Monday, December 31, 2007


I made my menu up and was very excited because I had almost everything I needed right in my own house. Only a few little odds and ends to pick up. Well I never made it to the commissary yesterday and it is closed today. Oiy! So tomorrow I will be going. All recipes are low fat ( from a fabulous new cookbook that I got) unless marked with an asterik. Ok let's go...

B: oatmeal, oj, toast
L:cresant dogs, apple slices
D:chicken with stuffing, steamed vegi's, rolls

L:mini bagel pizza's, canned fruit
D:bbq'd pork tenderloin, pineapple rice

L:mac & cheese*
D: meatloaf, confetti potatoes, vegi

B: hashbrown casserole
D: sloppy joes, baked fries and corn

B: c,ereal
L: chili w/fritos ( the chili is very low fat...fritos not so much!)
D:polynesian chicken, brown rice, fruit
Dessert: choc. creamy cupcakes

Sunday: a busy day and Ben is on watch so we keep it simple
B: cereal
L:kids choice
D: leftovers

I generally don't plan lunches but my kids are still home this week. For more ideas, check out

Sunday, December 30, 2007

My Sims Maniac

****guest post by Harmony*****

I got a Wii for Christmas and My Sims came with it. Now I am crazy over it and am really good at it! I also got lots of other things, but my favorite is the game.

I like being on vacation and don't want to go back to school yet.

My Mom let me stay up late and watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was fascinating!

That's it. Bye! Say hi on the comments!

lemons & oranges

Connor " Hey Mom. I know what you need to make orange juice."
Me-" what buddy?"
C-"lemons. No wait,it is oranges huh?"

Totally cute boy, who makes me laugh!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

More Christmas pictures

Are you ready...

for a ton of Christmas pictures?

Last night was a busy one. And because of that Ivan fell fast asleep on the 6. Actually, he fell asleep in the car while dropping goodies off. We woke him up ( which was not an easy task!) and tried to get him to open his stocking. He wouldn't even sit up on his own he was so tired.I finally wrestled his jammies onto him, and he without a word, went upstairs and went and got in his bed!! Christmas is tiring for him too! So our annual " kids by the tree in their new pj's picture" is one kid short.But still way cute.

But since the kid went to sleep so early, he was up nice and early! The first one up. The other kids, had decided to start their own tradition, and they all had a sleep over in Harmony's room. But by 6:30 we had 3 kids awake and finally just went in and woke Connor up. When he came downstairs he said, " I really was on the nice list?!" The kids had a fun time opening gifts and were very happy with everything.

Tomorrow we are headed to buy containers for all their new toys to go in. We are collecting things for a garage sale so I will be able to purge some things. Anyway,I know that we are a day ahead so to those who haven't celebrated yet...Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

I was was a long day! It is 8:30 and everyone but me is sound asleep! Today was filled with activity. We baked and dropped the goodies off. Had goodies dropped off to us, did some laundry, some last minute shopping, made gingerbread cookies, ate pizza, watched movies, opened stockings, recieved Christmas cards, wrapped presents and more.

To keep the kids from driving me crazy,I bought a cookie kit and let them go to town. The kids had a lot of fun. They each made one for Santa and one for themselves. Ivan decided to just eat the frosting right off the knife.

Now Santa is so full from eating other holiday goodies, I am not sure he is going to be able to eat them. Hmmm....what to do?!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas eve

Whew! Why is it that I have been busy for months, planning, plotting, preparing and I STILL have last minute things to do?! Lots of baking and cleaning and stuffing stockings, and more.

Ben is headed to the Home Depot and then to K-Mart for all those little last minute things. Then tonight we will be delivering goodies to friends.

Saturday morning I got up to go walking and made sure I finished in time to head to the commissary. Did my grocery shopping and came home and baked. Peanut butter Blossoms (Ben's request and are now almost gone!) Pretzel Hugs, Chocolate dipped pretzels, candy cane sticks ( my new yum!) Today I am making more pb cookies, candy cane sticks, sugar cookies, and more. This is the first year that I have really done a ton of baking and I loved it!

Ivan was my big helper and did a very good job making pretzel hugs. Surprisingly enough, he didn't eat any of the chocolate. Not until I brought the M&M's out!

Anyway, I'll be posting Christmas pictures as soon as we take them! Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Future missionary

I have been pretty casual, when it comes to what my boys wear to church. Usually a button down shirt and shorts, with brown leather sandals. Or pants in Norfolk when it was cold. The reason for this is pretty simple....the a/c in Norfolk never seemed to work very well in the primary room. And now, living in Guam's stinkin' hot here and they never have the a/c on high enough!!

