Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year! What's Your Resolution?

Gold New Year

I resolve to be more organized and procrastinate less.
(Yea right, that will never happen, I can dream right?)
What's your New Years Resolution?

UPDATE 9:38 PM: By the way, I am home alone (kids are definitely in bed) by myself. I suck, its New Years Eve and I am sitting home... Hubby is across the ocean, asleep now because he is many hours ahead. He went to bed early because he has not been feeling well. I am doing some blog hopping and Entrecard dropping. Yippee. Woohoo, Happy New Year! I am going to start watching all the countdown shows at 10:00. I may even fall asleep on the couch before midnight, who knows... Arnt I exiting?

UPDATE 10:41 PM: Still blog hopping and watching NBC's New Year's Eve show. I havent fallen asleep yet. Bella (the dog) is groaning at me wanting to know why I have not gone to bed yet...


Mrs. Marine

Wordless Wednesday - Happy New Year - Fuzzy's gonna miss it

FUZZY: "Midnight, are you kidding me, I cant stay up that late, I need my beauty sleep".


Mrs. Marine

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I DID IT! I Forced Tulips to Bloom!

I ordered tulip bulbs online a while ago and they sat in my fridge a few weeks before I got around to planting any of them.
I planted these on December 14th. And LOOK! There growing. I did it! There are 5 bulbs and 5 little green buds! I love tulips and I have never seen them grow from scratch. I am exited (in case you couldn't tell already)!
I wonder how long it will take them to grow flower buds? Anyone know? I figure sometime in January or February I will get to see the beautiful colors! I will post more pictures as they grow.
The best part is I have 15 more bulbs in my fridge so I get to do this over and over again and always have tulips in my window! Yeah!

Mrs. Marine

DECLINED (I had a crappy day yesterday)

My mom went back home Saturday. I avoid going to the store with both kids at all costs. Mainly Princess, she is quite naughty at the store and so if she is with me it takes me twice as long. Little Man is a good boy at the store. He loves to people watch and say "HI" to people who smile at him.
So, I had tried to go to the store by myself Friday while my mom was still here but unfortunately the Commissary (Military grocery store) was closed. I could have gone to the local grocery store but I just couldn't justify spending so much more. Everything is cheaper at the commissary and there is no tax!
So, I went yesterday with both kids. Princess wined the whole time and complained. Needless to say by the time I finished and got to the checkout line I was ready to have it over and done with. I tried to get cash at the checkout and accidentally entered my pin number wrong twice which LOCKED MY DEBIT CARD. I had no way to pay for the groceries.
Luckily they offered to hold my groceries while I ran home to get my check book. Fortunately I don't live very far. Ugh, I was ready to cry by that point, I was just all around frustrated. The shopping trip which I had hoped would only take an hour, took two and it was also Little Man's lunch and nap time.
By the way, I called the bank after I got home and was able to unlock the card and reset my pin number.

Mrs. Marine

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My Mommy is here!

My mom flew in Thursday, and boy are her arms tired, bu-dum bump, chhh (I know, worst joke ever but I couldnt resist, tee hee).
ANYWAY.
So, she came to visit for Christmas, she is here until Satruday. We have been busy so I havent had much chance to get on the computer.
There is a wonderful and fun Christmas song that has been stuck in me and my daughters heads for over a week now and I wanted to share it with you.

Merry Christmas!


Mrs. Marine

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Christmas Classics

Which one is your favorite? I still love to watch the old holiday cartoons. I watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" the other night. I have them all on video, my daughter likes Frosty. I love them all.


Mrs. Marine

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Best News Ever!!

Three more months left and Hubby will NEVER be deployed again!!!!!!!!!!!
Hubby has just over a year left in the Military. Not too long after he gets back from deployment he will be leaving the platoon he is in. And until just a few days ago we were unsure where he would go from there. We had out hops, but no guarantee. No guarantee that he would not be sent on another deployment which would make it very difficult for him to plan and get ready for his new career.
Hubby now knows where he will be going. He will be going to another platoon and helping them train. They will not be deploying during the time hubby is with them!

