Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Jumbled up thoughts in My Head

These are actual thoughts and questions that jumble up my head throughout the day. I am either crazy or normal. So, occasionally I am gonna share my thoughts, so if you are having the same thoughts you know you are normal or we both are crazy!

1.Why is it when I go to the gym, I have to find the closest parking spot. God forbid I start my exercise sooner than I have to!

2. I think my dog Wally, can read my mind.

3.Can the people in the TV see me, and know what I am doing while I am watching them?

4.What the hell is an okra?

5.How come I really don't want to go to the gym until I lose five more pounds?

6. Why do kids think farts are funny? okay, I think they are too!

7. When Nolan plays hide-n-seek does he really think I can't see or hear him behind that chair I just saw him go behind?

8. I start to think about sex when I am in church and the pastor is getting ready to give the sermon.

9.. When I see an "odd"couple, I think to myself ,How do they "do it"?

10. I must think about sex alot!

Well, if you can't laugh at yourself, than who can you laugh at... apparently me!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

You need a Trip

So when you are married to a pilot, the first question you are asked when ever you are introduced to other women is "How do you handle your husband being away all the time?" are you kidding me? I always turn this question around and ask "How do you handle YOUR husband being home all the time!?"I just honestly couldn't do it! No, not because I don't adore my hubby, and yes, I love spending time with him. But everyday of the year, every night and every weekend. NO THANKYOU!! Okay so some of you are thinking , I am a Biotch, well I am, but besides that there is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with having some seperation from your spouse.

I have talked to many pilot's wives' and they all feel the same way. I ran into one at the gym yesterday and she was telling me how her husband needed to go on a trip, for her sanity! So this is not something I say to make myself feel better, it is across the board. So I thought I would give you a little insight to what its like when hubby is coming home from a long trip and you are so excited about spending quality time together, and then what happens after he has been home for a week, and you need him to go on a trip! It goes something like this: While you are anticipating his arrival you are thinking of all of these things you can't wait to do with him that you have been dreaming about for the last few weeks he has been away.

Hubby comes home.
1.You can't wait to have unbridled, passionate "sex", with your hubby all week long!
2.You can't wait to spend time with him watching his favorite shows.
3. He helps around the house, doing laundry, cleaning the dishes etc. Isn't he the greatest!
4.You can't wait to see your lawn mowed, and edges trimmed so your house does not look like the television show the "Adam's family"
5.You can't wait to go out to your favorite restuarants
6.You can't wait to stay up all night long "catching up"
7. You can't wait to go the gym with him and work out together
8. You can't wait to go shopping with him
9. You can't wait to go out with his friends together

Okay, after he has been home for one week,without a trip

1.You are not having sex "again"!
2.His favorite shows suck, they all have to do with airplanes, which are boring
3.He has shrunk your favorite shirt because it said "dry clean only"
4 You will gladly pay the neighborhood kid 10$ to mow the damn yard!
5.You are tired of Chinese food, besides the MSG makes you bloat!
6.You are exhausted by 9pm, from taking care of kids, you don't care what you he did on his last trip with so and so, you just want to go to sleep!
7. During your workouts together he can't quit giving you pointers on how to swim, run, etc. !
8. No, I don't want to go to Home Depot or Costco AGAIN, there having a shoe sale at Dillard's! AND
9. I don't even like your friends:)

So, as you can see, I am one part Biotch and one part regular pilot's wife!!! So there! Deal with it.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Smashing Pumpkins

My nephew,Chad, works in the music industry and this last week had a gig with the Smashing Pumpkins, so when he and my niece called to see if Bob and I wanted to go see them(for free!) we were like YES!, We met up with Chad at Margaritaville and spent an hour with him, and then we fought the rain and ran over to where the concert was. It was cool because there were all these people in line, and we walked right up:) its good to know people! Chad came out and chatted with us for awhile, and handed us two back stage passes to meet the band afterwards.
Bob and I haven't been to a concert in a few years, so we were pretty excited and overly ambitious. The concert started at 915pm, and we were ready to jam and party all night long! The place was packed, and once the concert got started, we no longer were able to see our nephew,except the few times we looked on stage and saw his head coming up from the floor.
So here is what happened, I stood in line for drinks for about 30 mins, and then had to find Bob in a swarm of people. The music started and it was so loud, the floor was literally vibrating, People were dancing, they were banging their heads so hard, I thought the heads were going to pop off and roll down the hall! I kept waiting for the songs that I knew, but for some reason I didn't recognize any of them. At about 11pm, I couldn't take it anymore, I really wanted to stay the whole time, but I was getting nauseous from the beat and lack of AC, so Bob and I decided to leave,we would have stayed if we were going to see Chad again, but that wasn't an option.(sorry Chad!)
Before we left, we did give those back stage passes, to these two guys who were standing by us the whole night, telling us how this was the greatest band ever, and they loved these guys. They were thrilled! I don't know if they went back, because I don't know if they really believed us! Bob and I went to Perkins for Breakfast food, and got home by 12pm. We are so OLD! Our party "all night long", turned into four hours. That is really pathetic!We did have a great time out. The best part was spending time with our nephew, and I would go to any band to do that!

