Friday, April 30, 2010

Mothers day around the corner...

I don't have a clue what to get for my mother in law, or my own mother.  This year I've been very forgetful about holidays and birthdays.  Plus we really don't have much in the way of money right now, as the move is coming up.  So, that leaves heartfelt cards to send.  I will also have the girls make some mothers day cards for their grandmother parents.  I would love to spoil the mothers in my family with the gifts that they deserve, but I think that they will enjoy a card too.  The economy is taking its toll on us as well.  Even though we live in Germany, or should I say especially since we live in Germany.  The euro to dollar ratio is never that great, although lately it has been better.
So what will you get for your mothers for mothers day?  What are you going to do for mothers day?  How will you celebrate?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A little saddened...

I just recieved an email from my stepmom.  She's been emailing back and forth with one of my aunts or cousins from the family that I never knew I had.
Unfortunately, a man, whom I've never known, passed away yesterday.  He was my Great Uncle.  I find myself saddened to not have met him, to not have gotten to know him.  I found that side of my family through facebook just a few weeks ago.  I wish I had tried sooner, so that maybe I could have met him, or so that my father could have met this man.  I don't know the type of man he was, but I would have liked to.  I feel saddened, and I didn't know him.  Is that right?  Am I being somehow selfish?
It feels a little odd.  To care about someone that I've never met before.  I hope to meet the rest of the family someday, and to get to know him through their memories.

Bright sunny days...

IT has been gorgeous here the last week or so, and I'm loving every minute of it.  I've had what feels like little going on, but too much to get a chance to come to my blog.  Sunday, we had a day at the zoo, it was a lot of fun.  Not too much has happened after that, just same ol' same ol'!

Here are some pics of our zoo trip, and our time at the park the other day!

This little guy is just too cute!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Knee problems

Yesterday I was working out to my lil walk workout.  I almost finished it, I was doing a runners stretch when all of the sudden POP...and I fell crying to the floor...oh it HURT!  My knee basically just went in a way it wasn't supposed to.  I'm not exactly sure what happened to it, but it felt like it popped out of place somehow.  Thats the only way I know how to describe it.
So I called my friend and asked her to take me to the Krankenhouse (the German ER), she dropped me off, I hobbled up the hill and into the ER.  Nobody was in there, and they saw me right away.  I had to get an xray...NOT fun when you have no pants on, let me tell you.  I had to get an ultrasound...again no pants.  And then I saw the dr. again.  He said that there was fluid build up in my knee, and it was twisted.  Hmmm???  Language barrier anyone?  So he told me that I needed injections, and it had to be bandaged, and elevated and iced.  Can do.  I asked what the injections were for.  One is the painkiller, and the other was for the muscle (steroid perhaps?).  Needless to say, I went into another room and had to pull down my pants yet AGAIN.  The female nurse was giving me the shots, and then the male dr. comes in.  Here I am standing, waiting for my shots, in all my glory with my cute lil pink Victoria Secret undies on, and in walks a man.  I didn't get embarrassed...I just kind of was like whatever.  I mean he's a dr. and while its not cool to have any male look at me other than my husband, I'm sure he's seen much worse.  Besides, I've had 2 kids and after the 2nd I can't really say that I care too much what people see anymore.  Its just not an issue for me like it was before.  Have I ever told you the story of the poor pvt. that came in to give me my breakfast right after I had Sierra??  Poor private having to give women who just had a baby, and breastfeeding,  their breakfast...again, I'm sure he's probably seen worse by now, but he was totally blushing as he left my room.
So back to my knee.  I got the injections, was told not to drive, or walk on it, and to keep it elevated.  HELLOOOOO, I have KIDS!!  I said, yeah sure, we'll see how that works out, oh and by the way I have laundry in the basement down the three flights of stairs (not big flights, but still).  So my friend picks me up, I came home, and was lucky enough to have my neighbor Ann get my laundry for me.  Thank you Ann!  My friend Danielle got Sierra and Autumn from school for me.  Thank you Danielle!  And my friend Lauren (who gave me the rides everywhere) got me some crescent rolls that I needed for dinner.  Thank you Lauren!  I feel soooo thankful to have such great people around me.  This knee thing hasn't been easy.  I'm just so lucky to have people who are willing to help.  On the other hand, thats just what wives do for each other.  As long as you aren't stubborn enough to NOT ask, people are almost always willing to help one another.  Just goes to show you that military wives really are sisters in so many ways.  We get it, we understand, and we help each other out when its needed.  I am one lucky person!