But I decided that I wanted the boys to start dressing nicer at church. I want them to be a good example to some of the little Chamorro kids that we have in our branch. So I got new white shirts and pants. Grandma Kennedy had sent the boys a clip on tie over the summer, which Connor claimed as his. So on Saturday night, I wanted to try the boy's clothes on to make sure that they fit.

Connor got all dressed up,I said, " Connor you look very handsome!" To which he replied," do you think Logyn will think so?" Logyn is a little girl who lives across the street and is in his primary class. It was sooo cute.

The next morning, when I got up, Connor was completely dressed and ready to go. He told me that he was only missing one thing. I asked him what it was..."to be a real missionary I need a pen in my pocket!"

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mom's Letter to Santa

My friend Alissa sent this to me...

Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my
children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor and

sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree

on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out
over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my
son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between
cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple,
which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze,
but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle

in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month

of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint
resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music, a television

that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a
refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can
hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes,
Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't
fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the

use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in
the living room" and "Take your hands off your brother," because my
voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only
be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough
time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the
luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being
served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to
brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare
ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be

helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house
without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized
crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son saw my feet
under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a
safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in
and dry off so you don't catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave
crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always,


P.S. One more can cancel all my requests if you can keep my

children young enough to believe in Santa

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


My friend Cindy tagged me, 12 random things about Christmas...

1** I collect Nativity scenes. I try to buy a new one every year. I love watching the kids when we get them out and display them. I think they like to look at them also!

2** I don't like to have too many Santa's in my house. Although Cindy brought up a very good point about him,I just don't like to focus on him. I don't want people to come to my house and think that is what we are celebrating.

3** So instead I buy snowmen! I love little Snowmen. I have actually bought 3 this year. They are just cute.

4**The kid's use a "special plate" to put out their cookies for Santa. A snowflake plate from the dollar store!!

5** I make a ton of lists at Christmas. And yet I still forget something/someone.

6** Now,I don't know how true this is, but Ben told me that in his family they didn't have too many Christmas traditions, so he is totally fine about following my families traditions. I love that I can watch my kids have fun with the same things that I always enjoyed.

7**For some reason, this Christmas just seems a little more lonely and depressing then any other I have had. Even the year that Ben deployed the next day!

8** I love Christmas carols. My friend Beth, had posted about the new Josh Groban cd. LOVE it. Absolutely love it. My favorite carol has always been Oh Come All Ye Faithful, and I love the way he sings it.

9** I also love Christmas movies. I think everyone knows my favorite but I love all of them. The kids and I have watched a lot so far this year. Like a Garfield Christmas, the Flinstones Christmas, Polar Express( the kids keep going around singing,"we like it hot,hot,hot") and so many more. Tomorrow it will be Connor's request...Home Alone.

10)My favorite Christmas book is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I also like the movie, but not the Jim Carrey one.I think that one is awful. Another book the kids really like is "Arthur's Perfect Christmas".

11)This year I am really thinking about all the soldiers who are away from home. About the kids who are missing their Moms/Dads. My heart goes out to all and I am keeping them in my prayers.

**12 Sometimes I get way to caught up in having the "perfect Christmas" that I forget to enjoy the little things.

And there you have it. Now for the rules...

1. List 12 random things about yourself that has to do with Christmas
2. Please refer to it as a 'hoopla' and not the dreaded 'm'-word
3. You have to specifically tag people when you're done. None of this "if you're reading this, consider yourself tagged" stuff is allowed...then nobody ends up actually doing it. The number of people who you tag is really up to you -- but the more, the merrier to get this 'hoopla' circulating through the blogosphere.
4. Please try and do it as quickly as possible. The Christmas season will be over before we know it and I'd like to get as many people involved as possible.
5. If you want to -- please give me, Andrea, some link-love as the 'Hoopla-Creator'. I love new blog-traffic.

I am tagging Susan, Mom, Beth, Christy and Tiffany ( that is what happens when you start a blog dear! You get tagged!)

We Wish you a Merry Christmas

One more video. Aren't they cute?!

And btw, this is my 500th post!!!!

Guam Jingle Bells

Seasons Greetings from the Turner kids!

Monday, December 17, 2007

I tried...

I honestly try to pack the kids a healthy lunch. Sometimes it doesn't happen. But I do try. So yesterday,I packed a sandwich, juice box, pretzels, orange slices and yogurt. Not bad right? So I asked the kids if they actually ate it or just threw it away. Ethan and Harmony told me they ate all the fruit. I said, "Connor, did you eat your oranges?" His reply? "Well...I tried.But don't worry Mom, they smelled really good." That kid.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

It's a wonderful life

Last night, was the end of a very looong, and busy week. So much going on. Every single night at least one family member was gone. And it was hard on all of us. So last night, the kids were all in bed, Ben and Ivan were crashed out on the couch, and I started watching It's a Wonderful Life.

