Saturday, April 30, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

Have you and your spouse agreed to live in separate locations (a geographical bachelor tour) knowing that the short-term inconvenience would have long-term benefits for your family? How did it work for you? submitted by When Good People Get Together
The only place that would have had the possibility of us in separate locations is Alaska. That's not enough to have long term benefits for us. Now, he DID want me to move home while he was deployed but I couldn't do that. I think Korea would be one where we would have me and Munchkin stay "home".

What is your favorite thing about being a MilSpouse? submitted by Sarah Ruth Today

Let's see...The pride of knowing what our family is doing, the opportunities to live in places we never would have been otherwise, and meeting the people that live there! Who else in my family was born in Alaska?? Nobody! That's something special to Munchkin because of her Daddy being a Soldier.

If you could still have your spouse/significant other and your family, but take the military life out of it…would you? submitted by Trust. Love. Believe. Bake.

Short answer: no. This basically came up when it was re-up time and we decided that we're in it and we're pretty happy.

What have your homecoming experiences been like after a year long tour of separation? submitted by Army Soldier, Army Wife

I only found out the night before he was coming home--and only because I had been checking the website on my iPhone like a mad woman (my key caller was HORRIBLE about calling me). I was out to a hockey game that night before he came home! I had bought a bunch of balloons and a banner, so when I got home I decorated the house and got the balloons ready to take to the store to get blown up....only to find out that they didn't open early enough! He came home on a Sunday, so a LOT of things were closed or just didn't open early enough. I also bought window markers to decorate our car, so before we went to go to the ceremony, I decorated our car--Munchkin's window said "My Daddy is HOME!" Sadly, since it was February in Alaska, it ran a bit because of snow! The ceremony was short and sweet, we got in the paper when we were waiting because of Munchkin's diaper bag (and her super cuteness). Her bag was made out of Daddy's BCT ACU's. One of the MFLC's saw that we were by ourselves and offered to take pictures for us--my photographer that I had planned to use for homecoming wasn't available since I had such short notice. So at least we got SOME pictures! It was a fabulous day!!!!

If you have a child(ren) why you chose their name(s)? If not, why you would name your child something? submitted by Tiara’s & ACU’s

I knew I wanted to use my grandmother's name as a middle name but it ended up not working as a middle, so we moved it to the first and agreed on another middle. We haven't decided on future kid's names yet, we name them as they come! Naming Munchkin was REALLY hard for us!! I wanted to honor my maiden name side because neither my uncle or my dad had boys--so my maiden name line is done. I love that her name has some history and meaning behind it!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

method madness!

Remember MommySalad's method giveaway? And remember how I said I would share about the products once I got them? I haven't yet...because I just got the box last week. Issues with method's PR firm and FABULOUSNESS from MommySalad made it take longer than it should have, but I got two products--kitchen hand wash in basil (smells like grass to me--it's good!) and Wood for Good which is almond scented.
I seriously smelled my table the whole time I was cleaning it--and after too! I'm making a list of all the wood things in the house to clean with it because it smells so fabulous! The table is clean, shiny--but not covered in wax, and so pretty!
The hand wash works SO well--it says that it gets stubborn food odors off of hands. I haven't tested it yet because I don't really use stubborn smelling foods often! It's a different scent, being basil, which is odd at first, but once you're not expecting a citrus smell, it's so great! It's light enough afterward that it's still there, but not overwhelming. It cleans fabulously too--I've used it to clean Munchkin's high chair tray of red sauce things and it got it mostly clean. I've yet to find something that gets the red sauce stain COMPLETELY out of the plastic tray. It's more of a time thing rather than a soap thing.
So there you have it...I officially love method!

**FYI: I received no compensation for this review, I won a giveaway (and posting it to my blog did get me more entries), and wanted to share about these products!

