Sunday, January 26, 2014

Last Call

There is a giveaway going on at my new blog. It has low entries right now, so you might want to get in on this if you're into cloth diapering!

http://notquitecrunchymommy.blogspot.com/2014/01/cloth-diaper-giveaway.html

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

So long, goodbye...

This blog is (obviously) no longer being updated. Rather than deal with revamping it I have decided to move on to another blog entirely. If you're interested in following along, you can see my new blog at:

Not Quite Crunchy Mommy

Thanks!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Holy Crap, This Blog Still Exists?


Wow do I feel bad! I've been MIA for months now... my bad!

I'm sure you all know how it goes - sometimes life just gets in the way of the little hobbies we like to do. I know there's been a ton of things that have been put on the back burner for a while now.

So let's see, I last updated in... wow, that's can't be right.... August! Yikes! >_<

Well, as you can imagine the rest of the deployment drug by but Huzzy did finally come home. Baby Girl was overjoyed and we had some great holiday family time.

Aaaaaaannnnnnnd since Huzzy isn't one to wait, we got pregnant pretty much right after he got home! Yup, that's right, we're expecting baby #2 here roughly around mid August. Obviously I'm already pretty far along. So far it's been a fairly uneventful and safe pregnancy (knock wood!). Huzzy is beside himself with pride because not only does he have a beautiful little girl, but now we're gearing up for a little man around the house. It's funny how proud guys are of themselves when they know they're going to have a son.

I'm still in school, still rocking the 4.0, and praying I can hang onto it through this pregnancy. We'll see! The puppy (and I use the term loosely) is doing well also, although she still likes chewing up...everything.

So as you can believe I've been plenty busy! I kept myself off blogging to take care of some hectic stuff during the last few months of the deployment, and then we were busy with family time, and then well... We've just been busy with life!

So this is just me dropping a line to let you all know that I'm not dead or dying in a ditch. We're actually doing great! And here's hoping I'll be back more regularly. I'm hoping to get back to posting once a week or so. Crossing my fingers!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Apparently OPSEC is a joke...




I tend to join quite a few military groups while Huzzy is gone. I avoid the news but I still like to have my feelers out there so I have an idea of what's going on. Whether Huzzy tells me anything or not, I'll find out what's up from one of these ladies who obviously have no regard for OPSEC whatsoever.

Today I was reading (trolling) one of the groups and found a pretty innocent post. It was basically just a post about what the group members were excited for, happy about, etc. People were posting about plans for the weekend, house remodeling and other inconsequential things. That's cool.

Then I get to the comment from someone who is obviously way too happy to bother checking to make sure she wasn't revealing too much. To most people, the post seemed simple enough. She posted about how long (exact number of days) her husband has been gone. She was excited because she knew when he was going to be in port (which I won't repeat here) and chose to share that with the group.

There are over 3,000 people in this group. From what little that woman posted (and a quick trip to Google), I now know what ship her husband is on. Even if I wasn't sure exactly which one (many times more than one ship leaves on the same day) the big ass picture of his ship on her Facebook profile kind of gives it away.  Since she was kind enough to tell me when the ship will be pulling in, I also know generally where in the world he is. I can safely assume he will be pulling in to one of two possible ports.

Good thing I'm not one of the bad guys, huh?

But who's to say all of the other 3,000 people in that group are as trustworthy as myself?

I know that most people will read what she wrote and not think anything of it. It doesn't say when he comes home, right? So how bad could it be?

Right. Because we never get attacked in foreign ports. Never.







Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mommy's About To Pull Out All Her Hair

I knew that this deployment was going to be rougher than the last, I just don't think I expected it to be so exhausting!

Ahh, the joys of living with a 2 year old and a puppy! I use the term "puppy" loosely here... Misty is pretty much full grown at this point, but she's still a puppy in terms of her age. Between the dog and Baby Girl I have had to replace and throw out so many things I want to cry.

