Wednesday, December 31, 2008

INK'ed again!

Yesterday, Jamie and I went downtown to Tattoolicious to get tattooed. We have been planning on getting a "deployment tattoo" for several months. There were several others that were going to get it as well, but they ended up opting out for various reasons. But, Jamie and I stayed true to our pact and got inked together! We both got variations of a butterfly with a yellow ribbon body, in honor of our soldiers. Mine is on my chest, over my heart. I love it!

Christmas Slideshow

I've been meaning to post christmas pictures, but the days have been rather hectic. So,I decided to just post a slideshow of christmas morning pics. We all had a good time, and the kids got way too much stuff. Enjoy!


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Programs at school

Megan, Jonathan, and Austin had little Christmas programs at school this week. Here's some shots of them...
Austin and his friends in his class. These are the original 4 boys in his class. The past couple of weeks, they have gotten a new boy and a new girl in class, totalling 6 kids now.Austin and his teacher, Mrs.Santoki
Austin posing in his cool Santa shirt that he made at school. His class sang "Must be Santa", but he freaked and wouldn't go on stage.
Here's Jonathan waiting to go on stage. His class sang the Chipmunk's Christmas Song...hence, the chipmunk headband!
Megan's class gettin ready to sing. I dont remember what they sang (we heard a bunch of songs!), but she was terrified the whole time. Poor girl, has the same nervous anxiety problems that her daddy does! LOL

Grandma and Grandpa

are finally here!!! YAY!!!
here they are in front of the christmas tree at the Windward Mall
They love the shrimp trucks up on the north shore, so we ate lunch at Macky's before the kids got out of school one day.





Thursday, December 18, 2008

Georgia Bound!!!

We are officially headed to the Peach State next summer! YAY!!! We have to report to Ft.Stewart in June, so we should be leaving Hawaii in May, and will vacation and visit with family for a while before reporting. We are super excited to head back "home". And we still have so many friends still in Hinesville, so we look forward to seeing everyone again!

Friday, December 12, 2008

rain, rain, and more rain

It has been raining forever...or so it seems! Yesterday, we had a total of over 14 inches of rain in a 12m hour period. It was horrible. When I got up in the morning, I told Allison that she was NOT going to the bus stop in that rain. I told her that I would drive her to school instead. So, at 6:45, we headed out to school. We didn't make it far when we came upon 3 cars stalled in the middle of the road in over a foot of standing water. Luckily, my truck made it just fine through the water, but it was a bit frightening. I decided that we would circle around and just go back home. There was no sense in being out in those kinds of dangerous conditions. As we got home, a neighbor said that school had been canceled. We ended up all inside all day.

Today, the day started out fairly nice, with the sun peeking out a bit. Unfortunately, it didn't last. We had a huge thunderstorm roll in this evening. We never get thunderstorms in Hawaii, so the kids freaked out a bit. We located all the flashlights, got candles ready, and sat down to watch a movie. (The electric system here is terrible, so the power goes off all the time. We have to be ready for it all the time.) So, here is how Austin waited out the thunderstorm...ear protection from the thunder, blanket, and his glowy bear (it lights up) incase the power went out. LOL He was really freaked out...but I couldn't help but to smile at him. As it turned out, the storm passed without a power outage. YAY!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Last night, we went to the annual Schofield Barracks Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Here are some pics from the evening:
Here's the tree as the lights were turned on... My gang waiting for the festivities to begin
A family shot
The Christmas decorations
More decorations

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Humiliated

Before I explain the humiliation, I have a confession to make....I have been driving on an expired driver's license for 10 months! *shamefully hanging my head* I completely did not realize that it was expiring until it was too late, then I just never went to get a new one. Anyway, Jamie realized that her license was due to expire next week on her bday, so we both decided to go get a new Hawaii license together. We both had to take the written test since our old ones were out of state. I had to take both the written test AND road test since mine was already expired. I have not had to take ANY driver's test since I originally got my license 16 years ago. I passed the written test with no problems, but did notice the craziness of the 3 that I missed. So, when it was my turn to do the road test, the examiner came out and explained that most people fail b/c of bad habits of driving for years. I knew to be careful and really pay attention to signals, other cars, etc. Apparently Hawaii has some really crappy traffic laws, and I FAILED the road test.

