Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Well tonight is the last night of 2010 and I cant believe how fast this year has gone by. 1 year ago today I was at home, without the love of my life, because he was in Iraq. Many New Years have we spent it apart so I am savoring him being home. So much has happened in the past 12 months, in our family. Nicholas got married to Meagan and they had a baby(nicholas II), they pcsd to Ft Bliss and he is now prepping for deployment. Ashlee and Blake ended 2009 with the birth of their sweet pea, Kaydence, Blake went to recruiting school, Ashlee graduated from college and they PCSd to Tennessee. Cassidy graduated HS and moved to Az, then moved back to Tx, worked, moved in with her girlfriend, Katie and we said goodbye to her as we moved to Alaska. Tony, started a new school, met some new friends and has really grown alot, he learned how to snowboard, and made the Varsity Basketball Team. Dom and Roman traveled through Canada, saw bison, went to Disney and think Alaska is the best.. Sal and I have again PCSd, reunited, survived another deployment, Sal got promoted and I got a job that I love! All in all its been a good year and I hope 2011 is even better. I love my family and our life. I hope all of you have a safe and happy new year and that everyone stays healthy and safe and special prayers for the soldiers still downrange and our civilian friends down there as well and their families (you are in our prayers each and every day) We also send out prayers to our military families who have suffered from the devastation of the tornado at Ft Leonard Wood and may 2011 be healing for them. I challenge all of you to do something nice for someone this year, something out of the typical nice realm.. Dig deep.. Volunteer some time to a retirement home, crisis nursery, soup kitchen, red cross.. We all depend on each other on this trip called life and we all need to take care of each other.. Peace

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Feliz Navidad!

Had a super wonderful Christmas Eve and Day here in Alaska! Last night we had the Merciers over for a BIG Urzi Family tradition-Cookie decorating and homemade pizza making! Although we missed My sister and her family and Sals sister and her family, Ashlee, Blake, Kaydence, Nicholas, Meagan, Gbaby, Deuce, Cassidy and Katie and HOPEFULLY 1 day we can all be together, we still managed to have fun :) We decorated and decorated sugar cookies and I got to make our Pizza dough in my new bread maker (thank you Julie and Scott!!) we drank LOTS of vino and had some great laughs and made some great memories.. Roman and Dominic are now in love with Taylor and I think they will be sooo sad when he leaves, Roman is going to miss Kirsten-He must need a big sister fix(HINT HINT SISTERS LMAO) We went to Mass last night and watched the childrens play.. Roman kept thinking we were there to see a PLANE and wanted to know when these damn kids will be done so he can see the plane LMAO!! The young men in our house, woke us up at 0400 to open gifts-uggg, didnt they know that we-er, Santa was up until 0130 wrapping gifts and stuffing stockings??? Tony loves his customized Suns tshirt and his goodies, the little boys are IN LOVE with their bat cave.. Sal got a bar stool from Tony for his man cave and Tony gave me a stocking filled with all kinds of my fave things. It was a very nice holiday.

Remember today their are soldiers and families without getting to celebrate in the way we all have been blessed to this year. our warm thoughts go out to our brothers and sisters who are far from home this year. We send our prayers for your safe return..

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Helloo lovelies! It has been a while since I last blogged, sorry. Things have been busy with kids, work, Sal, work, kids, sal LMAO oh and Christmas. I have really got to get back on my blogging routine. Everyone is doing fine. Sal is trying to thaw out-hahahhah..Its been a wee cold, but the pretty outweighs it for me. Today is the kiddos' last day of school until the new year and im looking forward to sleeping in and having jamma days!!! Im nearly done with the Christmas shopping, with a couple exceptions, but they arent major. I need to get on the wrapping though.

Please send warm thoughts and prayers to our troops away from home and their families. Christmas is a time for family and traditions. Nobody should really apart during that time, but soldiers and their families sacrifice those wonderful things that some of us take advantage of. In honor of soldiers and their families, I challenge each of my blog readers to "pay it forward" this week before christmas. If possible for a soldier or their family, if not, then anyone in the honor of the military and their families. Cant think of something to do? I have lots of ideas:

*volunteer an hour or 2 of your time at the red cross

*donate to toys for tots

*buy an extra turkey and give it to a family of need

*volunteer some time at a soldiers retirement center or any sr center

*make a donation to one of the wonderful organizations that help military families, ie-Fisher House, wounded warrior project, etc..

Do something that lets military families and soldiers know that they are thought of and appreciated. This is to include military families helping others as well. WE as military families need to also make sure to serve our communities and give back. We are the BEST advertisement and recruiting tool there is..

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kaydence Marie

So today, our gorgeous grandaughter, Kaydence Marie, turned the BIG 1!!! Happy birthday, beautiful girl!!! She is our 2nd grandchild, but 1st grandaughter. She is so funny and precious and has a cute sense of humor. I am hoping she gives her mom a run for her money as she gets older, for PURELY payback purposes.. Ashlee wasnt an "easy" child-she just LOVED to rock the boat and see how far she could push things.. Happily she has turned out FABULUOS and now has a wonderful husband and daughter.When she was pregnant with Kaydence, she was all by herself because Blake was in Iraq, she did wonderfully though and we are just so proud of the mom and wife she has become. Kaydence is such a cute mesh of Blake and Ashlee and I know she brings them such happiness and good times.. I wish we could be together little girl, for your 1st birthday, but know that Boss and MiMi love you and are so happy you are in our lives. As you grow up you are going to meet challenges and hills, but be honest and try really hard-ask for help if and when you need it. Never be too proud to ask for assistance. Always do your best and never give up or give in. Life is hard, but your family will help to see you through. I cannot wait to see you again.. Smooches my little love..

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

checking in

doesnt Tony looked thrilled in this photo?
How is everyone doing on this Glorious Tuesday? It is Tuesday, right? Is it not a good sign that for the past 3 days it feels like a Monday??? Not in a bad way, just feels like this week wont move on and the REASON I want it to is because I get Wed, Thur, Fri and Sat off!!! Friday we go wine pouring and Saturday I have a hot date with a very fabulous man-UMM YES, im speaking of Sal, hahhahahah.. My insomnia is back-boooo! BUT last night I started back to NO TV at bedtime and I actually slept really good, not long, but good. Last night Sal and I started watching RESTREPO, heart wrenching... Sal is one to appreciate having nothing during a deployment and making do, but what they went through was beyond and I think EVERYONE should watch this documentary for several reasons..

1- to appreciate what people do VOLUNTARILY for this country(im not sure I could be sold on joining the military)

2-for soldiers to appreciate what they DO have during a deployment

3-for spouses to appreciate what they DO have during a deployment AND to not add drama into a soldiers life as much as possible when they are downrange.. I cant for the life of me imagine Sal trying to stay alive and worrying about my bitchy ways and NOT being focused on trying to stay safe and keeping his soldiers safe.. Soldiers need to know that their household 6 can handle things back home..By that, I dont mean that you should EVER keep your emotions or whats going on back home on lockdown.. I think soldiers NEED and WANT to know whats going on back home in every aspect AND need to know your feelings... But dont be overly dramatic and handle your business..

4-watching this last night made me even more appreciative of EVERYTHING that I have been given in life and to enjoy the people that are in our lives, as we dont know how long those gifts will be here.

Ill be honest, while watching that, I kept thinking to myself " Mary, thank GOD that Sal didnt have to go there" "thank God, that wasnt us" I know that is wrong and bad and I feel guilty for even having that thought, BUT im fairly sure we ALL have that "glad its not me" feeling in most situations. So, for that I feel very guilty and I am sorry.

On a lighter note, I have some more fun reasons its interesting living in Alaska.

*We plug our cars in to keep the engine blocks from breaking

*people in alaska take trips to Hawaii-ALOT

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Many Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving. Today while you are enjoying your fabulous friends, family and food-Take a moment to remember the troops who cannot be with their families on this beautiful day. Today all over the world there are husbands, wives, kids and other family members, missing a very important person at their table. Today that soldier isnt carving the turkey or watching the parade or sneaking nibbles from the kitchen. Today many soldiers are downrange helping another country figure it all out. Today a soldier is attempting to enjoy a thanksgiving meal with other wonderful people that while fabulous, is still not the ones they would prefer spending this day with.. To my fellow military spouses that are going through a deployment right now, HUGS and thanks.. I know today its hard cooking those special dishes that are the faves of your soldier, its heartbreaking to see an empty seat. Stay strong and remember its one day closer..

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Today I am making pies, making sure I am prepped for tomorrow and going to work.. The boys have had Tuesday and Wednesday off due to ice roads(if I drive my truck, am I an ice road trucker?) Today I was sitting here thinking that last year at this time, the love of my life was in Iraq. It didnt feel much like thanksgiving as I wasnt thankful, I was sad and having a pity party and then Mrs Baker came over unexpectadely with a plate of turkey day food for each of us(I had made a small dinner for me and the kids, she didnt know this) She came bearing food and hugs. She too is an Army spouse and a lovely person.. She has been an Army spouse as long as I have and just must have sensed that I was having a down day.. So, today I want my "sister wives" whose husbands or wives are downrange or unable to get home for whatever reason-to know that WE are thinking of you today and are encouraging you to enjoy this holiday and to feel the warmth from mine and Sals hearts. Much love to you all...

I am thankful for So many things. Im thankful I have a loving, kind and selfless husband who LOVES to take care of his family and works very hard taking care of us and his soldiers. Im thankful and greatful that our children and grandchildren are healthy and loved, they have brought us so much joy over the years. Im greatful to my family-not even all blood related, LOL You all know who you are . Im greatful that my sister and Sals sister and family are all doing well and happy. (we are all just happy LOL) Im thankful even to the Army for teaching me strength, appreciation and patience..

On a lighter note, I have to work today and really, I just want to stay in my pjs and bake until I cant bake anymore, LOL... Also, for all my baking friends-which breadmaker would you suggest? I am really jonesing for one!!
Also CONGRATS to the 12 MPs whose numbers came up for SGM promotions!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Did you think I fell off this island?

Haha, just been busy with life, kids, work, home, etc.. You know how it goes. I cant believe the holidays are here!! WOOHOO!!!!!! I love it! Even working retail, I still love it. So, living in Alaska is a VERY different experience-not a BAD experience, but it is a different culture and lifestyle here. Here are some of my funny tidbits of what I observe here-

*EVERYONE has staticky hair

*EVERYONE rolls up their jeans(so they dont get wet in the slush)

*Frozen snot is the norm

*Falling on the ice is the norm and nobody bats an eyelash

*Your truck sliding across the tundra doesnt cause panic, You just roll with it, LMAO

*people take their kids to school on sleds

*cold stone is still a busy place at 13 degrees

*moose dont slide on the ice

*people do really wear muklucks

*the frozen tundra doesnt stop some women from wearing hooker heels(but watching them walk is HILARIOUS

*reindeer sausage is number 1 here!!

*reminding 2 boys that santa lives just a few hours from here is FABULOUS!!

*We all wear spikes on our shoes here, BUT ME, because they are UGLY LMAO so Mary will continue to slide into buildings!

We are really having a fun time here, even Sal-who dislikes the cold thinks its beautiful. Dom thinks he is living here forever and if you tell him anything different he has a nervous breakdown.. I think HE is the 1 child out of 6 that isnt going to EVER like moving.. I have been working alot and I really do love it. I work for some really nice people

It is alot of fun living here, that is for sure. Tony has basketball tryouts next week, so lets wish him some luck!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Rules are made to attempt at keeping us safe. The military ESPECIALLY has MANY rules and regulations because its an organization that is in the business of discipline and structure.. If rules and regs are not things you like to follow, its fair to say that you shouldnt go into this "business" and MAYBE, just MAYBE you need to find another line of work.. The reason im blogging about this is because I belong to a FB page that in theory is WONDERFUL, BUT has turned into the biggest whine fest I have ever seen about 1 military post.. So, the other day a gentlman(and I use this term LOOSELY) inquired about WHY must the ARMY still require that we have a DOD(dept of defense) sticker on our POVs(privately owned vehicles) and that he had just gotten a ticket because his wasnt displayed as required(que violins, maybe even the smallest violin for extra measure). Well, many people responded, middle of the road responses until a brave soul challenged his integrity and leadership(this is a leader among the military) He responded in a polite, yet insulting manner, stating that he isnt one of those "brainwashed people" and he feels NOT displaying his sticker is thinking outside the box (he is paranoid obviously, about terrorism) He also stated we all that follow the rules can continue to advertise that we want to die by displaying the sticker properly.. So, since when do soldiers get to pick and choose which regulations they will follow? So, when my husband has a soldier that has beaten his wife or child or drove drunk and killed someone, the soldier can say, "well, I chose not to follow the regulations that I SWORE TO TAKE when I joined the Army???? Umm no, not gonna fly my friend, not going to fly.. Its leaders like this that destroy the WHOLE esprit de corps.. With that said, the military wants everyone to be free thinkers, BUT its a balance. The ONLY time you dont follow an order is when it isnt a lawful order.. Putting a sticker on your car that is about 3 inch by 3inch isnt being brainwashed or advertising to be killed, its following a rule and reg that for some reason the ARMY still chooses to use. I think people tend to get a wee bit paranoid about terrorism.. Should we be watchful and mindful of the things we do and our surroundings? Abso-freaking-lutely... BUT paranoia breeds paranoia and when we are paranoid, the terrorists win....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day and what it means to me

Yesterday for some odd reason I was really thinking of my dad alot, which was odd because it wasnt his bday or the anniversary of his death, etc.. For some reason, I just couldnt get him out of my mind and the tears began to fall. I thought about how many times he told me about going to Vietnam multiple times and how hard that war was. He watched young men and women die before his eyes, he went away from his family in joining the Army-they were a religion that didnt agree with the military let alone joining it.. He gave up football scholarships to several HUGE universities to serve his country(he volunteered and was not part of the draft) So, he was on his own! He was an orphan at 8 and raised by various family members throughout his life.. He went to Vietnam without a backyard BBQ with his friends and family-he just left. On 2 separate tours in Vietnam he was injured and was riddled with shrapnel even into the 1980's would it still be surfacing and having to be taken out of his skin.. He trudged through the jungles of vietnam, witnessing what I can only imagine was horrific things. He shared several stories with us and I just cant imagine anyone mentally survivng that-but he and so many have. The first time he came home from Vietnam, he came home via bus and was spat on as he was walking through the city, called horrific names.. He said that he TRULY didnt know about the hatred of the war the 1st time he was there, so it was quite shocking to be called the names he was called, when he thought of himself as a good American. He loved the Military, truly and deeply, he also loved this country. Unfortunately he didnt feel that this country loved him back sometimes. Eventually his heart wounds healed with the love he recieved from my mom, sister and myself and the rest of my moms family. My dad was a giant to me, such a loving father to me and Ronni. I say with pride that my father served this great nation, regardless of the politics involved. Never did I imagine myself id be part of this great corporation called the Army. I live with pride each and everyday when Sal is putting that uniform on and kissing me goodbye. He looks so proud to put his uniform on each day and im sure he doesnt know this but when he puts his dog tags around his neck, he has a look on his face as if he is in love. He puts them on so softly and gently as if they are made of delicate glass..He has left a legacy to our children. Nicholas, our son is now an MP in the Army and getting ready to deploy again. He couldnt make us more proud. Ashlee, is now an Army spouse and married to her childhood sweetheart, Blake, who was also an Army Brat and now Army recruiter and Infantryman. Can you imagine the fun we have when we are all together, listening to all their deployment stories and Sal and Nick picking on Blake for being in the "wrong" MOS, LOL.. Its magnificant! Somedays I ask God, why am I so lucky? Im not anything special. Im lucky in that I was born an American and so many MEN and WOMEN fought for the freedoms that we have. Im BEYOND greatful for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in doing what our country asked of them and never wavering.. THey do what they do and do it well. So, to all MY veterans-I love you!! To all the rest of the Veterans-we, the Urzi family, love and care about you all and are ETERNALLY greatful for the safety and pride that you give to this country..

