Monday, April 28, 2008

My handsome boys

I took the boys for haircuts this weekend. Jason usually takes them to the barber shop, so it is always an adventure for me. They always do really good and they get a kick out of being BIG BOYS at the barber shop. I wish they would sit still like that for me when I do it at home. LOL No such luck!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Camp Warrior

Saturday, we went to Camp Warrior. It was a fun-filled day of activities and crafts, etc for the kids of deployed soldiers. The kids all got free t-shirts. They had a good time. Its great that the Army is doing things like this for the kids. Here are a couple of my fav family pics from the day and also a slide show of all the pics. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Austin's 1st field trip

Austin had his 1st field trip at school on friday last week. The school distric does this every year for the Special Needs Pre-Schoolers. It was so cool. So many pre-school activites, so much for them to do , play, and just have fun! He got a little overwhelmed at first, but it didn't take long for him to get into all the activities.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Austin's 4th bday

Today was Austin's 4th bday. We had a party for him at home. I think we totaled 19 children and 7 adults. WOW! We had a good time, even with all the chaos! LOL It wa a zoo animal themed party. the kids all got to pick out a mask to color for themselves. Then we went outside, where Allison and I had made a party banner for them to "paint". The got to spray-paint (water and food coloring mixture) on the banner, and we took a picture of them all in front of it. Then we went inside for presents and food. We had carrots and cucumbers with ranch dip, goldfish and animal crackers with strawberry yogurt dip, cupcakes and ice cream. All in all, it was a success! Everyone seemed to have a good time, and the kids have been playing with the new toys all afternoon/evening. I just can't believe that my baby is 4 years old now!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I need a maid!

We are on round 2 of the pukies. Last time, just a few weeks ago, Allison and Austin and I had it...this time, it has hit Allison again and Kailyn. I am HOPING that I can disinfect the house enough to get those germs out before we all get it again. I am tied of all the washing of bedsheets, towels, carpet, and everything else that comes along with the pukies. I am just beat! So, if anyone wants to hire a maid service for me, just let me know! I would be more than happy to let someone else take care of it for me! LOL

Monday, April 14, 2008

5 month marker

Today officially marks the 5 month marker on Jason's deployment. YAY! We are 1/3 of the way through! Only 10 more months to go...

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Chocolate covered dream

My friend, Jamie, got the most awesome special delivery yesterday. It was a fresh fruit arrangement from and it was the most awesome thing! It was a bouquet of chocolate strawberries, some of them dipped in coconut and some in nuts. What a dream! Talk about teasing the senses...not only was it beautiful, but so delicious as well. Chocolate covered strawberries...what more could a lonely woman want??? LOL So, for anyone looking to send someone a "different" kindda surprise, try out and see if they are available near you!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I guess there is no hope now...

I heard this announcement on the radio yesterday, and my heart sank. I guess I always knew that we were probably going to have to do the full 15 month deployment, but I always had hope that it would get reduced. No hope for that now. Thanks, George, for busting my bubble...

Bush embraces pause in troop cutbacks
By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

President Bush on Thursday ordered an indefinite halt in U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq after July, embracing the key recommendations of his top war commander. Bush said that Gen. David Petraeus will "have all the time he needs" to consider when more American forces could return home.

Bush's decisions virtually guarantees a major U.S. presence in Iraq throughout his term in office in January, when a new president takes office.

In another major decision, the president announced he will seek to relieve the heavy strain on the Army by reducing the length of combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan to 12 months, down from the current level of 15 months. He said the change would take effect on Aug. 1, and would not affect U.S. forces already deployed on the front lines.

Bush said U.S. force have made major gains since he ordered a buildup of about 30,000 U.S. forces. "We have renewed and revived the prospect of success" the president said.

Bush delivered his remarks in the Cross Hall of the White House before an audience of veterans' service groups and Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The president's decision had been foreshadowed by two days of testimony before a skeptical Congress by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad. Now in its sixth year, the war has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 U.S. troops and cost more than $500 billion.

Bush said the United States would proceed with planned drawdowns of U.S. forces, bringing home the 30,000 troops he sent to Iraq last year to combat sectarian violence. The additional troops were also intended to help restore basic security and provide a sense of calm to allow Iraqi leaders to attempt to achieve political reconciliation.

While acknowledging that "serious and complex problems remain in Iraq," Bush said that "a major strategic shift" has occurred since the buildup.

"Today we have the initiative," the president said.

Bush also called on Congress to send him a spending bill for Iraq that does not include any timetables for troop withdrawals or exceed the $108 billion he has requested. Last spring, Congress added $17 billion in unrequested domestic add-ons such as children's health care, homeland security and heating subsidies.

Now, Democrats are eyeing using this year's war funding bill to stimulate the economy with road-building funds, additional unemployment benefits, a summer jobs program and additional food stamp benefits. The measure is slated to advance later this spring.

Bush said he would veto the spending measure if Congress fails to meet his conditions.

"While this war is difficult, it is not endless," Bush said in a message directed to troops, but surely to the American public as well.

The president said that only as conditions in Iraq improve will he bring more troops home, a policy he calls "return on success."

"The day will come when Iraq is a capable partner of the United States," Bush said. "The day will come when Iraq's a stable democracy that helps fight our common enemies and promote our common interests in the Middle East."

"And when that day arrives, you'll come home with pride in your success," Bush said to the military and U.S. civilians in Iraq.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

"Manly" saturday

On saturday, I guess I had a surge of testosterone. I loaded everyone up, picked up Jamie and her kids, and we went to Lowe's. I bought a new carpet remnant to use inthe playroom and new blinds for the playroom. Since the playroom is basically a screened-in porh, there are no glass windows. It only has screen windows. It is wonderful for the Hawaiian breezes, but it is also terrible for letting in all the dust and mist/rain. So, the blinds that we put up last year were extremely disgusting. They were only the cheap $3 blinds to start with, so I decided a while back that I would just replace them instead of trying to clean them. Saturday was the day...I had it in my head to get started with it. So, I brought 8 new blinds home from Lowe's (I had 2 still in the closet in the boxes from last year). Well, anyone that has ever lived in govt housing knows that nothing is straight or square. None of the windows are the same size, and definitely nothing is standard. So, I had to buy 2 seperate sizes and then once I got them home, I still had to cut them to fit. This is where the testosterone comes in...I had to get out the big guns and use Jason's circular saw. After just the first cut, I was grunting like crazy! Ah, the feel of raw power in your hands...I can see why men like power tools! LOL So, I am missing 1 mmore blind, so I guess I'll have to make another trip to Lowe's to get one more. Jamie and I also rearranged the furniture in the playroom and basically did a good clean through it. So my weekend was a spring cleaning weekend with a side order of testosterone! What fun! LOL