Monday, December 31, 2012

13 hours until 2013 , A Time To Reflect!

So I started off this morning (12:30am) scared as hell!! If you follow me on Facebook you would know that I had a, what I thought to be, a burglar scare!! When your husband isn't home, the strangest things happen. You hear noises, most of the time it is all in your head and I feel like the noises you do hear are magnified because you are alone. You know, like when you watch a scary movie and the music intensifies the moment. <--- That is what I felt like this morning.
So a large banging noise followed by footsteps is what I heard last night. Chris and I have hidden weapons in our home for good reason. Between the baseball bat and the large knife I had to pick from, I chose the knife. I wasn't going down without a fight! My boys were sleeping so peacefully upstairs and here I was, scared as hell, about to defend my home, myself and my children. It was all or nothing at this point.
After inspecting the entire downstairs as my heart was pounding, I found nothing. I looked under tables, in the bathrooms and closets. Nothing. No broken windows or unlocked doors. Thank goodness!!
So when I went up to bed I quickly emailed my husband and told him what had happened. Probably shouldn't have since he shouldn't carry anymore stress. I was scared and I really needed him at that moment. The thing is, Chris has been preparing me for his deployment so well. Hidden weapons and how to use them. Safety and how to defend myself. I have to also give props to my previous job...
I was glad to have woken up this morning, as I thought I wouldn't be able to sleep. I was getting ready to have my morning coffee and eat last night's leftovers when someone came knocking at my door. Three hooded individuals at my door!!! I got that little bit of fear in my body once again...I don't open the door unless I can see who is standing on the opposite side. I recognized two of the teens, they were my neighbor's kids. My screen door is locked at all times in case anyone tries to just barge in. I opened the door.
So there he was, my neighbor, telling me that his boys had something to tell me. (In my mind I was hoping that it had something to do with last night)...it sure was. His boys threw eggs at the neighbors house and tomato sauce at mine...no glass or anything. They must have been out there all night because of all the clanking sounds. They apologized and felt so bad. It is freezing outside today, literally frost on everything and their dad is making them pressure wash both houses. Right on dad, teach your sons a lesson. I wasn't upset, I let them know that I thought I had a burglar and I have two small boys. Pranks at my house are not tolerated but that I forgave them. I was quite relieved, it could have been way worse.
As far as the rest of my day goes, maybe a small pizza party for my sons, telling God that I thank him for protecting me and my family. For protecting my husband as he is carrying out a mission on the other side of the world. I am being thankful for everything this year has brought.  A new home in a new state. A new car to replace my broken one. Health for my family and all the good moments and great lessons I have learned.
Happy New Year to everyone in my life, whether I know you in person, online or a stranger who happened to come across my blog. I appreciate you. I appreciate all of your support everyday.
Thank you for making this year a great one and I can't wait for 2013 when my husband is to return to us. God Bless!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

21 Days and Christmas

Twenty One Days Gone and Passed...

Ok seriously, I have an app on my phone that counts down the amount of time left until his Home Coming...we are already done with 8%!!

Today I plan to put together a video outlining our last three weeks of our experience with deployment. The ups and downs, what I have learned and what I continue to learn. I will also be answering some of the questions I have been asked so far.

Chris says this deployment has been quite a challenge, something about this one that makes it different than the rest. I am lucky to say that we have had pretty good communication in the last 3 weeks but that is about to change. I expected that. I am ok with it because I am confident we will do well. We will be counting on snail mail!! I have already written a few letters.

This week I will be putting together his first care package. What to send? I have only gathered what he couldn't take with him and I plan on shopping for snacks. I don't think he minds as long as he gets something from home. My boys have made drawings and notes to send to daddy. PICTURES are important, so I am sending a lot of those. Luckily, in this day in age, computers can save pictures, so of course I have been emailing him a ton.

We had a wonderful holiday. My friends came over for a potluck dinner and it turned out to be so much fun!! Charades and Mad Gab were some of the games we played! I am so lucky that I was able to spend it with them.

I compiled some clips of our holiday celebration in a video to send to Chris, he enjoyed it!

Pictures down below!! Video Link as well!