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Parenting-Mary style

Most of you know me fairly well I think and know that my kids are my world and I cant go a day without talking about them, even when they are little punks! The other day at work a co-worker was shocked that Sal and I have 6 kids. She asked the usual questions, boys or girls? do they all have the same father? (WTF by the way, LOL) etc.. But then she asked me how Sal and I did it? I honestly stood there and thought hmm, im not really sure to be honest, LOL.. Im sure luck had something to do with it, but I also think our way of parenting helped as well. I have a few rules to my parenting and here they are;

*Im not your friend, im your mother-this means my opinion is that of a concerned parent that looks for your best interest. Im not your girl, bff, etc..

*I WILL follow through with what I say, you best believe- If I say dont touch in the store or we will leave and you dont listen, we leave... That will "learn" ya.

*The rules are NON NEGOTIABLE-no video games until the weekend, mean just that

*I will love you unconditionally-ALWAYS and forever. This doesnt mean I will always agree with what you do, but it does mean that you will always be loved.

*I expect you to behave when im not around-This means when you are out on your own, not only should you think WWJD, you should be thinking WWMD?

*If I make a mistake, I have to say sorry too-THIS is hard for me because I am a control freak, BUT I have to swallow my pride and just do it.

*I will support you in everything positive that you do-THIS means, dad and I will sacrifice all that we have to help you achieve your goal, BUT when you are parents, you must do this for your children as well..

There are more rules to my parenting, but you get the gist. Thankfully, we have only had a few challenges in parenting(they have been doozies) but nothing that as a family we couldnt get through. I think we all have to parent how it works for us and my rules dont work for everyone, but they work for us. To me, parenting is 1 of the most important things I will do in my life time. What I do now, can affect the future of 6 gifts that were entrusted to me. I do think of them as gifts(sometimes stinky, noisy, twerpy, sassy gifts, but gifts none the less..

So0, to Nicholas, Ashlee, Cassidy, Anthony, Dominic and Roman, Thanks for this journey and cant wait to see the wonderful future for all of you.. Momma and Daddy love you all

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Welcome to the world

Id like to introduce our 3rd grandchild-Nicholas Giovanni Urzi II... He was born on November 7 and weighed in at 9lbs 2ozs and 21 inches long.. He was definately born with the Urzi genes!!! Soo cute.. Congrats to our son and daughter in law- you done good! Now, get ready for sleepless nights, even after he leaves the nest.. You have been given the BEST and most miraculous gift ever. Love each other and be great parents, which I know that you will. I cant wait to meet this little guy we all call Deuce. My advice to you is be consistant in your parenting and follow through is mucho important. Let him know that even during bad times he is still loved, teach him to be a free thinker and to be kind always.. Teach him please and thank you(those go far in life) I know you will both raise him well and be great parents.. Love you both.. PS-enjoy these total control years, LOL these kiddos grow fast and before you know it, they think for themselves.. Give our new grandson a big hug and kiss from Boss and Mimi!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Alot of things this month..

in regards to recognition.. It is The OFFICIAL month of the military family and national gratitude month.. 2 wonderful things... So, to my fellow military families-past and present, I want to thank you all for being the wonderful, loving and giving people that you are. The military family is simply amazing, I see it daily military families go through and sacrifice and it is just stupendous!!! Even military families I dont agree with are amazing, LOL.. Military families go through a buffet of situations, feelings and emotions.... Here are some examples that an average military family may go through during a 4 year enlistment:

1- most likely 2 deployments

2-at least 1 mistake regarding their military pay

3-seeing their soldier for an hour or 2 out of the day

4-trying to get Dr appts in a timely fashion

5-plumbing going on the fritz

6-a family emergency

7-saying hello and welcome home to their soldier

8-explaining to 1 or more children why the soldier parent cant be there for a bday or holiday

9-meet a life long friend in another military spouse

10-realize they are stronger, braver and smarter than they give themselves credit for.

I could go on, but you get the idea. I wonder why we put ourselves through this... Oh yeah, I know why-because we are in love with a soldier and we do what we have to do to keep it all together. We do it to make that soldier proud and for them to succeed in this. We also provide comfort for that soldier when that soldier has had a horrible day and just cant seem to do it anymore. Military families are some of the strongest people I know. I have to give a shout out to our children.. Nicholas, Ashlee, Cassidy, Anthony, Dominic and Roman, THANK YOU for providing us humor and reason for the push to succeed.. Just looking at you 6 makes us want to always strive to do better. We have dragged you to Virginia, Germany-TWICE, Italy, Georgia, Texas-TWICE, Missouri and now Alaska. You have had to change schools and meet new friends at the drop of a hat and you all make it seem so flawless and okay. I cant imagine what it is to move in the middle of highschool to another place across the world and jump right in with a good attitude and do what needs to be done.. They say that an NCO is the backbone of the army and the spouse is its heart, well you kids are the backbone and soul of this family and we couldnt be more proud of you all. You have had to say goodbye to your dad MANY times for deployments, ftx's, schools, training-but you did it with a smile and a hug and that kept daddy going.. I know it was hard to not have him home for Bdays, Christmas' easters, big sport events, school plays, etc.. But NEVER did you complain-EVER.. You really keep this military family going. I also must thank you all for being just good kids-NOT PERFECT, but good. You made my job 100 times easier, with a few exceptions LMAO.. We honestly just couldnt have gone on with this life we chose if you all hadnt been so wonderful. So, daddy and I want you to know we love you and thank you..PS-daddy's new retirement date is 2018 LMAO.. So much for 20 years..

To Sal, thanks for the ride of my life. We wouldnt be a military family without you, LOL.. I dont know how you do it sometimes and still manage to be sane.. Thank you for making me learn about the military and keeping me informed. You are a soldiers soldier and when soldiers tell me how much they admire you and look up to you, it makes me want to burst with pride!! You rock!!! THank you also for keeping me in Vera Bradly, jk!

I guess that also covered what im most greatful for as well, LOL..

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Oh so long ago..

