Well, I guess if I continue to keep the blog, I might as well blog! No, really, between not having internet for the first month we were here and 2 little houligans to keep me busy, I just haven't had the time to blog. I should have been writing down what I have wanted to blog because o so many times, I have thought how nice it would be to blog about that. My mind is so stretched these days that I am afraid most of the little moments I want to remember won't be something I do remember. So, without further adue, here is my thoughts on our trip over here, way back 7 weeks or so ago:
After a tearful goodbye from my mom (and a small mini meltdown on my part), we headed off to the airport. Upon arrival there, Grammy and Aunt JuJu let the two little ones burn some energy off while Dad and I work on our bags and car seats and extra luggage and 2 strollers (you get the idea, we had A LOT) with the Delta agents. Hey, I'm not a light packer and on top of that we were MOVING to Germany. Need I say more and in my defense, we were not nearly as bogged down as the real MOVE to Germany, but then again, we weren't on orders and we didn't have lots of free baggage to throw around. My one extra bag was $50! OK enough of that. We leave there and get through security which really wasn't all that bad and we got lucky and has some security scanners with a heart. For some reason, most of them operate like robots and have no feelings or sympathy, but we got lucky! After dinner at McDonald's we head back to our gate where Sadie (who is now past her bedtime) continues to run around like the energizer bunny. Mason's too worried about getting somethign from the gift shop! Anyhow, we get on the plane on time (amazing I know and wow, such a blessing)! After a quick discussion as to whether Sadie's seat is airline compatible (we now know it's not), it is installed TIGHTLY in the seat and we're ready to go. Within minutes of taking off, Sadie is in dreamland! How much better can this get? Mason plays with all of the gadgets on his individual TV screen for a while and Sadie and I doze (and I watch a movie). The whole flight really goes off without a hitch! Praise the Lord the kids did most excellent and we are now in Amsterdam for leg 2 and we have approximately one hour to make our connecting flight! As we get ready to get off, we wait for most of the plane to clear because we have SO much stuff. In trying to get Sadie's seat unbuckled, we encounter a major problem. The seat was not really airplane compatible, so the buckle on the seatbelt is so tight (the flight attendant kept making me tighten it) that we can't raise the lever to get the seatbelt unbuckled! Maybe 20 minutes later, every flight attendant and both pilots, the seat belt unscrewed and removed later, the seat is removed! Our entire personal entourage has taken all of our carryons, coats, etc, out for us and as we exit, the cleaning crew is waiting on us and so is not one stroller but two! Seriously? Oh and to make matters worse, they're soaking wet. WE have no option but to take both strollers at this point if they are both to make it to the next plane, so we pile suitcases in them and Sadie and Mason in one and BOOK it to our next flight! Of course we have to go back through security now and fold BOTH strollers up to pass them through the x-ray machine and of course, we are met with people who are not kind in the least bit! To make matters worse, I am "randomly" selected to be practically strip searched in front of everyone so Dad manhandles both kids and attempts to get both strollers up and running again. We are a tad stressed at this point :) One quick run by to make sure the gate is still the same and we're off! As we make the gate, they are boarding (the busses that is). We now have to take a bus int he rain and board our aircraft in the rain. In tow we have one single and one double stroller, 4 carry ons, one car seat, and 2 kids. It is COLD at this point, too. Remember we left 90 degree weather and we're now in rain and cold! Down the ramp we go to reveal an entire set of stairs. Some nice man grabs my stroller and puts it o n the bus with me, so I am o nly left with the 2 kids and we get on the bus. Dad, on the other hand, has about 3 of the carry ons left along with a stroller the carseat, and himself of course. On the decent down the stairs, his luggage takes a tumble from the top to the bottom of the stairs and he comes on the bus practically throwing some of the luggage and runs to get the rest. He is D-O-N-E at this point. To make matters worse the bus driver is just standing at the bottom of the stairs offering NO help and even shakes his head at Dad. That's when the whole foreigners thing sets Dad off! He decides to ride in a different part of the bus than us. We arrive at the plane and i make the exec. decision to leave our unairline friendly carseat in the belly of the plane. It seems perfect as there are three seats on our row (they have put Dad in a different row than us) so Dad can sit with us and i can put Sadie on my lap. As the flight attendent ever so RUDELY announces that we cannot do that because there aren't enough oxygen masks in our row for four, Dad takes his seat between two people in the back of the aircraft and we stay on the front row of the coach section. The ride goes off without a hitch and i only encounter a small problem when I have to go to the bathroom to find him sleeping so Sadie goes in with me! That was an interesting experience. After arriving at the airport in Nurnberg, Dad has to run to the bathroom himself as he has had to go since we exited our first plane in Amsterdam. I begin getting our luggage (which all made it amazingly enough). Upon his return, I get a cart and we begin to figure out how the two of us will make it out to meet our ride with both kids and all of our luggage and strollers. We figure it out (minus one piece of luggage that I don't discover is missing until 3 days later!) The trip was made. We only lost a hat of Dad's in the struggle and that darn piece of luggage that I FORGOT I had! Seriously? WHO FORGETS THEIR OWN LUGGAGE AT THE AIRPORT? AND WHO TAKES THREE DAYS TO REMEMBER THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN IT? Yep! This proves why two kids is more than enough for this girl (for the time being at least :) ) The funny thing is I knew I was missing items and I kept asking my Dad if he was sure I didn't have anything else left in his suitcase (yes, I over flowed MY stuff into his suitcase, too)! The hour long drive back to the airport actually ended up helping me out. See, I had not really driven a lot on the roads the first time I was over here (Brent did most of the driving), so I was nervous and it gave us a trial run for returning Dad to the airport. By the way: the roads aren't just different, the signs are different, the way the pople drive is totally different, everything is different except thank goodness, they DO drive on the same side of the road as we do in the USA! Anyhow, that was our adventure in a nut shell. Jet lag reared its ugly head for several weeks really after that, but we adjusted and here we are 7 weeks later..ready for this doggone deployment to END!
