Monday, December 13, 2010

How do you decide?

Wow!! I have been looking online at houses for the last few days, ok weeks, maybe even months. LOL Since we are leaving the Military finding that perfect house has become my goal, maybe my new obsession. I don't have a lot of must haves and the Hubbyman only has a few, mainly a big garage to store big boy toys in. Oh and he would like a double sink in the master bath. lol Me on the other hand would like a nice kitchen since that is the one room that I LOVE to be in. I would also like to have a fireplace, why? well because we are moving from Texas to Michigan and I have been spoiled by the weather here. So I dream of all of us sitting around a nice fire. Ok, who am I kidding here. I would LOVE to sit in front of a fire staying warm and having 5 minutes of peace and the smell of a fire burning in a fireplace brings me peace.

The problem with having a fireplace is where these said fireplaces are located within the houses I have looked at. Do you choose to place your television in the wall above the fireplace and risk not only ending up with a stiff neck from constantly looking up or melting your television because I want a real wood burning fireplace?  I think I have found a solution! In all the houses that I have seen there is a corner of the room that would be perfect to place a television in. So I started looking for a corner tv stand Having one of these would totally fix my problem and give me the best of both worlds. I can sit in front of a fire watching my favorite show staying warm while all the white stuff falls down outside.


I love this one, but I think what I like about it which is the pull out drawers would be the one thing that just would not work with the little men of the house.
So I kept looking and found one that I liked equally well and have the ability to throw a lock on it so the little hands can't get to all the fun stuff.
I know I can't buy it just yet, mostly because I do not want to get my hopes up that this color will match the house, but I have it saved into my favorites so in a few months I will be able to hopefully find the house that this will match. After that I can order it and have my dream come true living room.

So how do you decide when dealing with such dilemmas?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba Live!! and a Winner!!


I can not thank the Abraham Chavez Theatre enough for allowing part of my family the chance to watch Yo Gabba Gabba Live!! The boys had so much fun and it was a lot of fun just hanging out with the younger 2.

Brobee is Dustin's favorite, I think even more so now that he got to see him live. lol Plex is Benjamin's favorite, he even wore his Plex sweatshirt for the show. I had to snap a few pics with my phone because even though I took my camera, as soon as I went to take that first pic the battery was dead. :(  I did not take any pics during the show per the rules.

I think that I watch the show with the boys too much. LOL I knew every single word to all the songs they did. Peek A Boo became Benjamin's new favorite. He was dancing around to that one the whole time. Dustin's favorite was There's A Party In My Tummy, I think that is because Brobee is singing it.

I really do recommend you check out http://www.yogabbagabbalive.com/ and find out if there are upcoming shows in your area and grab your tickets.

So I bet you are all wondering who won the Yo Gabba Gabba Prize Pack....
I let Random.org choose the winner and the Winner is....

#8..
Anonymous said...

A favorite is Don't Bite Your Friends
December 6, 2010 8:28 PM

I have already been in contact with the winner!!

Congrats to the winner and Thank You to all who entered!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Marry Me!! December 12th and 13th on LifeTime!!

LUCY LIU STARS IN LIFETIME MINISERIES EVENT MARRY ME PREMIERING DECEMBER 12 AND 13

This is one miniseries that I can not wait to see. Just reading about the how somehow has grabbed my attention and I now have a reminder set on my cable box. Check out the press release below.

ALL-STAR CAST INCLUDES STEVEN PASQUALE, BOBBY CANNAVALE, ENRIQUE MURCIANO AND ANNIE POTTS

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 16, 2010) – Award nominated film and television actress Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal, Charlie’s Angels) stars in the Lifetime Television original miniseries event Marry Me, the story of
one woman’s journey to find her elusive “Prince Charming.” But when she happens to find three at the same time, who she ultimately chooses is a surprise…even to her. The two night event premieres Sunday, December 12th and concludes on Monday, December 13, airing at 9pm ET/PT on both
nights. Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Bobby Cannavale (The Other Guys), Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace), Annie Potts (Law & Order: SUV), Vanessa Marano (Dexter), Elizabeth Bogush (Big Bang Theory) and Danielle Nicolet (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) also star.

Liu stars as Rae Ann Carter, a single aspiring artist-turned-social worker who always wanted a fairytale romance – to fall madly in love and live happily ever after. But when her two-year relationship falls apart,
Rae unexpectedly falls for a new man, Luke (Pasquale), who asks her to marry her after a few short dates. Just as everything seems to fall into place for Rae, her ex-boyfriend Adam (Cannavale) suddenly reemerges into her life with a proposal of his own. Things get even further complicated when a third man (Murciano), smitten by Rae, enters the picture and asks for her hand in marriage, as well. With three men after her heart, who will be Rae’s Prince Charming? Five-time Emmy® Award nominee Barbara Hall (Judging Amy, Joan of Arcadia), who wrote the teleplay, executive produces the four-hour romantic comedy with Susanne Daniels (The Lone Ranger, Hidden Hills). James Hayman (Ugly Betty) directed and co-executive produced the miniseries. Marry Me is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime.




I don't think there has been one miniseries on Lifetime that I have not liked. I watch these during what I like to call "Mom Time". lol Someday I am sure that the 2 youngest of the house will learn that "Mom Time" doesn't involve them sitting on my lap, eating my popcorn, or stealing drinks of my Mountain dew. But until then, I will cherish the cuddles and quiet time.


If you watch the show, please let me know your opinions.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

And The Winner Is!!

I choose the winner for the Progresso Prize Pack, okay to be honest I let Random.org choose the winner. lol  There were 12 comments and Random.org choose #11.

The winner is:
Tracy DeLuca said...


Following Progresso on FB

Thank You to all who entered and Congrats Tracy!!

Current Giveaways!! Along with an update!

I am extending the giveaway for the Book The Club No One Wanted To Join until there are at least 10 entries.

Also even though the post is about the local Yo Gabba Gabba show, anyone in the U.S. can enter to win the gift pack!! So get your entries in for the Yo Gabba Gabba Gift Pack. Ends December 7th!!

I have so much to share with you all, I just have to get my thoughts straight first. LOL So expect to see posts about Flat Stanley, My 2 Siberian Huskies, a few books, and other craziness that has happened.

I start back to school on the 7th of December, so I want to get as many review and giveaway posts up as I can before then or at least during that week.

