Monday, January 3, 2011


Getting up this morning at 6:45 felt very foreign after our long Christmas break.
And bad.
It felt very, very bad.

I heart sleep.

We got our new year started with one very feverish, pukey boy in the house. It seems we have acquired a target on our backs for stomach bugs this season. Thankfully it seems to have passed quickly.
Here's hoping it doesn't spread! So far, so good.

I haven't done any resolution-ing yet.
I can't look ahead at this year of 2011 without thinking about how often Josh will be gone, and I'd rather bury my head in the sand.

I did the math.
Approximately 190 days of this year, I will be without my main squeeze. That's 52% of the year.

And those are my optimistic, glass is half-full, numbers.
If I wanted to be pessimistic, I would also include the first 90 days of 2012 in my calculations, because he will be gone then as well.
But I wont.
One year at a time, no?

At first I was thinking that a resolution of survival might be in order.
But then I thought more about it and decided that I should resolve to do more than survive. After all, that's half a year of my children's lives that I can't get back. I should make the most of it and enjoy them. Even when I'm the only one to give baths.
And put them to bed.
And make their breakfast.
And lunch.
And dinner.
And wipe bottoms.
You get the drift.

So this year I do believe I will resolve to enjoy my time with Alex and Derek, making the most of this year in which they will turn 6 and 4, and let my husband know that it's okay for him to go do his job, because things are going to be just fine here at home.

Look at that, I've done some resolution-ing after all!

And soon I will be back with a sign-up sheet for you all to chip-in and help me out in 2011.
Start thinking now about the areas in which you would like to help:

-Availability for Venting
-Freezer Patrol (to keep me from overstocking ice cream)
-Frequent blog commenting (I'll need the adult interaction)
-More pity

I think that about covers it. I'll send that out once the long trips get closer.


Happy Monday!


Proverbs 31 Wannabe said...

So sorry the tummy bug keeps hanging around your place. That is miserable! and what a way to start out the new year.
You can sign me up for blog comments and if you wanna come to Disney, I'll come to help you with the kids!

Joyce said...

I'l help with the commenting...and the pity : )

Hoping your 2011 is filled with many special days...your kids are at a wonderful age and your resolution to enjoy it is a good one!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about your upcoming separations. My main squeeze is coming back late tonight after 15 months gone. Needless to say, I can't wait!
Karen G.

I'm Erin. said...

Karen that is so exciting!!
Enjoy your time reconnecting. I don't know how you did it for that long. I think I'm going to have to donate all my pity to you :)
If you had a blog, I would comment daily ;)

Jamie said...

I resolve to be a better commenter! (Is that a word!?!?) Anyhow, if anybody can do it, with good humor and creativity, it's YOU! Hugs to you and your family! Happy New Year!

Erin said...

My New Year's resolution is to see how long I can go without dessert. I'm on day 3. Three very long days. I do treat myself with a glass of chocolate milk at night. It's nice, but not the same as sitting down with a bowl of ice cream and brownies. Plus, I'm trying to lose those last 10 pounds I've been carrying around since baby #1. I'm thinking I was too skinny back in college. But, it will be nice for the hubby before he leaves. I know, I can ship my kids off to you for a bit and I'll take yours for a bit. How does that sound? ;)

mikeandmelissafisher said...

Ugh. That's a long time. You have my pity :)

Taylor said...

I will cover comments, pity, and venting.
But not ice cream patrol.
For you need ice cream. :)

melicity said...

I can sign up for all but freezer patrol. I live too far away to help out with that. I agree with Taylor, though. Girl, get thee some ice cream. It makes EVERYTHING better. ;) I'll be praying for you!!

Heather and Scott said...

Here's my suggestion, come stay with me for some of the time he's gone! We can raise our kids together, and eat ice cream together :)

Grandma said...

The bestest things happen when we just sit and enjoy our kids. When Alex and I were finishing up the first crown, we weren't talking, just working. She stopped and looked at me with such love in her eyes and said, "Grandma, I need to give you a hug." Obviously, that made my day, week, month, year,etc.

Mish said...

Yikes - that's a long time away! Good attitude; enjoying every day with your kiddos that grow up so fast. I'm around to partake in the gaming. I must warn, I'm competitive, too. :) You're going down.

Laura said...

I'm hoping I'm there to make the time go by faster while he's gone!!! I can handle the venting and help with freezer patrol. And lots of babysitting. Lots.

Dana said...

I am sorry Josh has to leave for so long:(
I keep telling Jeremy that he better not ever never get deployed again...but I am sure that doesn't hold too much weight with the Army! 4 deployments between us has been tough enough!
I know, you could just email me with a daily "how to stay sane" baby tip.

Anonymous said...

I promise to comment more often. With that much "free time", I'm thinking you should come to TX to visit

Jen mcd