The kids' wishlists

Ok, ok, ok. I posted my wishlist on the spur of the moment and now I'm getting badgered to post the kids' as well.

Let me preface this by letting everyone know what we are getting the kids. We're keeping our budget lean and mean this year in order to a.) pay off our debt as quickly as possible and b.) to save up money for our move to Hawaii. Plus, we know that Grandparents and Uncles and Aunts and family friends will be spoiling the kids rotten and they don't need help from us.

We are getting each kid 3 gifts - just like Jesus was given on Christmas. I learned of this idea 2 years ago and have decided to implement it in our family. Our kids have MORE than enough and I truly believe that our society has lost sight of what Christmas is truly about. We've traded our spirituality for materialism.

Once the kids get older, I plan to have them help me go through their toys and choose 3 gifts to give to a shelter or other worthwhile cause in the weeks before Christmas as well as helping me choose a name or names from the Angel Tree in the PX and helping me shop for those people. I want my children to realize that Christmas is a season of giving - not just getting - and that it is our duty and priviledge to help others if we can.

Climbing down off my soapbox, here's what we are getting the kids :

Princess Trouble :
Dress up box with 4 princess dresses (from Lillian Vernon)
books (from Scholastic)
Chutes and Ladders/CandyLand

Little Man :
taggie blanket (from Lillian Vernon)
teether (Discovery Toys)
#3 ??? clothing maybe...I don't know yet...

Santa is getting Princess Trouble a new bike and Little Man the Gobble and Go Hippo (to go with his Peek-a-Blocks).

They will also get to open their gift of new jammies on Christmas Eve and there are always the wonderful stocking stuffers - new ornaments, small toys, play jewelry for Princess Trouble, small teethers, new pacifiers, etc. for Little Man, yummy munchies, etc.

So now that we've gotten that out of the way, here's the wish lists...

Princess Trouble :

- Loving Family Dollhouse

- any of the accompanying sets to the Loving Family Dollhouse

- Disney Princess 35mm camera (she saw it at Best Buy)

- Disney Pretty as a Princess playsets (heck - anything having anything to do with princesses, especially Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Aerial, etc. will thrill her!)

- Dora the Explorer books

- Little People toys (we already have the garage and the ark)

- summer clothing in size 4T or higher

- mini trampoline

- sleeping bag (indoor variety - they make a princess one that is adorable)

- Hungry Hungry Hippos

Little Man :

- Peek-a-Blocks 2 in 1 activity wagon

- Peek-a-Block Incrediblock

- Peek-a-Block Rollin Rumblin Dumptruck

- anything to chew on

- summer clothes size 18 months+

- bath toys

- Tonka trucks - the kind for little kids

- anything helicopters, especially Chinooks (my hope is that he will have his own room and I can decorate it in helicopters)

That's about it. Honestly, we could get Little Man a few boxes, some cellophane, and a balloon and he would be content - they are SO easy at this age!

I hope that helps everyone who has been pestering me :) The kids really do not need a thing. They are happy, healthy, and wonderful and that is enough - more than enough really.



My Christmas Wish List

It's a little too early to go to bed but I don't have the energy to do anything else right now. I'm also waiting to hear from a friend who is making her way, with her husband and kids, from Fort Bragg to Kansas. They are supposed to spend the night but weren't supposed to leave North Carolina until 3pm or later today and it's a 10 hour drive. She said she'd call when they got ready to leave but I haven't heard from her and darnit if I can find her cell phone number. Anyway...

So here I sit. Christmas is creeping toward me. I'm not quite in a festive mood right now - could be this damn cold I can't shake. I sound like someone who has been smoking for 50 years - my voice sounds like The Husband's...only deeper. At first I thought it sounded sexy. Now I think it just sounds annoying so (much to my family's joy) I am not talking much. Not to mention my chest hurts from coughing so much and my throat still feels like I have swallowed barbed wire. Gonna be a GREAT weekend...

Maybe a good night's sleep will help me kick this thing.