I can not believe that Christmas is almost here. Are you ready? I am happy to say that I actually got some great shots of the kids and ordered my cards and I now have about 75% of the shopping done.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

48 Hour Cyber Monday Fun Auction!!


So the past few days I have been playing with ribbon. Who knew it could be so relaxing?! I put all of the bows that i have made into an album labeled Cyber Monday Fun Auction on my Facebook page.  So Click HERE and take a look. Also if I can get up to 200 friends before the Auction Ends then I will have a few giveaways on my Facebook page, some will be for everyone and some will be for only those who bid on an item.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba, Live! There's A Party In My City!




The two babies of this family LOVE Yo Gabba Gabba!! To be honest I find it to be a very cute show, a little weird at times, but the meanings involved with the little songs are so right on. I think we all have a favorite and mine is "Don't Bite Your Friends".  Have you ever thought about taking the kiddos to a LIVE show that includes all their favorite characters from Yo Gabba Gabba? Well now is your chance!

Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! There's A Party In My City! is making its way to many cities across the country. Just go to http://www.yogabbagabbalive.com/ to check on the tour dates and purchase your tickets.

There is one tour date that I need to tell you a little more about. On December 7th, Right here in El Paso, TX my family will be watching the show thanks to some wonderful people and I can not wait. I know the boys will LOVE it!!  If you are in the El Paso, TX area and want to take your kiddos to the December 7th show make sure you click the link above to check on tickets and put in your order.

Here is a local release that went out and gives everyone information on this show.

KIA MOTORS PRESENTS YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WILL STOP IN EL PASO ON DECEMBER 7 FOR SINGING & DANCING AND TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AFFILIATE

$1 From Every Ticket Sold To Benefit Habitat for Humanity Affiliate In El Paso

(El Paso, Texas) -- Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a headlining performance at The White House, a critically-acclaimed, chart-topping album, and an appearance at Coachella that garnered rave reviews from spectators and media alike, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are back on the road with Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to play to enthusiastic fans in El Paso. Today’s hottest live show for families will be at the Abraham Chavez Theatre on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! is produced by S2BN Entertainment in association with Wildbrain Entertainment and The Magic Store and promoted by C3 Presents.

Champions on the stage and in the community, the Gabba Gang will partner with Habitat for Humanity to further their homebuilding efforts in El Paso. In addition, $1 from every ticket sold for Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! in El Paso will be donated to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

For complete tour, ticket information and VIP packages, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com. Children under one year of age will be admitted free to sit on a parent’s lap.

I love that $1 from every ticket is being donated to Habitat For Humanity!

Who would LOVE to have a Yo Gabba Gabba Prize Pack and make a child in their life smile? You are in the right place as I have one to give away!!

Here is what is included in the prize pack:

BOOK: Yo Gabba Gabba!, Party in My Tummy" - Based on the popular song from Yo Gabba Gabba!, Party in My Tummy makes healthy eating fun for little ones! Lift the flaps, sing along, and find out what everyone in Gabba Land is bringing to the party!


DVD: “Yo Gabba Gabba! Clubhouse” - The Nickelodeon DVD “Yo Gabba Gabba!: Clubhouse” released on June 15 and features performances by musical guests Erykah Badu, The Killers, Jimmy Eat World and more.

CD: “Yo Gabba Gabba!: Music is Awesome Volume 2.” Fans can enjoy a new, super radical compilation of music featured from Seasons I, II & III, YO GABBA GABBA! MUSIC IS AWESOME! VOLUME 2 hit shelves nationwide on August 31, 2010, timed with the launch of the live tour, KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY. Jam-packed with Super Music Friends & all of the songs you’ve grown to love including those from Weezer, MGMT & Jimmy Eat World.
A deluxe edition featuring bonus songs from the hit series will also be available on iTunes. Fans can get a sampling of the record with a free download of our favorite Super Music Friends – Weezer’s track “All My Friends Are Insects” at http://www.yogabbagabba.com/freedownload/

MUSIC IS AWESOME! VOLUME 2 is available on CD at Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and independent music retailers nationwide.
 
I bet you are all wondering how to enter this AMAZING giveaway, Right?!
Please leave your email address in your comment, as I would love to be able to get ahold of you should you be the winner. This giveaway will close on December 7th and the winner will be posted in the post I will write up on December 8th about my family's experience.
 
Mandatory Entry: Tell me in a comment yours or your child's favorite character! 
 
Extra Entries:
1. Tell me a favorite song from the show.
2. Tell me which individual or group were your favorite guests on the show. 
3. Share this giveaway on your blog, facebook, or twitter, coming back here and sharing a direct link to your message. (1 entry for each) please leave separate comments for each that you do!
 
I can not wait to hear every ones favorite things about the show!!
 
Thank You to El Paso's ABRAHAM CHAVEZ THEATRE for allowing my family the chance to come and watch the show on December 7th. Thank You to Michelle for offering up the prize pack for my readers.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Road Trip Time!!!

Okay, It is not really time for a Road Trip, but I will tell you about one of our Family road trips.

Being an Army Family we have taken a lot of road trips, but there are a few that always come up in conversations. I will tell you about one of those trips.

It was during Hubbyman's second deployment. Leave time was coming up, also called R & R and when I had talked to him last he thought everything was set, where he would be flying into Georgia and I would drive down from Virginia first dropping the kids off in North Carolina. That was "The Plan". At least until 2:30 AM on the morning I was to leave. I had everyone packed for a weekend trip.

That phone call changed "The Plan" dramatically. Now I had to drive all the way to Michigan, pack everyone up including the Hubbyman for at least 2 weeks, and I have about 36 hours to get there. I think I went back to sleep for about 2 hours and woke up at around 4:30 AM. While the kids continued to sleep I went ahead and emptied the packs that were already packed. The weather is different so everyone needed clothing for cooler weather. It took about 2 hours but I got everyone packed up. By this time the 2 kids were starting to wake up and were told of the change in plans. They were excited because the change in plans meant that we were once again headed back to Grandma and Grandpa's house!

