Family Time

IMG_20180401_150303 This was our Easter dinner. I am definitely no chef. 🙂 But the family doesn’t starve either. I say you don’t like it, there is the kitchen, fix it yourself. 🙂 My boys are terrible at eating fruits and veggies. They eat them just not at every meal. I always offer them. I knew the hubby and daughter would eat them so that is what I mostly made. Yummy. I don’t feel horribly full either. Lots left to snack on tonight. 🙂

Not everyone likes cooked ham so I made a roast beef and bought sliced ham and fried it. It was actually pretty tasty. It was a better ham too. It will make good sandwiches later. 🙂

Everyone but one ate the deviled eggs. I don’t know what it is lately with deviled eggs but I usually have a catastrophe happen. At Christmas one batch didn’t get done because I chose a different pan to use than normally so I didn’t boil them long enough. Ugh. Then the next batch at Christmas didn’t taste right, didn’t use enough of one ingredient. Double ugh. Today, several eggs ended up with holes in them, but I told hubby later that the universe was telling me that I was making too many. LOL Hubby helped peel them which was a big help so I could cut and get the yolk ready to mix. They turned out good. 🙂IMG_20180401_150500 Three of the kids were able to be here. Which is great. Missing the oldest son and his family. They are quite a ways away so totally understandable. He is getting ready for his first Navy deployment. Sad. I wish him all the best and for his family as well. Never a fun time leaving each other.

IMG_20180401_151535 We still like to give Easter candy plus a bit of money now that they are older. I put a twenty under their chocolate bunnies and the middle son was being goofy and knocked his out of the way and so the secret was out. Then they thought it was the only twenty because normally we do an Easter egg hunt with money in them. This year was tight on time because the daughter needed to get to work. I said next year. They were surprised when they moved their chocolate and they all had a twenty. 🙂 Love having fun with them. 🙂 I will continue until I can no longer. Just because they grow up doesn’t mean they don’t get to have any fun. 😉

IMG_20180401_151326 Hubby eating his watermelon! LOL

Oh, the watermelon was sweet which surprised us being it is not in season yet.

It was a good afternoon! Glad we could eat together. One day we may not be able to, sad thought to think about. Take those moments when we can. Live for today. Have a great Easter blog land!

 

I Love Pens!

I am a pen hoarder! I love writing on paper. I like the look and the privacy of putting pen to paper. One does not have to worry about a hacker getting important information like when using the computer. Might have to worry about the cat eating the paper. Yes, I have a cat that loves chewing on paper, Emo. It is crazy. Maybe he thinks he is a dog. 🙂

I love looking at pens on different websites and in stores. I have pens of all types and colors, including the ink and the outside of the pen. I came across a great pen selection at PenFactory.com. It has me thinking I could use some pens with my business name and website on them.

I once worked for a grocery store as a secretary. I would order our pens like this as a way to advertise. Why not? Sometimes I end up with an extra pen from a business that I did not mean to take. 🙂  OOPs. Whenever I used the pen again I would remember the business and go back shopping. One reason to order pens with your business on it. And it is cool to see your name on something. 🙂

If you think about the cost of advertising, it is pretty reasonable to order a sizable amount of pens. Plus, you get a cool pen to add to your collection! 😉 I have had good luck with promotional pens, they write well. 🙂

I’m thinking of going with the twist promotional pens. If I get the clicking ones, I irritate myself by clicking the top when I’m thinking. 😉

It is a toss-up between these two:

magmetic-domed-penMagnetic Dome Pens

I like the colors and the magnet would be cool.

—- Click it to the fridge or the file cabinet.

—- No trying to find a pen. 🙂

Or

tsp-fTwist Foil Pens

Love color! Simple. Easy to grip.

Do you hoard pens?

 

Yes, I’m Still Here Blog Land.

I am finally feeling back to my normal self. I was pretty lazy for awhile thanks to having a nasty chest cold last month. I didn’t even read any books let alone write anything.

My mind was blank.

The last month hubby has been home more because he was going through his out processing for the Army. He was officially done wearing the uniform on Feb. 7th. 🙂 The very next day he packed away all those uniforms. It is so weird to not see them in the closet or hanging on the door.

