What, no TV?!

Family watching television, c. 1958
Family watching television, c. 1958 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But it’s summertime, too hot to play outside, not enough schooling to fill the entire day, AC bill has killed Mommy’s budget why on earth would you scale back the TV watching now?

Well mainly cause the Rabbi made an excellent point, when we sit in front of the TV our relationships can suffer or not grow in the first place. The kids are kids they fight, but giving them more opportunity to learn to get along should be a good thing right?

I dunno, they sound like they are killing each other right now, but some great play times happened yesterday. Board games, lego games, some coop plane building, none of which would have occurred with our typical screen time.

Day two of operation TV off commences with bite marks…sigh.

Summer’s Here

Shavua Tov!

Wow this week is already busy. We have a birthday party to attend, a family coming over to visit and study the Word, we have our regular riding lessons, voice lessons, speech, 20 hours of ABA therapy, a trip to the water park and two briefings that will lay out our move that happens sometime in July…whew! Who said Summer’s were for lying around with cold drinks in hand?!


An Amazing Vacation

During the first deployment my dh had offered to let me take me my 9 month old Joshua to California to visit my grandparents. I looked forward to the trip for months and enjoyed so much being away with my baby and seeing my grandparents. Bobby and I joked that it was my reward for surviving the deployment. So when another deployment loomed on the horizon I started talking about another trip to California, maybe alone maybe with Sarah.

As you know my grandparents both passed away during the last deployment and my husband true to form readjusted fire and declared I would visit my best friend when her baby came in the summer. So even though the decision was clouded with grief I began to greatly look forward to seeing my dear friend and her new baby…and her girls…and maybe Greg 😉 I planned my trip for the middle of June, to visit my friend when all the visits from family had died down. Shortly after making plans I found out my Mom would be visiting her friend a short distance away at the same time. Now this trip was taking on a true sense of adventure.

I was really looking forward to seeing my Mom, it has been a very long time since we have had a chance to visit and couldn’t wait to take her out to lunch and just chat. My dear friends baby had come a bit early and the family had all cleared out in time for my arrival with absolutely no children in tow, when the Army reminded me…I’m not in charge.

Are you serious, leave denied? So no visit, no seeing the baby, my friend, my mom…just one disappointed Mama. *sigh*

Date Night

English: Panamanian Night Monkey (Aotus zonali...

So the Mommy and Daddy Monkey got the night off. (Thanks ms bruhnay!) Face it moving is stressful, add in a five kids, and a dog, not to mention the Army is calling the shots and I’m in for a nervous breakdown! So the other day my husband and I may as well have been speaking Swahili and Mandarin and not at the same time…for all that we could understand each other. I missed an appointment, he ran late all day, the house wouldn’t stay clean etc etc and we end up yelling at each other…which honestly rarely happens.

When my tired warrior returns home for dinner, we both sheepishly apologize for our stupid and I lay out my plans for getting away for a few hours. My AWESOME neighbor, volunteered to watch all the monkeys and we scooted out for a night on the town. Dressed to the nines in jeans and t-shirts we stepped out to a grill and bar and had what else flame broiled meat 🙂 After a good meal with great service, my sweetheart wants to see a movie so we buzz buy to see what’s playing. Nothing we wanted to spend $17 on, so we pick up some heavenly ice cream and people watch for an hour. People watching is a shared hobby, we both like discussing clothing choices, possible relationships, and we even attempt to figure out what they are talking about…ah the joys.

On our way home we swing my Wallymart cause what romantic date is complete without a trip into the box for some essentials? lol. So we came in close to 10, feeling like we had stayed out all night. The children, little monkey angels that they are saved all their stupid for us which means ms bruhnay might once again sit for us! What’s the benefit in date night? Well if you have to ask then you haven’t had one recently. For us the benefit is to have a conversation that last more than five minutes, that is uninterrupted and doesn’t end in, “No it’s your turn to change the diaper.” It time to remember why we fell in love, why we like each other, why we keep trying so hard to make all this work. Date Night can be a moment of sanity.