Saturday, September 19, 2009

So adorable!

Avagrace is a very funny girl. She is also incredibly creative and very bright. She was telling us that the sun does not go behind the clouds, but the sun actually goes inside the clouds. She went on to explain that she knows this because she turned around to look behind the sun and the sun was still covered by the cloud so therefore it was in it, not behind it! I love how she thinks, the way she views the world is amazing to listen to!!

Whereas Avagrace is a huge thinker and a creative spirit, Violet is our mommy. She wants to have eight babies and she can't wait to have things like Bras etc. She already prays for her husband and asks God to protect him often! She even told us that God was taking care of her babies until she is old enough for Him to give them to her. She is so adorable.

Breya is our feisty little girl who is picking up on new words constantly. She loves necklaces, purses, and bowties (hair bows). She also does this nakie dance. I know this sounds terrible but people she is newly 2 it is adorable. She is potty training and loves to have no diaper on. She was so excited about it one day that I told her to remember she had a nakie hiney so no pee-peeing off the potty. So I said "nakie hiney" with a big cheery voice and she started doing this little wiggle dance. It was so cute. I cracked up. AND LET ME JUST SAY...I don't do hiney wiggling usually...I don't like the shake your booty stuff and it is not allowed, but her doing this dance is so precious. Take my word on it!

I thank God for these precious girls and all that I have learned from them. I will write about my boys tomorrow! Mama's of girls-chime in with your cute stories!

Friday, September 18, 2009


My mom and sister flew in today from Pennsylvania! I am soooooooo very excited! I haven't seen them since February and it has been far too long! Because of their visit I will be taking a wee bit o' a vaca over the next few days...I will post pics here and there and Next Thursday I will announce a new sponsor! Happy Weekending!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A tradition that just popped up on us!

Today was Brendan's first day off in a very long time. I rarely request that he take leave for anything. In fact, when Violet was born he went to work later that day, when Breya was born he had 10 days as a gift from his commander and then he went back to work. It has always worked well that way. However, with the impending move and the state of our home I was in need of his assistance and presence.

The past few days have been an emotional roller coaster as we lost a friend to suicide last Thursday night. It has been very hard because this friend was one of my son's biggest role models. For me, he reminded me of my brother. He was a very young airman, from a very difficult background, who was very lonely and trying hard to make a better life for himself. Unfortunately, he seemed to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He also desperately wanted to be valued. Sometimes that would fog his judgement because he was very trusting, sometimes of the wrong individuals. I struggle the most with all of this because working with him could be a challenge. There were times when he did not like me at all and this was hard for me because I really did care about him. However, it was too little too late because I would always tell myself that he was fine with the choices he made and I could do nothing for him....he probably wouldn't have wanted to hear from me anyway I thought. Now I live in regret. If there is anyone out there for you that is like this...don't wait. You never know what tomorrow will bring. As for Aidan, I cannot bring myself to tell him of his passing. I was going to but Bren brought up a good point. Aidan is a huge worrier already. He thinks about stuff obsessively and this is not something that he can handle at this time. So per Bren's request I will simply say to Aidan that so-and-so has received a different assignment at this time.

But back to Bren's day off. My mom and sister are flying in tomorrow and I am overjoyed. I have had a very difficult week and have cried for the first time since my pregnancy and I haven't really been able to stop...but Bren was able to get off today and tomorrow so that we can work on the move and he can be here to pick me up when I crumble...and oh he and his strong arms are so perfect for that!

Today after a lot of running errands he took us out to IHop and it was awesome! We had three adult meals, one for me, one for Bren, and one for Grace and Aido to share AND they came with a free kids meal each for each little one! We all ate at a restaurant for 32.00! Unbelievable. The coolest thing was that we suddenly realized that IHop has become our tradition place. Anytime we move, have a deployment, or need that 'comfort-stabilizing' meal (you know the one that makes you all happy in the midst of total chaos!) Yeah this is where we find ourselves. Bren and I thought of this, remembered times before, and smiled at the serenity that we could grasp in the midst of such chaos! Do you have a place or activity that brings this out for you? Do share I would love to hear!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I feel like a princess!