A good note, more room in the closet! For me?

NO, well I guess he does deserve to get some new clothes.

I think the biggest change will be we don’t have to plan around the military anymore. 🙂 Yay!

I am proud of him for his service, a total of 34 years. He joined when he was 17, he was a rebel child. His dad told him to pick one and to be the rebel he was he chose the Navy because his dad was retired Army. 🙂 He was active duty for 14 years sailing on ships and seeing the world. The base he was at ended up closing down and that is when he chose to go into the reserves and go to college. He did that for a short time. He eventually got out of the military and moved back to his hometown area in Nebraska.

He went to work installing computer systems for none other than the warehouse that supplied the groceries to the little grocery store that I worked for. Low and behold we crossed paths. I believe it was fate for us to meet. He was a Navy recruiter the same year and in the same town I went to college after graduating high school. We use to go to the same places and yet we never met.

It was meant to happen. 🙂

Once again, his dad stepped in and said you really should finish your time with the military, you have too much in to not finish. So, while we were dating he reenlisted into the Navy Reserves. I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I really didn’t think anything about it. I think I just thought it was something he would go do once a month and have no effect on me. So not true.

He did many drill weekends and trainings. Once a year did the two week AT training. I got use to him being gone. No big deal. It was our way of life.

When I was pregnant with our second child, our youngest, I was at work and he walks in with this long face. My heart began to beat fast and already the tears were forming. He told me they just called him up to deploy.

I was like, what, you said it would never happen.

We didn’t know that terrorists would change that. This was in Sept 2002 before the war started. I was 7 months along. We dashed home to get things together because they wanted him in Denver the next day. It sucked.

We had been remodeling our bedroom and it was literally a disaster zone and open to the outside because we were adding on a bigger addition and tearing down the old stuff.  He did his best to clean it up and asked a friend if he could help enclose it for us since he had to leave.

My boss sent my good friend and co-worker with us so she could drive back since I would be too upset. He reported the next morning to the base to see what time he would leave. He came back and said, guess where they are sending me, Hawaii!

Oh, relief like no other.

They told him he could report back on Monday when he would fly out. Now why the heck couldn’t they have told us that on the phone. Denver was a four hour drive for us and we were worrying about everything. We headed back home and hubby spent the next two days enclosing our bedroom. He worked 24/7 on it. I helped where I could, but being big as a cow I wasn’t much help. 🙂

We already knew I had to have a C-section so it was scheduled and he was lucky enough to be able to schedule leave for then. But little Mr. Adric had better plans, he came early. Hubby missed the birth, but he was able to be there the next day.

It was one expensive plane ticket, but so worth it for him to spend two weeks with us.

On the upside, my two older kids and I were able to spend 10 days with him in Hawaii over their spring break. 🙂 My first plane ride. We were there on base when the war officially broke out in the Middle East. We all survived his 9 month deployment to Hawaii.

A few more years go by and they start talking about downsizing the Navy and making people get out. He starts doing some research and decided to transfer over to the Army. It made his dad happy.

He was able to be closer to home for drill weekends. Yes, he had to go to boot camp again. Once again, he was gone for a few months. I was becoming a pro taking care of four kids, working full time, and making sure the house didn’t burn down. I knew it was what he loved to do, so I backed him all the way.

I joked over the years that all his time away is why our marriage worked. We didn’t have to put up with each other 24/7. 🙂 I think it has made us stronger and appreciate each other more. Yes, it was difficult too but well worth it. He was military before I met him and I chose to accept it all. 🙂

At least the next deployment, we had a year to prepare. This time he did get sent to the Middle East, but to a fairly decent place Qatar. It was suppose to be 18 months but was shortened to a year. Thank goodness.

During the year before deploying there was a lot of training going on so it added up to being almost 18 months. This time I had a high school daughter, a junior high son, a grade school son and a pre-school son, and working full time. It did make the time go fast. I was glad he didn’t tell me about all the flying into Iraq and so forth until after he did it. Smart man, I would have been frazzled worrying.

About 3 years later, deployed again to the same area. He was part of a medical unit that kept track of supplies. This time there would be no flying into other countries cause they were getting ready to bring the supplies back because of the war ending in Iraq. It was to be a year deployment and was shortened to 10 months. 🙂 This time though, the daughter was deployed with him.

