Saturday, February 27, 2010


Guess what? Guess what I am so SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooo excited. Look what happened to me, it is amazing. Go to Jes's blog and look what she is doing for me. WOO HOO SO excited.

fabric softner

1 Container of Name Brand Fabric Softener
4 Inexpensive sponges, cut in half

Pour entire container of softener into a 5 gallon bucket. Fill empty softener container with water twice. (2 parts water to 1 part softener) Add sponges to softener/water mixture. When ready to use wring out extra mixture from one sponge and add to the dryer as you would a dryer sheet
when rob came home from school he picked up a shirt and commented on how wonderful they smelled. I posted this in August on my blog and 2 months we still are using the same one. This has really stretched a long way but not lost any smell or ability

laundry soap

Okay a few weeks ago we made powdered laundry soap and I love it. I did buy different soap. I bought Yardley soap because that is what I found at the dollar tree. I have made 7 batches of the powder and last night we made the liquid.
this is the duggars reciepe
TIPS FOR LAUNDRY SOAP: We use Fels-Naptha bar soap in the homemade soap recipes, but you can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile or Zote bars. Don't use heavily perfumed soaps. We buy Fels-Naptha by the case from our local grocer or online. Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found on the laundry or cleaning aisle. Recipe cost approx. $2.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Powdered Laundry Detergent- Top load machine

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax

-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)

I got this recipe from the Duggards website

Friday, February 26, 2010

she is gone

Rob just called and they put her to sleep. he is bringing her home and we will burry her tomorow. i am getting ready to tell the kids

7:20pm update

Rob called back and said that she either had a seizure or a stroke and they have decided to put her to sleep. He is going to stay with her until she is gone. i have not told the kids yet. i really do not know how. Michael is reading to Faith and it is so sweat that i hate to stop them. they have all cried. i am so glad i did not tell them what he said a moment ago because i think even he thought she would be ok.

Rob called 15 minutes ago and said that he knows we are praying because when he got here the vet reached in to get her and she responded and was breathing fine and acting better.

our cat

We have a 15 year old cat. we have had her for 15 years. my husband is on his way to the emergancy clinic right now with her. before we moved we took her to the vet for a check up and let them know that her behaviour had changed majorly. until the last several months she was known as the cat who could not be touched by anyone but me. now she lays in the floor and they love on her. they assured us that she is healthy and doing great. so we move and she starts eating her cat litter and not going to the bathroom as much as she should. so this morning i take her in and they said she was a little dehydrated, that her calcium was high or low i can not remember. so they did a cancer test and it came back negative. so they pumped her full of fluid saying it would help her have energy. i picked her up at 4pm, the plan is to let her eat small amounts of this high energy food every few hours and bring her in on monday to see if she needs more fluids. so we get home and a hour later i give her a little food, she licks at it and goes back to sleep (definitly not the more alert cat we expected) a hour later DH takes her out of her cage and her head fell over. she is breathing heavy and just staring at him open eyed. we called the emergancy clinic and they said bring her in NOW. rob left about 40 minutes ago and it will take him about that long to get there. please understand this is hard on him all but i worry for rob because he had to give his dog away the week before we moved and this is hard. i gave him the option of staying home with the kids. he said it would be easier to take the cat. it is hitting michael of how much he has loss recently, his best friend, his favorite dog, his homeschool group and now his cat
Rob is on the way to the emergancy vet with the cat. Please pray for him and the kids

5 question Friday

My Little Life

1. Do you sing karaoke? If so, what is your go to song? never, I wish I could sing, I love to sing.So if I did sing it would be praise and worship music or a good Reba song

2. What is your favorite coffee drink?UGGGGGGGGGGGG coffee, yucko, grosso never, do not even think about it can not even stand the smell of it

3. If you could choose your own name, what would it be?hmmmmmmmm, maybe something like Faith or Hope but then I guess I could not have used it for my girls names. But, I will tell you my dad wanted my name to be Gypsy Dawn. I wonder if my life would be different if my name was gypsy

4. Were you ever bullied? yes, a couple times

5. How often do you eat fast food? more than i admitt. If we are out then it is just easy to stop and pick up. I love pizza and salty fries. I think it is kinda funny that when we were living in the hotel a week ago I was tired of eating out and now that we are in our house I am missing take out

Okay, tell me some of your answers, I love getting to know you. This week it is my goal to post some fun facts about myself and who knows maybe some pictures from when I was younger that might surprise you

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thankful Thursday

This is a neat thing, I forget to say Thank you more times than I remember. Thank you, to all the Heritage Girls families who donated for our gift cards and meals and the wonderful package of going away items, they came in handy because I forgot to pull things out before the movers packed.

