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Monday, August 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
My little Lily had her first day of Kindergarten on Thursday the 4th of August. I cannot believe that my little Lily is in big girl school! She is technically in Jr. Kindergarten because of the age cut off. In Hawaii They have Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten. They have the same curriculum and at her school they mix the classes up with jr kindergarten and kindergarten students.
I am so happy for Lily! She was super excited for her first day of school! Tyler actually got to Skype us that morning which was amazing! It was so special that even though he is thousands of miles away he got to be a part of Lily's extra special first day of Kindergarten.
I got that tingly feeling in my nose and my eyes started to get a little watery when I walked away from dropping Lily off but no meltdowns, form either of us! Lily did great! I am such a proud mama!
Friday, August 5, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
We are 3 months down and almost halfway through this deployment!! WOHOO! That is something to be very proud and happy about! We all have our days and some days go by fast and others are slow.
Now sometimes it may seem like I have a super glamorous life( haha) but just like everyone else in this world we all have our flaws.
For the most part I think we are all handling this deployment very well. I have been staying very busy with running around with the girls, meeting and hanging out with friends, park dates with my little loveys and all that the night time routine entails. Dinner time, bath time and getting ready for bed takes up a nice chunk and makes the evenings go by fast. Sometimes I am very impressed with my skills.
I have made some amazing girl friends since Tyler has deployed. I am so glad that I have such great girls who not only help keep us busy but are here to help whenever we need it. My little girls keep me very busy. I honestly don't know what I would do without them. I have said it before but they are the best deployment buddies I could of ever hoped for! They play with each other, make me and each other laugh and I am so thankful I have them to help my days go by.
Now onto some things that I don't love:
Of course missing Tyler
I yell more then I would like to sometimes.
Getting overly frustrated with silly things.
Going to the store to get just one thing with all 3 girls. (even if the girls act fine it's somewhat like a production to leave the house)
Being able to have Tyler watch the girls while I go and do things. Now if you know me you know that I don't love leaving the girls. So for the most part I only leave them if I have to. I don't find relief if I go out for a girls night with out any kids while Tyler is gone. I would much rather have dinner at home with a girl friend.
I do however find relief in going to get my hair done which I did do yesterday! Thank you to my great friend Brooke for watching the girls!(Also, Brookie is back in HI after a visit to CA and I must say it is very nice to have one of my great friends back)
Lily's random meltdowns and not listening. For example: She is so picky with her clothes already. If she doesn't want to wear what I want her to wear it's like world war 3 in this house. For the most part I am saying: " Lily take that off, you have 2 shirts over a dress, unmatching socks, 2 headbands and some silly shoes." I let her wear it around the house of course since she thinks she looks fabulous but when it's time to go out in public we have to fix the outfit up a little.
Also I think she has having a little trouble with Tyler being gone. Just a couple examples. I was brushing her long locks after bath time(which she hates anyways b/c she has a super sensitive head) and I got a tangle and she yelled at me and said "MY DADDY DOES IT BETTER THEN YOU." Or when we were headed to a birthday party at our friends house on the other side on the island, part of the highway was closed so we had to take a different route and I got lost. Lily had woken up from a random nap in the car and started crying because we weren't at the party yet. I told her that I had gotten a little lost and we would be at the party soon. She then told me that if her daddy was here he knew how to get there. Or her getting scared as VBS when they were talking about Roman soldiers and she had a complete meltdown because she forgot they were acting and it wasn't real. Also when VBS was over she was so upset telling me she would miss all of her friends and teachers.
For the most part I just think Lily is totally fine with Tyler being gone. Minus the random times she gets a little sad and tells me she misses her daddy :(. Sometimes I feel like since I am her main source to whatever she needs when Tyler is here or not I will do just fine. I think most of it is a control/pride thing on my part since at times I feel like I can do anything, especially with Tyler being deployed. I think I am finally realizing that Lily isn't so little anymore and that this deployment might effect her more than I think. Although she is little she isn't a baby or a toddler anymore. So with that being said,
They have so many wonderful resources for Military families and here is one of them. http://www.focusproject.org/
I met with them on Friday morning and will meet again next week and keep the process going!
Even though we have some not so great and crazy days, at the end of the day I have 3 beautiful little girls, a great supportive husband and a pretty dang good life! I am so incredibly happy and thankful I have them. I am so proud of all of us so far!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I seriously cannot believe that Lydia is 2! Where has the time gone! I remember the day she was born! So perfect and sleepy! She was such a tiny peanut! She was the perfect addition to our little family and such a blessing! She graced Lily and I with her presence when Tyler was in Afghanistan last deployment and she helped the time go by so fast for us! Just like before, she is totally helping the time go by fast for us! I think she is one of the best deployment buddies! That girl is always giving me laughs!
Lydia has a great personality! Lydia is so dang sweet but has a sassy side! She likes to copy, do, and play with whatever Lily is playing with! She loves her baby sissy Liv and I could not imagine our lives without her cuteness!
She has grown so much in these 2 years!
She had the best wake up call a little girl could of hope for! Tyler called at the perfect time. Right as I was walking in her room so he could wake her up her little eyes opened and Tyler was the first person to say Happy Birthday!! He even sang her happy birthday. I was so glad and happy that on her special day Tyler got to be a part of it!