The worst part is they are a tag team effort. Baby Girl will go hunting for shoes, which Misty will then obediently chew to shreds. We have lost at least 7 pairs of shoes this way. The attachments to our practically new vacuum are toast. Our wonderful, comfy living room chair has been ripped open. Baby Girl likes to pull out all the stuffing and throw it on the floor. There's crayon on my walls, urine stains in my carpet and the garden hose is chewed to shreds.

Actually I'm fairly convinced that the dog is trying to kill me. I didn't have a working house phone for two days because Misty cut the lines from outside. Then I accidentally electrocuted myself while vacuuming because I didn't know she had chewed up a small part of the cable, exposing all the shiny sparky wires within. Did I mention the TV cable that got chewed through last week? Thank God I'm pretty handy with wiring, that I could fix myself. Add to that all the stuff that has broken just because of that wonderful deployment curse....

Last deployment looks like a breeze in comparison. No dog and Baby Girl wasn't even walking yet. Kind of makes me wonder why I was so stressed last time. I'd much rather have that deployment all over again than deal with this one!

Huzzy is, of course, no help at this point. How can he be? Thousands of miles from home all he can really do is listen to me vent and try to offer "solutions". His big solution lately has been to buy the dog some chew toys. Really? I never thought of that!! /sarcasm

Honestly though, the dog doesn't care. I've gotten her dozens of chew toys and still she chews up everything. And Baby Girl helps her do it. I've already lost this war.

Please, is this deployment over yet? I need a vacation!!!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Huzzy Thinks He's An Artist

Sorry, sorry. I know I've been pretty much non-existent for the last few weeks at least. My first term is coming to an end, I'm finally finished all my projects and papers and I'm about to have a little downtime. This deployment is also kicking my butt. I hate to say it, but it's true. I'm exhausted. Last year it wasn't so bad. Baby Girl was only crawling and it was so much easier to keep her contained. Now that she's two it's like all hell has broken loose in my house. I'm barely making it day to day sometimes. I live on Red Bull. I'm not sure how moms with more than one child do it, but I tip my hat them. Bright side? I'm getting over my case of baby fever. I'm also counting down the days until I can stick her butt in preschool.

Huzzy has been sweet about keeping up with letters, all of which I save and treasure. It is really amusing though, the change in them over time. His letters started out really sweet, full of I-love-yous and I-miss-yous. And they still are. But they're also full of topics of a more...risque nature. A couple days ago the mailman left three letters in the mailbox for me. The first one was all sweet declarations of love. The second was damn near soft-core erotica. Not that I'm complaining, mind. The third one... Well, I guess he got tired of beating around the bush and wanted to get straight to the point. It was a (poorly) drawn picture of two stick figures having sex.

Dear Lord, please bring my man home soon. Methinks he's going crazy out there. I have to say though, it made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt.

What about you girls? Ever get any...interesting letters from your man during deployment? I'm sure I can't be the only one.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Themed Care Package Fun - Back To School

It's been a while, huh? Well hopefully you guys are enjoying the Themed Care Packages as much as I am! I know that Huzzy has been liking them.

I like to send out packages for holidays and whatnot, though there really isn't one coming up for a while. But it is time for back-to-school, so I figured I would have some fun with that.

Now, this won't work for everyone I'm sure. I'm lucking out this year. Last year Huzzy would have had no need for most of this, but since he's doing a lot of office work this deployment it totally works out. Of course this is a fun care package idea for anyone who's heading off to school, not just military types.

Some of it is a little...juvenile (*cough* kiddie lunchbox *cough*) but the point is to make it fun, right?

Right?


I totally fell in love with this lunchbox the second I saw it.


Full of snacks and goodies!


Ok, so I played lazy on the decorating. So sue me!

A closer look.

Back to School Care Package:

Lunchbox
Poptarts
Brownies
Magnetic Dry Erase Board
Magazines
Spiral Notebooks
Planner
Colored Index Cards
Post-it Notes
Dry Erase Markers
Pens (cheap pens he can let people steal)
Crayons
Mini Markers
Hand Sanitizer
Highlighters
Wet Ones
Good Pens (that he won't lend to anyone)
Tissues
Snacks/Goodies


 I also included some drawings from Baby Girl, and wrote little notes in the notebooks. Just a personal touch I guess. :D

Have fun!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Zutara - My Latest Obsession




As River says, SPOILERS! I can't imagine that anyone hasn't seen Avatar the Last Airbender yet, but if by some chance this show has eluded you (as it did to me until just recently) you probably don't want to read this post. Just sayin'.