Now....who wants to put my laundry away for me.....ha ha ha ha!  JUST KIDDING!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Still no hot water...

I was getting excited last night.  For the first time in 6 days the hot water heater was actually HOT, I couldn't even leave my finger on it, it was so hot.
This was cold again.
Another thing that really sucks about living in Germany, you have to deal with no hot water a lot sometimes.  At least in Baumholder.  I can't tell you how many times we haven't had hot water, or we were warned that we wouldn't have hot water for the whole next day or something.  This time is different.  Its been 6 days.  I guess a water pipe broke somewhere, and they fixed it, but for some reason, our hot water has been sporadic at best.  We've been able to take a few lukewarm showers, the heat hasn't really been needed, so thats a plus, but I'm still doing dishes in lukewarm water too.  I like doing my dishes with hot water.
So today, I called the Emergency work order place, yet again.  I told them we still don't have hot water.  She said that they were going to check it again.  Seriously...for six days??
Then I decided that since its been sooo long that I was going to call the garrison commander.
I'm not one of those wives that likes to call any commander much less the garrison commander, for issues I can deal with.  But this is unacceptable.  I have never called them before, and so yeah I called them today.  The soldier or woman working there was very nice to me, took down our information and said that she would have them look into it.  Hopefully it works and our hot water gets turned back on again.
This really is another reason I can't wait to get back to the states.  I will never live on post again if I can help it.  We don't get a choice here in Germany, but if I can help it, we will NOT be living on post ever again.  Why should we have to go without hot water for so long?  Why should we live in crap housing?  Why should we have to deal with housing that anywhere in the states would be deemed the ghetto?  This housing is NOT nice.  Don't get me wrong, they've rennovated here and there, so it looks nicer than it actually is.  But to me, this is unacceptable.
Today is a beautiful day, I about to start my workout, and I can't take a shower...
Its okay though, I'll get through this, just like I always do.  I'm an Army wife after all.