When he told me that this is officially his last deployment, tears welled up in my eyes. That is the greatest news I have had in a long time. It puts a smile on my face even now.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Something has finally gone our way.

Mrs. Marine

Baby's Hug - an e-mail

(This story was forwarded to me via email, I wanted to share it)

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly sitting and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, 'Hi.' He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment.
I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map.
We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled. His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. 'Hi there, baby; hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster,' the man said to Erik.
My husband and I exchanged looks, 'What do we do?'
Erik continued to laugh and answer, 'Hi.'
Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby. Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, 'Do ya patty cake ? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo.'
Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk.
My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments.
We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between me and the door. 'Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik,' I prayed. As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby's 'pick-me-up' position. Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man.
Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love and kinship. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man's ragged shoulder. The man's eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor, cradled my baby's bottom and stroked his back. No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time.
I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms and his eyes opened and set squarely on mine. He said in a firm commanding voice, 'You take care of this baby.'
Somehow I managed, 'I will,' from a throat that contained a stone.
He pried Erik from his chest, lovingly and longingly, as though he were in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, 'God bless you, ma'am, you've given me my Christmas gift.'
I said nothing more than a muttered thanks. With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, 'My God, my God, forgive me.'
I had just witnessed Christ's love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. I felt it was God asking, 'Are you willing to share your son for a moment?' when He shared His for all eternity.
The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, 'To enter the Kingdom of God , we must become as little children.'

'It is better to be liked for the true you, than to be loved for who people think you are......

Mrs. Marine

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Since when does Amazon.com Overcharge?

This is what my daughter is getting from Santa!!! I am exited, I always wanted a dollhouse when I was little, never had one. So I have wanted to get her one for years now, she is finally the right age. It comes with the family shown (dad, mom, and baby boy and girl) and I also got a big sister to go with it. Its our family plus a baby girl.
I employed the grandmothers to help buy room accessories for the house not knowing they were going to be SOLD OUT everywhere and hard to find online. The grandmas are in another state so they like to shop online, its easier.

Well, every website I cam across was sold out of the main accessories I wanted, Except Amazon.com. But the problem is, they were charging TWICE the price for everything. I had thought Amazon had always had good prices. Now I have not bought anything from Amazon.com in a while, but I have noticed other things on Amazon being more expensive there. When did that happen? I am completely appalled at the prices of the dollhouse stuff, its ridiculous. Has anyone else noticed this?
Look at this; this one bathroom set, on Amazon $26.60 - Toys"R"Us $8.99 (Are you kidding me!)

Although technically Amazon does not actually have the products, everything is "sold" and shipped through another company, but the products are still on Amazons site listed at the outrageous prices, all in all it still affects there reputation in my eyes. Luckily I always search for the best price when shopping online.

By the way, one grandma went to a Toys"R"Us store and and the other went to the web site and we finally managed to get everything we wanted!!


Mrs. Marine

Thursday, December 04, 2008

To My Hubby - All I Want for Christmas Is You

My house is decorated for Christmas and I am really missing my husband. We have been very lucky, the last time he missed Christmas was during boot camp in 2002, before we had kids. This is the first time he has been deployed during Christmas. It doesn't make it any easier.

This is from the movie "Love Actually" - Its a great movie.


Mrs. Marine

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Without hubby here, tomorrow is just another day. It's just a long weekend for us. My daughter will be helping me make a Pumpkin Pie (my favorite) tomorrow and I am planning to make French Toast for dinner. That's what we did last year for dinner on Thanksgiving. Last year we had our Thanksgiving on Saturday and we had over a dozen people at the house. Which consisted of other military men and there wives, all of which were stuck here like us without our families. The guys had been doing training for the last several weeks previous and would not be done until Friday. So, our Thanksgiving was Saturday. Everyone brought food and helped to cook it. We all had a great time. We have done that the last two years.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!