When Huzzy is gone I practically devour books, TV shows, animes and basically anything else I can get my hands on to fill my time. So far this deployment I've gotten into Switched at Birth, Sherlock, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Glee, Downton Abbey, Avatar The Last Airbender, Firefly, Farscape, Eureka, Drop Dead Diva, and Ouran High School Host Club. I also finished watching Doctor Who and read those stupid Fifty Shades of Grey books.

I'm a fandom hopper.

I get into something, get super into something and then obsess over it for a while. It's totally unhealthy, and I don't care. This is how I choose to live my life.

But now I'm stuck! I got completely sucked into Avatar (the show, not the movie. The movie sucks), and now I can't seem to escape Zutara. Seriously. I've actually started doing something I haven't done in years. Something I never thought I would do again. Something I'm not particularly proud of.

I started reading fanfiction again.

I feel dirty. Not that this is my fault or anything. I'm pretty sure the creators knew exactly what they were doing. They created a wonderful story, one that appealed to children and *ahem* adults (or at least me). It was funny, sad, smart, entertaining and there was that dash of romance. What I just don't understand though is why they decided to stick Katara with Aang. Seriously?? I don't know about you, but when I was 14 I wasn't attracted to immature 12 year old boys. The entire series she treats him like a child (to be fair, he acts like one) and there is very very little hint from Katara that she is interested. Sure, Aang is totally ga-ga over her from the beginning, but still.... Zuko would have made a much more believable suitor for her.

Oh geez, now I'm ranting. About a TV show.

Yikes.

So anyway, I definitely need to find something else to fill my time. So please, suggestions? I need to distance myself from this Zutara crap before I go crazy.

....Still totally shipping them forever though.

....Screw canon.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Surviving the Deployment Funk

It's official folks. I'm definitely in a funk. The days here are so similar that half the time I'm not sure what day it actually is. Yup, my life is that exciting.

On top of that I feel terrible for dropping this blog like I have recently. It's hard to write about something new and interesting though when there is just nothing new and interesting going on.

I'm getting closer and closer to the big 3-0 and find that I'm pretty bitter about that. I guess it's pretty normal. How many people are where they expected to be at 30? I certainly didn't expect to be just starting my degree, that's for sure. I guess I can't complain, I'm happy with my life and where I am. I just dislike the fact that I'm getting older and older. Yuckers.

So, not much for an interesting update, I'll give you that. Stay tuned though, I have another themed care package I'll be doing sometime in the next few days. Woo! Seriously not sure what I'm going to do with myself and he's home. I love making these care packages! Good thing I have friends who are still active duty. I'll just start spoiling them!

Have a good one, y'all.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

What A Difference A Year Makes....

July. It's finally July!

I'm so glad to be another month into this deployment, but this month is particularly bittersweet. This time last year I was one week away from Homecoming. I was going crazy getting last minute projects finished, painting signs, cleaning the house, taking care of yard work, etc. This year... Well, I can't say how long until he comes home but let's just say it's going to be a long time yet. There's no real excitement this month besides knowing we're (slowly) getting closer to that special day.

I've been feeling pretty rotten lately, though. A lot (though not all) of my fellow milspouse peoples are taking this deployment pretty badly. It can be rough, we all know that. The thing is though, this deployment is actually a million times easier than last year.

Last year I spent a good amount of time crying and feeling sorry for myself. I missed Huzzy constantly, in that it-hurts-to-even-think-of-you kind of a way. But for some reason this year I'm totally fine.

I feel like a jerk saying it. I'm fine. I'M FINE. I mean, I miss Huzzy. I do. I send him care packages and letters, I email him constantly. He's always there in the back of my mind. Somehow it just doesn't feel like it's that big of a deal.

