Sunday, August 31, 2008

I was going to wait till Veterans Day... but.....

My husband has been my husband for 2 years. (Almost). I have known my husband for 9 years. He was my friend for 7 years before we got married. He has a Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree from Purdue and he really likes to play beer pong. He is addicted to computers. He likes the history channel and the military channel. He can push all my buttons at once and it makes me laugh even though I am so mad at him i could cry. He cried with joy when when HE read the "You're Pregnant" on the pregnancy test. He painted my sons bedroom when he had a little too much to drink. He puts up with my bipolar. He puts up with my spending habits. He puts up with me.
He overcame diversity when he was three months old and was adopted by his parents. he knows he's asian. He knows he's awesome.
My husband went to basic training a week after he graduated from Purdue. Not by force, by CHOICE. He didn't do ROTC, his college was paid for. He didn't HAVE to join. He did it because he thought... No, he KNEW it was his duty.

My husband is a soldier in the US Army.

My husband is my hero.

My husband makes me proud every morning at 4.55 am when he wakes up and get's ready for Physical Training. He makes me proud at 8.50 am when he's showered and changed and ready to go in his army uniform. He makes me proud when he comes home at 5.35pm and takes a shower and puts his pajamas on. He makes me proud when he has to work over nights, when he works late, when he's on training, when he's at school......

My Husband Makes Me Proud.

In a month we will celebrate Veterans day. The day we honor those who serve our country so that I can go to college. So that I can study art. So that my son can have a decent chance to do something good. So that I can vote for Barack Obama. So that I can sit here on a sunday night slightly buzzed from beer. So that my friend Sara can teach Japanese in Japan. So that my friend Lindsey can be happily married to her wife. So that us Americans can be FREE.
I know that I sometimes pretend that I am Australian. Sometimes I hate this country (when I remember columbine, and when I think about our healthcare system).... when I realize I will not make money as an artist, or an art teacher.......

but that does not mean I am not proud of my husband and all of our friends that serve our country so selflessly. Who still like to come home and play beer pong after working on helicopters all day.

For the past couple of weeks I have been listening to this song by Toby Keith. 'American Soldier'. I remember this song and others like it after 9/11. But it hasn't been until this year that I really felt it.
I know I am counting down until June 10th, 2010. But, I'm counting down for my husband to be 100% safe. Not for him to get out of serving his country.

So - I will leave you with the lyrics to 'American Soldier'.

And to all you Veterans.

From the Bottom of my heart.

And drew -
I love you.

I'm just trying to be a father
Raise a daughter and a son
Be a lover to their mother
Everything to everyone
Up and at 'em, bright and early
I'm all business in my suit
Yeah, I'm dressed for success
From my head down to my boots

I don't do it for money, there's still bills that I can't pay
I don't do it for the glory, I just do it anyway
Providing for our future's my responsibility
Yeah, I'm real good under pressure, being all that I can be

And I can't call in sick on Mondays
When the weekend's been too strong
I just work straight through the holidays
And sometimes all night long
You can bet that I stand ready
When the wolf growls at the door
Hey, I'm solid, hey I'm steady
Hey, I'm true down to the core

And I will always do my duty, no matter what the price
I've counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice
Oh, and I don't want to die for you
But if dyin's asked of me
I'll bear that cross with an honor
Cause freedom don't come free
I'm an american soldier, an american
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand
When liberty's in jeopardy, I will always do what's right
I'm out here on the frontlines, sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I'm an American soldier
Yeah, an American soldier, an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand
When liberty's in jeopardy, I will always do what's right
I'm out here on the frontlines, so sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I'm an American
An American
An American soldier

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Everyone else is doing it.....

What were you doing ten years ago?
1998 - Hmmmm..... I was living in Australia, getting ready to move back to America. My dad and Roxanna were in the middle of a nasty break up and I was living with friends of my Dads.

What are five (Non-work) things on my to-do list for today?
1. Help Sara decorate for her husbands(Travis) surprise birthday party at my house.
2. Clean my house for the party.
3. Take care of Alex (of Course!).
4. Do the Laundry.
5. Make Travis's 'pimp' cup for tonight!

Five snacks I enjoy!
1. Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies
2. Red Bull
3. Chips and Dip or Salsa
4. fruit
5. cereal

Things I would do if I were a billionaire
1. Pay off my student loans, and heathers, and my brothers.
2. Buy a house for my father, and one for my mom and one for Doug, my way-ward brother.
3. Take Drew, Alex, and a bunch of friends on a cruise or to vegas, or somewhere fun.
4. Buy a house for Drew, Alex and I in indianapolis.
5. Donate to Muscular Dystrophy.

Places I have lived
Singleton, Australia
Snells Beach, New Zealand
Okinawa, Japan
Indianapolis, Indiana
Banning, California

5 Jobs I have had
1. Server for Special Occasions in Australia at the Bowls Club.
2. Hairdressers Assistant at the Looking Glass in Australia
3. Dog Groomer
4. Carpenter for Ball State Theatre department.
5. Runner/Pee-on for Emens Auditorium in Muncie, Indiana

5 Things I want to do before I die
1. Take my whole family and rent a house on the Outer Banks for vacation
2. Go to Europe
3. Have two more children
4. Get my degree and masters degree
5. Move back to australia.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The ups and downs of being manic-depressive

Ehg. This week has just been one long drawn out depressed zone of yuckiness. Oh well. Hopefully I will get out of my funk soon enough.
I started working at the petsmart here in town on monday, and i have to work in a couple of hours. I'm really worried that I'm going to crash and burn before the end of this semester, and school hasn't even started yet. I'm freaking out because I don't think I'm going to graduate with my art degree before Drew gets out and we move, which means I'm going to have to just fall back and get my theatre degree - or stay here with alex for another semester after drew leaves. Ugh. At that point we will have another baby too. Maybe I should just give up and stay home and make babies. ...... no offense but BORING.
I apologise for this craptaskticness.

I'm done.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Oh dear, and other things.

So, I'm bad, I over-promised and under-delievered and now I suck. Sorry. But..... I've been busy. Yea, yea, you say - but really, I have. First there was the wedding extraveganza and then we went to Las Vegas, and then came home to normalness for about two weeks, and then went camping for 4 days AND THEN, Alex and I moved to indianapolis for a month to help Heather out with Ben while Matt was in California. So needless to say, the past two months have been rediculous. And, to top off on all that - i forgot how to spell. Can't you tell?
So, Alex and I are back in Tennessee, finally to stay, at least until I get another bug up my butt and want to go somewhere. We got back on Tuesday night and for the past two days I have been unpacking and organizing and getting ready to go back to school in a couple of weeks. We start back the 26th and I'm already stressed!! To top THAT off, I'm going to be working this semester, like really working, at PetSmart because I need money. And they can give it to me.
AND Drew pretty much let our house shit on itself for a month, so now I've been trying to get the yard (front and back) put back together so that we don't look like the trashiest house on the street. But I think the abandoned house next door takes that cake, no matter what ours looks like!
There really isn't much else to say. Alex still isn't walking, and I don't think he will for awhile. He goes back to day-care on Monday, and I am sad - but I need a break, and will take it!! I'm glad that we have the option for me to have a break - even though next week I will be running around going to various doctors appointments. I think I have one everyday... so not much of a break, but at least it's something.
Drew leaves the end of september until right before my birthday, so that will suck - but I can handle it. I've done it before and will do it again.
OH - guess what I get to do for my birthday??? I'm going to Monday Night Football - Colts VS Titans!!!! YAY. My husband is the greatest!

oops - alex just woke up and drew is about to be home from work - back to my life!!!!