Those Moments

I have loved the ocean as long as I can remember. It's unknown depths, countless lives beneath the surface, and breathtaking beauty are simply mesmerizing. I always come away from the beach stunned and in awe of this extraordinary planet. We've had the distinct privilege of living near many oceanside locations: Beach on NAS Whidbey … Continue reading Those Moments

Changes

We have recently moved for the 9th time in about 12 years. It's been a chaotic few weeks with packing and unpacking, and then for good measure we threw in a dog CCL surgery! We are loving the new digs and the ocean of cardboard boxes is slowly diminishing.  San Diego doesn't get winter weather, … Continue reading Changes

Milestones and Mermaids

Hannah eyeing the pregnant lady in the lounge chair, we made our way over to a shaded table to plunk down our towels and kick off flip flops for an afternoon poolside. The kids love the pool. Without fail they inquire the precise time we will be going to swim each morning. Kids off and … Continue reading Milestones and Mermaids

365

Air filters changed: 4 School days: 170 Snow days: 1 Hurricanes: 1 Road trips: 2 Field trips: 10 Lawn mowed: 35 times Weed eater cord changes: every dang time! Vacuums broke and replaced: 1 Vehicle Oil changed: 3 times Houses sold: 1 Plumbing repair: 1 Roof repair: 1 Alternators changed: 1 Vehicles sold: 1 Vomit … Continue reading 365

April Fools’ Day

"Hey Hannah," I said, motioning her over to her Easter basket loot. "Do you remember eating these?" I asked, pointing to the Cadbury mini eggs. "No....well, kind of..." she replied. "These are your dad's FAVORITE Easter candies. I thought you'd really like them, too," I explained. Ever trying to include a deployed parent into daily … Continue reading April Fools’ Day

Ready

To say I hate bugs would be an understatement. I've dealt with cane spiders (the size of my hand!), centipedes, and B52 bomber cockroaches in Hawaii, large and small spiders that crawl up the bath drain in Washington, water moccasins and fire ants in Florida and of course the beloved scorpions, mutant mosquitoes, crickets, wolf … Continue reading Ready

I Was Wrong

I remember writing about solo parenting many times throughout the last deployment. Reading many parenting blogs, military support websites and feeling overwhelmed by it all, but still armed with strategies and support to muscle our way through.As we prepared for this round, I kept thinking how much easier it was going to be. The kids … Continue reading I Was Wrong