26 April, 2012

My "Happy" Place

Anyone that knows me knows that I have a slight obsession with baseball.

 But I have discovered recently that if I close my eyes to try to find 

a happy place during a not so great mommy moment, 

{Like you know, it's either scream at your children or close your eyes, 
count to ten and take great big breaths,}

  I find my self on the golf course.
This golf course to be exact:

 The Legends at Parris Island, SC
 The summer before we had our daughter we had a membership and spent every weekend there, sometimes playing 3-4 rounds.
I had never golfed before my husband took me out for the first time on March 17, 2007, and there was just something about it.
(taken that first day)

It was SOOO peaceful.
I loved it.

So,
if you see me sometime out with my kids while they are screaming Mom repeatedly or throwing a tantrum and I have a glossed over far away look on my face....

Yeah,
 I'm probably "on a golf course" with my hubby and don't have a care in the world!
;)


Where's your "happy place?"

19 April, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

1) We haven't had much humidity since leaving South Carolina, but it's been humid the last day and a half here. AKA former straight as straw hair turned full of body since having two kids looks like Frizzy Monster. And my random gray hairs curl even more. Yeah I'm a hot mess.

2) I'm counting down the days until I don't have to fight my four year old daughter over eating meat. And I'm not talking about chicken nuggets or hot dogs, cuz we all know that's not meat.
Do I realize she might not ever like it? Yes. But I won't care what she chooses when she's older. In the meantime, I think 4's a little young to be making life choices.

3)Just found out the course hubby was suppose to take this summer was too full. While in a way this is good because now we can leave for my brother's wedding when we originally wanted to, it's also bad. He needed this for career reasons and now they could decide to send him away some where else this summer not allowing us to go home at all. While this is all in God's hands, we all know I suck at leaving it there. Ha

4) I really really REALLY want to potty train our son before we go home. I also don't want to deal with all it entails. No surprise I am lazy. I think he is also getting ready to start cutting his two year molars. The drooling and extra whinyness has started. And the fact that he just can't kick this nasty crud that has been haunting him for the last 7 weeks might also be a sign. That also means he is almost two. I can't believe it. But I also never want to go back to THIS point in my life. So all is good.

5) I just started on a new medication yesterday. I'm not sure if I like it yet. So if I say anything odd or incoherent, its probably a side-effect. Or I'm just being my normal controversial self! :)

Hope you're all having a good week. It's almost the weekend. YAY
I'm off to change a poopy diaper. Ugh!


17 April, 2012

Meet & Greet!

On Saturday morning I got a text from a friend asking if we wanted to go to a Dodgers game on Sunday. They had won tickets (through a military program,) to the game and a meet and greet but weren't going to be able to make it because of something that came up at the last minute.
I usually like a little bit of time to prepare for things, but we're not known to pass up on a chance to go to anything sports related, especially baseball.

So we changed our plans and headed up to Los Angeles Sunday morning.
We actually didn't realize how big a deal it was really going to be. We thought Aaron Harang (Wiki page) would just be set up at a table inside signing autographs and we would have to wait in line for awhile.

Not.

We actually were led down onto the field for batting practice and for 45 minutes got to hang with him and watch other players warm up!! My husband and I were in heaven!! Turtle even got her Dodgers hat signed!
On top of all that, if you've been following my blog for awhile, you know that I'm a huge New York Yankee fan and have been since I was like 8! Well Joe Torre, (Wiki page) the Yankee manager from 1996-2007 and now MLB Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, just happened to be at the game and came over to find out what we were all there for.
I of course was wearing my Yankee hat and he came over to me and signed it!!!! I have to get a new hat now, but I think it was well worth it!!! :D
The baseball cap protective cases are on the way. They'll look great in our sports corner!!

The kids had a blast, especially our son and the Dodgers even won 5-4 with a dramatic defensive play in the top of the 9th and then a walk off single in the bottom of the 9th.
It was a great day and I'm so glad we didn't say no to the tickets!

Joe Torre is the guy with the burgundy windbreaker on the right:



Aaron Harang signing T's hat!
  