I just love that movie. It really is one of my favorites. Not just at Christmas time! And as I watched it I thought, " I really do have a wonderful life". We had a week filled with friends, fun, laughter, new skills, and just good things.

So Thursday night, I went to an ornament exchange with my spouse club.It is such a fun group of ladies. Just really cool. Sometimes,I think wives in a wardroom kind of are "forced" to be friends,because our husbands work together. But I don't feel that way about these women.Actually,I have been totally lucky because in Norfolk they were all awesome too. was a good time.

Friday night, we attended a Hail and Farwell. My friend's daughter watched Ivan, so we just had the older kids. We had a good time and the weather was fabulous! A nice tropical breeze blowing.

Saturday was way busy. I got my Christmas gift, a freezer, nad then the kids and I went to pick up doughnuts. Ben was at a car wash and so we took them down there. Got our car washed and came home. Then we came home and later I took Harmony to get new glasses and then onto a cooking class.

We went to the Hilton, which Harmony decided that the next time that we stay at a hotel, we should stay there. Anyway,there were a couple of troops who were there. They made gingerbread cookies. Chef Robert, had the girls seperate the eggs. Harmony really struggled with this! She started to get frustrated and I told her, that it isn't an easy skill, and she just looked at me and said, " Mom, it's not that. It is just totally disgusting!" She had a good time and her house turned out cute. Unfortunatley, it didn't stay up long enough to even get it in the box.

As soon as we were done, we high tailed it home so that we could go to our branch Christmas party. Ivan had not taken a nap and I knew he was going to be a pill! He ran around for awhile but was willing to sit down once they put the food out. We had a short program and then...a special visitor came. The kids all got in line to meet Santa. Even Ivan. I thinkhe only did it for the candy cane but whatever. The kids had fun and were sound asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow.

Now we are onto another busy week. Ben has a nice relaxed schedule for next week so I am excited. But there is my nice long novel of our week!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I had mentioned in my menu plan post that this week is CRAZY. It is Thursday morning for us and this week has just been crazy. Monday was our only not-busy day so we decided to head to the beach. Tuesday, Ben and I shopped all morning and then he was gone in the evening. Last night the kids had a primary party, tonight I am going to an ornament exchange, tomorrow night Ben is going to a Hail and Farwell, Saturday Ben is going to a car wash fundraiser, Harmony and I are going to go to a cooking class and then our branch party is that night. Phew! I think this next week is going to be better but who knows!

Anyway, yesterday the kids had a Christmas party at church. Ivan and I made 4 dozen sugar cookies to bring so that the kids could decorate them. They had a great time playing M&M Christmas bingo, getting their faces painted, decorating cookies. Plus,they ordered 12 pizza's for the kids to eat for dinner. All the adults were laughing,because we asked the kids to sit down...and all the girls sat at one table, and all the boys at the other. They did that allon their own. Eventually there was 1 who broke the ranks but...

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, December 10, 2007


It has been a while since I have done one of these...and believe me,I can tell! I go to the grocery store and just grab whatever, because I have no idea of what I will be making. Then I will forget that ONE thing. So, back to planning for the week. Every time I start to write my plan, I take a look at the calender. Just to see what is going on and planning accordingly. Ex. I am not going to make alfredo ( Harm's favorite) on Monday night when she has Girl Scouts! So anyway...I looked at the calender and our family is at home,all together for exactly 2 nights this week! And one was yesterday! So my menu is kind of funny, as it reflects who is home and who is not. OK here goes...

Tuesday:(Ben's gone)
B: cereal
D: spaghetti w/ turkey meatballs

Wednesday:(Ben is the only one home)
D: Ben fixes his own

Thursday: I'm gone
B: pancakes
D: mac and cheese,leftover grilled hotdogs, fruit

Friday: Ben is gone
D:make your own pizza

B:cinnamon rolls and fruit
L:Harmony and I at a cooking class
D: Christmas party

Saturday, December 08, 2007


I am not sure if it is Saturday in the states yet,it is here. So...

A week ago Tuesday, something happened within our little family.It was a very hard situation and it left me feeling lost, confused and just...well honestly kind of depressed. I was tired and miserable.Which led to things like, not cleaning the house, not making meals and picking up fast food instead, being unorganized, being late, not watching the grocery budget etc.

