Sunday, December 7, 2008
December 6th is St. Nicholas day. It's something my Mother andFather celebrated with us as we grew up in Germany. I blogged about it last year a bit but after a lot of friends once again asking me what it was all about...here you go.
Do any of you know what google is for?? JK!!
Basically each year we let the boys put their boot outside the door, if we have it on hand, leave carrots, and when they wake up the morning of the 6th, you find candy, fruit, and little toys if you have been good, or switches and lumps of coal if you've been naughty. My Mom and Dad used to slip just one switch into our boots for good measure..lol.
The kids of course are in high fructose Euphoria all day! We celebrated a tad early this year and let them get their boots the morning of the 5th since Jon gets them on the weekends and I wanted to make sure I got to see their reactions! St. Nick is Even kind enough to write each boy a letter.. last years letters bore warnings of no Christmas, since St. Nick is best friends with Santa..lol..hey...they believed it....even Cody remembered his letter from last year reminding him to be good or ELSE! lol this year each letter told them how proud "St. Nick" was of their progress on reading, and school work, what good kids they are and little things they could work on. They loved them! Matthew walked around saying "I eat my Ho HO trick or treats" lol..
I even made a "boot", actually a stocking, for Jon and took it over too his apartment all stealth style. I know I know...I'm trying. ...lol.
Mikey and Cody had a little tiff in the video...as all children tend to do but hey...this isn't Hollywood...this is REAL LAND..lol.
This is a picture of my GOOORRRRGEOUS Husband Matt, he was having me take a few pictures in uniform for Aislinn (Matt's Daughter, my step Daughter...YAY I have a step Daughter!! hehe) and I couldn't stand how cute he looked...lol what a Doll huh!
Matty loves " HO HO " as he lovingly calls Santa, and who doesn't love a good "Bubble" picture! BA HUMBUG on you if you don't at least grin at a 3 year old in a tub with the Santa beard that is a right of passage for all of us! lol
While Jon had the boys this weekend we were all going to meet up during the Christmas Parade of Lights....but..of course there were some logistical difficulties and he was over a miles walk from where Matt and I ended up being so we weren't able to sit together and get pictures...The parade..while bright and colorful was rather slow starting and ...lame..lol and without kids to enjoy it with we left early. Man it gets cold..even here!
opps...look I put a vanity picture in...cause yanno what...somedays...I think I look cute..lol YAY for good hair days!
After the parade we ran into some neighbors who happened to moving out and needed a hand so Matt and I hopped right in there to help....him with lifting...and me with keeping the girlfriend company ....hey..we all have to do our part right! lol. To thank us they took us out to eat at Applebees and then we all went to a late night movie to see "Twilight" for the 2nd time. I liked it enough that I wasn't bored even though it was the 2nd time we've seen it. YAY we had Comp tickets so it was free...why was it free you ask....ahhh let me tell you.... Because we had to suffer ever so while we watched...AUSTRALIA.......OMG.....After the first 15 minutes Matt and I were making pleading looks at one another begging the other to end the pain! I wanted to gnaw off a limb for lack of something better to do. I know many of you have seen "Moulin Rouge" and LOVED it's quirky, opium hazed oddities....however...do you really expect that when watching "Australia"??? I mean..WOW...I knew Baz Luhrmann was directing it and all, and that he had directed "Moulin Rouge" but...........(insert crickett sound effect here). Matt and I were literally the only ones in the theater under 60 who didn't get up and leave in the 1st 20 mins. Hey..even the Senior citizens were leaving! NOT a good sign. The cast...fantastic, the music..pretty good, the acting...really not that bad...some how NONE of it meshed. There was a strange singing, magical aboriginal boy, cattle baron's a weird drunk man, HORRIBLE cliche lines right, left and center, and coo coo photography. Heck even the war portions of the movie didn't come in until the last 15-20 minutes, so don't be jaded into thinking it's some epic war movie. I was UBER disappointed as was Matt..and ummm everyone in that theater. They got so many complaints everyone was issued a comp ticket. Sad day...thats three hours of my youth I'll never get back!
So basically that was our week. Candy/holiday traditions, lame Christmas parade, helping move and having adult company ..YAY, and a crap movie..lol.
Below are some goofy pictures of the kids. When Jon dropped them off tonight they got all coo-coo and started wearing stuffed monkeys on their heads....I think this is a sign they aren't getting enough "brain" foods...I feel the sudden urge to run and purchase fish and garden fresh greens in bulk ..jk.
Hope you all had a great week!....there Lisa (cousin..not mother in law Lisa) was
that enough blog-a-rificness for ya..lol..
