Life of An Airforce Wife

Want to know what I do all day....married to the airforce raising three kids and trying to keep us all healthy? I welcome your comments :)

22 September 2006

Four Things About Me

Just a little fun waste of time. Thought my readers may want to know a little bit more about me. Or maybe they don't. Here goes:

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:

2. First Union/ Wachovia Bank
3. Restaraunt Hostess
4. Cashier at Grocery Store

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:

1. Sweet Home Alabama
2. The Notebook
3. Freaky Friday
4. Bring it On (don't ask me why)

C) Four places I have lived:

1. Barksdale Afb, Louisiana
2. Shreveport, Louisiana
3. Valrico, Florida
4. Tampa, Florida

D) Four TV shows I love to watch:

1. Grey's Anatomy
2. Nip/Tuck
3. Desperate Housewives
4. General Hospital

E) Four places I have been on vacation

1. Denver, Colorado
2. Carbondale, Colorado
3. Key west, Florida
4. Stone Mountain, Georgia

F) Websites I visit daily:

4. fantasy football site

G) Four of my favorite foods:

1. Pizza
2. Salad
3. my husbands grilled chicken
4. Spaghetti w/ my homemade meatballs

H) Four places I would rather be right now:

1. Shopping anywhere
2. Anywhere back home
3. Outside relaxing
4. On a road trip

Feel free to take this and do it yourself. It can be a lot of can be!

15 September 2006

Its been a few days

- For some reason my life has became quite hectic and i haven't found the time for updates. So here I am. Making the time.

My oldest son Jordan had his first practice for flag football on Tuesday. My husband just happens to be the coach. So he decides he wants to make it a "family event" to go to his first practice. Which is fine. I want to watch him practice its just a little challenging with a two year old that doesn't sit or stand still. EVER! So I be supportive. He wanted me there for a reason obviously. I think he was nervous. Dealing with children and parents "off base" is very different than dealing with the ones on base. He has coached many youth sports before on the base. Only military kids can play so he is dealing with kids and parents all in the same situation. I think he is just nervous to be dealing outside the base. This will be a good experience for him and he will do great.

So anyways....we go to practice and get home at almost 8 o'clock when the kids are supposed to be getting into bed. So we are behind there. The kids shower and go to bed. For some reason I can't wake up to my alarm the past three days and i do not get up to excercise. I feel very guilty. I do not feel that I can afford to miss three days in a row of excercise. I need all I can get. Thursday brings another practice day. I do not go this time. I explain to him thats its pointless to go when I can't even watch so we don't. I will however be at his first game on Saturday. The big red wagon will be joining me with lots of activities to keep my little one calm. Lets just hope it works this time.

So with just this little thing happening in our lives everything seems to be getting out of order. I need to adjust my days to make the evenings go smoother on these days. I have been experimenting with my new crockpot. I need to get some more recipes to try out. This makes it easier for the evenings when we are in a rush. Its also very convenient that I don't have to do much but watch it simmer n the pot. I just do that for fun though!

So this hasbeen my week....I am going to jump back on my excercise wagon.and get organized for next week. Hopefully! I hope this weekend is unstressful and relaxing for us all.

10 September 2006

My Tribute

I am writing here to pay tribute to one of the many lives lost 5 years ago today. September 11th, 2001.

Her name was Lisa J. Raines. Age 42 from Great Falls, Virgina. She was on American Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon.

She was a senior vice president at Genzyme Corp., a biotechnology firm. She loved to travel and had just returned with her husband from a vacation in Santa Barbara, Calif. She also enjoyed decorating their house and classical music concerts.

Lisa J. Raines, one of the earliest and most prominent lobbyists for the biotechnology industry, died on Tuesday in the crash of the hijacked airplane that hit the Pentagon. She was 42 and lived in Great Falls, Va.

Ms. Raines was senior vice president for government relations at the Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, Mass. She was flying from Washington to Los Angeles aboard American Airlines Flight 77 to attend a company sales meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

Ms. Raines played a role in shaping virtually all of the laws affecting the biotechnology industry over more than a decade, including laws that strengthened patent protection and accelerated the approval of drugs by the Food and Drug Administration.

Henri A. Termeer, the chief executive of Genzyme, said that when the F.D.A. Modernization Act of 1997 was signed into law, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of of Massachusetts, gave the pen he received from President Bill Clinton to Ms. Raines for her role in pushing for the law, which streamlined the drug approval process.

Ms. Raines sometimes was at odds with people who complained that drug prices were too high. Genzyme charges more than $150,000 a year for its drug for Gaucher disease, a rare inherited disorder. But Ms. Raines always argued that the high price was necessary to encourage innovation and bring new treatments to market.

"Ninety percent of the time we were on the opposite sides, but you had to have the utmost respect for her," said Abbey Meyers, president of the National Organization for Rare Disorders, an advocacy group for people with rare diseases.

Many who knew her said Ms. Raines was persuasive, whether on Capitol Hill or around the family dinner table. "When she was convinced of something she would argue you into the ground," Ms. Meyers said. "I could imagine her on that plane," she added, referring to the hijacked airline. "She isn't the type who would have sat in her seat."