Here's the list. This is posted more to appease my boredom than it is to suggest anything to anyone. However, should you feel inclined. I'm always willing to accept gifts!

subscriptions : Readers Digest, Swimmer, Better Homes and Gardens, Simple Scrapbooks, Family Fun


new scrapbooking book by becky higgins - creative sketches

creative lettering cds - combo

bull durham on dvd

gift certificatess: mervyns, target, gap, barnes & noble, old navy

u2 cd collection - especially war

really good set of measuring cups & spoons

thompson twins cd

soul asylum - hang time

ub40 - ub40

johnny clegg & savuka - shadow man

peter gabriel - shaking the tree

rob base & dj e-z rock - it takes 2

tesla - 5 man accoustical jam

drill bits for my Makita

America the book by Jon Stewart

soundtrack to "Ray"

anything "Get Fuzzy"

Mork & Mindy - the complete 1st season on DVD

Gooseberry Patch Christmas ; Book 6

any or all of the nativity pieces from the Willow Tree collection (though I think I'm going to buy the actual 6 piece nativity set for myself)

new pair of Oakleys - mine are beat

books on Hawaii

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace personal software

More Than Enough by Dave Ramsey

I'll add more as I come up with it. Along with this list, I have a "biggies" list - things that I want but are probably too much to ask for :

1. winning lottery ticket so I can pay off our debts and start investing in our retirement again

2. this damn cold to go away

3. A 2004 Range Rover - silver or black

4. A 2005 Volvo XC90 - silver

5. a new washer and dryer - one of those washers that can handle 23 towels all at once

The wonderful thing about BOTH of these lists is that everything on here is material. We have been blessed at this point that we have our health, good friends and family, a roof over our heads, food on the table, and a secure income. The above-mentioned items are just superficial - I truly have everything I could ever ask for. And I am truly thankful for that.



I used to have an immune system

The kids are sick. Nothing new there. I was hoping to avoid catching it - I've done so in the past...once or twice. Not this time. Feels like I swallowed a ball of barbed wire. Can I tell you how pleasant that is? Why is it that every flipping cold I get attacks my throat. Along with my throat hurting, I have lost my voice...again. Lost it when we moved from Alabama too - all of 5 months ago. Since I turned 18 (lost my voice on my 18th birthday too) I have lost my voice on average once a year. Seems like every cold I get heads straight to my throat. Better than what it does to Princess Trouble I suppose. Every cold she gets goes right to her chest. Still, it's getting kind of old.

Didn't stop me from cleaning the house though. The floors here are linoleum. Have I mentioned how much I hate linoleum? Can't stand it. Not only is it hard on my kids' heads when they fall, it is easily dirtied, hard to keep clean, and - because the Army is insistent on using the lowest bidder - crappy. Just like our dishwaster...I mean dishwasher. P.O.S. let me tell you. I'm beginning to think my parents have the right idea - their dishwasher died on them years back and they just didn't fix it. I hate to unload the thing and having to wash my dishes BEFORE I put them in the dishwasher and then have to run them through the stupid thing AGAIN is a waste of time, water, and my sanity (of which there is precious little left).

It dawned on me today - as I attempted to be quick at the commissary and just pick up a few things - that Thanksgiving is only a week or so away. I couldn't figure out why the commissary was so busy. Then I looked at the calendar when I got home and realized that there are only 9 days until Thanksgiving. Ack! That's why I was scrubbing the floors today. I have a "TO DO" list and it's longer than Princess Trouble's wish list to Santa so I need to get hopping on that.

I suppose that means I should get off my hiney and get to it. Eh, I'll wait til tomorrow.



Princess Trouble is 3 years and 2 months old. She's a smart girl - sometimes too smart for her own good. We have been working on potty training for about 8 months now. It's been an uphill battle full of setbacks, frustrations, headaches, and accidents. But I think we're almost there. Of course, now that I've said that, she'll take a step backward but that's ok. She told me this AM that she wanted to wear big girl panties to school today. I almost fell over. Once I collected myself I said sure and reminded her that she needed to go to the potty anytime her teachers told her to and that she could not go potty in her pants because she wouldn't have a PullUp on. She agreed. I packed 2 extra outfits. When I dropped her off at school this AM, I warned her teachers that she was in big girl panties and then made her go potty before I left. When I went to pick her up this afternoon, she was STILL in the clothes she went to school in! NO ACCIDENTS!!!

On top of that, she is currently SLEEPING in big girl panties for her nap. We'll see how that goes. I'm so THRILLED!!!

In other news, again I have nothing really to report. I take that back. My friend who runs a military spouse website that I frequent posted a story today that scares the HELL out of me...

