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2010-02-10 08:50 am
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It has been a while.

I think I am going to start a blog. One that will be easy for my husband to read while he is deployed. I am thinking of calling it A new day is calling. I think. I don't know, blog naming is quite hard!
A new day calling.
A new day is calling.

??
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2009-09-12 12:56 am
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Where have I been?

I want to update about excitment, and adventures. I want my updates to have a point to them, rather than just mundane babbling about the same thing over and over again.
But alas nothing exciting or postworthy ever happens.

I need to buy a paper journal and a sketchbook.
Maybe just a sketchbook, I can write in that too. I keep having ideas for paintings I want to create, but then I lose them because I don't sketch them.
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2009-08-25 01:27 am
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I can't sleep.

My next update will include such topics like:
Breastfeeding and it's impact on my life.
Learning to run, but let's walk first.

I have a lot on my mind, but I am tired and the words don't seem to be making any sense on the screen. I think I am ready to go back to bed.
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2009-08-23 11:59 pm

I have a new goal!

This one is a simple easy to achieve goal.
A morning walk with Jack every day the weather permits.
We took one this morning and it was so nice and refreshing and I want to start everyday that way.

Another goal that I think will be easier to achieve: no internet during the day on the weekends.
This seems much easier to stick with than just completely cutting the internet out of everyday. It seems like such a silly thing to be addicted to, but apparently I am or I wouldn't be making goals to not use it! ha.
This also goes along with not wasting away the weekends. Nothing will get done if I am on the computer, I MUST START LIVING LIFE! No one is going to live it for me.

:)
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2009-08-23 08:50 am

25!!

Yesterday I turned 25. I am now a 'real' adult, I can rent cars and my car insurance has decreased.
I am not where I imagined I would be at 25, married with children was never part of the plan. But I can honestly say there isn't much I would change. Overall I am very happy with my life, there are a few small roadbumps (that seem like mountains at times) that I need to overcome, but I am confident I will get there.

I am going to make this year the best year so far. I am very excited for all the things I have planned and want to attempt before I turn 26. I plan to come back next August and tell everyone what a wonderful year I have had. My birthday is now my 'New Year's'.

In an effort to make the best of the little time I have left here in TN (9 months) I have asked Jason to try and carpool at least 2 days a week. No more sitting around on the weekends. There is the library, the playground, the Farmer's Market and the museum is free on Sundays. Plus fall is coming, that means farms have activites! (I think there may even be a few 'Pick your Own' farms around here)
Most importantly is making the best of the time I have left with Jason before he deploys. I am going to miss him that is for sure.
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2009-08-19 01:34 pm
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One of those days.

Days like today make it hard not to want May to hurry up and get here.
I just had to sell some diapers in order to once again keep our account afloat. I only made $30 though, which is enough to give us $13.
Jack wants to play outside, we went out earlier, but there are always cars coming and going, it just makes me nervous. (Plus it is now 88degrees out!)

May will bring more money and a place outside for Jack to play, or at least a car for us to go places. But I hate that this only comes because my husband is being deployed.

Today is just a trying day.
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2009-08-18 11:03 pm
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Thinking ahead.

Jack's birthday is around the corner! Well more like down the block and around the corner, but close nonetheless!
He will be recieving these two items from us:
Melissa and Doug Easel
Toddler basketball hoop
His birthday is October 03, but his party wont be until November when all the family comes for Thanksgiving. My plan is to give him the basketball hoop in October so he can get some good play with it before it gets too cold. The easel will be given to him at his family party.
Also since we don't really know enough people to throw a party for him, I think maybe Jason and I will just take him somewhere special, maybe Chuck E. Cheese after a day at the Zoo?

At the moment my plan for financing his birthday gift (Cause it is a little expensive) is to try and sell more diapers and take some of his old, outgrown clothes and sell them to Once Upon a Child.
As for Christmas, because I have that list already growing, I think I may try and buy one gift per paycheck. Most of the things I want to get him for Christmas are under $20 so it should be doable.
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2009-08-16 11:23 pm

Tomorrow is a new day...

