Monday, March 31, 2008

I'm going on Vacation

Sorry I haven't posted much. I'm not sure if I will get a chance to post again this week and we leave on Vacation on Friday. We return on the 12th. But, I had a great idea for a game for you all to play in my absence so you wont forget about me. Its a musical game and should be fun. I look forward to reading all the posts about it when I get back. So stay tuned.... I might even start the game on Thursday, I will be spending the day packing anyway. So its better if I don't even turn on the computer because its a distraction.


Mrs. Marine

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Traveling with children.............

I'm leaving you.
During my daughters Spring Break (Spring Break WHOOO), we are going to visit family. Hubby's deployed so its just me and the two kids on the airplane...... And is not a direct flight we have one layover. What have I got myself into. LOL.
I need tips and tricks. I have a portable DVD player for Priness and she has a Leapster so she will be entartained. I'm more worried about my wiggly Little Man having to be stuck in Mommy's lap the whole time. I know what to do for his ears poping. I just need any tips and tricks anyone has to keep him entertained.

Anything you can give me will help. Thanks.


Mrs. Marine

Attention Coupon Clippers

Check this out:
http://www.shortcuts.com/

I got an email about this site. I shop at a military commisary so I can't use it but it sounds like a great service to help save money on your grocery bill.
If you try it come back an leave a comment with your opinion.

Pasted from the Email:

With Shortcuts, the new online coupon program, you can eliminate the hassle of paper coupons —but keep the savings on your grocery bill.

3 simple steps to savings:

1. Register your store card at shortcuts.com before you leave for the grocery store.
2. Click the Shortcuts coupons you want.
3. Swipe your card at checkout and save!


Mrs. Marine

Monday, March 24, 2008

Things Kids Say....?

The other day we were on our way home from school. My daughter tried to tell me something and I only heard some of the words she said, the conversation went like this: (Blah - words I didn't hear)

Princess: "Mommy, I learned blah blah blah, blah blah school blah blah blah"
"You know what I mean mommy"

Mommy: "I have know idea what you just said"

Princess: "Me either"


Mrs. Marine

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

HaHa, I love this picture, it's just too funny, and cute! I had this picture on my old computer and had forgotten about it until I happened upon it today on the web. Were having friends over to dye eggs and the kids (two kids coming over) will hunt plastic eggs in the backyard! Fun Fun! The "Easter Bunny" came last night and my daughter was ecstatic this morning. Have a great day everyone.

Happy kEaster


Happy Easter



Mrs. Marine

Friday, March 21, 2008

Blogrolls

By the way, I recently started a mommy blog roll. If anyone wants to link exchange on blogroll leave me a comment or send me an email.

Happy Blogging!
TGIF



Mrs. Marine

Craft of the Week - Paper Easter Eggs

Paper Easter Eggs

You will need:
Construction Paper (light colors - yellow, white, pink, light blue)
and
Bingo Markers - the more colors the better
or
Paint (paint brush optional) - lots of different colors

1. Draw an Egg shape on the construction paper. Then either:

2a. Child uses the Bingo markers to make dots all over the paper.
or
2b. Use paint and a paint brush or finger paint to decorate the egg how ever they want.

3. Cut it out and your done! Makes a great decoration.


Mrs. Marine

Monday, March 17, 2008

Parents, Do You Ever Overanalyze Cartoons?

I know, sounds a little crazy, but my husband and I both do this and we can’t be the only ones.
All parents have to sit through the silly and sometimes very annoying shows our children watch. They are boring to watch and sometimes I can’t help but analyze them. For instance:
The show: Max and Ruby (their bunnies, they talk and wear clothes) It’s on Noggin/Nick Jr. This show is actually pretty cute.

Here is where the analyzing comes in:
Ruby is the big sister (pre-teen age), Max is the little brother (young child age). WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS? They have a grandma they go to her house to visit, but parents are never mentioned. Ruby is not an adult, so it’s not as though she got emancipated and is taking care of her brother. I know she’s not an adult because there are Adult (bigger) bunnies that she babysits for. Why do they never mention the parents? Ruby is a bunny scout (Girl Scout) and she plays with dolls, she seems a little young to be taking care of her brother by herself. Max is a trouble making little bunny boy.
OK, see I’m kinda crazy now and I have seen this show too many times. PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one who does this.
There is another show with similar characters, older brother, and little sister. Charlie and Lola, I like this one. But they talk about their parents. The parents are there, you don’t actually “see” them but their there. There riding in the back of the car and the parents are driving, you only see the back of the car. Or one of them will leave the room to go tell mom. Get it….
OK, please tell me I’m not the only one. Sorry if this bored you, hopefully you’re at least laughing at me right now. Hey, I have to have something to keep me entertained. I’m a stay at home mom, remember….. And right now I don’t get to leave the house by myself. I’m with my kids 24-7. Maybe obsessing over missing parents on a cartoon show helps me keep my sanity.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patty's Day!


Mrs. Marine

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Our Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to Us!
Today is me and my husband’s 6th Wedding Anniversary. Once again we don't get to spend the day together. Kinda hard to do when were not on the same continent.

That's the life of a Military Wife...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Craft of the Week - Telephone Cups

This isn't exactly a craft, but its something you can make and play with your kids. I'm sure a lot of you have heard of this one.

