Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why is homework so hard for a 10 year old?

And why is there so much of it? My ten year old has about three hours of homework every night. Now I'm sure this is for several reasons:

1) He takes forever to actually focus on it
2) He gets at least three pages front and back every night
3) He is VERY easily distracted (look a squirrel!)

And the most fun part is when I go to check it and it's wrong...then the temper tantrums begin!
Oh joy! Just want I have been dying to deal with since I got off work, battled traffic on the 12 mile drive home that takes 30 mins, and cooked dinner. He swears he's not wrong, there is no way it could be wrong, cause he did it and doggone it, it's right!!!
Then the AH-HA moment comes when he realizes his mistake. His voice gets softer (well, softer from the high pitched squeal he was earlier screaming at me in) and he says, "oh, I guess the answer is 3,452."

And the funniest part of all...

I remember being JUST LIKE HIM!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dating and the single mom in 2009

I have started dating again in the last few weeks and it's decidedly a whole new ballgame. I'm thinking there has been some serious role reversal in the last decade. And I'm not sure that it doesn't have something to do with age...as in over 30...
For example, most often you hear of women professing their love for their current male companion way too soon in a budding relationship or trying to hard to define the situation as a relationship and scaring him away. This has happened to me twice in the last month. Once from someone I only met two days before, and once from a friend wanting something more than friendship. Since I was constantly stressing that word around him, he decided to take feelings into his own hands one night when he had more than a few beers = ) He's a nice guy though and he understood why I was not into the relationship thing right now. We remain good friends and talk often.
Now, how about those episodes of that show that takes place in NY, with four women friends and a certain male companion of the the main character and his commitment phobias? Like the time she tried to leave a simple toothbrush at his house and he brought it to her in a bag cause he thought she accidently left it there...
Maybe it's just me. Maybe my playing it "cool" is the key. Maybe because I'm not really interested in a relationship at this point, I'm giving off those "you can chase me, but you can't have me" vibes that I've been told men enjoy. Maybe it's the confidence I project because I'm not an insecure 20 something anymore that is wondering when/if/how she'll get married.
I'm not gonna lie, I'm enjoying the heck out of this. I love being single again!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

What a difference a year can make; a bit of reflection

This time last year I was on deployment with the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN and my son and best buddy were with me for Tiger Cruise. What an amazing feeling it was to pick him up at the airport and kiss and hug and smell that kid after not having seen him for 7 whole months!
I'm pretty sure this was the week I finally got pinned for my surface warfare, hoooooray!!!! My sweetie pie was taking the pics wearing a shirt that said "XXL FART TEAM" which made everyone in the room laugh hysterically.

I was anxious to get home to my husband, as we were still newlyweds who had only spent about three weeks of our married lives together. We had the rest of our lives to live! We had plans to go to Leavenworth, WA for Oktoberfest. Oh joy! Cold weather, snow (just got outta the Gulf) and beer! It was a blast and a great reunion. This was even sweeter because that's where we had been married just that February, it was our special place.

One year later: I am now single (physically and emotionally, if not yet legally), living in Guam with my sonny boy, and looking at going to Oktoberfest on base. MWR is pretty awesome here, but you just can't compare a hot Oktoberfest with a nice cold one! And this year there will be no punkin' patch...bummer. First year I can remember since the kiddo was 1 that we haven't gone.

This just says so much to me. Mostly it says to me: Hey, your life can change in the blink of an eye, so don't take anything for granted and enjoy every single second of life you can and the people in it, because you never know when you'll have those opportunities again.

It also says to me: IT'S TIME TO GO OUT AND MAKE NEW MEMORIES!!!! (any takers?)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Everytime I look at him

I fall more in love with my son everytime I look at him. Just when I think it's not possible to love this child anymore, it happens. And my heart gets even bigger.
Last night he was sleeping next to me and I looked over at the most beautiful, precious child I have the fortune of being mommy to. Despite his huge attitude and stubborn ways (he comes by them honestly), and the bickering we do all day long because he is so fiercely independent, it's his way or the highway. I am getting better at helping him compromise though. I have a most amazing, intelligent child.
His beautiful blue eyes were closed and his long eyelashes were touching his still baby-chubby cheeks. His lips were bow shaped, breathing out and his little freckle speckled nose was moving just slightly. How beautiful can one child possibly be? I just sat there and listened to him breathe, watching him sleep. I may have even cried a little...
And in the mornings when we are on our way to base, I look over at this wonder of a little human being, taking in his beautiful profile, and his smile that just lights up the whole world. I love this child. More than anything. In the whole wide world.

(I know I am not the only mommy to ever feel this way, but I just had to get it out!)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Real feel...something akin to H EEEE double hockey sticks

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Man I can't wait for Christmas!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tryin' out the new underwater camera!!!

HA~ I finally got a new camera and it's waterproof! I love it! I cannot wait to take more on another day...we got rained out today, but it was nice for the most part.