Thank you to the moms of Excalibur who gave me a wonderful going away party, who bought me a sewing machine. For all the times they spent praying for me and with me and being there every time I needed something.
Thank you for all of my friends who listened to me complain about moving, who kept my babies while we got ready for the move and had movers there.
Thank you to the workers at the hotel who went beyond what was expected to help my family and make us feel like we were at home.
Thank you to the best husband who is constantly stopping what he is doing to help me hang a picture or answer a question like :honey, what is our phone number again”
Thank you to my children who have been well behaved while we drove around looking at houses for hours. While we set in a hotel for hours. Who have not complained (too much) as we have had them constantly cleaning and unpacking.
Thank you to my wonderful Lord who is there for me when I am scared about upcoming deployments, when I was scared we would not find a home. Why do I ever doubt that he will take care of us. I found thankful Thursdays at

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

give aways-updated

Jes at opening the drapes to my 20's is having a fun give away. please check out her blog and tell her i sent you

Monday, February 22, 2010

Not me Monday

This will be the last not me moving edition. I have to start by telling you the worse, I honestly do not chew on pen lids, so I most definilty did not catch myself chewing on the movers ink pen. Not me I would never do that because what if they had chewed on that pen and what if they have a disease, what if they did not wash there hands. After doing such a gross thing, I most definitly have just moved on and not thought for hours rather I should go to the doctor and be tested for I do not know what.
NOt me, I did not throw away my childrens kitchen play toys with promised of buying them new at the new house. I am not now trying to figure out how to get out of my promise because I do not know how we would store it.
We did not spend over $700 on groceries to stock up on new food because I was sure we did not pack much. Only to realize that we had boxes of food. I am not totally embarassed by the amount of food we have in this house.
Since I am a adult and make sure my children left the hotel everyday with coats on it was not me who had to use a pice of paper as a shield so no one saw my frozen nipple running into a building. Not me, because for one I would have been wearing a coat or at least long sleeves when the weather was 25 degrees outside. I am open for suggestions on how to avoid this for the future.

Mommy guilt mondays

Mommy guilt Monday is hosted by Copmama I have so many mommy guilts this week. I will only list a few that involve our move. I promise I will stop talking about it soon. When we were going through things before the move I promised the girls that if they let me throw away there kitchen toys that had clue and yuck all over them that I would buy them new ones at the new house. Now that we are here I am trying to get out of it because I do not know where we would store them. We rarely use the word promise because I only promise when I can do it and now I am trying to figure out how to get out of it. Second, when we told Faith she is geting her own room she got so excited and said she wants 2 things in her room her dress up clothes and her make up. We never disagreed but yesturday when she started to take her make up upstairs we stopped her. What were we thinking, she would have make up on walls and carpet and who knows where else.
What is your mommy guilt, is it that you buy little debbie cakes and hide them so your kids do not know and then sneak and eat them when they are not around.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I have been reading about baby Jonah since he was in the NICU. His mom is very open and honest about her fears and struggles and joys. This is a great way to shop. Please take a moment to look at the auction. There are some really neat things going to be auctioned off

Bed Risers and Wonder Hangers

Today has been a good day and I felt great until about 20 minutes ago when my back started burning but that will go away soon and I can get back to work. The dishwasher has been ran, the washing machine has been used. I feel like we are home. I got about 15 boxes of books out of the living room put away on the bookshelves. I did not realize how many books we have. The house looks like it is a wreck but I can see it coming together. I have a couple boxes in the living room that need to go to the office and then I can hang up pictures and put down our new rug. I did get the younger girls room done today and got all the clothes away, well except for the box I found in the living room. I got all the wardrobe boxes put away in our room. Have you seen the hanger extenders. They really work. Now the bed risers we got for Faith’s bed are another story. My goal is to try and get most of my room done tonight. Rob and Michael went out and chopped wood. Michael was not thrilled but did it. Honestly, I was really worried about the move and how it would affect him but he has done really well

