31 July 2012

***Wordless Wednesday*** Pictures Off Our Oldest Son's Camera from His Summer Travels


Camping trip with Grammy and Papa
Jake and his Papa Joey

Taking pics of his little brother

Jake, his Dad and Orla being silly

His new 3DS
His case and money he's saving

Caverns in NorCal

Pool Side


Self Portrait in SoCal

Driving to NorCal

He's had "Meow Meow" since he was 2!

His Uncle Ricky's Graduation


Mommy Being silly

Propping up his baby brother for photos

I cracked up when I saw this one!

Rocks from a local gem store in NorCal

Carnival in NorCal

Papa and Nana's snake tank

Meow Meow gone native... LOL

30 July 2012

***Our Weekend***

My life now-a-days feels like one long never ending weekend.... Minus that I only get to spend a good chunk of time with the hubby on actual calendar weekends. This past Wednesday we spent the afternoon at the pool on base. It was baby Mikey's first full pool experience and I swear that boy is going to be a water hog like the rest of us. I got him all set up in his co-floaty and he had the most kicked back "this is the life" attitude I've seen in a child in a long time.

We only spent 10 min in the pool, I didn't want to use sunscreen on him just yet and a little Vitamin D is good for everyone. :) Within 5 min of getting out he passed out in his stroller for a good hour. 

Jake and his friends swam for an hour and half and Jake took a stab at the swim test that each child must pass in order to go in the deep end and jump off the diving board. While he can swim like a shark under water in any depth, they need to see that he has the basic fundamentals down of arm over head and putting head down and bringing it up while swimming on top of the water.... His butt sinks down and he doesn't *SPLASH* his feet out of the water well enough yet. I'm determined to have him get this down before the end of summer! (Which means more pool time. Yay!)

Friday we had our first official beach trip of the summer... (Well mine and Mikey's, Jake has been there a couple of times with his friends already). Mikey enjoyed it quite a bit! We went and bought a beach umbrella prior to and I used only the top half it and stuck it deep in the ground so he wouldn't get the reflection of the sun from the water bounced back on him and get burned. The wind there was terrible... :( Why can't NC's weather cooperate with the great warm ocean and have it all be nice and cozy...?

 Jake spent almost the entire time out in the water boogey boarding with his friends. The rip tides were terrible and they were thrown around a bit, they'd come rinse their mouths out and then run back out there ready to take on the waves again!

Mikey and I left while big brother stayed with his friends. I had a retirement party to go to for one of my former co-workers, Mr. Merchant. He was the head guru for the SEPS and TAP program for 15 years AFTER retiring from the Marine Corps as a Master Guns. I cannot say enough great words for this man and all he has done, experienced and accomplished in his careers. He and his wife are moving to Louisiana next month, and for his final day he wore "authentic" Louisiana retiree attire. His favorite saying, If you don't believe I'm leaving, Just count the days that I'm gone! :) This is our Original Red-Headed Step Child group, minus Mrs. Witmer, who was on leave and Mrs. Elpers, who retired last year.
Friday evening I went out with the girls, Britni and her mommy to Jack's in MHC. It has become our girls night out spot with live bands, dancing, and good times. (It is also the place the hubby and I went to last summer that led to the conception of Mr. Mikey.... hehehe).

Saturday was a lazy day until the afternoon when we attended a birthday party for 7, yes 7, children! A very large loving family with the possibility of adding on. :)  It was intense and awesome. And with the warm rain and a bounce house all of the children were soaked to the bone, but they all had a blast! We met another couple who's son was also born on 5 April this year! So sweet! It was their last attempt at having a boy (they have 3 girls) and low-and-behold God gave him to them! :)

Saturday evening the hubby's buddy, his wife and their son came over for awhile. We hung out talked about their honeymoon at Niagra Falls, watched the olympics, got a few great couponing tidbits from her, all while their little man (2 yrs old) taught us what we need to start putting away before Mikey become mobile. :) That is something I recall doing before, having a friend bring her little one over and finding higher areas for everything I didn't want destroyed. Hey, don't judge it works!!! :) His name is Adam and he is a fireball full of energy! He absolutely loves our pups and they highly enjoyed all the attention they were getting from him.

Sunday was a whirlwind day.... It seemed to go by waaaay too fast. Got a few things done throughout the house and the hubby was able to take care of the front yard (rain has been on and off all day, everyday). Sunday afternoon we finally got to go to New Bern to have some MORE family pictures taken. :)  (Yes I love having pictures done and taking them!) What was great was that my girlfriend and her kiddos and her mom who is out visiting were able to have them done too. By my good friend Hollie who also took our wedding pics and did a Christmas session for me and my oldest a couple years ago. What wasn't so great was the damn heat!!! Here we thought it would be nice and overcast with a slight chance of rain, and since the last two sessions have been rained out, we decided to get there early.... Turned out the evening was absolutely perfect but we had already done so in the blistering heat.... Damn NC weather! :( I'm hoping that they all turned out nicely though, sweat pouring down our faces and all... hahahaha. While in between the sessions, I tried taking a few of my own pics with my new camera. I'm still figuring out how to work it manually and a number of the pics I took show it... :) Guess I will have to actually read the manual for it...

After pics we were famished so we stopped off at Morgans for a bite to eat. So yummy. Then home and a nice long nap on the couch, which has caused me to still be awake at this point.... Oh well, sleep is for the weak.... ;)

26 July 2012

Blog Post #100!!! What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?

"Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t." -Baz Luhrmann Lyrics - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

My oldest son is constantly changing his mind as to what he wants to be when he's older. I've heard Marine, Ninja, Pilot, video gamer (ha!), Professional Basketball Player, Naval Officer in charge of a submarine, the list goes on and on. Last week the hubby and I went out to dinner (just the two of us) and the topic of college courses came up. We both start classes in Aug & Sept., he for his Masters, me for my Bachelors. I've been going to school to become a teacher or counselor.... This past school year, with my oldest in 1st Grade, I realized this is not the path I care to pursue anymore... It seemed like everyday he came home from school I was re-teaching him what he'd been taught in class for his homework... I couldn't imagine doing this everyday for 20+ children! My hat goes off to teachers worldwide, it takes a very calm, patient and understanding individual to hold such a position. I on the other hand, quickly realized I only have these attributes to a small degree.

When I was younger I toyed with the idea of being a vetrinarian. That thought was squashed when we had to put my first dog to sleep when I was 9 years old. I couldn't imagine being the person to perfom such an action to someone's loved one/childhood campanion.

When I was 13 I saw a boy on my street come home from his high school in an Air Force JROTC uniform. My interest spiked and I knew then that I wanted to join the Air Force. (My family has Navy and Army background). In high school I joined AFJROTC and Civil Air Patrol. I wanted to be an Air Force Pilot. (my old screen name was even IWANNABANAFPILOT... Yea I know I'm a nerd).... The summer before Senior year I was picked to attend a leadership course in Camp Pendleton. This was a gathering of dozens of students from dozens of school across California attending classes on Del Mar, meeting a Medal of Honor recipient, several higher ups of the base and Air Station (4 of us girls even received a challenge coin from the SgtMaj of the Air Station, this is something I still have and carried with me all throughout boot camp and returned to the base a year later and gave him one in return), an AmTrac ride, weapons viewing, base tours, and 5 am wake up calls for PT. By the end of the course I was hooked, I wanted to be a Marine. I had the opportunity to receive an Air Force scholarship and go to college and become an officer... I went in another direction.... My parents were pissed! (Looking back now, I see why, hindsight is 20/20). I signed up for the Delayed Entry Program late that summer (2001) and caught shit for it from my parents, teachers, and a few friends. They were voicing their concerns, not saying that I couldn't hack it, but that they did not like the idea of me joining the Marines, my boyfriend at the time even went as far as to say he was afraid something bad was going to happen to me.... Boy were they right! There are days I wish I'd listened to them and there are days I can "see" that through it all I now have two amazing little boys and a loving husband that would otherwise not exist if things didn't happen as they did.  My plans were to enlist, go to college and then put in a package to become an officer, a "Mustang". I joined, grated boot camp in the top 5, came home for leave and didn't know that within a couple weeks something horrible would happen to me tat would eventually be the end of my just beginning military career that I had worked towards for over 6 years.... I was medically discharged and was eager to keep moving forward and attempt to forget all that happened 3 months prior. (It still haunts me to this day and I just continue to put it as far deep in my memories as I can). I landed an office job a week after returning home but it just wasn't the same. It didn't fill that void I was left with, nothing could. 10 months later hundreds of people were laid off, I was one of them. At this point I was married to my oldest son's dad and landed a job from home searching for people who had money coming back to them from their foreclosed homes. I loved this job and worked from home for 1 1/2 years. After that it was various part-time jobs and college courses. All while being a single mom.

I moved to NC for someone (it didn't work out, juicy/fucked up story there and maybe if I'm drunk enough one night I might write about it). With the move I knew I wanted to work on base. Even with all that happened to me I knew the entire Marine Corps was not as fucked up as the command/Marines were at SOI/MCT. I was able to use my VA disability as additional points toward the GS hiring process. I was eventually hired in as a GS employee in 2008 and was one until 2 months ago... I know I want to work as a GS employee again, but I'm not sure in what aspect. As a Marine I was suppose to be an MP. (Yeah, I know "f'in" cops, lol) but that has always been an interest of mine; law, investigations, the mind set of the accused..... And then on the flip the switch and I also LOVE photography.... Never when I was growing up did I say I wanted to be a Stay at Home Mom.... Rather it was, I'm never getting married, never having kids and am going to travel the world while serving in the military... Hahaha, silly girl... Tell God your plans and listen to him laugh. However, my best friend Steph grew up saying she WANTED to be a SAHM. And boy did she knock that one out of the park! She has 3 beautiful children, a gorgeous well kept home and a hubby that connects so well with her. She cooks mouthwatering meals (I'm happy if we don't have takeout or hamburger helper more than 3 times a week), is active in the kids PTA, and has style and class to be envied! I swear I need to pick her and a few other BF's brains as to how they manage all this....

I know when I do go back to work I want to be doing something that A. Provides support to our Veterans or B. Provides support to active duty member and their families. Exactly what the career path/choice will be, I'm not sure.... Exactly what courses I need to take for said career, I'm even more unclear. The hubby has stated I need to pick up a Job Description Book and tab all the ones that strike my interest.... Ha Ha Ha! I'll take a picture of this when I do because I'm sure there will be numerous career ideas marked!

BIG THANKS to all my readers out there! 100 blog posts and still going! :)

24 July 2012

Wordless Wednesday~ Baby's first feeding & Morning walk in MHC

Daddy feeding Mikey his first rice cereal meal

Thinks it's funny spitting it back out, smiling at daddy

Messy Eater!

Huge Dragonfly in our driveway

Daddy explaining the sundial in MHC

Big brother checking out the sundial

 Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker



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