Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Wonderful Christmas



I know this post is a little bit late, but I thought I should update you all. Our Christmas was fantastic! It has been so amazing to spend time with all of our families, and even meet some of the family that we'd never met before. It's great! Friday after spending time with my grandparents, we basically crashed and went to bed. Saturday we had three Christmases. First, we celebrated with my other grandparents, then Jimmy's mom's boyfriend's family, then Jimmy's mom. Needless to say, that was a long day. On Christmas day, we spent time with my parents, then went to church and made our way to go see Jimmy's aunt, uncle, cousins, and grandparents. Later that evening we went to see his dad for a few minutes.
I'm exhausted for the weekend. Monday we went shopping with Jimmy's dad and siblings. We also got some pretty amazing pizza. If any of you are ever in Okemos, MI, go to Old Chicago. It's delicious!
Yesterday we didn't do too much. I went to the movies with one of my best friends from home. Hubby and I went to dinner with my grandparents. It's been a very busy leave.
Now, for today.... I'm about to hop into the shower, then we're heading to town. We're meeting some of our best friends for Fazoli's and movies. I'm not sure what we're seeing this afternoon, but I'm sure it will be good. Tonight I'm meeting with one of my friends to teach me how to use our new camera. We got a Cannon T2i for Christmas (LOVING IT!). After I meet with her, I'm heading to another friend to catch up. Tomorrow isn't entirely filled up yet, but I'm sure it will be.
We had a fantastic time visiting with everyone, which is by far the best part of Christmas, but I shouldn't leave out the gifts we received. We got the camera as I mentioned before, a sewing machine, Craftsman tools, a Magic Bullet, some maple syrup and pancake stuff, a super plunger (inside joke in my family), a puzzle that has taken years to finish, a quilt, some clothes, apple rings, Bath & Body Works stuff, and some gift cards. Overall, I'd say we had a pretty great Christmas.
I'm sad though, since there's a chance that Jimmy won't be here for next Christmas. We haven't gotten official orders for a deployment yet, but his unit is due sometime next year I'm sure. We'll make the best of the time we have, as we always will. Living life to the fullest is the only way to go!
Soon, I'll have a pretty important post coming out. Expect it sometime in the next two weeks. Believe me, when you read it, you'll freak. Oh, I almost forgot! I have the best dog in the world. Look at what she puts up with:)

God Bless ♥ Vi.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve!

It's Christmas Eve and we're celebrating with two families today. We celebrated with my grandparents yesterday, it was great! Today, we are celebrating with my other grandparents and with my husband's mom's boyfriend's parents. That should be pretty fun. We've got a few Christmases tomorrow as well. Hubby's dad isn't back from the road yet, so we'll be celebrating with him next week. We've also got Hubby's mom's and her sister's... Along with my parents' too. That's the biggest challenge we faced this week: finding time for all the Christmases we had to attend. Everything has gone smoothly this week.
On a sad note, my computer's battery is dying. I think that the battery got too cold on the way up to Michigan and it broke something... But I'm not quite sure. All I know is that it has been unplugged for less than half an hour and it's gone from 80% to 51%. This battery used to last about 3 or 4 hours. Now I'm lucky to get an hour out of it.
I guess I know what I'm getting with my Christmas money!
Have a happy and safe holiday season. God Bless ♥ Vi

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Feeling Good!

It's so wonderful to be home for the holidays. ♥ I'm loving being able to see all of my friends and family. It feels great to be back where my husband and I grew up. I won't lie, it was a little weird for a few days but it is much better now. It's very different not being the woman of the house.
One thing that has bothered me a little bit is my friends are ditching me at the last minute. There have been a few times now that we've had plans made for week and my friends will just come up with something else to do at the last minute, or they'll have had other the plans the whole time and are just leaving me in the cold. Just because I'm married doesn't mean I can't hang out with my friends or go to the mall or do anything I want for that matter. My husband and I have an understanding: we are only home for a few weeks so we want to see as many people as we can in that short time. Most of my friends are home for a month from college, but some of them haven't even left town to begin with. I've only got two weeks. Actually, it's less than that.
I just want to see my friends. Is that too much to ask? Even if my friends don't want to spend time with me, buck up and tell me. I've changed a bit since I moved to Georgia, yes that's true. I don't put up with liars and cheaters anymore. If you do me wrong, and you don't apologize or at least acknowledge it.... Consider yourself cut off.  I've realized that life is just too short to deal with people who don't treat you right. The world is full of people, people that will gladly treat you as you deserve to be treated.
This all being said, friends: I want to see every one of you before I leave. However, I don't have a car here. So please, call me/text me/Facebook me! Figure out a time for us to meet up. We only have until the 30th! I love and miss you all.
Happy Holidays and Gob Bless ♥ Vi.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Home Sweet Home

