Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 3

So my friend, also named Erin, has been labeling all of her blog posts by the number of days that her husband has been in Iraq. (She's on Day 163-- getting close!)

I'm totally stealing her idea and using the day count as my titles while Josh is gone.
Thinking up titles for posts is often the hardest part of blogging for me, so I'll consider this something to write in the "pros" column for deployment.

As you might guess, that column is very short.

It consists primarily of:
-Low expectations for mealtimes
-Less laundry
-Cleaner bathrooms
And now:
- Blog Post Titles

I'm trying to be a "glass half-full" kind of girl, can you tell??

Josh wants lots of posts and pictures while he's away, so I'm going to do my best. That means you are in for a plethora of nothingness, my friends.

A plethora.

I was hoping to wallow in self-pity for a few days after he left, but my schedule just wouldn't allow it. On Wednesday night the kids had Awanas so I met some girlfriends for dinner at a Mexican place we frequent.
 I could drink their salsa right from the jar. It's the best part of the meal, so I try to order just one a-la-carte enchilada to save room for more salsa.
I'm sure the waiter hates me.

But seriously, you should see the salsa-to-chip ratio I'm able to attain. You can't even tell there's a chip under there.

Plus they have 99-cent Taco Tuesday. I think I'm going to take the kids every Tuesday. We can have dinner for three bucks.
Who's with me??

Yesterday Derek had preschool & Alex had college so again I didn't have time for wallowing.

(Alex now tells people that she goes to college, since we do some of her homeschooling there while D's on the bus.)

In the evening, they were showing a free movie on base so I took the kids.

I assumed it was at the theater, but when I arrived to an empty parking lot I figured out I was wrong.
We found the right location-- in the ballroom of the club. They had mats up front for the kids.

It got a little crazy toward the end, as some of the kids were losing interest in the movie and kept standing up in front of the projector. Then other kids realized that the could make hand shadows on the screen. Then other kids began to run around the room like hooligans. 

Have you ever felt the desire to spank other peoples' children?

Me neither...I was just asking.

Alex has been having a rough time going to sleep at night. We haven't had a tear-free night yet. The good news is that she's talking a lot about how she feels during the day, and I think it's starting to get a little easier for her.

Derek, on the other hand, still thinks every day is the funnest day ever. And if nothing exciting is happening, he's pretty sure tomorrow will be the funnest day ever.

So yesterday the high was 91 degrees, and today's high is in the 60's! It's not supposed to stay that way, but it was a good reminder that I should probably go through the kids' closets and see what we have for fall clothing.
Here are Thing 1 and Thing 2 ready to leave for my women's Bible study this morning.

I told them to act like they liked each other and this is what I get.

Then they couldn't stop giggling.

Why yes, astute reader, those would be the same shorts Derek was wearing yesterday. If that bothers you, you don't even want to know how long I go in between washing my jeans.

 (I've been overusing italics in this post but I just don't want to stop.)

 And don't ask about the rest of his outfit. I have no defense, but I think he's pretty much adorable in everything he wears.

Tiny infant baby toddlers are just like that, you know.


Brenda said...

I can't say I've ever wanted to spank other people's children, but if one of them just HAPPENS to trip on my extended leg while I'm stretching....well, I can't help that. :)

Just kidding.

Only happens in my mind.

If I don't get the fall clothes out soon this is going to happen to me too. They have nothing to put together in their drawers for fall weather at all!

Taylor said...

Love the day numbering idea! Look how far you have come! 3 days!

Olivia said...

maybe you should count DOWN to the days hes home instead of up? dunno, just a thought, that it may make it more exciting in the final days approaching his return... 10,9,8,7, 6, 5, 4.. OR is it not always 180 days, so you cant do that??

I'm Erin. said...

Taylor, you are a meanie! ;)

Olivia, you're right that it would make more sense that way, but you're also right that we really have no idea when he will get back. Too many factors that can easily change!

Anonymous said...

So, I'm trying to figure this posting thing out since I decided to follow along with you on your deployment journey. Maybe it'll let my post under "anonymous". The name actually suits me quite well. I'm the Lisa that keeps talking to you on Taylor's blog. Let me just say, you have some DARLING tiny infant baby toddlers!

Sandy said...

was that movie surf's up? we chase down mini vans on the interstate just to see who can guess the movie first that the kiddies are watching =o)

Christina said...

I like you Erin! I like everything about you...from your messy van to your kid with crazy (I mean awesome) outfits on.

Erin said...

You have such smart friends ;)

When are you planning your first big trip back to the motherland?

Anonymous said...

More pictures of you!


Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

Under the "pro" column for the rest of us is more posts.

And yes, I want to spank other people's children but I'm sure there's been more than a time or two when people wanted to spank mine too.