Nearly 22 years ago there was this boy who had just gotten married to this girl, they were preparing for their 1st of what would be many precious babies. Boy left for basic training with many hopes and dreams and to take care of girl and baby. He flew ALL the way to Alabama for what would seem like eternity, but in reality was for 16 weeks. Boy worked hard and push- upped his way through training and learned how to be a soldier-girl missed him, alot.. Yeah, this is the story of us. Yesterday Sal was pinned his E8 and SOOO many memories flooded my brain while they were making speeches about him. I remember the day he left for basic training, we had only been married a week and he would be gone for our first childs birth. I was so sad for days when he left, I think I cried an ocean of tears.. I didnt want him to be gone, or to miss out on our pregnancy.. I learned quickly that me doing things on my own would definately be a normal way of life. So, Sal and I originally had said only 1 enlistment, then get out, get on with the highway patrol and move into a cabin in Flagstaff.. HAHAHAHHAHAH jokes on us, that never happened, LOL.. I remember arriving at our first duty station where Sal was the LOWEST ranking person on the ENTIRE post.. He was an E1 the day he arrived and the next day they promoted him to E2. We of course learned alot of things the hard way in every aspect of our lives, but we stuck it out. Many times we had no money, or very little of it, but we made do and just enjoyed our baby and each other and had to depend on each other for everything. Im not sure why we didnt end up getting out after the 1st enlistment was over in 1993, but im glad we didnt. We have had such an amazing time and have been able to be part of something wonderful. Sure, there have been bumps along the road whether that was with the military or our own lives, but I really cant imagine life any other way. The people that we have met over the years, the wonderful places we have been able to live at and the many experiences we have had. So, as I was putting Sals new rank on him, I litterly looked at him and remembered what he looked like when he was an 18 year old E1, he had a sparkle in his eye and loved the Army and what he does and loves being a soldier, he had the SAME look in his eye yesterday. The passion is still there for the Army and TAKING care of soldiers and being a soldier and living the life with integrity, honor, duty and loyalty.. Now I know why he never wanted to get out, he still is in love with this. So Sal, I wanted to let you know that I adore you and love you and am BEYOND proud of the man you have become. You take such wonderful care of OUR family and of OUR military family, you live what you teach and I know you can look in the mirror and be proud of yourself.. I love you honey and thanks for showing me the world, like you promised me 22 years ago...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Oy vay!

We have YET another driver in the house!! Congrats to our baby boy, Tony!!! Today he earned his learners permit. He is A LITTLE late in doing this but he has it now and that is all that matters!!! You should have seen him taking the test, he looked as if he were playing in the NBA finals and that his shot would be the winning or losing for the team.. But he did it!! He drove home and had to drive the freeway.. NOW to some of you, this may not be a big deal BUT in this house Nicholas, Ashlee and Cassidy have ALL had to earn their freeway driving privilege, by that I mean I would only let them drive on our street for about 2-3 weeks, then an area in Missouri near a school that had nearly EVERY kind of traffic sign, an area to park, too parallel park, pedestrian crossings, etc.. Only after MANY hours of driving were they allowed to enter the freeway, BUT here in Alaska its a bit different as you HAVE to drive on the highways to go ANYWHERE, so I'm sure his siblings will be a bit ticked in this, LMAO.. But I'm sure they will get over it!!!!! Friday, Sal gets promoted-yayy!!! Life is good here in Alaska!

Monday, October 25, 2010

You can do it!!

This is my cheer for military spouses everywhere!!! I am noticing soo many complaints about things and it really saddens me and irritates me. Lets break it down, shall we?

*Housing- it isnt a perfect organization, BUT it cant be that bad, otherwise people wouldnt be pining to get on the list... NONE of us are better than anyone else, we all have been at the bottom of the housing list and have had to live elsewhere until we hit our number. No scheming, lying or telling small fibs will get your number higher. Living off post isnt bad and neither is living on post. It just is what it is.. If you have to live off post and your BAH isnt fabulous, you may have to do alot of leg work and research. Remember to ALWAYS have housing or JAG look over your lease to make sure it is serving and protecting you.

Okay, so Ill discuss other issues later, LOL.. So guess what we are supposed to be getting??? SNOW!!! I worked all weekend and am now catching up on deep cleaning.. THANK GOD SAL helps around the house because my small amount of deep cleaning could be HORRIFIC if he werent so FANTABULOUS!!! Speaking of him, he bought me a cross pistol charm for my bracelet*SMOOOCHES* I loves him. I really cannot describe what a guy I am married to. Sal is just super and makes me happy. I dont know how he works as hard as he does and still manages to be a happy person when he gets home and just wants to spend his time with us, whatever it may be. This weekend I was able to sleep in BOTH days AND got breakfast in bed BOTH days WOOHOO!!! Sal and the little boys played in the leaves this weekend and it was cute and surprise, surprise-I took some pics. Work is ehh.. LOTS of fun, There is only 1 douche who I work with that may need to be slapped at some point, LOL.. Okay, have to get back to cleaning and mopping-can I get a WOOHOO? LMAO.. Love to you all

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Today I started out feeling accomplished.. And then I got out of bed LMAO.. Today is my day off, so I decided that Roman and I would run some errands. FYI for peeps coming here to JBER ALaska-NOTHING Is open before 10am.. Seriously.. I went to the post office and they were not open until 10 am and closed from 1-230 for lunch.. REALLY? Then went to the credit union to open an account, you got it!! they dont open until 10, so Roman and I walked around the px and putzed around a bit, then went to the bank and then the post office and now home making some chicken and dumplings. I also emptied out my FB friends list and only left those that I truly care about. SO many times we get friend requests by people we dont truly know and automatically friend them.. I do it because I get alot of messages from spouses with questions, but I shall henceforth be more selective unfortunately. The weather is getting colder and colder with each day, it makes you feel alive when you walk out the door in the morning. Today I saw such a touching nature moment. I was driving my the fire station and saw a cow moose in the middle of the road and her baby was still on the grass eating.. She stood strong and didnt move out of that road until that baby was by her side, moms are moms whether we are humans or moose :) we love our bebe's

Monday, October 18, 2010

Guten Morgen!

Whew, I didnt realize it had been so long since I had blogged.. I started working at Toys R Us and LOVE it.. The people are really nice and I already got a promotion, LOL.. So, Alaska is hitting the winter and we should get snow ANY MOMENT... This weekend I thought it was going to snow, but sadly it did not! BOOO... Sal is starting back at college next week, Tony started Open gym and bball tryouts are in Nov.. Im HAPPY and THRILLED to say he pulled up his English grade!!!! He is actually very proud of his hard work.. The little guys are good, we cut all their hair off, BECAUSE they asked, which is what we agreed on.. If they should want it long again, im game :) Doms turned out good but Romans looks like my mom cut it, yuck.. Ill fix it tomorrow on my off day, along with everything else.. Sal is good, he has his new office and its now all settled and he is off and running. I know I have mentioned this, but I HATE HATE HATE being the only girl left in this house.. Boys are ICKY.. I love them, but they are icky.. I have come to think that even if the toilet is the size of a swimming pool, 2 little boys will still miss it!!! UGG!!!!!But they do provide me alot of comedy. I cant believe the holidays are upon us. Is everyone else NOT nearly as ready as they should be? Also im in the market for a bread machine.. Any recomendations?

Our weekend started on Friday with dinner at Cattlemans(black angus) with Julie and Scott, which was very nice-with the exception of my blackberry gingerale-ICKY!! In other family news, my sister got a job at a bank, WOOOHOO for her!! Ick news is my brother in law, Troy, was in a car accident and now their truck is totalled, boooo.. But he is OKAY, which is what matters. Nick is in his new unit and is a team leader, his and Meagans baby is due any moment :) Their son, Dominic Giovanni is doing well and growing like a weed! Ashlee and Blake are dandy. He is enjoying recruiting and Ashlee is SOOO close to graduating and kaydence is now walking and tormenting her mother(MUHAHHAHAHAH) Cass is good and prepping for her placement test for college :) Hope everyone is doing well

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Good gravy people!!

I have decided that there are just people out there in the world who LOVE LOVE LOVE drama!! Im going to give some military spouse advice....

