25 April 2011

Back to School

Everyone is back to school and I can get back to Monday cleanings. The kids and I spent a quiet week doing nothing but lounging by the pool and watching movies on Netflix. We had ice cream sandwiches, BBQ, and popcorn. We went put one day to a local historical site and even got the youngest a hair cut!

DH returned just in time for Easter Sunday. And brought with him a beautiful Easter Lily for me.
It was a nice service at church. The ward choir sang "He Is Risen" and we had more than usual participation.

16 April 2011

Spring Break

For the last 6 years, we've spent Spring Break in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.  This year we are slumming and staying home.  Dear Husband has a Commanders Conference this week- of all weeks for Region to plan a conference and they pick Holy Week, the week of Passover, Good Friday and Spring Break for nearly everyone in the country.  So we're staying home this year.  But thank goodness we decided to rent a home with a pool.  I bought some new pool toys and will heat up the pool for a little bit each day and we will veg poolside.  I have lots of hamburgers and hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, ice cream sandwiches, lots of sunscreen, watermelons, cantaloupe, grapes, cheese and crackers, popcorn, and netflix!

06 April 2011

VIP visit

My husband's boss is coming out from DC in a few weeks. DH offered our home as a place for a detachment function- for him to meet with the agents in the office and to especially meet with some of the deployed/remote families.
Which means I need to come up with a nice dinner that will accommodate small kids- we have quite a few of those. Since we have the pool I think we'll go with a nice BBQ with a few sides provided by some of the others wives. I have a friend from church who has a catering business so I think I'm going to talk with her about setting up a nice dessert display.

03 April 2011

Month of the Military Child

By Elaine Wilson, AFPS
March 31, 2010

Military children often are referred to as “unsung heroes,” but, in honor of April’s Month of the Military Child, I’d like to take some time to sing their praises.
Their challenges are all-too familiar: moving frequently and adjusting to being separated from a parent that goes off to training or gets deployed.

An official recently told me that military children, on average, will attend six to nine schools over the course of a parent’s military career. That’s a lot of first-day-of-school stress to handle.
These challenges aren’t new, and certainly aren’t easy. But I never cease to be impressed by our military children’s ability to adapt and cope.

As an airman and then a Defense Department civilian, I have met some amazing military children from all walks of life – active and reserve, younger and older, from all of the service branches. They all impressed me with their ability to adapt and drive on.

I’ll never forget their names, even though the memories of their faces have faded with time.
Names like Timothy Donovan, the son of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Tim Donovan and wife, Paula, who I met at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., last fall. Timothy was born with a group of birth defects that can cause health issues ranging from cardiac problems to limb abnormalities, and also was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 1. At 7 years old, he already has undergone an unbelievable 21 surgeries.
But Timothy was all smiles when I met him for the first time. I was interviewing Timothy and his mother for a story about how the Defense Department was revamping its playgrounds for special-needs children, an effort spurred on mostly by Paula.
Paula told me about how Timothy underwent multiple, painful procedures to fix his club feet so he could wear shoes. He was in casts for 20 weeks, but he got his wish and wore shoes on his 7th birthday.
When I met him, he wasn’t focused on his difficulties; he was excited to have a new playground to play on. “I can’t wait,” he said to me in his soft voice.
Names like Matt Newcomer, who was a high school senior when I met him in Texas several years ago. His father was about to miss his prom and graduation, but he was taking it all in stride.
“He loves to be a soldier, and if it makes him happy, it makes me happy,” Matt told me. “How can I possibly complain that he’s not watching me graduate when he’s out there sacrificing for our nation?”
Timothy and Matt’s positive attitude and strength serve as an example to us all.

I hope we don’t forget that our military children are undergoing great challenges each day. Their parents are deploying into combat and may return home with visible or invisible wounds of war. We all must be mindful of what these children are going through, particularly since multiple deployments are now normal.

Military children need every American’s support, whether it’s a kind ear or just a shoulder to lean on.
I know you all know military children. Take time to talk to them, find out if there’s anything you can do to help them. As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” If each of us starts in our own “village,” we can make a significant headway in caring for all military children. I can’t think of more deserving recipients of our support.

Posted in Family Matters.

01 April 2011


One of the wives in my husbands office is taking her Oath of Citizenship in a few minutes. She is very excited. I'm excited for her. Her husband is taking pictures of each step, stopping to take her photo at each sign on our way to the courtroom. He is excited, too.
She's done it the right way. All these people here today should be commended for taking the right steps by following the outlined laws to achieve US Citizenship. I wish those who are against immigration could see the faces of these people and see the excitement in their eyes. It is a shame to all of them or others to evade the system after all the waiting and all the paperwork.
There are people from all across the world- India, Mexico, Russia, Guatemala, Pakistan, Phillippeans, Ukraine, Venezuela, Iran, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Korea.
For some it's a bitter sweet day. Most of them, including this AF wife, are giving up their citizenship in their native land to become US citizens.
They're given a flag and told of it's meaning. A video presentation is shown with scenes from across America as the song "I'm Proud To Be An America" plays in the background. They wave their flags and it is hard not to be moved. There is a message from Pres Obama. And two new citizens share their thoughts and feelings about their journey to this point and they're feelings about today. They are grateful to this country for the many blessings and opportunities that they have received. The judge shares some remarks and the ceremony is done. Friends and family gather round their loved one and there are smiles and tears, hands shaken and embraces shared.
I'm proud to be an American and am grateful to have been part of this citizenship ceremony. It was a strong reminder to me of the great country I live in and love. BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop