Monday, June 29, 2009

Trendy new things!

Check out this site for wonderful personalized items for your child. There is everything from books, folders, puzzles, placemats, posters, growth charts, journals and even lunch boxes! very cute and not too expensive.

Tori Spelling's new children's clothing line will be widely available this Fall! It's called Little Maven and the pieces I've seen from her show and from the internet are CUTE!!

My final Recommendation of the day was featured in Pregnancy Magazine... they are the Penny People. They have a blogspot check it out:

They sell their artwork at here's the link:

They are $15 for a small and $25 for a large and they will put your child's name on it in the color you choose.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

June 27th, 2009

Well the car situation is the same still only have the mustang which seats 4 and we are a family of 5. Hopefully soon I will have my SUV back. I heard within the next two weeks but who knows. It's been 5 weeks now.

This week was a hard week for Stars with the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and the King of PoP Michael Jackson. I've always been a fan of Michael Jackson's. I know some people think he's weird and believe the allegations against him but I am not one of them. I think this is a huge loss for the music industry. I was looking forward to seeing his big come back next month I think it would have turned things around for him. Just goes to show that anyone can die at anytime so make the best of it while you are here. It doesn't matter how much money you have when you die, the only things that matter are the good deeds you did while here on earth and the memories you leave the people that knew you with. So try your best everyday to do good for the world and for others.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Terrible Threes????

I've heard of terrible twos we went through them with the girls but what about terrible threes? My son has always been a mommas boy and well behaved except for the occasional tired crankiness that all small children get. We are firm believers after having two girls and a boy that boys are WAY easier than girls. Boys for us anyways potty train better, listen better, are calmer, less emotional than girls. In the past month my dear sweet boy has turned a corner.... he's been bad. I have a time out chart hanging in my kitchen which lists the offenses and the times you'll serve if you commit them. It's sort of a do the crime serve the time sort of deal. It works really well nobody likes to be in the corner (corner is actually a wall but they have to put their nose on it) Anyways we've done the naughty chair, the naughty step, the time out rug and for us nothing works better then the wall. Lately however he doesn't care about the wall or listening to me at all for that matter. I've turned into a shrieker in the past month and lay in bed at night hating that I yelled so much during the day. Here's a list of what my son has done in the past two days just to give you a taste of what I am talking about:

Day 1:
Peeled the leather off the top of my NEW dining room chair (2nd chair ruined now, Scott is not happy) while playing his computer game.
pulled down his pants in the upstairs hallway (right outside the bathroom door mind you) and peed!!!!
pulled the cats tail
pulled hair out of the guinea pig (which he loves so i have no clue why he did it)
"dropped a deuce" as little stewie from family guy would say IN HIS PANTS! it preceded to roll down his pant leg to his sock eww! He's fully potty trained for God sakes!!
Broke one of the large hanging blind thingys on the patio door.

Day 2: Dumped the cat food (Eukanuba brand) and all the guinea pig food over all the shoes in the downstairs closet. Nothing like putting on your shoes to go to the bus stop and crunch cat food in between your toes.
Then put cat food in the cat water....
Then he "mopped" the kitchen floor with our water machine water while i was in the bathroom, i had also just swept up a pile and was going to hand vac it up in a minute and he decided those made good sprinkles for the newly soaked floor.
and to top it off he dumped the guinea pig cage poo and all on my living room carpet while i was folding clothes in my bedroom!!
He also decided one blind was not enough and broke one of the mini blind thingys in the girls room.

Now I'll admit I have been distracted the past week or so. I was sick for a good week and a half and needed to catch up on bills, our money program, laundry, cleaning ect.... Also I've had studying to do for school, yes i'm finally back in school after my year break. But I have still made time for doing things special with him. He still picks out a pile of books and by the end of the day we've read them all. We still watch sesame street and scooby do together every morning. We still play the cool school on the computer together for math and science, he does the art by himself. So its not like he's being ignored. I haven't had a car in over a month so perhaps it's cabin fever??? We go to the park every day, for walks, and for bike rides. Also i've borrowed scotts car and taken them to things when he didn't need to use it. So what is this??? Terrible Threes??? Just a bad mood that has lasted a month??? All I know is I hope it ends soon because this month has not been pleasant.

I am looking forward to Scotts leave, starting Saturday at midnight..... he just looks at them and they fall in line like little soldiers. I wish I had that kind of power LOL.

So anyways now my venting is done PHEW.

