Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!  

I cannot find the words to express my appreciation for all those who have served this great country of ours and paid the ULTIMATE sacrifice..... their lives.  We are all so blessed to have the freedoms that we do in this great country, and it is ALL because of those past and present who protect those freedoms.

We definitely DID NOT forget to THANK those who gave ALL!

I am blessed to be married to one of the greatest MARINE'S around!  Just wish he could've been here with us to celebrate the day. Just NOT the same without him around.  

Proud to be a military wife.  Semper Fi!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I know, I know, it’s been FOR—EVER since I last posted.  Life seems to do that to ya. I cannot believe that we are in MAY already.  Where has 2013 gone????  I don’t know for sure but I feel like I have been crazy busy since New Years.
Life in a military family is ALWAYS busy!  But then you add “normal” everyday stuff on top of that- WOW!  Some days, I am just trying to keep my head ABOVE water!
Well, let me catch up since New Years. “Not that is too long, let me sum up” (name the movie) I am a BAD mom and missed blogging about my 2 oldest girls turning ANOTHER year older!  My oldest daughter turned 15!  And my second daughter turned 13! Seriously, I am NOT ready for these teenage years.  HOLY COW! They are both totally “into” 1 Direction *the music group* Sydney (the 13 yr old) LOVES to draw, paint and read.  
 Haylee (the 15 yr old) loves to listen to music. And that is about it. Of course she IS a teenager! I am REALLY glad they aren't boy crazy.... YET!

Shortly before Spring Break, Sydney was accepted to Endeavor Charter Academy (the charter school Kelsee – my 9 yr old- goes to) so Sydney switched schools.  The transition was a little hard. She felt VERY behind but has done amazing!

Kelsee, has gotten HIGH Honor Roll for 3 quarters so far and it looks like she will be getting it AGAIN for the last quarter J She has worked so hard this year and her teacher is AMAZING!

Haylee has REALLY struggled with HomeSchool this year.  She was actually DROPPED from the 1st semester due to her grades.  She promised she would do better and bring all her grades up.  So after a lot of heart to heart talks and prayer, I kept her in the K12 program. It isn’t looking too good for her this semester either.  I think the only class she is passing is Spanish (weird)

My “baby girl” was accepted to Young 5’s (it’s basically Kindergarten for the younger 5 year olds)  she will start in the fall.  She is pretty excited about it.
Well, School is just about over… Last day is June 12th. The girls can’t wait.  (and neither can I….. I am looking forward to NOT waking up at 5:30am)

So my marine left AGAIN to go to ANOTHER course…. Not quite sure what the name of this one is. I just know it’s the last “check in the box” for promotion.  He has been gone since this past Sunday.  He will be in Quantico until almost the end of June. I talked to him today. He said the school is going good.  They are in smalls groups of about 8 1st Sgts. Funny thing is, in all the class the 1 guy that is also a member of the church, is in his group. He also works at the I and I station in Las Vegas, and is part of the “saints and sinners” battalion from Vegas/ Salt Lake.

So, by the time my marine gets back from Quantico, the girls and I will be out in California for the summer.  We are all so looking forward to getting OUT of Michigan and having a change of scenery.  My marine actually said Saturday before he left, he is afraid we won’t come back. He said he thinks we’ll find a house in Utah when we go out there. Who knows???? Maybe we will. Lol
So now that I have jumped all around….. I think I will end this post. I have said before that I will try to be better at posting and that hasn’t happened. So I won’t say that again.  I will just say, until next time!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

WiNtEr VaCaTiOn

Well winter has hit Michigan!  We have SNOW!!! I didn’t think we would actually have a white CHRISTmas this year…. But we did. It snowed Christmas eve and then the day after Christmas. The girls have had so much fun playing outside and sledding in the backyard.

