Monday, May 31, 2010
One little thing......
Justin is applying for a new job that would mean huge things for our family. Please, please, pray that all goes well. That the application gets there on time, and that well of course, he gets the job!
Love to all- Jas
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
After that, we headed to prarie grove for some family time. Justin's step-mom's sister's step-son (got all that? there may be a test later....) graduated this past weekend, so all their family was visiting. Grandparent's that we don't see often etc, so we decided to go. And, ok, I admit it, we aren't really ones to turn down offers of free good food! And did I mention they have a pool? Yeah. We were first told it wouldn't be ready for swimming on Saturday. Welll, some of the older kids decided to go ahead and get in, so this sort of blew my cover with Jaycee of telling her that the pool was broken. She threw a fit to get in! And of course we didn't have a suit with us, so we let her get in in her panties. She's only 3 right? Who cares!
Then of course, since Jaycee got to get in, Jos wanted in too! And she only had a diaper. I have to say, it is pretty impressive the amount of water a diaper can soak up! Jos with Justin's cousin Bethany. She's a sweetheart!
I had a blast. I really don't get a lot of adult interaction time. I have 2 what I would consider "bff's". One lives in conway, and the other just in ft smith, but both are just as busy or busier than I am so we don't get together much. I think this is one of the reasons I have really struggled the past few years. Friends are very important to have, and I know that now more than ever. but it's hard to make friends! I am a shy and awkward person by nature. I am glad I have a husband that is like my best friend. But there are things that you just needs girl friends to talk to about! So I greatly enjoyed being with Justin's sister, SIL, and cousins. Here we are taking a group pic. Yes, that's my head in the background. I almost got lost in the jungle....
And a pic I just loved. The girls sitting with their memaw, trying to cross their legs like her :)
We stayed untill about 7 on sat evening then headed home. On the way home, Justin decides to inform me that he heard that he may be going to Korea next year. Oh for the love of pete! Seriously?? Didn't we just do like everything we could to keep this from happening. Then he's all, oh don't worry, they said we might could bring our families. Agh! So, we just bought a house, and now we are going to move to Korea for a year?? I mean I guess going with him would be better than staying here by ourselves for a year. Who knows what will happen. Sigh.
Sunday morning we hung out as a family untill he had to leave. Ate breakfast, snuggled, played with the kids. It was nice. Then he had to go again :( But, we were invited back to the step-aunt's house for more graduation celebration. This time everyone was going to swim and there would be a cookout. Swimming was fun, but man was the water cold!! And I hate to dissapoint you all, but there are no pictures of me in my bathing suit. I know you all wanted to check out my killer steroid puffed body. Alas, you can't.
Tomorrow is the mops end of year party, Jaycee's end of year preschool party, and then the girls and I are headed to Conway to spend some time with my bff Becca and her adorable daughter!
Love to everyone!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Justin vacumming and entertaining the baby at the same time. Now this is a guy that knows how to multitask! At least he learned something from the military....
And wasn't Jaycee just the most adorable little baby? I miss those days sometimes, ya know, when she couldn't talk? Heh.
I don't have any wedding pics on this computer, but here's a couple of us.
Right after Jaycee was born. Why do I look so drugged? Oh yeah, I was! 23 hrs of labor, most with pitocin and no pain meds, ending in a c-section anyway and on mag sulfate. Yeah, that's it.
At a marriage retreat the military sponsered. The unit Chaplain did all the services and he was amazing! It was a wonderful weekend of re-connecting.
In Nashville at the American Choppers show. B/c I'm a nice wife, and spent a day looking at motorcycles when I really couldn't care less. Hah!
Ok enough of that.
On to the actual day. So yeah, Justin was at 2 week military training. But I really didn't want to sit around all day feeling depressed. So I called my mom to see if she at least wanted to meet for lunch, and of course she said yes! I couldn't decide where to eat, so I asked Jaycee what she thought. She said "let's go to that lobster place!" I said what? How do you know about that place I don't think you have been there. She said " I never beed there, I need to try it!" Still confused about how she even knew what it was, but hey any excuse to eat at red lobster is fine with me! So we met mom for lunch there. What's interesting, is after talking a bit she reminded me that it was her "anniversary" too. No, not her wedding anniversary. Her adoption anniversary! My mom and her brother were both adopted by my grandparents as babies. My Grandmother has always recognized this day as mom's "anniversary" of adoption. Lately she's been sick though and must have forgotten (she is 85 yrs old!) but that was ok, b/c we celerated anyway.
