Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Busy Busy!

Still alive, just busy...

Tilled garden, mowing AGAIN and AGAIN!

Still have to plant green beans, 20 tomatoe plants, peppers, green onion sets, and regular onions!

More mowing..

T~ Ball With Both babies!... Lizza you better come to atleast one game!

Whooaaa Too much work... I cant keep up!

When it is raining I will post more... So expect it soon were soppossed to get rain for the next 2-3 days and LOTS of it!

Friday, April 13, 2007


Hello~ This is Lizza, I am guest blogging for my friend Christal today. I want to share these thoughts with you! The following is a link I would like for you to view! Thanks Lizza!
Young or Old, Black or White, Male or Female, Serving or Not… I think we ALL need to stop what ever we are doing for 5 minutes and watch this video, for the MEN & WOMEN stopped what they were doing in there EVERYDAY life to go FIGHT for US ALL, some to NEVER return to doing what they were, MOST will return…but will they be the same…I think WE ALL know the answer to that. So every morning when you wake, think of them and say a prayer that GOD will watch over them TODAY and EVERYDAY to keep them SAFE and ALIVE. At dinner think of them and that they to have something warm to eat. And at bedtime for there SAFE return home to tuck in THOSE they MISS & LOVE so much.
Love, Lizza

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Anger? Pity?

Okay this may be a tough post. When my husband was home on leave from Afghanistan he got very ill from over eating. ( He was so thrilled at the home cooked foods and things he missed while away that he gorged!) Anyway at 5:30am on a cold February morning 2 years ago I went into town and stopped at a pharmacy for some anti-nausea medicine. The pharmacist advised me that it would be about 10-15 minutes as their computers were slow due to a ice and snow that we were getting. I decided to drive to the grocery store and get some Sprite, crackers, soup and of coarse a few other items since I was already at the store. Anyway I went back to my car and the doors had froze shut and the entire car was COVERED in ice. I unlocked ( YES THEY WERE LOCKED) the doors and tried to get inside... The only door I could open was the front passenger door. I was putting the items in the car over the seat and all at once I have a gun shoved in my side and a "person" telling me to SHHH! I was completely frozen, I lost all fine motor skills I couldn't scream or speak. I was being mugged! I shudder at the thought. I felt my breath leave my body. My purse was stolen. My complete identity. I was lost and felt helpless. I was terrified to be out after dark and I still wont park in that parking space at the store. Alot of things regarding this really effected me.

Today it all came flooding back. I went to Walmart to get a few items. Shopped and even ate at McDonald's with the boys. Anyway, I came back to van buckled the boys in car seats and proceeded to put the things in the van that were purchased. Opened front van door and noticed papers were everywhere. MIND YOU IT IS VERY VERY WINDY TODAY! I thought very little of it at first. Until I had to move EVERY item out of the way. I have a longaberger basket between the driver and passenger seat that holds DVDs and such. It was dumped on the floor of the passenger side. I immediately realized that someone had been in my van and could still be. I got the boys out and said oops we forgot something. ( I said that in case someone was inside they would not hurt the boys or I and hopefully they would get out and leave.) I went inside and called the police. The police said there was nothing they could do, I didn't see anyone. Took report and left. I got home and started organizing my van again. Nothing was missing besides the change I had in the "dish". I however had my bible in the van.... I don't go to church every week but my bible is something I value. It was ripped up and shredded. That angers me more then anything... I wish I had a DVD or something stolen... Even if they took my bible that is better then destroying it!
I AM at a loss for words! I just don't understand. Again I feel as I did having a gun shoved into my side so hard that I actually was bruised... I just don't get it! I don't know if I should be mad or pity the person that did this!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


My sister in Law lives in California, and works in a tasting room at a winery. I have posted before about her! She sent this "T" to me! I am NOT a big drinker BUT I still laughed so hard when I opened this up! I love this shirt and can't wait to wear it! Yes it did fit too! WOOO HOO!! I guess every now and then we all need a little "Group Therapy" Thanks Amy! Love ya Sis!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter Let Down