The things that I got points docked were:
1.In Hawaii, when at a stop light waiting to turn left, you are supposed to move up into the middle of the intersection and wait for an opening to turn. (I was involved in an accident in GA b/c I did this and got ticketed for it! I thought you were to NEVER enter an intersection unless you could clear it immediately. This is NOT the case in Hawaii!)
2.When coming to an intersection in which you are making a right hand turn in a right turn only lane, you are supposed to hug the curb as close as possible. Apparently, I was not close enough to the curb, thus did not approach the turn correctly. Mind you, I was in a turn ONLY lane with my blinker on and never crossed out of my lane.
3.Driving down a road with a bike lane on right side...when preparing to make a right turn to a side road, you are to merge into the bike lane to make your right turn. (WHAT?!?!)

So, anyone coming to Hawaii, take heed...you have to drive like a bat out of He** in order to pass the driving test. So much for "better safe than sorry"! My friend said that it is probably b/c I am a white GA girl...2 negatives as far as the locals are concerned! LOL So, I have to wait a week and retest again.

While I wait, give me you opinions...is it better to drive on my expired GA license and play the dumb part if I get pulled over, or to use my valid HI permit (without a licensed driver in the car)???

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

ENT

I took Austin to see the ENT yesterday. He had his tonsils and addenoids removed last year, and has continued to have problems with what we have been calling allergies. He is constantly stuffed up or running like crazy in the nasal department. His speech is always nasally sounding. And the poor boy has sneezing spells that drive him (and me) crazy. So, yesterday, the ENT used a scope to look all up in his nasal cavities. I don't know how Austin sat still so good, it was not a pleasant thing to watch...eecckk! Anyway, everything looked good. We are gonna attack it as it being really bad allergies. He has already tried 3 different allergy meds with no luck. This time we are trying Allegra and Nasonex. I am also supposed to do the nasal wash with him twice a day...yeah, that was NOT successful last night! LOL I can't imagine doing it on myself, much less my 4 year old son! So, hopefully the meds will kick in and really help w/out the wash. I also have to take him in for some labwork to test his antibodies to try to find out what exactly he is allergic to. If they come back inconclusive, then we will have to do the skin testing. The good news is that nothing is really wrong, we just have to find the right allergy med that will work for him...this makes 4 medicines that he takes daily!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

So another Thanksgiving has come and gone with my hubby deployed...good news is that it is getting close to him coming home!!! YAY!!! I didn't ever post on our deployment anniversary. It was kindda bitter-sweet. On November 14, he was officially gone for 1 year...365 days...12 months...whichever way you look at it, it is one heck of a long time.
This year, Thanksgiving dinner was at Jamie's house. We split up food responsiblities and had a very enjoyable day. I had several invitations for dinner, and I thank everyone that offered, but last year we did the house-hopping thing and I was wiped out by the end of the day. I decided to graciously decline the other offers and stick to one house. LOL
Here's me and Laura checking on Mr.Tom Turkey and sucking out some of his juices for the gravy. Here is a few of us admiring all of our hard work. Kim, Jamie, Jennifer, Me, Robyn(left to right) The grown-up table.
The kids table.
Another shot of the kids table.
Of course, we had to do something after eating all that food. Here we are having a little band practice...RockBand, that is! LOL Jennifer on guitar, me on drums, Laura on microphone. (Check out that cool tattoo on the drummer...LOL)
Another shot of our Band...it is so much fun! Jennifer on the microphone, Jamie on drums, and me on guitar.
It was such a great day. I am so thankful to all my friends here in Hawaii. Army wives have a bond that a lot of people just dont understand. The things that we have to go through, both good and bad, the way that we rely on each other, understand each other, it is just such an amazing relationship that we have. I am truly thankful to have them in my life.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Orthopedic

Today, I took Kailyn to the orthopedic surgeon to discuss corrective surgery on her foot. We have decided to do surgery (not scheduled yet). Kailyn was being silly and not letting me take her picture while we were waiting. Her she is being a turkey...And here is her xray of her foot. Check out the toe sticking out!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

cookies, cookies, cookies!!!

