Sunday, January 27, 2008

I got hacked!

In just a couple short hours, someone hacked my MySpace account and posted a whole bunch of porn crap under my name. Sorry for any of you that got the messages sent to you! Do people really sit around and have nothing better to do than do that kind of thing? And I thought I had no life! It just blows my mind sometimes. Has our world really come to this? Anyway, password has been changed, I guess maybe it is time to change all of them. Again, i apologize to you all! And if the hacker is lurking out there somewhere in cyberspace....GET A LIFE!!!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Kicked out

I have officially been kicked out of my bed! Both the boys have repeatedly gotten in bed with me at night for a couple of weeks now. I have tried to put them back in their own beds, but to no avail. They keep coming back! It just seems easier to let them sleep beside me, so I can at least get a few hours of sleep. Of course, They both are pretty active sleepers, so I have even had to seek refuge on the couch a couple of times! Just when I think I have had enough, I roll over and see this....and my heart melts! They look so angelic and peaceful, if only for a few minutes! LOL

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Bittersweet phone calls

Don't get me wrong, I love to get phone calls from Jason...but at the same time they are definitely bittersweet. He just called 2 days ago. All the kids were still awake except for Austin, so they had the chance to talk to him. Kailyn saw that it was him on the caller ID and was so happy to answer the phone. She talked to him for a bit, then, smiling ear to ear, handed the phone over to Jonathan. He loves talking to his daddy. He asked "What are you doing at your work in Iraq?" So Jason told him about working on the trucks. When he handed me the phone he said excitedly "Daddy is taking the trucks apart and fixing them!" He was so proud of his daddy! Megan wouldn't talk to Jason. She said "I don't want to talk to him because it makes me sad to miss him and I don't want to cry." Doesn't that make your heart just melt? I think that is the hardest part of this whole deployment thing this time...watching what the kids are going through. And knowing that there is nothing I can do about it. Nothing I can say or do to make the hurt go away. We just hug and pray everynight that daddy will be home soon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

School is back in!

HIP HIP HOORAY!
School finally got started agin today from Christmas break. The kids were so excited to return to the "normal" schedule again. Everyone had a good return except Austin. He has just not settled in his HeadStart class. He started in August, and he still continues to cry, scream, kick, hit, fight, everything and everyone in his path when I drop him off. He has had severe separation anxiety since he was about 8 months old. I keep hoping that he will move out of this "stage" soon. Unfortunately, he hasn't. He saw his psychiatrist today and we discussed it further. I am thinking that if he is still having such a hard time, then he must not be getting his social/emotional needs met. I mean, he goes there every day, monday thru friday, 8am-noon. You would think he would adjust to being there and be fine. So, we are going to go through the Dept of Education system and have him assessed to be put in the special needs Pre-K at the kids elementary school. I am hoping that he will get accepted and do better there. On top of his "normal" issues, he has had even more anxiety and mood swings since Jason has been gone. He has started saying things like "don't leave me" and "you left me" and when he gets mad at me he says "get out of the house" and "I don't want you" etc. Talk about making a mom feel like dirt...it has not been fun. But, i am hopeful that things will get better. Afterall, they can't get much worse, right?

Paradise Chill....

We are in a major cold spell here in paradise! Now, don't any of you tease me about being cold...I am serious! It has been down to 60 degrees for the past few days! Normally that wouldn't seem all that cold, but when you combine it with our 12-25 mph ocean breezes, it makes for a very chilly day! I have had to close all the doors (sliding glass doors...we have 3), close the windows, and even turn off my AC units for the past few days! It is serious business when I turn off my AC in my bedroom. And to top it all off, I don't have Jason to snuggle up with at night! What a major bummer!

Friday, January 11, 2008

SNOW!

Jason called last night and told me that it was cold and even SNOWING there! I just smiled and thought that it was so cool. I LOVE the snow, it just makes me smile thinking about it. I guess being from GA, where it really doesn't snow, snow has always been kind of a fantasy. That was one of the things that I really loved about being in Germany. We actually got real snow. Anyway, I didn't realize how crazy snow in Iraq was until I read the news this morning. I guess that is one more for the history books that we, at least Jason, can say he was a part of! LOL

A first! Snow falls in Baghdad

By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER, Associated Press Writer Fri Jan 11, 8:46 AM ET

BAGHDAD - After weathering nearly five years of war, Baghdad residents thought they'd pretty much seen it all. But Friday morning, as muezzins were calling the faithful to prayer, the people here awoke to something certifiably new.

For the first time in memory, snow fell across Baghdad.