Let me say that first I wont air the dirty laundry on here.....I refuse to go into the details of the thing that REALLY set me off. I will however say that hubby really hurt my feelings and WE all paid for it yesterday. He had his grumpy day.. ON Easter!
My nephews came over with their father to color eggs, have an egg hunt and eat dinner.
The sad thing is, I dont talk to my sister much and found out that her boys had NEVER colored an easter egg or had participated in an egg hunt. I was VERY bothered by this. I could see how excited they were and how happy they were. I am glad that they had alot of fun. ( Just pray for them... They could ALL use it)
In one of the pictures you will see my son. Trent... He could have cared less about the eggs once he seen the Easter Bunny Cake! HE JUST POUTED! Brother in Law brought the cake for the kids! He is a Great dad, it is just sad that things didnt work for my sister and him. He wants to work things out with her. ( Again Pray!)
My hubby ( The MEAN OLE GRUMP) and him hid eggs all over the yard yesterday... ( There were over 100 eggs!) Took them forever to hide them.
I didnt get pictures of them boys on the egg hunt either.... I lost my memory stick... ( Found it last night!) LOL! Dont even ask! Atleast I found it! Anyway I hope that everyones easter was better then ours... But then again atleast Hubby was home and safe and my nephews got to have a nice easter.... ( Theyre 8 and 10) This was their FIRST~

Friday, April 06, 2007

Remote Control?

Does anyone know who actually invented the remote control? I guess that I could probably do a Google search and find out.. BUT!!

I tried to take a picture of the pile of remotes we have purchased that seem to get thrown around and broken. Then the kids take them and play with them when they no longer work.

I bought a couple of universal remotes back around Christmas and for some reason they ALWAYS work for the satellite but the T.V. button doesn't stay programed. Geesh! After posting yesterday, I thought I am GRUMPY and I am going to watch a little television. DARN remote! I tossed it to the other end of the couch, got online to find a phone number to call RCA. WHAT?? You can ONLY email them.? SO I did. I was very aggravated. Three whole hours later they emailed me back to tell me they did not make their phone number public on the RCA website and that they were sorry for my aggravation and gave me a 800 number to call them! IT WAS AUTOMATED! I pressed 1 for this and 1 for that then 2 and 3 and SO ON...
I got this message that said ... GET THIS
Step one.. Remove batteries from the remote, if they are old get new ones and set aside until ALL steps are complete.
Step two. Press and hold any button for 60 seconds with out releasing the button.
Step three. Put batteries in remote making sire they are installed properly
Step four. Re- program the codes for your devices

You have now reset your remote, Thanks for calling RCA. Goodbye!

Thinking.... How does this reset a remote? There are No batteries in the remote... Like this will work! Give me a break RCA! I tried it.... It did work and it has not lost programming yet. I don't believe it! That was all I had to do? I didn't have to spend 19.95 on a remote COUNTLESS times just to sit on my butt and watch T.V.....

I am SO laughing out loud right now. I sound like a GRUMP! Still laughing! I guess it took typing this out to see it... I am grumpy! Maybe laughter will cure me... Still laughing. Oh dear!

Also about yesterdays post, I was NOT trying to offend anyone about yesterdays post. I know that you all mean well. I just had enough. Being grumpy and then going to Walmart where there was someone to remain nameless asking WAY TOO many questions. Come on... I understand that people are concerned and don't understand. I have felt the same in the past before my husband was ever called away. I asked the same questions and now I know why people would roll their eyes or become upset.
I appreciate all the emails and comments regarding this, I am grateful that you are all thinking of us, and for the prayers going up! Thanks to you all. It is NOT always easy but I am PROUD of my husband and thankful to him and all the other men and women out there.
For some reason I am feeling a little better.... Maybe it is from the laughing out loud at how silly I have acted! I guess everyone is intitled to being a grump at times!
Hope that everyone has a GRUMP FREE day and have lots of laughter instead! I am for one going to try!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Top 10 things Not to ask.. and the answers

I have a lot of friends with husbands who are deployed right now. For most of them this is at least their second or third deployment to go through as a couple. So the other day I was talking with a friend whose husband is currently deployed and we started talking about the most annoying things that usually well-meaning people say to us regarding deployments. We agreed that we are always polite in our responses and that we realize that the offending person usually had only the best of intentions. But here's what we came up with as the things we get asked or told that really make our skin crawl. They're not in any particular order. Feel free to add some of your own in the comments.

1. "Aren't you afraid that he'll be killed?" (This one ranks in at number one on my "duh" list. Of course we're afraid. We're terrified. The thought always lingers at the backs of our minds ---but thanks, you just brought it back to the front. Maybe next you can go ask someone with cancer if they're scared of dying.)

2. "I don't know how you manage. I don't think I could do it." (Though this is really annoying, I feel bad about mentioning it because I know that it is intended to be a compliment. Still, it's not like all of us military wives have been dreaming since childhood of the day we'd get to be anxious single moms who carry cell phones with us to the bathroom. We're not made of some mysterious matter that makes us more capable, we just got asked/told to take on a challenging job and we rose to the challenge.)

3. "At least he's not in Iraq." (This is the number one most annoying comment for my friends whose husbands are in Afghanistan. As one friend put it, "What do they think is happening in Afghanistan? A huge game of golf? Guys are fighting and dying over there, too."

