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It’s October!

I’m trying a new tradition of decorating our dining room table for each month.  I’m not doing much, and mostly using things I have around the house, or things I can get from the Dollar Tree.  Here is what I did for October…

I got the black trees from target.  I already had the glass vases.  I got the rocks, eyeballs, and spiders from the Dollar Tree.  I put them all together on Satuday night so that on October first I could get up earlier than everyone else (like I do anyway), and get the table all ready for them to come in and see it.  I was very pleased with everyone’s reactions.  They all liked it and discussed when they thought I did it (the night before or early in the morning).  Anyway, I like how it turned out.

I also decided to make a dessert for the first day of the month that was themed also.  I let Wesley and Price help me pick it out and they wanted this Chocolate Chip/Riece’s Pieces Cookie with Eyeballs!  It was really yummy and lasted us three days!  I can’t wait for November!  I’m looking for ideas now for my table and the dessert!

Chapel Weekend

Last weekend we attended a Care for the Caregiver weekend.  The chapel staff and their families were invited to Keystone, SD (about 30 mins from home) for Friday and Saturday.  We arrived Friday afternoon (the chapel staff had been there for their workday), and the first thing we did was have family pictures taken.  We were dressed up and posed by some very energetic and professional people.  The boys LOVED their suits and both asked if they could get some like that to wear whenever they want.  WHA?  They both promise that if I get them a suit to wear Easter Sunday to church that they will wear it… we will see if that happens or not!

We then went to dinner with the entire chapel staff and families who were there, and then to our hotel.  The boys loved the animals in the hotel, and we all loved the soft beds!

On Saturday we had a great breakfast at our hotel and then made our way to Hill City, SD for a ride on the 1880 Train.  We rode the train to Keystone and then back to Hill City.  The information they gave while we road the train was great for my history-loving self, but the leaves changing colors were the best part of the ride for all of us.

Overall, it was a great weekend and I’m glad we were able to all experience it together!

Video Games

The boys and I have been watching a lot of youtube videos.  They watch more than me, but I recently started trying to watch their favorites so we could discuss them together.  They seem to really like the videos where people play games and video themselves playing.  At first, this seemed weird to me, but as Price pointed out, the people who are really good at making the viewer feel like they’re part of the story are the best ones to watch, and the ones with the most followers on youtube.

Anyway, this got us thinking about them making videos of us playing games.  I wanted to get in on the action, so I started looking at software to record the computer screen while you play.  We have finally figured out how to record the xbox one while they play, so we should have some videos posted really soon.

Wesley wants to build things on minecraft and video himself building them so others can make the things he builds.  He’s great at it, and very fast… we just have to record him doing it and figure out the editing so we can post it.

Price wants to do all kinds of games and make videos of himself playing those.

I decided to get in on the action and play the one game I actually have played before.  The Sims… they are on the 4th version of this game, and I’ve played every version they’ve released since Price was a baby.  I don’t get to play very often anymore, and I actually have relegated all of my playing to the weekends when I have time.  So my plan is to play The Sims 4 and record myself playing.  I tried a little this weekend and have one video that I like and is ready to go.  I’m not going to be loading that video just yet, as I want to have enough that I can release one a week and not miss any weeks.  So I will probably release the first one in a few more weeks.  So far, this process has been free, but the software I’m using to edit the videos is super easy, but only a trial version.  Apparently there will be a watermark on it when I finally publish it, but that’ll be okay for the first few videos.  I’m still not sure that I want to spend the money on the software for something that is just going to be a hobby.  We will see what I decide.

Anyway, stay tuned here for our youtube videos to be shared and then you can follow the link from here and like our videos and subscribe to our channels (if you subscribe, you will get a notification every time a new video is loaded).  If you don’t play The Sims 4, you might not like the first few videos where I’m creating the character and moving her into her apartment, but after that, it will hopefully be like a reality show! 🙂  Only not real reality 🙂

The Orville

This new show was created by Seth MacFarlane and set 400 years in the future.  We actually saw a commercial for this when we were in Spain, and we decided we wanted to watch it.  We missed the first episode, so we caught it on Hulu, and then watched the second one the next day.  We were definitely not disappointed in it.  We all laughed, even the teenage girl who doesn’t like anything “geeky”!

We even talked about our favorite characters around dinner the night after we watched it.  All of us like the helmsman (I’m not sure that’s an actual term, but we love him).  His name is Gordon Malloy played by Scott Grimes, and we love him.  From the very beginning, before we ever meet him, we know he is a rule breaker, so we expect spontaneous things from him.  He is just great!  The writing in the show is magnificent, and the one-liners are some of the funniest I’ve heard in a long time.

We all were looking forward to watching the second episode the next night.  It was more of the same goodness, with a little bit of poking at some of our cultural norms that some might disagree with.  The next episode is this Sunday night, so set your DVR’s, or just turn the TV to Fox to watch some football and leave it there when the game ends… I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Well, you might… if you don’t think funny things are funny! 🙂

Also, this show is rated TV-14, so be warned that they do say all the words they are allowed to say and to get that rating.