Well fast forward to today. The situation has improved a hundred fold. However, I am finding it hard to get back into my role as "homemaker". The desire has been there, just no motivation. I guess I am still trying to crawl out from under that cloud.

It has been a long time since I participated in any of my challenges. The tackle it tuesday and all of those. So I decided to start doing them again. I have a lot to do to get my house back and these always seemed to help. So I am starting out with Smart Habit Saturday. This is hosted by the Lazy Organizer. I have to figure out her exact address and then I will post it. The idea behind SHS,is to make little goals for the week and then keep building on them. So here are mine...

**go to bed early ( no later than 10)
** drink 72 oz. of water a day
**clean the kitchen every night
**update my planner and calender every night
** do a 15 min. organizing job every day, only 15 min. is required,anything else is just gravy! :)

Chrismtas party

What does a night out entail? Let me tell you...

**1 kid picked up for a sleepover at 3:30, with a list of emergency numbers and $$ for a movie

**1 kid picked up at 5:00, with a list of emergency numbers

**corn dogs, chips and juice boxes for dinner ( so unhealthy!!!)

**1 babysitter

**new dress

** nylons

** hair done by a friend

**hairspray, gel, curling iron and straightening iron

** 2 kids sleeping over at our house

** buying tickets

** heels that hurt

** parking in timbuktoo

** nails painted, nails smeared

** kids going to bed really late

Last night we attended a Chrismtas party for Navfac. It was fun to get dressed up and go out with Ben. A night out is always nice. We were able to get out and enjoy ourselves. Ben works with a lot of fun people and so it is nice to talk to everyone. Ben even won a door prize! Nothing too tickets. We got home around 10:30, because Ben is on watch today. The kids stayed up late with their sleepovers and they are exaughsted. How do I know? Because it is 5:16 in the evening and Connor has maybe been awake for 20 minutes and Ethan and Ivan are still out. I know Harmony is going to be sleeping in tomorrow! Here is a picture of Ben and I before we left. Just ignore the fat rolls. It is hard to get pictures outside here, because it is so humid it fogs up your lens. And do you love how tall I am standng next to Ben? No,it's not the heels...just a step! :)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

slimy...yet satisfying

Yesterday I did something that was absolutely disgusting, but it was actually very satisfying. I am not a " I am Woman here me roar" kind of a girl. I am more of a "if I can get Ben to do it, then there is no way that I am going to..." kind of a girl. But because Ben has a "habit" of leaving for 6 months at a time, there are things that I have had to learn to do for myself.

Well our shower has been clogged, and Ben said that he would take care of it, if I would just grab some liquid plumber. So I remembered to get some but when I was putting it away, I read the directions. I thought wow, that is kind of easy I bet I can do it. SO I did!! I was very excited with my plumbing skills!

Later Harmony came in the bathroom and asked what the smell was. I told her you know how it was taking a long time for the water to drain? I fixed it and the smell is the stuff you use. She looked at me questioningly and then said, " you fixed it? How? Oh I know...Daddy helped you."


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

the joys of Christmas

Ahhh Christmas. Such a wonderful time of year. People in good moods, spreading holiday cheer. Kids trying to be good so they don't get on the naughty list. Everyone showing their love through buying gifts...except at my house.

Yesterday, the boys found themselves on the naughty list so fast! I have mentioned before but there are a few Moms, who take turns walking the kids to and from school. My friend did it yesterday, and I knew it couldn't be good when I saw her walking them all the way up to the house. The boys had begun chasing her young son, and because the child is small, he started running towards the street!! One of the most busy streets on Guam! She barely caught him and he was almost hit by a van. So she wanted to let me know that" I raised my voice at your kids." I was shocked. I honestly told her, " I can't believe that is all you did. I would have throttled them!" So they had to sit on time out, make sorry cards and then were grounded for the rest of the evening.

Then, onto the Christmas cheer & giving gifts...the school's pto has a fundraiser where they are having a Santa's Workshop. Kids can bring money to the school to buy gifts for parents or siblings or whomever. So since I already took them to buy something for each other, I gave them money to buy something for Ben and I. Well here comes Ethan, with 2 teeny tiny little gifts. Very proud, he proclaims that they are for Ben and I. So I tell him how sweet and to put them under the tree. Afterward, he pulls a much bigger gift bag out of his backpack. I asked him who that was for and he told me, " well Tristen's mom gave me my change, and so I used the $5 to buy some lego's all for me." What a giving child. So full of the Christmas spirit. So I told him he has to wait until Christmas before he gets it. He was really excited about that...let me tell you!

