Monday, May 29, 2006

THANK YOU President Bush!

I don't care if you support our President or not, this is the RIGHT thing and I'm so happy he's signed this bill Bush bans protests at military funerals - Yahoo! News

I grew up in a small town 30 miles from Topeka and knew of this jerk and his family spreading their hate. I won't talk about what friends did to him and his family as they stood across the captiol building, stood in front of funerals, stood on Gage Bullivard, etc...

This is NOT freedom of speech, it's HATE at it's worst. 

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Memorial Day: When You Come Home

Terrie shared this and well I swiped it to share as well:

I advise you to have some tissue's especially if you're a military wife.

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It's a Beautiful Day


Yes that's right! Jack is in full gear of Potty Training! Yes, I may actually have him out of diapers (well at least during the day) before Chad returns from Iraq!! Yahoo, welcome home baby!

He just started yesterday, but he's trying really hard and well I'm excited, Jacob's, excited, so...Jack's excited! LOL He's also discovered a love for Thomas the Train! He has a little Thomas and a Duncan that he carries around with him everywhere. He was NOT happy when I made him leave them in the van this morning during church. Gee the mean mom that I am! LOL He didn't do bad by any means. I just don't let them take toys out of the van, so that they don't get lost.

We went to the PX the commissary and then I decided to be nice and treat the boys to lunch and he snuck Duncan in with him and then proceeded to leave him by the arcade games, Jacob ran back in and got him for him. I thought he was going to just lose it. He's never been a child that gets too attached to anything other than me, so who'd have thought! LOL! On payday I'm going to see if I can find him a couple Thomas DVD's and maybe a toy or two. I'm not leaving Jacob out, but I'm going to let him pick out a water slide for them to play on this summer when it actually gets hot enough for them to do that.

Oh and another bright spot for me! My downstairs neighbor had her aunt living with her for a while. The neighbor is a Divorced soldier. She has 3 of her 6 children living with her, the other 3 are in the states with her ex. Anyways, one of the 3 is a baby...maybe 4 months old. Anyways, the aunt had came over because she was going to deploy, but they've changed that now. The aunt has been getting on my nerves A LOT lately. She plays her music extremely loud that not only can I hear it, but the bass is turned up so high that I (well we, the boys too) could FEEL it through our floor. I was on my couch one day and could feel it! I've been talking to friends in the states in the past and they could HEAR it! So was LOUD! I'd asked her before to turn it down, but seriously it just takes common sense and curtiousy to not play your music that loud. Especially, especially (yes I know I wrote that twice) when there's a baby in there. Baby's hear things 10 times LOUDER than we do! So, anyways, the aunt LEFT yesterday!!!!! I saw her put all her suitcases into someone's trunk, along with a few otherbags. I was going down to do a load of laundry when I heard her tell her friend that she still needed to call her son and mom and let them know what time she'd be arriving! Wahoo! I know not a loving attitude is it. I can't help from being happy though,.

Well, I need to get the living room vaccuumed and pick up a few things, before the boys get up from their nap and we go outside for a while!

Have a SON FILLED Sunday! :)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Taylor Hicks

I have loved him since I saw him audition!!! Simon didn't think that Paula and Randy would put him into the Final 12! Not only did he make it, but he won it all!

This man has so much talent, it just literally jumps out of him. Yes he's goofy & unique! I love it about him! I love his voice. He gave me chills many times throughout the year. I did like Chris too and honestly am still shocked he got kicked out, but Chris will have a great career in music.

So to all those who love "The Soul Patrol"! I was screaming (yes I literally screamed) on my couch tonight! (We get American Idol a day later).



Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Reba vs Dixie Chicks

I shared with Lori about what I'd read yesterday what Martie from The Dixie Chicks said about country music fans and Reba. Here's the link: Quote Of The Day - Dixie Chicks' Dump Fans Edition - Wizbang


Here's what she said:

"I'd rather have a smaller following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith. We don't want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do."

Dixie Chick Martie Maguire in Time Magazine, still turning up their noses at country music fans, who deserted them in droves after the controversy surrounding lead singer Natalie Maines telling a a London audience in 2003, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." Speaking of Maines; her one regret about the incident... apologizing. "I apologized for disrespecting the office of the President," says Maines. "But I don't feel that way anymore. I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever."


Very small group indeed of fans is what they will have no doubt. Some of the most  devoted fans you'll find are country music fans. They've now clearly burned their bridges and some bridges can't and just won't be rebuilt. What they may not realize is that it's not just country music fans and radio stations that will not play their music, it's Contemporary/Pop stations as well.




Great Quote!

I was watching the Country Music Awards tonight, and Reba McIntyre gave the BEST quote!!!

"I don't know why I was so nervous about hosting tonight. If the Dixie Chicks can sing with their foot in their mouth, then I can surely host this sucker."
Lori, thought of you! LOL

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I was over at Traci 's today and her latest entry made me think about if others have wills set up, power of attorney, etc.

With Chad being in the Army and deployed, he has to have all this set up and we went a couple yrs ago and had a will drawn up for both of us, I know we both need to actually update our wills. I have power of attorney for Chad, but the one we had set up for him on me expired, so when he gets home I need to get that updated again.

Chad and I also have our cemetary plots picked out and paid for, we did that right after Jordyn died. We are young, but tomorrow is NEVER promised and knowing that even if I hopefully die an old lady, that's something our children and/or Chad will NEVER have to worry about is nice. We need to get money put aside for our funerals.

I know this is something most people don't like to think about, much less discuss, but it IS important. You need to have your wishes written out. Personally what happens at my funeral I'm not too worried about. It'll be what my family wants in general. But, I would never want them to go into debt just to have me buried.

If you haven't done any of these things, I urge you to. This is important. If you have all this done, make sure your family members know your wishes as well, less confusion later on.


I know fun and EXCITING entry huh! :) Life will eventually end for all of us, we can't be in denial about it. Plus it's only going to get better once in Heaven!!!!!


I was over at Traci 's today and her latest entry made me think about if others have wills set up, power of attorney, etc.

With Chad being in the Army and deployed, he has to have all this set up and we went a couple yrs ago and had a will drawn up for both of us, I know we both need to actually update our wills. I have power of attorney for Chad, but the one we had set up for him on me expired, so when he gets home I need to get that updated again.

Chad and I also have our cemetary plots picked out and paid for, we did that right after Jordyn died. We are young, but tomorrow is NEVER promised and knowing that even if I hopefully die an old lady, that's something our children and/or Chad will NEVER have to worry about is nice. We need to get money put aside for our funerals.

I know this is something most people don't like to think about, much less discuss, but it IS important. You need to have your wishes written out. Personally what happens at my funeral I'm not too worried about. It'll be what my family wants in general. But, I would never want them to go into debt just to have me buried.

If you haven't done any of these things, I urge you to. This is important. If you have all this done, make sure your family members know your wishes as well, less confusion later on.


I know fun and EXCITING entry huh! :) Life will eventually end for all of us, we can't be in denial about it. Plus it's only going to get better once in Heaven!!!!!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Photo Scavenger Hunt #76

Photo Scavenger Hunt #76

The entries for Photo Scavenger Hunt #76 will be due on Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 11:00 PM EST

Category:  Toys!!


This was easy for me! I didn't even have to think twice on what I'd show! This is the boys playroom, it took a lot of hard work, but it was so worth it!



Monday Morning Question

Here's the question:  If you were allowed to go back to a time in your life for two days and experience it with the knowledge that you have now, what time would you like to go back to and why?

Great question, my answer would be yes I would go back and I'd say to when Jordyn was born and not allowed anyone smoke around her, kept breastfeeding her, and just cherished every single day with her that much more.

If you want to play along go to, Val's: There is a Season, make sure you leave your link in the comments section.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Missing You

I miss you.............................................................