Mrs. Marine

Saturday, November 22, 2008

$45 Lamp Shade for the Cone Head Dog


I had to take Bella to the vet today. See her front right leg? The vet think she got bit by a bug and had a sever reaction to it. She has been chewing and licking her leg like crazy and ate the fur off of her leg and made it raw and icky. So, now she gets to wear a lamp shade and take steroids for the next several days. A $45 lamp shade, I told hubby at that price, were keeping it and putting it on our lamp. (Just kidding of course and I am sure you know its not an actual lamp shade but it sure looks like one. The lady at the vet even made the joke "We have a lamp in the back that is now missing a shade.")

Its funny, she was outside earlier today after the vet visit and she was barking with the dogs that live two yards over. I laughed to myself imagining them saying to her, "Hey dog, what the Bark is that around your head? What did the human do to you, are you being punished? WHAT DID YOU DO WRONG" (Still laughing to myself now.)

Yea, I know, I have lost my mind. But at least I got a good laugh, I needed one after spending a total of $215 at the vet, OUCH. My poor doggy is so pathetic. But I cant help but laugh at her, she looks really funny with the cone on her head and she keeps running it into things. But I keep telling her, "you did it to yourself". If she had not tried to eat her own leg. Ugh.

So I have to take her back to the vet on Friday so they can decide if her leg is getting better then they will decide how much longer she has to wear the lamp shade, that cost $45. I cant get over that. I could have made one myself for much less. Its plastic, I really am keeping it though (not as a lamp shade) but just in case we ever need it for her again. Hopefully we don't, but you never know and I would rather not have to ever buy another one. The steroids cost less. Pets, they can be expensive, but we still love them, and need them.


Mrs. Marine

Saturday's Sanity Saver - Beauty Shop

Play Beauty Shop!
My daughter (5) loves to do this. I have lots of little and medium sized hair clips and also lots of barrettes (the more you have the better). So I gather them up and then she gets to brush my hair and put all the clips and barrettes wherever she sees fit. (Sometimes I have to adjust them because its either pulling my hair or poking me in the head) I look quite silly when she is done. But she loves it. Then, sometimes, its my turn and I do the same to her. Or I have a turn first that way I am forced to leave my hair done up. Then I polish her nails, fingers and toes.

I remember me and my older sister fixing my moms hair the same way when we were little. I have been told that I would pound the brush on her head in my efforts to brush her hair (unintentionally of course). Oops. Luckily my daughter is very gentle with me.

Mrs. Marine

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Shadows

One day I noticed the shadow on the wall of me and my sons silhouette. I thought it would make a cool picture. It took several tires to get it right.



Mrs. Marine

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Funk......

I am in a blogging, life, emotional, everything; Funk.
I am frustrated, lonely, stressed, lonely, tired, lonely, irritable, somewhat depressed.
The only time I have been in front of the computer lately is to talk to hubby.
YES, hubby FINALLY has in his laptop and and internet connection and a web cam. So wen> can talk on the computer and I get to see his face! Which helps a lot, the kids get to talk to him too. Although Princess doesn't get to as much as Little Man.
How do you explain time zones to a 5 year old?....
By the time she gets home from school it is past daddy's bed time. So she only gets to talk to him on Fridays when he can stay up later and on weekends.
Little Man now knows the sound the computer makes when we connect a video call and he also seems to know what the chat window looks like. He gets very exited and starts squealing "Daddy Daddy Daddy!" Its really cute.
It great to be able to talk to him and see his face on the computer. Its good for me and the kids.
And since we talk on the computer were not being charged by the minute. Saves money not having to use calling cards or pay a phone company. There is a phone in the office he can call me on for free, but its not exactly private and I would rather see his face.

Hopefully I will get out of this funk soon. I could use a day off, a vacation, but that's not possible.

Mrs. Marine

Funny Commercials

I love these two commercials, I laugh every time. I remember the turkey one from last year, still makes me laugh. It's actually odd that I have seen them on TV, I rarely watch commercials anymore. Not because I am a channel surfer, that drives me nuts when people do that. No, I have a DVR and I record Everything. Any show I want to watch I set to record. I will intentionally wait to watch a show until it has been on at least 15 minutes so I can fast forward through the commercials. I do not like watching commercials. Except these two, because there really funny.

