Saturday, January 31, 2009

Alvin's 1 year pics

Alvin's 1 year pics

Friday, January 30, 2009

The new house

I figured I would share pics of the new house.

New House Slideshow

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

He is crawling!!

That's right! He started to crawl. Woo hoo. Please watch the video to see for yourself. Just forgive my dirty house and half naked daughters.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Feels good...

to get it off my shoulders.

Yes, yes, it does. I finally swallowed my pride and gathered the courage to call my sister-in-law. She didnt answer, but she did call back! We talked for a couple of hours about everything that had gone on, everything that was planned to go on. Well, about everything really. I feel so much better now that we talked. So, Karen, if you read this. "I love you! Thanks for taking a couple of hours out of your time to talk to me."

Now, onto something that is bugging me. I have been getting regular emails from Eric. But, apparently, he isnt getting any from me. I send 1-2 a day so I can only assume that 1) they are sending, not receiving, or 2) they are withholding my emails for some reason. I am going to assume its 1, because 2 is just wrong in so many ways. Is this normal? For them to send but not receive? I just feel so bad because the last one I got was him begging me to email him. *sigh* Made me cry, oh yes it did. Hopefully, they are just not receiving and when they do, he will get spammed. But seriously, is that normal? Cause yeah, I have no clue.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Ode to Ohio

Its winter in Ohio
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At twenty-five below.
Oh, how I love Ohio
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave Ohio
Cause I'm frozen to the ground.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Where did the time go?

So, it has officially been two years since DH and I went on our first date. So, let's take a trip in the time machine, shall we?

January 20, 2007- I am supposed to meet Eric at the gas station near my house so that we can go out. We hadnt seen each other since we graduated high school 9 years prior. So, all I know is that he is supposed to be picking me up in a big black truck. I see a little Ford Ranger come down the hill and start to panic. Is that really what he considers a big black truck? Ugh. But, the little Ranger passes the gas station on by. (We were meeting at the gas station cause it was too hard to explain how to find my driveway). Then I see this big huge Dodge Ram coming down the hill. (btw, the truck was a big deal cause my dream vehicle is a Dodge Ram 3500 dualie). I see it pull in the gas station and I walk out to it. Eric gets out and comes and opens my door for me. Heart flutter right there. Let me tell you.

So, we drive up to Olive Garden rambling on the whole way. (This was a good 30+ min drive). We get to Olive Garden and of course, there is a wait. So, we stand in line and ramble on more. What I did since high school, what he has done, etc. He sees his cousin and introduces me. We all chat for a while. Then Eric leans in and kiss me on the cheek. He tells me that he has been wanting to do that ever since we were in high school together. He just never had the guts to ask me out then. *melt* So, we get seated and order our food and talk about old times, and his career in the Navy, my kids, all that fun stuff.

The meal ends, but, its only 7 o'clock, so we head over to the recruiting station so he can show me all of his travel pictures. We sat in the recruiting office looking at pictures for probably two hours. Then decide, well, I have the babysitter for the full night, might as well watch a movie. We couldnt find anything we like at the theatre, so we went to Eric's and watched a movie there. I got to meet his roommates at the time. (Who I went to school with too.)

We have been together ever since. I know, its not an earth shattering first date. But, for two people that knew each other as long as we have, it was a big step. I fell in love with him that night, and I will love him until the day I die.

So, here is to two wonderful years together, Eric. I love you more than I ever knew I could. I miss you so much it hurts, but I know you are thinking of me out there under the ocean. I was writing this, I got an email. You dont get it all. But, here is part of it:

" well you made two years with [me] by the time you get this. i wish i could take you to Olive garden and so you of my old pictures and the go watch a movie at my place! i can't believe it has been two years all ready it went by so fast, but so much stuff has happened to us and between us. i just can't believe it. it has been the happiest two years of my life. Can't wait for tons more!! i love you so much.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

One of those days

Yes, this is going to be a beatdown, depressing post. So, feel free to turn back now.

