Sunday, August 28, 2011

This week.

Show me a girl with two feet planted firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a girl who can't put her pants on.- Annul Marchand 

This week was hot.  Hot Hot Hot.  And humid.  Uncharacteristically humid for our area.  So we played inside a lot.  More than usual.

Our new favorite game:
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Carter may be changing from Woody Lightyear to Spiderman. The jury is still out on that one.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer.  ~Author Unknown


New goal:  Teach Ellie her colors by using rainbow nail polish. Because it is more fun than crayola.

\\August 2011

August 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Cleaning Day!



THE REAL PROBLEM WITH OUR GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM

The folks who are getting free stuff,
Don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff.
Because the folks who are paying for the free stuff, Can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

And, the folks who are paying for the free stuff, Want the free stuff to stop.
And the folks who are getting the free stuff, Want even MORE free stuff on top of the free stuff they're getting already.

Now, the people who are forcing people to PAY for the free stuff, Have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced and racist.

So, the people who are GETTING the free stuff, have been convinced they need to HATE the people who are PAYING for the free stuff because they are selfish.
And they are promised more free stuff if they will vote for the people who force the people who pay for the free stuff to give them even more free stuff.

And -- when the free stuff stops , the folks receiving the free stuff will riot, burn, steal and commit mayhem.
For the "rich" owes them!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mom's Visit

My mom spent the past week with us- hello built in babysitter!  HAHAHA- sorry Mom, it was nice getting out for a change.  The week flew by, and I realized the night before she left, I never even got my camera out.  My last minute gem.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What I have been doing.

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Taking Carter to soccer.



Tucking in Cowboys.



Riding Carousels.





Making Hairdos and Giggles out of soap.



Capturing smiles...



...and monkey faces...



...and making some monkey faces of my own.



Snapping Random shots.

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Catching baby Lizards that sneak into my house for "refuge."

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And releasing said Lizard before Ellie "Loves" him too much.

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Playing with Cars.

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...alot.

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Chasing Smiles and Blue Eyes...

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...and then FINALLY catching them.

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Comparing old and new pics.

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Practicing.

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Trying for that perfect pic...

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...and getting it...

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...then playing with it.


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Admiring his every detail...

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...and her determination.



Dressing Chris like a cowboy.



Getting the best snuggles.


And Laughing out Loud.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love, to be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget."
— Arundhati Roy

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Life After Deployment

Deployment is over for us.  For now.  For a couple of years at least.  My head is still spinning.  Really.  Life while Chris was deployment was in slow motion and fast forward all at once.  And it doesn't stop there.

Chris has been home five weeks, and I am just finishing up my Post Deployment Meltdown.  I feel like while he was gone I was spread thin, sanity just hanging on a string, and he got home just in time to watch the string snap and catch the remains.   (Poor guy.)

Mom Of Brats  describes deployment:
3 kids threw up. A lot. I broke my toe. I got strep throat. They got strep throat. More throw up. I wrote a lot of articles. And sold them. I wrote a blog. I ran a half marathon. My car broke. It broke again. Then it broke again. We read books together, went to parks together, traveled to relatives, hosted friends and family. I sat in martial arts, basketball, soccer, piano recitals, school concerts: Entertaining a 2 year old. I bought a new car. Played on our street. Said goodbye to friends and hello to new ones. My best friend listened to me cry. Came over. Listened some more. We sent care packages. Waited for phone calls. Skype. Darn bad connections with Skype. An email from dad! There was my birthday and three kids birthdays. And Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter. And then my birthday again. Hurt feelings. Hard days. Good days. And winter days. The kids went to school. Stayed with sitters. Threw up some more. I wrote about it. We cried. We hugged. We laughed. And cried some more. Sometimes together. Sometimes alone. Our families came. Helped. And left. Came again. Helped some more. Skype. The kids and I talked a lot. We didn't talk at all. We went to the beach. Packed up a house. And then we picked up and moved. Unpacked. Set up house. And waited. For daddy to finally come home.

 So five weeks, and we have crammed in two visitors (third one will be here in no time, Hi Mom,) a surgery, helped two toddlers adjust, started potty training, got new orders, had meltdown about new orders, bought a car, and neglected ourselves. 

Maybe that is just life in general? I don't know because this is the life I know.  

But today, I breathe a little easier and feel a little refreshed knowing we are done.  For now.

Dear Diary,

Remember that surgery I had in November to correct my hernia?  Well, I am sorry to tell you this but it was a total mess.  It looks aweful, and my poor belly button was lost in the mix.  No really.
Anyways, I went in last week to have it corrected (OUCH) and the best part was I was getting a FREE, NEW belly button ta-boot!  But alas. I had a doctor appointment today and it seems maybe I won't have a belly button after all, as it is literally falling off (maybe, I don't know for sure... it just seems that way.)  Now I am waiting to find out I need to have another surgery to remove said button.
Maybe it is just not in the cards for me and that little Lint Trap?  Maybe a busy gal like me just doesn't need one more spot to clean?
Ridiculously and Literally yours,
Ash
PS Who does rock the party who rocks the party?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Well there haven't been many posts lately. 
You know what they say, if you don't have anything nice to say...
I have been trying to stay positive about moving to Hawaii- I mean, really trying.  But it only sounds good in theory.  In theory it is paradise. 
We won't be moving in November like we originally thought, because he is going to be going to school for his new orders.  He will be in school A LOT through May.  Not a local school, different schools across the US. 
So even though I have been doggy paddling the past few months, and just waiting for shore duty to start, I have nearly another year of this.
I have gone from Proud Navy Wife to Bitter Ass Wife really quickly.

And if I am being honest, I don't see an end in sight anytime soon... so please don't expect frequent posts...

But, I do have some cute pics of my super cute kids in the meantime.  :)



The Rodeo

Chris took Carter to the Rodeo, AKA "Radio."  Seriously, Carter's dream come true, new hat and all...


"Look at my boots!"  Like we haven't seen them before, Buddy.

Monday, August 1, 2011

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My little cousin flew to San Diego to spend some of his summer break with us.  It was such a treat to spend the time with him, have a bit of home, and have the kids bond with family.