Saturday, December 01, 2007


Awards Ceremony

Today has been such a looong day. I am soo tired. I woke up at 4:30 and headed downtown to participate in a 5k. I ran/walked it and was pretty happy with my time, 41 minutes. Some of it was uphill though! After that I headed to K-Mart, then onto Winchells to get doughnuts for the boys. Went to the exchange to get a bigger memory card and came home.I walked into find Ben hunched over. He had wrenched his back and can not stand upright. So with an hour to go before Harmony's program it looked like I was heading there by myself. I got down there, stopping to get some potato salad, and made it to the community center with 3 minutes to spare.

Harmony went last night, and got to have a sleepover. It started with dinner, a book exchange, art and giggling and talking! She didn't go to bed until after midnight and than was up at the crack of dawn. They worked on skits that they were going to perform for their families. Harmony earned 5 badges and recived a special little plaque with her troop number and seal. For her skit, she was the narrator. She loved having so many speaking parts!

After that, I came home and got everybody's lunch made, put Ivan down for a nap and then it was back down to base to go to the commissary. After grocery shopping, since Ben can't walk, I had to unload the groceries all by myself. I did finally eat lunch at 3:30. Whew. Totally wiped.

Now all that is to clean my house!

Move Over Ben...

I have found a new love!! And it's name would be Cannon Power Shot. My new camera came yesterday. I LOVE it. And only found out after playing with it, that it can also video tape for up to an hour. So today at Harmony's awards ceremony, no need to go back and forth. Now all I have to do is figure out how to upload it. But here are some brand spankin' new pictures. Just for fun!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Christmas tag...

I actually did this tag last year, but a lot of people I know have started blogs since then. So I am doing it again. If you have a blog, consider yourself tagged!!

1)egg nog or hot chocolate? Honestly I love both of them. Hot chocolate with marshmallows and/or whipped cream, with a candy cane for stirring. Yum. But I also love my Mom's egg nog and plan to serve it this Christmas.

2)Do you wrap your presents or not? I am not a very good wrapper,and so I tend to go through paper fast. So it depends on if it is a hard gift to wrap and if I have enough paper left.

3)Colored lights or white? Honestly, I love the look of just white. I think it looks so pretty.

4)Do you hang mistletoe? No, I think we do just fine without it!

5)When do you put up your decorations? We do it the day after Thanksgiving. It is usually a guarantee that Ben will be home to help that day. Although this plan has been thrown for a loop some years!

6)What is your favorite holiday dish? Hmm...I love glazed ham. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Is there anything not good about the food at the holidays?!

7)Favorite memory as a child? I have a lot of good memories, the scavenger hunt for our $50, opening stockings was always fun, opening the gifts from Grandma Whitby, going to see the Nutcracker with my sisters, caroling, so many...

8)When and how did you learn about Santa? I am not really sure. I just remember one year when Mom asked me to read stories to my nieces so that they could wrap gifts.

9)Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? yes, the kids get new pj's every Christmas. So I always let them open those, it makes for cute pictures in the morning!

10)How do you decorate your tree? Unbreakable ornaments, dollar store ornaments and ones the kids have made are on the bottom. The rest are just scattered everywhere. I am not particular about how the tree looks. Ecspecially after last year when my favorite ornament was broken!

11) it or dread it? I love the snow.It is really pretty. It has been a long time since I had a white Christmas though, and I am not holding out any hope for it this year! :)

12)Can you ice skate? no that would take skill

13)Do you remember your favorite gift? My ipod last year was a good one, the year I found out I was pregnant with Harmony, I remember getting a Lane chest ( about the size of a tissue box) that held Barbie clothes. I still have the chest today. Although Harmony now uses it.

14) What is the most important part of the holidays? Teaching my kids the real meaning of Christmas. "That Christmas doesn't come from a store. But perhaps means a little bit more."

15) Favorite holiday dessert? Fudge. My Grandma's pb fudge. Yum.

16) Favorite tradition? My favorite as a child, was opening stockings on Christmas Eve, trying to stay up late with my brothers. Now my favorite is staying up late with Ben on Christmas Eve, wrapping presents, laughing, crying (and quoting!!) It's a Wonderful Life.

no catchy title today....

Why is this time sooo darn busy?! I mean, we don't even hit the first of December until Saturday, and already I am filling in my calender with so many to-do's and appt.'s it makes my head spin.

This weekend is going to be a busy one and I am sooo hoping that my camera comes. My sister, who has turned into my own private post office, sent it to me as soon as she got it. I have tracked it and so far, I know it has left Honolulu. So yesterday, when I saw the mailman coming up to my house, I was so giddy. And with a big huge box. From Stampin' Up?! I think he could tell I wasn't happy at what package I was recieving.I had expected a package, just not that one. Now normally a box from Stampin' up would make me very happy, but this package wasn't for me. So alas, a very bad mail day.