1-if your eyeballs arent calibrated, how can you POSSIBLY know that an MP is speeding.. Also do you know that the MP isnt going on a call and for some reason isnt running lights and sirens? YES, your direct tv person is well aware of the rules on post, as im sure they come on and off that installation daily!!!

2-Dont wait until noon to call into the central appts line.. Call at 0645 if you want a same day appt.. I seriously have been stationed at Ft Bliss for 5, count them 5 years, 2 of those very recently and I have NEVER had a problem with getting ANY appts nor has ANYONE been rude to me on the phone. WHAT I THINK, is that maybe YOU are throwing these people attitude and getting it right back-is that right on their part? no, BUT they have a job where they have ZERO control over how many appts they have, that is given out by the clinics...

3-handle your business! Is it neccessary to complain on FB about something that YOU can fix yourself? BE PROACTIVE.. If you see something wrong and you dont feel the MPs are doing what YOU think they should be doing, then contact the station commander, with dates, times and names

4-The military wants us as spouses to be self sufficiant, that means that we sometimes have to figure things out and do what we need to do, it DOESNT mean to bitch and complain about every stinking thing on your post....Volunteer-be part of the solution, not the problem.. I have lately seen the oddest complaints on websites and im just shocked at some of these military spouses, they are acting like children.. WE ARENT children, we are grown men and women and SHOULD be able to figure MOST things out.

5-The ONLY way you will meet people is to get out and do it.. Volunteer, get involved.. This doesnt mean you have to volunteer on post, you can volunteer anywhere in your military or civilian community...

6-Realize living on post is the same as living off post, you will have neighbors that you like and dont like. THis doesnt mean that you have to be BFF or enemies with each other.. I can be friendly with my neighbors but not nosey or meddling.. I know that at times, people will have parties, or have loud moments.. I adjust, if its something that is happening daily, then YES speak to someone, if its here and there then be patient.. If YOU are throwing a party, speak with your neighbors to let them know that people will be arriving at such and such a time and what time the party will be over. Explain to your guests where they can park and where they cant, if you have a guest that is being a little "difficult" ask them in a kind way to tone it down a little and go back to enjoying the festivities....

Friday, October 8, 2010

17 years ago today

At 1149am in Phoenix Arizona I met a little man who would bring more love and tons of laughter to my life.. Anthony Giancarl Urzi.. He was 8lbs 11ozs and 19 inches long and a tiny bit of dark hair and gorgeous olive skin.. I had returned to Arizona from Germany to have him, because of the due date and sal's PCS time.. so my sister was in the delivery room with me. She was in high school and I thought it wuold be a great form of BC LOL... My labor with him was relatively easy, no drugs and about a 5 hour labor. He was (and still is) one of the most handsome guys I know. Tony was a very easy baby, but became a very difficult toddler and little guy.. WHEW he wore me out somedays, BUT he has turned into a fabuluos young men! Tony is the Adam Sandler of our family. Everyday something hilarious comes out of his mouth!! He is a very strong and silent type at times and ALWAYS honest.. Anthony is GREAT at so many things. He is a fabulous baseball, basketball and wrestler. He eats AMAZINGLY healthy and lives at the gym, which I will take anyday over a bratty kid that is running the streets.. Today Anthony, we celebrate your special day and it has been a wonderful experience seeing you grow. I know you will follow your dreams and be a success at ANYTHING you do, whether it be in the NBA or as a police officer.. Thank you for keeping us smiling.. KISSES my son, kisses..

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hola Amigos!

Did you think I fell off the earth? Nah-I have been a little sick and just trying to sleep it off and keep the family running, LOL.. I feel MUCH better today though, thank goodness.

Im watching THE VIEW and their hot topic is about the case of the father of a soldier suing that wackadoo church for protesting his sons funeral. He won the case and then it was overturned.. I just dont get HOW in the world these people sleep at night, protesting such a thing. All this man wanted to do was mourn the death of his brave son and these people(and I use that term loosly) took away from that. I refuse to name the church on my blog, because they already get enough notariaty, BUT they SHOULD be ashamed of themselves for what they do. They should refocus on their teachings and beliefs and try and become BETTER people, not worse. Soldiers families go through enough stress during the time of a loss, they dont need that nonsense to deal with or see..*off soapbox*

So, I start my cashier/customer service training today, should be fun. Its only 4 hours so that isnt too bad. We are all doing okay, just keeping busy and WARM!! Its getting cold here..I keep hearing that this is supposed to be a bad winter, BUT bad winter definition depends on who you are talking to around here, LOL.. It means its going to be SUPER COLD and not a lot of snow, or A DUMP of snow and cold enough, LOL.. SHHH, dont tell Sal its going to be a bad winter-haha.. We arent sure we have an FRG yet, LOL still waiting on that news.. I did hear back from my ICE comment on the youth services and ODDLY they now have soccer for 4 year olds AND they said because Dominic and Roman have "experience" in gymnastics, they will put them in the next class up that doesnt have a waiting list.. I love ICE comments.. I dislike bad customer service and YES even in military facilities we as military families are entitled to good customer service.. I know alot of people just accept it because they dont realize that there can be something done in these situations.. Always handle these people with kindness though, so you dont get accused of giving the attitude or being classless. *military spouses-there is your tip of the day, LOL*


Thursday, September 30, 2010

my top 10

My top 10 things I like and Dislike about Alaska-

Top 10 things I like:

1-my bff'erella is here

2-the beauty that I see daily

3-the history of Alaska

4-the seafood

5-the smells of fall

6-the hiking trails

7-the casual attire(jeans and sweaters are the uniform here, LOL)

8-the snow

9-wildlife(as long as they arent attacking me)


10 things I dont like:

1-the feeling that you are on an island and cant get off(I cant explain it, but you feel that way)

2-the price of fuel

3-the high homeless'ness(its beyond sad here)

4-the cost of milk at the commissary(4.57)

5-SOME of the attitudes that some employees here on post have.. Im seriously shocked

6-that we are not just a days drive from the kids and grandkids

7-that Cassidy isnt here with us(pleasssssssssssssssse come home Cassidy, LOL)

8-that Sal isnt overly thrilled with his new assignment(BUT there is hope, always hope)

9-that we have gone to only 1 car-not fun

10-that my sister isnt here to enjoy Alaska with me and Julie

These things are in no particular order.. I had to REALLY reach for the negatives, but everywhere has a "needs an improvement" area :) They will be things I can overcome.. Ill either kill them with kindness or give them the whats what.. LOL As with Sals job, well he typically gets that way at any installation and then just falls in love with it and has a hard time leaving, LOL.. I think he is just a bitter betty because he doesnt like the temp to go below 79, LMAO!! All in all, Alaska is very nice and we do really like it. The people of the area are FABULOUSLY nice-expect the douche that works in the Nordstroms shoe dept.. He sucks eggs. I must also add that ANOTHER thing to love about here, is the fact that I can wear my cute and fun socks, DAILY!! How fabulous is that?? Still no word on whether or not we have an FRG, or what have you-Sal just forgets to inquire as he is busy with mundane stuff like finding out what he is really doing here LMAO.. BORE, BORE, BORE-ME, ME,ME hahahha.. Tomorrow Julie and I are going to go pour and bottle wine that she made a few months ago!! Im looking forward to that-alot!! I cant remember what flavor it is, but after I drink it all, ill let you know. My sister arrived safely in Scottsbluff, Ne.. They are happy for this new adventure!! I have an interview today with Toys r us in their Customer service Dept.. Not sure im going to take it.. I applied not thinking they would call me the next day LMAO.. I need to get another car first.. They are supposed to come and paint our garage today.. Okay guys and gals, enjoy the day!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