She surprised us her senior year and decided to enlist in the Army. We were stunned. We never once suggested it or talked about it. She was 17 so I had to sign the papers. It was with mixed feelings but yet more feelings of joy and pride. The last half of her senior year she was able to join hubby at drill weekends and participate. Two days after she graduated from high school we sent her off to boot camp. It was so hard. She has made us proud. She is currently still in the reserves and an E5. 🙂

While hubby was deployed he learned of a program where if you are at your 18 years of active time you could go active duty and finish to retire. So, he signed up. When he came home from the last deployment we moved to Ft. Riley Ks where he finished his 20 years active time. 🙂

It has been an interesting last year and half being on the active side of the military. I have enjoyed it. I am glad we didn’t have to do this all along though. I have met some terrific people but it is sad that they have to move all the time and especially with kids. I really think they could improve on that in the military, but again what do I know. 🙂

We are going to stick around here for awhile, it’s only four hours from home, so a quick drive. We like the area and boys are doing good. The oldest son has moved back in with us. He does have a good job, he swears he is going to live with us forever, don’t think so. 🙂 I think times are getting to be where kids are having to move back home unless they get lucky with roommates to split the cost or a high paying job. As long as he works and pays his bills and is out by the time we completely retire. LOL 🙂

Cheers to hubby for his time served!

No, he isn’t going be fishing and driving me nuts, he is now at school for driving trucks. He wants to truck drive. I guess I must smell because he sure wants to be away from me. Just kidding.

He says he has always wanted to and thought right now would be a good time before the boys were in high school. The company he is going to drive for has several different schedules.

He will be home regularly, I think. 🙂

14 - 1 I feel special, my very own certificate. 🙂 It is too large to scan with the scanner, so sorry about the blurriness. 🙂

Journal Dec 19th – 25th

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Dec 19th

Question? If you could change one thing about today, what would it be?

2012

My energy level. I need to be more fit.

2013

I wish I was further on my books. I wish I had one published already.

Dec 20th

Question? What is your dream vacation?

Lighthouse (Bing.com photo credit)

2012

A warm place enjoying the beach and all the kids with us.

2013

I would love a trip for hubby and I. It would be great to tour the castles in Germany together.

Dec 21st

Question? If you could be the best at anything, what would it be?

2012

All things creative! Writing and artistic. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for? 🙂

2013

The best person ever. I want to be nice to people. I want to be a good mom and wife. 🙂

Dec 22nd

Question? Did you meet someone new recently? If so, who was it?

2012

No, I haven’t. I stay home mostly.

2013

No, I’m a non-social person right now. I think that will change this next year with an outside job. 🙂

Dec 23rd

Question? What’s your favorite cereal?

2012

Mini-wheats! Love them! 🙂

2013

I’ve been loving raisin bran lately. Good for me also. 🙂

Dec 24th

Question? Write down a recent transition.

2012

Adapting to living in a bigger town again. 🙂

2013

The boys being in different schools for the first time. Or is that their transition? 🙂

Dec 25th

Question? Write down five words that describe today.

Merry-Christmas(My creation)

2012

Happy. Loved. Stuffed. Laughs. Special.

2013

Loved. Stuffed. Disappointed. Laughs. Worried.

Journal Dec. 12-18

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Dec. 12th

Question? What’s on your wish list?

2012

A published novel written by me. 🙂

2013

A happy and healthy family.

Dec. 13th

Question? What is your biggest regret?

2012

My biggest one is wrong financial choices in my younger years.

2013

I should have stayed writing after high school. I had some good ideas and didn’t jot them down. Dang memory.

Dec. 14th

Question? Why are you impressive?

2012

Hmmm. I can multitask. 🙂

2013

When I love something I put my whole heart into it. 🙂

Dec. 15th

Question? Moderation or excess?

2012

Moderation all the way. Take my time.

2013

Moderation. No excess here. 🙂

Dec. 16th

Question? What do you find irresistible?

Vacation 2013 026 My photo. Family fun.