Thank you for your continued support, your words inspire me!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Almost Two Weeks In

It has been almost two weeks since I have seen my husband!! Already! Ok so I wish it were that easy to shout out because some days drag on and on.
Lately, I have been asked so many questions concerning Chris' deployment. First one that was asked: "It must be hard around the holidays without your husband?"
-Why yes of course it is hard. I just can't harp on it too much because my kids will notice that mommy is not happy.
Another question: "Can you call your husband while he is out there?"
-No, I cannot call him. I wish I could though but his service has been suspended and we opted out of getting a phone plan to call back and forth. For good reason, it is pricey!! Chris and I have Iphones and the great thing about those is that if there is WiFi anywhere around him, he can send me IMessages! Awesome! Not only that but we can also Skype.
So what about Skype??
Chris and I have been able to communicate on Skype for the past couple of weeks but it has become less and less that I have been able to communicate with him at all. I am not angry over that at all. I am happy that he calls when he can.

Another Question: Is he going to come home on R&R? R&R is not available for him as he is on a 9 month tour. Maybe more or less...we don't know.

The thing about deployments is that they can change in so many ways. Length, location, and all other kinds of changes. You have to expect changes at any given time.

These past couple of weeks I have been focused on getting our bills and things in order. I have been making sure that things are running as smooth as possible so Chris has close to nothing to worry about. That is what military spouses do while their soldier is away...on top of many other things.

How do you feel?
Emotionally, I wake up feeling good but at night when it is just me and the silence in the house, the loneliness creeps up. I have insomnia on some nights but because my children really keep me busy, I have fallen asleep around 8pm some nights! Love songs and romantic movies are a NO for now.

If you have any questions on anything, preparing, what to do with your kids, etc. don't hesistate to ask!!

Thank you for reading my blog!! New video to come on my channel on the first 2 weeks of Chris' deployment!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Without Him

I wasn't going to put the Christmas tree up this year. I was dead set on not having it up or decorating because of my mood. BAHHHH HUMBUG!!!
Chris came home with Christmas gifts for our boys about a week before he left. I must admit...it tore me up inside. The joy on his face was so memorable. (So much that it makes me teary now.) He was happy that he was able to get a few things that I could wrap up, specifically from daddy.
A few days before Chris was to deploy, he went into the garage and found all of our Christmas decor and the tree. He was determined to get it all set up for us so we could get some cheer in the house. It was sort of bittersweet. A part of me wanted to tie him to a chair so he wouldn't leave and the other was greatful that he would do all this for us. He wants us to have a very normal Christmas, and I do finally agree.
The thing about deployments is that you want to keep the time apart as normal as possible, especially for the children. Our kids know that daddy is away. They haven't a clue as to how long.
The night before Chris left, he and I took the picture above and then we decided to head to the mall in hopes we would find Santa. We wanted a moment the kids could remember where daddy and Santa were both present. Afterwards, we all went out to eat. It was nothing but joyous even knowing what was to come.
My sons and daddy decorated the Christmas tree. I hung the stockings and just sat there and watched. I took it all in as if it were a very beautiful dream. Watching Chris with our children is something that I always treasure. He is so great with them. They laugh, they joke and they play like noone else is in the room. These are the times where I take my camera out and just snap shots!
So what are your plans this Christmas??
Even though my mood has been a little up and down these past couple weeks, I have decided, dinner at my house would be beneficial. We need more cheer and I know Chris would want us to.
Christopher if you are reading...thank you so much for bringing cheer not only during the holidays but into our lives everyday. Thank you for dragging the Christmas tree into the living room and digging through the garage for our left over decor. You mean so much to us and we are thinking about you everyday. We love you.

Happy Holidays Everyone!! From our Family to Yours!!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

One Week Later

Hello World. I am back after a month or two of events leading up to Chris' deployment. Yup deployment.
I can't even begin to talk about the roller coaster of emotions I was feeling for the last couple of months. I was/am sad, nervous, scared, confused and so many other things I am sure you could imagine. I broke down a few times and I am just fortunate that Chris was there to talk to at the time.

Now that a week has passed, I am able to put some thoughts together and place them here for you all to read.
I created a video on my YT channel that sort of went into the emotions I felt when Chris left to Afghanistan. I waited a little while because I wasn't ready.
The way I deal with separation, is to separate myself even further. Not a good idea. I avoided phone calls on purpose and kept to myself. Is that normal??