fall weather

Fall weather is my favorite and I am getting it in HUGE doses living here in Alaska. That crisp air, the smells-all wonderful... Today I made homeade chicken soup and now the house is filled with delicious smells and warmth. We are all doing well, Tony I think, has strep throat again.. poor kid. He has NEVER been sick and then in the last 3-4 months strep, strep, strep!! He is home sleeping today. Roman and I went to the commissary for some organic veggies for the soup, didnt see any organic chickens BUT found some that are hormone free, so that is okay. Today my sister, Ronni, and her family are making a big move in life. They are leaving Alabama and heading to Nebraska! They wanted a change and something new. I wish them well in this adventure and I think they are going to love their new home. Nick is enroute to Ft Bliss and stopped in Tennessee to see Ashlee, Blake and Kaydence, so that was nice. Its hard being a military family in these situations. It will be a RARE occasion that we have all 6 kids together under one roof, which makes me soo sad.. Sometimes I think it would be nice to be a "regular" person and live in one town our whole life and get to see our kids and grandkids whenever we want, BUT our life has been great and I really cannot complain too much. We have seen and experienced such wonderful things and we did it together as a team. Those memories will be with us forever. Im ever so proud of Nick and Ashlee for following the military tradition in this family, its a hard knock life, but they are doing an amazing job and we are so proud. When Cassidy graduated HS and went to Az, there were a couple times she was "homesick" and I dont mean just for us, for this way of life. When Cassidy had days like that she drove to Luke AFB and would go to the px and commissary. She said it made her feel at home to be around military and military families.. AWWW, my poor baby girl, LOL. Tony really doesnt want to be in the military-which is fine with us. After college he wants to be a police officer. Really, im proud of our children as long as they are all good and decent human beings. So, today while I am making our dinner meal (which is something our kids always love to eat) it makes me think of them and eventhough it puts a tear in my eye to miss the 3 that are on their own, it also makes me proud of who they have become.. I love you Nicholas, Ashlee and Cassidy-We miss you all soooooo much but are very proud of you.. Love, mama!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A beautiful Day!!

WOW, no words can describe the beauty we saw today.. Stunning is what it was. Sal and I and the 2 little boys went with Scott and Julie to the Eagle River Trail/Nature Center for a hike.. We hiked for 4 hours and climbed some rocks, knocked over some dead trees, played in the river, watched salmon swim upstream and just enjoyed what Alaska has to offer. Scott and Julie are our dear friends/family.. Its nice have friends that are such a great match.. Sal and Scott are alot alike and Julie and I, well I think she is me and Ronni's missing link, LOL.. We have been friends for years but its been 2 years since we lived near each other.. Scott is VERY outdoorsy and Sal is getting back into being outdoorsy.. Sadly other than Missouri we havnt lived at a place that Sal was able to do alot of hunting and fishing, so he and Scott will be exploring while we are all here. The kids love Scott and Julie, as if they are family-which is ALWAYS nice!! So we have our family here and its nice to go on adventures like today.. Scott taught the little boys about moose and bear poop that we found along the hike, taught them about birch trees, pine trees, salmon swimming upstream and how to make a teeter totter out of a big log and all the "boys" were throwing rocks into the creeks and having a great time. Im sure my body will hate me tomorrow as I already feel my thighs burning up.. LOL THANKFULLY we didnt see any bear, BUT we did find alot of their poop, LMAO.. The sound of the river was so relaxing, I didnt want to leave that area.. After we got back to the trucks we went to dinner and Piccolinos Italian and Greek eatery.. I had a gyro and salad and it was DELISH! I must have burned a trillion calories today, or close to it, LOL.. All in all, it was a wonderful day.. Thank you Julie and Scott!

PS, little Nic(scott and julies son) and our son Tony, didnt venture out with us, but they have both been on that hike before :) Didnt want anyone to think we left the big boys out.. They had gone out and stayed out all night the night before and just wanted to zone out today.. :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Okay, okay

Yes, ive been neglecting my blog, but with good reason. I have really just been trying to get the house all exactly how we love it, LOL perfecting chaos is a very hard job, you know. So, im now a member of our PTA and they may not know what hit them when I start offering advice and suggestions.. They are relatively young and havnt done this before and im old and should have PTSA/PTA stamped over my forehead, LOL.. Im a pro at organized chaos but unorganized chaos? Well that makes me want to curl up in a corner and eat crayons.. Seriously.. So, we shall see.. I do find it HILARIOUS that our school has an ice rink.. Only in Alaska!! I am curious as to why PTA is funding the zamboni and maintenance of it, when the COMMUNITY uses it in the evening.. HMMM, Im sure they will eventually NOT want me to come to PTA meetings, LOL And WHY are we funding the PE program?? Well, not the full program but it has specific funding on our budget.. And why do parents complain yet dont help the problem??? I dont ever understand that one!! So we are all doing well, the temps are dropping DAILY... The afternoons are simply beautiful-usually in the mid to high 60's and we have had alot of sunshine but OMG the mornings!!! Today was 37, IN THE SUN!! A little nippy, but wonderful.. That cold air makes you feel alive, unless your Sal, then you are a big cry baby.. We have to get another car, BOOO.. I hate spending money on that stuff, LOL.. But Tony is getting his permit this month and eventhough Sal litterly works in our backyard, he will sometimes need the truck/car, whatever.. So add that to another financial goal for us, LOL.. Cass has and pays for the jeep, which Sal misses (he misses Cassidy too!) A friend has asked me write an article online about mentorship and the military spouse. Im very excited about that because I think mentorship is UBER important and I want new spouses to know that people do care in how they turn out.. Sometimes as a spouse of a soldier, it is expected that we know everything and if we dont, then we just smile and nod that we do.. The kids are all adjusting well.. Every now and then Dom has a teary eye at school, but I think because he hasnt found his niche yet with his peers, although all the kids think he is great and get so excited when he shows up, he is just a person that has to really figure you out, LOL.. Roman, well he is who he is and very adorable and its been fun to have him all to myself.. Ive never had that all day with him, so im savoring it.. Sal, oh poooooor man.. Let me tell ya. I did have a mental breakdown earlier this week because NORMALLY Sal is a very positive person and will ALWAYS see the good in situations.. Well our Army Post and the AF base is joining and becoming one and being led by the AF and Sal isnt overly thrilled about that, because it seems as though the AF is really just throwing some bones to them.. Im sure it wont be that way once this place gets going on the Joint Basing, BUT for now he is the ONLY Army Soldier assigned to an AF squadron, so that is a bit of a task for him, to NOT have soldiers... So, we shall see, we shall see...

Tonight im excited.. Its couples night out for Sal, me, Scott and Julie!!! We are going to Glacier Brew house for DINNA, no I didnt spell that wrong, its how Scott says it.. he is from Maine :) I want an accent like his and Julies.. Its wicked cute!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Again, I must defend "my world"

Yes, today there was a shooting on post at Ft Bliss.. Tragic, senseless and horrifying.. BUT crime happens EVERYWHERE, even on a military installation.. If you think it doesnt or shouldnt, then maybe you should rethink the military way of life.. We are ALL human and some people whether they are military or civilian are going to commit crimes.. Crime happens Everywhere and DAILY.. You are still safer on a military installation, than just about anywhere else.. Im calling that this was a domestic situation that was dragged out into the open, which is what happened with the shooting over a year ago at the PX and the shooting of a highschool student right before that, that was a random act of horrible crime. If you are ever privy to an MP station in a 24 hour period of time you would be shocked at what goes on, at any given time.. Today its obvious that the MPs handled it great and maybe saved more lives, because who knows what could have happened had the shooter gotten away.. "we" cant get paranoid and think that we are overly safe on post and that soldiers and family members wont screw up and commit these horrible acts.. But they do. You have to always use common sense in your personal safety..

