Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Not the greatest picture of me but shows the belly really well.
Other than that, life is just moving along. I'm always uncomfortable but it's to be expected I guess. Matt and I are doing well, and slowly adjusting back to life. Dogs are taking well to the training sessions and I couldn't be happier about it. They are listening so much better. They are enjoying the fact that Matt is sticking around more and are getting use to the "old routine" we had before he deployed.
Well, there's a short update. We love ya all!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
They always say that death comes in three. I really hope it's not true. As you know, last month I lost a dear friend of mine and now my Uncle. I hope it stops here cause I don't know how much more I can handle.
I'm sad cause it's so close to the holiday and I am, still, unable to to travel to be with my family. It does help to have Matt home though. I'm not alone. The death of Shana last month was hard cause I did feel alone even though I had my friend Jennifer to confide in.
I just want to tell you all that I love you and I know I don't say it much but know you are greatly loved and that I think of you all often.!
Here they come in a single line and start to form up in their formations.
Forming up in Formation
After they were released and we were able to find one another
Monday, December 15, 2008
I just want to say thank you to all my friends here that helped me through this deployment and for all the support from the family. I have learned a lot of independence and I definitely don't let people take advantage of me anymore.
We will be calling people throughout the week but I'm sure it will be short due to phone minutes. At least until the weekend.
We love you all and I know you are all just as happy as I am that he made it home safely after 14 months of being so far away.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
After the drama I heard about that went down in the old neighborhood last night, I am really glad I did choose to move out. I don't know all the details but I was woken up at 4 am by my friend that still lives in the neighborhood (2 doors down from my old house) telling me that our neighbor across the streets husband, (who is home on R&R) just found out she had been cheating on him while he was in Iraq and went postal. He didn't actually hurt anyone but there was such a commotion that it woke her up from a dead sleep and that they were actually in her yard fighting. I obviously didn't witness anything but I guess 4 MP cars with 2 MPs per vehicle showed up and started searching the neighborhood for the husband cause he said he had a gun and wanted to kill himself. Yeah, scary stuff. I am just glad I wasn't there to have to listen to it cause I guess it went on from about 2am-6am this morning. I was on the phone with my friend from 4-5 am and it had started to finally calm down. I don't' know what had actually happened after that but we did see the husband this afternoon get dropped off at the house. I'm just glad to be out of there and away from the drama. So far, the people in this new area are quiet and keep to themselves which is what I like. I just meet the lady that lives 2 doors down from me and she seems to be nice. They just moved here from Fort Stewart, GA.
Well, I'm rambling cause I only got about 5 hrs of sleep and I am just so slap happy. I hope the blog makes sense. OH I do have some sad news. The other day, 1 soldier was killed while out on a mission by a suicide bomber and 3 others were wounded but later in the day returned to duty. They were part of the 103rd CO which is part of the 94th En Co. (Unit Matt is in). Another soldier was killed in the same bombing and another wounded but they were part of the 84th En Co which is replacing Matt's unit. My heart goes out to the families in their time of need. It's just so sad it had to happen to them with the Holiday's and the fact that they are days/weeks from coming home. I will sure be praying for them.
Well, I hope you all have a good weekend. I am going to rest cause I am extremely busy this next week with appointment after appointment. We love you all!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
When I was home in July, I was at the carnival with my mom, sister, her kids and grandma. I was going to get some water for us and I saw a Staff Sergeant (SSG), former Drill Sergeant (SGT) and I walked up to him without hesitation and thanked him for his services and then his beautiful wife walked up and I thanked her too for her services and sacrifices cause I know exactly how it feels to be away from the one you love for so long.
Then just last week I was talking to my mom and she shared a similar experience with me. She was in Kmart and had the little bag that Matt had brought home for her (it has Winne the Pooh on it- she love Pooh Bear) and a young girl, probably still in High School, asked her if her brother or someone she knew was over seas. My mom said Yes, my son-in-law and the girl asked my mom to tell Matt thank you for his services. Needless to say, I had to hold back the tears. It's so rare for kids to even think about thanking a Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airman, or anyone else in the Military. Now don't get me wrong, I have NO idea what is going on over there as far as the Iraqis but from what I get from listening to Matt and other soldiers that have been over there, this war isn't for nothing.
Any ways. Just thought I would share those with everyone. We are on the home stretch of Matt coming home. He was kicked out of his living quarters yesterday and is staying in "Tent City" (that's what he called it) They have their final customs inspection today and then it just the waiting game. They will have absolutely nothing to do.
You all have a great day! Love you!
This is a nice link. My Uncle Bill sent it to me. I sent out an email with it as well..