Mom and the girls at the table:
Mom and Jos:
I promised (ok, bribed) the girls that if they were good at lunch I would take them to the park to ride the train. O.M.G. Joslyn is like train obsessed. How did I end up with 2 girls that love trains and toy story? She begs me every day to take her to ride the train. We usually go at least once a week.
Girls on the train. Notice Joslyn's ohmygoshiamonthetrain!!!!!! face? Love this kid.All in all it was a good day. A little lonely, but that's ok. I am just glad that my sweetie is only gone for 2 weeks, instead of much longer like he probably would have been had he stayed on active duty.
So happy anniversary my love. You are everything to me.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Oh P.S. I promise I will try to come up with pics of my mud monsters! But since I don't have any, and I love to show them off, here are some that might in some way relate.
Jaycee, Jos, Aiden, and Kade halloween 2008. The little pea-in-a-pod baby Kade turned 2 years old today!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
This being my first post, maybe I should tell a little about myself. Well, there isn't much to tell, heh. I started my life in a small town in Arkansas named Danville. If you don't know what or where that is, well, I assure you, you aren't missing anything. My parents divorced when I was 12, and eventually my mom re-married and moved us to Greenwood when I was in 9th grade. During my sophmore year, I met Justin. We got married right after high school (this is not an exageration, literaly the day after we graduated!) Then Justin left for basic training less than a week after we got married. Yeah that was no fun. but he was only gone a couple of months, and then we were able to start our married life. He worked, I worked and went to school at Arkansas Tech, and we lived in Russellville. Everything was going great!
Then, in the Spring of 2004, I started to not feel good. My joints would ache, I was extremely fatigued. I just kept telling myself it was nothing, that I would get better. But I didn't. It kepe getting worse and worse, untill I was so ill I couldn't get out of bed without help. Couldn't bathe, dress myself, or anything without help. One day I woke up with horrible rashes all over my body and was scared to death. We decided that even though we didn't have health insurance, I had to go to a Dr. The Dr threw out some different ideas of illnesses, some really scary, some unkown to me. When he mentioned lupus, I had no idea what it was. I went home that night and looked it up on the computer. I knew right then that's what I had. But we had to wait for all of the tests to come back before we could get an official diagnosis. Meanwhile, Justin was supposed to go to TX for his weekend drill. We thought that odd, since usually he just drilled in Barling. I was way too sick to even try to go with him, so I stayed with my mom. When he came back, he told me horrible news. He was going to be deployed to Iraq. I was so scared! What was I going to do? We started trying to plan for that. 2 days later, I got the call from the Dr. I definitely had lupus. I needed to start seeing specialists immediately to get things under control.
Justin was deployed for around a year, and durimng the time I stayed with various family members trying to work on getting well so I could go back to school. Then he came home, and ta-da, a month later I was pregnant with Jaycee! Hmm, funny how that happens...... But this created another problem. We still didn't have insurance! But, we thought, the military insurance we had while he was in Iraq covered everything, so we decided the best choice for our family would be to go active duty in the military. Unfortunately, that meant moving away from our family, and the only home i'd ever known, Arkansas. So we moved to Clarksville TN. Had baby Jaycee on July 21st 2006. I was totally in love with being a mommy! I just really wished that she could spend more time with her family in AR that loved her so much. Then, 8 months later, though on supposedly 99% effective birth controll, I found out baby #2 was on the way! Then on Dec 13th 2007, sweet little Joslyn was born.
Around fall 2008, we decided we couldn't stand it anymore. We didn't belong in TN. We were lonely, felt out of place. We decided that even though it would be tough, we were going to do whatever it took to move back home. So in Jan of 2009 the girls and I left TN for good. Justin joined us a few months later when his contract was up. The job search was on! Things were really scary for awhile! Thankfully with the help of family, we made it through and Justin found a job.
Now I feel like we are really starting to enjoy life. We recently purchased our first home! It's no mansion, but it's ours and after all we have been through that means a lot. We have also been attenting church regularly at the first baptist church in Greenwood. We aren't officially members, though I feel like we should be! We love being close to our family and being able to attend family functions. We still don't have a lot of friends, but we are working on trying to be more social! I have never been good at making friends. I always feel very awkward around people, and out of place.
Ok I promise i'm done. If anyone actually read this, thanks! Hopefully now you at least know a little more about me, and I promise i'll post more interesting things!