Wednesday, December 20, 2006
This year, we decided to pass on the professional christmas pictures and just take our own at the beach. WELLLLLL...some ideas are good and other are NOT! LOL After fighting with everyone to look at the camera at the SAME time, and fighting with the 25 mph winds on the beach....these are the best of the bunch! LOL Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
We are so proud of our girls! Kailyn and Megan were both selected as Student of the Month for their classes. They had a ceremony at school, and received cups, pencils, a free pizza coupon, certificate, etc. It was broadcast on the school tv so everyone could watch. We honored them with flower leis (Hawaiian tradition). Here they are with Jason getting ready to go on stage. They were selected for showing the "character trait of the month" Responsibility. Way to go girls! We are so proud of you! CONGRATS! WE LOVE YOU!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
We went to Jason's Company Halloween party the friday before Halloween. This was round one of costumes. LOL The kids LOVE dressing up, so of course, the were something different for the party and for trick or treating. Sorry for the bad picture quality...we had some camera probs. Not sure if it is going to make it or not. That may be our Christmas present for ourselves this year! In these pics, Allison was a purple and black witch, Kailyn and Megan were butterfly fairies, and th eboys were our knights in shining armor! LOL
Anyway, Since my last blog, Megan had her birthday. She is now 7yr old. I will post pictures later. She had a Care Bears birthday this year. She is still into the little girl stuff, so she was easy to shop for this year again. She got a new scooter, Cabbage patch kid, My Little Pony stuff, Strawberry Shortcake stuff, and lots of other girly thngs. We had a party here at the house. She invited neighborhood kids, and some from school. We had 18 kids in the house for her party. Its was fun, but very LOUD. LOL We went outside for games (water balloons, toilet paper mummys, and toilet paper relay race). I think everyone had fun. Now we have a good long break (4 months) before we have any more kids birthdays!
I have been preparing the house for my inspections to open my Day Care. I have completed all the trainging requirements, borrowed items from the lending closet, and have the play room all set up. I am just waiting for the inspections. I had the Health inspector out already. Now, the fire inspector and safety inspector have to come. Once that happens I will be ready to get my certificate and open! YEAH! I was hoping to already be open by now, but it has taken so long for the inspectors to come out. I should be open in the next couple of weeks for sure. For those that don't know what in th eworld I am talking about...I am opening a Home Day Care. Being in base housing, I get all the training, etc from the govt. It is called Family Child Care (FCC). When people need child care on base, the register through the Child and Youth Services office on base. They can choose either the child care center or family child care. If they want FCC, then they give them the list of certified homes to choose from. Other than that, it is all my business. I set hours, schedules, menus, lesson plans, etc. Everyting must get approved through my FCC Director, but it is all mine. I will get paid directly from the parents, and supplemented from the govt for low income families. It is a good deal, if you love working with children everyday. I am excited about getting started. It has been a lot of work to get this far with it, but it has been fun. I had a lot of training and preparation for it. It will be great to do, and will definitely help in the money dept too! I will let you know when I am up and running.
Jason has been just working most every day. He has been going to the doc for his feet. He has plantar faciitis. The podiatrist had orthodics made for his shoes, gave him night splints to wear (which he doesn't), and he has had one round of cortisone shots in both feet now. He thinks he will need at least one more round of the shots. He has had probs with his feet for a while now, but finally went to the doc once we got here. He could hardly walk across the room without wincing and being in terrible pain. He is some better now, but still working on it. He is also seeing about having the lasik eye surgery. He goes to a briefing in December to see about it and get started with all the paperwork and pre-stuff that has to be done. The biggest thing is getting consent from the commander to have it done. Hopefully there won't be an issue with it.
Austin is about potty-trained now. He occassionally has an accident, but mostly uses the potty. He is in pull-ups at night. He also wont poop in the potty yet. I guess that will come in time. He has done really good with it. He is the last one to potty-train!!! WOOHOO!
Jonathan is now a two-wheeled terror on his bike. We took the training wheels off a couple of weeks ago and he is now a speed demon on 2 wheels! He is so funny! He has even figured out how to get on and started all by himself now. He thinks he is as big as the rest of the boys on our street. And I think they think he is too! He even has the 8-9 year old boys coming to the door asking if he can come out to play! He is only 4!!! LOL Its is so funny!