Ms. Raines is survived by her husband, Stephen Push, a former vice president for corporate communications at Genzyme; her father, Arthur Raines of Lovettsville, Va.; her mother, Marilyn Raines of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and a brother, Douglas Raines, of Wayland, Mass.

Editorial Obituary published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 13, 2001.

Lisa along with thousands of other people will never be forgotten. This day will never be forgotten. So many lost their lives. There will always be a hole in my heart for all the victims of 911. I think of them always and pray for them and their families alwyas and pray for their children who will have to relive this day for the rest of their lives.

Read more tributes at 2,996. Honoring the victims of 9/11.

07 September 2006

Oops...was that the alarm?

As you can probably tell by my title, I didn't wake up to my alarm this morning. What a total shock that was. I have been doing great at getting up at 4:45 am and getting a nice run in before the kids get up for school. its a nice thing to have already excercised and showered before they get up. Makes my day wonderful :) Well, things didn't go as planned...We all slept until 6:30 so we were all behind schedule. Even my husband who has to be at work by 6:45. So i scramble the kids out of bed, run downstairs to make cofee (got to have that) and make their breakfast. Trying to do these things with a two year old dumping out the trash, emptying the dishwasher for me and playing with the dvd player is WONDERFUL! I have to just tell myself...he is just trying to be helpful right? Also i had to prepare my husbands lunch for the day since he was running to late to make it. One more thing to scram in. We leave, i take the kids to school, they are about to get out of the car when i notice my kindergartener doesn't have his backpack.

" Jordan, where is your bookbag? Did you forget your bookbag? "

" ummm.... yeah........wahhhh......( the lip turns down ) "

" Jordan baby, its ok, mommy will go get it and bring it to school. You won't need it right away, it will all be ok. Ok? You ok?"


" okay, I love you . have a great day"

That was fun. So i go back on base, drive to my husbands job, call him to come out to the parking lot, and wait. Here he comes and my two year old spots him.

"Dada, Dada." ( in the loudest voice possible )

So we chat for a few, he plays with Peyton. Things are well...oh crap, i have to bring Jordan his bookbag.

We say our goodbyes and i am slowly making my way home. Sometimes going 25 mph sucks. I want to go faster..I do not want a ticket and have my husband explain why his wife was speeding on base. No thanks.

So i get home, put a shirt on Peyton and go change. I can't walk in the school with my pj's on. I mean i could, but i really don't want to do that to the school. So i change and here we go back out the door. Of course my two year old has to take his football and superman book with him. So it takes us 5 minutes just to get down the front steps. Sigh

The bookbag gets dropped off and we are set. So i get home and check emails and entertain my little one until 9. NAPTIME! YOGA TIME! Yes, I did yoga today. Since i didn't get a morning run in it was a must. (of course while doing yoga i find so much stuff under my couch its incredible. i just cleaned under that thing a few days ago. add one more thing to my list...clean under couch. fun. don't you just love base housing floors. ) I feel great now. Still have to get in my shower before my monster wakes up. Then to the million other things i get to do today. Laundry, cleaning, cooking, cleaning....

That is my crazy morning so far...need to get these things done. NFL starts tonight so i don't want a mad house this evening while we are starting to watch the game. Who knows though..i may go for a nice long walk to get some cardio in. The game can wait. My team isn't playing anyways....thinking out loud again. Ok, Ok. Off to shower.

05 September 2006

A Long Weekend....but I made it

Being married to the military does have its perks. As you all know Monday was Labor Day amd most people get the day off from work. Of course my husband got the day off, the kids off of school, but he also got the Friday before off making it a 4 day weekend. yeah, I know i am not the one working, but I look forward to those days when he is off.

We had a nice weekend. Spent lots of time with friends and did family stuff. Watched movies, played outside. It was great. Not to mention the good food my husband grilled. Not only does it taste incredible, i am not the one cooking it. This is awesome! I love cooking if i don't have to. I know that sounds crazy, but i love trying new recipes and baking new things, but if it comes down to our every day dinners and meal, I don't want to cook. My mind goes blank. So I am very thankful for those evenings when my husband takes over :)

It is now Tuesday and the kids are back to school. Its just me and my two year old...he is sure full of it today. We took our every Tuesday trip to the commissary. He is just so fun. Taking stuff from the cart, throwing it, Thank god he didn't get ahold of the eggs. I was smart this time and put them at the bottom! Yes, I learned my lesson. He is the sweetest little boy at times and gets loads of attention but boy when he doesn't get his way...the world knows it. Slowly I am getting better at ignoring the fits. And is it ever hard. Hopefully he grows out of this stage and soon. Atleast for my sanity!

I did manage to keep the four pounds off that i lost the last week. I am very pleased. I was sick for a few days and dropped the weight so i figured as soon as i started eating again it would be right back where it came from. But nope :) Still four pounds lighter. Hopefully next week i will have some more weight loss to report..even if its only a pound :)

I got Chilli cooking in the crock pot for dinner....yumm..its smells so good. Its not even cold out yet..but i couldnt' wait to use my new crock pot! Just like a little kid with a new toy :)

My morning walk/run was great. It started my day and i feel wonderful. Now to the millions of other things to do today...well, atleast i don't have to mop. My mop broke. DARN!