Thursday, December 4, 2008
It's a cute little article that hits on the facts. Basically...I love the 40's and the 50's! I love the hair , the clothes, the romance, the CARS! But my style is a lot more laid back than some, I don't take it an extreme. I like punk hair and I like bright colors. I love Tattoo's and plan on more...so hope everyone else likes em or can pretend like they aren't bothered by them...because I won't care either way if you do or don't...lol. I frankly it's a love of the 40s and 50's with all the newness of the punk culture and women's rights act all rolled into one..lol. .... so ..think...Betty Paige covered in tattoo's driving a vintage car and not being "costumey". Think..."GREASE" lol. Think..modern day pinup girls with crazy colored hair and tattoos! Now I'm not that bad, but I've always worshipped at the house of Elvis and John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Paige. I'd like to think I'm stuck somewhere between the loveable kookiness of Doris Day and the sexy darkness of Betty Paige......ya right! lol It's just something we love...the whole lifestyle. I love that it's back in fashion..because if I could have walked around in a poodle skirt all through high school and have it been acceptable I would have rocked that! I never really had the confidence to just DO it! Man high school is a cruel cruel place to try a nd try out a whole new "look"!
oi....I ramble! But that's it in a nutshell.
Friday, November 28, 2008
The next morning the boys Dad showed up a little after 6 am to pick up the boys. He was taking them to Utah for Thanksgiving. EKKKK......a 5 day trip that I had no control over, needless to say I am still freaking out and will be until they are home Sunday night! They had a great Thanksgiving with Jon's family and were horribly distracted by food and fun when he had them call us, but that's OK, I was just glad they were there, safe and having fun!
That left Matt and I all alone for Thanksgiving, so he helped cook a lot , and we had a nice time, basically just watching TV,cooking, eating and talking to family on the phone.
I ended up decorating for Christmas a good two weeks ago...ya I know..lol I just couldn't wait. That and I was worried Matt might end up getting shipped out sooner and I wouldn't have his brawn to help me dig all this junk out of storage..hehe. He's such a good sport! let me know if the video and slide show are working~
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Even though I couldn't spend it with my whole family, doesn't mean it wasn't a great one. I love my boys and I am thankful for each of them and what they each bring to this family. I am thankful for Mikey's joy and excitement that he has to share as he learns new things, how he trys to be a peace maker for me. I am thankful for Cody's strength, for his hugs and the way he seems to know when I don't feel well and comforts me. I am thankful to my little Matthew for his smiles. For the was he wraps his arms around me and still needs my attention to make his day great. I am thankful for my Mother, who listens to me when I call to whine and won't tell me what I want to hear but helps me to see both sides. I am thankful for my brothers and sisters who I don't get to see often enough but who understand that distance doesn't stop you from having a relationship with one another. I am thankful for my new in-laws, who accept me and who truly make me feel welcomed and I love them all and can not wait to meet them! I am thankful for my ability to push through pain to do what I need to do. I am thankful for my ability to care for my children and hopefully raise them to be good, healthy, well rounded , spiritual men. And lastly but not least, My wonderful Husband, Matthew, who does so much for me, who loves me and holds me tight. Who makes me proud to be his wife everyday, I look forward to each day with him, and I can't wait for the years to pass and see what we do with them! I love you Mikey, Cody, Matthew and Matt!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
4 tv shows I watch:
1. Top Chef
2. Pushing Daisies and pretty much the entire ABC line up..lol
3. Anything on FOOD Network
4. Project Runway/America's Next Top Model
4 favorite restaurants:
1. Red Lobster
2. Icon Bar and Grill (5 star in Seattle..omg!! yum!!)
3. La Casita (Sierra Vista...some BOMMBBBBBB enchilada's)
4. Outback Steak House
4 things that happened yesterday:
1. Went to go get my tat touched up but he was too busy so I rescheduled.
2. Matt let me sleep in 3 extra hours to stave off a migraine! AWWW sweetness!
3. Got some really cute Turkey shaped cookies from Nana, Grandaddy, and Auntie Brit in the mail for the boys.
4. Cleaned house, and then hung out and had pizza with the boys for dinner.
4 things I'm looking forward too:
2. Matt's Bday in December
3. St. Nicholas Day (it's a German thing ya'll) look up last years Christmas traditions post.
4. Matt starting his training Jan,08,09 (well looking forward to it but dreading it..lol..)
4 things on my wish list:
1. Better relations on parenting with the ex.
2. My boy's to inherit my OCD cleaning habits and clean their rooms accordingly. LMAO Ya i know right!
3. Money to be able to get the kids and Matt even 1 gift come Christmas....oh well that's not what the season is for .
4. To meet Matt's family and have him meet mine!
4 things I am grateful for:
1. My children. They give me so much purpose in life, and put so much joy into my life.
2. My darling husband Matthew who is my everything!
3. My up bringing.
4. My family. Mom, Dad and brother's and sister's.
4 people I tag:
1. Lisa (cause I know it's your lifes joy to fill these out..lol)
2. Melissa my sister in law
3. Bonnie jo jo
Monday, November 24, 2008
Matt went to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station),on Saturday. He actually left from the recruiters office here in Sierra Vista on a shuttle Friday morning with another recruit. They picked up a few more recruits in Tucson before they got to their hotel in Phoenix that afternoon. The Army puts you up at a nice hotel the night before because we live more than 3 hours from the MEPS center. They played basketball together and were provided dinner, had a room mate they had to share with but hey....better get used to that huh..lol. They had to be up by 4 am, and were at MEPS by 5:30 am, starting their pyhsicals and eye exams and what not. A shy person should be prepared for a fantastic day of sitting in your undies and having your wobbly bits grabbed and probed by prehistoric dinosaurs. Fortunately the pyhsical and 90% of the tests are a giant joke. If you have full range of motion and aren't a drug user....you're kosher! Just remember to wash the non daylight seeing areas..lol. jk. What isn't a joke?? The Security Clearance interviews! This is NOT a joke! If you had a speeding ticket in high school or were tardy in high school you better freaking list it! Cause they will find it! They will also see if your ex wife drove your credit into the ground..lol...Without good credit you CAN NOT get a top secret or above clearance which is necessary for the job Matt was offered 1st. In the MI (military intel field) , doing the Electronic Warfare Signal Analyst. But without that clearance you just can't get it.....so he went back to something he knew he'd love! Getting down and dirty!
Matt was offered a job as a 19 D ( Cavalry Scout ) and he snapped it up! He loves it and is really excited! What man wouldn't be!Fortunately it's in the intelligence field still! He was offered a 3 year enlistment, $13,000.00 sign on bonus, and $60,000.00 for college. During that 3 years we will be fixing his credit score, getting rid of some of the fabulousness a past marriage can leave on it, and learn another language. The Army offers free Rosetta Stone language programs for active duty Soldier's. It's the leading learn at home language software, the government even uses it for NATO officials. During that 3 years he can freshen up his Spanish (which he learned while serving his mission) and hopefully get German and or Arabic down pat. By the time his enlistment is up he can re-enlist and re class as an 35W (Electronic Warfare Signal Analyst) with a chance to go to the DLI (Defense Language Institute) which is 1 year long (at Monteray California....ya that's gonna be harrrrdd lol..jk) it's indepth language training and you can earn between $350.00-$1000.00 a month extra for being fluent in certian languages and offers 70-80 college credit hours! Basicly handing him his Associates degree. YAY! Once he comes out of there he can apply for OCS (officer candidate school) and go in as a 2nd Lt. So in the end once his military career is over he can work for CIA, FBI, NSA, or any federal law enforcement!
He goes to OSUT (One Station Unit Training) at Ft. Knoxx Kentucky. Most Soldier's go to Basic Training at one place for 9-10 weeks, have a graduation, then ship off the next day to AIT (advanced individual training) for 15-52 weeks. Cav Scouts have it all at once place and it's slightly shorter, so YAY! Half way through his training they will have a family weekend, where you can come, see the base, be shown all of the cool things they do (ie the repelling wall and gas chamber) ,then at the end of it all a graduation. We will let everyone know asap when both of these are as soon as we do. I know Matt would love to have as many of you there as is possible, it's such an awesome experience and frankly I want to use this as an excuse to get to meet some of you!! hehe!
This is his dream, and I am along for the ride! I love this Man intensely and I can't wait to support him through all of this! For more info on what a CAV SCOUT is....click here http://www.cavhooah.com/cavalry_scout.htm
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Our trip to tombstone was really fun, I always love going there, and this was Matt's 1st time, so it was really cool. They do a wild west shoot out each day, something like what they do in Jackson Hole for all you Idaho people who know what I'm talking about, only about 5 x better. The entire town is so full of history it's literally like stepping back into the past. Most of the pictures are self explanatory, just us around old crap..lol...or in a stage coach, or at the old court house. What a fun fun trip we had and believe it or not, we spent less than $40.00 in all including, gas, food and trinkets..lol It's been a real budget cruncher month, but yanno that made it more fun, we had to walk around a lot more and really investigate the town on our own.
Afterwards on our drive home we saw some really beautiful areas we just had to pull over and take pictures of. We had actually wanted to get down and walk and explore a bit but .....border town..lol..so there was barbed wire all over..lol..oh well it's still very pretty. I hope before Matt goes to Basic Training we have a chance to take the boys to Kartchner Cavern's, one of the few truly "wet" caves in the U.S.
It's really amazing, I don't even know if you can take pictures inside but if you can I plan on barraging you all with a ton!
Keep your fingers crossed, we have turned in all our "ARMY" paper work and now we are just waiting on him picking his Job (in the next day or two) and then off for that dreaded Pyhsical..lol...keep us in your prayers if you can. Thanks!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I'm sure this comes as no surprise to any of you who read the last blog, but YAY, I'm engaged!!!!!
Matthew told me today that "I want to be your everything forever, I love you baby, will you be my everything forever???"
oh happy day...man I'm in love and it feels so great!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
My Michael....and then My Cody
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
My email address.........firstname.lastname@example.org
Things post a divorce can be really messy, and for a while there things weren't exactly friendly, however now, things are GREAT! So lets all hope and pray they stay that way (fingers crossed!!).