Kailyn and Allison have been staying after school to be in the chorus group. They have a performance in December. They seem to be enjoying it. They are getting so big. KAilyn has finally hit a little growth spurt and is a couple of inches taller than Megan finally. Allison is almost as tall as me. She tries to size me up sometimes, but I tell her that it doesnt matter how big she gets, I will KNOCK HER BACK DOWN if she needs it! LOL
Well, I think that is updates on everyone for now. I have to download pics off the camera and will post them soon.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Yesterday was Jonathan's birthday. He is now a whopping 4 yrs old! How fast they grow...*sigh* Jason had duty yesterday, so we did his little bday party at home on friday evening. We had spaghetti, his favorite, for supper. Then we had his cookie-cake and presents. Jonathan is not one for a lot of cake, so I decided to make him a cookie-cake. It was sugar cookie wieh icing decorations, and his Lightning McQueen Shake and Go car on top. He has the shake and go racetrack, but we found the Lightning at Toys R Us a few weeks ago and knew we had to have it for his birthday. He loved Cars! That will definitely be a christmas present if they have it out in time. I am sure that they will. ANyway, here's a pic of him on his b-day. We laughed so hard at him...with every present he squealed like a little girl! He was so funny!!!
Monday, October 16, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Here's my rockin' boys! All the kids have always loved music, but these boys are so funny. They have to get their "guitars" and jam to the music all the time! We are actually thinking of getting a little drum set for christmas...someone PLEASE talk me out of it!!! LOL
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
We have had a few "visitors" lately. Here is a chameleon that we spotted in the tree in our backyard. I think it is a Jackson Chameleon. It has 3 horns on its head. He was about 7-8 inches long. They sure are ugly, but kindda neat! We also had a bigger one a few days ago in the same tree. I got a pic of it, but not on the digital camera.
We have also had these "strange-looking" monkeys in the tree too...LOL The kids love climbing the tree, but I think they are a little hesitant now after seeing the lizzards! They really freaked out when they saw the lizzards!
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Boy, I am getting old! Allison just had her 10th bday this past weekend. Seems like only yesterday.....not really, but it sounds good, right? LOL It seems like forever ago when I didn't have 5 kids! This year Allison decided to have a sleep-over for her bday. It was her first sleep-over party. She invited 2 of her friends over, and we also had our old neighbors over to eat and do cake. The girls sat up all night doing make-up, nails, hair, watching movies, etc. I am not sure when they went to sleep, but I know they were STILL up at 1:30AM, when Austin woke up screaming. And since the boys are early risers, everyone was awake at about 7AM. Needless to say, it was a nap day after everyone went home! I think she had a good time. She likes being the center of attention. She got some clothes, earrings, purses, a game, cd's, craft stuff. Overall, it was good. Here is a pic of her right before we cut the cake. We had just come inside from having a water balloon fight, so that is why she looks a bit rough-around-the-edges! She got hit a few times! But the girls ganged up on Jason and Matt (our friend), and got them really good! LOL
Monday, August 21, 2006
Miss Megan has been busy loosing teeth lately. She is up to 4 out in the last 2 weeks! Boy, the tooth fairy is going to go broke at this rate! LOL Here she is with her snaggle-tooth self. Its too bad she doesn't have school pictures right now...that would make a 1st grade memory!!!
THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE
Finally, I was able to upload some pics again. I guess it was the site, but with my technical DISabilities, who knows! LOL Anyway, here are some pics of the "new" house. You can't tell a whole lot about the outside...it is old and definitely not that pretty, but trust me, it is much better than the other one! The kitchen is bigger, it is fully carpeted, small fenced in yard, the kids bedrooms are bigger, and we have an enclosed lanai on the back that serves as the playroom. We lucked out with being on the end as well. We have a huge grassy area on our side of the house. It really makes for a nice place for the kids to play. We are very happy with our decision to fight housing and get moved. It was a pain to do the move ourselves, but it worked out. Notice the little fenced in area there in the front? that is our laundry/utility area. Seems weird to most people to have outdoor laundry, but that is how most of the locals live. At least ours is enclosed and isn't seen, most houses off-post just have the washer/dryer on the back porch, or even the front porch rigth at the front door! It is amazing the cultural differences we have been "lucky" enough to see in our world-wide adventures! Anyway, we have a little extra space for anyone who decides to brave the big ocean and come visit! We'd love to have ya!!! Even if you don't want to stay with us (trust me, we UNDERSTAND!), we can surely hook you up with some hotels deals too!