Today while watching The Watchmen Jack kept pointing at their ship and saying 'space bug'. This made me think that I should teach him the planets. This thought led to 'I really need to start sitting down with him and actually teaching him things'
Starting tomorrow that is exactly what I am going to do.
We will have alphabet time, number time, art time, space time, reading time. But all in a 'fun, keep the attention of a not yet two year old way'.
It will also help keep me off the computer. ha.

I am actually really excited about this.
Plus Jason is going to ask Z if he can carpool with him on Tuesdays and Thursdays so that I can have the car. Then Jack and I can take trips to the library and the playground!

The local paper is having a photo contest. 'Capture Clarksville' Once I read the rules, I think I am going to try and enter.

We are also trying to plan a camping trip! I am excited for this. I think Jack will have a blast.
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2009-08-16 09:43 am
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An update

I screwed us over in the financial department again. My mind was completely wrapped up in going to my parents house and forgot that the sprint bill was scheduled to come out. It was paid and we overdrafted by $270. :(
I did babysit and make $100 and sold $60 worth of diapers. Which is good because we had no money for groceries! I still have a few other diapers I am going to try and sell.
So much for doing anything for my birthday or anniversary. That is life though, eating is more important then celebrating my birthday.

My brother is in jail.

I don't know how much I will update here right now. I am feeling a bit depressed about everything going on right now. I have given up my '21 days to break my internet habit' I think I am going to just take a huge break from everything online in general. I have no desire to do anything but lurk.
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2009-08-06 09:31 pm

Day 2

FAIL.
I was on the computer multiple times today. I was originally going to call today a mild success, because I was only on when Jack was nursing or playing with Jason, but the point of this is NO internet during the day. So fail it is. I am not sure if tomorrow should be day 3 or day 1 though...

Jack and I leave for Maryland on saturday for a week. So I should be able to sail through this coming week without interneting during the day.


I have been thinking a little more about vegetarianism. Would a pescetarian diet be more fitting for me? I like that fish has DHA and that is very good for brain development, and Jack is at the crucial age for brain development. I am thinking that a mainly vegetarian diet with tuna once a week or so would suit me just fine. Tuna also has the benefit of being cheap, and right now anything that is good for you and cheap is a win in my book.
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2009-08-05 09:51 pm

Day one of no internet during the day.

I call SUCCESS!
I was on for 15 minutes this morning because I needed to harvest my crops on facebook. ha. Then I turned the computer off. There were a couple times this afternoon that I felt like I should sit down to the computer, but instead I read Jack one of the books we picked up from the library.

Our day consisted of the playground this morning before it got hot. I love that it is barely a minutes drive away. It is usually empty, but Jack still has a blast. He is getting so brave too! Such a boy.
After an hour there we made our way to the Library. As soon as we pull into the parking lot Jack starts shouting 'library!' We paid our fine, and checked out three books after two hours of playing in the children's library. I even signed Jack up to recieve free books from some program sponsered by Dolly Parten.
After a trip to walmart for fish food, cat litter and post it notes (shaped like hearts!) for operation beautiful we came home. Made lunch, colored, read stories.
The entire day I only thought about getting online maybe two times. Instead I went and did something fun with Jack, and the coolest thing is that except for this morning he didn't even ask to watch TV. This may sound like common sense, but it is amazing how much easier the day is with him when we are actually interacting together. I mean I knew this, but sometimes you just get stuck in a rut.


and I will leave you with some excellent qoutes I came across in the most unlikely place, my Delias catalogue. They go perfectly along with the theme of my journal.

"Those that make the best of their time, have none to spare" -Thomas Fuller
"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years" -Abraham Lincoln
"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness" -George Santayana
"Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do" -Gerry Sikorski
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2009-08-04 10:11 pm

A new mission!

21 days to make or break a habit.
Habit I want to break:
Being on the internet constantly.