By 9:00 AM Everyone had everything needed to make the trip in a pile by the front door. Just as I started to open the door to go out and load up I heard something and was not happy. Yup, It had started to rain! As quickly as I could I loaded everything and came back in to make sure that we were indeed ready to leave. Of coarse nothing could be that simple, as one child made a mess with a cup of juice, the other was filling their diaper. This went on with me cleaning up the house because of all the messes for about two hours. I decided not to waste the money and go ahead and have some lunch and had cleaned up from that. Finally I saw a break in the weather so I choose right then and there to leave. One at a time I loaded the kids up because this was the easiest way to make sure each was comfy and had their bag of fun for the trip. Just as we were ready to back out I had realized that I did not have my trusted CD of traveling songs, so back into the house I ran to grab it. We finally pulled out and started on our way to what was suppose to be a 12 hour trip at 1:00 PM. Thinking I had plenty of time because at most this trip should take 14 hours.

Everything was going great despite the rain which was on again off again for the first 3 hours of our trip. The kids and I were singing along to our CD just about ready to make our first stop when the thunder started and then the lightning came. Boy this was just not my travel day, but we made the first stop and got lucky with a close parking spot. Went in had a snack, did the whole bathroom thing, and about an hour later we were back in the vehicle with 2 cute stuffed animals from the gift shop.

We always stopped at the same places and I always let the kids pick out a new little friend to keep them company for the rest of the trip. It became our special thing when they were traveling with just Mommy.  Fast forward 10 hours and at the time we should have been pulling into my Parent's house we were still in Ohio at our 5th stop. It was very cold and the white stuff had started falling from the sky. Now 3:00 AM and ready to get back on the road, the brake lights had come on in my vehicle. All I could think about is why this stuff (but I am sure I used a not so great word) had to happen now.

I looked on the map and decided that I had about 3 and 1/2 hours left of the trip, called a couple people who both said that it was most likely a sensor or something and as long as the brakes were working I should be OK, and went ahead and got back on the road. After a little while the lights shut off and I felt much better about making the decision to keep going. The kids were fast asleep and I was finally able to listen to my own music. I was singing along and for once during this trip even though it was snowing and that I have been driving for now 15 hours or so, I was happy.

Just as I crossed the border from Ohio to Michigan it was snowing really hard and the road that I was traveling on was completely covered. A road that you usually could go 70mph on, I had to go 25mph. The road was horrible as everyone was just like me and we ended up making our own lanes until a semi would pass one of us and we would sneak behind them, just to follow the lights. This is about the time that the kids started to wake up because really we should have already been there.

To my amazement the kids stayed quiet and let me concentrate which I thanked them both for numerous times. Finally after driving 19 hours, driving through rain, driving through a thunderstorm, driving through snow, and driving on a road that was so covered with slush, ice, and snow that no one could see it, we pulled into my Parent's driveway. The kids ran in and were telling my Parents all about the fun but long trip. I was exhausted after being awake for over 24 hours and driving straight for 19 hours. Not only that but I had to be at the airport in 5 hours to pick up the Hubbyman, so I went to lay down.

My Mom woke me up about 3 and 1/2 hours later so I had time to get all of us ready to head to the airport. We made it there just in time to pick him up and were able to enjoy a very nice and relaxing 2 weeks. This was one trip that I will never forget. The kids and I had a lot of fun and I learned never to underestimate myself. Until this trip I didn't think I could ever drive more than 14 hours straight. I would have never known that I can make the kids laugh just by changing the words to the songs on our traveling CD. Even though this trip was a rough one it will never be forgotten.


I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Discount Tire blogging program, making me eligible to receive a $50 gift card and be entered for a chance to win a prize valued at $1,000. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New reviews coming!!

This week I have been trying to get my house in order for the Company coming in Tomorrow!! Tonight I will try to get a few posts up and then again Monday - Wednesday. Some will be only a review and some will be a review along with a giveaway!!

As much as I try not to procrastinate, something always comes up. LOL Are you like that? Does everything else lure you to it when you have things that just have to get done?

I will be back in a few hours..

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Club No One Wanted To Join.... Review and Giveaway!!

This is the what the White Board that hangs in our Dining room now says. There are quite a few items on this basic list that Bernie Madoff should have listened to and put into action. Who is Bernie Madoff you ask?

Bernie Madoff is the one who had started one of the biggest Ponzi schemes to date to the tune of Sixty-Five Billion Dollars. You can google his name to find out more. I won't go into major details about him because that is not what this review is about.

This review is about a book. A book that takes you into the lives and back to the times when the Victims or Survivors whichever way you want to view them as, first got involved with Bernie Madoff or with a feeder company, in which they had never heard of Bernie Madoff. When they first found out that all the money was gone, sometimes 10 years later. As you read this book you are put right there with each  of them. Seriously! I felt like I was right there, right there in that time, standing right next to them.

This book makes you think of things like what if I woke up tomorrow and all my money was gone. What would I do, where would I go, who would I talk to? Each of the 29 stories compiled in this book tells of how they got where they are, tells about finding out the news, and tells what they have done since that time. Now there are only 29 stories within this book, many have stories but are not telling them, and even some will never get the chance to tell their story because they took their own lives when the news came in that day.

The Club No One Wanted To Join MADOFF VICTIMS IN THEIR OWN WORDS  was edited by Erin Arvedlund and Compiled by Alexandra Roth.

The book is available on Amazon but here is your chance to win your very own copy.

Please remember to include your email address in the your entries so i have a way to get ahold of you should you be the winner. Also make sure to do the Mandatory entry so any extra entries will count.

This giveaway will go until November 30th, at that time I will use random.org to choose the winner.

Mandatory Entry- Please tell if you or someone close to you have ever been scammed.

Extra Entries-
1. "Like" the Madoff Survivors on facebook
                              2.  Follow my blog or let me know you already do.

That is it, Easy Peasy!! I feel that everyone should read this book, it really helps to know that the victims really had no clue what would happen in the end after placing their trust out in the open.

I was contacted by Alexandra to run the review and giveaway. I was sent a copy of the book free of charge and offered a copy to run the giveaway. The opinions are my own and i know not everyone will agree.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

What a Week this has been!!

This is the never ending week!!  Some good times and some bad. Some happy while others were kind of sad.

First off on Monday after our amazing weekend of camping it is now official that 4 kids is our limit. Tuesday was Cub Scouts. Wednesday was quite a normal day. Thursday was a day off for everyone. I really can not thank all of those who have served in the the past, serve now, or will serve in the future. Friday was back to school for the kids and boy was it hard to get them to wake up. Saturday was a wonderful day of Welcoming home the last of the Hubbyman's past Soldiers from a year gone. After that Natalee had a Fun Day for Brownies. She had a bunch of fun and good thing too because last night she came down with the flu at 3AM. She is doing a little better today but still can not keep anything down. Tomorrow she will not be going to school.