Friday, April 22, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

How many pets do you have? And what type? submitted by Life and Times of a Displaced Jersey Girl
We have one dog, Lightning. He's 100% mutt. His adoption papers listed him as a Shepherd/Terrier mix. He was in a litter of 6 and only one of his sisters looked like him, they were a pretty varied group!! He's the perfect dog though and I wouldn't trade him for the world!!
What are your favorite projects to do while hubby is away? submitted by my-inspired-nest
Scrapbooking in theory, sewing is nice since he hates when I have the table out for too long (it does get in the way!), and if it's an extended separation (ie: deployment) I like planning out care packages.
What are the must-haves in your deployment care packages? submitted by Christine’s Little Blog
Baby wipes went in every box I sent since he went without regular showers, beef jerky, snack stuff, generally whatever he can't get there, I try to send him in every box so he has his favorites!
If you could star in any TV show, which would it be? submitted by Just a Girl
Oh, I have NO idea! 
What was the biggest hurdle that you faced during your/your significant other’s first deployment? submitted by The Pavlik Perspective
I was pregnant with Munchkin during our first deployment, so that was our biggest thing. It went smoothly and thanks to his FABULOUS command, they made sure his R&R coincided with her due date and my doctors cooperated with me and we made sure Munchkin made her arrival when Daddy was home! Then the hurdle was her first 5 months without Daddy.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Dress

Last year Munchkin didn't get an Easter dress, but she did get a super cute Easter outfit from Auntie Em. So this year MG and I picked out a pattern and we all picked out fabric and trims...and when MG and Granddaddy came to visit in March, we started the dress. It was all going well until we got to the zipper. We bought an invisible zipper and that requires a special foot for the sewing machine. I have a regular zipper foot, but not an invisible zipper foot. We did all we could before the zipper goes in, MG took it home and put the zipper in with her machine and sent it back. I finally finished it last night at about 12:30am! I started right after Munchkin went to bed and made good friends with my seam ripper. After I finally got the back seam in right, it was time to hem. I didn't get as big a hem on it as it called for, but it turned out just fine. Then it was onto the buttons and buttonholes for the straps. I'd never done buttonholes before and I did it on a scrap piece first and only messed up once! The straps were easy, sewing the buttons on wasn't bad...but the buttons went on the lining, which wasn't attached at the bottom so I had some interesting fixing to do there so that the straps didn't just pull the lining out. The top of the bodice pulled over a little showing the lining (which matched the outside bodice fabric, so it wasn't too bad) and I had to safety pin it in the back since we guess-timated at Munchkin's measurements and it was too big. At least it wasn't too small! I even made her a headband to go with it from a messed up strap when we were trying to get the pattern on the straps to match!

Front of the dress. Originally we were going to put a ribbon of trim around the bottom of the skirt, matching the trim on the bodice but it just didn't look right.

Detail view of the bodice.

The back.

Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt!

Today was our housing's Easter party. They were smart and had it at our "pocket park" instead of trying to have it at the Neighborhood Center. The Neighborhood Center just isn't right for a long line of people and other things too. So it was right by the end of our cul-de-sac, so I just put Munchkin in the stroller and off we went! We got there about 30 minutes before the pictures with the Easter Bunny were supposed to start so we could be at the front of the line. We were 4th (I think). Munchkin didn't like him very much, she's not too keen on people in costumes, but we did get her picture. She got a little thing of bubbles for getting her picture taken, so she liked that part!! Then it was more waiting....why they decided to put an hour between the pictures starting and the Easter Eggs starting I don't know, but oh well. They finally realized that the little ones wouldn't wait too much longer and opened up the 0-3 Bunny Trail early! They had a big roped off area for other ages that started at 10:30  and were broken into 4-6, 7-9, and 10+. I really wish they'd put an upper limit on the 10+ because there were some teenagers there that were VERY greedy and rude to the younger kids. Munchkin needed some direction in the Bunny Trail because she was being shy, but once she realized she got to keep the eggs, she was happy! At the end there was a little pool filled with Easter grass (which she wanted more than the eggs!) and big eggs which we got to open to see if we won a prize. We did (just like everyone else) and she got an inflatable bunny. At first I thought it was creepy since I didn't realize that it's eyes were it's eyes, so I thought we had an eye-less bunny, but she likes it. She mainly got Tootsie Rolls in her eggs and she LOVED them! She got all sorts of compliments on how cute she is and also on her dress. I think her favorite part was playing on the playground and the swings afterward though!!