Habit I want to make:
Using all that time I wasted on the internet, doing something fun with Jack.

Seriously, why am I sitting on the internet while he plays by himself? Okay so I don't sit here all day long, every minute of the day. But I am always hoping on and off and telling Jack "hold on, let me just check this..."
So the plan is to not even turn the computer on until after Jack has gone to bed for the night.
Did I mention that this is due to being bored out of my skull? It is hard not having any friends in real life nearby. I yearn for adult conversation and at the moment the only place I can find that is online. Online is the really the only place I can find people who want to talk about the same things I want to talk about. Diapers, breastfeeding, green living...

I have told myself many many times that I will do this, but now is the time to stop saying and just do it.

This journal is about change afterall, this change will be a good one.

So they say you are your child's first teacher, and rolemodel. I need to be a better one. I need to be more hands on with him. I can not fail him at this most important time in his development.
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2009-08-03 11:37 pm
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Plan b?

I suppose I should start coming up with a plan b in the event the worst happens. The worst being that my parents either sell their house or lose their house. If one of those two happens Jack and I obviously wouldn't be moving in with them.

So a few ideas:
They lose the house and need somewhere to go. I find a real house to rent here in TN/KY and they come to live with us. Until they either get back on their feet, or ...

They sell the house and find somewhere cheaper to live. I suppose Jack and I could still come live with them. The whole point of me going back to MD is to be around family while Jason is gone.

Obviously if they are still in the house when May rolls around, that is where we will be heading. I also want to, more than ever now, help them fix up the house as much as possible. It is in the plans to sell the house in the future, and it needs a lot of work in order for that to happen.


Jason is going into the field until Thursday.
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2009-08-03 09:40 am
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Sick or allergies?

I can't seem to shake this feeling of "I feel like I am getting sick".
I keep having headaches, my throat hurts, my nose is runny! (could it suddenly be allergies?)
Last night my tooth hurt and this morning my ear hurts. and I am so tired all the time!
This all started about a week ago when I was sick for roughly a day. Since then I just feel terrible.

After writing it out though, I am wondering if maybe it is allergies. I have never suffered from them before, but according to Jack's doctor, this area is allergy central.
But do allergies typically start when summer is almost over? Plus it has been really rainy here, which seems like it would keep the allergens down.
I guess I will see if I get any better when I visit Maryland next week.

Seriously though, my ear is killing me. Sharp stabbing pains!


My mother just recieved news that her worker's comp is ending. The insurance doctor claims she is as good as she is going to get and can return to work. Between her and my father their combined income is now $900. Their morgtage alone is $1400. I feel terrible, after all they have done for us and all I can offer is my sympathy and a "you are welcome here if it comes to it" and "I wish May was closer so I could actually help you"
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2009-08-02 08:50 pm

There is nothing better than seeing your child smile.



and I entered this photo into the Goodmama 'any turned diaper' photo contest. Not that I expect it to win, but I wanted to participate in the fun. The picture definately looked better on the camera because you couldn't tell it was blurry. I do like that the diaper (the most important part of the photo) is in crystal clear focus.


(not to mention it looks really great when it is thumbnail size! ha)

Today I went upstairs to nap while Jack was napping on the couch and Jason was playing video games. Jack woke before me and according to Jason looked at the computer before coming upstairs to find me. I am pretty sure that means I spend too much time sitting here. and doing nothing most of the time too.

I asked Jason to talk to his friend Z about carpooling since he lives so close. He agreed it was a good idea. This makes me really excited because it will give Jack and I the oppportunity to get out of the house during the week. We have gone to the playground both mornings this weekend and it was so nice. Jack even napped really well both days. Coincidence? I think not.
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2009-08-01 10:46 am
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2009-08-01 08:39 am

Countdown, among other things.

August 1st.
9 months until my life changes drastically. "/
My mom told me to stop dwelling on it, it is so hard though. There are no less than three people on my livejournal friends list who have husbands that are deployed. One of them just left yesterday. Reading about it makes it hard not to think about it.

