Happy Easter and then today. . .

Yesterday was a very good day. We all went to the sunrise service at 6:30, and the sun actually ROSE near the end of the service! That was really neat. There was a pancake breakfast after the service, and then it was home for a little while. Mom got the ham in the oven, and Robbie found the Easter eggs the Easter Bunny had hid for him. He did really well once we showed him what he was looking for – colored plastic eggs filled with fruit snacks and Goldfish crackers. The Easter Bunny also left him a basket with some more fruit snacks and Goldfish and also a new really cute outfit. Ryan and Robbie took a nap and the rest of us went back for the 10:30 service which was also good.

After church, we cleaned up the house a little, and got the tables and chairs ready for dinner. I mashed the potatoes and Ryan carved the ham. He sure loves using Mom’s electric knife! LOL There were 19 here for dinner – all of Mom’s family and Dad’s parents. There was lots of good food, and it was great seeing everyone again, knowing I won’t see them at Christmas this year since I’ll be deployed. After everyone had left, and we had gotten everything cleaned up and put away, it was time to relax. Robbie went to bed about 6 because he had gotten up so early and had an early nap. I got some stitching done, and we watched TV.

Today was another relaxing day. We went to the Post Office and the local drugstore to run a few errands. During Robbie’s nap I did some of Mom’s ironing – she has a HUGE pile of stuff that needs to be done, and I’m going to work on it while I’m here. I did 45 minutes today and made a good sized dent in the pile. I also got a little bit of stitching done, but then I ended up falling asleep on the couch so I got a little nap as well. After Robbie woke up, he went for a walk with Grampa to get the paper, and after leftovers for supper (Mom had Choral Society, so she wasn’t home), Robbie and Ryan and I went outside and played for about 1/2 hour. I bet he sleeps good tonight with all that fresh air today! After he was in bed, I chatted with a friend for a while and then went and stitched. After Mom got home we had chocolate pudding pie for dessert – I had made that earlier today.

You Are 80% Happy

You are a very happy person. Generally, you feel content and that all is right with the world.
Occasionally, you have a down day – but you have the ability to pick yourself right back up.

Home Sweet Mom & Dad’s!!

We arrived safe and sound at Mom & Dad’s house Friday evening after 3 long days of traveling. We stayed in Lexington, KY, Wednesday night, my brother’s house on Thursday night, and finally home. Mom and Dad were glad to see the three of us, and especially Robbie. Today I went to Marquette with Mom and we did some shopping and then went to her stitching group. That was a lot of fun and I got quite a bit done on Noah’s Alphabet. This evening Mom made pasty-pie for dinner – YUM!! And we had sauna this evening. That’s always nice. Robbie even got to go this time. And we got to see our friend Judy – she stopped over to visit for a while. That was nice, too, as I haven’t seen her in a while.

Off to bed now because church is at 6:30 tomorrow morning.

Overnight low: 34
Today’s high: 55

Done, I guess.

Well, I had my final out this morning – showed up right at 0730 when they opened and I was the first person in line. Then I went home and the three of us left in Ryan’s truck to go get the U-haul trailer and then back out to post to pick up my leave form and turn in my clearing papers to my unit. After a few more goodbyes, we headed to the museum to say goodbye to Bob. On our way home we stopped to get our empty weight for the truck/trailer combo. We dropped the truck and trailer off at home and took the van to Waffle House to finally get something to eat. We all had waffles and Ryan had some eggs and hashbrowns as well. And he and I had bacon and Robbie had sausage.

Then it was home to pack and load. And clean. Both bathrooms are done except for mopping, and the bedroom is done. Once everything is out in the morning, I’ll vacuum everywhere again really good, and mop the bathrooms and resweep and remop the kitchen and hallway. The trailer is full – Ryan did a really good job of getting everything in it. It’s like a big jigsaw puzzle. A few more things will be going in there in the morning, and then the rest in the back of my van and the back of Ryan’s truck.

We went to Nacho Mama’s for supper – we always seem to forget about that place since it’s downtown and we don’t see it everyday. But they sure do have good food! Ryan and I both had various forms of nachos and Robbie had a beef taco. After we got home, we said goodbye to our neighbors Wanda and Jim, and also to Ruth. Then Robbie went to bed and we got a few more things loaded in the trailer. Finally about 9 we called it a night and sat down to watch TV and relax. I stitched a little – almost done with a project!

Well, I’m off to bed – sleeping on the floor tonight in our sleeping bag. Have a good night!

Overnight low: 41
Today’s high: 79

I forgot. . .