On a happy note I made my 2 week list and went to Albertson's. If you spend $100 or more you can get a free turkey up to 15lbs. They also give military discounts, but because I was just over my $100 limit to get my 13 and 1/2 pound turkey for free I did not accept the discount today. If I would have my turkey would not have been free. Yup!! 2 weeks worth of groceries for $103.71. I am pretty proud of that.

Hopefully with one more day of rest Natalee can kick this stomach bug and she can return to school on Tuesday. We have all had a cold, but was really hoping no one would get any sicker than that. We have company coming from out of town next weekend so please pray that we get all healthy by then.

So that is the update. Tomorrow I will be posting a few reviews and giveaways. So keep on the look out!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Making Your Life Easy!!

With having such a big family or maybe a family size that is right in the middle, I have had to come up with different ideas to make my life easier. When our day is not going as planned it can cause chaos within the house.

Here are a few things that I do that help make our days easier:

1. Schedule- Sometimes I think I have a schedule for everything, but really I have 3. We have a house schedule which covers all the chores and all household items. We have a schedule for medicines which covers all the meds that each of us takes daily. The last schedule is the Doctor schedule which covers all appts.

2. Lists- I keep several lists through out the day/week/month these help me to get everything done. Every morning I look at the House schedule and write down the items that need to be completed that day, such as what laundry is to be done and what I am doing in each room.

3. Chore chart- This is not only for the kids as I have my own area on this chart. I write done what chores need to be done everyday like what family member's laundry gets done on what day and what rooms get vacuumed and on what day.

4. Meal Planning- We do not eat out very often, so this is very important to me. Some do Weekly plans or Monthly plans. I do bi weekly plans because we get paid every 2 weeks. I plan out breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each day. I also try to include something yummy with every dinner.

5. Freezer Meals- Along with my meal planning I also have 2 days every month in which I cook meals to freeze. This makes it so easy to give my family great meals without making a huge mess of my Kitchen every day.

6. Organized Rooms- If you can keep certain areas of your home organized then it can make things very easy. Take for instance your kitchen. If you keep all your baking products together, your cooking products together, and your cleaning products together then you will always know when you are about to run out of something or what you have on hand when doing your meal planning.

7. Notebook with important paperwork- We are a Military family and we move around quite a bit so having all of the important items together is quite necessary. This can also help you. When it comes time to enroll your kids in school it makes things a lot more easier if all the paperwork is together in a folder. All you have to do is grab the folder the day of registration.

8. A Rainy Day Box- We all have those days and it doesn't have to be raining for us to want to have a little pick me up. Our rainy day box has items for the whole family including match box cars, trains, crayons, and coloring books. I also add books and new movies that i know the kids will love.

9. A craft box- This is a box that has everything to do any craft. We have paper, markers, beads, glue, feathers, and a ton of other things in our box. Every week the kids pick one day and together with as many of us that happen to be home that day sit down and craft up a storm. This brings us all together and makes it easier to know what is going on with everyone else.

10. Time for yourself- We often put ourselves last on the list. At least I know I do. To help me make my day a little easier I schedule time even if it is just 20 minutes as my mommy time. I usually blog during this time or listen to some music and just reflect on our day. It clears my head and makes it easier for me to want to wake up and do it all over again the following day.

What are some ways that you make your life easier? Let me know!! Hopefully my list will help give you some ideas that you don't already use.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Oral-B blogging contest, making me eligible to get full-sized Oral-B Glide products and a $30 Target gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Change Your Clock Change Your Battery!!



Over this past weekend we all changed our clocks. Did you change anything else? I did! After we got home from our camping trip and after I went around the house to change all the clocks, I grabbed my package of batteries and went to each of our smoke detectors. With the major decorating Holidays approaching making sure that the batteries in all the smoke detectors are new is a very good idea.

For twenty-three years, Energizer, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and thousands of fire departments nationwide have worked together to encourage everyone to adopt the life-saving Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® habit of changing and testing smoke alarm batteries with each fall time change. This is so important because having a working smoke alarm can cut the risk of dying in reported home structure fires in half as they can often provide critical extra seconds needed to get out of your home safely. And even though 96% of American homes have smoke alarms, many do not have one that works because of missing or worn-out batteries.

I have seen what fire can do and it is not pretty, so I ask that each and every one of my readers check the smoke detectors in their houses. If one needs new batteries then replace them, if one is broke, then replace it with a working one, if you have none, then please put some up. 
Each year, Energizer donates 200,000 batteries to help local fire departments nationwide. This year everyone has the chance to help double the donations, up to 400,000 batteries. Participation is easy. Visit the CYCCYB tab on the Energizer Bunny® Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/EnergizerBunny, and pledge to change your smoke alarm batteries, share the life-saving Change Your Clock Change Your Battery message with others and create your family’s home escape plan so you have an exit plan in place. Each action will trigger a donation of batteries.


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Camping Season Is Officially Over..

 Over this past weekend our family went on our Final camping trip of the season. We packed up the bags and the kids backpacks then we made our way to Ruidoso, NM. I won't lie, it was quite cold during the evenings but the days were pleasant. The kids were able to get in some fishing time and Dustin (3 years old) caught his first fish.
We didn't keep his because it was small, but he was so happy that he caught one!
 Out of the 8 or so caught we kept 5 and Blake and Natalee totally loved gutting them. No surprise there, I always knew that Natalee was a tomboy. LOL

 We fished at Grindstone Lake. It is a wonderful place and so peaceful, which was a big plus for me.

On the way home I was able to snap a few pictures of the trees. No reds or oranges but this beautiful yellow was covering all the trees.

All in all our last camping trip was a wonderful experience and we can not wait until next season!
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Michael Chiarello's Bottega Cook Book and Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko - Review & Giveaway!


I will be completely honest here and tell you that I LOVE TO COOK, yup it is true. I love to be in the kitchen creating wonderful meals for my family. So when my blog spark let me know of an opportunity to work with both them and  Progresso I quickly said Yes!! Soon I received a prize pack which included a package of Lemon Pepper Panko and a signed copy of  Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Cookbook.