I couldn't embed this one, so here is the link:
Rollover Minutes Sibling Rivalry Commercial That is totally the kind of mom I am, although my kids are still little, but you get the point.


Turkey... LOL


Mrs. Marine

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fuzzy Likes to be Tortured...

My cat is just not normal. If there was an 18 month old child playing in a room, most cats would avoid that room at all costs. If they had to go through the room for any reason, they would do it as fast as they could, and avoid the ground if possible.
Not my cat.
My son plays in the living room during the day. The living room is between the dining room and the hallway to the bedrooms and bathroom, it has baby gates so he cant get into trouble.
Fuzzy, quite often lately, comes into the living room and lays on the floor out in the open. Little Man gets very exited and walks/crawls over to her and begins the torture (he doesn't know any better). He pounds on her, grabs hand-fulls of fur and pulls, lays on top of her, and the worst, pushes his hands into her with all his weight. I am afraid he is going to seriously hurt her.

What I don't get it I will save her from him and put her in another room where he cant get her and a little while later she comes back for more... Fuzzy is not very smart, or she just likes the torture. LOL.
The great thing is, Fuzzy just lays there and takes it, she wont bite Little Man, she doesn't have front claws (she was de-clawed before I got her) and even if she did she would not scratch him. She actually tries to scratch on furniture sometimes, she forgets she doesn't have claws... She is the greatest cat for kids.

Fuzzy's Blog: http://queenchat.blogspot.com/

Mrs. Marine

Wordless Wednesday - Basket Kitties


Fuzzy's Blog http://queenchat.blogspot.com/


Mrs. Marine

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Kill the alarm clock...

I hate getting up in the morning. I have never liked getting up in the morning. I want to wake up when my body decides to wake up, not when the alarm (or child) goes off. But, alas, parents don't get that luxury, at least not until the kids are out of the house.
I am a "snooze, snooze, snooze button pusher". Drives hubby crazy because he is the opposite. His alarm goes off once if even that and he is up and out of bed. Not me, I have to hit snooze over and over and over again. The first few times I hit it I'm not even fully aware that I'm doing it. I know I am not getting more sleep by hitting snooze, falling asleep for 5 minutes is not doing me any good but I don't know how to make myself get up. I would like to be more like my hubby and be able to set the alarm for 6:00 and be up by 6:10. I just don't work that way.

Mrs. Marine

Do you need a laugh? I love cats.

This is great, I had to share it. I got on YouTube to search for something else and found this. The kitty is beautiful, I love the markings on its fur. Quite chunky too.... LOL.


Mrs. Marine

Monday, November 03, 2008

Rebecca Pidgeon's Contest Winners

Rebecca announced the winners on Army Wife Talk Radio and since I had the contest banner up for the last month I figures I might as well tell you who won. Unfortunately is was not me....

Here are the winners of the "Blackboard Acoustic" contest:

WINNER: $150.00 Gift Certificate to a SPA in your city
Name: Sarah I.
Message:
Daddy, I'm your brand new baby and even though we haven't met, I love you.
Please come home from Iraq so you can lay me down at night.
Mommy's made of Army steel, but her heart's full of tears.

2nd PLACE: $75.00 VISA GIFT CARD
Name: Cheryl S.
Message:
My Darling Sheffield, I just lay down our Army Brat to sleep.
Her Steel blue eyes look just like yours. I miss you Baby, please come home soon.


3rd PLACE: $50.00 GIFT CARD TO THE "ALL SERVICES EXCHANGE ON-LINE STORE"
Name: Susan L.
Message:
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord our Army, Navy, Air Force
and Marines to keep. Please watch over them as they roam and we wait
with patience for them to come home.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Military Wives

Its funny, there is a "competition" of sorts between different branches of the Military members. I laugh at my husband when the topic comes up.
But I don't feel that there should be a competition between the wives, were all basically in the same "boat". Our husbands are in the Military, we all have the same basic lifestyle, our husbands are gone a lot, too much. And were left home alone to hold down the fort. To keep the home fires burning the best we can.