Friday, May 19, 2006

Above is one of MANY Hops fields through out Germany. My pictures truly don't do justice to the brightness of the yellow of the hops, or the green grass either. I love being here in all this beauty. I look at those fields and although those beautiful flowers are made to make beer, they're a way of life for many, they're a history for the people here and the future. For those who've never been to Germany, beer is more than just a drink over here. It's a part of who they are. In many places, beer is cheaper to buy than a pop and almost always cheaper than a bottle of water.

I love driving around here and looking at the hops fields. I'm thankful God's allowed me to view this beauty!


This and That

***Don't pay attention to the date on the pictures, it reset when I changed the batteries and I didn't reset it for a few days.****** It WAS something I was aware of, but it wasn't important, and I prefer not to have the date stamp on my pictures normally.


Jacob before his game a couple weeks ago


Jack at the park


I love this picture of sweet (don't pay attention to the date, I hadn't reset the camera)


And this would by MY Jack! Ornery as can be! LOL






Saturday, May 13, 2006

Clay Balls

Clay Balls
A man was exploring caves by the seashore.  
In one of the caves he found a canvas bag in
bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone  
rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.
They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man,
so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he 
strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls 
one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.
He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the
clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was 
a beautiful precious stone! Excited, the man started 
breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each one 
contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of
dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had
left. it struck him that he had been on the beach a long 
time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls 
with their hidden treasures, into the ocean waves.  
Instead of thousands of dollars  he could have taken 
home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!
It like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even
ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. 
It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't always  
beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it. We see that person  
as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish
or well known or wealthy But we have not taken the time to
find the treasure hidden inside that person. There is a  
treasure in each and every one of us.  If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth,
May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we
have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems  
were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world
as God sees them.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Keep Praying for Baby Kendall

Katie updated her page today, here's the link, please go read the update and keep praying for this precious little baby who was born too soon, and is fighting so hard to stay with her Mommy and Daddy. Keep Kendall's mom and dad in your prayers as well.

Here's the link:

Not going too well....


"Lord, Jesus, we know you are the great physician and know that through all things you never leave us. We pray that you heal this precious baby, let her grow up, become a young woman and one day an old woman to join you in Heaven. Lord we don't know what tomorrow holds for Kendall or anyone for that matter. What I do know is you're by our side every single day. You love us, in all our failures. You have given us the promise of tomorrow, by simply accepting Jesus Christ into our hearts as our savior. We don't have to prove to you, by works, we don't have to "do" anything. You simply love us. Lord, thank you. Thank you for the gift of salvation. For humbling yourself to come into the womb of a young unwed girl, to become the earthly son of a carpenter, to live in a house of dirt floors. Thank you for never giving up on "us". For knowing what the future holds, yet saying "they're worth it". Lord, you hold this little precious baby and her parents in the palm of your hand and you tell us that "they're worth it". I pray to you, Lord that they feel your love for them every moment of every day. I pray that seeking your guidance in every decision when it comes to Kendall is something they do. I pray that you are guiding her drs, that her drs believe in you, and understand that without you, they would not have the gifts they posess. Lord, let them feel your comfort, your shelter, your love. Thank you for the blessing of Kendall. For allowing so many of us to love and care about her, even at a distance. You are GOD. All things through you are for your Glory. Thank you for showing us a piece of your glory through Kendall and her family. In Your Holy Name I Pray....Amen"


Hello from beautiful Germany! It's still full of pollen everywhere we walk, but it's a wonderful 70 something, sunny, gorgeous day! Well, I've jumped back on the I am going to lose weight band wagon so to speak! I've been walking, and today I met with some friends at the track and we walked for 2 1/2 hrs. Well, initially we were doing a really good pace, which was causing some nice pain, you know the good pain and the bad was a good pain! :) When I got home...BAD pain hit. Oh come on think about it. Fat girl walking, skin rubbing together, panties rubbing....ouch! Yes so now I'm walking like I have spent my morning on a horse, nice and bow-legged. Someone please take this pain away! I'm thinking when we get home this evening, getting some ice....oh if only Chad were here instead of Iraq! :X

Well, it's time to take Jacob to T-ball, the life of a mom huh?!! :) Time for Jack to get all sweaty and play in the sand, nothing like a sticky, sand filled boy when we come home. Jacob well, we'll see how sweaty he is...he'll be most likely spinning in the field doing everything but paying attention to practice. If you've never experienced t-ball and 5 yr olds, you're missing out on GREAT comedy! :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

A Lizard Birth

Lizard Birthing Story ....