Speaking of mail days, I can't wait to start getting Christmas cards. I love this time of year. When you get those little expected & unexpected cards and packages. I have so much more to do before I can head to the post office for a big drop off but I am happy to say that...I have a pkg. of wrapped Christmas gifts headed out on Saturday. Oh the excitement of getting something accomplished!

Tonight Harmony is going on a Girl Scout sleepover. She is so very excited because they are doing a book exchange. She took the book that she bought to her room last night, because she wants to finish reading it before I wrap it! So she is leaving me with the boys tonight and we are headed to Home Depot. Good times. I actually have a few things that I want to get there so it's all good.

Tomorrow I am looking forward to another 5k, grocery shopping and then we are all going to go to an awards ceremony for the Girl Scouts and listen to Harmony be the narrator in their skit. So much to do and so little time!

Her leader is going to give me a disk with pictures from some of their activities, including more from their trip on the Houston, so I will be putting those on.

Oh, one matter of phone number is changing. Just my home phone. I have no idea what it is yet, and of course wouldn't post it on here, but I will send it out in an email later on today when I get it. I am excited though because I will have unlimited calls to the states. So be prepared!

Monday, November 26, 2007

don't you hate it when...

don't you hate it when you go to the store, and amongst $20 V-smile games, there is a Toy Story game on clearance for $6 and you snatch it up so fast, a huge smile plastered on your face knowing you got a great deal...and then your husband tells you that your son has a v-smile BABY and that the game is for just v-smiles.

don't you hate it when you go to the library, in desperate need of something new to read. And the librarian tells you that yes they have the new Mary Higgins Clark book ( which by this point can't even be described as new)even though you haven't seen it there once in the 6 months you have lived here. So you try a different author, since you are in that section. You take the book home and think "that cover picture looks kind of familiar" and as you keep going you realize that yes, you have read this book before.

don't you hate it when your 2.5 year old refuses to take a nap? And then won't sleep all night and you squish into his toddler bed with him and coerce him to go back to sleep because frankly a quarter to 4 is not Ivan's wake up time. And then he is crabby all the next day but still won't take a nap!!

don't you hate it when your son keeps getting behavior grams home for talking? And then your husband says, "well he didn't get that from me". Knowing full well where he gets it from, seeing that one of your friends husbands practically hates you because you sat and talked to his wife at the commissary for an hour, while he had to grocery shop by himself.

don't you hate it, that my blog is boring without picture? But my sister has already got the camera in the mail to me. But now I just have to wait. not fun.

Friday, November 23, 2007

doin' the impossible...

It all started with the fact that 1) the boy's playstation is not running very and 2) the want for the video game Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga. This game, is all of the Star Wars movies put together. Which if you have lego Stars Wars 1 &2 doesn't that mean you have all of them?!Hmmm...anyway, the boys have been wanting this new game, but it doesn't work with their game system. So we decided, that it would be fun to get a Wii, for the kids for Christmas.

So Ben went to the Navy exchange and...there were none there. Ben was told that they were going to get a very limited supply in for Black Friday. 100 only.

So we started looking online. At any online store we could think of. We had seen it advertised for $250, and we were not willing to pay more than that. I started looking around and any that were that price were completely sold out. Oh, we found ones that were selling for 400+. Nope not going to happen. We basically decided to forget about it, and we would wait.

Well on Black Friday, I was awake before the exchange was opening for their sale. I decided, very last minute, that since I was up anyway, I would go down there. The lines were insane. Winding clear around the store.I waited about 20-30 minutes just to get in the line! As I was walking through the store, I kept seeing people with the Wii's in their carts. There was supposed to be a limit of 1 per customer, but I saw people with 2 and 3. Finally I managed to get in the electronics department, and they started opening new boxes of them. I happened to get in the right spot, and was promptly handed the coveted wii.

I was so happy. I couldn't wait to go tell Ben. The kids are going to be so excited when they open it. I think Ben wil have fun playing with it too! Oh what we won't do to make our kids happy!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gobble 'til you wobble

"Mommy, ugh my tummy feels so fat!"

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


From day one, Connor has been his Dad's boy.100%. Maybe it is because of the birthday factor. Maybe it is because Ben is 1000 x's better at Lego's then I am. Maybe it is because Ben is just cool...and so cute. But that is a subject for another day! Anyway, for whatever reason Ben has the #1 spot in Connor's heart. I think I am 2nd!