(insert cool winter pictures here, if I had been a good mom and taken some)
It has also been nice to have my hubby home on LEAVE for the last 3 days!  I ACTUALLY have enjoyed having him home. For any of my “followers” that are military may know and understand, you get so used to your marine being GONE. Either on workups, deployments or in and I & I duty, they are gone A LOT for meetings and classes.  So in the 17 + years he has been in the Marine Corps, I have really gotten used to him being GONE and doing things on my own.  Taking care of our girls and the home and all that is included in that. This duty has been so different.  This duty has been more of the REAL WORLD than I care to be a part of.  I have always enjoyed living on a base.  Living in a neighborhood of military families. I don’t really like living in the REAL WORLD.  Honestly I would give up living in our OWN home to live on a base again.  This duty has been a little difficult on my hubby too, I think.  It definitely is NOT like a regular unit. 

Anyways, back to my hubby being on LEAVE. He decided to take leave and enjoy some time OFF while our girls were on Christmas break.  He was on duty the week before Christmas and then started leave the day after Christmas. He doesn’t have to go back until the 7th of January.  He has helped with the girls, cooked meals and we have been able to enjoy some good quality family time together.  I am lucky to have such amazing kids and a wonderful husband.  I hope that I can enjoy ALL of the vacation and not go CRAZY having everyone home ALL THE TIME!  You know how it is with family???

As 2012 comes to a close, I am looking forward to 2013 and excited to see what it holds for our family.  We have BIG plans for 2013 and NO it DOESN’T include a baby. L

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry CHRISTmas to all!

It is hard to believe that CHRISTmas is here (and almost gone). 2012 has been a year that has FLOWN by!  I felt so unprepared this year for CHRISTmas.  I had BIG plans of this to make and things I wanted to do with my girls.  Not much of the list got accomplished.  I just had to come to grips with the fact it wasn’t going to get done.
As a family 1st this year we went to cut down our CHRISTmas tree.  What a fun event that was. We LOVED it and are looking forward to making that a new tradition.

 We then decorated the tree and took pictures with the tree

This CHRISTmas as in ones past I wanted to focus on the TRUE meaning of CHRISTmas and the reason WHY we celebrate in the 1st place.  It is important to our family that we give to others that NEED.  We were blessed to be able to give to a few people this year who were in need.  I made BLESSING BAGS with my girls to give out to those on the streets.  We made bags full of hygiene stuff for our full time missionaries in our ward, as well as our senior missionary couple.  We also made plates of yummy stuff to give to our friends.  It  was so fun to spend time in the kitchen with all 4 of my girls --- AND my hubby baking yummy goodies.  Everyone helped. Everyone made their favorite yummy treat (my hubby’s favorite part was TESTING the goodies J)
 This year as like last, we are REALLY missing our family.  I was hoping to be able to spend CHRISTmas with my parents and brother this year. BUT it didn’t work out that way. So again it was just our quiet little family.

CHRISTmas eve was spent baking more yummy goodies, delivering them to friends, spending TIME as a family and enjoying watching the SNOW fall!  As is tradition, the girls watched CHRISTmas movies ALL DAY and colored CHRISTmas pictures.  My hubby read the CHRISTmas story to us by the fireplace, we took traditional new pj pictures..... 

and then we had family prayer, then we put the girls to bed.  YES it was 10pm and that meant a REALLY long night for mama…. Since I hadn’t even wrapped a single present.

Luckily, my hubby stood watch at the stairs (to make sure the girls stayed in bed and didn’t PEEK) so I could wrap and prepare for “santa” to come.  Amazingly enough we were in bed by 1am. And our WONDERFUL girls stayed in bed til 7:45am.  That is sleeping in for us!

 The girls were so excited to see what SANTA had brought them.  Haylee (our oldest) got a guitar and lots of clothes. Sydney (#2) got a tablet, a nice church jacket, and an mp3 player. Kelsee (#3) got a new DSi and a BIG Merida doll, along with an mp3 player.  Delaney (our “baby”) got Little People PRINCESS figures, a baby doll and lots of books! The girls also got 2 PINK BB guns from daddy… which they have already put to the test down in the basement.

We had a great time opening presents and spending the day together. Playing with all the new toys and watching CHRISTmas movies. I felt like I spent the day in the kitchen preparing and cooking our CHRISTmas dinner.  We had ham, mashed potatoes, homemade rolls and homemade apple pies for dessert.  It makes me happy that my family LOVES my cookin’.  I guess I am doing something right.