While we were eating breakfast this morning, my phone rang. I looked at it and it was a completely unfamiliar number. I answered it, and it was the Transportation Office at FORT DRUM!!! They wanted to know if I would like my household goods delivered today as they have arrived in NY. Talk about FAST! I told her no thanks, we were still in GA and hadn’t even finished clearing yet. Our stuff will be put in storage until we’re ready for it.


I went to formation at 9 this morning and got First Sergeant and the Commander to sign my out-processing paperwork. Then we went to breakfast at Burger King on post – Ryan and Robbie had come with me. After a quick stop at the Post Office, we went to Darling Hall so I could out-process Finance, and get a piece of paperwork I needed from one of the other offices in there. I am now all done out-processing and am ready for tomorrow morning. We stopped at the Dodge Dealership on our way home so I could bring the guys in the service department the cookies I had baked for them – to thank them for taking such good care of my van. They really appreciated that! Then it was a stop at Staples so I could make copies of all my clearing papers. Once home, we cleaned some and played some, and then it was back to post for Robbie’s doctor appointment. The doctor he had seen last week for his 18-month checkup wanted him to see a Pediatric Specialist because he was concerned about Robbie’s language development. He only says Mama, Daddy, and Uh-oh right now, and by this age he “should” be saying 10 words. Ryan and I aren’t concerned at all. The doctor today asked a whole bunch of questions and basically came up with “there is nothing to be concerned about at this time.” DUH!! I could have told him that. But at least it was free. . .

Then it was back home again, and naptime for Robbie. I started packing stuff up in our bathroom and Ryan put the last coat of paint in Robbie’s room (Robbie was napping in our bedroom). When Robbie woke up, we went to McDonald’s for supper, and then Ryan went to bowling and a little bit later Robbie and I went to my last EGA meeting. They were all glad to see him again, and couldn’t believe how big he has gotten. He was pretty well behaved during the meeting, but towards the end we went up and down the steps. It was sad to say goodbye to everyone, but I’ll try and keep in touch with them. And maybe someday the Army will see fit to send me back here to Ft. Gordon.

Once we got home (Ryan was already home), we got Robbie to bed and then we packed a bunch of stuff up. I think when we get the trailer tomorrow, we’ll be in good shape. Maybe I can talk Ryan into cleaning at least Robbie’s bathroom while I work on the living room and bedroom.

Just a little bit more computer stuff to finish up here, and then I’m off to bed.

Overnight low: 41
Today’s high: 72

Fun stuff I got from a friend’s Blog!

You Were a Praying Mantis

You have the still power of a legendary warrior.
You are able to manipulate time – or at least, the perception of it.


Wikipedia fun
1.Type in your birthday (minus the year) in the search bar at Wikipedia.com
2.List three interesting facts, two births, and one death that happened on your birthday.

1. 1794 – Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin
2. 1964 – A jury in Dallas, Texas finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
3. 1967 – The body of President John F. Kennedy is moved to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery

1. 1804 – Johann Strauß, Sr., Austrian composer (d. 1849)
2. 1879 – Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

1. 1883 – Karl Marx, German political theorist (b. 1818)


Yesterday day was a productive but tiring day of cleaning. Kristin and Brianna (2 friends from works) came over and helped, and we sure do appreciate all the help!! We got Robbie’s room all done, the perimeter of the living room, and the kitchen is done. Ryan started painting Robbie’s room once we were done in there. We went to Taco Bell for lunch, and we bought lunch for K & B to thank them for their help. Since we ate lunch kind of late, we didn’t really have supper – we went to Cold Stone Creamery for an evening snack of ice cream. Robbie had his first dish of ice cream that was his – in the past we’ve just shared with him. He sure enjoyed it, and even used his spoon for most of it! Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.com

This morning was our last Sunday at church here, and near the end of the service Pastor Matt called us up to thank us and to say goodbye. I ended up crying through the last hymn because we’re leaving some good friends. We went to Wendy’s for lunch and then home for naptime/NASCAR race/more cleaning. I got most of our bedroom done – all but where the bed is. I also did the closet/laundry room, and that is all done now. The only thing we have left to do are the 2 bathrooms (shouldn’t take me more than a couple of hours to do both), the middle of the living room & then shampoo the carpet, the area where our bed is, and rake the back yard. There’s some stuff back there as well, but Ryan’s going to take care of it, and most of it can get thrown out. Dinner tonight was at O’Charley’s with Phil & Kaori and their 2 boys. It was a good time, but sad. Hopefully I’ll get to serve with Phil again.

After dinner, we stopped at Lowe’s to get a couple of outlet covers and light switch covers since the ones we had to put back up got packed. Then we came home and played and I packed a few things up that we won’t need. After Robbie went to bed we finished watching the race (we had Tivo’d it) and then I called Mom & Dad and stitched.

Overnight low: 46
Today’s high: 68