Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easter Fun... better late than never!

I know that I am late posting this, but.... oh well!!

We went to the Easter Sunrise Service at church and it was SOOO nice! I had never been to a sunrise service and this one was a real treat! It was really pretty!

After church we came home and opened our Easter baskets that we had found earlier....

then we colored eggs! They turned out so pretty. I added vinegar to the mix and it made the colors much more bold! 

Alyssa baked a cake to take to my parents house. I thought the cross idea was PERFECT!!  

Then.... Noni & Pop-Pop's for our Easter Dinner, an EGG HUNT, and a swim in the lake!!

The only thing that would have made my Easter any better would be if Detto was here with us! We sure do miss him, but we will get to see him soon!! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What's up George?

My life has been a crazy whirlwind lately. I feel like I'm running and running and running and running....
I am ready to just CHILL!! I have not had a ton of sewing going on! I have only finished one block, but... I have made two rag rugs. Well, really ONE finished rug and one almost finished rug!
I am enjoying my little Non-quilty project!
Here are some pics of what's been up...

I moved the house around... Do you like it?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Things NOT to say to a Military Wife...

I saw this on a friends blog. I added some of my own thoughts on the matter.

Some things NOT to say to a Military Wife as soon as you find out her husband is deployed or about to be deployed.

*Please note that the word sex will be used in this post though it is not being used in a derogatory way.*
1. “Aren’t you afraid that he’ll be killed?”
(This one ranks in at number one on the “duh” list. Of course we’re afraid. We’re terrified. The thought always lingers at the backs of our minds —but thanks brilliant, 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.”
(This is intended to be a compliment, I think. Though, its just a little annoying. Here’s why: 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 and in the shower. We’re not made of some mysterious matter that makes us more capable, we just got asked to take on a challenging job. So we rose to the challenge and found the strength to make sacrifices.You NEVER know how strong you are until you HAVE to be!)
3. “At least he’s not in Afghanistan.”
(This is the number one most annoying comment for those whose husbands are in Iraq. What do they think is happening in Iraq? An international game of golf? Guys are fighting and dying over there too. There is a reason there is a "RED Zone" still.)
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. Can you say salt on an open sore?)
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, and drinking massive amounts of wine always helps and writing to him, thinking of him, praying for him.)
 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 they actually love what they do or they VOLUNTEER AGAIN and AGAIN to go back to Iraq b/c there is work that needs to be done.)
7. “This deployment shouldn’t be so bad, now that you’re used to it.”
(Sure, we do learn coping skills and its true the more deployments you’ve gone through, the easier "DEALING WITH IT" becomes. 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. Anytime he's gone, whether he's gone for 2 months or 12 you DONT get used to it! You still wake up and frown when you remember he's not laying next to you.)
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 12-15 month or more deployment to a war zone. Aside from the obvious time 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 it. Comparing a 12 month combat deployment to a few weeks business trip is like comparing a junky Chevy S-10 with mercedes convertible.)
9. “Wow you must miss him?”
(This one also gets another big “Hello Captain duh”. Of course we miss our men. There are some wives who do not and they’re now divorced.)

10. “Where is he exactly? 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 seven years and at war in Iraq for five years. These basic facts are not secrets, they’re on the news every night and in the papers every day —and on maps everywhere.)

11. “Well, he signed up for it, so it’s his own fault whatever happens over there."
(Yes, ignorant, he did sign up. Each and every day he protects your right to make STUPID comments like that. He didn’t sign up and ask to be hit by anything, he signed up to protect his country. Oh, and by the way, he asked me to tell you that “You’re welcome.” He’s still fighting for your freedom.)
12. “Don’t you miss sex! I couldn’t do it!”
(hmmm, no i don’t miss sex. i’m a robot. seriously…military spouses learn quickly that our relationships must be founded on something greater than sex. We learn to appreciate the important things, like simply hearing their voices, seeing their faces, being able to have dinner together every night. And the hard truth is, most relationships probably couldn’t withstand 12 months of sex deprivation.)
13. “Well in my opinion…..”
(Stop right there. Yo, I didn’t ask for you your personal political opinions. Hey, I love a heated political debate, but not in the grocery store, not in Dunkin Donuts, not at Nordstrom, not in a restaurant when I’m out with my girls trying to forget the war, and NOT IN FRONT OF MY KIDS!! We tell people about deployments so when we have to spend our time running our butts off doing errands and taking care of the house, dog, and kids, they have an understanding. We do not tell friends and colleagues because we are giving an invitation to ramble about politics or because we so eagerly want to hear how much they hate the President.)
last but not least….
14. “OH, that’s horrible…I’m so sorry!”
(He’s doing his job and he’s tough. Don’t be sorry. Be appreciative and please take a moment out of your comfortable American lives to realize that our soldiers fight the wars abroad so those wars stay abroad. And say a Prayer for them, that's the LEAST you can do.)
If you want to say anything, say thank you. After all, we are sexually deprived for your freedom.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Feel Good Friday & Now Saturday

"Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things."
 (And now Saturday because the post didnt appear on Friday!)
1. I am happy that EVERYTHING is green again and my roses are blooming!
This is my GREEN backyard!

This bush has two different color roses on it!
These are the plants that I planted yesterday!

2. I am happy that Detto called me and I have been able to text him regularly.

3. I am happy that we are all getting over this cold stuff and I am breathing MUCH better.

4. I am happy that I have made these applique' blocks and they have turned out really cute.

5. I am happy that I am starting TWO new SCRAP Quilt! (they each have different measurements so I hope I will be able to make a "dent" in my scrap pile!)

I am staying positive! Isn't it GREAT!!

This is the rose bush that I babysit! It is in my neighbors yard, but I have taken care of it while the house was empty.