Monthly Archives: April 2009

Journey Around the World

When I started this blog 8 months ago it was the first day of school for my kids.  At the time I wished I had started blogging sooner.  You see, our family has been travelling around the world for the past 17 years.  I met my husband 19 years ago this month.  He was on his first liberty from Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.  I was working my way through college at the time.  Twenty months later, we were married and he was wrapping up his flight training there. 

Since then we have lived on each coast of the US and on 3 different continents and have travelled to over 20 countries.  In 1 month, he retires from the Navy after serving 7 1/2 years in the Army Reserves and 19+ in the Navy.  My kids know nothing else, and we are excited and nervous at the same time to leave the military life.  We are moving to a city with a population of just over 500.  A lot of my husband’s family lives there.  He moved back to the town when he was 12 (the same age as our youngest son).  His father was in the Army as well, so he has been connected to the military most of his life.  We have visited there many times for holidays and summer vacations, so the kids and I have gotten to know the area pretty well.

I have enjoyed our journeys around our world.  Tomorrow I will continue my reminiscing by sharing our experiences in Guam.

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Do Not Pass GO

I was so excited yesterday when we finally got a call from the air conditioner repairman and he said we were next on the list.  He had been working something like 16-hour days since Saturday when summer decided to hit here in Virginia.  We now have closed all of the windows (my sinuses are thankful for that) and have cold air flowing through the house veins once again.

Next item, we had to take my car into the shop Monday for some work on the breaks, tire rotation, oil change, and the little engine check light that lit up on Saturday.  It kind of freaked me out when I checked the car’s manual for what to do when that light comes on, and it said something like, “The car’s battery is discharging.  Go directly to your dealership to have it looked at.”  In other words, Do not pass GO.  Do not collect $200…  Well, I had a car-load of groceries and I didn’t think I needed to be taking them to the dealership.  So, after I got home, I turned the car off thinking that maybe it could be jump-started from my husband’s car or get a tow if that didn’t work.  I let it sit for the weekend in fear that I would get stranded at one of the kids’ games that are usually a 30-minute drive from home.  It started right up Monday morning, and I took it in to the mechanic.  He found that some oxygen sensor for the gas line was broken and replaced it.  Is that all?  $300 later, I was halfway home yesterday afternoon and that dang light came back on.  Back to the mechanic this morning…

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Family Friendship

Well, we are still without air conditioning in our house.  Apparently when the heatwave struck this weekend, everyone’s a/c decided to break down.  It’s not too bad until about noon when the sun starts beating down on the house.  There is a nice breeze today, and with the windows open it feels very comfortable inside.  The only downside to that is I have a hard time with the pollen sometimes, so I am pumping meds and squirting lots of eyedrops. 

I’m not sure if it was being out in the sun and heat this weekend, but my husband and my oldest son are home sick today.  My husband has some bug that gives him the chills one minute and he’s sweating the next; he said his back hurts too.  After a while, I finally convinced him that he should take some Tylenol for the fever and pain.  He said it would give him a stomach ache; I said it would be better than a fever and back pain.  I dropped 2 Tylenols in my son’s hand for his fever, and he didn’t question it at all.  They are both in bed fast asleep, hopefully healing. 

On another note, I got to celebrate my birthday again yesterday…a package came in the mail.  My sil Shelley sent me some beautiful jewelry 🙂  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!  I thought it might be fun to share some similarities between my sil and me; some she might not even know. 

We married brothers.

We both have 3 children (each of us has 2 boys and a girl).

We both grew up in small cities in north Florida – my hometown is a wee bit smaller.

We will be living in the same town, next door to one another (until our house is built) in an even smaller town.

We both love to read.

We like to volunteer in our children’s schools.

We have both worked in a school.

We are very protective mommas.

We both loooove purple.

Both of us are SAHMs right now.

Shelley and her family moved last summer from her hometown to the little town her husband and mine grew up in.  Much of our husbands’ extended family live in the same town as well.  We are excited to move there this summer, as our children will get to interact with their cousins more often than just holidays.  Once we arrive, I look forward to discovering even more similarities between us and deepening our friendship.

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Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

Making the list about me the other day was fun but also more difficult than I thought it would be.  I haven’t done too many extraordinary things.  I consider my family the most important thing to me, so they are my focus.  But I think I maintain a balance by taking care of myself as well because if I didn’t, I couldn’t be there for them.  I started grasping for ideas towards the end of my list, but last night (while sweating in bed) I thought of a better #38:  My middle name is Rose, and I was born and raised in the South, hence the name Southern Rose.

In regards to the sweating, as for many across the US, spring/summer finally sprung this past week.  I am so excited – shorts and flip flop weather is finally here!  On the downside, when we went to turn the a/c on for the first time this year, it didn’t blow out any cold air.  We opened up windows and got a good breeze flowing through the house, so it wasn’t as bad as not having heat in the winter.  (That happened to us in January – well, to my husband and the kids.  I was out of town when it happened.)  At one point, I found an excuse to go to the grocery store just so I could sit in the air-conditioned car for a few minutes.  Hopefully, the repairman will be here soon.  Until then, I guess I’ll go enjoy a glass of homemade lemonade on the porch while I rock in my favorite chair and my servants fan me … oops, back to reality; must be the heat.

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Renew Thyself

I’m on my way out the door to have a post-birthday lunch with a good friend – for both of us – we share the same birthday. Check out my other blog today: http://sorose.blogspot.com/.

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Thirty-9 Things About Me

1. I have 2 parents whom I know love me very much.

2. I have 2 younger sisters that I adore.

3. I have a wonderful husband who will do anything to make me happy.

4. I have 3 beautiful children that I would do anything in the universe for.

5. I am 1/4 Czech, 1/4 French, and 1/2 English (with a touch of Scottish).

6. I got to visit all of the places my ancestors are from when we lived in France 2 years ago.

7. Paris was a trés chic place to live for 18 months, but I confirmed my belief that I am not a big city girl.

8. I started this blog last year so that our family and friends who don’t live nearby can keep up with us a little better; I wish I had started it years ago, especially when we lived overseas (I’m so glad I have those old e-mails to reminisce – I’m going to post about Guam next).

9. I loved living in Guam.

10. I wanted to be a teacher when I was a little girl, and I got the opportunity to teach while stationed overseas at DoDEA (military base) schools in Japan and Guam.

11. As much as I liked teaching, I know I am better in an office setting.

12. The Army tried to recruit me 20 years ago while I was in college; I took the ASVAB (not knowing what it was), and the recruiters wanted to send me to DLI (Defense Language Institute) in Monterey, CA after my scores came back.

13. I attended DLI 4 years ago with my husband and am now fluent in French.

14. I took Spanish in high school and have been trying to re-learn it over the past couple of years – I’m finding it’s hard to do on my own.

15. I have permanently changed addresses 17 times; 3 times were outside the US (#18 comes in 9 weeks).

16. I have visited 49 of the 50 States; Alaska is my last one.

17. I tear up every time I hear the National Anthem.

18. I would love to parachute from an airplane one day.

19. I love to play games – board games, cards, word puzzles – just about anything.

20. I am a rule-stickler; I will pull out the rules sheet in the middle of any game if there is any question about whether the game is being played correctly.

21. I love playing games on the Wii with my family.

22. I want to attempt a 1/2 marathon race one day (and maybe a marathon, but we’ll see after the 1/2)…that is if my knee will cooperate. 

23. I think my husband and I would make a great team on The Amazing Race.

24. My sisters and I had a 17 hands high Appaloosa named Sgt. Tommy when we were kids.

25. I became a certified SCUBA diver when I was in high school.

26. I don’t like coffee or tea; as good as some of them smell, they taste like (flavored) dirt to me.

27. I have watched people hurl in Ireland (it’s a sport).

28. I am a chocoholic, and I hide chocolate around my house so that my kids won’t eat it all. 

29. I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans when I was pregnant with my first child; not a good idea.

30. I went to Mardi Gras in Venice, Italy with a friend and our kids a couple of years ago; it was awesome.

31. My husband and I are in the process of designing our dream house and hope to start building it before the end of this year (address change #19).

32. Did I mention that I like love chocolate?

33. I love sitting on the beach at sunrise or sunset and listening to the waves roll back and forth.

34. I have never smoked a cigarette.

35. I enjoy watching sports – especially anything my kids are playing.

36. I hate cold weather.

37. I have a goal to be in better shape and lose a few pounds before we move in 9 weeks; my youngest son gave me 6 candy bars for my birthday this morning, and I just found a cake and ice cream in the freezer.  Big workout tomorrow!

38. My middle name is Rose, and I was born and raised in the South, hence the name Southern Rose.

39. I start my 40th year of life today.

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Susie Homemaker Here

I don’t think I have been earning my r-superman-logo-pinkish lately, so I decided when we came back from Florida Sunday night that things needed to change a bit around here.  I got up today determined to get some things done around the house.  My first thought was to weed the gardens – but alas, it has been raining off and on all day.  Oh darn!  So instead, my day has been spent in the kitchen.  I’m even wearing an apron – too many clothes have been stained because I was too lazy to grab the apron on the back of the pantry door!  Dinner was in the crockpot by 8:45 AM, and 4 loaves of whole wheat bread are sitting on my counter (homemade, of course).  Three dozen fruit and nut cookies are in the oven and smelling oh so delicious.  I got the bread and cookie recipes from The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook and hope that the family will enjoy them later today. 

Last night I made dinner in a Tupperware Stack Cooker.  My mom bought this for my birthday years ago, and I enjoyed using it especially when my husband was deployed (it makes meals for 4).  It’s been a while since I last used it, and I came across its cookbook the other day when I was marking recipes for this week’s dinners.  The recipes aren’t advertised as the eat-clean type, but most use fresh ingredients.  I told my kids that we were going to eat better starting this week and I am going to buy more real foods and ingredients instead of frozen meals and the like.  When we sat down at the table last night, my daughter asked me if dinner was one of those good-for-you-meals.  I told her yes; we had spinach-stuffed chicken, creamed corn, and maple candied apples.  It was good for us and it tasted good too!

I think the cookies are ready.  I gotta go try one before the kids come home from school and chow them all down.

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