So another military 'thing-to-do' is to go to the annual Air Force Ball. I have wanted to go to one of these for a long time...well since before we even enlisted :) However, it was never on Bren's 'must-do' list. However, he got us tickets and even picked the best meal for me when ordering said tickets...and didn't even check with me first!! He was awesome. Not only was he awesome but Davids Bridal is having a huge outlet sale with ball gowns on sale for $39-$79! For those of you who do not know, this is a steal! Some of the gowns are marked down from $500 or more!!!! So last night we got a gown, (floor length is the dress code) and two Fridays from now I will be swept away with my prince charming for a REAL BALL!!! (Nope I am not excited at all...hahaha) I will be sure to share pics!

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Military Man

It is no secret that I was the first in our family to make the cross-over into the military uniform...however, I was in for a very short amount of time and left with an honorable discharge many years ago. I remember being in the PX/BX as a soldier seeing those window stickers for women's cars that said "the toughest job in the military WIFE" I would laugh and think to myself, that is a great way to suck up! Yup I really did. So when my husband enlisted in the Air Force and had to leave for training only six weeks after our third child was born I thought "No Problem!" I definitely was 100% for his choice and yes, he did ask me, this was a completely joint enlistment! Not only did I support his desire I was so excited. One because I knew that he really wanted this but was leery because he (naturally) did not have a ton of people saying "woohoo join the military in time of war." But also because I knew he would enjoy it. I knew what it was like and I knew he would thrive.

So fast forward to 6 months after he left for basic training and you will find me on the phone with Brendan, who was in Texas, on limited phone time saying "So, MPF is sending out a QAO on 13 December when the movers arrive at which time you will oversee all the packing, loading of the truck, and then you will head out cross country but don't go over x amount of miles in one day oh and they don't pay us ahead of time so you will need to come up with the money for travel, hotel, food, etc...for you and the three kids. Oh and I can't come to help. I will meet you in Oklahoma by Christmas. I love you!" Click! Wait what???? You have got to be kidding me....huh, well ok then...

That was my basic training. Now I understand and completely believe and agree that the Mil Wife is the hardest job in the service! Hands down without a question, we have to deal with life, red tape, sickness, home warfare, drama, regulations, holding down the fort, etc etc etc etc....the list never ends. But it is incredibly rewarding and their is nothing better than supporting a man who truly loves his job! Now as I get more comfortable with falling over boots, finding blousing straps all over the house, and realizing that my husband is only on loan to us when his unit doesn't 'need' him life is getting rather interesting.

I find it very exciting to try to get him to have PDA's in his uniform. The funniest part of this is I am typically the prude who doesn't like PDA's at all meanwhile I can't keep him off of me. However, when that uniform is on he is completely different. He is on like the actors behind the camera and apparently so am I, (ahem) I quite enjoy the challenge of getting him to enjoy a kiss, a hand hold a moment...

Another game I like to play is "my version of the military alphabet". Military Acronyms annoy me, just say it already, stop confusing us! And the military alphabet well...I use to know it but now I am lucky to remember the English alphabet after singing it so many times a just kind of grow immune to it. But it is quite humorous to hear Bren on the phone with telemarketers, stores, bill companies, whatever because when my husband spells things out on the phone he gives no warning and begins to say things like Bravo, Charlie, Foxtrot at which point the person says "Oh I thought you were giving me words and I was wondering why you were rattling it off so fast" He says "no, I was giving you letters" (well dear, technically those are words that stand for letters...) So I find it very humorous to spell things like this....He would say honey I think we should Gulf, Oscar, Oscar, Uniform, Tango, Tango,Oscar, Echo, Alpha, Tango...."Go Out To Eat But I like to say something like this Giants Only Optimistically Use Tea To Over Emphasize Alligators Tongues. It has become a game to see how badly I can make him laugh or how ridiculous I can make it sound while still trying to make a sentence using words for letters...

So I guess I will get to a point of this blog before I do my famous rambling for a whole page...every couple needs ammo to make life fun...military families have extra ammo. What is yours? Military or not, lets get a discussion going and really share some fun!