Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A Phone Call and Lots of Wood

Things are going well. I got an email from Mike this morning that made my day, then he called later and I was thrilled! We are getting lots of great feedback and info from his unit's rear detachment and I think that totally helps at this point. It's nice to know they are concerned about the friends and family members as well as the soldiers.

The floor guys came today. They installed the floor in Matthew's room and started in Jacob's room. They have to come back tomorrow to finish the installation. Next week a different guy will come and sand and refinish the floors. Here are a few pictures from today... click them for a bigger view.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

He called again!!!!

YAY!! He just called back!!
It is so wonderful to hear his voice. He said all is well. A friend of ours is scheduled to arrive tonight and his old unit from our last duty station is there, so he knows more people.

Ok, I MUST finish pulling the tack strips and baseboards out of the boys rooms. The floors are being laid tomorrow!!

... and I missed it!

Mike called this morning to say that they had arrived safely in Kuwait. The phone by my bed doesn't work (the answering machine does though). By the time I realized it was the phone ringing and got to the other phone, he had hung up! UGH! To make it all worse, when I got up a couple hours later, I realized that I had never hung the phone back up, ruining any chance that we would call back! UGH!

SO, Mike, if you are reading this, I love you, I am sorry I am a complete moron when I am woken up. Please call me back soon!

Friday, June 23, 2006


I never thought I could get so excited over wood floors!!

I have wanted to pull the carpet up from one of the kids rooms for a long time. The room that is now Jacob's (used to be Lauren's) has a stench to it from the dog using it as a potty area. It seems I can smell it more than anyone, but it bugs me to know that the carpet is gross! I checked prices at Lowe's a few months ago to have hardwood put in that room. It was going to run about $850-$900 for an 11X11 room. When no one showed up to do the estimate, I canceled the whole process.

Last week, a friend refered me to a place that sells used furniture for really cheap. I found a couple of desk I wanted for the boys rooms for $20 each. I was talking to the guy and saw they had hardwood floors. They came out of the houses and such they are tearing out of buildings on base. It just so happens that the hardwoods that are in my house are from old WWII building, on base. So this wood is a perfect match!! I asked how much, he said it was $1.50/sq ft for the wood and $1.50/sq ft to have them install it. I would have to pull the old carpet and take off the baseboards. Totally doable. Also, once installed, the new floors would need to be sanded and refinished. I called the contractor we were talking to about doing an addition and he gave me the right price to come finish the floors!!! Woohooo!!

So, next Wednesday, new floors will be installed in the boys rooms!! This weekend will be spend pulling carpet... I can't wait! LOL

I'll post some before and after pics... stay tuned!

Thursday, June 22, 2006


The time has come. Monday marks the departure from Korea. He is moving on.
I am scared. I am nervous. I am going to make it through this.
I know that there will be so many emotions over the next 12 months. But I know that JoY will prevail once he is safely in my arms once again. I can hardly wait for the joy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


The next generation of Super Heroes were in my van today...
This is what I heard...

"There aren't any villans yet. Once we get ready and have our super powers then there will be super villans to capture!"

I wish I lived in their world sometimes!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Tagged Again...

From Silly

I AM: up way later than I should be
I WANT: my husband to come back home safely
I HATE: ticks!
I LOVE: my husband and children

I MISS: Mike
I FEAR: losing my husband
I HEAR: the aquarium
I WONDER: where life will take me
I REGRET: not going to school sooner (because then I would be finished!)

I AM NOT: very confident with myself
I DANCE: only with babies!
I SING: alot when I am driving

I AM NOT ALWAYS: right. (thought I try to be!)
I MAKE WITH MY HANDS: shadow puppets?!
I WRITE: because it helps me to articulate how I feel
I CONFUSE: simple words sometimes
I NEED: my friends
I SHOULD: not procrastinate on my schoolwork
I START: a lot of things
I FINISH: only those things that are important to me

Sunday, June 18, 2006

For You, Mike...

It's Father's Day and I just wanted you to know how wonderful of a father you are. Our children are so lucky to have you. You are the perfect balance of compassion, discipline, and fun. I am in awe everytime I watch you with our children. The way they look up to you (and not just because you are so tall) just melts my heart. I just want you to know how very much it means to me that my lover, my best friend, is also the best father I know. We love you.
I thought I would post some pics of the kids from today... who wouldn't be proud to call these children their own!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Hey There, Tiger

It's been a good week so far. Much better than that first week after Mike left in Feb. The weather has been phenomenal. We have been outside playing everyday once the kids get home from 'summer school'. (I use the quotes because even though this program is through the school, it's fun, free, included breakfast and lunch and pays my kids if they have perfect attendance for all 20 days they are in session. You can't beat it!) Tomorrow a friend and I will take the kids to the pool on base after school. It should be fun. I was watering the yard this evening and decided to take some pictures of the tiger lillies in the front yard before they dry up (we need rain!). Here is one of the lillies as well as one of the wagon wheel in my flower bed.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Good Day, Sunshine

I got a lot accomplished today.