We made it back to Michigan safely! The trip went well too. We didn't have hardly any traffic problems except for one traffic jam in South Carolina. Without stops, the trip is supposed to take about 14.5 hours. We made it in about 16.5. I was extremely excited about that. Usually, between meals and bathroom breaks, along with stopping for gas, we add about four or five hours to the trip. Hubby and I were so excited to go home, there was no stopping us.
Now for the best part: we actually went home on Friday instead of Monday like everyone was expecting. At about 5:30am on Saturday morning, we walked into my husband's mom's house and sat on the couch. She came up stairs to see what all the noise was and freaked out when she saw us. It was great:) We surprised my parents too. My dad plows and salts some of the area parking lots. As we were coming into town to get gas before heading to my house, we saw him in ValuLand's parking lot. So we parked and I aimlessly wandered the lot until my dad saw me. We went to my parents' house after that and surprised my mom. I loved seeing all their faces.
Yesterday was quite a long day. I was in the ER for quite a few hours but everything is fine. I wasn't feeling to great after spending so much time cramped in the truck. All the travel had caught up with me, but I'm still healthy as can be.
We've got a busy week ahead of us, seeing all our families and friends before we head back at the end of the month. Today holds Christmas shopping and much needed hair cuts. We'll see how the rest of the week plays out.
Happy Holidays and God Bless ♥ Vi

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Keeping it Classy

I thought I should give an update about the whole debacle from yesterday. I'm still laughing to be honest. Long story short, one of the people who follows this blog, whom I also know in person, assumed that a comment I made in the Why I Love and Hate The Army post was directed towards her and her family. This is not the case. Everything I said in that post was based on general happenings that I have witnessed. Nothing said was a shot at someone, accusing someone, or directed towards anyone. The description of my blog is: a place for people who what to know what it's like living the life of an Army wife. I was simply informing my followers of some of the things I've seen. So, here I go... being the better person like I should be. I'm sorry for offending any of you in my update yesterday. However, I will not be taking the post down, nor will I be editing it. The issue is done now and I will make no further comments on it unless someone comes to me.

On another note, I'm done with my first semester at GSU! I'm so ecstatic to finally be finished. I'm officially a sophomore in college now. On top of that, we will be home so soon! I can't wait to take a road trip with my husband. I've been really stressed about finishing up the semester on a good note so a road trip will do me some good. It will be great to see our families again. I think the next two weeks are going to be great!

Mia and I had girl time yesterday since I only had one final and it wasn't until 5:30. We cleaned and watched movies. We also played with the web cam. That never ends well.... as you can see.
She still loves her mamma though. She's cuddling me and won't leave me alone today. She's such a good dog when she's not eating everything in sight. She's grown quite a bit since we got her. I can't believe we've had her for four months already. Time flies when you're having fun, right?
God Bless ♥ Vi

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Let Me Just Say This

This blog is my opinion. Do me a favor, look up the first amendment. Freedom of speech is my right. I can say what I want on this blog. So, now let me say this.

If you do not like what you are reading, STOP READING IT. I'm not going to sit here and apologize for offending you or your family. The things I say and write about come from my personal experience and personal views. If I feel that you did something wrong and it's bothering me, I am going to write about it as I please. I have never used names or any other form of identification to discuss who I talk about, nor do I plan to. So, if you're assuming that a post I write is about you, you've got a guilty conscience. It is not my fault that you think I'm talking about you. For all you know, I came up with the ideas for my entries out of my head, which is often the case. If you've got a problem with me or my blog, comment on it. Show some courage. Don't rant about it on your Facebook and throw a little temper tantrum. Unless you're six years old and reading this, which I doubt any of you are... then  address your problems with me to me, not the rest of the world.