Saturday, February 20, 2010

the unpacking begins

The movers arrived a little after 8am. I think there were 5 guys all together. They were done before 2 and that is even with putting together the kitchen table, china cabinet (although I do not have china) and all the beds and the computer desk. They were supper nice. They did not use foul language or try to smoke which makes my year. I did hear a conversation that included taking a shower twice a day and still having a smell. They brought 99% of everything through the garage which means I set in the garage for HOURS freezing. My feet were numb. Rob left for a little while to go to the leasing agency to turn in the list of things we found wrong with the house.
I got 80% of the kitchen and living room unpacked. We even cooked our first meal. We grilled steaks and baked potatoes in the microwave. It was so nice to sleep in my bed. Faith made it through sleeping in her own room for the first time in 7 years. I thought she would at least want a night light but nope she said I have my teddy.
It looks like everything got here in one piece except we are missing the 2 shelves for our entertainment stand. We have the brackets that hold them in but no shelves. I would not be too worried except the DISH guy will be here in the next couple of hours and it would be nice to have those shelves. Can I just say I am so looking forward to going into my room, shutting the door, turning on the TV and taking a nap this afternoon.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Our only plans are to unpack and maybe try out a church tomorrow morning. Rob would like to go chop some wood today. I am perfectly okay with that. I have enjoyed the fire place going constantly (well except at night because I am scared).

hotel living and hotel fun

Grace loved riding on daddy but did not like to be taken under the rope.
I love the picture of Faith talking to a little girl. She is determined to make friends
I am sorry but I could look at this little butt all day long.
Please do not tell Michael I caught him kissing his sister. I am so blessed to have him as a son

The hotel has a indoor heated pool. I think it needs to be a little warmer for me but for the kids it is okay. We did have to run to Target and get Hope and myself a new bathing suit. Some how Faith and Grace had theres in the suitcase and Michael and Rob wore PT shorts. I will not tell you how it makes me feel that my son can wear my husbands shorts. We only take them for about 30-45 minutes a day before we are too cold but it is enough of a break for them that they are calmer

Friday, February 19, 2010

5 question friday

My Little Life

1. Have you ever hit an animal with your vehicle? yes right after I got my license. I hit a possum. I felt horrible when I realized what it was. At first I thought something had fallen off my vehicle. My first vehicle was a chevy chevette

2. When you see a string on your clothes do you pull it off or cut if off?pull, unless my husband is around and then he tries to burn them off

3. Did you have your own room or share a room when you were young? had my own most of the time, when money was really bad or we stayed with someone else I shared

4. Would you rather wear the same thing for the rest of your life or eat the same thing for the rest of your life? wear the same thing, although if you know me well you know my food choices are limited by my pickiness

5. What was your favorite TV show as a child? 90210, the cosby show,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The end of our hotel stay

Today was the last morning I had to wake up in a hotel bed and boy did my family get a morning wake up call. I woke up around 6am and tried to be quiet so everyone could continue sleeping. At 7:05am the fire alarm went off right outside our door. I was not nervous because I knew the toaster in the lobby had set it off the other day. And since our room was right across the hall from a outside stairwell I knew we were ok. So Rob called downstairs and they confirmed it was just the toaster. I could not believe that Michael had slept through it all. We got up and got the room ready, had breakfast and loaded the vehicles. We unloaded the stuff out of the vehicles and got on the road. The first stop was Sam’s. $350 later we walked out with lots but not everything we needed. So we headed to the commissary and another $350 we were done. We stopped at dollar general to pick up a couple more things and then headed home. Rob told me all morning that there was not much room in our freezer but I would not listen. I have to say he was so write. I did manage to get it all in the fridge and it can go in the deep freezer tomorrow evening. We got the shower curtains hung and the extra stuff put away. The kids played in the backyard all afternoon. Rob has a fire going the whole time we have been home. He says he is getting up Saturday morning to go find somewhere to cut wood. And since we are trying to keep our electric bill down I am okay with keeping a fire going. If he starts it in the morning I can keep it going during the day and if we keep it going then the living room and dining room will be warm during the day so we can keep the house about 65 and be good. We have had a interesting time in our new house:
The alarm would not stop going off for almost a hour
There is a leak under the kitchen sink
I caught my kids trying to climb the fence to pet the neighbor’s dog,
Hopes closet shelf already broke.
We do not know what time the movers will be here tomorrow. Our only plans are to unpack and at some point Rob needs to run our list of things we found wrong with the house to the realtors . I cannot wait to see how our furniture fits and where to put everything and to make bread and goodies again. I did make cookies tonight on a throw away tray which made it feel a little bit more like home