Monday, April 19, 2010


I know, I've been bombarding my blog today with blogs galore.  I feel the need to get caught up.
I've come to the realization that I can't STAND how much weight I've gained these last few months.  I want to do like the biggest losers and workout 8+ hours a day and eat nothing...wouldn't it be absolutely awesome to lose 20 lbs in a week?  I'll even take 10 lbs for the week, thank you!  I jest.  I know that they don't eat nothing per say...but that their calorie counts are very much reduced, and they really do workout only 4-6 hours a day, but they are away from temptations (except at the challenges...hellooooo I have temptation every day, not just one little tiny temptation challenge), away from family (not that I envy that one), away from day to day life.  I am by no means saying its easy, but I would love to get back to that point.  I was there once.  A few years ago Paul left for Iraq, I started working out 4-6 hours a day.  I was on a strict 1200 calorie diet, and it worked, I lost a lot of weight in just a few months.  The minute he got came back.  Almost all of it.  We moved to lovely (sarcasm) Germany, and he's been gone more than he's been with us this whole entire time.  He did manage a 15 month deployment in there, and I did lose weight again, this time only working out 2 hours a day, and eating less, but not stricly.  I was doing really well.  I mean yes, I gained some weight when he initially came home.  But it wasn't too bad until my going to the states in December...then it feels as though everything went right down the hill.  I guess I was extremely depressed, and had absolutely NO motivation.  It kept going, and going...until finally, I'm at this absolutely awful weight, and I don't even want to look at myself in the mirror right now.
So I got fed up, with how annoyingly heavy I let myself get after working so hard TWICE now, to lose this weight, I'm fed up with the way I feel, and I'm fed up with feeling so entirely self conscious.
So I started working out again, nothing huge, just Preventions Walk Yourself Fit...its basically a nothing workout compared to what I was doing just a year ago, but its SOMETHING.  I have to ease myself back into this, or I'll hurt myself.  So Friday and then again on Sunday I worked out.  I did break a sweat, and felt good after my workout.  This morning comes around...and since the girls were on spring break we all got used to sleeping in, and I was NOT in the mood to get up.  I had to though, I had to take Sierra to school...we walked.  I walked the dog around the block, and then I came into the house, ate my breakfast (special k with some ff milk...did you know the special k really isn't all that great for you? Another story), and sat down.  Pretty tired, and really hot...its actually been beautiful here, the sun has been shining, and its been warmer than usual, but its also warmer inside the house because of it.  I don't mind though, I'm definately not complaining.  I'm about to do another workout, but I wanted to blog first.  I find blogging helps me keep accountable.
Food wise today, the plans are simple, eat less, and eat well.  For breakfast I had the special k...the reason I say they aren't all that great is that they don't have a lot of fiber in them.  Fiber helps you stay full well as protein, so I don't think I'll be buying the special k again.  I like more fiber in my cereal.  Most people don't get enough fiber as it is, and I like knowing that I'm at least trying.  Lunch today will consist of a lean cuisine and some vegetables, I do have an array that need to be eaten in the fridge, so why not?  Dinner, well we have these chicken patties in the freezer right now.  They are breaded, but they also need to be eaten, so I'll be making those for dinner, along with any veggies I can muster up as well.  Sounds pretty good right?  I hope I can do it, and manage it well.  I need to buy more fruit, and more veggies, but I also need to eat what we have in the house because we are moving soon.  So its back to the grind for me.  Back to the workouts, back to the eating well, and NOT eating so much.
In other news, my IUD came out...eeeeekkk!!  Kind of glad Paul isn't home, but it did still freak me out.  We've been talking about possibly having another child when things settle down after we get back in the states.  So, I'm not sure I'm going to do the IUD again, but I would like to try something else.  Pills won't cut it for me though, so I'll have to see what else is out there.  I've heard there is a patch, but I'm not sure that they even offer it here.  It is Germany after all, they don't have nearly the amount of medications they do in the states for whatever reason.  If nothing else fits me and my lifestyle, I'll have them do the IUD again and take it out when I'm ready to try for a baby.  I know I'm not ready right now though, things are a little too hectic, and I want to get settled in the states before we try.  Anywho, appointments on Wednesday, so we'll see what they doc says.
So yup, thats whats going on in my life today.  I'm sure I'll have more to talk about later!

Review Priddy Creations...

Awhile back, I ordered this adorable lens cap leash for my camera.  My camera is a Nikon D60, and the lens usually goes in my pocket, I've almost lost it a few times and my camera really isn't that old.  So I was on another bloggers site and she was giving away a strap.  I couldn't wait to see if I won, so I just went ahead and ordered the strap.
First, let me say that Amy is so nice to work with.  I wasn't sure how to measure my lens out, or what to do, but she was nice, and very patient with me as well.  My leash got here very quickly and I couldn't wait to try it out.  First you put it on the strap, and then place it around the lens.  Let me say, I absolutely LOVE it!  I love it so much!  I don't have to worry about my lens getting lost, I always have it on hand.  Plus its soooo cute, and very very well made.  I'm no sewer, but I can tell you this thing is awesome, and totally rocks!  Amy does custom orders, and not only does these little leashes, she also does camera bags, padded straps (the next on my wishlist), lens bags, she even has e-reader sleeves, and laptop sleeves!  How cool is that!  Plus she's so easy to work with, and the fabric designs are amazing!
So all in all, do I recommend Priddy Creations?  Absolutely.  Go check her out!

She also has a way cool blog too!

Giveaway for your little girl...

Came across this giveaway from a fellow blogger, and thought I would share the link, its for either an adorable dress or a very cute skirt ensemble check it out:


One of the most annoying things about living in Germany?  The fact that whenever I go to a new website it asks me about a billion times whether I'm German, or want Deutsch language.  I get it, I really do, but at the same time, its another reason I can't wait to get to the states again, and not have to worry about everything I want to do coming up in a language I don't understand.
There are many many annoying things, but this one just popped up.  I was getting on my blog, and voila, everything was in the German language.  Luckily I've been on the site enough to know where to go and what to do, but I have to tell you when I first started this blog it was awfully confusing!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Feeling accomplished!