Here's the link : Doctors Group Opposes Mandatory Mental Health Tests for Kids

I'll be writing to my Alaska senators as well as my local senators (even though we're not registered here) abotu this one. Scary...just another reason I am considering home-schooling my kids. I would encourage you to research this and act as you see fit.

Friends of mine need some prayers. Their oldest son has run into some trouble - his guilt or innocence is not what I'm praying for. He is in a heap of trouble and he really needs help getting his life back on track. If he is guilty of the crimes he is being accused of, he will be in prison for a while. If not, hopefully this will serve as a wake up call that he needs to make some changes in his life. Regardless, his family is very upset and they all could use some good thoughts.

Found out this week that I don't have to repaint my house! Because we live in military housing we are supposed to return our quarters to the condition they were in when we accepted them. Well, I've painted 2.5 rooms and was trying to figure out when I would have time to repaint before we have to clear and leave. I found out that I can have the military repaint and all it will cost me is 7 cents per square foot! Assuming that includes priming and such, it will run me about $20. Less than I paid for the paint in the first place. WORKS FOR ME! One thing less for me to worry about. *whew*

Little Man is *this* close to walking. God help us! I would love to see him (if he's going to do it) take his first steps while my family is here - that would be COOL! He's also now got EIGHT teeth - he cut SIX all at once. YOUCH. Of course, when Princess Trouble did that, she wound up in the hospital with bronchiolitis but he seems to be a different kid. I hate to see the gummy smile leave though...they grow up too fast.

That's about it for now. I'm off to get some chores done around the house and start making my Thanksgiving shopping list. Bring on the FOOD!!!


Happy Birthday to The Husband and other rambles

Yesterday was The Husband's birthday - he's 31 now! Hard to believe he was only 18 when I met him! I'm still not quite sure what I did to deserve such a wonderful man. He truly is the best thing to have ever happened to me.

Happy Birthday baby...I love you! moo.

In other news...

I have little or nothing to report. Seriously. The Husband's mother - aka my Mother-in-Law or MIL for short - came for a visit last week. Spoiled the kids ROTTEN but that's a Grandmother's job, isn't it? She and I took the kids and drove down to see Uncle K graduate from IOBC (Infatry Officer Basic Course) and to wish him luck at Ranger School (which he started today - God help him). Long trip but it was so good to see Uncle K. Wish we could have spent more time with him - one afternoon wasn't enough. But we'll see him at Christmas.

MIL was kind enough to stay with the kids for a night so The Husband and I were able to head off on our own. I was able to spend a glorious 2 hours sitting in Barnes and Noble just READING...OMG - it was heavenly! Then we wandered around this GIGANTIC mall, went to see some other touristy sites in town, came back to the mall for dinner and then saw the movie "Ray" . GREAT movie. Jamie Foxx was incredible - it was so easy to forget that it was Jamie Foxx and not Ray Charles up on that screen. And all in all, it was a wonderful evening.

Now we are gearing up for Thanksgiving. MY parents will be here as will my Grama. I'm so excited to have her up - I can't wait for her to be able to spend some decent time with the kids. Little Man may be walking by then (yeah, he's all of 8 months old right now...).

Other than that, there's not a lot going on. Found out that our good friends from Alaska are relocating to northern Alabama so they will be CLOSE to us for a bit!!! I am thrilled at that prospect yet sad that we will be moving soon. Damn Army.

Still haven't embraced this upcoming move. I'm usually one to have everything planned out to the nth degree by now but I haven't even organized my PCS folder. Don't really feel the urge to. We don't have orders in hand either and I really don't care. I'm hoping they get lost. Doubt they will but a girl can hope.

The Husband FINALLY got to fly last week. FINALLY! He had a good flight but they wound up flying at night (had to push back the takeoff time because the commander was in a meeting and wasn't around to sign off on some paperwork...idiot...oops, did I say that out loud? my bad...) which wiped him out for the next day or so. But he got to fly and that was the important part. He's more like his old self again which is what I like.

It's cold here now which is great. I love fall - the period between Halloween and Christmas is my favorite time of year.

I'm off to do some more coursework. I've been putting it off for 3 weeks now and I need to get my act together. I'll try to post more this week.

Oh, and by the way...I"M SO GLAD THE ELECTION IS OVER AND BUSH WON!!! I hope Kerry slinks back in to the shadows from whence he came. Dirty rat-bastard. There...I've said my piece and you'll never hear me speak of him again (or so I hope).


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