Maybe it's because we just went through this. Maybe I'm getting better at compartmentalizing my feelings. Maybe it's just because I'm keeping so damn busy between our daughter, the puppy, the house and now school. Oh, and this blog I feel like I've been slowly abandoning as my free time evaporates.

Still, I feel like a jerk because on a day to day basis I'm not really that upset. I'm carrying on with life like everything is fine and dandy. I'd love if he were here, but he's not.

I suppose that this is a good thing. They say that kids take their cue from the parent left behind in how to deal with deployments. If you're good, they're good. And Baby Girl is definitely handling it well so that's a plus. I just can't help but feel like Huzzy would be upset to see that I'm not fall down devastated over his being gone.

I find myself actually becoming more concerned about what life will be like when he is back home again. Honestly, that will test our relationship more than anything. We have never spent more than 4 months together without getting separated thanks to the Navy. At first it was me being stationed away from him. Now it's him deploying and leaving me behind. What will life be like for us when we actually have to put up with each other all the time?

Someone may not make it out of this relationship alive.

When he gets back we're looking at 4 years of him being home. All the damn time. That should be an interesting adjustment. And not just for us, but for Baby Girl as well. He has been gone so often in her short life that it's just the norm for her. I'm sure she will adapt well though.

So many other milspouses worry about how they will get through deployments intact. I must be the only one that worries if shore duty will do us in!

In more cheerful news, Baby Girl turned 2 on the 5th. We had a great party with her cousins and Huzzy's family, and she's already showing that she understands the true meaning of the "terrible 2's". Lucky me!

Elmo theme.... Are you really surprised?


We also had incredible luck for her birthday. Huzzy actually managed to webcam with us and be there for her party. He got to sing happy birthday to her, watch her blow out her candles and feel like he was a part of it all. It is nothing short of miraculous to me that from thousands of miles away he was still able to be there for her on her special day. I planned the party day over a month in advance, and we had no way of knowing when he was going to be in port or able to get on a computer. Someone up there is definitely watching out for us.

Thank you.



Stretching with a bat...She wanted to play softball with the big kids!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

20% off Military Discount at Leading Lady!




Hey folks! Recently I had the amazing opportunity to test out a couple of Leading Lady's products. Leading Lady sells intimate apparel that is super comfy and reasonably affordable.

I tried the Molded Padded Seamless Underwire Full Figure Bra first. I have to say I was surprised at how comfortable it was. Underwire bras tend to fall into the "uncomfortable but necessary" category, but this was one of the most comfortable underwires I've worn.

Next I went with the Cotton Front-Closure Leisure Full Figure Bra. I'm usually not one for the front claps bras, but I really did love this one. This was definitely my favorite of the two!

And now I get to pass a great deal on to you guys! From July 1st - July 7th Leading Lady is offering a 20% discount on everything on their website. The discount isn't valid with any other deals, but 20% is still a great deal! They have some items on sale, too. Currently there is a Front Closure Bra on sale for only $18.70! With the discount that should be just shy of $15 before shipping. Not bad for a good bra.

For those of you who'd like to know a little more about the company:

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Disclaimer: I was given two bras to test so that I could properly review them.
 I was not compensated in any other way for my review and all views expressed are my own. 



Guest Post - Jamie from Handling With Grace

Hi!  I am Jamie from Handling With Grace?  I am a 10 year military spouse and I embrace the wild ride.
PCSing... It is a fact of life for military families.  There are two ways to look at PCS'ing.  You could be excited for the new opportunity or stressed and anxious about "having" to move and start over every couple years.
In Washington DC which is by Ft Meade.
I choose the former.
We started in San Diego (first Coronado and then later 32nd Street) before moving to Honolulu, Hawaii then Pensacola Florida (for 10 months) and now Ft Meade, Maryland.  All of these moves have occurred over the past 10 years.  
Hawaii
Every move that we have made has been met with excitement, joy, and anticipation.  As military families, we get to press "re-start" every few years.  We get to explore a new city.  We get to discover new foods, cultures, and people.  We have to walk away from friendships but we get the opportunity to create new ones.  We "get" a re-do.  It is exciting.  
I embrace it.    
I do a weekly military spouse feature on my blog, Handling With Grace?, that highlights duty stations around the world.  Come join us!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Top 10 Tips for Toddlers

Next week my daughter will be two. TWO. Where does the time go?

