Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thursday Thirteen--The birthday edition

Thirteen Pictures from Jamie's birthday party--Valentine's Day 2008

1. The meager decorations for the just-family-party:

2. The cake:

3. The candle-blowing:

4. The cake desecration:

5. The baby sister, picking all of the conversation hearts off of the cake carcass:

6. The big brother and the birthday girl, pondering which gift to open first:

7. The perfectionist....taking forever to just TEAR the paper already!!!

8. The cutest little custom-made toddler backpack I've ever seen:

9. The slightly-older sister, wondering why SHE doesn't have a cutesy backpack....

10. The "My FABWITE pwincess game", from Grandma and Grandpa:

11. The big sister, showing the birthday girl how her new Leap Pad works:

12. The baby sister, stealing Jamie's fluffy Valentine bear and claiming it for her own:

12. The queen kitty, showing the world just what she thinks of all this human birthday business:

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008


I have beaten the computer allergy. At least for now....

I don't want to push the issue too much, so I'll just stick to ONE picture right now, but I do want to at least get some mention of Jamie's third birthday up and posted before I have another 35 pictures this weekend when Morgan turns four! long last, here's the Valentine birthday girl, complete with her heart-themed birthday cake. She decided two weeks before Valentine's Day that it was pretty neat that the entire world wanted to celebrate her birthday! You've just gotta love three-year-olds, they are hilarious!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

My computer has allergies!

No, not a virus. It has allergies. I'm convinced the computer is allergic to ME!

I have tried to send pictures via email (which oddly enough, takes three days), I've tried to upload pictures to this blog, I've tried all sorts of things to make it at least appear that I've not fallen off the face of cyberspace into oblivion. I can't. Why? Well, the computer either hiccups, sneezes, coughs, or has a total cardiac arrest every time I try to do anything other than type.

And yes, it IS just me. Jon doesn't have a problem. Kelsey has no issues whatsoever. Pete can get on and do whatever he needs to do, no glitches. ME???? Well, just for experiment's sake, I took over Pete's chair yesterday and spent five minutes checking email before he left to work on his car. No problem. But literally no sooner had his little white convertible disappeared around the corner.........POOF! Blue screen of death. I waited ten minutes and rebooted. It ran....and as soon as I connected to the internet, all you-know-what broke loose and 80-some-odd pages of Internet Explorer invaded my screen. I don't even USE Internet Explorer! I gave up and turned the stinkin' thing off.

Pete came home, turned it back on, and went about his business with no problems. It shows no viruses, nothing "weird". But like I told him, virus software can't check for allergies!

User friendly? NOT!!!!!!

I have over two dozen really cute pictures from Jamie's birthday party that I can't load. I can't play Wordless Wednesday. I can't even look up some of the blogs on my own page.....because my silly computer is allergic to me.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Alabama, here we come!

After two full weeks of torture, someone in Army-land finally decided to give our suspense-weary brains a rest, and we now know where that big bird we'll be getting on in June will be taking us!

Redstone Arsenal!!! This is SOOO much an answer to prayer, I can't even begin to elaborate! We have hoped and prayed almost all of Pete's military career to go back to Redstone, and now it's going to be his "final" (providing he doesn't find another vein to take that will extend his career) duty station before he retires from the military!

Whoah.......that kind of seems "final", doesn't it? Are we nearing the end??? FINALLY??? Yippee!!!!!

Okay, I have to wipe this silly grin off my face and get moving...I still haven't made Jamie's birthday cake! Can you believe she's THREE today??

Friday, February 8, 2008

Ok, Lord, we're ready for some good news!

Have you ever just had one of "those" weeks? The types of weeks where it just seems like you can't catch a break? This is one of those. Thank God it's almost over, I'm ready for a new week!

It seems I didn't get quite enough of that flu that was circulating a few weeks ago, because I now have it AGAIN. I'd love to find the release valve on my sinuses right about now, because WOW it is getting painful! Of course, there's also this leave-us-hanging-without-a-clue orders ordeal...but Pete thought for sure he'd be one step closer to more perfect eyesight Monday. He went today for his lasik pre-op appointment, the surgery WAS scheduled for 7am Monday morning. It's not anymore. Apparently somewhere along the line the optometry clinics have missed one little minute detail about Pete's eyes--his corneas are too thin for laser surgery. That was one VERY disappointed man I talked to on the phone this morning. It must stink to find out you're stuck being blind with the rest of the four-eyes club for the rest of your life when you thought for sure you were going to finally get to live a visually un-corrected life. Bummer, hon.

And, of course, after all the fighting, rebellion, and general nastiness we've dealt with from our teens, we FINALLY get a string of good behavior and POOF.....what's that saying, "No good deed goes unpunished"? Jon and Kelsey met a couple of their friends yesterday to partake of a free day of bowling at our base's bowling center and overheard the two teen sons of one of Pete's soldiers bragging about the "score" they were getting at school, and it was verified by several other of the high school bus riders that the boys were bragging about finally getting a supplier for their pot habit at school. Well.....Kelsey's friend is the daughter of an MP. Kelsey made a phone call, alerting the military police to what was being said, and today....well, today these two boys relayed a message from their MOTHER about how awful my kids are to want someone's father to lose a stripe after he'd worked so hard for his promotion.....she holds MY children responsible for HER sons getting investigated by the criminal investigation division. I've instructed them to avoid these two at ALL costs and to merely say that if it turns out to be nothing (which it wasn't.....they came off the bus today with a full stash, so say the other students), my kids will personally apologize to the boys' parents. A true lesson in being attacked for doing the right thing. And yes, I did tell them how proud we were for standing up for what's right. I just wish it wasn't so hard on them; this community is already so small, it's hard enough for them to make a clean start without people second-guessing everything.

I really want to just start over next week with a GREAT announcement in Pete's official email box and the go-ahead to get going on this move. We're fairly certain it's going to be Redstone Arsenal....but those official channels and red tape, they're just killing us with this wait!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hurry up and wait!

But Idawanna!!!!

Alright, I should know this drill like the back of my hand by now. It says "on assignment" on his official record. But it does NOT say where to. To get that, he'll have to wait for the elusive and mysterious *someone* who issues orders to send him an email.

Someone, please render me unconscious for the next few weeks, this waiting game is TORTURE!

And yes, Pete is still just as cool as a cucumber. He's enjoying this far too much.

MEAN man!

Sorry, I thought for SURE we'd have a real, tangible answer by now. I really did. Everyone he works with has found out where they're going long before they actually get orders. I should know better....we're the exception to just about EVERY rule, it would seem.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Nail Biter!!!!!!!!


HOW could he do it????

HOW can he put me through all of this suspense and fall asleep?????


And for crying out loud, HOW can this man KNOW that he's got an assignment and not be RUNNING up to work to get his little computer-geeky fingers on that secure government computer to find out where we're going?????

WHY wait till tomorrow??????

That's it. I'm convinced he likes seeing me biting all of my fingernails off. In the last two hours, I'm down two. By morning I won't be able to scratch an itch and I'll likely have bloody fingertips.
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