Today we had a power surge and it blew out 4 light bulbs and blew the breaker for 1/4 of my house here in base housing. I called up housing and once again they were incredibly nice. She sent a guy out to look at it within 5 minutes of hanging up the phone.... impressive. He fixed it all got every thing working again except the light bulbs because he didn't have enough on him. Also while he was here I debated showing him the blinds my son broke. i decided better tell him now then when we move out. He said no problem it happens and is fixing both tomorrow when he comes with the light bulbs, NO charge!! I was so relieved and so happy. I was charged a lot back in washington for two mini blinds and glad that was not the case here.

I'm currently searching the internet for a local church. We still haven't found one since moving to Saratoga Springs. Not that I have a car to get there but still I want to find one and i want it to have a good children's program like the one we went to where we lived before. So I'll keep looking. If any of you know of one around here let me know please. I've gone to Catholic schools growing up and been to Catholic churches for 15 years, LDS for 3 years and gone to Christian churches for 2 years so I consider myself open to different churches and religions.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

We've reached a decision.... can you say "Aloha"

Well we've pretty much reached a decision. Instead of doing the NR Engineer route in Washington DC we are choosing to go back to a boat and going the EDO route. Crazy I know but it does have some benefits. We will remain here in New York until May 2010 (Scotts putting in for the job in December) Then we will move to Charleston, South Carolina for a year. While there Scott will go to OCS for three months (probably away from us) Then he will go to power school in South Carolina for the rest of the year. About May 2011 we will then move to Hawaii as O-1E, we will remain in Hawaii for 3 years where Scott will be on a boat again. As much as being on a boat again will suck we will be making twice as much money as we would be if he took the NR job in DC due to the large officer bonus on subs and having sub and sea pay which we wouldn't get otherwise. Another perk is instead of working, going to school, and commuting in DC he will just be working in hawaii, that's it! After Hawaii in 2014 we will move to Boston where Scott will get his dream of going to school at MIT. While there.... no work just school! (remember this is the school he would have done while working in DC but by going back to a boat we get to push off the school until off the boat leaving him with no work just school) So he'll actually have more time with the family even though he'll have sea time. He'll have loads of time in south carolina and TONS of time in Boston. Another perk is by going to DC we would have had to pay for part of his college like we are doing right now, but by waiting and going to Boston it will be 100% paid for by the navy. Saves a fortune because that is an expensive school.

Neither one of us wanted to go back to being on a boat, we didn't want anymore time apart as a family. He missed a lot of the kids being little (2 of their first 4 years of life) just as all sailors do but still it wasn't fun and it made him sad. That's why he's killed himself to get the 4.0 for the NR Engineer job it would have kept him from sea for possibly the rest of his career! Now we are going to do the EDO route which only requires a 3.5 GPA So he could have relaxed about school while here in New York. Oh well he worked hard, very hard and I'm proud of him. So far he is still Valedictorian of the class of 2010 at RPI, while working full time shift work for the Navy. I love him so much for all that he does and he's letting me pick which career route we want to go. I didn't want to pick one he wouldn't be happy with so I let him decide anyways, and he picked what I wanted so it worked out. Their are different perks for both jobs as well as different drawbacks. We wanted the one with more family time it just happened to also be the one that makes more money and involves more travel.

We also asked the kids what they thought. I showed them travel books from washington DC, I've been there a few times so i showed them the different places they could go ect.... We also showed them Charleston, and Hawaii on the computer (i Ordered books as well) And they've been to Boston so they knew about that. Aurora voted for Africa....... lol. I told her that really wasn't an option. She was bummed, she wanted to live with the animals. Jennifer voted for Hawaii and Michael didn't really care. So three votes Hawaii, one vote Africa, and One undecided. The ballots are in so here's the plan:
Our Navy Travel Plan:

New York (Student) 2002-2003
Washington (USS Nevada) 2003-2007
New York (Staff) 2007-2010
South Carolina (OCS O-1) 2010-2011
Hawaii (O-1 through O-3) 2011-2014
Boston (O-3) 2014-2017
Then who knows :)

So that's the plan! Plans change all the time so who knows but that's what we are going for so now we just sit back and hope for the best because that's all you can do.

Photos of Charleston South Carolina:

Photos of Hawaii and one of the 0-1 Housing floor plans:

Photos of MIT (Scotts School) and Boston, Massachusetts:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Finally pictures from Grandma Thelma's Stay

April and May pics are finally on the computer.  I uploaded them to facebook rather then try to upload them all here (over 300 pics)   Grandma Thelma's stay is on there as well as moving into base housing and much much more.  Check it out and Enjoy.

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