Cookbooks are my weakness, I love to look through cookbooks and I love the ones with a story to tell.
Michael Chiarello's does just that, there are little tidbits of info and beautiful pictures of not only food but also of his family and friends. For some this cookbook may be a little too fancy with one of the recipes being Wood-Grilled Octopus "Under a Brick" with Olive Oil- Braised Potatoes.  There are a few that look so wonderful that you just have to take a chance and prepare them. One that I will be trying very soon is the Strawberry Tiramisu Semifreddo. It looks so yummy.

Soon after I received my prize pack I snatched the Lemon Pepper Panko and started figuring out what I wanted to do with it. I decided to make breaded pork chops and oh my goodness were they ever a hit.

Make sure to check out the Progresso’s Wine & Dine with Chef Michael Chiarello Sweepstakes. Now through December 31st, participants can enter for the chance to win a trip for two to Napa Valley to attend the Spring Bud Break Party, an annual dinner and wine tasting event taking place on May 7, 2011. In addition to two tickets to the party, the grand prize also includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations. Visit http://www.progressobroth.com/ for the sweepstakes rules and entry form.

While your there don't forget to grab a coupon to save $1 off of Progresso Broth!

My Blog Spark has offered one of my readers a gift pack including one package of Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko and an autographed copy of chef Chiarello’s new cookbook: Michael Chiarello’s Bottega!

The Giveaway!!
Please make sure that you include an email address so I have a way to get in touch with you should you be the winner!

Mandatory Entry:
Let me know in a comment what you would make with the Lemon Pepper Panko.

Additional Entries:
1. Follow this Blog!
2. Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post (include a link to your post)
3. Please tell me one of your favorite recipes to prepare!
4. Become a Fan of Progresso on Facebook!
5. Follow Just An Army Wife on Facebook and leave a comment on my wall!

This giveaway will end on November 30th 2010




Progresso and My Blog Spark provided me with the Progresso Panko and Cookbook prize pack for free in order to do the review. All opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree with me.






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Monday, November 8, 2010

And The Winner Is!!

The Winner of the RediShade Giveaway which ended last night is.....
Comment #10
Alexis AKA MOM said...
Tweeted :)
http://twitter.com/AlexisAKAMOM/status/27977645460
October 20, 2010 6:05 PM

Congrats to the Winner and Thank You to everyone who entered.
The winner has been sent an email!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How was your Halloween?

We had a really exciting Halloween around here. This year was the first year that we all dressed up, that Dustin actually knew what Trick or Treating was, and Benjamin's second time going out with us.

At first I had a Karate Kid, a Rocker Chic, a Super Hero (super D), and a cute little Bam Bam.


The night before Halloween I was busy sewing. On Halloween we ended up with 2 Cowboys, a Cowgirl, a Karate Kid, a Rocker Chic, and a cute little Bam Bam.
Dustin switched from a Super Hero to a Cow Boy. He had gotten a real Cowboy Hat a few days earlier and was really into being a Cowboy, so we went with it.
Natalee wanted to be a Rock Star, I won this costume in an Auction (it came with a different shirt) and it fit perfect. Natalee was excited!
Blake had originally wanted to be something with a cape, we even purchased everything to make it, but he changed his mind and decided to be The Karate Kid.
Benjamin loves to drag around the bats, so The Hubbyman decided to dress him as Bam Bam. I actually made two Bam Bam costumes, as the first one didn't fit very well over clothes. lol
The Hubbyman! I made the vest the day before. lol
The 3 Cow People (as Dustin said) I think the costumes turned out Great!!

I had made all the Chaps and Vests and it was a lot of fun with all of us dressed up.
Today the older kids took about 5 lbs of candy total to school to donate to the troops. The school  together with the Dental Association is collecting candy to send to the Troops overseas. I think it is a wonderful program and being an Army Family the kids were excited to take some in.

Blake and Natalee's school is having a competition to go along with a big assembly coming up. The kids that bring in the most candy will be VIPs for the assembly, get a cool t-shirt, and be the only ones who are called upon to participate in the assembly. What an amazing opportunity for the kids!

So How did your Halloween go? Did everyone have fun? Did everyone stay safe?
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Bullying Again...

I know I know I seem to bring this subject up a lot, but I have a question or 2 for all the parents that read my blog.

At what point do you think it goes from just kids being kids to bullying?
In Elementary School I expect a few little tiffs about someone cutting in line, the occasional being pushed, a little he said she said, and a little name calling. What I didn't expect was the constantly getting kicked everyday for 3 weeks, the getting pushed around everyday for 3 weeks, or the older kids cussing out the younger kids.
For me that is when it turned from kids being kids to bullying at least in my eyes.

What would do if your child was being bullied and you saw nothing being done to help them?
For me I honestly got to a point that even I didn't think I could help them. They were doing everything they were suppose to according to the School's Anti- Bullying Policy. Instead of getting help they were getting told "I don't really like tattle tales", "Oh just ignore it", and "Just stay away from them".

What steps would you take after your child received a Death Threat? What if your child was the one that was  responsible for that threat? 
For me I pulled my kids out of that school because the threat along with all the bullying equaled a place that was not safe for my kids. This threat was not just a child saying "Oh you are dead now" this threat was in picture form. The other child was right there in the school and my son's classroom the very next day, I guess to me the child should of received at least one day suspension for his actions.

I only ask these questions because I have been told I should do this or I should do that and I have also been told that I should not care about what the school does now because My kids no longer go there. My kids may no longer go to that school but they still go to another school in the same district. I feel that no child should have to go through what my children went though and if that means helping the school come up with ideas for what should have been done or what will be done from now on, then so be it.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shout Out For Fall!!

Fall!! This is my absolute favorite time of year. At least it is in my home state where there are actual trees that turn from green to beautiful shades of red and yellow, but despite the fact that we live in the desert we have been having some fun.

With my daughter's Brownie Troop we were able to head out to a pumpkin patch. It was a great time and I actually posted about the trip Here.  Fall can also be a very messy time with Halloween parties and jumping around in a big leaf pile (another thing I have been missing). I find that my kids learn amazing things just by taking some time outside to explore and have fun. That is why I was so very excited to be a part of Growing Tree Toys and Shout's Go Play initiative blogger Program.  Just check out  Shout's Facebook Page and you can find all kinds of fun! You can also find so many wonderful outdoor learning toys at Growing Tree Toys, they have all kinds of fun things that your children will love so much that they will forget they are actually learning.