Skype Date!!

I didn't want to get on the phone to speak to others about how I felt because it made me so sad and helpless. I cried a few times to my mother, to Chris' mother and then I pulled myself together. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. I have no choice. My kids are my priority and their happiness is important to me. I couldn't allow them to see me cry, one night was enough for them.
So far it has been one week since Chris got on that plane to the unknown. The unknown scares the living sh*& out of me!!! I don't know where my husband is...ok yes Afghanistan, but I don't know exactly where he lays his head to rest for the night, and that bothers me. I don't know what he has to see or hear.
Chris had been traveling this whole time, 7 days. I can't imagine the stress he was under. I wonder how he does it, day in and day out.

I have an important role in all this and I didn't quite appreciate it until the time came. I thought that my role was unimportant because I wasn't earning income. My husband would continuously reassure me that I contributed so much more than dollar bills...money isn't important, "your presence in those kid's lives and our home" is what counts. "The woman who holds it down 24/7, 365 days a year." It was me my husband was talking about!! I get it now. I commend all military spouses who are taking care of their home, children and pets. Taking care of the bills, being their own financial advisor, a homemaker and grocery shopper, so many other roles to fill.
It is one week later and yes I am still scared and nervous but like Chris keeps saying, "he is good at his job" and I believe him. I trust he will do well out there and I believe that his soldiers will do the same.
So what I am concentrated on now is to plan a Christmas dinner at my home with a few friends, so we can remember those that cannot be home for the holidays. I sort of wish I had an address to send my husband things. Christmas will come a little later for him, but he doesn't mind.
Another day down and one day closer to seeing him again.

One of our last pics before his deployment.
 Sorry that this blog post was out of sorts. I hope I can start writing with a little more sense in the future.

I want to thank everyone who has been sending me messages and their inspiring words. It has meant so much to me.

I also want to take a moment now to remember those who lost their lives in the horrific massacre that occurred in Connecticut, may they find peace. God bless their families during this time.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Voo Doo Doughnuts Put A Spell On Me!!

Sprinkles, chocolate, pretzels, cream-filled, cereal, candy, bacon and more!!

They weren't kidding when they said these were one of the best doughnuts on earth!! Every bite was ORGASMIC!! Can I say that here??

Voo Doo Doughnut can be found in Portland, Oregon. We went to another marriage retreat over the weekend and we had heard that this place was wonderful for the most weirdest food combinations on a doughnut ever! <---Run-on sentence.

I ordered my doughnut with bacon on it...BACON!! Bacon with maple syrup flavored frosting. Pure heaven in every bite. Well because I love bacon!! Needless to say, for a "Voo Doo" inspired creation, I will have to go and buy some similar doughnuts and fry up some bacon anytime I crave a doughnut for the rest of my life.

Christopher opted for the VOO DOO classic doughnut. Shaped into a VOO DOO doll!! Neat! The thing about this doughnut, it has blood-red jelly inside of it. Now that was a surprise! (As Seen Above)

The boys each received a Cap'n Crunch Doughnut. My oldest devoured it in seconds!

The moral of the story. This completely went against my "diet" but for these doughnuts, I would cheat any day!!

For a little history about Voo Doo Doughnut please visit:

A Video Link:

I didn't get to try their ale but I imagine it would taste wonderful, not sure about the burps afterwards!
Bacon Maple Ale

Thursday, November 1, 2012

DIY and Thrifted Halloween Costumes!!

Chris and I have decided that every Halloween we are going to try and dress up all the same and not only that,but, go to the thrift store to find outfits!! Putting together an outfit is really fun because it causes a person to use their creativity. Alessandro, our three year old, gave us the idea to become pirates so that is how it all got started.
Chris had to dress up twice this year because last week his company had a Trunk or Treat and he had to be a Native American Indian. I made his costume for that event!! It was really simple!!

Chris on the far left! He is the chief!!

Chris' costume was super easy. I bought a 2XL tshirt from Walmart for $5.47 and cut the bottom and sleeves and wrapped a piece of the left over fabric around as a belt. I bought some dark brown sweat pants for $6.97 and a wig for $5.97 that I later re-used!! The feathers were only $1.00 at Walmart and his head gear is all construction paper that I had laying around the house. The costume was very last minute.