Monday, November 1, 2010
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We've had my nephew, Payne, for the last few days and it's been so nice. There are a few extra things you deal with like more baths and dressing more kids and keeping up with more kids, but Mason and Payne play so well together and really love each other's company so much that Mason is so much more content while Payne is around. To make it even better, Payne has no problems being a way from Mommy and Daddy which is so nice AND as an added bonus, he EATS (which Mason sometimes does not). I know Ashlee and Casey have to deal with a lot when our little blondie is sent their way, so it's really a perk that Payne does so well with us. They do have their usual 4/5 year old spats, but in general they can work it out quite well among themseleves. Today, though, was quite hilarious. I took them to Monkey Joe's to get out some of their energy (4 year olds have more energy by themselves than 4 of me put together) and while we were there, Mason spotted one of his little girl friends from school. He came to me and said, "Where did Wiwwy go?" I thought he had met a new friend named "Willy." He quickly told me it was a girl and that she was in his class and off he went looking for her. When Payne caught wind of what was going on, he wouldn't play with Mason anymore. I thought he might be a bit jealous and decided to just leave it alone. Shortly, Lily left and Mason and Payne played a little bit until Payne caught up with a girl of his own. Mason followed them around for a bit, but we left not too long after that. I have videos that I have attempted to upload of our little ladies' men, but it was a complete and utter failure! I'll have to figure it out and re-post it later!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
So, I've been struggling to get my little man back on track with his sleeping habits. He's always had trouble falling asleep with out someone in his presence or without a night light. Since we have come back to the USA, he has trouble without having not one or the other,but both. I KNOW that if I would just give in and lay with him, I would have him asleep in no time, but I refuse to get that started. I have never been the one to lay with him--Brent has though. Anyhow, there was one night a few weeks ago that Mason just couldn't stay in his room and after several warnings that if he did not stay in his room, I would turn the TV off, I did. He was NOT a happy camper with me to say the least and he kept coming out to the living room with a different excuse. I finally told him to quit coming out or I would have to turn his night light and lamp off, too. He was so upset and so in want of someone to be with him that he never made it back to his room! He stopped in MY room and fell asleep in MY bed! Here's his sweet little face. I did move him back to his bed in case you all were wondering. I love my personal space while I am sleeping and to be honest, this is about the only ME time I get all day!
This is a view of what I saw when I walked into my room. Poor guy. He hides uner pillows, blankets, etc., when he has to fall asleep by himself.
Oh and I promise to try and just do small little blogs more ofen here. I won't even attempt to try and completely back track since my last blog, though. Miss Sadie will be next!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Brent on his first flight in a while January 7, 2009. If you look closely he's holding an Optimus Prime. He takes it everywhere and takes pictures of it so that Mason has something to follow and identify with while Daddy's in the "desert."