If you are drawing a blank on how get your children to enjoy the outdoors and the wonderful nature surrounding them check out the  52 Activities In Nature card set. As part of the Blogging program I was given some of Shout's wonderful products as well as a set of the cards I mentioned above free from Shout.

I put one of the products to the ultimate test. While at the Cub Scout pack meeting my kids were able to dress up, my son's costume choice this year is a white Karate outfit, yup, you already know what happened don't you? Well they were serving Red juice. Here is a video of How a Shout Product saved the costume.



I have tried other types of stain removing sprays but always come back to Shout. I have also used the original stain removing gel. Still I am amazed how the Shout Advanced got rid of a stain that to me is one of the hardest to get out. With 4 kids and places that still think that Red Juice is a great beverage to serve to kids I may have to keep Shout on hand at all times. It has literally saved my son's Halloween costume making this mommy very happy.

The pack of nature activity cards and products were given to me for free from Shout, all opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Do You Shutterfly?

With the Holiday season just around the corner, I am sure many of you have already or are planning very soon to get that perfect Holiday photo taken so you can send it along with your holiday cards out to all your family and friends.


Maybe you are looking for the perfect Christmas invitations to invite everyone you know to the amazing annual party you throw every year. You could even be looking for something to be used after the Holiday season like personalized thank you cards to thank friends and family for the wonderful gifts you received.


You don't have to search all over to find the perfect place to take care of any of the above mentioned items. There is only one site that you need to know about it and that is shutterfly.com.  You can get all kinds of neat items from here. I have been looking around the site because like many of you, I need to find what I think is the perfect Christmas Photo Card.


I love the cards that fold open, I don't really know why except to me it feels more like a real card. I have a pretty big family and I really like to include each of the kids individually, so I look for a card that holds at least 4 photos, but one that holds 5 photos in which I can include not only each of the kids but also a family photo is the perfect card to me. Oh and one other thing that I look for is that each of the photos on a card are the same size. To me this makes for a neat and clean card.


After looking at shutterfly for probably close to an hour (okay it may have been 2 hours) because there are so many amazing cards, I found 3 that I have fallen in love with.


1. Joy Oh Joy American Lung Association Holiday 5x7 Folded Card This card is bright and fun with a place for each of my 4 kids and they each have the same size photo. I Love It!!


2. Cool Blue Snowflake Holiday 5x7 Folded Card I love the colors on this one. The blue is such a wonderful blue color and the name matches perfectly to the card. Once again there is a spot for each of my kids and again the spots are all the same size. Perfect!!


3. Elegant Greetings Christmas 5x7 Folded Card This one is one I saw last and it is the exact card I was looking for. The colors are perfect and there is not just a spot for all my kids, there is also a spot for our family photo to be included. Yes, this is a card that will hold 5 photos. Each photo of the kids is the same size with one in the middle that is bigger and will fit our family photo. Honestly seeing this photo card gets me excited and wanting to hurry up and get that perfect picture taken, not that I have not already been trying to snap one of each of the kids because I have been. It is the whole family together that can take 3, 4, maybe 10 takes before we get one where everyone is finally looking in the same direction. LOL


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Friday, October 22, 2010

When Bullying Gets Worse...

Today is the last day of school for 3 of my kids. 2 of them will be going to a new school and 1 of them will be home schooled.
Yesterday my oldest who is in 4th grade received a death threat. Another child drew a picture and wrote Dead Blake across the top. This came after both my 1st grader and my 4th grader being bullied for the past month.
This morning I took them to school, I didn't want to, I wanted to keep them home but I knew that the transfer to a different school would be easier if they didn't miss too many days. This morning I walked into the office and asked for 3 withdrawal forms. This morning I filled them out right there. This morning I had a talk with the Assistant Principal (again). After all of that. I went to each of my kids and told them TODAY is the last day they will be at this school. They both cried, they both know the reasons, but they both so wanted this school to be a good experience for them. So much so that they are willing to disregard all the horrible things that have happened to them.
Today I went to the new school to start the transfer process. Today I saw a wonderful school that cares about each child within the school. This is the school that my children can go to without being called names, without being bullied, and without me having to worry about them.

I have called the School District about this incident. My children may be done with the school, but I am not. Something needs to change for that school. I pray that the next child to get bullied in that school will never come. I pray that the School District steps up and the few kids get removed from the school.

I just want every parent to take your children seriously and listen to them. Bullying is a horrible thing to have happen. It is up to us Parents to look out for our children and never stop until something is done. Always remember that even being called can and does HURT.

And The Winner Is!!!!

This was my biggest giveaway yet. Thank You All who took the moment to enter for your chance to win. There were a total of 146 entries, WOW!! 
Random.org chose Number 105:
The Winner of the $75 CSN Stores Gift Code is..........
Liz said...

I haven't started shopping yet--I hope to start in two or three weeks, although I do my best Christmas shopping two or three days before Christmas!
October 20, 2010 1:58 AM

I will be emailing the winner today and they will have 48 hours to claim the prize.

Seriously I am amazed at how big this giveaway had gotten and I can not thank you all enough.
Don't forget to enter for your chance to win the custom window shade from Redi Shade (value $99 - $253)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10 Years!!

10 years ago today the Hubbyman and I were married. Step back in time with me..

Year 2000- Hubbyman and I reconnected after 5 years apart, July- We found out I was pregnant, July- We got engaged, July, August, September, and October- We planned the Wedding, August- We moved into our house, October 21st- We were married!!

Year 2001- March 30th - Blake was born!! September 11th- well we all know what happened on that day, 2001 brought a few separations as the Hubbyman was in the National Guard. End of 2001 - Hubbyman went back to Active Duty.

Year 2002 - Jan- The Hubbyman left to Virginia, End of Jan - Blake and I packed up and left Michigan,  The rest of 2002 was all about this new life.

Year 2003 - Jan 4th- Natalee was born, 2003 also brought us to our 1st deployment.

Year 2004 - Now with 2 little ones this year brought us to our 2nd deployment.

Year 2005 - End of 2nd deployment, mission to England, Dec 13th - William was born an angel.

Year 2006 - Moved from Virginia to New York, Found out I was pregnant, The dreaded 3rd Deployment started (this is the one that would forever change my family).

Year 2007 - April 25th  Dustin was born during R&R, The Hubbyman went back to Iraq, While in Iraq Hubbyman was diagnosed with PTSD, November - 3rd Deployment finally over.