So on our way to the gym today, I found out why I didn't recognize any of there music. I was listening to the radio and said, Bob why didn't they play this song, this is my favorite song they sing. He said probably because that's Blind Melon,not the Smashing Pumpkins!Bob started laughing. that's who you thought it was, didn't you? yep the whole time! So, I have never actually listened to any Smashing Pumpkins songs before!
Thanks Chad for the tickets, we really did have a great time. You are awesome! We enjoyed spending time with you.
BTW Chad just got a promotion! He is now the tour manager for Ben Folds Five! Congrats Chad, I am going to start downloading their music asap, so when you are back in town and I go to the concert I know EXACTLY who I am going to see!! I love you Teryn and Chad!
We did take pictures too, and when we can figure out how to download them from our phone we will post them.. Hey I told you we were old!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sad News

On a sad note:
I just wanted to tell you all personally that this morning we got some very sad news. My brother Robbie called to tell us that at 11 weeks pregnant, during a routine sonogram, the doctors could not find baby Robinson's heartbeat. They looked for it, but it apparently had stopped beating, they believe 5 days ago. This was very unexpected, as the heartbeat was so strong two weeks ago. They are both heartbroken.
Please pray for Robbie and Adrien during this week as they grieve the loss of their baby.
We love you Robbie and Adrien,again we are so sorry.

Rain Rain Go Away

Well, we are still dealing with dark clouds and rain from T.S. Faye! This really is depressing. The first day it was Whoohoo, no school and we slept and ate all day, yes all day long! It was glorious, but now everyone is just plain bored. Bob has been home all week, and that has been nice, but now that I have been stuck in the house with him all week, I wouldn't mind him having a trip (women, are we ever satisfied?!)
I have been spending endless hours on my computer, reading blogs, I have redesigned my blog 100 times, and it still looks the same!
Now, I am getting a dose of my brother's Seattle weather! This thing is hanging over our heads like a bad migraine. I should be using my time more wisely, but all I want to do is stay in my pajamas, eat chocolate, and watch lifetime for women. Can you gain 10 pounds in three days?

On the plus side, I have caught up on alot of blog readings, and have become slightly addicted to the other pilot wives blogs:) My grass (weeds) are growing, I haven't had to walk the dogs, mow the lawn,or go to the gym (yes, I can go to the gym in the rain, but who wants to), I haven't cooked in three days (takeout), and I have been able to sleep until 8am because it is so dark out.
On the negative side, I am OD ing on Dunkin Donuts coffee, the grass is getting really high, my pool is starting to turn green, I haven't gone to the gym, my hair is flat and frizzy, And yes you can gain 10 pounds in three days!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

First day of School

Well, I made it through the first day of Kindergarten without too many tears! Yes, I cried. I really thought I was ready, and I thought going through this five years previously had prepared me for letting another one go. I was mistaken. I watched as my "baby", put away his backpack, lunchbox and water bottle. I watched as he sat down next to his buddies from last year. I watched him settle in, and then without warning I could feel the dropping of my heart, and could feel my eyes swell with tears.

It was not all sad tears, there were happy ones too. Nolan told me the night before he was ready for kindergarten. When he got home I asked him, what did you do today Nolan"Nofing",I can't believe that answer starts one day after Kindergarten. Last year he could talk non stop of his days activities in the pre-K class.

So now we are on day two and I ask him,"well tell me one thing you did today. He says,"we read, we can already read you know?" It was a challenge. "Oh, so you have been in Kindergarten for one day and can already read, that's impressive". "Actually, I've been in Kindergarten two days!". Well at least I know he is good at math! So I asked him, "How do you like Kindergarten". He said,"It makes me tired. Its alot of work learning those letters!". He has no idea!