 

My husband tried to get a picture of Joe Torre signing my hat, but he didn't get it in time and I was too shy to ask to take one with him. Fail on my part.





We've been told that we might get some copies of the professional pics that were taken during the meet and greet, so if we do, I'll share them with y'all!! :)

16 April, 2012

**Featured**

Hi guys, 

Today I have the wonderful honor of being featured over at Handling With Grace's Military Monday!

Go check it out, it's almost like I'm famous or something!!

But don't just check out the post about me. Read for awhile and get to know and follow Jamie. She's pretty awesome herself!



*****

Hopefully later today I'll have a post up about our totally
 awesome time at the ball park yesterday! :)

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!!

12 April, 2012

Save the Memorial

My husband told me this story awhile back, but now its getting to be a bigger battle and is now nationally known.
                          Marines fight to protect crosses at Camp Pendleton

Sorry the link is kind of on the long side, but I highly recommend you read it.


Long story short, back in 2003 a group of Marines mourning the loss of some fellow Marines, chose to lug two crosses up one of the insane hiking trails at Camp Horno and erect them as a memorial where they could go, (and others,) to remember their buddies and other fallen Marines.

Unfortunately, a group of people backed by an atheist group have found  it "offensive" and want them removed.

B S
{Is what I say}
 

First of all, no one is up there cramming religion down anyone's throat. When Marines go up there, they are using it to remember their fallen brothers.
Its a reminder to the reality of what this job entails.
The sacrifice.
This isn't a video game.

Secondly, if this is an atheist group wanting them removed, than those should mean nothing to them. If you don't believe in God, than you definitely don't believe that His son died on the cross.

SO then why is that a religious symbol to them??? It should just look like to pieces of wood nailed together.
If they're trying to protect the people that "might" be offended, why don't they ask to remove all the religious sanctuaries/buildings on military bases all across the world?!!



Give it up, go away and let us keep our crosses.

11 April, 2012

How about we have a CIC against bullying!

On the subject of bullying:

I honestly don't want to get political here on my blog in the Republican or Democratic sense, but I got on Fox news.com this morning and this was one of the first things I saw: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/11/obama-looks-to-make-romney-villain/

I'm not sure what your first thought was, but mine went straight to the word bully.

This nation has began a strong movement lately to put an end to bullying. With the horrendous amount of teen suicides, hate and abuse that has been going on in our schools and even in later years, people have finally realized that its got to stop.

-A movie is out on the subject.
-Talk shows have it as their main topic.
-Bloggers like Single Dad Laughing have made it a cause to fight and end.

Now I wasn't bullied, nor was I a bullier. So I can't relate in any way. But it doesn't take a genius to recognize a bully.

HOW ON EARTH are we suppose to end bullying, when our nation's leader and a vast amount of our government want to put others down in order to make themselves look better and get votes/money???

How is that any different than a 5th grader being harassed and teased at school??

Now I know putting your opponent down to get votes isn't anything new, and our current president and candidates are just continuing on the "tradition," (I am so thankful we have a dvr and don't have to watch political adds....)
But really.
Bring me a candidate/leader who'll stop being a bully.
Be an example for our future, don't add to the problem.

10 April, 2012

Enjoy it when you can

We are not here: (Last Year)

We are here:








And I am thanking the Lord and enjoying every moment of it!!!

06 April, 2012

Dandelions need love too

April is the Month of the Military Child. 

The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. 


Why a dandelion? 
The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it's almost impossible to destroy. The dandelion is an unpretentious plant, yet good looking (except for the habit of being where you least expect it.) 
It's a survivor in a broad range of climates.
Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy, resilient, and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. Ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends. 
Experts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. 
But, that doesn’t happen by accident. 
Behind every military child are military parents working hard to enhance the lifestyle that is handed to our military offspring — even before they can appreciate it. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their heads are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world (and in every color), and that education doesn't only come from school. 
They live history. 
They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens up to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences.

Here's to my favorite "dandelions:"