  If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet
including toilet-flush burials for dead goldfish, the story below will
you laughing out LOUD!

  Overview: I had to take my son's lizard to the vet.

  Here's what happened:

  Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was
"something wrong" with one of the two lizards he holds prisoner in his

  "He's just lying there looking sick," he told me. "I'm serious, Dad.
you help?"

  I put my best lizard-healer statement on my face and followed him
into his
bedroom. One of the little lizards was! Indeed lying on his back,
stressed. I immediately knew what to do.

  "Honey," I called, "come look at the lizard!"

  "Oh my gosh," my wife diagnosed after a minute. "She's having

  "What?" my son demanded. "But their names are Bert and Ernie, Mom!" I
equally outraged.

  "Hey, how can that be? I thought we said we didn't want them to
reproduce," I accused my wife.

  "Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?" she

  (I actually think she said this sarcastically!)

  "No, but you were supposed to get two boys!" I reminded her, (in my
loving, calm, sweet voice, while gritting my teeth together).

  "Yeah, Bert and Ernie!" my son agreed.

  "Well, it's just a little hard to tell on some guys, you know," she
informed me.

  (again with the sarcasm, you think?)

  By now the rest of the family had gathered to see what was going on.

  I shrugged, deciding to make the best of it.

  "Kids, this is going to be a wondrous experience, I announced. "We're
about to witness the miracle of birth."

  "Oh, gross!" they shrieked.

  "Well, isn't THAT just great! What are we going to do with a litter
tiny little lizard babies?" my wife wanted to know.

  (I really do think she was being snotty here, too. Don't you?)

  We peered at the patient. After much struggling, what looked like a
foot would appear briefly, vanishing a scant second later.

  "We don't appear to be making much progress," I noted.

 "It's breech," my wife whispered, horrified.

  "Do something, Dad!" my son urged.

  "Okay, okay." Squeamishly, I reached in and grabbed the foot when it
appeared, giving it a gingerly tug. It disappeared. I tried  several
times with the same results.

  "Should I call 911," my eldest daughter wanted to know. "Maybe they
talk us through the trauma." (You see a pattern here with the females
in my

  "Let's get Ernie to the vet," I said grimly.

  We drove to the vet with my son holding the cage in his lap.

  "Breathe, Ernie, breathe," he urged.

  "I don't think lizards do Lamaze," his mother noted to him.

  (Women can be so cruel to their own young. I mean what she does to me
one thing, but this boy is of her womb, for God's sake.)

  The Vet took Ernie back to the examining room and peered at the
animal through a magnifying glass.

  "What do you think, Doc, a C-section?" I suggested scientifically.

  "Oh, very interesting," he murmured. "Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, may I
speak to
you privately for a moment?" I gulped, nodding for my son to step

  "Is Ernie going to be okay ?" my wife asked.

  "Oh, perfectly," the Vet assured us. "This lizard is not in labor. In
fact, that isn't EVER going to happen... Ernie is a boy. You see, Ernie
is a
young male. And occasionally, as they come into maturity,   like most
species, they Just the way he did, lying on his
back." He blushed, glancing at my wife. "Well, you know what I' m
Mr. Cameron."

  We were silent, absorbing this.

  "So Ernie's just...just... excited," my wife offered.

  "Exactly," the vet replied, relieved that we understood.

  More silence. Then my vicious, cruel wife started to giggle, and
and then even laugh loudly.