Well Connor had a Friendship Feast today, where they also were going to have a short program. One big problem, no siblings. Doesn't make it easy on those of us who still have children at home. All of my friends that live near me, also have kindergarteners. So there was no one to watch Ivan, plus the program was supposed to be VERY short. Ben was actually able to make it but Ivan threw us for a loop. I decided that I would just send Ben, and I would stay home with Ivan. As long as there was one parent there, he would be happy.

This morning, I let Connor know that Ben would be going by himself. He looked at me so sad, "and said no I want you to come."I was floored. He NEVER wants me. We talked to him about it a few times and I said, " you will have Daddy all to yourself." No I want Mommy. I was shocked...and secretly, so happy. ( not a secret anymore though...)

I love my little Connor but I know my place in his life. Right behind Ben. :) And I am totally ok with that. They have a close relationship and it is so special. Ben said his feelings weren't hurt because of all the time he spends with Connor.

I think the kids just see it as Mom= food, cuddling, going to school things, etc
Dad=fun, fun, and more fun.

I don't have my new camera yet so I went and bought a little disposable. I will put the pictures up after they get DEVELOPED. Oh it has been a long time since I had to do that. So old fashioned. Anyway, my blog is getting so boring without pictures so here is an old one of Connor!

Military Family

I just found a blog carnival that I decided to participate in. I found it over at An Army Wife's Life. I am not sure how this enclosure link works is the address just in case:

The topic is "Being Part of the Military Family makes me thankful for..."

Until Ben joined the Navy,I had never really known anyone who served in the military. When my brother joined the Coast Guard, I thought "why on earth would he want to do that?" My knowledge of the military...was honestly...embarrasing. I thought all Navy guys were on a ship. All Air Force flew planes. All Army guys were fighting wars.GI Joe style. Marines...I had no idea what they did!! When Ben asked me if I would support him if he joined, I said yes...and life has never been the same.

This life is not for everyone. Sometimes this life is not for me! It can be hard, but there are many rewards to be had. For the 5th year, I am away from my family at Thanksgiving. There will be no going to the church to borrow their oven. Or heading to Thriftway for the forgotten ingredient. There will be no chit chat with my Mom as we work together to put dinner together. We won't be heading to Ben's Grandma afterword. No notebook will be sent around asking what we would each like for Christmas.No black friday ads being perused with my sister in laws. Catching up. Talking, laughing and eating. Not with family anway.

But being here on Guam, I do have family. Those who are here to help when the kids get sick. Who call to make sure that you got the email from the school. To watch your kids while they are at the park. Who listen when you are frustrated with the hours that your husband is working. People who are willing to open their homes to others. So just because I am not with my family, I am part of a bigger family. A military family. I am a Navy wife. And I am thankful.

Thankful for:
**people who defend their country
**people who understand your life & world
** strong wives and mothers
** kids who struggle w/o their active duty parent but rise above
**the yellow magnets declaring " Support our Troops"
** flags waving
** families who sacrifice
** the flag
** life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
** protection, mine and my children
** free health care
**friends that we have left behind
**new places, new stations
** uniforms
**a shoulder to cry on, from someone who has been there
**feelings of patriotism
**my soldier

Christmas countdown...

I think it is the weather. I honestly do. There is no possible way that Thanksgiving is in 2 days. Because the weather outside, is the same as it was in June. And July. And August. A touch more rain, but it hasn't changed. I am not the only one who feels this way either. I was discussing with a friend of mine, our lack of Christmas preparedness, and she agrees with my theory.

By this time of the year, I have usually bought a few gifts, putting the last finishing touches on cards, and planning stockings and other things. And as I realized all that I had done compared to all that I haven't...the list is quite long. And it kind of lit a fire under me. So within the past couple of days I have got off my behind and got a little bit of work done.

Cards:made, adressed, awaiting pictures and stamps. Then they will be put in the mail. yee-haw!

Gifts: sorely lacking!! However, 2 have been ordered, 3 have been wrapped, 2 will be sent from internet sites & are currently being worked on. As for the kids, the boys have a lot done. Mostly because, their father lives vicariously through them, and so has bought many items, that contain the letters l,e,g,o. Harmony has 1 item. Only 1. Adn she is the easiest to shop for!! Ivan has 3. And they were bought today.

Post office runs:only 1 so far. But I got a few boxes & customs forms.

Still a lot to do, but not as much as I did yesterday! I was told that I should have had it all done by Halloween. Yikes. Wish me luck on getting the rest done! :)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

On Saturday night, Ethan came to me complaining of a sick tummy. It was near bed time so I put him to bed but told him if he still felt sick and couldn't sleep to come and tell me. Well a little while later, here he comes. I stayed up late with him and cuddled on my bed and read stories. He went off to bed and I didn't hear from him for the rest of the night.