Halloween Part 2 consisted of a lot of AAAAARGGGGH's!!! As soon as we  decided we would all be pirates, we headed to the Goodwill to find costumes. We went to two different ones.

My costume was $5.99!! Score!!! Ok so I splurged on the socks, those were $7.99 but I did re-use that black wig from Chris' costume!!
I used the costume twice this year so I believe I got my money's worth!!

Alessandro's red jacket we found at Goodwill for $4.99 and his accessories were $4.00! The rest of his costume was found with things we already had at the house!  Not too bad!
Andreas' shirt we found at the Goodwill for $1.99 and his sword was $1.99, SCORE!!!

After we had both boys dressed up they more or less looked like Jack Sparrow and Will Turner from Pirates of the Carribbean but Alessandro insisted on being Captain Hook!

All in all, this Halloween was a blast!! For more about our Halloween, please visit my channel!!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Too Good For Off-Brands

Growing up my family didn't buy off brands of any kind. Our detergent was Tide, our cereal was Kellogg's, and our meat was top of the line. Some families believe that the quality is lacking in off brands...and that might be the case. My husband grew up the opposite. They were brought up on off brands.
Now that I have a family and knowing that the cost of food continues to rise, I have turned to off brand food, detergent, clothing and other items (thrifting). I am not embarrassed by any means. I am actually quite proud. When my family and I were stationed in Belgium, we bought everything at the commissary and we bought whatever we wanted. We really didn't look at price since we were getting really good COLA (Cost of Living Allowance). We threw whatever we wanted in the shopping cart. Of course back then I was a coupon queen so we did save money on the popular brands. Now that we are back in the U.S. I have stopped couponing. I am not sure why but maybe because I found a different way to shop. Buying off brands!
I shop at Winco Foods here in WA, and I rather shop here than go to the commissary on post. Winco Foods has saved me a lot of money and they don't tax on food!!! Say what?? I buy a lot of their store brand (HyTop) and the flavor of the food is not any different than the name brand. I have also started comparing the ingredients and they are the same!! I have learned to save money shopping this way. Not only do I save money buying off brands but they have a bulk section where you can buy grains, spices, pasta, candy, and so many other things by the pound. I can get a pound of Parmesan cheese for $3.28.  

Winco Foods is a dream come true!! If you get the opportunity to shop at one, take advantage!!
Back to the lesson at hand. Don't be afraid to try off brands, you might be surprised. 85% of my pantry is now off brands and I am proud to say it. Down below I have included a video on how I shop and save money!! Thank you for visiting my blog!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Just Enjoy Your Time Together

Sometimes you just have to enjoy the time you have together. I woke up today feeling sad and lonely. I didn't want to be in a slump and I don't want to be that person that starts feeling sorry for herself. My husband as many of you know, is in the Army. He has been deployed before but we've never been through a deployment together. It has been a bunch of ups and downs since we found out that he would be deploying rather soon. A lot of the time I hide my emotions and pretend like I am the strongest woman alive. Today I took the cape off. This morning I felt very lonely.
I texted my husband and told him how I was feeling, I mean all out confession that I am afraid. I don't want to think about what could happen because in my mind he is returning safe and sound.
You hear stories that men and women come home a changed person. What they see, feel and hear out there is nothing I could ever imagine. I only get bits and pieces from what my husband has experienced and I know half of his stories are edited. I don't think he would want me to picture what he has been through.
This time around I am mentally preparing more than I ever have with anything in my life. The peace that I find is the realization that my husband is a damn good soldier and he knows how to do his job well. I don't ever underestimate his abilities. I am not saying it because he is my husband, but because I believe with every fiber of my being that he is a DAMN good soldier. 
In my brain I keep picturing the day he has to leave to deploy. I don't want to cry, I want to be strong. Maybe I will cry the night before so I won't have to on the actual day. But I don't want to cry at all even though inside my heart will be slowly breaking every day he will be gone. Since learning that he will be deploying, I have heard statements like "well at least they aren't deploying as long as they used to." The TIME they are gone, whether for one week, nine months or fifteen months, doesn't change the way I feel about deployment. At least not for me. When my husband leaves, a half of me is missing. Emotionally, spiritually, physically I feel it in my soul that half of me is not here.
My husband makes me proud everyday. His drive to go to work and his dedication is what keeps me motivated to do my half. I will support him one million percent...no questions asked.
It is ok to cry, being away from your spouse is never easy...but remember as each day passes, is one day near to the time you get to see them again. So I am going to get out of my slump for today and enjoy the time I have with him while he is still home. xoxoxoxo