I spoke with the Mom of the incident again today. I have told her that sleepovers are off and that I must be there for play dates at her home. I know I am making the right choice here, it's just hard to be so firm sometimes. But it's my child and it has to be this way. Crazy thing is that I probably wouldn't set as firm of a boundary if the situation didn't involve my child, only myself.

I got to see and speak to Mike online this morning. It sucks that he is so far away, but it is comforting to be able to see him.

A friend came to make invites for her daughter's birthday party. I think they came out cute and she was happy with them as well.

Another friend stopped in to say HI... I love her! :) It seems she always pops up when I need to see her most.

After that I tinkered around the house a bit then went out to cut the grass. I am so thankful Mike fixed the riding lawnmower while he was home. I would have not gotten the yard done if I had to use the push mower again.

The kids got home and we finished separating the boys clothes. They got their own rooms last week and I still needed to get some of Lauren’s things out of Jake’s new closet. Once we finished with the boys stuff, I went through Lauren’s clothes and pulled out the things that no longer fit or that she just won’t wear. I am having a yard sale this weekend and figured now was as good a time as any to get this done and out of the house.

After dinner I had to replace the belt on the vacuum and clean dog hair. I also brushed one of the dogs. The other wouldn’t sit still long enough!

Now I am just surfin’ the net. I think I’m going to go give my dog a bath.

It’s days like today that make me feel really good. I feel like I got a lot done. I hope tomorrow is just as busy!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

What do you do?

Say your daughter goes to spend the night at a friend's house.

Say she tells you that she saw the father's butt. naked.

Say it is because he went to the kitchen to get a drink in the middle of the night and because he thought everyone was asleep, didn't bother to put any clothes on.

What would you do?

Lauren went to spend the night at a friend's house. Around 11:30 that night I felt like I just needed her home. Like something was wrong. I tried to shake the feeling, but I couldn't. I finally called to just check on her. The Mom answered the phone and said that her daughter was sleeping but that Lauren was still awake. I asked to talk to her and she was fine. I then told the Mom that I just had a strange feeling and I needed to her to bring Lauren home (Mike was gone and the boys were asleep). She brought her home and I was talking to her. She mentioned that while she was watching tv she saw the Dad's butt. I asked if she saw anything else and she said no. I left it at that. The more I thought about it though, the more uncomfortable I grew with the entire situation. First, I was upset she was up at midnight when I called. Then I was upset that he was irresponsible with my child in the house. The girls were sleeping on the sofa bed so they were in view of the kitchen.
I spoke to the Mom yesterday and told her that I was uncomfortable with what I learned from Lauren and that sleepovers are off as well as playdates (at least for the time being). She said that he does sleep nude and occationally will go get a drink that way once everyone is asleep. I told her that what they do within their family is not my business, but it was irresponsible of him to do it while someone else's child was in the home. I told her that I have issues of my own and that I was not happy with the situation. I often sleep in just a tshirt and panties, but if the kids have friend's over, I always put on shorts as well because you never know when they will be awake or what not.
Man this parenting this is hard. I am glad my "Mommy radar" went off. But I am now even more fearful about letting my kids, particularly Lauren, sleep at friend's houses. As of right now, I have put a ban on sleepovers. For all of my kids.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Three Things

The Good:

1. Mike's trip was completed safely.

2. My student loan money came through. WooHoo!!

The Bad:

1. Stepdad in hospital. Tree limb on head = concussion and fractured skull.

2. Issue with daughter's friend and a sleepover.. ugh.

The Exhausted:

ME!!! Please let the kids sleep LATE tomorrow morning!

Friday, June 09, 2006

gone again...

He left this morning to head back to Korea.

We had a great time while he was home. The kids were so happy to be with Daddy. Even his 'stupid' dog was excited! I am so thankful for the time we got to spend together.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Flying-by Posting

Just a quick update for now. I am trying to avoid facing all the things going on right now.
Mike goes back to Korea next Friday. I have to figure out how to pay a $500 deductible on my van as well as $1200 tuition for my summer session of school. My BABY is in kindergarten! They started summer school Wednesday. I can’t believe she is riding the BUS! Oh, and that addition we wanted to put on the house?! It’s looking like about $50K+… ugh.. No one wants to “come this far out” to do the work. We are only about 25 miles from town. But, ok. I guess the time just isn’t right for it now.
Mike and I went out to lunch yesterday. Then we went to a movie last night. It was nice to just be out with him. We are taking the kids out to dinner tonight and to the Game X-change. They are thrilled. We have been really enjoying having him back home. Even though the time is limited. We’ll take what we can get!