  "What's so funny?" I demanded, knowing, but not believing that the
woman I
married would commit the upcoming affront to my flawless   manliness.
were now running down her face. "It' s just...that... I'm picturing you
pulling on its ... its...teeny little..." She gasped for more air to
in laughter once more.

  "That's enough," I warned. We thanked the Vet and hurriedly bundled
lizards and our son back into the car. He was glad everything was going
be okay.

  "I know Ernie's really thankful for what you've done, Dad," he told

  "Oh, you have NO idea," my wife agreed, collapsing with laughter.

    2 Lizards - $140...

    1 Cage - $50.....

    Trip to the Vet - $30...

    Memory of your husband pulling on a lizard's  wacker  


The pollen is so stinking thick here it's unbelievable. I left our stroller out at the bike rack last night and it's COVERED in pollen, you can just see all the thick yellow pollen! I'm all nice and stuffed up, very sore throat. I haven't been able to breathe at all.

I've been taking meds, hoping to just be able to breathe and feel better, they're not working very well though. I'm thinking if I don't feel better after tomorrow, I'll go to the dr and see if they have something for me. Jack has this same wonderful allergy as well. His nose goes between running to stuffed up, so I'll try to get him in too. We'll see if I can! :)

So goes life, huh! :)

I did get a really good nights sleep last night though. I'm going walking in the morning, which I'm looking forward to. There's a few of us who are planning on doing it at least twice a week, I'm going to do it at least 2 more times a week, hopefully I can make it 5 times a week.

Lets pray for rain here, to knock out all the pollen!

Oh tonight, we had Wednesday Night Alive/bible study...we were told that it was the last night until fall. :( I've enjoyed the study so much. Not having to make dinner on Wednesday's has been a HUGE, HUGE perk too! LOL Oh well. It may turn into a sandwich night! :) A few of us have been discussing in a few weeks to start a bible study, really intense actual study of the bible. We're discussing hiring another friends daughter(s) and having them keep the kids in the basement (it's finished, it's a playroom pretty well) while we do the study, so we wouldn't have to worry about the kids, and know they were being well taken care of! We still need to talk to the girls and see if they'd be up for it. It'd probably be just an hour once a week. It's not all settled, but hopefully it'll work out!

God Bless and Goodnight

Tuesday, May 9, 2006


Well it's either my allergies or I'm getting sick. I can't breath, my throat is sore and feels all swollen. I've been trying to stay on top of taking my sinus meds, keeping up on my fluids, and sucking on vitamin c drops. I'm hoping I feel better tomorrow. Like I have time to be sick! LOL Hopefully it is just the allergies and that's it. Getting 2 hrs sleep last night couldn't have aggrevated the issue huh? Yes I do know it just helped things along.

Well I'm off to get some sleep.


God Bless


I'm so glad that yesterday is over. That was definately one of the worst "Anniversary/Angel" days I've personally experienced since probably the first one. The day started off, "ok", now that's not an average person's ok, that's a bereaved mom, who's child died on that day's, ok. I was pretty numb the first half of the day. The boys and I got up, I did a couple things around here, then we went to the castle that's about 10 minutes from us. There are many "gardens" that we walked through. Most the gardens just have tree's in them and wild flowers, but it's very peaceful. There's also a beautiful foutain out there that we really enjoyed.

We got home, had lunch, the boys went down for a nap and the tears started coming. For the rest of the afternoon, evening, and night I was well... emotional. I took the boys for a walk, we went out to the park, and came in for the evening.