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Marriage Retreats In the Army

Chris signed us up for a marriage retreat in the beautiful city of Bellevue, WA. Fully paid two night stay at the Emerald Suites! It was a very nice hotel and I kinda wished we had gone swimming...that is beside the point.
Some soldiers do not like the idea of attending marriage retreats. Why?
The idea of going to a marriage retreat means you are having issues in your marriage! False!
Strong Bonds is a program to strengthen the bonds you already have in your relationship. Better ways to communicate effectively. I own tons of books on relationships but the idea of staying in a nice hotel with child care provided...and free meals...why would you pass that up??? For Chris and I, it wasn't the free stuff, it was the retreat itself. We looked forward to the time we were going to be able to spend together with no worries.

 Christopher and I met later in life when he and I were both going through a divorce. We both agreed to attend marriage counseling before getting married and it is something I believe in completely. We were able to talk about our expectations and learn about the things we needed to improve on. It has made a world of difference and I believe that if you ever get the opportunity to go to a marriage retreat, do it!! You have nothing to lose really.

For more information please visit the Army Strong Bonds homepage!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Face Masque

Sexy I know!!
 I was strolling along the grocery store when I looked up and saw a long row of face masks. I thought that I would give one a try! I know it may sound bad but I hardly ever use products like these. I am simple when it comes to my face, I only use a facial scrub every other day and I have used the same one for years!!!! When it comes to products I love using the same brands that I have loved for years instead of buying new ones to try...I am a lot like my parents! But this time it was different, I thought I would try the Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Face Masque (that is one long name) for only 95 cents!! Ehh, why not??
So today after I filmed a TAG for my YT channel, I thought I would give it a whirl. I actually quite enjoyed it. Although it was quite messy trying to apply it, my face felt so smooth and fresh afterwards. I think my face deserved it! Since Chris has left I don't get a lot of sleep. I have insomnia when I am stressed and when I think too much. My brain just never stops so typically I am up at very late hours watching television in my room or surfing the net on my phone. BAD!!

I am starting to notice bags under my eyes...and to top it off I have not felt like eating as much as I should. Sure I may drop a few pounds but it is very unhealthy. Moral of this story is: Treat yourself well, your body and your mind. If you are a mother, your kids deserve a healthy mommy. If you are a wife, your husband deserves a healthy wife to come home to. Most of all you deserve to be healthy and happy. So this is my promise to myself and you that I will get more rest and I will treat myself better than I have been. No more late nights and no more skipping meals. STRESS is not my best friend.

As for the face peel off masque, I will be getting one every two weeks! You should give it a try if you haven't!!

Challenging Myself

My husband has gone to NTC and we have zero communication right now. It is a first for us...he has been gone to training before but with full telephone and internet access. Well not this time. I am alright!

I don't mean to sound overly happy because I do miss him. What helps me get through the days without him here is having a few things to do during the day that will keep me occupied, besides my children of course!
This month I decided to post 30 pictures on Instagram (SofiaAlejandra9) doing the Military Spouse Photo a Day Challenge. I also opted to film and upload 30 videos for 30 days this month!!!! Why??
Making videos takes time but not only that...it gives me something to put my creativity towards. When Chris gets back, I am going to be focusing on spending quality time with him before he leaves...
So there it is...my challenge! I am on Day 4 and it feels good!! Although on Sunday I ran into so many filming difficulties and editing problems!! AHH!
To film in my household...it takes for my children to be occupied, playing nicely. I usually film with at least one of my boys right next to me or just a few feet away. Usually it is done in the living room where I can sit and watch a movie with them as I edit...multi-tasking!! It has been hard!!
If you have any suggestions or maybe have a topic you would like to me to do, please leave it in the comment section below!! I am sorry I have neglected my blog. I will be writing more because I realize that there are some things that need to get on paper (screen) as I find the strength before my husband gets on that plane...more to come!!