Year 2008 - November - We moved from New York to Texas, 4th deployment scheduled but The Hubbyman ended up not going. Found out I was pregnant.

Year 2009 - April 9th- Benjamin was born!

Year 2010 - Present  The Hubbyman and I along with the whole family are in the process and making plans. Hopefully by next year we will be out of Texas.

Even though we have been married 10 years, I keep teasing him and telling him that every Anniversary that he missed doesn't count. LOL  This morning I told him Happy 6 year Anniversary as I was handing him his lunch.

What I did not place into the time line was all the other schools and separations, also our other losses.

Thank You for taking a step back in time with me. Today I will be baking a Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting for The Hubbyman as his gift. I may even throw in a nice dinner.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bzzz Agent Fun with Elmer's and X-Acto Products!!

As a Bzz Agent I received a kit in the mail. This is what it looked like


When I first opened the box, ideas just rushed into my head. Not only are these products great for scrapbookers, they are also wonderful items to use with the kids for school projects, a fun craft time,  or in one of my children's case a science project.  That is right Blake has started on his Science Project and he just HAD to use a few of the Elmer's and X-Acto products. Once he completes his board I will share pictures, he still has a bit of work before it is done.


The kids were bored one day, so we sat down with Halloween themed paper from my stash, ribbon, and the Bzz Kit. They all had a blast making a few cards.

These are only a couple of things that we have done using the products and so far I have not one complaint. These products make everything so easy and a ton of fun!!

You can find all of these wonderful products in a store near you!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Irritated...

I really don't know why this is still bugging me, but it is. Today while on Facebook, someone posted new pics of some products they were selling. When I was looking at the pics I saw 2 typos in the wording on the shirts. The shirts both said "The Military May Have My Mommy, but I Have His Heart" Can you see the typo in that saying? Being nice I posted a comment under the pictures stating that there was indeed a typo. I didn't think I was rude about it at all or maybe this person just wanted to hide that there was a typo because they fixed the typos and promptly deleted my comments. No Thank You for letting them know or anything.

Like I said this bugged me and I wrote on their wall about how a little note of thanks could have gone a long way. Well they deleted that comment off their wall also. Seriously!! So still being bothered by it, still not sure why, I wrote on my own wall and changed my own status to say that i was deleting them off my list and the reason why. When looking at their page I saw that they had commented back every time someone said something good about a product but had deleted my comments. They even replied to my status and still never said thank you.

Well lesson learned on my part, I will now just let a product picture look like an idiot designed it. I will keep my comments to myself.

The fact is that I don't care that they deleted my comments under the pictures after fixing the typos, but they could have added a comment stating something like Thanks for noticing the typos. I don't care that they deleted my comment off their wall, but again how hard is it to say thank you to someone. Even after I wrote my status to which they replied, they could have very easily said Wow!! not sure what happened to your comment, but I do appreciate and thank you for your help. Instead they wrote something along the lines of I am not going to argue about this and I am not in High School.

Sorry I just had to get this out, maybe it is because my day has not at all gone as planned or something but this whole thing does not sit right with me. This is one place that will never get my business and the sad thing is that the products they offer are some that i would actually purchase.

Thanks for letting me get that out....

Redi Shade!! Review and a Giveaway!!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the amazing people from Redi Shade. They offered me the chance to review the Simple Fit Shade and for me to offer a giveaway on my blog. I know, AMAZING right? Well I of coarse could not say no to something so awesome.

I followed all the directions on how to measure my window of choice, how to order, and all that good stuff. Shipping was actually quite quick and although I forgot to take a picture, the shade was very protected within the box.

Let me tell you a little bit more about the Simple Fit Shade. I find it easiest to include the Simple Fit Shade Fact Sheet.
Simple Fit Fact Sheet


•Available Sizes:

Custom widths 19" - 64" in 1/8" increments 72" Length

•Material: 9/16" Single cell, Spun Lace, non woven fabric, 100% polyester

Aluminum head rail and bottom rail

•Available Colors: Snow, Cream

•Inside Mount Only

Simple Fit Shades are available for inside mount installation only. Please provide the exact width of your window with NO deductions; the factory will make the necessary deduction for your shade to fit properly.

•Available Light Control:

Light Filtering - Softly filters light, while providing privacy. Black-Out - Blocks light, while providing increased privacy and room darkening.

•Mount Depth Required:

Minimum - 1 1/2"

Flush - 2"

•Stack Height

◦Simple Fit Light Filtering:

■Total Stack Height is 3 1/2" (top rail is 1 1/2", fabric with bottom rail is 2")

◦Simple Fit Black-Out:

■Total Stack Height is 3 1/8" (top rail is 1 1/2", fabric with bottom rail is 1 5/8")

•Shade Clearance to Window Frame

◦Fixed End (left end) is 1/4" (a 1/4" spacer is also provided if window width was incorrectly measured)

◦Trigger/Compression End (right end) is approximately 3/8"

•Simple Fit shades are guaranteed to stay in your window under normal use and conditions. For further information please contact sales@redishade.com.

•Made to order in the USA

•Exclusive patented installation system

U.S. Patent No. 7,549,615 - Other Patents Pending

I was informed of just how simple it was supposed to be to install the Simple Fit Shade, but I had my doubts. Watch this video, this is how to install the simple fit shade. Looks way too easy..



To my amazement it was actually just that simple!!

Originally I had measured my daughter's window. I wrote down my measurements and still some how got it wrong. But luckily for us the shade fit perfectly in the room where the 2 babies of the family play. I chose the light filtering version as opposed to the black out version as I prefer to have a little light in all rooms.

Here is the video of The Hubbyman installing The Simple Fit Shade.


Before I post the giveaway, I have to say that pressing the trigger button while the shade is not in place will cause the trigger area of the shade to fly across the room. Not that any of you would do that..

Now for the fun part, Who would LOVE to have a Redi Shade Simple Fit Shade? There are a few requirements.
The value of each shade is between $99 and $253, depending upon the size and type. This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Your window must meet the following requirements:
Simple Fit Custom Shades install only inside a window frame.
Select a window that includes a frame with a minimum depth of 2 inches.
Minimum width of 19 inches
Maximum width of 64 inches
Maximum length of 72 inches

This giveaway will close on November 7th. At that time I will us Random.org to pick the winner.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me what window in your house that you could really use a Simple Fit Shade. Please leave your email address so I can get a hold of you should you be the winner!

