Friday, May 25, 2007

tidbits, atbp

On May 15th, I said goodbye to my baby. She'll meet us in Michigan next month. I hope she gets there before us, in one piece. We'll ship hubby's SUV a week before we fly out of here.

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Alexis celebrated her 10th birthday on May 19th. The original plan was to have a little party at Funtastic (indoor playground), but I guess she has outgrown it so she requested to have a slumber party instead. I was not really digging the idea at first but I gave in later on. She invited 2 friends and they stayed up until 6am the next day! They busied themselves with music, dvds, karaoke, and getting on each other's nerves. hehe. The next day, her room looked as if a tornado passed by.

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karaoke fun
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fudge brownies!
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the human taco
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finally....snoring bandits

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!!!!!!

Friday, May 04, 2007


Things are happening so fast, it's hard to catch up. I find myself slowly immersing in a roller coaster of emotions as the reality of leaving my family behind draws near. The thought of leaving the home I've known for 14 years brings shivers down my spine. I refuse to let go. But it's part of a process. Part of life.

Hubby secured a job as a recruiter in the US Army. We will be moving stateside (Ohio) next month. It will be a different experience. We will not be around the military. It'll be civilian life for us for the next 2 or 3 years. That means no PX, no commissary, no Tax free benefits. The upside is, NO DEPLOYMENT to Iraq. There's WalMart of course, where I plan to do most my shopping. And I can also take advantage of AAFES online.

My last day of work is the 31st of May. It will feel weird. Plus, I'll miss the moolah. I just hope to find a decent job in the states. But I'm in no hurry. I plan on staying home until the kids are settled.

Our household goods will be picked up the 4th and 5th of June. Packers will come in, pack, load, and leave. When we get to the next duty station, packers deliver, unpack, leave. Nice, eh? All at the army's expense. I do need to get a supplemental insurance for our high valued stuff. The army only reimburses 70% of the cost in case of damage or loss. Better safe than sorry.

Now the bad part. We are only entitled to ship 1 car for free. That means I'm paying for my car to be shipped. And because we opted for door service, we're paying triple the regular rate. Saves us the hassle of picking the car up from the port (Baltimore) 8+ hours away. So I guess it's worth it.

Amidst all the stress, angst, uncertainties, it's important to always keep a positive attitude. It's hard, but manageable.

Steven turned 4!!!

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