Troop Cuts

Is there an end in sight? Maybe not, well, probably not actually – but there will at least be a BREAK for some of the troops fighting in Iraq. According to the President 5,700 US forces will be home by Christmas and four brigages (total of at least 21,500) will be home by July. The President is still defending the war stating that Iraq still needs military, economic and political support.

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I pray that some families will see their spouses, sons, daughters, etc soon. I see this as a great step towards the END of this insane occupation. Obviously, I don’t agree with the war … As a military spouse I support the troops over there (I have a LOT of friends AND my husband over there!) I just want them all home safe.

Awesome Care Package Site

As you all know my hubby is in the Navy and is currently serving our country in Operation Enduring Freedom. I send him care packages all the time, at least once a month for a nice big one. So, I’m happy to find a great website that can help me make my hubby happy while he’s overseas. They have Patriotic gifts, baskets for Birthdays and Holidays, themed care packages and much more.

Our brave men and women are over in foreign countries fighting for our freedom. Why not send them a little “Thank You” with a great basket of cookies or snacks? So, Support the Troops and send them a care package! Trust me, they will appreciate it so much!

New Domain (Pre-Stages)

I’m trying to come up with another domain name. I want a website/blog more geared towards military life and things that would appeal to military spouses. Trying to come up with the NAME is killin’ me here. I don’t want to be too repetitive either, I don’t want a “forum” (there are a million) and I don’t want just a listing of outdated websites that are supposed to “help” people. I want duty station reviews, I want co-bloggers, I want MORE to the website. Ya’know? Any one have any ideas? Any one want to blog on this website? It will certainly include a directory and such (might I add, a HELPFUL and UPDATED directory). Something that will actually help other military spouses with their lives. Hopefully I can come up with something soon. I’m itching to buy this domain ;)

A Little De-Stressing!

Military men (and probably the women too) LOVE their paintball. I’ve seen this any where we get stationed, in fact. Each base we’ve been too has some sort of club for paintball and a ton of members. I guess there is just something about pelting someone with a ball of paint that is a great stress reliever! And of course we know that those in the military could do with a little stress relief!

Ultimate Paintball has all you need for the best paintball experience! They sell everything from the paintball guns (including brands such as Tippman, Ion and Spyder) to the safety gear to the clothing. They even have all the tactical vests, harnesses and scopes you need! Not to be outdone, they of course, have your ammo of choice, the paintball. Better yet – right now they are offering FREE SHIPPING on U.S. orders over $200.00 with UPS! How much nicer can you get? So, go check out their site and get your game on!

So Quickly

Alan (who’s been away since 6 July) came for a visit Wednesday afternoon. We hung out on Thursday and all went to Disney on Friday, then visited with Brandie and Keith (and their new puppies, and their old kitty lol) on Saturday. He flew out this morning. He should be back sometime in November ….. His goings suck, but the coming home is always nice. He spent a ton of quality time with Xander and Xander was okay with him leaving (he’s acting up a little, but he’s bored …). Xander made Alan hug him about a million times last night and said “I love you” and “I’ll miss you” to him a few more. It’s sad … but, he’s handling it okay.

Disney was AWESOME – took lots of photos. Xander had a blast and was able to ride a bunch of rides and even rode his very first roller coaster (he just made the height quota!) … I didn’t get to ride Space Mountain, and the Haunted Manse was CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER (I almost melted away into the pavement when I came upon that!!) but it was fun just seeing how much fun Xander was having! :)

Odd Thoughts

I hate to admit it … but aside from the fact that my husband puts his life on the line to fight in a war … BEFORE he actually GETS to the war I am kinda jealous of his life. He’s in limbo right now, er, training as they call it. Before he ships out to ‘the sandbox’ as us military wives like to refer to it as. He gets to hang out with our friends that we met while in Rota – without Xander. Gets to go out to eat whenever and whatever he wants – without Xander. (Getting my drift yet?). Don’t get me wrong .. I LOVE OUR SON!! I just would like some ‘me’ time sometimes. I’m always home (or out) with him. 24/7. I know that’s part of the whole “MOM” job description, but sometimes I’d just like OUT! That feeling is completely magnified when you-know-who is deployed. I know thousands of military wives do it – and I know they complain (whether loud and clear like I seem to do on a daily basis, or to their personal journals far away from prying eyes of the internetz). Either way … I’m just sayin’ …. I’d like to get my ears re-pierced (like, at a piercing parlor, not the Piercing Pagoda). I’d like to see Harry Potter, Hairspray, that new horror flick w/that one guy in that room (?!) … I’d like to get a pedicure and a massage (my dear Lord, my back HURTS!!!!!!!) … When Alan was here he wasn’t really HERE because his mind was already THERE. I’d get “The Look” when I told him I was going to Wal-Mart (or the craft store) … ALONE … It wasn’t a mad look, it was more of a hurt look … which in turn made me sad. Sad for wanting to be away I suppose. Blah … the contacts are about done for tonight. It’s been a long, long day.

I plan on putting everything on Jesus tomorrow. We (Xander and I) are joining our friends in checking out a new church. I need to put everything on Him more often I suppose. Then I wouldn’t feel as crappy.