I remember my mom telling me that a kid will learn to not poop in their pants if they have to clean it up themselves, and sit in it till they are ready to clean themselves. Whoever came up with that idea has not met Junior.
I took the girls for haircuts Saturday. Abs cut her own hair again tonight with a razor, taking a chunk of skin out of her finger. Her reasoning? Who the heck knows anymore.
I was getting my workout in this morning and heard my name over the loudspeaker. Junior apparently was stomping on other children's feet, so he was sent home.
My dog still has a pink head.
I have a half marathon on Sunday, and I am not prepared. To be honest, that's how I roll. I'd rather get out there and give it my best shot, then not participate because life got in the way and I didn't have time to train. Maybe I am more like Gunner than I thought.
I had to bug The Mrs. today to find her recipe for feta spinach mushroom turkey burgers. Ummmm.....they are excellent! You have to try them. Gunner is in love with them. I am in love with them. We made extras for tomorrow.
It was in the 70's yesterday, and is freezing today. Snow is in the forecast.
I am drinking a glass of wine and I now know why I stay up till almost midnight every night. I need the downtime without having to keep track of anyone!
The last questions dealt with how deployment changed you as a person. Now, how did it change you as a parent? Let me explain...
Gunner and I had almost 6 years as parents before the deployments started.
During that time, he was almost always home, and we were busy raising the girls, taking them to activities, lots of family time.
I felt like I had it under control. I felt like I was a good mom.
Since Gunner started deploying though, I feel like it has affected me as a mom. I have less patience. I am more overwhelmed. I never have enough time in each day.
I do know that is is quality, not quantity. I do know that I do everything in my power to make sure my kids will be okay. I do know that I do more than the average person, and include my children in almost everything that we do.
I also know that it's not easy to do alone, especially when their dad is halfway around the world and you have a lot more questions to answer and a lot more worries.
I think that if all these repeated year long deployments had not occurred, that maybe I would be a better mom? Don't get me wrong, I'm not a bad mom, but maybe I could have been better. Or maybe everyone else is a perfect mom and deployments didn't make a lick of a difference? Hopefully there is someone else out there...please?
Did you ever have the old Fisher Price little people?
We used to play with them all the time. Even with the new ones, my kids still prefer the old ones.
Meet our family, little people style.
(Left to Right: Em, Abs, Daddy, Jr, ABW)
No idea why I am a Grandma and Em is a horse. I loved how he put the 4th ID magnet in there though.
They were having a family meeting.
There always has to be mail. Jr. said she was delivering packages from Iraq.
Can you name the girl in the middle? And if the boy on either side of her had an orange body, what would their names be? I used to think that we came up with the names until a friend saw them and said the same names. Guess we got them from somewhere!
We have survived four year long deployments--one to Bosnia and three to Iraq. We have been married for almost 17 years and have three children--Em, Abs, and Junior. Gunner is currently deployed for the 5th time to Afghanistan. We are fast approaching the year mark, and then we will focus on the prize--retirement!