Thursday, January 29, 2009

Friday Flashback

With January drawing to a close, I decided to post one more of the two most precious ones in this world to me! I still cannot believe I am the mother of an 18 year old young!

Join in the Friday fun over at Candid Carrie's, it's the most rockin' party on the planet!!!!

Thursday Thoughts!

I cannot believe it is already Thursday, I think I am losing time...better then my mind, I suppose!

  • I am pretty sure I am ready for Spring!

  • I am also ready for looooong walks on the beach with MiB!

  • I certainly do love almond M&Ms, they are my new favorites =)

  • I have been sorting and sending pictures here all week!

  • The pre-packaged spicy guacamole at Aldi IS spicy but good.

Enjoy your evening!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blink and he's gone

It was a great week w/MiB and we celebrated LilBlue's birthday all weekend, we enjoyed just being together and did lots of hanging out. I think, well, I know, we did a lot of eating too, way too much really but it was all good, especially that blueberry cheesecake and shrimp scampi! Anyway, it was a week that passed way to quickly for me, he was here and gone before we knew it. Hopefully, the next trip will not be too far off. It was nice that my "honey do" list was completed, but I am already starting another one for his next visit =) We have had many separations with our military lifestyle and the goodbyes never get any easier...

Waiting to go eat!

At Red Lobster, waiting for our food. I think they were on the receiving end of some unwanted father talk...but they endulged him, afterall, they were a captive audience at this point.

The Bud doesn't do seafood, but she tried anyway...he went with chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks, while the rest of us had various forms of shrimp.

Papa Smurf update: another surgery has been scheduled for 4 Feb in KC, MO. Once he has recovered from this latest surgery, the radiation treatments begin, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. He is feeling better then he has in quite some time and enjoying the littles.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Flashback

Join in the Friday Fun with Candid Carrie it's always awesome!!!!

I am ready to think Spring...

This was at an Easter gathering in Italy, the games were supposed to be for the children but some boys never grow up! So they were out there giving it a whirl.

They did end up coming in last place...but they were still winners to us :)

Italy 2004

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday Thoughts!

I think this week is flying by and I am TOTALLY enjoying having my MiB in town, I am already dreading Sunday when he leaves, but not dwelling on that. We are taking it moment by moment and enjoying every minute :) I love being back together as a family!

The weather has been all over the map, today we were 52 degrees, tomorrow we are only going to be in the 20's and on Sunday we are in for snow again (hopefully, not enough to cause issues for MiB to fly out), it's been crazy! But we are taking advantage of everything to go and do and just soak in togetherness, we are making up for lost time, storing up for moments ahead that cannot be regained, it's bittersweet and tears flow at the drop of a hat, it's lovely and painful all in the same breath, I can't wish the day's away, but I look forward to the day that we are consistently sleeping under the same roof.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

PRE celebration

Since MiB is flying in today (in fact, I am heading out the door to the airport now) we are celebrating LilBlue's birthday moreso today rather then yesterday. However, we did go ahead and have a little bit of celebrating. She opened her cards and then we went to her favorite fastfood joint, Taco Hell, ugh, I really dislike that place but put on my best smile and ate with the best of them!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Lil Blue!!!!

Friday Flashback to 16 January 1991- wee hours of the morning. I was back up for nightly relief and feeling something was amiss because I had done more then tinkle. Hmmmm, I had lost my mucas plug, w/o a lot of details, it was IMO a bit more then that and at home alone in the middle of the night I was a bit frightened; so I called the “nurseline”. They suggested I come in to be checked and make sure all was well. After dressing and hopping in the car for the drive over to the base hospital I thought to myself, I sure hope I don’t need anything besides me. After all, my due date wasn’t until 22 February… At 11:33 a.m. a tiny little girl entered the world, she weighed in at 5#s 9oz. She was 19 inches long. While she was considered preterm, she was not premature, she was absolutely perfect in every way, 10 fingers, 10 toes, dark full head of hair, and a cute button nose, I was thrilled! I had just birthed totally w/o drugs, partly because I wanted to and partly because it just went very quickly and I didn’t have time to change my mind!

This is Unlce G, MiBs identical twin, who was the first of family to arrive within an hour of her birth.

Since it was the wee hours of the morning, the ER folks sent me upstairs for “monitoring” I was monitored throughout the night, the doctor showed up around 8:00 a.m. and “checked” me, then said we are going to have a baby today, I told him we could not have a baby today it was too soon and that I wanted to go home. He said too late, you are in labor (they had internal and external monitors on but I really wasn’t’ feeling the contractions) and that baby is coming out today. It was then I started to get a tad bit panicky, I was alone at the hospital and no one even knew it…and now they were telling me I was going to have the baby.

Quickly phone calls were made to family in MO, they would be leaving ASAP. Local phone calls to church family were made and “sisters” were on their way. Within minutes of the “sisters” arriving, the baby was coming and MO family arrived within a few hours of her birth. It was not at all how I planned it, it was very emotional and knowing that my husband missed it made me all the more weepy.