Monday, November 24, 2008
So, as you can see, I've been pretty stressed about the entire housing issue, trying to move, the holidays, Matt coming home and then being pregnant all add up. Yeah, I'm stressed. This past week has really been a big tole on me physically, mentally and emotionally. There is about 3 weeks (give or take) until Matt gets home and I can't wait but at the same time I'm scared just because it's going to be a huge adjustment. I've been living on my own for 14 months and it's going to be hard on both of us. Then pretty much anytime after Christmas, we will be welcoming our daughter into this world. Can you say STRESS GALORE!! Don't get me wrong I'm besides myself with happiness and excitement but at the same time, I'm scared just cause everything is changing and it's all a first for me. I've always had a hard time with change. I don't like it but I do realize it's a part of life and I do my best to adjust with it.
Then to add to my stress, my friend who is 33 weeks along (3 further along than I am) started having severe complications last night and the hospital ended up sending her home after 4-5 hrs of observation and getting the contractions and bleeding stopped only for her to end up right back there this morning with the same problems. They have now transferred her to a hospital in Columbia, 2 hrs away, where there is a NICU in case they had to go ahead and deliver her little boy. They will have to take him by C-section because she has a didelphic uterus (2 uterus'), 2 cervixes and endometreosis. On top of that, Dylan is breach and can't be turned. I am the one that got stuck taking care of her 3 dogs. Which I really don't have a problem with but then I do cause I have my own dogs and I have to concentrate on packing up and moving. I'm just frustrated and I'm doing my best to take it easy and just trying to tell my self everything will be OK.
I'm just ready for Matt to get home. These past few weeks have been kinda tough on me. I see my friends with their husbands and I'm just ready to be done being the 3rd wheel. It's getting hard for me to watch any kind of show that has any kind of lovey dovey stuff in it just cause I'm jealous and the anxiety and suspense is starting to get to me. The sad thing is, Matt is going back to training in May and will be gone for 2 and a half months again. Then we will be moving to our new duty station. *SIGH* I am just so overwhelmed with life at the moment. I need a break but I don't for see it in my future anytime soon. To much to do, so little time.
Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better just to have it written down. I promise I am just fine I just had to get that all off my chest. Well, I best be going. I have LOTS of packing to try to get done. Happy Thanksgiving. I love you all.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
On a lighter note- I was reading the post newspaper just now and they are talking a lot about Matt's unit coming home. Here are the links of the 2 stories in the paper mentioning it.
Monday, October 27, 2008
This was my first attempt on drums. It's a lot harder than it looks. I had fun though but I think I'll stick to the Guitar.
David taking a short breather between songs.
David, (Kayla munching on some cake) Cory and I all concentrating really hard on a song. We all had a lot of fun. Can't wait to do it again.
Oh, and it's not as easy as it looks... trying to play a guitar with a belly. You kinda have to play it on the side instead of right in front of ya. I figured it's easier to kick back in the recliner and play.
Needless to say, the past 3 days have been a lot of fun. It's going to be sad when Jennifer and David move away.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I love this picture. Both hands and one foot!
Friday, October 3, 2008
When I showed Matt these, he busted out laughing. I thought it was really cute!
Some other news. I am currently treating an Oral Thresh (a yeast infection in my mouth). It's not been a fun week but it is slowly getting better. The doctor I saw just said to eat yogurt and if it didn't seem to help then he would prescribe me a mouth wash.
I spoke with Matt the other night and I have some good news. He has confirmed that he WILL be home before Christmas. I'm not going to say the date but if you want to know, just ask Nancy. I was able to tell her in "code" (for security reasons) the actual date. He has also decided that we won't be taking any leave time until we have the baby. He wants to be able to let me recover and to be able to bond with his new daughter. We are still not sure if we will be able to come home this spring or not but we will keep you up dated on that.
Not much else is new. Just trying to enjoy every day but it is starting to get a little more uncomfortable and harder to get off my couches. :) Her kicks are starting to get stronger but I have yet to actually feel her kick my hand. She is really active though. Kinda fun actually. I can't really describe how it feels. Bubbles comes to mind.
OH OH!! We've decided on a name. We will be naming her Sarah Mackenzi. Sarah is Hebrew for "Princess" and Mackenzi is Irish for "child of the wise leader". We are excited!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Love ya all!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
As far as the baby goes, I will be 16 weeks on Saturday and I have a follow up appointment on the 22nd of this month. I hope to be able to find out what we are having sometime next month. I personally think we are having a boy but Matt is convinced it's a girl. I honestly don't know though. I keep going back and forth. Everyone tells me that it's going to be a girl cause now that I've started showing and I'm carrying kind of high. I don't know though. I don't believe many of the "old wives tales". My morning sickness and nausea is slowly starting to get better but I still have my ups and downs. I can't wait until I've over come it though but today seems to be one of those days I can't beat.
Well, I hope that helps a little. I will try to post another blog after my appointment next week but I'm not going to promise anything =D.