You will need:
2 paper/plastic cups (or any similar shaped container - I'm using small Folgers coffee containers)
Very long piece of string

Punch a small hole in the bottom of each cup and thread one end of the string through hole and tie knot. Attaching a cup to each end of the string.
One person takes each cup and play telephone. Works best when your sitting around the corner from one another or run the string under a closed door so you can't see one another.
Kids think its funny.


Mrs. Marine

Ill be doing this tomorrow with my daughter.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

My Favorite Quote

"Our greatest heart-treasure
Is a knowledge that there is in creation
An individual to whom our existence is necessary –
Someone who is part of our life
As we are part of theirs,
Someone in whose life, we feel assured our death
Would leave a gap for a day or two.
And who can be this but a husband or wife?"

My Brilliant Career
by Miles Franklin

I read the book in High School, this is by far, my favorite quote from the book.


Mrs. Marine

Proper Blogger Etiquette

Can someone answer this question because I'm not really sure and I would not want anyone to think I'm rude.
What is proper blogger etiquette with comments? Especially when someone asks you a question and doesn't leave their email address?
Are you supposed to comment-back on their blog? How do you answer a question if they don't leave an email address? You cant just answer the question on one of their random posts on their blog? Or do I comment on my own post to answer their question?
And what is the thing all about? I have seen it on several other blogs, how does that work?

Thanks to everyone who comments on this.


Mrs. Marine

Monday, March 10, 2008

Join the Ultimate Blog Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008 Hurry before you miss all the FUN!!!


Mrs. Marine

Little Man has Separation Anxiety….

Daddy has been gone on Deployment for 9 days now and this past week my 9 month old has begun to cry every time I leave the room. It finally occurred to me that he probably thinks I’m going to disappear like Daddy did…. Pour baby, who knows what’s going on in his head. My four ½ year old is still confused as to when Daddy comes home. It didn’t help the matter that he was delayed leaving 3 times. I guess we will all get used to it eventually…


Mrs. Marine

Craft of the Week – Cotton Ball Bunny

This one is simple for the little kids.

You will need:
Construction paper (any color you choose)
Glue
Cotton balls

Draw a bunny on a piece of construction paper, with a face - cut it out. Pour a large amount of glue onto a plastic plate or another piece of paper. Child takes a cotton ball and dips it into the glue then puts it on the bunny. Let them put as many cotton balls as they want! Let it dry, that’s it!
It’s a cute fuzzy bunny!


Mrs. Marine

Lack of crafts

Sorry I haven’t posted a new craft in a while, it’s been a little crazy with Daddy coming and going, not to mention I had a brain freeze and could not think of any.


Mrs. Marine

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

My Coffee Time

Every stay-at-home mom/dad needs to have some time to themselves EVERY day. It helps keep the sanity. My time is in the morning from 7-8 before the kids are up. I actually get up earlier than I have to in order to have this time to myself, which is funny because I am NOT a morning person. I do not like getting up early. But I find I need this time to myself in the morning.
I get up about 6:30; shower, extra, and then I have about an hour to take my time eating breakfast and drink my coffee. I am able to sit and relax while drinking coffee and watching TV.
Then the kids are up at 8:00 and I have to feed my baby boy, get my daughter ready for school - “hurry up and get done in the bathroom (she will stay in their 10 minutes if I let her), get your socks on, let’s fix your hair, brush your teeth, get your shoes on” – all you parents know how it goes…. Rush, Rush, Rush, 5 days a week.
So, I need my Coffee Time, I find I function better if I get it, and it’s not just the coffee, it’s “MY time” I need before I start the day.


Mrs. Marine

Mommy My Fishy Light Is On

Best Idea I ever had as a parent. For all of you who have kids who like to get up at the “But Crack of Dawn” (really early in the morning) try this:
A while back my daughter kept waking up at 6:00 in the morning and wanting to stay-up. NO - if she gets up that early she will be a grouch by late afternoon because she has not taken a nap since she was 3. I would send her back to bed and she would come back out every 30 minutes wanting to know if it was time to get up yet.
Then I had my brilliant idea: She has a Fish night light in her room, I plugged it into a timer and set the timer to turn on at 7:30 p.m. - Bedtime and turn off at 8:00 a.m. when it’s time for her to get up. So, not only does she know when it’s time to get out of bed in the morning, but she also knows when it’s time to go to bed at night.
Now if she wakes up too early she will stay in bed until her light turns off. She knows she can get out of bed to go potty and then go back to bed. Sometimes she will go back to sleep in the morning and other times she gets toys and plays quietly until her light goes off.

It’s funny, she will never admit to being tired, but when she is I have seen her watching her room to see if her light is on yet and she will make comments about her Fishy Lights going to be on soon.


Mrs. Marine

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Daddy’s Finally Gone

I know, that sounds bad. I didn’t want him to leave by any means. His attempts to leave on Deployment were delayed 3 times. That’s never happened even once, it’s kind of funny. Even the flight he got on was delayed because the planes battery was dead….
We have been delaying the inevitable for a week. He was supposed to leave last weekend. We said our “Goodbyes” three times. It was great to have him here for another week but it confused our daughter. We told her daddy’s leaving and then he comes right back…. She doesn’t have a very good concept of time as it is.
I need to get used to him being gone so that the time will fly by and he will get home again. The first few weeks are the hardest. I just have to get into a routine and get used to doing the things he would normally do when he’s home. Doing everything by myself, I have basically become a single parent. But this time I now have two children. Only had one during the last deployment….
Life goes on, without him.


Mrs. Marine