Monday, January 21, 2013

under contract.

I've been missing for a few days for a number of reasons.  We have been B-U-S-Y.  I've been trying to get scheduled to do a bunch of rescheduled drills, we've been planning our move, playing, & honestly, once the boys are in bed, I can barely stay awake, so I've been hitting the sack pretty early.

Yesterday we received an offer on our house.  It was decent, but we countered for a slightly higher amount & the potential buyers accepted our counter offer.  So, as of around 5pm last night, we are under contract!

The new buyers want to close on February 15- which means I've got a little over 3 weeks to drive the boys & I to Albuquerque to switch vehicles with Tony, pack up our ENTIRE house, put everything in storage, close on the house, then get the boys, the dogs, their beds, our clothes, etc., THEN get us to my parents house in Texas.

Holy Cow, we're SO busy!  I might not be posting much over the course of the next few weeks.

I will have some other stuff to share in the next few weeks, so I'll pop in occasionally.  Until then, if you're in Cheyenne & you're bored or something, you're welcome to entertain my children or help me pack. :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

boys will be boys.

Today at lunch, the boys were sitting at their little table in the living room.  Sawyer was across from Cody & they were giggling as they ate & I was all proud at how cute they were & how well they were eating & I was thinking I should just feed them fish sticks all day every day because they gobble those things up like I attack movie theater popcorn.  It was adorable.

& then Cody dug in to his applesauce with his spoon, picked it up, & flung it at Sawyer.  & then there was applesauce all over Sawyer's little face & suddenly he looked really confused, like he wasn't sure if he should laugh or cry or fling some right back.  Cody was instantly placed in timeout, I flipped my lid for about .2 seconds & then I realized just. how. stinking. funny. it was.

I guess the notion of flinging things with spoons is programmed into kid's brains, kind of like Batman or Spiderman or tackling.

Crazy kids.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day Nine

30 Things My Kids Should Know about me, day 9.

List 10 people who have influenced your life & describe how.
these are in no particular order.

1. My mom.  My mom has always been a huge force of life.  She's overcome things I can't begin to imagine, is totally badass, & she did an amazing job raising me.  Because I'm awesome.  & it's all thanks to her & my #2.

2.  My granny.  My granny is going to be NINETY-TWO in February.  This means she's seen more & done more than you or I could EVER imagine.  She raised 4 amazing kids, mostly by herself, then did a pretty awesome job helping to raise me.  My granny had hardly ANY schooling & I still believe she's the smartest woman I've ever known.

3.  My favoritest friend, Ambie.  I met her on myspace, of all places, before I transferred to South Carolina. I NEVER thought I would meet such a kind, amazing, smart woman.  Now that we're older & wiser, I see her as an amazing mother to her beautiful children & I only WISH I could be half the mom she is.

4.  The Codester.  I never in my life could imagine a love as great as that for my kiddos.  Cody is everything I ever imagined in a child.  He amazes me, frustrates me, & at the end of the day, I am BEYOND thankful & blessed for him.

5.  Sawyer Face.  What an awesome & delightful child he is.  His permanent mohawk & smile get me, every time.  He's so sweet & helpful (when he's not tackling or throwing things) & he's just SUCH a joy to have in my life.

6.  My cousin Kim.  I don't know if I ever told her, but she's the reason I joined the Navy.  She got herself out of nowhere, Arizona, & I figured if she could do it, I could too.  She's one of my only cousins in AZ to leave there & I'm pretty thankful I followed her lead.

7.  My cousin Kristin.  In junior high, I pretty much wanted to be her.  She was so cool & grunge & not all ghetto like most AZ folks since she lived in California.  I'm pretty sure if it weren't for her, I would have been doing the awful 90's teased bangs deal with heavy eyeliner & listening to rap.  She's funny & has always been super cool.  Once I grew up & stopped trying to BE her, I realized we could have fun together on those rare occasions we see each other. :)

8.  My in-laws.  Patty & Sobby have been married for like 32 years (or is it 33?) & I can't imagine having better people to look up to.  They are both SUCH amazing parents, grandparents, & I think it's awesome that they are still married & still in love & it gives Tony & I an awesome model to follow in our marriage.

9.  My one & only TSS, Kristi.  From the minute I met her (even though I was oblivious to the obvious), I could tell that she was one of the few people I'd ever met that wasn't afraid to BE herself.  She's always done well for herself, & isn't afraid to be the way she is.  I admire her for her honesty, & I'm so very thankful that she is my friend.

10.  Last, but certainly not least, is Tony.  He's a good husband, great father, & he does what needs to be done to take care of his family.  I'm proud of him, I love him, & I couldn't ask for anyone else to journey through this life with.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

& so it begins.

I did a post almost 2 years ago called 'I hope he knows'.

I want to say I'm even more proud of him today then I was then.  Almost two years, & he's changed SO much.  He continues to provide for his family, he's learned so much (as have all of us) & is continuing to do so despite what an awful day it is.

Tony left today for Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  His estimated graduation day is June 16, 2013.  We will be able to see him occasionally since it's only about an 8 hour drive.  However, he will not be here for the day-to-day, in & out stuff that happens.