Today is one of those days. I hate my life, I hate the Navy, I hate that I am the one that has to deal with everything. I sit here and look at my children and ask myself, "Why in the hell did I think it was going to be ok to raise these kids without a father?" No, I know they have one. Eric is a wonderful father and a fantastic husband. But, he isnt here. He is an email every couple of days, a picture on the wall, and dirty clothes in the basket. He is a voice on voicemail, a save game file on the Playstation and an empty spot in the bed. Yet, I love him more than I thought possible. I just hate that I have to do this alone. Find a house, sign the lease, pack up this house, move to the new house, sell the Jeep, sell the Kia, transfer Emali's school file, take Alvin to Yale, take Alvin to Cranial Tech, take Alvin to other random appointments, try to find SOME time to spend with Erin. Housetrain the dog, take the cats to get spayed, call housing to argue that we are eligible for a move, etc etc etc.

I know I can do it. Its not that. I want Eric to be a part of it. I want him to be here. I want a husband, not a part time husband. So, today, I sit here and wallow. Yes, its a funk. It will pass as fast as it has come. But, for right now. I despise the Navy. I despise being away from my family. I want a normal life. Then again, maybe I dont. I dont know. Just right now, I want my husband home.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

We have a house!

Well, a townhouse. And its brand new! Woo hoo! I go on the 30th to sign the lease and get the keys. I dont know why, but I am really nervous about it. Its in the brand new housing that is down by the youth center on Rt 12, so Eric should definately be able to ride his bike to work this spring/summer. I know he'll love that. He missed out on riding his bike alot this past summer because work was so far away. The only bad thing so far that I have noticed is that we dont have a yard. Just a giant baseball field back there. That is going to be weird. Ever since the girls were little, we have always had at least 3/4 of an acre of yard for them to play in. So, not having that will take some getting used to. I am really excited about moving, but I am apprehensive as well. This is going to be our 4th move in 2 years. Emali's 4 th school in 2 years. I feel so bad for her too. We had promised her that we wouldnt be moving her once we got to Connecticut. And here we are, moving her yet again. Oh well. Hopefully, we wont have to move again for a while after this one. I emailed Eric to let him know that we got a house. I hope he is ok with it.

Its the townhouse right there in the middle. Thank Karen(SWC) for taking the picture for me.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I can breathe, finally!

Ok, some of you know the whole Balfour Beatty housing thing. In fact, I think most of you know, so, there is no point in beating a dead horse. Well, the whole situation has me so stressed out, that it constantly feels like I am being squashed in a vice. Last night, that changed.

I had just left Chuck E. Cheese with the kids. I was getting everyone in the van and trying not to flip out, when I felt my phone vibrate. My inital thought was, "Who the f^*k is calling me?" Then, it rang. (I have my phone set to vibrate for 2 rings, then 2 for 2 rings). Holy crap. It was Eric's ring tone. After staring at the screen in disbelief, I answered and heard "Hey Baby". I immediately started crying.

I told Eric all about the housing situation and being jerked around. I told him everything that I could think of with this whole mess. He calmed me down and we formed a plan. He is going to talk to the command and at least let them know what is going on. I am going to take the house only if I have no other choice.

I tell you, nothing beats a 3 hour phone call in the evening, especially when you arent expecting it. We talked, and laughed. I cried. He told me that its going to be ok. He won't be gone forever. That I can do this. Then he called me a dork and I laughed some more. The conversation wasnt nearly as long as I would have liked, but, I am grateful that I was able to talk to him at all.

I love you Eric. Thank you, I can finally breathe.

PS. figured I'd add some pics from CEC.
Alvin eating a french fry.
Erin the pizza bandit. Grab and go.
The only pic of Emali I could get.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Picture blog

Sunday, January 4, 2009

So much to do

Yeah, too much to do. In these next two months, as of right now, I am looking at 5 visits to Cranial Technologies, a visit to the GI doctor, a sweat test at Yale, finding housing, packing up this house, moving to said new housing, my birthday, Alvin's birthday, and hosts of other things. Oh, did I mention I get to do this all alone? Yeah. Loving the Navy right now. *eye roll*. I know Eric isnt going to have a much better time. He is staring down both ORSE and the coner's version of it. (I forget what it's called). Add in he is taking chief examination at the same time, and yeah. Woo hoo! We are both rather snippy with each other.

Oh well....Its my life.