Side Note: At NTC it is often true that some soldiers do not take showers for DAYS!!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Our Home is Where the Army Sent Us

I might say PCSing (moving) back to the U.S. has been a bit challenging. As you may or may not know, Chris missed out a lot of this Summer. He has been working super long days and leaves again soon for training. GET used to it SOFIA!! lol. I am not complaining, I have moved on to feeling blessed and lucky. I appreciate everything my husband does and I feel so bad that it has taken me so long to realize that we are blessed. We are blessed that we have a roof over our head, food to eat, cars to drive. Ask me a month ago and I would have said I would have been excited that my husband was thinking about leaving the military. Ask me today and I will tell you that this is our life and we love it. We appreciate it. We live each day as if it were our last...and that has helped our marriage stay strong.
The military life is NOT easy. I have heard some people say that it is...and I laugh. Every day I have thoughts in my head that "this might just be the last time we do this as a family" and I know I should not be thinking this way. It is my normal way of thinking. My husband knows it and I know it...we don't pretend that it can't happen and that helps the both of us. So, we appreciate every moment. We try and focus on the important and laugh at the small things...I am happy we are at this point in our marriage.
This week has been super busy. My husband was issued his deployment gear. I thought I would have been an emotional wreck to be honest. I looked at it laid out in the den, shrugged and went about my day. I know it sounds like I am not concerned...maybe it just hasn't hit me yet. I already decided that I am going to be as STRONG as I can be. For our children, but most of all for my husband.
To stay or move home?? A part of me thought that moving home to my parents might be a great idea. I would have my mother and father there to support me and help me with my two boys. The other part of me said, "Sofia, your home is where the Army sent you."  YES indeed. Ft.Lewis is my new home and this is where I will stay. My parents are a plane ride away and I will sure make a visit or they may come out here to see how I am doing. :)
Christopher and I thought about vlogging our entire experience leading up to his deployment and then some...he would vlog while out there and I would vlog while here at home, what do you all think??
So if you have been through a deployment, do you have any advice?? This is not Chris' first rodeo but for me as his wife, it is. Let me know how all of you have been!!! Find me on Youtube! I would love to hear your stories!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sometimes you need 30 days...

I took a month off...from Youtube and a lot of my other social media sites. I found that I needed some time to think about my future and plans. Not much has changed. My husband did come home from school (ALC) on the 4th of July and it was great. I had butterflies and was so happy he was home...but in the back of my mind, I knew what was to come.
I haven't seen much of Chris since he has been home. His job keeps him most of the time and on some days it feels like he isn't around. Yesterday he worked from 4am-10pm and I was a bit shocked...because he hasn't been in a "regular line" unit since we met. I was spoiled with no field days or training days, but most of all, spoiled with no deployments. So this is all very new to me and I am trying to adjust.


Christopher has been in the Army for almost 10 years and he had just completed his 3rd deployment when we met, so the time we have been together has been a joy, not too much to worry about. Spoiled I know.
Now that we are back in the United States, he has been super busy, something I admire and envy I suppose. Is it wrong for me to have envy? I have envy sometimes because I want a career of my own. That is what I have been planning this past month. Figuring out details and how much will be spent on daycare if I do apply for a job. I did apply for one, and am anxiously waiting.
One of the other things that has been weighing on my mind, is Chris' and my decision to re-enlist. I say "my" because he very much values my opinion on the matter. Some days I do admit, I want him out. It's those days when he comes home super excited about helping his soldiers out that I know he is a great leader. His unit needs him and I understand as much as I need him, I cannot be selfish.
After his long day of work yesterday, he came home and apologized that his uniform smelled of sweat and gun powder. He had spent all day at the range in the 85 degree weather. In my mind he couldn't have been any more attractive...it was quite hot actually. TMI TMI!! You ladies I am sure know what I am talking about. I was just happy to have him home, as I mentally prepare to see much less of him in the near future.

Treasure each moment.

So I do want to take this time to apologize for my absence. I am returning slowly. I have been doing a bit of reading and I will share that with you soon. Thank you so much for reading my blog. You mean a lot to me.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Two Men in My Life.

My father with my youngest boy Andreas.

