Thursday, October 30, 2008
Layla dressed up on Sunday as a puppy - it was our trick or treat day in Hartford. Our neighbors, Paul and Jenny, had their annual Halloween party for all the kids and parents so we took our little pup next door for the festivities. She had a great time and was ready for a good long nap afterwards. Tomorrow, we'll be taking Layla to Grandma Sherman's school for a Halloween party, so she'll be able to suit up in her pup gear all over again! Hope she's more excited than she lets on in the pic below. ;)
This face says it all... "Seriously mom? I'm sweating my butt off in this thing. I think I've been wearing it long enough, don't you? Take the flippin thing off already."And here's one of Layla's cousin, Poopsie (Meg and Poopsie came for a visit this past weekend and the four of us had a girl's weekend since our boys were all hanging out in trees). She seems to be saying pretty much the same thing to her mama, Megan. Meg dresses Poopsie up in the most fabulous outfits all the time, so you'd think she'd be used to it. But this night, Poopsie was just pissed about it.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Last night was the big night!! Layla took her first steps, and we were actually both home to see it, and, get it on video! Unfortunately, mama didn't have the camera battery charged, so we only got this shot of her and weren't able to record more. But, I will definitely charge that sucker up so we can get some more clips of her trottin' around like a drunken sailor! She was sooo proud of herself and just wanted to keep trying over and over and over!!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Recently, we received word that his unit would be deploying in March, 2009. There were many dates, schedules, etc., that played into this deployment date that left us unsure as to whether Jake would be going on this deployment in March. Shortly after hearing that his unit would be deployed, we received a "stop loss" date for Jake (in civilian's terms, a stop loss date is a date that the military assigns to a unit being deployed to snag soldiers who are nearing the end of their service into a deployment. It's their way of "minimizing loss"). The date assigned was November 21st. That's right, one day after Jake's scheduled end date with this unit. After 7 years of military b.s., I knew better than to do back flips over this one day saving grace.
Jake has been working tirelessly to get answers from his commanding officers about where his name is, what list it's on, whether he will be stop lossed, whether he'll be deploying again. What the stop loss date all came down to was when this unit was scheduled to travel overseas in March. Because so many troops are deploying in March (over 3,000), the Army has arranged for multiple travel dates. Jake's stop loss date was entirely dependant on when his unit was scheduled to fly out.
Long long long story short, yesterday we received formal Military Orders that said that any soldier who's ETS date is on or before November 26, 2008, will be allowed to ETS - translation: JAKE IS HOME. HE'S HOME TO STAY. HE'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE. HOOAH.
Thanks to EVERY last one of you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. This last year of so many unknowns has been more stressful on Jake and I than I could've ever imagined. Our approach to getting through this has always been to think positively and reassure each other that when this is all over, our lives will be so much more relaxed, calm and happy. Yesterday, after receiving the news, I felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders. I know Jake felt the same, because for the first time in a very long time, I heard his laugh. That good old Jake laugh that we all know and love.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I've been watching the presidential and vice presidential debates, and plan to do the same tonight. The debates have helped me a bit, but today I decided to take one of those online quizzes that would help me see which candidate really aligns with the issues that are most important to me. Very interesting results. The results told me that this candidate shares a 79% similarity with my beliefs! 79%! I was leaning towards this one, but now, I think I'm set (of course we'll see how the debates go tonight and going forward, and, it helps me to know that the vice presidential candidate is - in my opinion - stronger than the one I will not be voting for).
Check out this site. Helpful and interesting.
Can you guess which candidate that I'll be casting my vote for?? I have a feeling there will be a number of people in my life that will be surprised.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008