Today was COOKIE DAY for Jamie, Laura, and me. We had been talking about baking cookies to send to our hubbies in Iraq, and we finally got to it today. After dropping the kids off at school, Jamie and I went to the commisary to buy all of our ingredients. We then went to Jamie's house and got busy! LOL Here is the counter in the midst of the baking morning...
We actually were baking ALL day. We started after our commisary trip and didn't stop until about 6:30pm! I think we ended up with 7 different kinds of cookies, or was it 8??? It was a lot, no doubt about it! Here we are posing with our almost complete cookie stash...
and here are the cutest cookies of the bunch! Our little turkey cookies! They were so much fun to make. We will have to do them with the kids on another day. They turned out sooo cute. I just know that they will love decorating them by themselves.
So, Jason, get ready for a box FULL of cookies! They will be mailed tomorrow, so you will have some yummy goodness from home SOON! I love you!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Good news about Sears

Hey guys,
Passing on a little good news about Sears...we all need some good news as the holiday season approaches! LOL Read the following goodnews story. Also, you can help our military families this holiday season by donating money for giftcards that Sears will be distributing to military families. You can ask about their Heros at Home Wish Registry. You can donate at any Sears. I already registered for it and hope that we will be included in this wonderful ministry to our military families. Please help to pass the word around!!!
Lori


Subject: Sears - Christmas shopping has already started

I know I needed this reminder since Sears isn't always my first choice. Amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and they haven't withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up.

Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years.
I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves.
Pass it on.

Decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department:

I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it's cheaper at that store.

This is their answer to my e-mail:

Dear Customer:
Thank you for contacting Sears.The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.
Bill Thorn
Sears Customer Care
webcenter@sears.com
1-800-349-4358

Please pass this on to all your friends. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our military!!!

It's verified ! By Snopes.com at:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/sears.asp

School pics part 2

Here's the second edition of school pics...
Austin
4 yrs old
Pre-K Megan
9 yrs old
3rd grade



Thursday, November 06, 2008

School pics part 1

Of course, with 5 kids, we never get all their school pictures on the same day. Heck, they don't even take them on the same day. But, of course, you always have to PAY for them at the same time! LOL Anyway, today we got Jonathan and Kailyn's pictures. Megan and Austin's should follow either tomorrow or the next day. I will post them as they come home.

Jonathan
6 yrs old
1st grade Kailyn
10 yrs old
5th grade



Tuesday, November 04, 2008

YIKES!!!!!

The other day, we woke up to find this Giant Centipede in our downstairs bethroom! YIKES! Talk about gross and freaking us out! LOL He was about 6 inches long stretched out. After spraying him with about half a can of raid, I flushed him down the toilet! UUUGGGGHHH!!!

Austin goofing off

Austin is such a goofball... here he is goofing off during Megan's bday party. HE would make a good yoga instructor one day! LOL Austin playing with Scooby. They are best buddies!!!


Megan's 9th bday

This week was Megan's bday. On sunday, we went to see Beverly Hills Chihuahua, then went home to do presents, and ended the day with supper at Sizzler. Here's a few pics from sunday...

HEELEYS from Grandma and Grandpa!!!! YAY!!!!



Here;s some pics from Megan's party. It was monday afternoon. She is all into Hannah Montana rightnow, so of course, that is what her party was. She had a few friends from the neighborhood and school, and a few family friends. It was a pretty good party.

Megan in her Hannah wig:

present time!


the kids put on a Hannah show in the theater:


the bday cupcakes:


the bday girl's table:

and the other tables:


Hannah Montana party decorations:

the make-up & tattoo table