In the beginning I came across a lot of wives who seemed to think they were more important than me because my husband was a Private First Class and theirs was a Corporal or Sergeant. Well, my husbands a Sgt. now and I have befriended plenty of wives and girlfriends of men who ranked below my husband. It doesn't matter what your husbands or wife's rank is, or what branch of the Military there in. A Military Spouse has only one rank and its the hardest job in the Military.

The only other people who can possibly begin to understand my life and what I go through on a daily basis are other Military Spouses. And even with other wives we all have a slightly different situation. Some have kids, some don't, or the number of children is different. Some women choose to move in with there family for every deployment so there not left alone. Some live on base, some don't.

I have two children, I do not live on base, we chose to buy our first home. Although we do live right next to a base so I still have all the advantages. We live far away from all our family so I don't have there help while he is deployed. I have never chosen to move just because he is deploying. Although I am alone and it might have been a little easier to have moved so I could have the help from our family. Were buying our house, I hate moving, and deployment is stressful enough, I don't see the point in uprooting our kids away from our home because he is deploying.
With all the factors in, this deployment is the hardest one out of the 6 and were only 1/3 of the way through.

Mrs. Marine

Interview with Rebecca Pidgeon

Rebecca is doing an interview on Army Wife Talk Radio on Monday Nov. 3rd at 8 PM EST. She is going to announce the winners of the Contest and discuss her new E.P. The Blackboard Acoustic Session.

You don't have to be an Army Wife to listen to the show, I'm not... Its a good show so tune in!

Daylight Savings BAD....

My kids woke up at there usual time this morning. But to my dislike it was actually an hour earlier than normal because its daylight savings.
EVERY TIME it gets me. I don't know why, but I always want to think that I have to change the clocks Sunday night, not Saturday night. So Sunday morning when I turn on the TV and see the time I realize that I am an hour off.... I don't know which I like better, gaining an hour or loosing an hour. I am going to move to a place that doesn't do Daylight Savings. Eliminate the hassle.

Once, long ago, I was out with friends at a dance club having fun and thanks to daylight savings, the club was open an extra hour. We got an extra hour of fun.
(No, the clock is not correct, I set the time off intentionally)


Mrs. Marine

Saturday, November 01, 2008

How long could you survive?

I came accross this over at Mother's Got A Dot Com. It was too intriguing not to click through and check it out. If you take the test leave a comment with your score. Mine is pathetic....

I could survive for 41 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor

Created by Bunk Beds.net



Mrs. Marine

Contest ends today at 8PM EST - 5PM PST

Attention Military Wives! If you have not entered Rebecca Pidgeon's contest yet today is your last chance, get your entries in!
There's a contest just for us! Write a blackboard message to a Military member serving in the armed forces. Click the link below to enter! There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! First prize is $150 gift certificate to local Spa of your choice. Enter the contest and tell your friends, I am!

What to know more about Rebecca Pidgeon, read my two previous posts about her.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

I love Halloween, its one of my favorite holidays! I love decorating, carving pumpkins, and I get to relive the child side of it through my kids. It's fun! I hope you have a great Halloween!

By the way, my daughter does not get to dress up for school. She didn't get to last year either. Is that happening everywhere? Its really disappointing. I remember having so much fun in Elementary school dressing up for Halloween. I am curious if other school districts are following suite? Are High School students allowed to dress up?

Princess's Pumpkin, it was too small to carve so we drew a face on it instead.

My Pumpkin.... LOL

I wanted to carve the pumpkin without having to clean it out. Do you like sea-food? LOL.
Its a big pumpkin.


My Halloween Socks! I love funny socks, especially toe-socks!



What better Halloween decorations than the yummy kind!


Have fun Trick-Or-Treating! Were going to the Mall with our friends, its easier with little kids, and its warmer. Not to mention, safer.

Mrs. Marine