You'd think I would have went to bed early, rofl!! Then you don't know me very well! :) No, no, no..instead I was up cleaning. There wasn't a lot to do and I didn't get everything done that I wanted to. I did manage to sweep and mop the floor. I didn't get the table cleaned off like I wanted though. Oh and I got the bathroom cleaned up too! :) Now why was Christy, the woman who does NOT like to clean cleaning last night? Because I'm a procrastinator and I clean best when I'm under pressure! I am watching my friend's 2 yr old son today, and I've been to her home a few times and well her house keeping is much better than mine! LOL Don't think that my home's disgusting, it's really not. It just gets "lived in" and I dont' clean it up like I should as quickly as I should. I let the news papers pile up, the toys scattered about. I don't always sweep the floor every single day, and since we have hardwood floors, you know how fast they get dirty (which puzzles me because we have the no shoes in the house rule). happens and that's me. My bathroom is rocking clean right now too! Ok, the floor imho is NEVER clean enough to eat off, when it comes to a bathroom, especially one that has a liter box in it, and a 5 yr old that uses it, and 2 1/2 yr old that thinks it's just one more playroom...but it's nice and clean...I swept and mopped in there too! So after all that cleaning was done, off to bed I went...and of course I was WIDE awake! I read a few pages of a book I'm reading, then did my devotional, read some of a chapter from the bible, still wide awake. I decided to write on the back of my pictures (I get doubles...1 for scrapbooking the other for photo album). I did a roll of them and finally sleep was coming over me. I finally fell asleep right around 4 am! I was up at 7:30, although I kept waking up, scared I'd over sleep or sleep through the alarm (which I know couldn't happen, because it's one of those that gradually gets louder and it's loudest is something I've yet to hear because it's so loud when I get out of bed and turn it off). I woke up prob. around 5 or 5:30, then again at 6:15 (I put my glasses on for that one), and really just kept dozing in and out from then on out. Tonight I have every intention of going to bed at a decent hour. Really I do! I know Kelly's laughing her butt off at me! She yelled at me last night for still being on this stupid thing after 2 am (I am not only a procrastinator, but also a multi-tasker! LOL )

Well, I have some cute photo's that I need to upload onto the computer. Have a great day, unless I come back and write another entry!

Monday, May 8, 2006

My Jordyn


Jordyn Ashleigh: March 30, 1998-May 8, 2000

You made me a mother. You showed me what it's like to have unending faith and love.

You took a piece of my heart to Heaven with you. You are my hero.

I love You. I miss YOU.

Baby mine, don't you cry
Baby mine, dry your eyes
Rest your head close to my heart
Never to part, baby of mine
Little one when you play
Don't you mind what you say
Let those eyes sparkle and shine
Never a tear, baby of mine
If they knew sweet little you
They'd end up loving you too
All those same people who scold you
What they'd give just for
The right to hold you
From your head to your toes
You're not much, goodness knows
But you're so precious to me
Cute as can be, baby of mine

I love you Jordyn. Thank you for letting me be your mommy.

Saturday, May 6, 2006


I got all set up to scrapbook tonight. I've done a couple pages in the past, but well they're nothing to write home about and definately nothing to show off. I have tons and I mean tons of paper, quite a few embellishments, stickers up the wazoo, etc....I have 3 pictures picked out that I really want to do a page with, I even picked out the paper that I think will go great for the pictures, yet I'm just stuck. I can't get happy with where I want the pictures on the page, trying to figure out what if any embellishments I want to add, out of what I have, etc. I really want to take a scrapbooking class, or get together with my friend Linda before she PCS's to KS. She makes beautiful pages and has a lot of knowledge that I need to get a hold of before she leaves in another month. :(

It's midnight now, so I guess I should just pack everything up and get to bed. Tomorrow when we get home from church, I have to go and exchange our wireless router that decided to just stop working, we've barely had it 2 weeks. When I get home from that, I'm moving a bookshelf that I have in the living room, it has picture's on it, so I'm going to disperse those in other places throughout the apt and either put scrapbooking stuff on it or books, which would clear out the shelf I have in our closet (trust me our closets are insanely huge!).

Well, have a wonderful rest of Saturday for those of you in the states and a great Sunday! :)

Friday, May 5, 2006

I had written a big long entry earlier today and aol managed to get rid of that for me..."Thank YOU AOL" @@ Anyways...I had writen about Jordyn, but well honestly I'm too drained to go there. I'll just say that Monday marks 6 yrs since Jordyn went home to Heaven, she also died on a MONDAY in 2000. I'm not sure what next week has in store for me, but honestly I'm not looking forward to it very much. I know I'll get through it.