It's amazing how fast they change. Sometimes I really wonder though...what exactly is going on in her head?  I think that she's just messing with me. It's like toddlers just sit around and think "Hmmm... What can I do to mess with Mommy today?"


Tips for Toddlers


10. It is totally acceptable to stick your half-eaten PB&J sandwich in the couch. It keeps it close at hand for when you get hungry later.

9. Be stingy with your love. While Mommy can hear you, make sure you tell the dog, your stuffed animals and your friend that you love them. Refuse to say it to Mommy.

8. Adults can't resist cuteness. If it looks like you're about to be in trouble start singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider song in the cutest possible way. Then give whoever you've pissed off a great big hug. Hold onto them until the anger has completely drained out of them, then go right back to doing whatever bad thing you were doing to begin with.

7. Set up a distraction your parental unit will fall for. While they are occupied, raid the cabinets on the other side of the house for food. Just toss whatever you don't want on the floor.

6. Randomly shove objects down the front of your shirt. Proudly announce that you are a kangaroo. Bonus points if you do this in public.

5. Point at people in wheelchairs and yell "Bike!". Watch Mommy turn a bright red.

4. If you are forced to go grocery shopping, make sure you bite all the stuff you want Mommy to buy. She can't put it back on the shelves with your teeth marks on it after all!

3. If Mommy is on her hands and knees scrubbing the floor, jump on her back and demand a piggy back ride. 

2. If you find a dead bug make sure you pick it up and take it to your Mommy. She loves those! Especially if you hold it so she can't see what it is until she pries it from your little fingers. Surprise!!!

1. When your parental unit tells you something, loudly yell "I know!". You aren't stupid! You are almost two after all.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Guest Post - 10 Ways You Can Support Our Troops

Hey all, things have been crazy busy around here with school, sickness, this deployment and just life in general. So I asked a couple awesome people to write up a guest post or two so you all have something to read while I catch up on life. Anywho, Bailey was gracious enough to write this up for me.

If you're interested in writing a guest post please contact me at newmommyconfessions@gmail.com I will be allowing guest posts that are read and approved by me.

Enjoy!

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10 Ways You Can Support Our Troops
If you are wondering how to go about supporting our troops, you will be glad to know there are many great ways of doing so. With the numerous programs and groups you can participate in, supporting our troops has never been easier or more rewarding. The following list highlights ten caring ways to show your support.

1. Send a Care Package via HeroBox - One very helpful way to support our troops is to get involved with the HeroBox organization. This non-profit organization provides our troops with care packages that contain many items that are needed on a daily basis, but not readily available to them. Because the personal needs of our troops can vary greatly from one person to the next, HeroBox allows troops to personally request items to their own specifications. To get involved, visit the HeroBox website for more information.

2. Donate to the YellowRibbonFund - Since 2005, the Yellow Ribbon Fund has helped thousands of injured troops recuperate once they are back on US soil at either the Walter Reed Army Medical Center or the National Naval Medical Center. By supporting the needs of both injured troops and their family members, the Yellow Ribbon Fund provides things such as taxi rides, car rentals, hotel stays, event tickets, meals, and more. These are all things that can be hard to come by when families visit their injured loved ones in the hospital. You can either donate or host a fundraising event to help the Yellow Ribbon Fund stay in operation.

3. Get Involved in the FreedomAlliance - This organization sponsors many programs that support and honor troops and their families. Some of the popular programs sponsored by Freedom Alliance include the Support our Troops program, the Military Leadership Academy and the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund provides scholarships to the children of disabled or deceased troops. Donating to this organization will ensure its ability to continue providing support to troops and their families.