My next issue is complaints about the FRG-FAMILY READINESS GROUP!! There will NEVER be a perfect FRG and they are ONLY as good as you make them.. I dont go into a leadership position thinking I will "show them how its done right" I go in thinking hmm, id like to hear what THEY expect from me, and let them know what I expect and talk about goals and what an FRG is and what one isnt.. You dont have to be part of the FRG and we have all been burned at some point.. But where you burned by a person or by the FRG? Sometimes there are crappy people, most people are good and want to mentor or help out a spouse.. if you had a bad experience, dont let it stop you from being part of another FRG.. I think spouses are forgetting that WE, as in FRGs, soldiers, civlians, military installations, arent perfect.. They are lead by human beings and we are all guilty of having shortcomings at times.. For instance... This last deployment I was a co-leader to my friend Kristin, we made MANY many plans and had alot of great things for our families in the unit, BUT we cant force you to give us correct information, we just cant.. So, if they werent contacted about things due to lack of correct information-guess whose fault that is?? Not mine, Not Kristins)eventhough we definately got the blame) it was YOURS(meaning spouses) Again its about being human.. Im not a mind reader, although my kids might argue that, LOL I cannot know you are having issues with anything during a deployment if you dont let me know. I cant help you solve the problem if I dont know, I dont know you had baby, if you didnt let anyone know you were pregnant. I also think if I had an issue with each FRG over the past 21 years, I would start looking in the mirror to see if maybe I am part of the problem.. Not to say there arent crappy people and less than stellar FRGs, but its rare, honestly..

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Okay, Boxes came in...

And boxes go out!!! Our movers dropped our stuff on Wednesday and we are now on our 3rd day of the "3rd day rule" imposed on our family by the "boss", 20 years ago... We have about 11 boxes left to unpack. 7 of those are in our bedroom and 1 better be my VERA bags!! im just sayin'. We have the living and dining room all done and it looks great.. Ill take pics when I can find my camera.. The basement has had carpet put in and is now the boys winter playground/wii place, their playroom is done and their room is about 98%complete, Tonys room is also at 98%, kitchen-done!! This afternoon im taking time off for good behavior and doing some shopping.. Need more twinkle lights for my trees in my dining room, need some pepper berries for some accent pieces and POSSIBLY the most perfect area rug I can find and some kind of coffee table or ottoman for everyones feet, LMAO.

Our movers we very good as were our packers in El Paso.. The ONLY complaints I have about this move is that our El Paso packers, I think were confused after they sealed up boxes and labeled them cups when they were hats, kitchen when it was linen closet, LMAO no harm no foul though. NOTHING was broken or even scratched, NADA!!! *tip to those that will pcs soon, be upfront with how you want things packed, they generally will do it without issue... * BUT, do it with kindness-no diva-ish'ness..

Kids are all good(ill go in order to update everyone LMAO)

Nick and Meagan- they leave Md on Sunday for Ft Bliss and are very happy to have gotten the hell out of FLW!!!

Ashlee and Blake-they arrived in Knoxville 2 days ago and they met with his 1sg and other recruiters and said they are nice. They found an old farmhouse 20 min from the station, with horses and 17 acres

Cassidy-has her job back at bk on biggs and is living with her friends and enjoying life-starting school soon!!

Anthony-doing better in English, living at the gym(as usual) thankfully its litterly across the street

Dom and Rome are enjoying their alaska(that is what they call it) and cant wait for the snow *add boots, gloves and hats to my shopping list*

Sal-hahahhaha, he isnt quite sure about his new job.. Right now he is the new DES SGM, BUT in October when the AF base and Army post here become joint his title will be Provost something/liason to the AF for law enforcement and in charge of the MP station. Its very confusing and he will have to wear a few hats and has been to several meetings and thinks the AF doesnt run it right LMAO.. He is assigned to an AF squadron, and is the ONLY Army person in that squadron, so its bad enough that MPs are the red headed step children of the Army-NOW who knows what we are LMAO.. I will keep my chin up and hope for an FRG or whatever its called in the AF and be thankful that I wont be the leader, just the follower and no stress... HAHAHAH... Ill be volunteering with another FRG here in october for a function and im looking forward to that. Preschool at CDC has a waiting list-OF COURSE IT DOES.. All skies classes here have a waiting list, nice right? So im hunting town tumbling/gynastics gyms off post. I am enrolling the boys in a pee wee cooking class called "mini chefs" NO waiting list for that one!! Roman especially loves to be in the kitchen and cook-watch for him on food network one day. okay, rambled enough. Just wanted to check in and let everyone know that I am happy as are the rest of the Urzi clan..

On a more somber note- today would have been our nephew, Daniels, 22nd birthday.. We miss him daily...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We have internet!!

We have cable, phone AND internet!! And drum roll...................Tomorrow, we have household goods!! Lets take a moment and pray everything arrives in the amount of pieces it is supposed to have LMAO... Dom is in school now and Roman has a waiting list for preschool on post, fun.. I know! So, I may be looking elsewhere for him to get educated, LOL.. Sal had his 1st official week of work and umm, interesting is all I have to say.. He is going to have a huge undertaking (the Af here and the Army are combining) and NOBODY really knows whats going on, BUT PS, the combining of this place happens in less than 2 weeks!! LOL BUT, they selected the right man for the job, as Sal can make prime rib out of hamburger helper and do it without breaking a sweat. Im proud of him, he rocks. I thankfully have my best friend here so that makes things easier for me because she is a wealth of knowledge and a bucket of fun. I am still trying to figure out what ill do here in regards to volunteering, LOL.. They already have a PTA president, no FRG for what Sal will be doing, so hmm, what shall Mary do? I am-at least I think I am- the oldest parent at the school LOL Saw some interesting types today.. Interesting bad, not interesting, hmm Id like to be friends ;) Roman and I went to the PX today and bought toilet brushes for each bathroom, cereal organizers, storage containers(yeah, is this the alaskan adventure you wanted to hear about?) Our daughter and her family have arrived at their final destination for recruiting!!!!! So happy for them and this new start. Our son and his family are in the middle of their PCS from Leonard Wood to Bliss(Nick will be in the company Sal just left-do you think that they will think Sal was demoted? LOL) they are DEFINATELY looking forward to getting the heck out of FLW!!! We love them all and miss them horribly! Cassidy the traitor LMAO is doing well also. She is working full time and BETTER get to the college this week to get the info I am waiting to hear about... Tony starts open gym for bball tonight, so I know he is THRILLED about that.. Now to find him an English Tutor and we will be set.. English for some reason has been a challenge for him this year. he is normally an honor student.. This year, English is thyne Enemy for him.. But he is a tough cookie and if WE have to stay up all night to figure it out and help him, well then-we will!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

