Thursday, April 10, 2014


So when I last posted in January, I was a 4th grade teacher.

After what happened with Andrew, I decided a change was in order.  I applied for a job as a campus tech, and got it!  I know oversee all the technology at an elementary school on Hood.

Yes, that would be the same Hood that has been all over the news lately.

It's been just over a week and everyone appreciates the security that the schools are providing.

I was talking to a young Soldier today, and his platoon sgt was killed last Wednesday.  He thanked us for keeping his daughter safe.  That's hard.

I love being back with military kids.  Love it.  Having spent so long as a military spouse, they hold a special place in my heart!

I hope everyone is safe tonight.  More coming in the near future.  I've got a lot to say!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Trying to be healthy...

Growing up, we had cattle.  I don't remember much about it other than they were in OK, the bull was named Horny (because he had horns), and there was another one named Boomerang ( I vaguely remember he ran away and always came back?).  We had returned from Australia, and my sister named them.

I do have fond memories of the ranch and visiting my grandparents.  One time we went fishing in a pond there, someone caught a fish, and I was having a meltdown (I was little), and the fish jumped back in the pond.  My grandfather said it was because of me.  Oh well.  I remember drinking goat milk, feeding chickens, collecting eggs (my grandmother would tell me I wasn't fast enough, and to quit being scared and grab those eggs!), and a visit to their auction barn (where I once made a fake leather wallet from some kit my mom gave me, and my grandfather taught me how to count money quickly while he was counting money in the snack bar they ran too).  I had an interesting childhood.

Anyway, we used to have tons of beef, wrapped in white paper, and stored in our garage freezer.  Fast forward, and I have been trying to go with organic and grass-fed beef, in order to keep the kids happy, and healthy.  We bought 1/4 of a cow, and our freezer is full of amazing meat, which is tasty.  My out-laws keep us supplied with duck eggs and chicken eggs from their brood.

During this time:

1.  Em decided she was going to be a vegetarian.
2.  Abs declared she only likes ground beef and ribs.
3.  Andrew NEVER eats meat.
4.  Gunner has decided that since we are eating healthier, it is beef that causes him to feel gross.

This leaves me.  I'm eating steaks, fajitas, and more steaks.

These children (and Gunner) are going to be the death of me!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Have we lost our minds???

We were planning to take the kids to Europe this summer.  I will be over there anyway, and so will Emily, so we figured it would be a great family trip.

Then my sister mentioned the road trip that she took last summer with her boys, and Gunner was on a mission.  Junior and Abs were on board, and apparently we are now taking a road trip......

Gunner wants to eat a lobster in Maine.

Abs wants to go to the most Eastern part of the US and see the sun rise.

Junior wants to go to NYC.

Em wants to stick with Europe, but agreed that she wants to visit all the ghost towns, etc.

I want to go to Salem, MA.

We found the website  Roadside America that will let us find all the oddities along the way.  Way back when, we visited Foamhenge.  Did you know there are over 50 different "henges" to see?  I think we need to see a few along the way, or eventually all 50.

To make this trip sound even more asinine amazing, Gunner decided we should CAMP the entire way.  So, we are going to travel halfway across the country, in the car, with three kiddos, while touring the US, and we will be camping.

This trip was made for blogging.  I'm excited, in a worried way.  Either we will make some amazing memories, or we will all hate each other at the end of this.

Em will be leaving for college the summer of 2016.  That's just around the corner.  God help me!  Maybe I will take thousands of pictures and put together four albums, so we can have one and each child.  You know, to remind us of the craziness that I am sure will occur.

We are already planning for this crazy BIG event.  Start praying for us now!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Disney/Universal/Legoland for Spring Break!

Since Em was hurt the last time we went to Disney, and she missed out on Harry Potter world, we are headed back that direction.  It's been a few years, but we have our rooms booked at Shades of Green.  Any other suggestions?  We've been to Legoland several times in CA, but never in FL.  Is it the same?  Different?  Any other must sees while we are in the area?

We are going to road trip it there....that alone could be an adventure.

Are there any new military deals that we need to be aware of?  Favorite places to eat?

I'm already counting down the days till Spring Break, it might be the only thing that will get me through the next few months of school!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve

I started off today with dragging my sore body out of bed.

After a two month hiatus from crossfit, after my last Half Ironman (where I cut an hour and 15 minutes off my PR), I returned to the box yesterday.  A good workout, but I was slow.  Today we had a Hero Wod.  The Hero WODS are usually long, and really push you.  It's about finishing and doing your best.

I'm already doubly sore from that workout!  The girls are gone to a lock-in at church, and so we are down to just Jr for NYE.  Relaxing.

I have our meal purchased for tomorrow--ham, blackeyed peas, collard greens, and cornbread.  A southern New Year's meal.  Gunner had never heard of it before he met me.

Starting in 2014, I am going to do the Whole 30.  30 days of no processed foods, no sugar, and no alcohol.  Oh dear!  I need a kickstart though to get back on track.  The rest of the family by default is going to go through it as well.  Gunner is less than excited, Em wants to be vegetarian, Abs said "gross", and Jr just insisted on a can of beans every day.  I can't please them all I suppose.

Our Christmas was amazing!  Everyone was happy with their gifts, and I got a new tri bike!  Time to sign up for a few more half ironmans, and start riding again.

I think I am going to go pile my sore body on the couch and relax for the next few hours till the New Year....if I make it that long!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Monday, December 23, 2013

A long, long, long, time

Does anyone still read this blog anymore? 

I miss blogging.  Goodness knows enough craziness happens in our life.


Em is 16.  She has her last driving class tomorrow.  God help us all, she can test for her license.  Rest assured that until she can pass MY test, she will not be out on the road by herself.

Abs is 12.  She chooses to memorize books instead of paying attention in school.  She then passes each test, and her teachers are not happy.

Jr. is 7.  I had to remove him from public school in order to save his little spirit.  He is excelling in Montessori. 

I am still teaching.  I always thought that the grass was greener in another school.  That was a huge mistake.  I did win a huge grant to put technology in the hands of my students.  I earned my Master Reading Teacher, got certified for EC-8 Generalist, EC-12 SPED, and a bunch of other stuff, and I am hoping that I find a school that appreciates me for what I can offer.

I applied to a school in Moscow.

Me:  Kids, I applied for a job in Moscow.
Kids:  As in Russia?
Me:  Yes!
Kids:  How soon until we leave?

So we can assume that the military life had no ill effect on my children, they still want to move.  I think Gunner might be happy if we stayed in one spot, but I'm with the kiddos, it's time to go!

Blogging is therapeutic.  Wait till I tell you about my pintrest failures, lol.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Retirement is not all it is cracked up to be.  Seriously.

Gunner is using his GI bill and going to school full time.  Em is 15, Abs is 12, and Junior is 6.  I am in the middle of training for a triathlon with a friend, and today we did a triathlon just for the fun of it.  Yes, we are insane.

We did the swim on post, and then went for our bike ride.  We passed the house where we put down the stones for a walkway almost 10 years ago.  They were still there.  We went by our first on post house at the great place.  We went by motorpool way where everyone showed our support during the first deployment.  We passed the 4th ID memorial, melted down from the statue of Sadaam.  We went by the hospital where Andrew was born.

I never realized how many memories that we had at this place until today.  Gunner was stationed here when I met him, and married him.  We came back here when my dad was sick and I felt like I needed to be here. We returned here, when One of us needed a job......I miss active duty.