Although the white flakes quickly dissolved into gray puddles, they brought an emotion rarely expressed in this desert capital snarled by army checkpoints, divided by concrete walls and ravaged by sectarian killings — delight.

"For the first time in my life I saw a snow-rain like this falling in Baghdad," said Mohammed Abdul-Hussein, a 63-year-old retiree from the New Baghdad area.
"When I was young, I heard from my father that such rain had fallen in the early '40s on the outskirts of northern Baghdad," Abdul-Hussein said, referring to snow as a type of rain. "But snow falling in Baghdad in such a magnificent scene was beyond my imagination."

Morning temperatures uncharacteristically hovered around freezing, and the Baghdad airport was closed because of poor visibility. Snow is common in the mountainous Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, but residents of the capital and surrounding areas could remember just hail.

"I asked my mother, who is 80, whether she'd ever seen snow in Iraq before, and her answer was no," said Fawzi Karim, a 40-year-old father of five who runs a small restaurant in Hawr Rajab, a village six miles southeast of Baghdad.
"This is so unusual, and I don't know whether or not it's a lesson from God," Karim said.

Some said they'd seen snow only in movies.
Talib Haider, a 19-year-old college student, said "a friend of mine called me at 8 a.m. to wake me up and tell me that the sky is raining snow."
"I rushed quickly to the balcony to see a very beautiful scene," he said. "I tried to film it with my cell phone camera. This scene has really brought me joy. I called my other friends and the morning turned to be a very happy one in my life."

An Iraqi who works for The Associated Press said he woke his wife and children shortly after 7 a.m. to "have a look at this strange thing." He then called his brother and sister and found them awake, also watching the "cotton-like snow drops covering the trees."

For a couple of hours anyway, a city where mortar shells routinely zoom across to the Green Zone became united as one big White Zone. As of late afternoon, there were no reports of violence. The snow showed no favoritism as it fell faintly on neighborhoods Shiite and Sunni alike, and (with apologies to James Joyce) upon all the living and the dead.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Girls Night Out


I was lucky enough while my parents were here to have not one, but TWO, Girls Nights Out!!! Two of my friends utilized the Parent's Night Out offered by CYS here on post, and I left mine at home with grandma and grandpa. Both times, we went to eat at Chili's and back to Jamie's house to play games. Here is a pic of me, Jamie, and Jessica enjoying our kid-free dessert at Baskin Robbins on saturday night. It was so nice to get out without the kids and have adult time...even though we acted like kids!!! :)

Monday Jan.7th

The holidays are officially over at our house. My parents left yesterday to head back to the Peach State. The kids are still not back to school yet, but we are trying to get back to "normal" life as much as possible.

We had a real good visit with my parents. It was definitely a huge help to have them here over the holidays. From keeping the kids occupied, to cooking, to washing clothes, to taking Scooby out to play...it was all a great help. Not to mention the distraction of not thinking about Jason being gone...I am very glad that they were here. Here are a few pics from their visit:
I forgot to rotate this one before uploading it, so just tilt your head a bit and see my beautiful baby girl! Megan had to strike this pose for Grandpa at the beach.
There were several trips to the park just up from our house. Here is Austin shooting out of the tunnel slide.
Our trip to Ko'Olina...or as the kids say "the Lagoons". The water was cold, but the sun did play peek-a-boo a few times so we all did get in the water for a little while. This was right after we got there and were just testing the water. Herb has a thing for Butt-pics, so this ones gets us all in. Notice my mom, me, and Allison all with hands on hips...it MUST be in the blood! LOL
Here's my big boy Jonathan! He came up the beach to take off his life-jacket. He was wearing his cool new surfer-dude shirt at the beach!


And I just LOVE this one of Austin and Grandpa. He wasn't too much into taking pictures, but this one caught both of them just perfect!!!
We went to the Zoo one day and tried to get a pic of all of us. Austin was resistant to picture-taking most of the time. Here he is pitching a good fit for the camera.
Whiel driving around the Island, we stopped so I could get a few pics of Momma and Herb together. Here is a good one of them.
We also went to Waimea Falls Audobon Center to hike up to the waterfall. This one was taken along the creek on the way to the falls. Allison wasn't with us. She had spent the night with a friend the night before. And here is the Falls.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

How 'bout them DAWGS?!?!?!


GO BULLDOGS! Talk about a runaway game! It was all GA from the beginning. Final score:
Georgia Bulldogs 41
Hawaii Warriors 10
You better beleive we will be wearing our GA shirts for a few weeks now!