Its Sunday, the last day of spring break for the kids.  We had a fun spring break, no major vacations or anything, but it was still a good one.  Paul and I got to spend time together before he had to go back to the field, I took the girls to Holland last week, we all got to go to the movies together twice while Paul was home.  The rest of the time we were taking care of the moving preparations.  I'm sad to say that we shipped off the van...sniff sniff.  I'll miss it for these next few months.  Its so comfortable to drive, and I will definately miss it.  The car is just not the same, sigh.
Paul left last Wednesday, so Thursday was just a veg day, Friday I didn't really do all that much, but my friend Lauren came over, we drank and watched movies.  Saturday same thing happened.  But I have had to go without any hot water for the last four days, it was briefly turned back on this afternoon and so the girls and I were able to take some lukewarm showers, but its not on anymore...I guess we'll have to see if tomorrow is day number 5 or what is going on.  Its completely unacceptable to me that they could possibly deem housing like this fit for military families.  I have a feeling that if the guys were home and not in the field this wouldn't be happening, but I guess such is life.  I don't think I've ever had to go that long without hot water before...heck, the only time I remember going without hot water was when my pilot light went out in our house in the states.  They were out there that very day to take care of it.  The hot water gets turned off all the time over here.  I have NO idea why, but it does.
So today, I woke up, read some of my book, I'm reading The Mists of Avalon right now.  Its really good so far, I'm about half way through the book and I'm really enjoying it.  Then I worked out.  I haven't worked out in what seems like ages.  But I did manage to workout on Friday as well as today.  Its just a mile and a half in home walking dvd that I have.  Nothing too big, but it is at least something.  I was a bit sore on Friday, my calves for the most part.  Today not so much.  I just really need and want to do something.  I think I might head to the gym in the morning after dropping off Sierra at school even.  I'll probably start my C25K program again.  I love running, so hopefully it will work out.
I thought about my little "experiment,"  guess I'm too chicken to try it.  Plus I have all this food that really needs to be eaten before we leave this house, our fridge and freezer, and cupboards are almost bare.  Once they are almost completely bare, then I will just get what we need for the immediate future.  So before my tangent, I was talking about my day, after the workout, I bathed the kids, and myself.  Then I started going through the rest of the house.  Today I did the hutch in the dining area, cleaned up what I could, I also manged to go through all of our games, and I went through the entertainment center area.  I'm going to be getting rid of a lot of our board games.  Some we don't play, some don't have the parts, some are just boring...yeah, Battle of the Sexes=not as much fun as it sounds.  I also managed to catch up on all of my tv shows, make dinner for the kids, and get them to bed.  So I feel a bit accomplished today.  Tommorrow I start on the kitchen though....(cue scary music).
So I'm almost done going through ever square inch of this house and getting rid of the things we don't need or want for when we move.  I'm sure there will be more, but I'd rather get rid of the stuff I can get rid of now, and so I'll have less to unpack later.  I'm not a pack rat, and I can't stand clutter in my own house, so needless to say, its been a long time coming.  Its amazing how much crap people can come up with in only 3 years.
Our move is slowly catching up to me, but its also going by pretty quickly.  This month seems to be speeding by for me, and it will probably speed by the rest of the week.  I will be keeping busy, things usually go by quickly when I'm busy.  I also have the weekend all planned out.  Friday night will be movie night again, Saturday the girls have their Dance recital at the kids fest, Sunday we are all going to the Zoo.  I also have a few other things going on this week, the girls have dance Wednesday and Thursday, I have a BCSC meeting on Wednesday.  Then add the gym, showers, making breakfasts, dinners, and taking care of the kids and you have a week that should fly right on by!!

I'll update my progress on my workouts and such soon!

Friday, April 16, 2010

In awe of technology...

