I'm just an ordinary girl doing ordinary stuff.

I just happen to be a single mom in the military.

My kids are part of the military too.

When I deploy, their heart breaks too.

They're strong little guys.

Being their mom is the most humbling experience I've ever had.

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See if you can keep up with me as I serve my country holding my kids in my arms.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sigh... they're growing...

The boys and I spent the weekend at my brother Jerry's house with his wonderful wife and kids.  Today, Jerry showed the boys how to mow the lawn!  They were so excited to push that great big lawn mower.  Sean was so happy when Jerry announced they were all going to cut the grass that he was the first to run to him.

It will never cease to amaze me how fast time flies.  This year has certainly sped like crazy.  I need to blog more so I can hold onto as many memories as the internet allows me to!  I have a tendency to get tunnel-visioned and just head straight for the next checkpoint and it isn't until the adrenaline rush is over that I stop and breathe and realize what exactly is happening.  I get that way when I'm preparing to leave for a temporary duty away from my kids, trying to meet a huge deadline at work, or just trying to make it through the week.  This fall, though, really hit me pretty hard.  Because I realized... my kids are growing so quickly!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Cheap Fun

Yesterday was awesome. The boys and I were outside from 0930-1230. We played with silly string, bubbles, and wrote on our patio floor and out apartment fence (shhh, don't tell) with sidewalk chalk. After a good crockpot chicken lunch, the boys were ready for more outdoor fun. But it was HOT out. Soooo... What's a mom to do?

A few weeks ago I bought a couple of jump ropes for the kids. I didn't realize til I unraveled them that they were the super long ropes. So yesterday I used them as imaginary laser beams. Then I took a couple of our hula hoops and put them on the floor by the laser beams. Voila!! Indoor friggin obstacle course.

We had fun seeing who could get through the course without touching anything but the floor. Caden decided that jumping over the laser beams was too easy so he said we had to crawl under them. Easy for them!

By the time we were done I had two kids so tired that they put themselves to bed for their nap. :) After nap, we worked on art and alphabets. This was an excellent way to have a fun filled day without worrying about the bank account.

2 jump ropes: $3 each
2 hula hoops: $4 each
2 bubble sets: $1 each
3 silly string cans: $1 each
1 pack sidewalk chalk: $1 each

Total: $20 with $15 of it a one-time expense so that leaves $5 actually lost for the day. Not bad!!