4. Donate Popcorn via OperationPopcorn - Operation Popcorn is a very cool program that sends microwave popcorn to our troops deployed all over the world. Operation Popcorn works with the Boy Scouts of American and Trail’s End Popcorn Company to provide lots of yummy, home-style treats to service members. You can help the program by purchasing popcorn through the Boy Scouts and Trail’s End. Your purchase will then be sent on to troops who are waiting for a taste of home.

5. Be a Part of KidsLinkDownrange - This service project makes it easy for military children to stay in touch with their deployed parents throughout the year. To be a part of this great program, you or your group can design card kits that contain everything needed for military kids to regularly write and keep in touch with their active-duty parents. The program’s website contains all the information you need to get started.

6. Knit a Hat for WarmthForWarriors - Warmth for Warriors is a wonderful program that supplies warm, hand-knitted hats to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Not only do active-duty soldiers receive the hats, but wounded soldiers recuperating in overseas military hospitals as well. You can get involved by knitting and donating hats or by sending a donation. 

7. Donate a Magazine Subscription via Mags4Troops - Just as you like to enjoy your magazine subscriptions each month, so do our troops serving all over the globe. Through this program you can donate magazine subscriptions to troops so they always have fresh, new reading material to look forward to every month.

8. Support WarriorWeekend - This great program makes it possible for wounded troops to enjoy weekends full of relaxation, rest, and fun once they are recovering back in the US. The Warrior Weekend Program is cool because participating soldiers get to choose their destinations and activities. You can support this program by donating money through the website.

9. Be a Part of HireAHero - Once troops have returned from combat, it can often be difficult for them to find a job that is supportive. If you are an employer who would like to help with that, you can be a part of this great program that helps military veterans find good jobs. Even if you are not an employer, you can donate to keep this program up and running. 

10. Donate a Laptop via LaptopsForTheWounded - Through the help of this unique charitable organization, laptops with webcams are supplied to wounded troops that are recovering in military hospitals. These laptops make it easy for the wounded troops to stay in touch with family and friends, which is a very significant part of recovery. You can donate laptops or money to help support this organization.


These are just some of the wonderful ways in which you can support our troops. The troops will be very appreciative and you will feel great knowing you did what you could to help support our troops and country.


Guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey writes for InsuranceQuotes.org.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Pox On Both Your Houses

So I'm not quite sure who I upset in a previous life, but it feels like I'm paying for it this week. We have what is probably the beginning of the zombie virus in my house. OK, well maybe it isn't that extreme. Still, I'll be keeping my house quarantined until I know just what exactly is going on here.

Monday morning Baby Girl was acting perfectly normal until she got up from her nap. She was so lethargic she didn't even sit up, she just laid on the bed the cried this sad, pitiful cry. She had a fever but it wasn't incredibly high (100.6) and I wasn't really worried. We had a cuddle-and-watch-TV day. Around bedtime her fever spiked to over 103. I literally had to force medicine into her. The fever came down and then spiked again around 4am. And then it was done.

All day Tuesday her fever was gone, but another symptom took over. A rash decided to slowly spread over her entire body. By Tuesday night the fever was back again.

What the hell??

I didn't even know what to think, so I called a few friends up. Apparently Baby Girl could have one of several totally common diseases that I've never even heard of.

She may have something called 5th Disease. It seems the medical community is totally cool with naming things after numbers when they're too lazy to come up with good names. I've also been told it's possible she has Roseola (6th Disease), Strep or Scarlet Fever. It's actually kind of scary how similar a lot of the symptoms are for these. Since I haven't exactly gotten my medical license I think I'll let the doctor decide.

She has an appointment with the pediatrician this afternoon. Really I just need him to tell me that it's one of these annoying, normal childhood diseases. Most of them don't even require any real medical attention. 5th and 6th disease are viral, so it's just a matter of waiting for it to work it's way through Baby Girl's system. I am taking her in though, just in the off chance that it is something that requires antibiotics.

In other news, life has been busy busy lately! Between school work at night and keeping Baby Girl occupied during the day I'm exhausted. I'll post some real updates once Baby Girl is feeling better, but until then Mama's busy. Sorry all.

Have a great week!