I have two great men in my life and they are my father and my husband. My father who I look up to greatly has inspired me so much in my life. Now that I have gotten older, the memories just flood my brain...and I love it, but yet miss those moments. My father I am almost sure is wearing a bbq apron and manning a grill on this very day. I can always remember his great bbq's, laughter, and jokes. He jokes about getting old and a part of me is sad because he is getting older, but I am still learning his lessons. Just the other day, I woke up and made the kids French toast with banana shakes for breakfast. Kayla my step daughter said, "wow Mom, it is so great that you wake up and make us a warm breakfast, I just love that about you." I learned that from my dad. My father would wake up every morning after staying up working late the day before just so we would have a warm breakfast every morning before school. French toast and banana shakes was my favorite. He drove us to school every day and picked us up. When we would come home, he had already prepared dinner just so when my mom would get home she would only worry about making sides to complete our meals. Then he would head to work. He was and still is a strong working man in his 60s. He has been at his job for over 35 years!! He is very dedicated to taking care of his family. My father is not perfect but he is pretty close and I have learned so much from him. On this Father's Day I have been remembering all the great moments. He helped my mother any chance he would get, taking care of our cars, the lawn and anything else that needed to be fixed. He even worked on our roof one Summer just to make sure the job was done right. I see a lot of my father in my husband now and I just smile anytime he reminds me of it.

I always think, "just like my dad." My husband takes care of our cars, the lawn and anything that needs to be fixed. He takes care of his family like my father took care of his. It is no wonder that my father has loved my husband like a son since the day they met. I am thankful for that. My father once told me since meeting Chris that he is now at peace with leaving the earth knowing his daughter would be taken care of...which brought tears to my eyes. My father was never a person to get on a plane to travel, the first time was when he flew to meet Chris and see me graduate from College, it meant so much to me. He said he would do anything for me just so that I was happy, and I was so excited. He now flies and I am proud of him.

Dancing with my father, a Sunday must.

Chris is my rock. He is my excitement and laughter as cheesy as that sounds. He takes care of us with no hesitation. He does everything for us. On this Father's Day, Chris is at ALC, (School) but was able to go to a Cardinal's game with a few other guys to enjoy the day. He deserves it. I will be able to see Chris in a few weeks so I can't wait. He did have one small request: A Giant's Tshirt....that was it. And of course I am going to start shopping now for it. Chris is an amazing father ever since he was at the young age of 17. He made sacrifices but he says it was worth it because his daughter was and still is taken care of. He worked really hard to get to where he is today...I am proud of him. Chris has been there for his sons since the day they were born, we have been lucky that he hasn't been deployed since then. I know it is coming up soon. He has watched his boys learn and he has taught them so much. His father would be super proud. So on this day, please remember the memories and the men that you are proud of today. I can't be with the two men in my life, but I sure do remember all the great times...funny thing is, they are both in the midwest, only 6 hours from eachother. I am sure, both watching MLB baseball, eating peanuts, while enjoying a cold one.

My two boys have two great men to look up to, who needs Superman when they have Grandpa and Daddy??

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thrift Finds: Fit for a Tween

I haven't gone thrift shopping in a long time!! I am surprised as that is one of my hobbies. So the other day it was pouring outside and we wanted to get out of the house. We headed to the Goodwill and I was in search of some books for Kayla. Well, we didn't find any books but we did find some cute clothing. Kayla my step daughter is 11 years old and her style changes so fast that it is so hard to keep up. This year I would have to say has been the most fun...she is into a funky style. Bright colors, printed tees, and skinny jeans. So Goodwill is the perfect place. We searched for red tags that day as those were the 50% off items, but if you are a military member, go on Wednesdays...at least around this area (Puyallup, WA), they give discounts to military members on Wednesday. Cool huh? I always end up going on the wrong day. On this day Kayla and I went through all the racks of clothing and found her two graphic tees, one for $1.99 and the other for $3.99. I also found her a pair of Bullhead skinny jeans for $6.99 which is a steal!!
For my three year old, I found some cute Old Navy long sleeves and a cute short sleeve shirt. $1.99 a piece.  I often get my boys a size larger just so they can wear their items for at least one year. It has worked so far and I have saved so much money.
Don't forget to visit your local Goodwill or Salvation Army to find some great deals!!! Your pocket book will thank you!! If you like these kinds of posts, I can start doing more thrift hauls on here!! Let me know in the comment section below.