no idea how much wood it would take. We do not need the wood to heat our home but having a fire going relaxes my hero and my kids love it. Honestly my thought is if it helps with the heat bill I am okay with it. We honestly stay in the livingroom and kitchen most of the day because that is where we do school and with the fire going those rooms stay warm. No idea why I told you all of this. Did I tell you my husband learned to make fire starters and made a bunch? You can learn how to make them here.
My wonderful, amazing husband did take the kids camping (well air conditioned with kitchen and bathroom camper)
for a week and at the end I got to spend 2 nights in the camper alone with him. Time to laugh and talk and eat out and fish and fish and fish. Did you hear me say he made me fish? But he did not get me to do the zip line.
Oh yeah another neat thing happened. Daddy taught Hope how to paint and let her paint her horse barn.
It was neat because I have wanted it painted for a long time. Plus afterwards she said mom it took a lot of work to get all the words off of it. So maybe this will encourage her to not write on things anymore.
Okay I will stop now. I do have a question. What do you enjoy doing on vacation? I will not lie, I would have loved to be able to travel the world but this was so nice and SO relaxing.
WAIT, how could I forget? My hero and I also made my first quilt together. He helped me cut all the fabric and then keep it lined up while I sewed it. Have I told you how much I love this man.
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

American Heritage Girls

We are so excited that we found a AHG group. The leaders and girls seem so nice. Last Friday they had a mother/daughter lock in. It was nice because it gave my girls time to meet the other girls and just play. They did mother/daughter facials. OOPS, there was not time for my girls to do mine.
Although seriously I may invest in some facial scrubs because my girls set there FOREVER. They made prayer journals and wrote down one prayer request and then had a friend right one. They decorated pillow cases and attached little bags to them so they can put there prayer request in there. They also did manicures on one another. Did you know that AHG has been around for 15 years so of course we had to have cake.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fill in the blank Friday

1. When I get a day to myself I like.... this is a hard question, a year ago I would have said gone out with friends. A few weeks ago my husband took the kids camping for a week and I was home alone and most days were miserable. Honestly the fun of being alone is napping when you want, singing I love to sing loud and I knew noone else could hear. Oh and eat whatever I want without hiding the evidence.

2. High school was.... interesting, not bad or good. My freshman year I was dating a senior and babysitting a ton so that was my life. The was the way the rest of the years went, I babysitt between 20-40 hours a week (sometimes more)

3. A little dream I have is... I know you have heard it before but braces I want braces really bad.

4. A big dream I have... is to be a better wife, a more patient wife, to raise children who grow up saying they had a good childhood

5. If I could drive any car my pick would be.. I use to say a 15 passanger van but my hero reminds me I can hardly park my van.

6. A time that I felt really and truly beautiful was... I can not tell you a time

7. Tomorrow I will.... be going to a class on how to lead people to Christ. It is a way to prepare for Rock the Fort

Mil Spouse fill in Friday

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) The first deployment Rob had was only 6 months. I paid our car off 18 months early, the second deployment I paid off a few more things. The third we I do not remember. The fourth we had just bought a house and I bought a deep freezer, riding lawnmower and and other stuff. The last two times it seems like I have paid credit card debt down but now it seems like that is extra money to pay for homeschool stuff and babysitters while he is gone. Our sixth deployment I hired someone to come in twice a month and clean bathrooms and floors and dust.

2. If you could relive one occasion or moment, what would it be? (from Currently On Land) The birth of our second son, we knew before he was born that he had passed. I was so young and in a German hospital. I wish I would have known more, asked more, done more.

3. What’s the worst job you ever had and if it was so bad why did you take it? (from Faith and Deploying)I can not say I have had a bad one, I have had a few babysitting jobs that make my head spin and not because of the kids but because of the parents.

4. If you could play any character on TV, who would you be? (from Many Waters)
Michelle Duggar so I could learn to be more patient.

5. If you could become the world’s expert in something, what would it be? (from Army of Two)
oh man this is hard. I guess in preemie care because that was one of the hardest times of my life and I wished I would have understood more of what was going on with her.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

5 Question Friday

1. What is the first nightmare you remember? the movie Jason or nightmare on elm street.

2. Even if you're not a sports fan, what's your favorite sport to play/watch? We do not watch any sports in our house (I know I am lucky) although my daughter did ask if she could start watching football. I said yes. A couple of days later I saw her light up at the football snack comercial and realized she did not care about watching football she just wanted all the snacks on TV. I do not know anything hockey but I love watching it.

3. If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be (jeggings, hats, thigh high boots, etc.)? knee boots or high heels, I think I have said it about a million time but I would love for someone to buy my size 11 foot cute shoes.

4. Did you make good grades in school? nope, just did well enough to get by. honestly I think my mom would have prefered me to stay home with her than be at school.

5. What magazines do you subscribe to? none currently but I have seen some great quilting magazines I would love to try

Frugal Friday

My frugal tip this week is laundry soap. My hero actually loves making our laundry soap. I shared the recipe here. It cost us 18 cents a gallon. We make a 5 gallon bucket at a time. We have tried making the powder and it works just as well but it does not last as long. Extreme Personal Measures

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I am so grateful to have a amazing husband who supports me and encourages me and well who puts up with me. I have wanted to quilt for a long time but have not had the guts. So last week when I was in Hancocks the lady helped me pick colors and know what I needed to buy. My wonderful husband helped me cut all the fabric out. Then he took me back to the store and bought the backing (he picked it). He helped me for 2 nights to get it put together. He never complained and when we were done he even said I could do another one, although he knows it means I will need his help again. I can not wait to go back to the store to try it again. He also insisted that this is now the quilt on our bed because WE made it together. I am telling you ladies I love this man. giveaways
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Good, True & Beautiful

Wordless Wednesday

What is this you may be asking, this is how I packed for my hero to take the kids away for a week. I have always hung the kids clothes by outfits until they are old enough to pick out there own clothes. It means my hero does not have to try to match outfits. So when he was taking the kids camping I took each outfit and added undergarments and then put them in a bread bag and rolled it as tight as I could. Then I put a label with that childs name on it. It helped everyone involved and made more room in the suitcase.
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