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I Sure Do Miss Big Mama

10 Dec

I miss this woman trememndously. Maybe it’s because I don’t have much of a social life as I never go out (I’d much rather spend the free time with my family) and I haven’t had or used any social media websites such as Facebook in months! And to make matters worse, I don’t socialize with anyone from work on a personal level.

I could always count on getting an email from Big Mama. When I was deployed to Iraq, I would get emails and jokes and daily inspirational prayers and stuff on a daily basis, multiple times a day. As work has slowed up a little bit, it’s got me really missing her right now. I know I’ve already said that a few times and I’ve only written like three or four sentences.

She always had time and was never too busy for me.

Now that I’m preparing for another deployment, I find myself sitting here, staring at the screen… Wishing, praying… That someone would email me. Big Mama is gone, so I don’t have her to fill my void. My wife is busy, understandably so, running the family affairs back home and working and so she gets tied up and can’t email me.

So, here I sit, typing, and writing to myself on this site.

 

Lots of Updates

10 Feb

Hey all, it’s been a long time since I’ve written on here. Things have been especially hectic since we gave birth to our beautiful baby Kynlee.

For starters, as soon as she came home, Kyndell and I caught strep throat which caused Dawn and Kynlee to be locked in our bedroom for almost two weeks without being able to come out. This left me sleeping in Kyndell’s room with her. She didn’t like it too much when I moved out and went back to my room. She got pretty used to someone being in there with her, but she’s a big girl and got used to being in there by herself again, pretty quickly.

My back also went completely out just after Kynlee was born. I couldn’t hardly move, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t stand erect, it hurt to stand. It just all hurt. The pain finally subsided though and my back has been feeling pretty good until recently which I’ll touch more on when I get to that point.

Christmas was ok, nothing too exciting, we were fairly broke with Dawn being out of work and me covering all the bills. We gave the older kids cash and Kyndell got toys. Kyla spent her money on a 32″ Flat Screen TV and Christian, spent all of his money on Legos.

January was a long month for me. I had to get ready for an inspection at work, was working long hours. And then, baby Kynlee got really sick to top it off. So sick, she had to be admitted to the hospital. We spent 6 days in the hospital, Jan 22-27. There was never a diagnosis of why she was in the hospital. All the test for things like RSV, Flu, etc. came back negative. They released her on that Thursday, she still wasn’t completely better. She had a cough still but they said that would be 2-3 weeks long and would go away after that. Well for the next week and a half she seemed to be getting better. She still had her cough but that didn’t seem to be a huge issue as it sounded like it was getting better.

Then came our MCAAT inspection which was held on Feb 1-2. We knocked it out of the park. We got a 96.21% and are getting a certificate of excellence! I’m very excited about the outcome of this inspection. Being so critical of myself, it’s nice to see that I’m just being anal, instead of being really jacked up.

Well this last weekend, Kynlee’s sickness seemed to deteriorate. Saturday morning she sounded a little congested and then on Sunday, it was back to sounding like it did prior to her going into the hospital the first time. We called the doctors office first thing Monday morning and got the first appointment of the day which was right at 10 am when the doctor gets in. Dr Thompson takes a look at Kynlee and admits her back into the hospital. This time, however, we have a diagnosis. She has RSV (which is a bad flu for babies) and Bronchitis. We’ve been here since Monday, Feb 8th and it should be a 4-5 day stay.

Since Dawn was the one to stay with her day and night during the last hospital stay due to my inspection and stuff, I told her I’m staying this time. Although I did stay the night with her last time and came during lunch, I want her to get some rest and relax. She’s crazy stressed out. This comes at no small price. It’s making my back start to hurt again. It probably flared up from my MRI I had done yesterday. I hate MRI’s. My back gets so stiff that I can’t even get up off the MRI table, I have to roll off.

So anyways, that’s whats been going on here for the most part.

Till next time,
Be safe and take care!

 

Family Trip: Lights of the South

28 Nov

Tonight we headed out to Lights of the South. We gone every year for the past three years.

It’s a really neat experience. Basically, it’s a hay ride through a forest full of christmas lights. They have various charachters out there to include Dora, Hello Kitty (Kyndell’s favorite), Spiderman, Batman, etc.

This year we also did the maze. It’s fairly big. It does cost an extra $3 per person to do the maze, but the kids wanted to do it so we went for it. Kyndell led the way through the maze and we successfully found our way through. With one exception. We went in the out and out the in. lol.

And what Christmas experience would be complete without Santa Clause? Lights of the South has the most realistic looking Santa Clause ever and plays the roll great! Here is a picture of Santa & Kyndell:

So, if you’re ever in the Augusta area, head down to Grovetown and check out Lights of the South, I’m confident you won’t regret the experience.

Hours of Operation are 7 nights a week, from 6pm to 10pm, November 20th through December 30th. They are however, closed on Christmas day. One other note from experience, get there as close to if not a little before 6pm otherwise you will have a fairly long wait in line as it quickly gets packed.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

25 Nov

Today is the day to give thanks to everything that is important in your life. I am thankful for my wife, for my three beautiful children and thankful for the baby girl we have in the oven who I am excited to meet in a few short weeks.

I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and clothes to keep me warm. I might not have any money in the bank lol. But I am thankful that God seems to continue to provide for me, especially when I need it most.

