Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Well, it's been a year. Guess it's time to make a post. I am horrible about this whole blogging thing, but whatever. I am a busy girl and if you're friends with me on Facebook you probably know everything I've been up to anyway.

 Matt is deployed... again. I am holding down the fort as usual and staying busy! He should be home in time for the holidays so that is putting a smile on all our faces!

I finished my AA in May. Woohoo! With kids, work, and some plans for changes in the somewhat near future I have no real ambitions to continue my pursuit of a four year degree right now. It's on hold until we have firm plans and I can figure out exactly what I want to be "when I grow up."

Both my girls are loving school. We had a rough year last year and we are happy they like their new school and all the people there. It's a much better fit for our girls and they are thriving.

Ayla has decided she will be a competitive gymnast like her big sister so any plans of home renovation have evaporated. If you have a child in competitive gymnastics you know exactly what I'm talking about!
That's my littlest big girl at her second competition last week. I can't believe she's 6 and a half! The time it is a flyin'!

 I am also very busy with my Plexus business. I have really good things happening in my life with this. Matt has been super supportive and that has made all the difference to me. He sees the good things happening to me and in our life and he is proud.

 God has blessed me beyond measure and I do not think I could have asked for more.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I'm surprised I'm even allowed to post on here anymore! I pretty much forgot about this blog over the last couple of years. A lot has happened and if you're a Facebook friend then you'll know most of it. We celebrated our 10th anniversary, Matt has delpoyed twice, he got a full time position at his unit, we bought a house, Erica is on the level 4 team at gymnastics, Ayla started kindergarten, and I only have one class to finish my AA. We are very busy these days! Matt's gone a lot and Erica's gymnastics schedule keeps us hopping. School is taking a backseat right now while I am working again. Gotta make some money to put into my new house! We went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween this month. It was so much fun! I love all things Disney, anyway, but going at night time seems to make it more memorable. The girls love dressing up as their favorite characters. During September Disney gives a special military discount on the special event ticket on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Matt just participated in the 2012 Cocoa Beach Air Show. He was part of the performance by the 920th Rescue Squadron. They stole the show and received heroes' welcomes on the beach after they swam up. We can't wait until next year's show!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summertime, and the livin' is easy

Matt and I finally got to take a vacation together! First one in eight years of marriage! We spent four days at Disney World and it was so much fun. We needed that alone time to reconnect and remember how we were as a couple before our little ones came along.

I'm finally using my GI Bill entitlement and am going to go to school! Right now I'm just going for my AA, but it is possible I could earn a four year degree at some point and end up doing something glamorous like accounting.

Erica will be entering first grade and couldn't be more excited. Apparently she's been told that first graders have a lot of homework and are very important people in elementary school. I'm going to let her go with that. I am so thankful she is excited for school and likes going. I have a feeling she's going to be a little book worm like her mommy.

Matt will be leaving for a far off location for around four months. Obviously, because of security reasons I won't say where he'll be on this blog. It's not like he's some big wig and his location is of vital importance to a potential terrorist threat, but a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link. Loose lips sink ships!

This will be the first deployment for our family since Matt became a PJ. Two PJs lost their lives in Afghanistan in June and we were friends with them. Their loss was felt across the small, close knit pararescue community. It has made Matt's impending deployment that much more stressful for us. We appreciate prayers for the families who lost heroes and for Matt's safety.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

US Air Force Pararescue Commercial

So, some of you may know how I brag on my husband a bit. Well, here's a commercial you may have seen on television. What he does is pretty incredible, and very heroic. And he's sweet. Doesn't get much better than that.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Erica and Ayla 2009 - 2010 at

Happy 6th and 3rd birthdays, Erica and Ayla. Mommy and Daddy love you to pieces.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Black Friday

I LOVE Black Friday. I know what some may be thinking, "You are absolutely out of your mind." Not so! I get about half of my Christmas shopping done on Black Friday! This year was especially productive.

I have noticed a trend that some retailers are extending their Black Friday shopping specials into the entire week of Thanksgiving. Whether this is to give the average shopper a more sporting chance of getting a really good deal on something or they are realizing running these crazy specials will help them out of the red before that Friday is the question. I don't really care which, either. I'll take advantage of a good sale any day of the week. ;)

My adventure began at about 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving. My mother in law said, "Hey, they are opening Toys R Us at midnight. Should we go? They have that train table you want to get Ayla." She didn't have to twist my arm too hard to get me to agree. I said, "Sure, let's do it!" We decided it would be a good idea to just stay up all night instead of going to sleep for an hour or two. In hindsight, it wasn't the best decision I've ever made.

We roll up to the Toys R Us at 1:30 a.m. after getting some caffine and I grabbed my train table and free train set, an $80 value. (Score!!) We stood in line for about an hour and a half. This line snaked its way through the entire store. I have to say I was impressed with the entire day. I didn't run into a single rude person. You hear all of these horror stories about people getting in fights and arrested, but I didn't experience that even one time on Friday. Every worker and every shopper I encountered were helpful and pleasant.

The only negative I experienced actually happened in Toys R Us. The hispanic man in line behind me had either never heard of a shower, or refused to partake. He also decided that I didn't need personal space and wanted to stand in mine. He bumped into me full body about 3 times. I finally asked him to back up a couple of feet. He didn't speak any English, but he definitely got the hint.

I don't know how much caffine I consumed that day. When it was all said and done I was up for almost 40 hours. We had lots of fun and got stuff at great prices!

What did you do on Black Friday?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ladies, thank the good Lord you live here

In Somalia, women are being WHIPPED for wearing... wait for it... BRAS. Yes, bras. I don't even know how to begin to understand the reasoning behind this.

Is it because it is a western custom to hold them in place so they don't get in the way while you're doing your daily tasks? Is that why they are being forbidden? The following article states that they look "too firm". Are they being banned because they are considered a sexual perversion if they're not naturally firm and held in place?

You have to remember, in these Muslim cultures women are not worth much more than cows or camels. Taking away a common physical convenience such as a bra is just another way for them to be kept in a lower status. They wear cumbersome and uncomfortable clothing meant to once again, remind them of how submissive position in life.

Follow the link and read the article. It simply makes my blood boil. We value women in this country. We enjoy a kind of freedom that these women will likely never even realize exists.

If someone happens to pop your bra strap today, maybe you should say, "Thank you for reminding me that I love America." If they look at you crazy, direct them to this article.

Somali Women Whipped for Wearing Bras - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News -

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