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

5 love languages

A friend of mine and I were talking about the 5 love languages yesturday and she said she had not heard of it. I was a little surprised and promised to find her information on it. I wonder who else has read this book. I wonder what your thoughts are on it and what your love language is? I would say mine is acts of service. I think my husbands is words of affirmation. They have some neat quizzes on there site. It is a neat way to get to know your spouse, a neat thing to do on a date with your spouse

Words of Affirmation
Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.
Quality Time
In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there—with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby—makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful.
Receiving Gifts
Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous—so would the absence of everyday gestures.
Acts of Service
Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter.
Physical Touch
This language isn’t all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face—they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive

How did we break the hotel bed

Yesterday I blogged about my day and at the bottom I asked if anyone read the whole post. Then I asked how do you think we broke the hotel bed. Krystlepop said too many monkeys jumping on the bed. Iraquila said too many people jumping on the bed. I personally think wish I could tell you it was something fun like racing beds. The reality is we have a 14 year old cat. And she disappeared for over a day. I kept telling Rob she was under the bed and he kept saying she could not be. So he searched and searched and I kept nagging him that she was under the bed. I think he got tired of hearing me say she was under the bed. So finally he took the mattress off and then the box spring off. Can you believe what he found. YOUR RIGHT, our cat. Apparently there was a hole in the box under the bed. So he put the bed back together but my side felt like it was leaning. When he took the bed apart again he noticed that he had not put the metal bars together right. I hate to say I told you so but I had to say I told you so. I love my husband. We did find a boys bathing suit. The kids want to take apart the other bed. I said no way.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Not so wordless Wednesday

I wish I could keep my shut more but that would not be me. So I will explain. When military movers come they pack everything so you have to move everything you do not want packed into a separate room. They told us they would not pack anything liquid but then the movers came and packed all of our liquids. Okay so what you see is a picture of the bathroom that we threw everything in so the movers would not pack. There is a picture of our hotel room with suitcases stacked on dresses and a space saver bag in the closet. Yes, we have a shop vac in our room. Then there is a picture of Grace with not one but two game boys. I also included a picture of the snow outside our balcony and of the front of our new house.

hotel living update

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a morning person. I do not know if it is the time change or the dark room but my family has been sleeping later and later. It is almost 9am and everyone but me is still sleeping. I want to wake them but this does make the day shorter. And since we have no real plans today the day needs to be shorter. I am so tempted to buy room darkening shades for the bedroom. I am a morning person, have I said that and I could get allot done if I had quiet time from the time they wake up until 9am every morning. So the question of the day is do I wake them because I am bored and hungry or do I let them sleep because they are quiet. I think when we move into the house and get organized it will get back to normal but for now no one is going to sleep until well after 10pm which means sleeping in late. Poor Grace slept in the walmart cart yesterday and Rob left me walking around bed bath and beyond the day before so she could finish her nap in there cart. This is my baby girl who is use to a 3-4 hour daily nap. Our only plans today are to check out post. There is another PX and commissary we have not been to that we want to look at. We will let the kids go swimming today and other than that we are just relaxing. I want to see what all I can pack up for Rob to take to the new house when he goes tomorrow. Can I tell you we have not even moved in and he has a honey to do list. He is going to wait on the phone people and then Faiths bed to be delivered. So while he waits he is going to install a shower curtain, make a list of every ding he can find in the house, run the heat and fireplace and dishwasher to make sure they are in working order. Turn on the fridge and freezer. check the fence for holes so we know the dog can go out and change all the light bulbs out to the energy savers. He says he can do that waiting on the phone people and then play on his computer until the mattresses get there. Just to see if you actually are reading my post I have a question. Does anyone want to guess how we broke a hotel bed last night?