Dawn has to work today, so the kids and I will be spending thanksgiving of at Chef Jesson’s house. The kids are excited. I think they’re just really hungry lol. I’m not letting them eat. Well, that’s not entirely true. They had breakfast and I finally just gave in and let them have a snack.

Well, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Make sure you don’t drink and drive. Don’t overeat and drive. Seriously lol. That damn turkey will knock you out quick!

 

If It’s Going To Rain, Don’t Forget To Look Up!

16 Nov

I recently bought a 2004 Lincoln Navigator. One of the main selling points I was looking for was a sunroof. I found plenty of viable vehicles, that had everything I wanted, except a sunroof and I just kept looking until I found the right vehicle that had everything I wanted, to include a sunroof.

I almost always have my sunroof open in one of the variations in which it opens. It’s just one of those things that I love in life. Driving down the road with the windows down and the sunroof open! The sun glistening off my bald head, which is probably a driving hazard to passer-by’s but never-the-less, I love it!

You’re probably wondering by now, what does the post title have to do with what I’ve shared so far. Or maybe you’ve even figured it out.

Last night I ran up to pick up some pizza from pizza hut. We haven’t had pizza in a while so we splurged. When I pulled up into the drive way, I made sure to shut all the windows before getting out because I knew it was going to rain all day today and tomorrow and wasn’t quite sure when it was going to start raining.

This morning, I get the kids up and ready to go to school. Everyone is ready and so we venture out to the car to get in and head to school. I key in my door code to unlock and it and open the door. When I sit down I immediately notice a bunch of water in my car and think to myself, “what the heck?”. So, I look up and what d’ya know, my darn sunroof is open and I’m getting rained on!

So, if you have a sunroof and love it as much as I love mine and it’s always open, make sure you look up if it’s going to rain so you shut your sunroof!

 

Toys for Tots Standup @ Columbia County Fair

13 Nov

Well, Christmas is nearing, so that can only mean one thing. Toys for Tots!

Wednesday night I went out and did a stand up for the Toys for Tots foundation. We do this yearly as a reserve unit. I was out there for about 5.5 hours and we raised $624 in just bills (didn’t count the change), and over 1600 toys.

It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m helping out those families that are in need.

While out there, the volunteers that put on the fair, invited us into eat with them. They had an excellent home cooked meal prepared. And when I say invited us in, I mean, they would not start eating until we came in and got our plates first. They were very hospitable and an extremely great group of people.

 

Kids are great, aren’t they?

09 Nov

I love my kids. They bring me joy and happiness to my life. Yea, they might upset me now and then, but the memories that kids bring, you can cherish for the rest of your life.

A few months ago, I got pulled over for doing 68 in a 55. The police officer walks up and lectures me about speeding with my kids in the car and asking if I would want to damage such precious cargo, I acknowledge that I screwed up and that I indeed would not want to hurt them due to something stupid like that.

He takes my license and registration and heads back to his car to run my stuff and comes back to the window. He doesn’t say anything to me, he looks at my kids and asks, “kids, should I let you dad go with a warning or give him a ticket”. I swear I started sweating profusely as I was honestly afraid of what they were going to reply with. I couldn’t even bring myself to look at them while they hesitated to answer.

You can imagine my sigh of relief when they replied to give me a warning. Luckily, he had already had my warning wrote up so even if they said give me a ticket, I think he’d of still given me the warning.

I came across a video today that reminded me of this incident and thought I’d share it with you guys as I could totally see my kids doing this to my wife or I.

 

Poker Night!

08 Nov

Went out and played some poker over at a friends house last night. I haven’t played Texas Hold ‘Em in forever, since I was in Iraq back in 2007. So it was a good time. I ended up winning the pot. Wasn’t nothing big, but still put a victory in the books for me, which, doesn’t happen too often when I play poker lol.

Worked out in the Garage for a few hours this weekend, I got a lot done! Still have a lot to do, but it’s definitely getting there. I’m going to take all the garage sale stuff to the local flea market one weekend and see if I can’t unload this stuff to fully clear out our garage. I’ve labeled this endeavour, “Operation Man Cave”. Although, the other motive is to get Dawn’s side out of the garage cleared out so she can start parking in the garage again.

 

Ugh…

17 Oct

My back is killing me. Between PT Wed and my run Thursday, and then that three hour road trip to NC yesterday, it’s put a real hurting on my back. I’ve been having to use my TENS unit like crazy. A TENS unit for those of you unaware is this marchine that has pads you stick to your back and it sends electical pulses to the muscles and makes them rapidly contract which helps alleviate the pain.

I leave tomorrow for Camp Lejeune, that’s going to be a 5-6 hour trip and not gonna help out my back much at all. But yea, going up there till Thursday for the MCAAT conference for work.

I got my Florida Concealed Firearms License so I get to wear my XD concealed through SC now vice having to put it in the glove box.

Well guess that’s all for now. Gonna hit the sack.

 

On the Road Again

15 Oct

Heading up to Charlotte this morning. We left a little over an hour ago. The I-I (Inspector-Instructor), which is the Marine Officer in charge of our unit wanted to head up there for a meet n greet basically. We have a lot of new Marines at our company and battalion has a lot of new Marines too, so we’re heading up there to get some face time.

Whelp, we just hit a traffic jam. Sitting still on I-20.

Ugh…