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Operation Holiday Card

Operation Holiday Card is up and running again this year!  This is a wonderful program that distributes Christmas, Hanukkah, and holiday cards with short personal messages to troops deployed overseas during the holiday season.  This program was a huge success last year collecting over 16,000 cards.

            I am asking people to write a note to an unknown service member inside your card, seal it, and send it to the address below.  Cards can be for Christmas, Hanukkah (please write this on the back of your envelope), or general Season’s Greetings.  Your words of support mean so much to these men and women.  Remember each card you send is another service member touched.   

            This program works because individuals take this initiative to spread the word and collect cards with in their lives.  Please pass the word about this project to everyone you know.  Feel free to post it in your journals, other communities, promote it in your workplace, or your place of worship.  One woman from my church last year collected 200 cards in her workplace. How many cards can you collect?  Cards can be sent to:

 

Operation Holiday Card
226 Albany Ave  

Shreveport, LA 71105

 

            This year’s deadline will be Dec. 3, all cards must be received in Louisiana by that time.  The cards will need plenty of time to get overseas.  I thank you for your support of this wonderful project.  There is so much support for our troops as they spend the holidays away from their families.

            Please look at our new website http://sites.google.com/site/operationholidaycard/Home for more information.  If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at operationholidaycard@gmail.com

 

Thank you and God Bless you,

Operation Holiday Card

 

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Where have I been?

It has been FOREVER since Ive blogged.  Believe it or not I do still read a lot of your posts, but I just haven't had time to post or comment.  School has been busy.  When N got home I found it almost impossible for me to work while he was home (he took 3 weeks off), so I got behind in my classes.  Thus when he went back to work (two weeks ago) I was left to scramble to catch up and get back on track.  I am getting there, but I feel like I just barely have my head above water this semester.  I am SOOOO ready for graduation (in May!).  Next semester I will only have 2 classes so that will be much better.

K is doing great in school!  She is loving pre-school this year and doing some cool stuff!  She came home on Thursday saying she had learned about air resistance, and showed us how a paper falls differently when you hold it differently.  It was very cool!  We had a scare on Thursday when her teacher accidently gave her 3 peanut butter cookies (she's allergic!) and everyone freaked out.  Luckily K has no reaction what so ever, so we think she my be growing out of that allergy.

M is also enjoying him 2 day a week mom's day out program.  He is having a hitting and kicking problem, but we are working on it.

Halloween was lots of fun!  M was Spider-Man, and K was a princess.  My parents came down for the weekend.  It was lots of fun!

So that's where I've been!  I'll try to post more, but no promises until this semester is over.

Operation Holiay Card is starting up again, so things will get even busier!  :)

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My little sweety!!!

We started potty training M on Wednesday.  We knew we would do this when N got home, it was just time.  He's catching on very well!  :)  He seems to be taking the same road as K and peeing like a champ, but having no desire to poop in the potty yet.  He had\S even started to hide when he has to poop.  He'll catch on.  :)  It's funny, we've been sitting next to M while he sits on the potty playing with him and stuff while he "sits and waits".  Yesterday I was folding laundry and I stopped and said, "Oh, I need to go pee-pee, I'm going to the potty."  (mommy modeling), I expected M to keep playing, but he came with me and sat so sweetly on the floor next to me in the bathroom while I pottied.  It was sweet and funny at the same time.  :)

N is unpacking right now.  When the new furniture came in I put his clothes away, but with most of his clothes with him it was hard for me to put them away with any organization.  So that made unpacking hard for him.  So he had taken over the bedroom for the morning so he can unpack and organize his clothes in the new furniture at the same time.  :)
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A happy solution

We called Gateway this morning about my computer, after 45 minutes on hold I was given a $499 price quote for a new screen, plus they would have it for "about 2 weeks" (aka 3 weeks).  Ugh!  That is right on the cusp of "you might as well get a new computer" and not a decision we were looking forward to making.  I had been to the Geek Squad on Sunday and was told about $500.  So our next sop was the Fix My PC store near us.  I walked into the store and the guy said, "I may have a used one for $150, let me go look."  Now that would have been awesome!!!  But no he didn't have one, so he said he could order one for $250 + $35 for the install.  SOLD!!!!  Plus I will only be without my laptop for a few hours!!  Woot!!!!  Expensive, yes, but not nearly as bad as it was looking yesterday!!!!

It's funny, the kids won't let N out of their sight.  :)  If he goes to the bathroom or anything the kids are asking where he went or waiting outside the door!  :)  We gave K the option of staying home from school today and she said she wanted to go but on the condition that Daddy took her and she could show him everything in her classroom!  :)  Too cute!  :)
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Interruptions

Yesterday was a long day.  I was just plain restless.  I had everything set up on my computer, countdown clock, e-mail, flight status for both of his flights all set to go.  The kids were napping and I had just finished my last post, I went to put my laptop back on the counter and somehow missed it and dropped it!!  I quickly turned in back on to see what the damage was, the screen came up all white with cracked lines all over it!  I was so upset, I just closed it up and couldn't even think about it.  But thanks goodness it didn't happen last week or before while N was gone, I really wouldn't have been able to handle it!!  But anyway, I have been able to hook it up to an old monitor so at least I am able to work on it.  So N and I are looking at the options.  We may just turn it into a desktop and get me a new laptop, or to go ahead and spring for a new screen.  But that will be almost as much as a whole new laptop, so we'll see.  It sucks!  I am so mad, why oh why didn't I get the extended service package!!!???

But enough about that....N's flight got in early last night.  I was lucky I was at the airport in time.  :)  There were a few guys from his squadron there to greet him.  It was so wonderful to see him!  :)  We got all his stuff and headed home.  The kids were completely asleep, but N got to tuck them in.  It was sweet.  N started to unpack a little, he brought back some beautiful sea glass jewelery!  It didn't take too long for him to get sidetracked from the unpacking and on to the "other business" of the evening.  It was after all reunion night.  ;)  But we kept getting interrupted!  First the friendly neighborhood cat came around to rile up our cats, so we had to go close all the blinds or else they would fight all night.  Then we set off the fire alarms in the whole house (they are all connected) with the candles in our room!  (Scary that the kids never even flinched or woke up!)  We couldn't figure out why they were going off for a while, then they stopped and started again in a few minutes.  It was funny!!!

This morning was cute.  K came in our room just after 7 to tell me that the TV wasn't on her channel.  "Mommy, my tv isn't set...... (pause, looks over at the lump on the other side of the bed), Mommy, my tv (pause, looks again).  Mommy!!!!  I see daddy!!"  I said, "Well go get him honey!"  She ran over to the other side of the bed and jumped up to him.  :)  It was very cute!!  About 10 minutes later M woke up, and K went into him room (we turned up the monitor to listen in on the conversation).  "M, Daddy's home, come look!  He's in Mommy's room, Your daddy's back.  Come on!!"  Too cute!!!  The kids have been playing all day with him.

It's been a great day.  He will be home tomorrow, then at work for a half day on Tuesday for in-processing, then start his two week vacation.  It will be great to have him home full time for a while.  :)
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Home!!

N is home!!!!  The kids are in heaven loving all the attention!!

I dropped my laptop yesterday and will have to buy a new one!!!!  Why oh why didn't I buy the extended service package!???!!!
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restless....

Is it time yet?  Is it time yet?  Is it time yet?

8 hours = 504 minutes = 30261 seconds...tick...tock...tick...tock...tick....tock...

I keep checking my phone to make sure the volume is up and I am getting ok reception.  He said he would call when his plane landed in the states.  I already have his commercial flights status pages up on my computer.

No, I'm not excited or anything am I?  ;)
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You haven't lived until.....

You haven't lived until you've had a two year old on STEROIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  My sweet boy has gone insane!  I warned his teachers today to give him a little leeway because he just isn't himself.  He is pushing, hitting, and running in circles.  I didn't give him his dose until after he got home from school today, so we should be in for a fun afternoon!!!

Thanks for all the replies yesterday.  Yes I was SOOOOOO relieved to find the hair clip!!!

53 hours till N gets home!!!  (3235 minutes)  I found a little countdown clock online.  :)  I am going to keep it up for the next 2 days!!!!

Also- that tropical system I talked about earlier in the week has (as expected ) moved north, so it shouldn't cause us any problems.  :)  :)
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YES!!!!!!

I got down on my hands and kneed tonight after the kids went to bed and searched the house for the "other clip" and I finally found it between the blinds in the dining room!!!  M didn't swallow it!!!  WOOT!!! I am so glad to know that I will not be spending the next few days sifting through poopy diapers!!!!