Love you all!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I have quit my job and that is just a long story in its self and really don't want to get into it at the moment. So, my goal now that I am a housewife is to do some deep cleaning, stay healthy and to train my two monsters of dogs. LOL. No they have been really good actually. They don't jump on me anymore and they know that there is something different and don't crawl all over me like they use to. They are still annoying in their own little ways but they are my dogs, what can you expect. =)
We are very excited but worried at the same time. This was a planned pregnancy but it still kinda took me by surprise. I don't know why but I honestly don't think it has completely set in yet. I will be keeping everyone up to date the best I can and I hope everyone is doing well. I sure miss everyone and unfortunately, I will not be able to come home this summer or for Christmas so that we can save some money and get some other bills paid off. We love you all very much and can't wait to hear from you all!
With lots of love!!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I miss you guys and am always thinking of you. I miss my nephews and nieces, and want pictures, any pictures, even cd's with pictures. I do feel that i am missing alot in the family and miss you all. Sorry if i dont call as much and am very busy and i try to call when i can. I love you all and i will try to keep in touch.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
CONGRATULATIONS - MATT
We love you. Be safe.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
We talked to Matt yesterday. He got to talk to Mike, Steve, Aaron and Jeni and of course me, his mom. He sounded good and shared that he has gained some weight. He was pretty proud of the fact that he had changed out an engine and was going to start on a BUCKET LOADER in changing out the engine and transmission. He is hoping for his first day off since Christmas this coming Sunday. He no longer is responsible for the Tool Box and is pretty happy about that. He has been playing Sudoku, chess and checkers.
Be safe Matt - We love you.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
He was able to change a transmission all by himself in 2 days and felt really good about that accomplishment.
He likes the work that he is doing and glad to be serving. He reports that the poverty is great in Iraq and even something as small as a pen is a treat for the children there.
It is hard to get to a computer and he is trying to get the internet installed in his room. We hope that happens soon. Also getting to the post office with no days off is impossible so we continue to wait for the pictures that he has ready to send.
The big news is that he was able to get a few new pairs of coverall's, which is better that the one pair that he had. The military gives him $55 a month for clothes and so he has a good supply of socks, tee shirts and such.
He is honing his skills in chess and checkers which is plays with buddies close to him. He as gained alittle weight (YEAH) and is trying to eat healthy and with more variety. Although he still loves SUGAR.
He said that they had a "Black Out" the other day and couldn't call. When I asked what that was and if it happened often, he explained that it happens frequently and is where all communication to the outside world is turned off. It happens when a soldier dies and for the reason of keeping it quiet until the family has been notified by the military and not CNN.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
We all know that Matt is far away but your family wishes you the best birthday, full of love and joy in knowing that Matt is serving our country and that he loves you!!
Kayci talks to Matt frequently. I hear from him every couple of weeks. Kayci and I IM frequently and she shares with me how he is doing. Over the last month, Matt has moved to a new room with only one room mate. He works long hours during the day trying to keep ahead of all the vehicles that need repairs. He does PT - physical training in the evenings. He says that there is so much work to do that he has not had a day off since Christmas. I was trying to understand the living conditions and got a good laugh from him. He is in a room that is about 12X10. There is a cold shower down the hall, the hot shower is a walk from where he is. The "bathroom", really known as the "porta potty" is behind his living quarters. He works in a place that is across from his room - like being across the cul-de-sac. The dining room is further away. He doesn't take the time to eat all the time since he is so busy. He says he is tired all the time and so busy that thinking of home is not a big problem for him. Although, I am sure he has his moments of home sickness.
Getting to a compter is really hard for him because of the lines and time. So he has not gotten emails or seen the blog. He did say that he has pictures to send but has had a hard time getting to the post office to mail them. When he does, I will post pictures.
We are proud of you Matt and pray for your safety. Mom and Dad
Monday, January 14, 2008
Spare time is watching movies and playing Guitar Hero - he is working on expert.
The motor pool is very close to where he sleeps and he works 12 hour days. There has been no days off for the past 2 1/2 weeks.
He has 2 room mates now and has one empty wall that he would like to have pictures of family on. So - if you get a chance - send pictures. Bathroom is a port a poty behind his building and the HOT Shower is 2 - 300 meters away.
He is in good spirits and sends his love.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Well, I talk to Matt yesterday and he seemed to be in a good mood. He really hates the post his is on. He said that he is no longer in a "war zone" but on a training post. He said that the post he is on is worse than Fort Leonard Wood and that is saying a lot. They are really nit picky about everything and anything they can be. Things that you would think they wouldn't care about since they are at war but I guess not. He is just mad at the higher up people and just irritated. Other than that he is doing pretty good. Since he is so busy, I don't get to talk to him much. Like Nancy said, he is working really long hours. I was lucky to get to talk to him as long as I did yesterday.
He wants everyone to know that he loves the packages he is getting and to keep sending more. He wants all of his siblings to start sending pictures. He is feeling homesick and he wants to be able to come home from a long day to familiar faces on the wall. He wants lots of pictures of the kids too!
He is LOVING the Oreos! and he wants more. =)
Well, that's all I have for now. I love you all and can't wait to hear from ya!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
I am trying to get him to send some pictures but he is so busy that getting them mailed has become almost impossible. Hopefully we can get some sent to us soon and I will post them on the blog.