"Short Trips"

So as I told you Bob came home late Sunday night after a three week trip. As he was leaving his boss told him how sorry he was that he had kept him away for so long, and that it must be nice having a few days at home!
We were really happy to have him home, so Monday I took Regan to her first day of school party, and Bob spent the day with Nolan. It was great, until I got home, and saw the look Bob was giving me. He, of course, got a call from his boss telling him they had a trip the next day(Tuesday), it would be a "short trip", but it was an emergency. I have heard this before! So Bob leaves on Tuesday morning, no worries, he will be home by dinner! RIGHT. Bob's quick trip turned into a late trip, I was a little annoyed but, oh well at least he will be home all day Wednesday.
So, Wednesday we take Nolan to his first day of school together, we decided to visit the bookstore until time to pick Nolan up. We get there and 5 mins later, his phone rings, I hear a lot of uhuhs, and umm's, then the apologetic look comes. We have to leave the bookstore because Bob has another quick trip(sure),he must leave on, but he will be home by dinner. As I am putting the kids to bed, Bob shows up to do the tucking in.
Today Bob left on his scheduled trip for the next few days,and he is "supposed" to have next week off!
If you see the paramedics at my house, giving me mouth to mouth resuscitation, you will know that I tried killing myself by HOLDING MY BREATH!!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Invisible Shoes

This week we are busy getting ready for school. The day before school there is always an "open house". Because Nolan is going into kindergarten, this is a big deal. We take all of his supplies to school, we get to meet his teacher, mingle with a few other kindergartners, and pick out his cubby. Everyone is on their best behavior and wants to look their best!
Well I was running late, as usual, so I grabbed Nolan's shoes and handed them to him, I thought he put them in the car. Well, he didn't. We head to his school which is a good 20 min's away. Once we get there, I notice that Nolan has not put his shoes on his feet. I am getting panicky. Okay, I tell myself , calm down, I will just put the shoes on his feet myself, except there are no shoes, Nolan forgot them.
Now I am not sure what to do, because we have to drop the supplies off, he has to pick out his cubby and meet friends/teacher and we do not live close enough to go back home, so I make an executive decision. We are going to have to go to "open house" shoeless! I tell this to him, and he looks at me like, your crazy. He is reluctant because everyone knows you can't go to school without shoes! But in true Nolan fashion, he shrugs his shoulder , and starts heading towards the school. I should let you know he has no socks either, so his feet are now black!
We walk down the path to his class room. At this time all the other kids are running around,with shoes, towards their room. I notice other mother's walking by us, looking down at his dirty black shoeless feet.
When we get to his class, his teacher immediately realizes he has no shoes on. I begin to quietly apologize and explain how Nolan forgot his shoes. She listens intently, smiling the whole time, looking at Nolan, then she got down to his level, lifted his head to look him in the eyes , and she said the best thing anyone could have ever thought to say to a nervous, embarassed, five year old about ready to step into his new kindergarten class,
" I love your invisible shoes Nolan!" He looked up, smiled at his new teacher and ran off to meet his new friends, telling them all about his new invisible shoes! All the kids starting taking their shoes off, because they wanted invisible shoes too! I knew right then ,that my son was going to have the best kindergarten year ever.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Working for a Living

Bob is coming home today after a three week trip. This is the longest he has been gone for awhile. We have been fortunate to have him home most of the summer, but I see that this may start to become a brief pattern for him because of the new plane they are purchasing in a few months.
Here is what I did in the three weeks while he was gone.
reorganized play room
bought school supplies
shuffled kids everywhere
watched every girl flick out on DVD
ate hot dogs,macaroni and cheese,chicken nuggets, McDonald's, pizza, and cereal
grocery shopped
fixed AC
fixed pool cleaner
fixed running toilet

Here is what hubby did while he was away "working"
Fly airplane
sit in posh hotel
eat steak, lobster,fish,and Italian
send clothes off to be laundered
sit by pool, beach, apply sunscreen
read two great books
seen Mexico, LA, Hollywood, and Vegas

And he is the one that gets the pay check! I have said it once, I will say it again, I should have been a pilot.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

End of Summer

I am sitting at the pool watching Regan and Nolan swim. I suddenly realize that summer is coming to an end. I have three more days, before school officially begins. Regan will be starting her 5th grade year, and Nolan(my baby) will be starting kindergarten.

I am not ready for any of this. I have had the best summer,with my children. We have spent endless hours together enjoying the simple things that the season has to offer. I have watched them grow closer and develop a special bond with one another that only comes by spending time together, getting to know each other.
I have stood by their door and listened to them, enjoying the conversations that they have had and the belly laughter that escapes their lips, hours after they were supposed to be asleep. I have even on occasion snuck back in, and watched as they quickly closed their eyes and pretend to be asleep, and when I turn to leave ,I pretend not too hear the giggles that they are not able to contain, believing they have pulled one over on me.