the day in a life of someone living in a hotel

I just snuck to the hotel lobby to buy chips from the vending machine. When I walked back in the room Grace said are you going to share. I said NO, you guys ate all the snacks and had dinner and this is my dinner. But I am hungry she replied. I said Grace you are eating a loll I pop and there is a half eaten apple on the counter from you. But mom that is food not a snack. So I told her to go finish her food. A few seconds later I noticed she had thrown her lollipop in the trash. She asked again and I said no. I just saw her eating her lollipop standing on the cat litter bucket at the bathroom sink. She is drinking and spitting, drinking and spitting. Do I stop her or say the trash can had a clean bag in it and well we are in a hotel and she is bored. And if she is in the bathroom she is not harassing me for my snack.
Today was another busy day. We woke up and had breakfast. The kids had hotel food and Rob snuck across the street and picked us up biscuits and gravy. Really they did not mind. I put away laundry and straightened the room in hopes of allowing housekeeping to come in. they will not make beds or clean counters if there is any personal things on them. They came by at 9am and we were not ready so we switched out dirty towels for clean ones and said see you tomorrow for the third day in a row. About ten we left. As we were waiting for everyone to get buckled Rob said where are we going and I said I do not know it was your idea to leave the room. I said no way I was happy relaxing. By that time everyone is buckled and we are NoT going back in. So we decide since the water company is not answering there phone we will drive to them. So we drive 30 minutes to the water company then 30 minutes in another direction to a mattress store and purchase Faith’s mattress and box spring then to the fabric store so I can make her curtains. Then back to the mattress store because Grace left her coat there. Then to CVS to get sale items. Then to a hot dog place. It was kind of nice. Food was okay and was less than $20 for a family of 6. Then we went in a different location to game stop, Cato’s (I found a new long skirt) then to Wal-Mart and then to the dollar tree. Then headed back to the hotel. I got faith’s curtains pinned on both side and went to sew them and realized my sewing machine cord is missing. I am really hoping we find it in the back of the van tomorrow. For now I am relaxing and enjoying our last couple of days in a hotel

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Not me Monday

This is my first not me Monday from the wonderful state of North Carolina. I have tried to keep a list the last couple of weeks but I have not been good at keeping up with it. So let's see where should I start.
First, I have taught my children to be respectful so Grace would never ask the painters at our new house why his pants were so dirty. We are living in a hotel and I have not snuck to the vending machine to buy oreos or chocolate. Because of course I would buy enough for my children and I am not so addicted to sugar that I would never had to do this.
My husband did not call a italian restraunt and get there specials and then drive us to pizza hut and complain that they were not honoring what they said on the phone only to realize later that he had called the wrong place. He has his act together more than that. Last Saturday when we were cleaning like crazy and my daughter slipped in the garage my husband did not tell her we could not take her to the hospital until we cleared housing. We of course take proper care of our children and show compassion and would never say such a thing.
I did not tell Rob that I have a gift card for his favorite restraunt and have him order take out only to realize I had a different gift card when I got there. I of course checked the gift card before ordering the food.
I did not send Rob to the store for silly things to avoid cleaning last week and I most certainly did not leave most of the cleaning to him and use every excuse I could to get out of the house while we were cleaning.
I am always very cautious of how I dress and did not walk into a store with my shirt zipped into my skirt. I do not know if I told you this but it is not my husband who uses vacuming as birth control after seeing that men who vacum have a lower sperm count on oprah.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

hotel living part 2

we did not pack warm clothes to play in the snow that you can see on our balcony. We also forgot to pack toys for the kids to play with so they have been making there own. Hope was mad Michael would not let her play with the lego car he got yesturday so she made one out of batteries and toilet paper. Then she moved onto jewelry. She made Grace a necklace and a ring and they were make up that Faith snuck and brought.