Easter Egg Princess

Upset that she didn't get to actually hold her balloon, I tied it to her basket.

Going to check out what else there is to do...

Her prize!

She didn't want to play on the playground much, but she did want to go UP the slide.

She was more interested in playing with the mulch.

Finally! Swing time!!! She got a lesson in waiting her turn for the swing today and was very good about it! She even signed please to the little boy who was in it before her!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Facelift!

Something prompted me to head over to The Cutest Blog On The Block, I know I had a reason...but I can't remember it anymore! I got sidetracked when I saw some of their new stuff and decided that Munchkin's Mommy needed a facelift! I hope you like it!!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


With PCS moves happening every few years, do you take the time to paint and decorate your home? submitted by Life as Mrs. JPT
I painted our bedroom in Alaska and probably won't do it again unless we know we're going to be there for awhile. We never hung up our pictures in Alaska either and that was one of the first things we did after unpacking here. It looks so much more like our home with our pictures on the wall! I'm also going to be buying Uppercase Living for our next house to add decoration without adding to moving headaches.
If you could live in any home on a television series, what would it be? submitted by Standing By Him
I know this isn't a specific home, but Wisteria Lane of Desperate Housewives. I love most of those homes, especially the staircase and finished attic of Katherine's house. Of course Gaby's is the most opulent, and Bree's would be amazing as well. Susan's is the most understated but it's a great house. Ooh, I think those have been eclipsed by the Halliwell's house from Charmed. I'm a sucker for Victorian houses!
What inspired you to start your blog? submitted by Pink Combat Boots
My sister over at Bebe's & Mamu's Mom. She's funnier though.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen on base? submitted byAdventures in Life
I'm not sure this falls under "weird", but definitely one of the most memorable: An Alaskan summer afternoon my neighbor, her friend & her daughter, and I were in the backyard and a helicopter kept circling. Finally, after all the kids had left the school--our backyard pretty much backed up to one of the Elementary schools--it promptly landed (and about blew us over!) in the field. Turns out there was a festival at the school that evening and the helicopter was for the kids to get in and look at.
Which historical figure (politician, writer, artist, scientist, actor, etc…) would you like to have dinner with? submitted by Army of Two
The knee-jerk reaction is Jesus, because seriously, Christian or not, would that not be awesome? But a non-religious figure choice would be Princess Di. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MilSpouse Survey

1. How long have you been a military wife?
4 years this summer

2. What branch of service is your husband?
Army

3. Active/Reserve?
Active Duty

4. What is his job?
Right now? Army laser tag.

5. How many deployments have you gone through?
1, gearing up for #2 early next year.

6. Camo or Dress uniforms on your man?
I'm not a fan of the Class A's if he's wearing jump boots, I haven't seen him in Dress Blues yet (they're ordered...we're waiting), he currently looks weird in ACUs to me because I'm used to seeing him in OG's...but I'd say he pulls all of 'em off!

7. What do you like about being a military wife?
It's forced me to become so much more independent, going through my first pregnancy with him halfway around the world was a definite experience!

8. Do you live on base?
We do. We haven't lived off post yet, but we probably will when we get back to Alaska.

9. What is your favorite base so far?
My choices are Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK and Fort Polk, LA. I'll choose Alaska.

10. What is the hardest part of the military life?
Instinct is to say the separations, but honestly, we're stronger than that. It's the people who "think" they get it and can say all sorts things that only make things worse.

11. Do you go to the grocery store or Commissary?
Commissary, especially here!

12. Do you work or stay at home?
I stay home with Munchkin--and I love it!

13. Do you have a lot of military wife friends?
Not really, but I don't have a lot of friends total. AMKOL is definitely my biggest support when it comes to needing military girls!

