Friday, May 20, 2011

Doing the Milspouse Friday Fill-in this week!

1. What is one of the things you always do special when your husband returns from a deployment?  submitted by Keep Calm and Soldier On
Luckily, never had to deal with this, but if he's gone for whatever, I make sure the house is clean so I'm not cleaning and doing dishes when he gets home. 

2. What do you do to help your spouse and/or yourself re-adjust after a deployment or long separation?  submitted by Diapers, Dogs and Deployments
It's funny how easy it is just to pick up where you left off.  

3. Are you a crazy coupon clipper (I’m becoming one, so share your secrets with me)?  submitted by Married My Airman
I ain't the crazy coupon lady, but I do use them. It's hard because I typically do by fresh ingredients, but I almost always use coupons for toiletries. I did get crazy once and bought $40 worth of toiletries (including razors) for like $15, but I can never figure out how people get all that stuff for free like on that TV show about the crazy couponers.    

4. What’s your most treasured memory of you and your spouse (not counting your wedding – that’s a given)? submitted by Scrubs, ACUs and One Crazy Ride
We did a road trip from Wisconsin to Key West, Florida. That's just how cheap we are (well, that's when gas was much cheaper). Putting together a tent in the dark after driving for 14 hours that day and then sleeping on a partly inflated air mattress is one of those tests of a strong relationship. At the time it didn't seem fun, but looking back on it, it was quite the adventure. 

5. If you could live anywhere overseas, what would you pick and why? submitted by Little Moments Like This 
Germany was our #1 pick for duty station, and we got it, so we're more than happy. Anywhere in Europe is great because we're history nerds. Craig loves Japan, and we do have the opportunity to live there next. Asia has always been mysterious to me, so I think it would be interesting to learn about the culture. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ode to Ma

Ya know those poor kids who have their birthday right around Christmas? Well, my mom also get the short end of the stick. Her birthday always falls right around Mother's Day. So I thought I'd take some time out to say both Happy Birthday and Happy Mother's Day to my mamma. 

Also, a photo for ya'll. And yes, my eyes always look like that. I once went to a Mary Kay party and I told my friends I had no idea how to apply eye make-up, and my one friend replied, "you mean you don't wear eye make-up every day?" 

But back to my mom. She's a pretty nice lady, I must say. Birthed six kids, put up with our crap, got us through those awkward teenage years pretty unscathed. Well, there's one left to get through his teenage years, so I guess it remains to be seen if there's a wild child among the group. But we all turned out ok. 

My mom was at a youth sporting event once, and another mom was complaining about her older children, one was arrested, one was working in a dead-end job, I think one may have gotten a girl knocked-up, and then the lady asked my mom, "So what about your kids?" My mom said she didn't have the heart to tell her her oldest had graduated college and had a good job, her second was recently married and accepted a teaching position, her third works on one of the best farms in the state, the fourth is in every extracurricular imaginable... and so on (yes I just totally "Mary-Ann and the rest"-ed my two last siblings, but you get the point). So as they say, the proof is in the pudding. I've got a pretty damn good mom. And I guess dad is ok too, haha. 

Oh, I forgot to mention-  it's my mom's 50th birthday this week!