So what am I going to write about? It's going to be a vent. I have some ignorant people living in the apartment below me. You all by now know my feelings on smoking. I don't like it. It's a single mom, who's the soldier and she brought her aunt over here because she was supposed to leave today for Iraq. I don't know if she did or not...I saw her about 5 pm, getting out of her van with take out, as I was walking over to the park for Jacob's T Ball game. both her and her aunt smoke, inside the apartment...there are 3 children in there breathing in this junk, one being a baby. ahhhh! Ok, so as if that's not bad enough..since we're having these truly wonderful and beautiful days all the windows are open and guess what blows up into my guessed it...their 2nd hand smoking. I was venting to a friend of mine about this and to Chad...they both believe that it's against housing regulations to smoke inside the apartment. I'm going to call housing and find out, if so I'm going to have them address this issue, because if they don't, I will. I am not and I'm not going to allow my children to be exposed to 2nd hand smoke in our own home. I can't always control it when we're outside at the park (which drives me nuts's a park for KIDS!) or just out in public. Smoking's widely accepted in Germany (well Europe in general)...but it's about everywhere. I really love living her, but that is my definately 1 complaint. Although for the most part we manage to stay away from it, and it's not allowed on public transportation or inside stores, well the majority anyways. seriously smoking is not my vent! My vent is.....:) it's coming really.

The Aunt likes bass! Oh yes, she turns that music up, turns that bass up and yesterday I could feel the vibration through the floors and could make out the music clearly. Now this is not some small feat. Our building, the walls, and under the hardwood's all cement! Yes, you read that right...cement! Yesterday it was in the middle of the afternoon. The boys were napping, but she didn't wake them up, so I let it go. Tonight though, totally different story. Germany has quiet hrs...they start at 8 pm-7 am (some places it's 8 am). Sunday's, you're not allowed to mow your lawns, wash your cars, etc....for the most part people respect the quiet hrs and no problems. Tonight at floors start vibrating, I can hear the music (same one from yesterday...), and my boys were in bed for the night. I went down and rang the doorbell a few times...finally the Aunt and the daughter who's prob oh I guess 9 come to the door...."CAN YOU TURN THE MUSIC DOWN"....(yes I was yelling, I had to, they couldn't hear me otherwise) the Aunt "Oh, you can Hear it?" "YES" took her until I was back up in my apt, went pee (I know you wanted to know that! LOL), and came back out to the living room for her to manage to turn it down.

This is so not going to happen again. I let it go yesterday, I asked her tonight, if it happens again, I'm just going to call the MP's. It's seriously about respect. We're not loud. I work hard to make sure the boys don't get too noisy. I've told the "soldier" that if she hears us, just to let me know and I'll make sure we're quieter. She said she never hears us. I don't blast my music, bass definately isn't an issue since I find it overwhelmingly annoying, and my tv stays at a decent volume. 

Lets say some prayers that this lady gets a clue. What really kills me about it the most, is that a noise is 10 times louder to a baby than it is to adults. I heard how loud it was in that apartment tonight, she's going to destroy his hearing, if she keeps that up. It just seems like common sense to me.


Well there's my post, see wasn't it worth waiting a week for! LOL

Tomorrow maybe I'll have a better one to share!


For now, I'll leave you with some pictures I recently took! :)



The 2nd picture, shows only one of the many garden rows full of various Tulips

This above was Jacob's favorite

This was my favorite one.

The yellow flower reminds of of the sun shining down! :)

I love this one of the boys, we were heading out of the Gardens....

I hate aol

I just wrote a long freaking update and this stupid company goes and knocks the journal off line. Sorry Kelly, I'm too drained now to write it up again, maybe later during nap time or after the boys go to bed tonight.