He won't see the boys everyday or see them grow.  Thanks to technology, he'll be able to see them frequently via skype.  But he won't be here to see how silly Cody is or what kind of mischief Sawyer is getting in to.  He won't see his dogs, who are already moping around.

I know this isn't a deployment & I have friends who deal with that all the time.  For us, this is only the beginning of very frequent separations once we head to Florida & he'll be off doing secret squirrel missions he can't tell anyone about.  It's the beginning of the journey.

Once again, I'm alone with the boys.  I welcome this change because I know he's doing it to better this place we live in.  Our country is in a very unstable time & things are very scary on our own homeland.  I won't go into a politics talk since I don't do that, but I will say that I pray every day for good things to happen to our country.  I don't see them happening now.

Tony is my own personal hero.  He's a great father, a good husband, & I know he'll kick some serious ass (excuse my language) as a Flight Engineer on the V-22 Osprey.  I'm SO very proud of him & all he's accomplished.  Thank you Tony for all you do.  I love you & I know you'll do amazing things.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Day Eight

30 Things my kids should know, day 8.

What are 5 passions you have?
in no particular order.

1.  My family.  Every single person in this family drives me crazy, but I wouldn't trade a soul for all the money in China.

2.  Music.  If it weren't for music, I wouldn't be the person I am today.  I can't imagine not knowing or loving the music that's influenced my life.

3.  Lip Gloss.  What can I say?  I love it.

4.  My friends.  I'm not always the greatest friend & sometimes I stink at keeping in touch, but MAN, do I love my friends.  I know some of the most amazing people & I'm SO thankful for every single one of them.

5.  God.  This one is new to me.  I've always been a believer, but my faith in Christ has grown by leaps & bounds the last few years.  He is so good & I'm SO blessed.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day Seven

30 things my kids should know about me, day 7.
What is your dream job, & why?

I wish this were an easy question for me to answer.  There are a few things I've always wanted to do, in no particular order:

1. Be a radio personality.  I always wanted to be a DJ so that I could play awesome music since music is one of the most important things in my life.

2.  I would LOVE to be a forensics lab tech.  I'll be starting school again in the next month or two to get my degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration on forensics.  I think it would be awesome to process crime scenes without having to be an actual police officer.

3.  I always wanted to be a mom.  I dreamed of being a stay at home mom with unwavering patience, the ideal "soccer mom" that made cookies, cleaned house, & toted the kids everywhere in my minivan.  Turns out I am a stay at home mom, but I have practically NO patience with my kids, I can't bake at all, & I don't have a minivan.  I love my kiddos more than anything but I feel as though I'm failing more often than not, lol.  But they're alive at the end of the day so I must be doing something right!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day Six

30 Things my Kids Should Know about me, day 6.

If you could have 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

1.  I'd wish for my boys to grow up strong, healthy, God loving men who aren't afraid to pray & rely on God for the things that REALLY matter.

2.  I'd wish for an unbreakable, fantastic relationship with my husband.  Fortunately, we're (for the most part) on this path already!

3.  I'd wish for a buyer for my house.  Because it's taking too long, dangit!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day Five

30 Things My Kids Should Know about me, Day 5.
What are 5 things that would make you most happy right now?

I have a feeling these are going to come off as selfish, so be it.  I know we should be happy & thankful with what we have & generally, I am- but this is one of those days & that's just the way it is.

1.  To be out of debt.  It scares me daily that we struggle so much just to pay our bills & that payday isn't until next week & there's only $7.95 in our account right now.  I'm scared that we'll never catch up & that it's going to bite us in the butt later for making such crap decisions.  99% of my stress comes from our finances.

2.  To magically lose 15 lbs.  40 down, 15 to go- & they're harder than the last 40!

3.  To find out what it is that I really want to do with my life.  I wish I were one of those people that knew what I wanted to be or do, but alas, I'm not & at 31, I STILL don't know.

4.  To have a buyer for this house.  That would eliminate a good chunk of our debt & help with my stress level.  It's a good house.  I know it needs some work, but MAN, it's got SO much potential.

5.  To be better at actually playing with my boys.  I find that I really stink at getting down & playing with them, & I'm trying to make it a point to do that every. day.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Day Four

Day 4 of 30 things my kids should know about me:
List 10 things you would tell your 16 year old self, if you could.
(looking oh-so-cool in my bedroom)

1.  YOU ARE NOT FAT.  Stop thinking it.  You are beautiful, healthy, & you deserve amazing things.

2.  Don't be afraid to join the Navy.  It will change your life & you won't regret it for a second once it's over.

3.  Boys do, in fact, have cooties.  Don't let yourself think you love every boy you meet, most of them are jerks & you'll regret having so much as held their hand.

4.  Don't feel like you're too cool for sports or achieving.  You'll regret having barely scraped by later, when you meet people who excelled in sports & you sat around listening to 90's grunge pretending to be a cool skateboarding chick.

5.  Don't feel bad for that rave you went to where you got busted & your parents grounded you for a really long time.  It was an experience you will look back on & laugh.  Plus, your hair looked REALLY good that night.

