On Fighting the Bad Guys

I’m not going to say this over my at my friends’ Facebook page – I know she respects me, my life and my opinions – but her friends have their own (which is fine). But – I’m gonna say it here – on my OWN blog. Because I can. I feel as though I have to – somehow – put my thoughts “out there” and hope someone hears them.

It pisses me the HELL OFF when people think our military is fighting for nothing. It pisses me the HELL OFF when someone says that “fighting the bad guys” is “childish thinking” and that “The term “bad guys” is suitable for 5-year-olds, not thinking adults.

I am a THINKING ADULT who has been married to a US Navy Sailor for 10 years! I respect him, his job, the MISSION and our President. I respect all those we’ve lost over the years – especially people I’ve met in person and even considered FRIENDS. It makes me SO MAD and UPSET that there are people that don’t respect these HEROES. Not just on 9-11 but EVERY DAMN DAY.

Don’t EVER fucking tell me my husband and all the other military personnel are fighting for NOTHING! They are NOT just in Afghanistan. They are in all places where there is terrorism! Open your fucking eyes!

I AM A PROUD MILITARY WIFE!

Be thankful there are people fighting “for nothing” – because otherwise people like (proverbial) YOU wouldn’t have the freedom to run your mouth like a jackass!

This Is No Vacation Bro!

Someone on Tumblr joked that I was on vacation. I responded with something along the lines of “this isn’t a vacation – no one has handed me a Pina Colada or Mai Tai yet!” I’ve certainly needed a hearty drink after dealing with two little ones who just don’t GET the whole “we’re in the Navy kids – so suck it up!” I completely understand what they are going through. I really do. Transitions are difficult and transitions that take you across the entire continental United States all the way to an ISLAND are even more so.

Xander is already making friends – our neighborhood (“Navy housing”) is FULL of kids! Plus, the school he is attending is a 2 mile walk round-trip so he has time to see/meet kids on the walk to school.

Juliana is having fun – but her “clock” is a little wonky and we haven’t really come up with a routine yet. Her normal routine is getting up around 7am and sitting on the couch watching Disney JR while I get Xander ready for school. Here? We have THE most uncomfortable couch in the universe (“boonie” furniture) and no cable. We did buy a new television – a 32 inch that will eventually go in our bedroom! It has a built in DVD player though – so I’ve been running plenty of Barney and Sesame Street movies for her to enjoy.

It’s beautiful here. I can’t wait to explore the island more.

But – I’m seriously missing my friends from back home.

On the plus side – I’ve met a lot of cool people!

Everything will be okay.

Quick Island Check-In

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We made it to Oahu, Hawaii!! I’m blogging on my phone, so this won’t be long!

Just wanted to check-in!

TroopSwap Military Discounts

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Military Discounts are live on TroopSwap! Take note of the badge system where they identify Veteran, Disabled Veteran and Military Spouse Owned businesses. And, since all of the discounts were curated by military spouses, there is a quote from one of the TroopSwap team members in the top right corner that details why that particular business was chosen to feature!

Check out this page for the discounts!

Raising Up A Military Brat

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Today was Alan’s command’s family picnic and it was a ton of fun! There was a bounce house that Xander made a beeline for – then we ate some burgers for lunch. Xander got to climb up into a fire truck and try on some of the gear. Next up was the rock climbing wall that Xander geared up for (see photo) and did a great job climbing up! Then we all hopped into a big truck and took a ride down to the beach so that we could take a ride in a “Marine” boat (and get soaked in the process)! We then took a ride in the back of a Humvee and the boys (Alan and co-worker Tom) took the little boys (Xander and Tom’s two sons) to the shooting range to shoot some blanks/paint.

My baby shot not only a pistol (Sig P226) but also a “light” machine gun (S.A.W)! OMG! They all had a blast but I have to think about this here – my five year old has already shot weapons. He’s seriously a military brat, lol … Soon we’ll be having “huntin’” trips and deer heads on the wall … Wait – there doesn’t seem to much difference between “military” and “southerner” now does there? Yee haw!

Buying A Home? Learn More About Tax Credits!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Coldwell Banker. All opinions are 100% mine.

Three years ago my husband and I purchased a home (our first) in Mayport, Florida. I’m sure ya’ll have heard about it by now – but in order to get others up-to-date – the house was going into foreclosure due to the Navy cutting my husband’s orders to the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) ported in Mayport short and moving us to Virginia Beach. Whoops!

To make a long story short (too late) – we moved to Virginia Beach and listed our home in Mayport “for rent” and got a renter within 2 weeks. Renter stayed in the house for a year – paid her rent late for the last 2 months and then we let her sign a new contract (dumb) which she promptly broke two months later (after not paying her rent for month two). So – we kicked her out.

The house stayed empty for over a year. The house has been empty since last January. The house is now sitting in transition I guess waiting for our bank to approve a short-sale contract. We bought the house for $185,000 – we are short-selling it for $105,000.

It’s currently a “buyers market” out there because houses are being foreclosed on or short-sold because people just can’t pay their mortgages for various reasons. If I had it to do over again I would’ve waited to buy and since we would’ve eventually gotten stationed here in Virginia anyway I would’ve bought a house here and taken advantage of the 2010 Homebuyer Tax Credits that have been offered (and even extended!) There may be no future extensions, so all qualified homebuyers are urged to act and have a written, binding contract by April 30, 2010 (close by June 30, 2010.)

The first-time tax credit was working, but what housing and our national economy needed was incentive for the move-up buyer. According to The 2009 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the number of first-time home buyers rose to 47 percent of all home sales from 41 percent of transactions in last year’s study, and was the highest on record dating back to 1981. The previous high was 44 percent in 1991. In the same profile it was noted that an estimated $22 billion has already been added to the general economy resulting from the bill and approximately 2 million people will utilize the tax credit in 2009.

The Coldwell Banker website provides a video that gives an overview of the tax extension and expansion. This video is only 3 and a half minutes long but gives a nice quick breakdown.

According to the video – real estate has led our country out of recessions since the 1950′s. Let’s hope that it works for this recession also. Visit the website and other real estate websites to learn more about buying a house. Make sure that you will be there awhile or know that you can absolutely find a tenant if you cannot live there yourself.

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