We had a Monkey party for Lydia and I think it turned out pretty great! She had a blast! Thank you so much to everyone for being a part of her special day!
Seriously am so happy that I had tears in my eyes! My husband is so sweet! He makes me so incredibly happy! While the Chaplain was visiting Tyler's FOB he got the chance to say hi and make a little video of where they live.
We have watched it about 10 times in a row now! Lily keeps pressing play when it ends.
Even though it was only a few min it makes me so happy and made the girls smile so big! The girls keep saying again, again!
Lily just told me it was going to make her cry b/c she likes it so much! :( such a sweet girl!
I love that sweet husband of mine!
We love and miss him so much!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Liv is seriously such a happy baby! When I say that I really mean it! This baby smiles ALL the time. I love it and her so much! I can't believe how big she is getting! 4 months has gone by so fast! Makes me a little sad how fast all these girls are growing but makes me look forward to the months to come to watch her grow and watch the months go down until Tyler is home!
Liv is such a smiley, giggley, sweet baby! She hardly makes a peep unless she is hungry!
Every time I set her down on the ground she rolls over. Sometimes she will hang out and then she will push her little butt up in the air and try to go somewhere. I am wondering if she is going to be an early crawler like Lily was. She is probably going to want to be right in the mix with her big sissies! We will see though! She is perfect and I am one lucky momma to have such happy girls! Sure we all have our crazy days! But I think anyone has those! These girls are the most amazing girls I could of ever dreamed of! Everyone always says I must have my hands full but I remember what my friend Meredith told me. She said she read in a blog of another mom that when people would say you must have you hands full she said (along these lines. I can't remember exactly what she said) You should see how full my heart is. I really think that! My heart is full of so much love for those sweet girls and their daddy! I have 3 girls and I absolutely LOVE it!
Look at these pictures! How cute are they!? I don't know how anyone could look at these and not smile!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
This is our Daddy bouquet of pinwheels! I got this idea from a couple girls I know that did a daddy/flag garden. They have American Flags in their yard and each week that daddy is gone you take one out. Just a fun thing for the kids to do to help the time go by. Well I was wondering what I could do besides that and I thought what about pin wheels! I saw these tiny ones at Pier1 and thought of this idea and I LOVE it! I made it after Tyler had already left so the girls got to take out 3 today since it is 3 weeks down! I have to watch the girls because now they both like to blow on them to make them spin. I need to be careful they don't take out more then they need to. Either way I think it's a cute idea and I will be looking forward to watching the bouquet of pinwheels get smaller and smaller.
Countdowns and getting flat rate packages ready have become part of our weekly routine!
The two big girls have daddy dolls from before but Liv needed one too! We ordered her the smaller daddy doll and we LOVE it! They have the cutest prints for the back now and it is perfect size for her! We love our daddy dolls!
Also there is this amazing organization out here that is called Operation Kid Comfort. They make quilts and pillow cases for children who's parents are deployed. We filled out the form and emailed our pictures in but was never sure if I did it right. About a week after Tyler left I got a call from a women saying our quilts were ready and she was going to be near the Marine Corps Base. She actually ended up bringing them to our house. The women was so sweet and it was so nice that I actually got to meet one of the ladies that does this. The blankets turned out so cute and the girls love them! I think this is such an amazing thing these people do for the Military families. They do this out of the kindness of their hearts and for free. It is so amazing what people do and we are so thankful for our daddy blankets! We love our Daddy and miss him tons but this makes it a little bit easier and we are so thankful for that!
It has been 3 weeks since Tyler left for Afghanistan! YAY for 3 weeks down!
I have not blogged in forever and I just wasn't feeling the whole blog about Tyler leaving right after he left so here goes it.
Tyler left on April 29th for Afghanistan. This will be his 4th deployment in 5 years and his second time to Afghanistan. We were lucky enough to have Tyler home for 17 months before he deployed back to Afghanistan. This was the longest he has ever been home in between deployments. It beats 9 and 11 months in between deployments thats for sure! I feel really blessed that he was able to be home that long. Lots of good quality time together! We were of course so thankful he was here for little Liv's birth and for the months of her life that he missed with the bigger girls. We can now say that Tyler has experienced the newborn stage!
We were both not looking forward to him being away from us but at the same time ready for him to go so we could start the countdown. It's a weird feeling. I am sure some of you ladies know exactly what I am talking about though.
It was a sad day when Tyler left especially when Lily got upset after Tyler got on the bus. She was crying, saying she wanted her daddy. Totally pulls on your heart strings. Lily has her moments when she wants her daddy and I just have to remind her that he wants her too and that he loves and misses us very much. Lydia has been doing good. She is still little enough that she doesn't exactly get whats going on like Lily did but every once in a while she will cry and say "I YANT MY DADA!" It is mostly when I am putting her down for a nap or bed. The girls have been adjusting good which I am glad about! We all miss daddy like crazy but we are strong girls that are right here waiting for his safe return!
Here are a few pictures of deployment day #4. A big thank you to everyone who came to see Tyler off and a big thank you to Kristina for taking pictures for us!! Even though it was a sad day we wanted to capture these special moments and I really think she did that!
YAY for 3 weeks down and I can only hope that all the other weeks fly by too!