6.  Listen to your mom.  As much as you hate it, she's smart, has been through all you've been through (times ten) & later, you'll miss the relationship you have now because you'll lose a lot of your closeness.

7.  Try to pay attention in Spanish class.  When you turn 30, you'll regret not remembering ANY of it, especially with the way the world is now.

8.  That move to Colorado?  It wasn't as bad as you thought.  You got out of a situation where you probably would have gone nowhere with your life.  Thank your mom for it.

9.  Stop smoking.  It's not cool & you'll hate how hard it is years later to quit.

10.  Did I mention YOU'RE NOT FAT?!?!?!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day Three

Describe your Relationship With your Spouse

Tony & I have been together almost six years.  While I find him to be a stubborn, selfish, absolute pain in the rear, I can't imagine having a better husband or father for my children.

In the last few years, we've gone through a number of problems.  We've experienced the loss of a child, separation, financial difficulty, & a multitude of amazing things too.

He's a genius.  He doesn't always use it to the best of his ability- but he's so smart I feel like an idiot around him sometimes.  He's done something new & is learning about his new job which is something I can't even imagine.

Our relationship is good, I think, for the most part.  We love God, each other, our children, & we are working towards creating a beautiful life together.

I'm thankful that my mother in law convinced me to ask him to marry me, & I'm thankful he said yes.  I'm thankful that he pursued me in the way he did, & that I was willing to listen.

Our life together is far from perfect, but the fact that we're able to think of things at the same time, & the way we can finish each other's sentences, the way we tend to feel the same about all the important things, & the awesome model we have for marriage in my in laws (over 30 years!), tells me that we've got a good thing going.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Day Two.

Describe 3 legitimate fears you have & explain how they became fears.  (this one is going to be tough)

1.  I am terrified of snakes.  Growing up in Arizona you'd think I'd be used to them, but I'm absolutely horrified at the thought of encountering one (or multiple).

2.  I'm scared that I'm not doing a good job at motherhood.  I think every parent feels this way, but every single day I feel as though I'm failing them in some way.

3.  I feel that I'm not a good enough Christian.  I am still so new to learning about how this all works & honestly, I have a lot of doubt.  I don't know much about the bible (although I am learning more every day with my bible reading plan) & I hesitate to explain my faith- not because I'm embarrassed or scared, but because I don't know how to tell people that I just *know* he's there. I wonder though, if I'm doing it right.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Day One.

30 Things my Kids Should know about me, day 1

20 Random Facts about myself.

1.  I can pick the correct amount of hangers for a pile of clothes without counting, almost every time.

2.  I drink a cup of tea almost every night, & I find it just as satisfying as booze used to be.

3.  The song "Springsteen" by Eric Church will NEVER get old.

4.  I still have my first pair of Doc Marten's, given to me by my first real boyfriend, as a tribute to the grunge days.

5.  I always put my left shoe on first.

6.  I cannot sleep unless I have pajama pants on.  No matter how warm it is.

7.  I slept with my stuffed rabbit until I was pregnant with Cody.  I even had it on my wedding night.  (Sorry Tony)

8.  I have an obsession with lip gloss.

9.  Cody was born on my mom's birthday, even thought I swore that kid would have his own birthday.  Then Sawyer was born on my friend Kristi's birthday.  Apparently my kids don't like having their own birthdays.

10.  & along with Sawyer's birthday, the day before he was born I was in early labor & we were looking at houses.  I told our Realtor that I was in labor & he's all, "shouldn't you be in the hospital?"

11.  I love being on my parents ranch & checking out the animals.  I can't wait until we retire so I can get our own animals & feed them & ride around on 4 wheelers.  It's so much fun.

12.  I asked Tony to marry me.  Most people know the story, but I still find it fun to talk about because that kind of stuff never happens.

13.  I have a texture thing.  I can't eat jello or mushrooms or oysters or anything slimy.  Ugh.

14.  I think the desert is the most beautiful thing ever.  Sad that my husband thinks it's ugly.  Equally sad?  He doesn't really like Mexican food.

15.  I love the smell of my dogs.  Even when they stink, I like the dog smell.

16.  I'm pretty sure pinterest is the greatest thing ever.

17.  I don't watch scary movies.  I'm still afraid of Freddy Kruger.  I won't sleep for days when I watch them.

18.  I don't talk about politics.  I don't think it's anyone's business what I believe or who I vote for.  However, I'm happy to listen to others rant & rave.

19.  Most duty stations I was at I hated until I left.  There's a saying that goes, "Your best duty station is always your last."  It's true.

20.  I can't get over how ridiculously cute my kids are.  Even when they misbehave, they are SO. DAMN. CUTE.

30 things.

I saw this blog post thanks to pinterest & I think it's a FABULOUS idea.  30 things my kids should know about me?  Eventually they'll be old enough to read.  & assuming I stick with this, they'll be able to read this blog.

So I'm going to do it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

selling a home.

It's a stressful, crazy, pain in the rear.  I say this because keeping a house clean with a husband, a 3 year old, a 2 year old, & two dogs is nearly impossible.

We had a showing today, we have one tomorrow, & we have one on Saturday.  I really hope someone buys this place soon!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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