4. "Do you think he'll get to come home for Christmas/anniversary/birthday/birth of a child/wedding/family reunion, etc?" (Don't you watch the news? No. They don't get to come home for any of these things. Please don't ask again.)

5. "What are you going to do to keep yourself busy while he's gone?" (Short answer: Try to keep my sanity. Maybe there's a military wife out there who gets bored when her husband leaves, but I have yet to meet her. For the rest of us, those with and without children, we find ourselves having to be two people. That keeps us plenty busy. We do get lonely, but we don't get bored.

6. "How much longer does he have until he can get out?" This one is annoying to many of us whether our husbands are deployed or not. Many of our husbands aren't counting down the days until they "can" get out. Many of them keep signing back up again and again because (gasp!) they love what they do.

7. "This deployment shouldn't be so bad, now that you're used to it." (Sure, we do learn coping skills. And we figure out ways to make life go smoother while the guys are gone. But it never gets easy and the bullets and bombs don't skip over our guys just because they've been there before. The worry never goes away.)

8. "My husband had to go to Europe for business once for three weeks. I totally know what you're going through." (This one is similar to number two. Do not equate your husband's three week trip to London/Omaha/Tokyo/etc. with a one-year deployment to a war zone. Aside from the obvious trip length difference, nobody shot at your husband or tried to blow him up with an I.E.D., your husband could call home pretty much any time he wanted to, he flew comfortably on a commercial plane, slept between crisp white sheets and ate well, paying for everything with an expense account. There is no comparison. We do not feel bonded to you in the slightest because of this comment and, if anything, we probably resent you a bit for comparing a combat deployment to a business trip.

9. "Don't you miss him?" (Like number one, this one gets a big "duh" from me. Of course we miss our husbands. If we didn't, we'd get divorced.)

10. "Where is that?" (I don't expect non-military folks to be able to find Anbar Province on a map, but they should know by now that it's in Iraq. Likewise, know that Kabul and Kandahar are in Afghanistan. Know that Muqtada al Sadr is the insurgent leader of the Mahdi Army in Iraq and that Sadr City is his home area. Know that Iran is a major threat to our country and that it is located between Afghanistan and Iraq. Our country has been at war in Afghanistan for six and a half years and at war in Iraq for four years. These basic facts are not secrets, they're on the news every night and in the papers every day ---and on maps everywhere. You've had time to learn it. Do your part by at least knowing what is going on.)

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I want to Go........

Do you ever wish that you could cross over from reality to dream~land. I seen this picture the other day and thought about how much I liked it. Not just because I am a HUGE Disney fan.
Everything lately seems to be unraveling. Life STINKS!
Tom hears more about leaving to Iraq and tells me a little bit more, I just want to tell him not to go, but I keep my mouth shut. He can't stay here just because I say he can't go, or because his mom says SON YOUR GROUNDED~ ( His mom said to tell the military that HA HA) I know he is doing his job and doesn't want to leave us but at the same time he doesn't want to not go with his guys. I guess the thing is now, I KNOW what to expect since he has already done a 16 month " field trip" in Afghanistan. He had a tough time, missed home, holidays, birthdays, and our anniversary, lost four friends on Easter day, and his wedding ring on Valentines day. We missed a lot too. The kids need their father. ( ALL Kids do.) I am doing my best to not say anything about how miserable I ( or we) will be. I know it wont be easy for him either and I don't want to give him more stress. So I am just praying for peace and safety and strength.
I also went to the doctor about being "late" and having dreams about being pregnant, along with one negative pregnancy test and one positive. There is no baby, I am NOT pregnant. It is stress and hormones. I was scared of being pregnant, with him leaving and the fact that he has been "neutered". I told him I was late, and he said how.... I have not been messing around and he said you cant be pregnant and if you are I wont be happy, because it would make him think I did something wrong.( he is neutered remember) BUT he did say he would not leave not leave me not knowing the truth about the baby's paternity. SO I was relived about that, and that he trusted me. If we were meant to have a baby we would and that he would be fine with. ( Just not me cheating) So anyway I was thinking OK, a baby I can do this.. Now it is not a thought... Just a little relieved and sadness at the same time. I just wish I could crawl inside that canvas with Tink and go play and dance where there are no worries and be a kid. My grandpa would be proud to hear me say that. When I was mad and grumpy on my 13th birthday I wished that I could be a grown up when I blew out the candles. (I told only him my wish) . He said I bet when you are grown you wont feel the same. He even bet me I wouldn't. Here is to Grandpa..... $20.00... He won!