Extra entries:
1. Check out Redi Shade on Facebook and post this giveaway on your facebook page.

2. Tweet about this giveaway

3. Go to Redi Shade and have a look around, come back here a leave me a comment with your favorite shade.

Most of all HAVE FUN and Good Luck!!


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Science Fair Time!!

In our School District the Science Fair is mandatory for the 4th graders. Guess What? That means Blake is required to enter the fair. This just reminds me of all the things that have changed since I went to school. I always had the option to do a Science Project but was never required to enter the Science Fair.

All morning we (Blake and I) have been researching on what he wanted to do as his project. Low and Behold he actually made a decision. This is a great thing for him because usually he has a horrible time making any type of decision. I am quite proud of the little big boy right now.

After going to multiple websites we came across one called Science Buddies This is where he found which type of project he wanted to do. Between Life, Earth, and Physical Sciences he chose Physical Science.

After that he chose from a list of projects and his final choice has to do with static electricity!!

I feel this will be a wonderful learning experience for Blake and I will be writing an updated blog for each step of this process. Tomorrow is the day he has to turn in his entry form. We now have it all filled out and ready for him to turn in tomorrow. Next step is for him to turn in his Proposed Hypothesis on the 29th.

Thank You for letting me share this new journey into the Science Fair with you all..

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ultimate Family Vacation!!

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Have you ever dreamt about what your Ultimate Family Getaway would be? I know I have!! Different spots, different activities, not to mention a little relaxation thrown in. Through the years and the adding of more kids into the mix as well as the major changes with the Hubbyman have made me rethink a few of my vacation ideas. Instead of wanting to go to some major amusement park where everyone can have fun (well except for hubbyman who would must likely be hiding in a corner somewhere), now I would love to go to a very peaceful place, rent an RV (since we don't have one yet), rent a boat (yup, still don't have one), and set up camp for an amazing 2 weeks. Just because it is camping doesn't mean it is not fun for everyone in the family. We are a family who love the woods, nature, fishing, hiking, and the like.
 
I will be honest before I married the Hubbyman almost 10 years ago I would have never thought I would enjoy camping. Now I absolutely LOVE camping. In fact all 6 of us do. The place doesn't really matter per say except a wooded area by a stream or lake is a must. Not only can you take a nice relaxing family walk through the woods to check all the nature surrounding you, you can also look for all the amazing things to be found on the shore before, after , or even during some fishing fun. And nothing says family fun better than a boat ride out across the beautiful water. Seriously a camping trip can be nothing but relaxing. I would love to be in a spot that during the evening you can look up and see all the beautiful stars, not too mention all the learning by the kids as they try to find different constellations.
 
So my ultimate Family Vacation would be camping for 2 weeks with my whole family and I could never forget to bring the 2 dogs to join the family fun. What would yours be?
 
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Monday, October 11, 2010

A Glimpse Into My World

I have quite a few reviews  to post including an awesome review and giveaway from Redi Shade. But for today, right at this moment I need to get a few things out.

Have you ever had one moment in time where all the sudden you are feeling every emotion possible? You are feeling sadness, being nervous, scared, happy, excited, and a little unsure. This is me tonight. I don't know why but today everything is hitting me all at once. There are so many changes happening in my life right now. Don't get me wrong at the end there will be no regrets but this process and all the decisions have been hard and easy all at the same time.

I have posted before about the Hubbyman going from Soldier to Wounded Warrior to getting out of the Army. Never direct but if you read between the lines you will find out who i was talking about. From the first decision to go ahead and start the process to today, they have all come from the heart and what is happening with these decisions will be great for our family, but with each decision brings more questions. Today the Hubbyman had an appt to get a sleep study done, of coarse it has been approved and he will be having his sleep study in about a week. Turns out sleep apnea is quite common in those with PTSD. Hmmm PTSD that is another post of 4 all in itself.

Also within about a week I will be going back to school. Okay not really to school as this program is all online. I have been approved and am now all registered to start a program with Military To Medicine. Not knowing exactly how long we have left being in the Army I chose to do something now instead of having to try to find some type of minimal job once we get where we are going. I was proud of myself but today I am quite nervous as i found I have 3 weeks to finish my first course add that with all the appts for all the kids and Hubbyman, I guess I am sort of getting over whelmed, Yup I will admit it, I am overwhelmed.

The other stuff that is going on is knowing I will be losing this title I have held for quite some time. I will no longer be an Army Wife, nope I will become just the wife. I don't know why but this is hard for me. I have been thinking about this a lot because well scroll to the top and there is the first change that needs to be made. I will have to rename my blog, the blog I started to first just get out the stuff about me and my life ramblings, this in turn became part of me instead of me becoming part of it. I love being able to post things that will interest others. Hopefully you will all continue to join me in the new adventures that will be taking place for my family and I.

Well I am sure I have bored you enough. Thank you for allowing me to throw these crazy posts into the mix. Don't worry I am sure there are more crazy posts coming. I have so much to get out but I also have so many wonderful things to share with everyone. I promise to post the fun and exciting posts with just a few crazy ones like this thrown in.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fall Brings so many Local opportunities!!



 Today my family went out to a local place with her Brownie Troop!! We went to La Union Corn Maze it was so much fun. The first thing we did was go through the Corn Maze. We thought it was best to get to it first as Dustin would not have done well if it was dark. We gave Natalee control of the map and she had fun taking us in circles. We did end up finding our way back out. LOL

Even though it seemed so busy by the look of the parking lot, once inside everyone was quite spread out.

Get Lost in Green - 2010 Season Opens Sep. 24 - Nov. 7, 2010!

$9 for ages 6 and up — 5 and under free.

Fri. 5-10pm — Sat. 11-10 pm. — Sun. Noon-6 pm

Wednesdays Nights, Oct. 13 and 20,

reserved for Church/Youth groups by appointment only

Please Excuse the mess of Ketchup on Dustin's face in the back ground. lol


They have a lot to do:
A Jumpy Thing
The Goats
Cow Train
Hay Ride You can just ride or you can get off at the pumpkin patch to go pick out your very own pumpkin and grab a ride back with the next Hay Ride to come by.
Awesome Slides
A slide with a mini maze

Lots of fun to be had, no matter what your age is!!

If you get a chance and you live near by, I recommend going and getting lost in the green. Oh and don't forget to try the roasted corn, it was amazing!!