Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Trying to think positive

With all the gloominess surrounding my Papa'a death, I am trying to find some positive things to concentrate on. One of them is that I bought a new grill. Our old one was a "free-to-a-good-home" find, so it was not great to begin with. It was on its last leg, pretty much literally! LOL So, Jamie went with me to pick out a nice one. We spent sunday afternoon putting it together and had a wonderful assortment of steak, pork chops, and burgers on it sunday evening. Everything worked fine, even if it was put together by 2 women! LOL Next, we went to eat at Sizzler yesterday. We scored some great coupons a while back that are for 2 free kids meals per adult entree. So, that means we can buy an adult meal for me and Allison and the rest of the kids are free. Its a great deal. Anyway, Megan loves to get the salad bar. She eats like a rabbit. She was goofing off with her honeydew slices here:Lastly, Jamie and I created our own little portrait studio and took a few pics. Here is cute one showing my GA Pride! LOL You can take the girl out of the south, but you cant take the south out of the girl! LOL
Of course, the best way to think positive is to think about having my hubby home for a while. He is on his way home and will be in my arms before I go to bed tomorrow night! YAY! Not to mention that today is our 13th wedding anniversary. WOW, 13 years...thats a long time! Add the 3 years that we dated and that is 16 years of being together! That is literally half of my life! LOL Who says young love won't last??? We are proving them wrong every day!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My girl-friends are the best!

Tonight was another parent's night out. I really needed it, but almost didn't go. It was a sad day for me today. I lost my Papa today. After more than a week of excrutiating pain, he lost his battle with bone cancer. I was devestated when I got the call this morning. I knew it was coming, but is was still terrible. I am so sad that I am not able to go to the funeral. It is killing me to not be there. I was teary-eyed all day. I wasnt sure that I was gonna go with the girls tonight, but I am glad that I did. We went to see The Dark Knight. It was really good. It was a good distraction from the sadness of the day. Here we are at Starbucks after the movie. I don't know what I would do without my g-friends! They are the best! Papa, I know you are watching over us all. I love you and will miss you terribly!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Prayers needed

My grandfather is not doing good. A few weeks ago, they found out that he has bone cancer. I just found out a few days ago. Then today, I found out that he is back in the hospital again. he had another MRI that showed the cancer has spread very quickly and is now in his lungs and other places in his body. The doctors said that the best case senario is that they can give him a medication that "may" slow the process and he could live for 6 months...I am devestated. This is my Papa, the only grandfather I have ever had. I have not lost anyone close to me. This will be a first. I hate being away and not there to see him, have him see the kids, and just to help with the rest of the family. This has always been my worst fear with living far away from family. Not that I can really do anything or make a difference for anyone else, BUT for me. I want to be there for me. It breaks my heart to think that I will never see him again. To make matters worse, my grandmother (Mama) has alzheimer's and apparently has gone downhill so fast that she no longer recognizes most people or know what is really happening around her. Both of them were pretty much "normal" when we saw them before we moved to Hawaii 2 yrs ago. I am glad that we have those memories of them before they both got sick, but it makes it that much harder to deal with as well. I am hoping and praying that God will cradle them in the palm of His hands, and be a comforter to the rest of us during this time.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


My doorbell hasn't stopped ringing all summer. There has constantly been someone at door asking for the kids to play, along with the kids asking for food and drink all day long. NOW, the doorbell is ringing and the neighborhood kids are asking for Scooby to come out and play!!! LOL My house is insane!!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

15 Yrs

In honor of Jason's 15 yr Army anniversary....here we are at his Basic Training graduation in 1993. Don't we look so cute, and YOUNG! And look how skinny we both were! LOL Anyway, 15 yrs down and only 5 more to go! I love my soldier so much and am so very proud of him and all that he has done!

Friday, July 11, 2008

post-op check-in

Well its friday, 4 days after my surgery. I am finally starting to feel semi-normal. Boy, it sure knocked me for a loop this week. I was not expecting to be out of it quite as much as I was. They practically kicked me out of the hospital before I could see straight, much less walk straight. They wheeled me down in a wheelchair, and I hardly remember any of the trip down the hospital hallway or the drive home. I was really out of it. I remember my mom getting me out of the truck and practically carrying me in the house. I could see my feet moving but didn't feel like I was th eone moving them. It was a weird feeling. Anyway, I spent the rest of the day monday in the bed. Tuesday and wednesday were pretty much spent on the couch and in the bed. Thursday, I tried to stay up most of the day, but still didn't DO anything. My mom and I did go to the commissary to pick up a few things. It was my first "test". I very slowly strolled the aisles, while my mom pushed the buggy and shopped. I was pretty beat when we got home. Today was pretty good, but I did alot and am real tired now. We went to the PX today to have another "test" of my limits. Then we had to pick the girls up from camp. The ride to camp was ok, but I stayed all tensed up trying not to bounce around the seat so my back is hurting a bit. I haven't driven yet. That will be an entirely different experience. I remember how I felt the first time I drove after having a c-section...very much a similar healing feeling as this is. We'll see how that goes in a few days. Anyway, the girls had a blast at camp. They were all exhuasted and hungry! LOL They made a lot of new friends and Kailyn was excited to have lots of phone numbers and email addresses of her friends. I know they will all sleep good tonight in their own beds. My mom leaves on sunday, so we will have to adjust to being on our own again. The girls have been briefed about my limitations and how they are going to have to help for a while. The main thing is lifting. They will have to help with laundry, groceries, etc until Jason gets home. ***YAY! That is only a few weeks away! WOOHOO!*** Thats about it for us for now. More later...

Sunday, July 06, 2008


It's 11:25 pm sunday night...I am having surgery in the morning to have my gallbladder removed. I should be sleeping, but my nerves have me wide awake. Hopefully, I will be able to blog an update in a day or 2. Say a prayer for me!

On another note, my girls are at camp this week. My mom and I dropped them off this afternoon. Allison and Kailyn were really excited. Megan was very nervous, but excited too. This is her first time away from home like this. I am sure she will do fine, but I know that the first night will be the toughest.
Here's Megan getting her things unpacked in her cabin:And here is Kailyn settling in in her cabin:

Lastly, here is Allison getting herself situated in her cabin:

July 4th

On July 4th, we spent the day at the carnival and concert on post. We got free tickets for the games and rides from the Blue Star Card Program, so the kids had lots of fun playing the games. There was a free concert by Billy Ray Cyrus in the afternoon. We also got VIP seating for the concert. It was great. As it turned out, we were really close to the stage and had a great view of Billy Ray. After the concert, we walked back to Jamie's house and waited for the fireworks. We had a great view of the fireworks w/out all the crowd and noise. Here we are waiting for the concert to begin: And here is Billy Ray getting things started...with his red flower lei.
A great shot of Billy Ray...
Me and the girls (with Billy Ray in the background!)
Up close and personal with him! He came down off the stage and right in front of us. My friend, Jamie, even touched him! WOOHOO! She was saying that she didn't even know why she was there, since she's not a country fan...but she was screaming and squealing with the rest of us by the end of the concert! LOL
Thanks for a great concert, Billy Ray! The only disappointment was that Miley didn't come with him. The kids were so hoping to see her!