I have observed them using their imagination for hours with simple house hold items, creating artwork, forts, boats, and experiments. These days have been so wonderful to me. I am blessed to be able to spend so much time with my children. It is a blessing that they are able to be children. I love that they feel such freedom in expressing themselves, and are able to be who they are. This summer has been a time of wonder, adventure, and innocence.

As I prepare for this next school year, I find myself already dreading, the end of our summer.
We need to change our schedule: we need to start eating dinner before 7pm, we need to start going back to bed before 11pm, and waking before 12pm; but one thing I am certain that will never change, is their need for one another. I hope that this summer is one they will reflect back on one day, and never forget the memories that they created together,but more importantly that they never take their bond as brother and sister for granted.
Summer is over, the school year will begin, and it will bring many new memories, lots of new adventures, create numerous experiences, and bring more opportunites for us. I am sad that summer is over, but I am excited about this next season in our lives.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Instant Message

It is going on three weeks that Bob has been "working"! He had a month off, so I got really spoiled and then it rained on my parade, a down right tsunami!
We have had to be creative on ways to keep in touch, because there are some areas that cell phones just don't work very well. And then my friend introduced us to IMing!(instant messaging)!
Now we have been able to talk to each other non-stop through our computers. We type to each other and have full conversations. We can do this for hours! Yes, I said hours. I find myself logging on to my computer with such anticipation , I can feel my heart beating with joy, and excitement waiting to hear the im ringing and blinking with a message from my beloved!
Are you on? YES YES YES!!! and so begins our conversation. ..and then we type, and type and type.
It has opened up a new form of communication for us. We have found that we are able to write to each other openly and honestly, there is no limit, no boundaries. There is an innocence to it, you must take the time to read what the other person is conveying and only then can you respond. It takes out the rush of conversation and adds an element of art, and mystery. There are endless things that we want to know about each other, events that have happened in our day that we must share with one another, terms of endearments,a modern day love letter!
Bob's career as a pilot can take him away from home for extensive periods of time, but it is when he is away, that we talk the most, and it is in those conversations that we share some of our most intimate times. Instant messaging has reminded us that we are still getting to know one another, we are still interested in each others dreams, that we still need to stay connected for just a few more moments, and although we are still far apart in miles, we are never far apart in our hearts.
Yes, it is hard at times, lonely even, but with technology we have found a way to not only stay connected ,but to reconnect in different ways. I love to instant message, just the name itself promises to connect me instantaneously to my beloved, knowing that he is just on the other side of the screen waiting for my reply!

As Bob flys closer to the USA, I will once again be able to hear his voice, although I know we will continue to IM, because we have discovered a new way, another way, to fall in love all over again.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Life Saver

Pete and Re Pete were sitting on a boat, Pete fell off. Who was left? Re Pete. Pete and Re Pete were sitting on a boat, Pete fell off. Who was left? Re Pete.

Sometimes this just sounds a little too familiar in my so called life! Get up, take care of house, kids, dinner, laundry, go to sleep, wake up .... repeat.

Sometimes this just sounds a little too familiar with the mistakes that I make. Make a mistake, fix the problem...repeat.

Sometimes this just sounds a little too familiar with my Faith. Walking on an obedient and faithful path with Christ, take a wrong turn... repeat.

In life there are many repeats, and do overs. The best thing we can do, is get back in the boat, dry off, and keep rowing.

In life sometimes the best, most fun, adventurous, silly, crazy times are when we fall out of the boat... and sometimes it just plain sucks!
During those times, its good to know that the people who love you the most will not let you drown, but throw you a life saver, to help lift you back in!

Thanks to the ones, who have thrown me many, many lifesavers, who have jumped in after me, and who sit beside me rowing!
ps. could somebody throw me a line...I fell out... again

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Purdue Class of 2008~

My niece Kara graduates from Purdue today!I can not believe that the last four years went so fast. What a great accomplishment. She has worked hard for four years and now she is reaping the rewards.
I am so proud of her, not just because of her college degree, but because during these four years, I have watched a young girl, become an amazing woman ! She is a wonderful niece, beloved cousin, and has become one of my most cherished friends.

Now, as she embarks on a new journey in her life, I am excited to see where life takes her, what opportunities await her, and where her road will lead.

I love you Kara, with all my heart . You have impressed me with your will and determination to complete this task at hand, at times when you felt like giving up, you pressed on looking towards your finish line, seeking the prize. I know that you will face your future with the same determination, and be successful in whatever you choose as your life's goal!


The best part of technology is that I get to watch Kara graduate from Purdue in my living room via the internet!!