For those of you who don't have a problem with what I write, please continue to follow me. I will continue to be just as opinionated and judgmental as I have been throughout this entire blog. I'm not going to change my ways because one or two people don't like how I operate.

I adore my followers. You people keep me sane. I don't know what I would do without you all. If you have any topics you would like me to cover, or have questions about my life in general, please feel free to comment on any of these posts and let me know. My life is an open book.

God Bless.  ♥ Vi.

Why I Love and Hate the Army

LOVE


I love the Army because it provides for my family. 
     The pay isn't fantastic, but it's nothing to complain about. The benefits like health care and dental are unbeatable. The post housing (though we opted out of it) is safe and secure (for the most part).

I love the Army because it gives my husband something to do that makes him happy. 
     He loves his job. Tanks are pretty much the best thing in the world to him. He loves shooting them at gunnery. In fact, he told me that he almost likes being in the field more than being at home. He's not bored in the field, I guess.

I love the Army because it protects our freedoms and lives.      This one is pretty self explanatory. Soldiers fight wars to protect our liberties that most of us take for granted.

I love the Army because it has given me a wonderful (crazy) life. 
     I probably wouldn't be married if it weren't for the Army. I probably wouldn't be at GSU with all my wonderful new friends. I definitely wouldn't be at Fort Stewart. I wouldn't have learned as much as I have about the world in general, especially not the military. Lastly, I probably wouldn't have found my true calling to military history. It fascinates me. I wouldn't have Mia, or our house, or any of the wonderful things I have. I love my life. ♥

I love the Army because it emphasizes team work. 
     When one person fails, the rest of the company is responsible for supporting him until he passes. Everything is a team effort in the Army. There isn't really a solo act that I can think of.


HATE


I hate the Army because it takes my husband away from me. 
     I am not going to rant about this though. I knew what I signed up for in marrying a soldier. They're gone a lot. Plain and simple.

I hate the Army because it doesn't communicate. 
     There have been many times that my husband was supposed to be home, say... Tuesday and didn't return until Friday. Plans change on a dime, constantly. Sometimes a deployment is right around the corner, then as soon as you've finally prepared for it, they decide that it's a few blocks away. This isn't something to complain about, except when it works the other way around.

I hate the Army because it puts up with too much crap. 
     I don't know how much I've seen happen in the Army world that would never fly in the real world. People are late to work all the time. In the real world, they'd get fired. In Army world, they get told to be on time next time. When people get DUIs, in the real world... they'd go to court and get fined big time, maybe even lose their job. In Army world, "Bad Soldier!" and extra duty for a few days... Oh no! (sarcasm...)  When people beat their kids, real world: kids are taken away and parent goes to jail. Army world: parent loses custody for a few days, then returns home and "gets help" (that doesn't really help). This is by far the thing that agitates me the most. I hate this about the military. You should know, military law takes priority over civilian law.


Well, that's the end of my list. I'm anxiously awaiting our holiday leave to go home. Less than a week! I'm so excited. I have two more finals to take this week. Then I'll be off for a month! It will be a busy month though, but it will be good to not spend two and a half hours in a car every day. I'm going to go study and pack now.
God Bless ♥ Vi

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Exhaustion

Well, it's safe to say that I'm entirely exhausted from the past three days. We haven't done anything super exciting, I just haven't been sleeping all that great. I've been napping a lot which is making it harder for me to sleep through the night. So, today: no naps. I'm dying.
Friday, hubby didn't have to work so we went to our friends' house and hung out with them for a while. I got my flu shot (no fun). Then we started cleaning and whatnot since I was so busy the week before. We went to a light parade that night too. That was quite a bit of fun. Christmas parades in the South are much different than those in the North. I felt like such a Yankee since most of these floats were pretty lame. We have high standards in the north.
That's part of Army life, I suppose: the cultural changes you're bound to witness. I see it often, between the language and traditions, the clothing, and just about everything else. It's really cool how much things change throughout our country.
Yesterday, hubby and I had a Christmas dinner with some friends since we won't be here for Christmas. It was delicious. I cooked a ham and it turned out wonderfully. I'm learning how to cook a little more each day.
Today has been a pretty lazy day. We finished up our Christmas shopping except for two more presents that we'll get when we go back to Michigan. We're so excited, we started packing today (a whole week early). I'm so ready to see my family again.
Well, I'm going to go cram for final exams this week and go to bed. God Bless ♥ Vi.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Another Week Down