Sunday morning, he said that he felt much better. So, we headed off to church. During primary he comes to tell me that he doesn't feel well and thinks he is going to throw up. I teach a class and so Ben said that he would take him home. When the rest of us come home, I find him on my bed, drinking sprite, watching Disney, with his Lego Knights all lined up. He took a nap later but was in a good mood,and was running around with Ivan. I am starting to think that maybe he is faking it.

So this morning, he comes down and heads straight to the couch, telling me that his tummy is still sick and he doesn't feel that he can go to school. I let him lay down and let him know that if he stays home, he will be laying on the couch, no video games, no playing outside,nothing, nada, zilch. Sick boys lay down and rest. He says fine. Well, once Connor hears that Ethan is staying home, he tells me he doesn't feel well. His exact words are, " I don't feel well. My heart has stopped beeping." However, he runs round all morning. I tell him ok, you are headed to school, but if you really are sick you can always call me and I can come and get you.

Well this morning was a busy one, and the phone rang about 10 times. The last call was Ms. Grey, calling to tell me that Connor had been feeling ill all morning and could I come and get him. So I think, ok maybe Connor isn't faking. We go to get him, and come home. As soon as he is home, he is asking for hot pockets and chips, to play playstation etc. I told him the exact same rules that I told Ethan. By this time I am frustrated with them because I think they are pretty much lying. I told them, that if they are really sick, then Mommy has no problem taking care of them. But if they are telling a fib, Mommy is very dissapointed that they would lie to me.

Well...after lunch, I sent them off for naps. Yep. A nap. I told them that sick boys need rest. They have totally crashed and have slept the whole afternoon. My boys, don't take naps anymore. It is VERY hard to get them to take a nap. So where does this leave me? I have no idea. I don't know if they are actually sick, or just really good fakers!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

an update

My weight loss blog has been updated. Won't go into details here, since you can just read it over there. There is a link on my side bar. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

bathroom re-do

I read a lot of blogs. And I have a whole little folder just for organizing/home blogs. I am a dork, I already know it!! But I was reading one and she was talking about your "guest" bathroom. She describes it as the bathroom closest to the living room area, or the one someone would use if they were at your home. Soooo...mine has been looking pretty sad. The kid's bathroom is cute. I found some cute bathroom decor at the K-Mart here ( that is saying a lot-BELIEVE ME!) and it was a great price. The one in the master is...well functional. Not cute. But since it is in the master bedroom, not many visitors use it. Plus I don't think Ben really cares about a "cute" bathroom.

Moving onto the downstairs...this bathroom has the ugliest green tile.Obviously there is nothing I can do about that. But while I was at the store, I went into their bathroom section and started looking and getting ideas. The one I really liked was called the "Annapolis collection". So stinkin' expensive. I believe it was Tommy Hillfiger. It was all red, white and blue. I am an All American what can I say? So I started thinking about what I have at home and how I could incorporate the same idea. So I bought a couple of hand towels and a rug, and a red air freshner and with a few little touches from around my house, I now have a cute bathroom. I am excited.

I didn't inherit a decorating gene. But recently I have been to a couple of friend's homes who are just CUTE. And I want my home to be cute. So one room done. I have a cute bathroom. So if you ever want to come and use my guest bathroom, you can!!

**And of course there are no actual pictures of it because of the camera incident, so if you want to see are going to HAVE to come and use it! LOL

Monday, November 12, 2007

If it weren't for bad luck...

than I wouldn't have any luck at all! At least with cameras that is. I ruined yet another digital camera. Yep. Can you believe it? And it is my fault so it is not like I can get a replacement one. I guess it got a little too much sun & sand at our fall festival yesterday. I am so bummed!!! If there is one thing I know about myself though, it is that I refuse to go without a camera. I found a great deal online, and so hopefully will have a camera in hand soon! This time I will make sure to bring my camera bag when I go to the beach. Grrr!

Anyway, yesterday our spouse club put on a fall festival for all the families in our command. I am not going to go in who all that entails! Anyway, this event has caused me a lot of stress lately and I have to say I AM SO GLAD IT IS OVER! It was fun. I had a good time, there are so many good, nice people here. But I am so glad that I don't have to stress out about it anymore. I was up at 6:30 yesterday and Ben at 7:30, trying to get things taken care of for this. By the time we got home, we were dead tired.

I got some cute pics of the kids and some nice scenery shots before my camera died. Enjoy!