THE BACK/SIDE OF THE HOUSE
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Military Spouses - There's a Difference
by Col Steven Arrington
Nellis Air Force Base
Over the years, I've talked a lot about military spouses ... how special they are and the price they pay for freedom too. The funny thing about it, is most military spouses don't consider themselves different from other spouses. They do what they have to do, bound together not by blood or merely friendship, but with a shared spirit whose origin is in the very essence of what love truly is. Is there truly a difference? I think there is. You have to decide for yourself.
Other spouses get married and look forward to building equity in a home and putting down family roots. Military spouses get married and know they'll live in base housing or rent, and their roots must be short so they can be transplanted frequently.
Other spouses decorate a home with flair and personality that will last a lifetime. Military spouses decorate a home with flare tempered with the knowledge that no two base houses have the same size windows or same size rooms. Curtains have to be flexible and multiple sets are a plus. Furniture must fit like puzzle pieces!
Other spouses have living rooms that are immaculate and seldom used. Military spouses have immaculate living room/dining room combos. The coffee table got a scratch or two moving from Germany, but it sill looks pretty good.
Other spouses say goodbye to their spouse for a business trip and know they won't see them for a week. They are lonely, but can survive. Military spouses say good-bye to their deploying spouse and know they won't see them for months, or for a remote, a year. They are lonely, but will survive.
Other spouses get used to saying 'hello' to friends they see all the time. Military spouses get used to saying 'good-bye' to friends made the last two years.
Other spouses worry about whether their child will be class president next year. Military spouses worry about whether their child will be accepted in yet another new school next year and whether that school will be the worst in the city again.
Other spouses can count on spouse participation in special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, concerts, football games, graduation, and even the birth of a child. Military spouses only count on each other; because they realize that the Flag has to come first if freedom is to survive. it has to be that way.
Other spouses put up yellow ribbons when the troops are imperiled across the globe and take them down when the troops come home. Military spouses wear yellow ribbons on their hearts and they never go away.
Other spouses worry about being late for Mom's Thanksgiving dinner. Military spouses worry about getting back from Japan in time for Dad's funeral.
And other spouses are touched by the television program showing an elderly lady putting a card down in front of a long, black wall that has names on it. The card simply says "Happy Birthday, Sweetheart. You would have been sixty today." A military spouse is the lady with the card. And the wall is the Vietnam memorial.
I would never say military spouses are better or worse than other spouses are. But I will say there is a difference. Our country asks more of military spouses than is asked of other spouses. Military spouses pay just as high a price for freedom as do their active duty husbands or wives. Perhaps the price they pay is even higher. Dying in service to our country isn't near as hard as loving someone who has died in service to our country, and having to live without them!
God bless our military spouses for all they freely give!
I Am A Military Wife
I am a military wife - a member of that sisterhood of women who have had the courage to watch their men go into battle, and the strength to survive until their return. Our sorority knows no rank, for we earn our membership with a marriage license, travelling over miles, or over nations to begin a new life with our military husbands. Within days, we turn a barren, echoing building into a home, and though our quarters are inevitably white-walled and unpapered, we decorate with the treasures of our travels, for we shop the markets of the globe.
Using hammer and nail, we tack our pictures to the wall, and our roots to the floor as firmly as if we had lived there for a lifetime. We hold a family together by the bootstraps, and raise the best of 'brats', instilling in them the motto: "Home is togetherness", whether motel, or guest house, apartment or duplex. As military wives we soon realize that the only good in "Good-bye" is the "Hello again". For as salesmen for freedom, our husbands are often on the road, at sea, or in the sky, leaving us behind for a week, a month, an assignment.
During separations we guard the home front, existing until the homecoming. Unlike our civilian counterparts, we measure time, not by years, but by tours - married at Petawawa, a baby born at Gagetown, a special anniversary at Uplands, a promotion in St Jean. We plant trees, and never see them grow tall, work on projects completed long after our departure, and enhance our community for the betterment of those who come after us.