Am I awake, is this thing on?

Am i really here, have i really moved hours away from my friends from Graces doctors from a home school group i love. am i really living in a hotel until we can move into our house. am i really moving into a neighborhood where i know no one and have to start all over. i just wonder if this is really my life. last night i dreamed that rob accidently hit someone and they died and he was put in jail for the rest of his life. it was such a real dream i had to tell his mom and decide how i was going to live. the dream felt so real. so much more real than how i feel right now as i set in a dark hotel room. everyone is in one room while Grace and i nap in the other room. it just does not feel weird. there were moments of the last couple of weeks that felt real like pulling out of Will's driveway and crying, like telling Michelle to keep praying openly. but even as they loaded my stuff into the semi i wondered is this really real. my couch was still there i was still watching the same TV yet all around me things were being removed from my home. as we drove around post and i saw motor pool after motor pool i thought WOW we are back in the real army. I did not really see motor pools on Redstone. It just seems like a fake world and i need to wake up and embrace it. I guess that starts tonight. I have a friend that i have been friends with since Germany. It is a neat story we both were living in temporary housing on the fourth floor and she knocked on my door and said hey I am going grocery shopping want to go. our car had not arrived and let me tell you walking to the store with a 8 week old was not fun. we have been friends since. she moved her after Germany (and then to Hawaii and then back here) and we moved to Campbell and then Redstone and now here. I saw her a couple of years ago. I was so nervous, I started walking 2 months before she got here and had lost 30 pounds. it is so funny what I worry about. we had a great visit. then I stopped walking and have gained probably another 50+pounds since then. Why does this worry me so much why have I avoided her. because I guess there are things that I can hide. my friends do not notice my weight because they have always seen me this way. but I guess seeing her tonight is like a wakeup call, she has not seen me this way. maybe this will be my wake up call. please know this is about me and not her. I do not know why I put this on myself. things just seem so weird right now. parts of it is nice. like my husband and i are together constantly in one big room with the kids which means lots of child training is going on. the kids are learning to be quieter, i am definitely learning to be quieter. I hope we keep this in the new house. i wonder when i will feel like i am back to my life. will it be when i have my own furniture, when I take grace to the doctor for the first time, when we go to a new church. who knows but for now nothing feels real. I think I am just nervous we have been told that by April 1 rob will be back in Iraq so i guess if it is not real he will not go away again. can i really do another deployment in another town alone. maybe when i get to see the real fort Bragg i will feel better because as much as we have driven around there has not been allot of a welcoming feeling. there is allot of small areas of housing, old buildings, old closed down stores but not allot of living that i see.

our new house part 2

We went to the house yesturday and took measurements for curtains. We also got to see the inside of the garage. The other day when we went the electricity was not on so we had to use the camera flash to look around the garage. Rob is so excited about the amount of space this garage has. There is also a good size storage shed in the backyard and 2 storage areas off the bonus room. We are using the bonus room as a fourth bedroom/office. We are going to make the front half a office and the back half a bedroom for Faith. She is so excited to have her own room.

Hotel living part 1

I have to say I do not mind hotel living. Especially in this hotel with 2.5 rooms. We have a room with beds and then a room with a fold out couch and TV and table. connecting the two rooms is a hallway with a stove, fridge, sink and microwave. it gives us plenty of space to move around. The staff is amazing. the first day we moved in the bathroom had issues. it actually continued to have so many issues that 24 hours later they asked us to change rooms. At first I was a little annoyed and then I realized that right outside my door was this
Then the elevator is right outside of our door and if you go up a floor the laundry is right next to the elevator or go down one floor and the pool is right next to the elevator. so we are not walking across the hotel to get to the pool or the lobby. I told faith this morning, guess what in one week you will be doing laundry again. we have really enjoyed the time together. except when Grace got stuck in the cat cage. OHHHHHHHHHHHHH, did I tell you that right outside our door is the vending machine in case I run out of Diet Pepsi
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