Our New Command Center

I’ve always wanted a centralized location in our house for our schedule, mail, and anything I want to be organized together.  I’ve never had this before, and we’ve just stuck things up on the refrigerator.  But no longer…  As soon as we moved in this house, I picked the spot I thought would be perfect for the “Command Center”.   We just picked a size that we liked because I knew I wanted to pocket folders to hold our mail and then some clipboards to hold schedules and stuff, so we taped it off so I could paint.

After a shopping trip, we decided to buy two plain clipboards and spray paint since I couldn’t find anything in the color I wanted.  I also found a picture frame in almost the exact size that we had taped off, so I grabbed that and the pocket folders I wanted for the wall.

Chyna and I wrapped the clipboards with random pieces of tape and spray painted them.  I LOVE them, and really hated to cover them with paper when they were done.

I painted the wall black.  I was so scared about the first bit of paint to be put on the walls in our new house being black, but I knew the look I wanted, so I just went for it!  It took two coats, but it turned out great!

I took the glass and everything out of the wood frame and after much leveling and measuring, Ron hung it on the wall for me.

Then it was just a matter of placing the things I wanted in the command center.  We used those 3M Velcro-like sticky backs to put everything on the wall.  I could not love it more!  My first decorating project in my house turned out to be successful!!  Now, what’s next?

Oh… I got a fall centerpiece and runner for my dining room table.  I LOVE how it turned out also!

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

This article was first published on 25 March 2017 on Daily Blog.

Saying goodbye sucks.  It doesn’t matter why you are saying goodbye.  It is just hard to look at someone for what may be the last time, but will certainly be the last time for a while, and try to imagine tomorrow when they aren’t around.  This is the basis of #6 on my pro and con list of life in the military.  “Con – You have to learn to make new friends all the time.”

Last night I had the final dinner with my friend before her family PCSs to Texas.  They flew out today and I’m not sure when I’ll see her again.  I know I said the con was having to learn to make new friends all the time, but the other half of that is that you have to then say goodbye to those friends… again.

We move to a new place still thinking about the people we have just left behind and then trying to figure out how we will present ourselves to the new people we are about to meet.  We are caught between never wanting to forget the people you left and trying to fully embrace the possibility of the friendships you could have.  I spent the last year getting close to my friend who left.  We will call her Nikky for this post.

She isn’t like friends I’ve made before.  Usually, I find myself becoming close friends with introverts.  I’m sure it’s because I love to talk, so it’s easy for me to do that when I’m with introverts.  Well, Nikky is even more extroverted than I am.  She loves to talk as much as I do, so there was NEVER a quiet moment with the two of us.  I’m sure anyone around us could attest to that.

Finding friends may not be the easiest thing, as I’ve learned well over the last 10 years in the military, but when you click with someone it seems effortless and you just know you will forever be connected.  That’s how it was with Nikky.  She has two boys and my two boys loved to play with them.  So that added another connection for us.  The downside to this, as it always is, someone has to leave.  We come into these friendships knowing that we only have a certain amount of time together.

When you move to a remote assignment, you know the month you will be leaving when you arrive.  One of the first questions people ask each other here is how long you have left.  We do it just as conversation starters, but also because we aren’t wasting a lot of effort and brain power to meet someone who’s leaving next month.  We try to find people who got here around the same time we did so you aren’t floundering for your last year at a place because your friends all moved at the same time and you’ve been left behind.    That’s what I do, at least, so I can’t speak for everyone.  It’s probably my selfishness coming out, but it’s just hard to say goodbye, and it is hard to get attached to people and watch them walk away or walk away ourselves.

We know where we are going next, so we are in the mindset of heading out.  We are officially the “old” people here because we are in our last 6 months of the assignment.  It has all passed in the blink of an eye.  We were just getting here and setting up our house, and now we are going through each room deciding what we can live without when we move again.

The military life seems so normal to me now, but it wasn’t always like that.  I am very patriotic.  Of course I am, right?  My husband is in the military, so maybe it’s a requirement.  I don’t know, but I am, and I always have been.  I am used to seeing my husband and a lot of other people walking around in their camo and other uniforms, but it still gets me every single time I hear them all stand up and say the Airman’s Creed.  Their voices all coming together to say that they will fight for me and defend the country I love.  I go to any event where I know they’re going to say it, and I try every time not to cry, and it just doesn’t help.  It is my most favorite thing about being surrounded by these men and women.

But we still have to move and leave each other.  We still have to make our children say goodbye to their friends and watch them cry because they just wanted to see someone one last time.  They are used to moving and packing up all of their belongings, and that part doesn’t seem to bother them anymore, but it’s the people.  These people that we meet and connect with.  They take a bit of us when they leave us, and we leave a bit behind every time we move.  In one way, it is amazing that I know so many people spread out over this whole world, but on the other hand, I am so spread out and pieces are removed so many times that eventually I worry there won’t be enough left of me.

Saying goodbye sucks!

**For a great post on saying goodbye from a non-military family, read this:

https://lumpslymphnodeslaundrylegos.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/dear-military-best-friend/

 

The Airman’s Creed[1]
I am an American Airman.
I am a Warrior.
I have answered my Nation’s call.
I am an American Airman.
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,
A Tradition of Honor,
And a Legacy of Valor.
I am an American Airman.
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,
My Nation’s Sword and Shield,
Its Sentry and Avenger.
I defend my Country with my Life.
I am an American Airman.
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.
I will never leave an Airman behind,
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.