We leave a part of ourselves at every stop. Through experience, we have learned to pack a suitcase, a car or hold baggage, and live indefinitely from the contents within: and though our fingers are sore from the patches we have sewn, and the silver we have shined, our hands are always ready to help those around us. Women of peace, we pray for a world in harmony, for the flag that leads our men into battle, will also blanket them in death.
Yet we are an optimistic group, thinking of the good, and forgetting the bad, cherishing yesterday, while anticipating tomorrow. Never rich by monetary standards, our hearts are overflowing with a wealth of experiences common only to those united by the special tradition of military life. We pass on this legacy to every military bride, welcoming her with outstretched arms, with love and friendship, from one sister to another, sharing in the bounty of our unique, fulfilling military way of life.
II. Thou salt not covet choice assignments of other uniformed branches of service.
III. Love thy neighbor. (Tis easier if thou buyest a house on a corner)
IV. Honor thy Commissary and Exchange for as long as they both shall live.
V. Thou shalt not ridicule a local politician, for mighty senators from local politicians grow.
VI. Thou shalt look for the best in every assignment, even though the best may be The World's Biggest Cockroaches or Record Snow In One Month's Time or Most Childhood Diseases Experienced in One Year.
VII. Thou shalt remeber all they friends from all thy assignments with greeting at Christmas, for thou never knowest when thou might like to spendeth the night with them while enroute to a new duty statione.
VIII. Be kind and gentle to retired, white-hair Exchange and Commissary customers, because thou too will be a retiree someday.
IX. Thou shalt not curse thy active duty spouse who is off TAD on moving day.
X. Thou must never arrive at a new assignment and constantly brag about how everything was much better at thy last assignment.
Monday, July 31, 2006
The kids played in the sprinkler in the yard too. The boys really like it. They are so funny. Here's some pics of them in it.
And here is Allison swinging with Austin. This was out first "toy" when we moved into the house. We got the disc swing from ToyRUs and put it in the tree in the backyard. That first month, they were on it all day every day. We almost went to buy a second swing, but decided that we didn't have room for it. Allison swings Austin on it since he can't hold on for very long by himself. She loves being a big sister, at least to HIM! LOL
On sunday, we ended up driving around most of the day. We drove around the Leeward (west) side of the island. Here a some pics of it. It is crazy that on the Leeward side, it is so brown and dry looking, but on the Windward (east) side is so green and lush. It is just amazing how differen it is on opposite sides of the mountains. These pics are of the Leeward side.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Its the last friday of the summer, sort of...the last friday before school starts. YAH!!! We've gotten most of the school supplies bought. And all the girls have new outfits for the first day. Of course, pics will come next week!
We have rain today. The remnants of Hurricane Daniel are making their way over the islands today and tomorrow. There isn't much left of it. They said we will just see a little rain and maybe a little increase in our winds. The surfers are taking full advantage of the waves! South shores are supposed to see up to 10-12 foot waves. Talk about impressive!
Tomorrow is our anniversary. 11 years being married, 14 years since we started dating. That is pretty much forever! Especially when I was only 16 when we started dating. OOOPS! I just told my age to those of you that can add! LOL My sweetie made reservations for me to have a 1 hour massage at the North Shore Therapuetic Massage Clinic. I've never had a professional massage before, so this will be a real treat! Then we have plans to leave the kids with the neighbors and go out to eat. It will be the first time we have gone out by ourselves since we left GA. Its about time to do it again, huh??? So, we are hoping the weather doesn't get too rainy for us tomorrow. But, nothing could spoil it!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Here we are at the Dole Plantation.
It is the home of the World's largest maze. We split up girls against boys, and ended up finishing at the same time! LOL There are 6 stations within the maze that have a stencil that you must trace onto your paper. When you find all six, you go to the exit and get your time stamped. We made it in 50 minutes! Not too bad, I think. Everytime we found one station, we would call Jason on his cell and say "WE FOUND ONE!" We all had a good time.
They also have this fish pond, filled with Koi fish. OMG, I coul dnot beleive it! They were jumping all over each other to get the food pellets. It was a sea of orange and white! It was crazy!!!