2012

My kids smiles. Nothing better. It means they are happy. 🙂

2013

My toes in the sand. It means I’m with family and friends. That the weather is nice. Quality time together.

Dec. 17th

Question? If you had to move to a new city, where would you move?

2012

I would hope not too big and close to family.

2013

Anywhere as long as I’m with the hubby and kids.

Dec. 18th

Question? What do you like to talk about?

2012

I love to talk about my kids and hubby. Proud of them.

2013

Hubby and the kids. They are my life. They make me smile and laugh. 🙂

Did you know…

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The first Friday of September is National Lazy Mom’s Day! Who knew? Not me until I did a search looking up September holidays. I was actually wanting to know the main holidays for a possible wall hanging project I want to do this month. I was surprised to find this “National” holiday. What an awesome one!

It brings up a question.
Can a mom actually be lazy for a whole day?
I mean really, there are too many things to be done in a mom’s schedule.

Who is going to cook? The local fast food place maybe.

Who is going to find that lost item that no one seems to be able to find? It seems mom is the only one who can really look for something.

Who is going to actually wipe the counters off when they spill that drink? I swear I am the only one who can wipe anything off. I have even tried, I say tried to wait out wiping it off hoping they would. I guess they don’t mind the messes. Sigh.

Who is going to refill that roll of toilet paper? It is such a difficult task but yet seems I am the only one that can take the bar off the holder, slip the new roll of toilet paper on, and put the bar back in the holder. Rocket Science! 🙂

Who is going to do the grocery shopping? Hmm, that one might be one mom has to do all the time. If your family is like mine, they come home with everything but what you send them to the store for and the bill is 2x what it should be.

I am pretty fortunate that I have a super great hubby that will help me out, so I could be lazy if I wanted to be. It actually drives me batty if I am not doing something productive for the day which results in something done for the family. I may not go 100 miles an hour all day, but there is always some kind of cleaning to be done, or a task that needs done. I have decided that this holiday is really not a holiday unless….

If you take the point of view of “lazy” being our appearance, well then I have that one down pat! 🙂

Do I wear makeup everyday? Heck no, why bother when no one sees you. Hubby don’t mind, he is stuck with me. 🙂 It is a real treat when I do wear makeup and I get all kinds of compliments. I know how to play that one. Scare them most days and then bam, the next day beautify myself. 🙂

Do I change clothes when I get up? Well, it is not unheard of to be in the afternoon before I finally do. The positive of not having to work outside of the home. I really get them the days I dress up, tons of compliments. If I did that everyday, they wouldn’t notice. 🙂

Is it Lazy of me or just preparing them?

Do I make everyone breakfast in the morning? Heck no again. I have trained them well, they make their own or they starve. I’m not a chef. I’m lucky they eat my supper time meal. 🙂

Do I cook a meal every night? No way. I have lazy times. I didn’t need no holiday to tell me to. I figure this way if they can cook a few fast meals, they won’t starve when they move out. There is always some kind of fruit in the fridge to eat so it is all balanced and good. 🙂

This proves I can’t be entirely lazy.

Do I make them clean their rooms every time? Well, I just can not go in without picking something up. I have tried the waiting game and it just gets under my skin to have a complete messy room. I owe that to my grandma, she always made sure I picked my room up. I was afraid of her. My kids are not afraid of me. 😦

Do I make them do their own laundry? It depends. When they get into high school, I most definitely make them. It is not unheard of if they leave it in the dryer I will put the clothes away when they are at school. Think they know that? 🙂 If the younger ones are at home when I decide to do laundry, I will have them sort it and bring it to the laundry room. I will put it away. Tried the put your laundry away and it ends up on the floor of the closet and gets rewashed. I can’t have that.

Not all is failed.

I do have help with the trash.

They do wash off their plates and put them in the dishwasher.

They do dress themselves.

Once in awhile they feed their pets but the cat litter is still up to me. 😦

They like to scoop snow, when we actually get some.

They do help unload the groceries.

For some reason, they love to vacuum. Now if only I could get them to dust. 🙂

In conclusion, it is not entirely possible to be a lazy mom. Not me anyway. I think in honor of the holiday, I will not cook tonight. 🙂

Can you be lazy and what kind of lazy?