I've learned that it's easiest to count things in weeks. The semester when so fast since I counted weeks instead of days. Mia has grown so much, and it's gone by so quickly. I can't believe I've been married for 5 months already.
I've got another week of college before break, (exams)... So that should be fun. Then we will be home-bound! I have some more present wrapping to do before we go home, but that shouldn't be too much of an issue. I'm just so exhausted from this week. I know that tomorrow is only Friday, but hubby doesn't have to work so it's like the weekend for me. I'm ready to go home, but at the same time I have tons to do while we are here.
I'm getting anxious to see everyone again. It will have been almost six months, which makes me a little sad. The holidays will be great though. I'm excited to see snow again, even though I hate the cold. As of now, we don't have any snow in Michigan, but a week and a half is plenty of time to get a few inches. My hubby and I are excited to see what Mia does in snow. It should be a wonderful time!
Well that's all for now. I've gotta be up early tomorrow.
God Bless ♥ Vi.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Pookie Monster

Mia has been a very bad dog today. Usually, she's an angel... Today, devil is an understatement. I get so frustrated with how she is great one day and evil the next. Every time that I trust her, she betrays me and ruins something. This morning I was irked to find all of the Christmas presents I wrapped for our families destroyed, my husband's eye-pro eaten (again), wrapping paper everywhere, and three giant piles of poop among other things. Between this late night escapade and her previous escape, I figure she's eaten about $400-500 worth of our stuff. She's so expensive.
My husband and I were thoroughly debating getting rid of her but I don't think I could do it. This dog is like a child to me. She is my baby and I know I couldn't make it through an deployment without her. So for now, we'll be keeping her in her kennel at night and watching her like a hawk.
Only two more weeks until we're headed home for Christmas! I've got final projects due this week at school and final exams next week. I'm going to be so stressed. I already am actually.
I must stay calm though. Prayers would be much appreciated for the next few weeks.
God Bless ♥ Vi

Friday, December 02, 2011

Better Days

Today has been a thousand times better than the last week. I've gotten a lot accomplished and it's only 3:30! Even though I've got about eight more pages to write for one class, a project to do for another, and studying to do for everything.... I consider the five pages I've written and the article I've found to be a success. I did a lot of cleaning this morning too. Since hubby is out in the field again, I'm staying with my friend so I haven't been home much. We did a little bit of Christmas decorating earlier this week, but I did more today. I've washed some walls, done loads of laundry (no pun intended), done dishes, and finished up some Christmas presents. I'm feeling the holiday spirit lately, it's nice.
I know I mentioned it in another post, but I feel the need to elaborate more. Last year, I was so down from only seeing my hubby for a week from July to November. I was emotionally drained to the point of exhaustion. Honestly, I spent much of the holiday season in my room sleeping or doing homework. I didn't help decorate the tree or the house, I didn't help bake Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, and I certainly didn't help tear down the decorations. This makes me sad now since it was my last Christmas at home... Even though we're going back home for Christmas this year, it will be different since my  home is 1,000 miles South of where I'll be. I'm excited to go home though! Two more weeks! The next two weeks are about to be hectic though.
Next week, I've got two presentations to do, tons of papers to turn in, and a few more tests to take before finals week. I'm not nearly prepared for all of this. Not to mention, I've got a doctor's appointment and I have to get a Christmas tree too.
The following week, finals. That's all that needs to be said about that. I'm nervous, to say the least. I don't have an exam in one of my classes, and another we've already received the prompt for. It shouldn't be too bad. I'm most concerned about my history class and my music appreciation class. Keep me in your prayers.
Today has just been great all around, except my hubby isn't home. Tomorrow he will be, so it will be even better! I can't wait to cuddle again! I should probably get back to my homework now though.
God Bless. ♥Vi