Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I'll Be Home For Christmas...

I grew up in a military family.  I wasn't a military brat, but was surrounded by grandparents, uncles, and cousins who chose to serve our Country.  My Nana wasn't fond of Christmas, and she absolutely HATED the song "I'll Be Home for Christmas".  I can only remember one Christmas growing up when she got to have all her kids together for the holiday.  I didn't really understand back then...but I do now.

It's been five years now since I left home.  I left a few days before Christmas, and it was really hard on the family to not have us there.  We've made do.  We've since then added another child to our family, started our own Christmas traditions and have just been living life.  However, every time "I'll Be Home for Christmas" plays, I fall into a heap of sobs.  I have hated that song so much.  With The Hubs' work schedule, and always PCSing across the country right near Christmas, and money being tight, we just haven't had the chance to go home for Christmas. 

The Hubs hasn't been home for Christmas since he joined the military.  I haven't been home to OK this time of year in 5 years.  KK has never spent the holidays with anyone but us.  We haven't been to OK at all in 2 years.  Today I hear the song.  The song that has been my archnemesis this time of year for 5 years on...

But this year I'm not crying.  This year I'm packing up the van.  This year...this year

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Homemaker Monday


 The weather in my neck of the woods:
Nice and cool.  :)  It's supposed to snow later this week, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that!  :)

Things that make me happy:  That we're going home to Oklahoma for Christmas for the first time in 5 years!  I'm so excited!!!

Book I'm reading:
Perfect Daughters by Robert J Ackerman  (it's a book for adult daughters of alcoholics/addicts)

What's on my TV today:  
Nothing I know of...  Army Wives re-starts in a few months.  That's the only show I watch.

On the menu for dinner:
Portuguese Chicken and Rice

On my To Do List:
Housework (mainly laundry)
Getting my workout on

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
The one we're having for dinner tonight

In the craft basket:
Working on a quilt for KK
A few Christmas presents
as well as a few crochet things I've been working on

Looking forward to this week:
December starting!  :)

Tips and Tricks:
Stay hydrated!  I get migraines a lot, but can usually fight them off if I stay super hydrated.  Most people live their lives in mild dehydration.  You'd be surprised how much you can perk up just by drinking enough water.

My favorite blog post this week:
Haven't been reading many blogs lately...

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
Sam's Noggin

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):
No pictures...except maybe my weight loss pictures.  :)

Lesson learned the past few days:

That I need to sleep more!!!

On my mind:

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Count it all JOY!!!