“They” were able to get a line through to MiB so I did get to talk with him. All I could really tell him was that she was beautiful. He says he knew something was up because he had called the house in the night and no one answered; then when he was woke up and told to go wait for a phone call he said he just had that feeling something was going on. He was relieved to learn all was well.

What I didn’t know was that “the war” broke out. That was not revealed to me until the next morning, when I was being discharged from the base hospital because they are deploying the med folks. My family had kept the TV off in my room, I had no idea, they didn’t want me to worry, yeah right!

LilBlue has been dubbed “Stormy” since she was born the day Desert Storm began turns 18 today, Happy Birthday sweetheart, God truly blessed us the day you were born! 143

Come join the photo phun over at Carrie's place; you'll be glad you did!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

As the day starts it is -17 degrees here...

I am thankful for heat and a warm house!
Hot coffee with flavored cream is awesome!
I am thinking I don't need to go anywhere today!
I am glad the car started for LilBlue this morning.
Only two more days til my MiB comes to see us!

We are supposed to get to 4 above, I hope so :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Can you believe this?

MiB was on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams but only for a blip, so don't blink or you will miss him!

Anyway, still pretty cool.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Oh wow, oh wow...

My friend nominated ME for some sort of little bloggy award thing... isn't that just so sweet...thanks so much my friend! It's a "best friends" award, cause we know each other in "real life" isn't that pretty coolio? I think so, I feel blessed that our paths have crossed and honored that she would pick me and a little embarrased as well cause you know I'm still kind of a novice to the whole blogging thing. I like to do it; if for no one else, me! So awards or not I continue on :)

I don't know if this award comes with any conditions or criteria...but I would like to thank the Academy for giving me this award...oh wait, it's not that kind of award, ha :) Well, anyway, I thinks it's pretty spiffy special, and as my southern friends say--so there ya go and there ya are!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday Flashback

It will soon be time to celebrate the birth of LilBlue...this is the day she got to meet her father for the first time at about 2 months old. Hard to believe this has been nearly 18 years ago; BIG flashback for me!

The homecoming was not without took a trip around the world to bring MiB back to us in OK. He left the "sandbox" and traversed via plane through Diego Garcia, Japan, Alaska, then desparate to come home jumped in a car with three others who drove straight through from Chicago.

This was BEFORE cell phones and the not knowing was killer, all we knew is that he had left the desert. Then he was here, then there, then here, with no idea how long at each stop. You just have to love mil-air...cause it's all ya got for this type deal! Finally on US soil, but in ALASKA for heaven's sake and still dependent on mil-air we were still clueless as to his arrival home. Then another flight into the lower 48 to Chicago. This is where it got a little sticky, once in Chicago, it was commercial air and on your own flights to OKC; guess what? they were all the NEXT day so a couple of the guys decided they would rent a car and take turns driving it on in to OKC rather then wait on flights.

And about 12 hours later we were reunited after a looong 7.5 months; he left home a newly pregnant wife, but returned home to a new mother, with a most beautiful baby girl to introduce to a very excited father! It was so emotional, so exciting, so memorable, definitely a day that is etched on my heart forever. His first words were, "she's so little" and she was.

More on the birth of our one and only LilBlue in the days ahead!

Oh, don't forget to play along with Candid Carrie and the gang for Friday Foto Fiesta! It's fun and best of all completely FREE :)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

Ohhhhh, what a's what I know.

I do not like "hurling"
I am glad Lil Blue did not get it
I am so thankful I am feeling better
I think it could have been so much worse
I am looking foward and ready for the MiB visit!!

While I am not back 100% I know the worst has passed and I am so much better then I was on Monday. PTL!

Monday, January 5, 2009


Mrs Blue is not well...this is truly not the norm and Mrs. Blue does not like not being well. Let's hope it passes quickly.

Anyway, just wanted to check in and put a plug out to VOTE for another blog I follow. Her blog is Chatting at the Sky and she is amazing; I find a lot of inspiration in reading her. She is unique and very real. So if you have a minute click on the link, check her out and then give her your vote for the Best Small Blog award she is up for!

Until the quesiness is gone...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Thursday Thoughts!'s the first day of a brand new year, so I thought that also called for a brand new layout!

Thoughts for today

  • I was up shortly after midnight last night (thanks LilBlue!)
  • I had french toast for brunch today, yummy!
  • LilBlue still has a lingering cough...
  • 2009 will bring about several changes--empty nesters.
  • Still going to be working hard in 2009; those darn 5#s

So do you make resolutions? I do not, have not for some time, but if you do I hope you have success with them, unfortunately most people do not.

I mostly hope you will find contentment in 2009, real peace in your life, honesty about where you are, where you're going and how you are going to get there. I think I have shared this before but I find a lot of comfort in Jeremiah 29:11--"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God is faithful, I try to be faithful to Him, it's sometimes discouraging but when I look back on hard times in our past I see His faithfulness and that spurs me on.