Well, hello blogging world! I guess I have finally decided it's been long enough since my last blog and have decided to enter the world again! I truly feel like I have been COMPLETELY out of the loop for some time now. As you can see, the last blog was back in October. After we got back from Paris, our lives hit the fast forward button and I think we're still in that mode, but starting to slow down a bit. We had family come in mid October all the way up until the 31st. WE enjoyed getting to show everyone around and let them experience a little of what the culture shock is like when you first arrive. After my mom and Brent's sister left, we had a little over a week before my dad arrived. After he arrived, we began "closing up shop" if you will to prepare for a year apart as a family. I began packing bags and mailing boxes of our "stuff" back to the states so we wouldn't have so much to bring back in suit cases, Brent made the finishing touches on his duffels to head further east with him, and collectively we tried to begin making sense of what it would be like apart from each other and Brent from our babies for another long year. Even as I blog about it now, it's still hard to talk about. The day came and went (thank goodness) and we were back in the states. The kids did exceptionally well on the plane overall and although their little bodies were on a completely different timetable when we made it over here, it wasn't too terrible for them. I must be getting old because my body was in a fog for almost a month, I guess. I was on the right schedule and all, but it just didn't feel right at times. I think if I had a day or two where I could have just slept and slept, it might have helped, but the truth is, anybody would struggle to get back on a good schedule. It was good and bad that VERY shortly after we got back here, Thanksgiving rolled right on in. I don't think I was completely there that day still :) I did thoroughly enjoy being back here and being able to have the traditional celebrations that we've always enjoyed, though. The week after thanksgiving, we all got a bit sick, but once we were well, Mason headed off to school. The night before we went, Mason was terribly worried, but had NO trouble adjusting at all once we made it there. It was as if I had dropped him off like that every day prior. I guess it shows just how resilient little guys are. It's a good thing since our whole life revolves around resliency being military and all.... Anyhow as quickly as Thanksgiving came and went, so did Christmas. It was a great day, but busy as usual. So here we are, the week after New Years. As Brent put it, the best part about the new year is that now we are actually IN the calendar year that he will return home!
Since Brent left (and since we've last blogged), Miss Sadie bug is a NEW girl! She can now sit up completely on her own, eats baby food two times a day, can say, "DaDa" and "MaMa", gives wet, slobbery kisses, waves bye bye, and even tries to handle a few puffs. The girl is HUGE. Well, she was only in the 50% in her weight when we went for her 6 month appointment, but in comparison with what Mason was, she seems like a giant. I am surprised I am even able to lug her around in her carseat out in public now. She weighs 17 pounds now and to give you an idea or comparison of how it was with Mason, at 13 months he weighed 18 pounds and at 7 months, she weighs 17 pounds! She is also a MAMA's GIRL! I have been told by MANY in my family that this is payback for how I was like when I was little. I seriously cannot turn the corner with out an ear piercing WAIL coming out of her! It's kind of neat sometimes, but others, I just want her to be content with someone else so I can breathe a second or two without a baby on my hip :) Anyhow, she is fairly well scheduled, completely weaned off of nursing, and loves to be in the bed by 7:30.
Sadie at 5 months old
Sadie at 6 months old
Sadie at 7 months old
My little man, Mason, is learning how to cope and get some "male" time while Daddy's away. He prays for Daddy every night (and also other various hilarious things like Santa, his elf, Willis, and even inanimate objects). He misses Daddy and isn't afraid to tell you that. He asks a million and one questions about ANYthing and EVERYthing. We have seriously covered subjects such as how Sadie came out of my tummy (no he REALLY wanted to know, but after several distractions we were able to steer away from that whole subject), to why we're in the women's bathroom, how boys stand up to pee, but girls do not, to why is this lady right here at this particular moment in time, and every other subject you can possibly think of. He is still seriously a sponge and just takes it all in. He has learned several new "Papaisms" from my Dad. If you know my Dad at all, you know that he makes up and say silly stuff to which Mason finds completely amusing and repeats it. Not all of it is that flattering for him to be saying! He is also the BEST big brother I could have ever imagined him to be. He does not like for anyone, including myself, to utter a negative word or tone towards his Sadie bug. I have been told that I'm not nice and to stop telling Sadie no many a times. If she cries after I say anything, he immediately goes to her and starts baby talking her and chastising me for "hurting her little feelings." Sadie was screaming one day and Mason's cousin, Payne, put his hands over his ears. Mason took some serious offense to this and told Payne to, "not be mad at my baby sister." It really is quite cute, but I'm afraid we're going to have some trouble in the near future when she is more mobile and wants his stuff. I really do think he might give her something that could in turn hurt her because he just wants to give her everything she thinks she needs!
Mason loves to go to Monkey Joe's
At Mason's new preschool, they had a Christmas program. Mason probably did not know all of the songs because he had only been going to school for a week and a half before they had the program. Instead of showing any kind of embarassment, he just decided to go silent altogether! This is what we saw for about 90% of the performance!
Here's what he did for the other 10% of the performance!
Other than that, we're getting on more of a schedule and getting readjusted to life with Daddy half a world away.