Well that is our CHRISTmas in a nutshell.  I am so grateful for this time of year that we have to focus on the birth of our Savior.  I am so grateful for HIS sacrifice for each of us.  We have truly been blessed to live in such a time that we may worship as we please. May you all feel the LOVE that our SAVIOR has for you and feel the blessings that our Father in Heaven has given you.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankful.... for all the Veteran's

Happy Veteran's Day!

To all those who served and currently serve.  THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart.No matter the branch of service.... THANK YOU!

  I am lucky girl.  The 2 special men in my life are both Veterans. My dad served in the US Army, back in the day. He was in the Military Police and served in Italy. He is a HERO to me.  What a great example he is to me. I am THANKFUL for him.

I am also THANKFUL for my marine.... he has now served for 17 years +. Not much longer til we join the "real world" and retire.  It is kind of a scary thought actually.  I am thankful to my marine for his sacrifice and service to this great nation of ours.  He has done his fair share of deployments. He has seen things I would NEVER wish upon ANYONE! He too is a HERO.
(this is the last pic I have of him... he is now a 1st Sgt.  Time to update the pics) 

I am PROUD to be an AMERICAN! and to be married to a US MARINE!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy 237th Birthday Marines!

Happy 237th Birthday United Stated Marine Corps......


I am grateful to be married to a Marine who has served this great nation of ours for 17 years now.
(this is the newest picture in uniform that I have of my husband) 
 I am thankful for the sacrifice that all the marines and their families in defending the freedoms of this nation.  We are blessed to live in the greatest country IN THE WORLD!

Happy Birthday Marines.....  Semper Fi!



Saturday, August 4, 2012

I haven’t forgotten…. I promise!

I mean I haven’t forgotten about my poor blog.  Life has been SUPER crazy the last month…. Well really ALL summer!  With my girls going to girls camp. Then my oldest going to Youth Conference in Nauvoo, Illinois.  Then my hubby going to Scout Camp for a week. Not to mention ALL the craziness of keeping up with my 4 girls at home. TRYING my hardest to get them to do their CHORES and keep their rooms clean.  I think I just might go crazy- that is a NEVER ENDING BATTLE in itself!

I haven’t taken many pictures this summer. We haven’t done much of anything “fun and exciting” according to my girls.  I was hoping for a trip HOME (to CA) to see my parents and brother.  I am the ONLY child NOT going home this summer for a visit and I feel VERY left out!  I would do ANYTHING to go home for a little while before school starts.  Believe me if I had a credit card, I would CHARGE IT! But since paying off all the major credit cards we don’t have one anymore…..  Oh! And did I mention that my hubby GETS TO GO back to California in a week?  Oh ya, he is heading to Camp Pendleton for a course out there for a week. NOPE! He is NOT taking us with him. But yes he gets to go visit HIS family.  I tried to talk him into driving out there so we could go along…. That was a NO GO!  Oh well, it was worth a try.

I wish I could write about all adventures we’ve had this summer.  It is sad that California girls have only gone swimming twice this summer. We don’t look much like California girls. Our tans are, well NOT. It has been super HOT and HUMID here in Michigan this summer.  Everyone tells me that this is “not normal”. It has been so dry that the corn crop that was planted out here has basically DIED!  I am soooo glad we didn’t plant a garden this year. It would have all gone to waste!

I have been in a slump lately.  I am just missing “Home”.
In other news…. BIG changes are going to be happening in the  Young Women's organization at church.  Our Young Women's President is moving before the end of the month.  Her husband just got a job in Nebraska.  So that means CHANGES in the Presidency.  I have been teased non-stop about being the next YW Pres.  We will see. HOPEFULLY it won’t be too much longer before we find out. I have really enjoyed being in with my girls.  It has been a fabulous calling and I have LOVED working with the women in this presidency. I have made friendships that I know will last a lifetime.

Well, I think that’s about it. I would love to say I promise to be better but I think life is still going to be crazy for a little while.  But I WILL say that I am going to TRY to do better J

Thanks for listening to me babble.