The bank did in fact charge us an overdraft fee.
However, I did sell a diaper for $25 so I suppose we can pretend that it was only a $10 fee. I have two other diapers up for sale, but so far no takers. I have another mama who was/is buying two other ones. It has been over a month though and she keeps putting it off.

I was browsing dreamwidth last night again. [personal profile] allielujah posted about a site called Gives Me Hope/GMH amazing stuff I tell you. Brought tears to my eyes.
and
Operation Beautiful. Which I want to start doing, just reading about other people making others feel better about themselves makes me feel better about myself. So I am going to start today posting little notes whereever I go. (which isn't anywhere very often, but whatever works!)
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2009-07-31 12:29 am
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GO VEG and back to school!

I am pretty confident that when I move to my parents house the transition to full vegetarian will be a simple one. I find myself dreading cooking meat and eating it right now. Of all the times I have contemplated vegetarianism, I have never experienced this. I think that is why it has been so difficult to stick to it. Of course I am still eating meat at this point in time. I don't have the luxury of experimenting with food that I may not like and therefore it goes to waste. Plus Jack needs to get his proper nutrition and at the moment I only know how to do that successfully from an omnivores perspective.
Then there is always the fact that Jason will always be an omnivore, forever.
I also think that waiting until I am at my parents house, with my mom who is a former vegetarian, it will be much easier to keep with it, and hopefully in that year I will become comfortable enough that when Jason comes home, I wont be tempted to drop it.

So for the time being I try to limit my meat intake to dinner only. I also like the idea of baking vegan only. Though I need to find a good brownie recipe, an easy one at that too.


I am also one step closer to going back to school. August 1st marks the day the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill goes into affect, thus allowing Jason to apply to transfer his benefits to me.
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2009-07-30 12:26 am
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Financial woes.

Today is a prime example about why I am so adamant about saving every last extra penny during the year Jason is gone.
We recently signed up for Netflix, recent as in we have only made one payment thus far. I was pretty sure that the payments were taken out after the first of the month. I was proved wrong on that one today. For the record before the payment was taken out we had $1.00 in our checking and $2.00 in our savings. We are now -$10 in our checking and have a zero balance in our savings. Not to mention that I am sure we will incur an overdraft ($35!) because there will be no money deposited until friday.
I hate HATE living like this. I will not spend the rest of my life like this. I will not, there is no way that will happen. I do not want Jack and any future children to grow up like I did. I don't want to spoil them, but at the moment we don't even have extra money for ANYTHING.
I am grateful for the fact that we do have money to cover all of our bills, and keep a roof over our head, and food in our bellies (though it gets tight the closer to payday) but I would love to be able to just go to the store and buy something I WANT and not feel insanely guilty or panic about it.

I have a huge opportunity to change our lives for the better while Jason is away. I will not waste it or let it slip by.

My basic plan:
Extra deployment pay goes immediately into a savings I can't easily access.
Regular pay goes to pay bills, and anything left over is saved in the joint savings account.

I have a few things that I have discussed with Jason that I will be buying, and there are a few things I want to do for my parents as well. But anything I want to do must come from the regular paycheck. (like vacation and taking Jack to D.C as much as I can.)

(Not to mention I will be returning to school in the near future to work on a dental hygiene degree. I would like to work as a Hygienist when Jack starts school. That would be a nice addition to our income)

ETA: As of this morning, it doesn't appear we will be charged an overdraft fee. Though that isn't to say I wont be suprised if we still are.
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2009-07-29 01:41 pm
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Gardening dreams.

I am going to attempt to grow both a veggie garden and a flower garden while staying at my parents house. I really want to grow sunflowers and pumpkins. I remember the giant garden my parents used to have in the front yard, full of all sorts of veggies from corn to strawberries. I think they may have even had sunflowers at one point.

I need to start researching what zone they live in and when I am supposed to plant what so I can be properly prepared. I hope they don't mind all these plans I have. :p