14. Do you prefer Walmart or the BX/PX/NEX/MCX?
I'll try the PX first, mainly because I despise dealing with Walmart.

15. How did your husband propose?
No romantic story here...we knew we wanted to get married, so he bought a ring...less than 5 months later, we were married!

16. Did you marry him after he joined or before?
Before. He spent our first wedding anniversary in BCT. Thankfully a Drill Sgt had a heart and gave him an extra phone call (their phone days were Fridays, our anniversary was on a Sunday).

17. How long have you been together?
We met August 2000 and dated in high school, fall/winter 2002 is when we started dating for the last time (there were some cross-country moves that derailed our first dating experience)

18. Any kids?
Just Munchkin for now!

19. Any kids yet to come?
We hope so!

20. Is your husband one of those "I am Marines hear me HOORAH" kind of guys?
At times.

21. Have you ever done combatives with your husband?
For real? No. He doesn't want to seriously injure me!

22. How many bases have you lived at?
2, and even though we'll be moving for a 3rd time (including initial move), we'll still only have 2 posts!

23. If you could change one thing about the military?
I'm not sure I could only change one thing...Probably start in Washington where we're all just numbers.

24. Do you like military balls?
We've only been to one and it was so boring and the food was horrible...we don't drink, so when everyone else was "having fun", we were bored.

25. Where does your family live?
Texas, home sweet home.

26. What do you do for a job?
I'm a Mommy, the toughest job for the smallest monetary gain. I can't say I'm not paid though, I'm paid in smiles, laughs, slobbery kisses, hugs, and bedtime snuggles. I'm paid in tears from a boo-boo that only I can fix and the utter trust that Munchkin has had in me since we first found out she was there. What else could I want?

27. Have you ever gotten in a fight with an NCO's wife?
I haven't gotten into a fight with ANY wife, or anyone for that matter!

28. Name one thing you do when your husband is gone.
With his current unit, that's a lot--although less than it was a few months ago before he got a new position, so I just stick with our daily stuff, it's just minus Daddy. When he was deployed, I worked some, went out with friends some, stayed home with friends some, cheered for the Alaska Aces some, etc.

29. Do you think other wives do that too?
I think we all try to make it as "normal" as possible, even though there's nothing normal about it. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Speech Evaluation

Today was Munchkin's speech evaluation. We had a bit of trouble with different referrals since the first place didn't have any appointments available until late May/June. Once we got that straightened out, it was easy! We had a really nice speech therapist that we met with this morning. Going through all of the questions in the paperwork she decided that Munchkin is actually ok--where she and our pediatrician differ is that she accepts sign language as expressive language, whereas our pediatrician only counts actually speaking. So once you add in all of Munchkin's signs and her signing sentences, she's right where she needs to be. We got the list of what should be happening at what age so we can catch anything that comes up as soon as possible. We'll see what the next few months bring!

Friday, April 1, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


What romance movie scene reminds you of your s/o or spouse and the LOVE you share? submitted by Simply Sunshine and Daisy’s

This one is really tough...because honestly, I don't really watch a lot of romance movies! I don't think that we can fit into anything Hollywood can come up with.

If you were allowed to deploy with your husband to a war zone would you and why? submitted by I & J
Definitely not. I've never had any desire to be in the military and if I was just there, I know he would be extremely distracted--and a distracted soldier is a dead soldier.

Have you ever done anything (intentionally, or unintentionally) to embarrass your spouse/significant other in front of his military cohorts? submitted by Marrying the Navy
I don't think so! At least it wasn't embarrassing enough for it to stick in our memory! 

What is your most irrational fear? submitted by Eights on the Move
What's every Army wife's fear? I don't think it's really irrational though, but we can't live our lives in fear. Irrational though...my phobia in life is falling. There's really no basis for this, but such is life. 

If you could only live in one kind of climate for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? submitted by Many Waters
Mid to high 70s/low to mid 80s...warm enough to be outside and all that fun, but cool enough that you're not suffering heat stroke 5 minutes out the door. Oh, biggie--LOW humidity!!!! One thing I can't stand about Louisiana is the humidity!!