I've been in awe of technology for a long long time...I could never fathom how the internet works or even how lights work, but they do.  I've re-connected with many friends online from highschool and everything thanks to myspace and facebook.  But this is the most amazing one to date for me.
The other day, a friend became a friend of someone else's with the last name of Latham.  Which is my maiden name.  So I did a search of how many Lathams there were on facebook....28,000 aparently.  But then I thought to myself.  Well, my Dad was adopted by a man named Latham, so I looked up his original last name, and it only popped up with two people.  So I messaged them, I asked them if they were related to my Dads Dad, my grandfather.  I messaged them the first night, was dissappointed that I hadn't recieved a message last night, and then this morning, after emailing more people.  I recieved a message.  One of the people I found was in fact related to him.  My grandfather, or my fathers father is his great uncle.  I am thrilled to find this out.  But nobody has heard from him in some time, so that part is sad, but its also exciting.  Exciting to know I have more family that I never even knew about.  I'm hoping to keep in touch with them, but I don't want to get too hurt or anything.  Life is all about risks though isn't it?  I figured I'd take a risk and see who these people were, or meet them in a sense.  If I get hurt, I get hurt, but I'm of the mind that most people have some good in them, and aren't intentionally wanting to hurt others.  So we'll see where this takes us.

Adoption seems to be a thing with my family and now my husbands family.  My dad was fathered by this man, but adopted by another man, he wasn't adopted, his mother has always been there.  My Aunt was adopted though by my grandmother.  My husband was adopted by his parents.  His brother and sister were also adopted by his parents.  I have no problems with adoption at all.  I feel that the parent or parents loved their child enough to give them up and not have an abortion.  I always seem to think that maybe it wasn't the right time for them, or maybe they were too young and couldn't support a mouth, or maybe something else happened.  But obviously, the parent cared enough about the unborn child to find it another home.  Thats how I think adoption is or at least should be.  I'm not a believer in abortion, unless there are extenuating circumstances, but I do believe that everyone should have a choice.  Its just not one I would make.  I'd love to find out who my husbands biological mother is, to quench curiosity, to find out more about them medically, but to also see what my girls could potentially look like somewhere down the line.  I wouldn't ever completely go in search of it though.  Its something my husband would have to do for himself.  Still, my grandfather is apart of me, apart of who I am, so I feel that I should be allowed to search.

Its so interesting where technology can take a person these days.  You can find long lost family members, long lost friends, you can even find people you didn't know were in your family.  I'm in awe of technology and where it can take us.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Oh my!!

It has been a while since I've updated my blog.  I promised to do better, things have just been very busy, and hectic.  I had a bit of a breakdown last week, feeling so overwhelmed by everything.  But I had a much needed mini vacay on last Friday.  We went to Holland to the tulip gardens, a cheese and wooden shoe factory, and finally to a delft pottery museum.  It was all so rushed and wasn't very relaxing, but I was able to see some beautiful things, and hang out with my girls, and my friend Lauren and her son.  The tulip gardens were amazing, I really wish we had been able to spend more time at the gardens.  I could have had so much fun there just taking pictures and seeing all the beauty of the flowers.

We then moved onto the cheese and wooden shoe factory, it was pretty neat, and the cheese, oh my goodness was delicious!  I wish I could send some via internet for all of you to try!

Last, we went to the Delft museum, where they make delft pottery.  It was interesting, but not the greatest part of the tour.  I definately wish we'd spent more time at the tulip gardens overall, the cheese and shoe factory was really cool, but the museum I could have done without.  Still it was pretty cool and an interesting little bit of history.

It took 14 months for two artists to do this one in 1999!  Very cool!

So other than the little tour?  I've been busy preparing for the move.  Paul came home for his little break from the field, and we've been having a good time.  I hope to get back on here a little more often though.  We have a busy few months ahead of us!

Monday, April 5, 2010

April Fools Day

I LOVE Holidays.  It doesn't matter what holiday it is, I like celebrating.  I love a good party, get together, or just a family celebration.  So for April Fools, I decided to play a little trick on the girls.  I made them "berry sodas." 

"Its not coming out Mommy!"

"April Fools"
"Thats a good one Mommy"

Red jello, with strawberries and blueberries for dessert, they LOVED it, oh and it was sugar free jello, healthy too!