having a great time

Sorry bloggers, that I havnt been updating BUT while I am "borrowing" internet, the signal comes and goes and the banking and emails take priority. Tomorrow we will however be getting internet and cable!! Can you hear the hallaluhia chorus? So, Ill catch you up!! Friday, Julie took half a day off and we started our shopping extravaganza!!! I NEEDED things for the house. Good thing we purged alot of stuff before we came. Its funny, everytime we move into a new place we need odd new things.. So we hit the mall(got my hot pink danskos) got my nails fixed. We then went to Joannes and michaels for some decorating items for the house(I found 2 fabulous topiary trees that are about 4.5 feet tall for 80% off!! Went to dinner then to Target for other "much needed" items.. Oddly, I havnt seen a huge jump in prices here, like I had been warned, with an exception of eating out-that is crazy shyte, in SOME places.. But the mall and other stores, not so much.. Milk at the commissary IS 4.57 a gallon(costco and Fred Meyer have it way cheaper) Gas for unleaded is 3.30-ish, for Diesel is 3.50-ish, so quite a bit more for unleaded people, NOT such a huge shock for Diesel people, considering we were paying over 3.00 a gallon lately anyway.. Crime is high here, which surprises me and there are bad sides of town, just like everywhere else.. Yesterday we took Tony school clothes shopping and were on the hunt for a tv. THANK GOD, Sal and Scott were with us to help out with this decision(can you hear the sarcasm in my voice?) LOL Jk! You would have thought those 2 were buying a 90K car, LOL.. So we left the stores with everything-I THINK - we will need. New dishes(distressed looking and fabulous) and I found my perfect mason jars for my drinking glasses :) (my theme for the majority of the house is country tuscan/ french farmhouse-ish) We went to the ULU factory and watched how they make these fabulous cutting/knife tools. Indiginous people have been using this very tool since 1000 bc!! Today I have to clean up, go to commissary and get ready for this week.. We will be getting our household goods and Dominic starts his 1st week of school. Oh, Julie and I went to Fred Meyer yesterday(for my phx friends, its like old school smittys) and walked in and they had a beautiful leather ashley sectional for 50% off!! So we asked about it and the store only has 1 side of the sectional(maybe that is why it was 50% off lmao) so we asked if we could buy the display(eventhough my germaphobe mind is sceeving at the thought of strange butts having been sitting on it) But, they cant sell the display-boo!! So he called another store and they had it, and would hold it. Sal and scott went to pick it up and they gave him another 10% discount. Brought it home and Tony and Sal took 30 minutes to get it in the door, LOL we unwrapped it and guess what?? Yep wrong thing.. The other piece in the garage was the CORRECT piece. So sal called and they said oh okay we have the other piece.. Sal said okay but we think we like the other one better, how much is the difference.. 400.00 Sal said you have to do better than that for MY inconvinience, so the guy said to call back this morning and talk to the manager, so we are now on hold.. They are BOTH lovely, but the wrong one I like more LMAO(of course I do-its more 'spensive) Sal informed me today we are "done" with our shopping spree.. Im not sure why he told me that after checking the bank online-LMAO!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

a little dinosaur advice

So, I have been reading alot of posts on various military spouse websites complaining about this or that and I have to remind these ladies and gents- This is the military, it isnt run the way the civilian world is run and you can either accept it now (which will make life a whole hell of a lot easier) or continue to vent frustrations to the people in charge of orders, medical care, etc... "WE" are not the only ones PCSing, ETSing, needing medical care, pissed that our soldiers have to work late.. These civilians and personel people are dealing with litterly hundreds of situations and patience has to be our best friend... Ive seen spouses smart off to civilian employees, 1sgs, commanders, etc.. It Ain't pretty when that happens.. You make yourself and your soldier look bad and it CAN and DOES affect the soldiers reputation.. Trust me when I say we have all been spoken to rudely, or dismissed with a concern, BUT there are MANY ways to handle it-MANY right ways to handle it.. We just cant always have our way.. Just not possible unfortunately, although it would be nice if it could happen.. it isnt a perfect world baby!! so, my
advice is that you have to play the game as a mature person-be the bigger person always..

Im in heaven!!

Today was our 1st real day at Ft Richardson. We went to Benihana of Tokyo for dinner with the Mercier family and I had the most delicious lemon chicken and soup.. We laughed so hard my head hurts. We also now have housing and will be moving in on Thursday!! Cannot wait.. Now just waiting for our household goods to arrive and get settled.. My goal is to have everything done by end of September.. Wish me luck.. hahahahaha.. It is really beautiful here.. If you cant get stationed here, at least try to visit... I am really soooo TIRED, its all catching up to me. I think I have been running on adrenaline, which isnt good. Tomorrow, im just relaxing... This weekend we may go blueberry picking and definately some shopping.. Am on the hunt for a bench for my dining room table or a new dining set!! so we shall see.. Also need to find bunk beds for the little guys.. lots to do, lots to do... Have to also register Dominic for school so he can start end of this week or first thing on Monday.. he is very excited. Still unsure about prek for Roman, so we will see.. This is an adventure and we will take the hits and the wonders as they come...

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Words and pictures do NOT to the Yukon territory any justice.. It gives you chills, and I mean that honestly.. It takes alot to impress me and this place takes the cake.. The mountains, the trees, the smells, the water, the wildlife.. STUNNING!!! If you can ever visit Canada, DO SO!!!! Today we drove 12 hours, part of it in the rain and it went by so fast!! In my pics, I actually was up close and personal with some caribou and bison.. AMAZING!!! We also had funny things that happened along the way... Sal gave us the 1st funny of the day while cleaning the windshield on the truck, he was also squeeeeeg'ing the mirrors LMAO and I caught it on camera.. MUHAHHA.. Next we were driving over the river called the SMART RIVER and Sal said "must be where they get smart water from" Dork! But I love him!! The boys kept us entertained as well as those fabulous trio-Alvin, Simon and Theodore.. AGAIN LOL.. We stopped in whitehorse Canada and wouldnt you know but AGAIN we had a block on our bank card!! WTF??? 2nd strike against Armed Forces Bank.. After a 30 minute phone call our card was back in action and we were on our merry way.. We stopped in WhiteHorse to get a bite to eat and had lunch at a mom and pop place called BEEJAYS and it was really cute and the waitress was adorable, eventhough I think she was having a moment and firing someone and that someone got in Sal's face at the payphone, while he was yelling at the bank.. Ahh, Memories.. Sal and I were visiting our past today and talking about all the drives all over the world we have taken and how much we miss our kids who are now on their own.. Makes me soo sad.. Happy that they are all doing fine on their own, but also a little heartsick that they are doing fine on their own.. I just love them so much.. and miss them.. our 1st pcs(permanent change of station) was from Arizona to Vint Hill Farm Station, Va(near ft Belvoir) we were 18, had a brand new baby and everything we owned fit into a tiny U-haul-that U-haul by the way, broke down in the middle of nowhere and I had to bathe a new baby in the sink of a rest stop.. By the time we got to Manassas, Va we had 50.00 to our name!! If that!! Broke as a joke!! We lived on balogna and fruity pebbles and milk for many days!! The drive was great though. We were on an adventure..TOGETHER, come rain or shine we were doing this as a team. 21 years later we are driving across Canada and Alaska together as a team. I love him, even when he is weird and cleans the mirrors and breakdances while he drives and sneaks ring pops to 2 little boys along the way... Thanks for the Memories

Hello from Brittish Columbia!

Greetings friends!

Today I am blogging from Fort Nelson Canada, which is located in Brittish Columbia!! It is SOOOO incredibly beautiful here.. We drove 12 hours today, but it went by super fast.

Right now im doing laundry from the hotel-yep, mommy's work is never done LOL.. So a few funny things today.. Whilst we were in MacDonalds for lunch, the boys had eaten and we were letting them play in the indoor play area there and we noticed a sign that said *socks must be worn and can be purchased at register* LMAO!! That is just too damn funny.. THEN, Dominic instead of just saying "hey mom and dad, I need to pee" He says " Oh my goodness, I dont understand why I alw ays have to pee" LOL, that is our clue that some pee'ing has to commence. And of course we cannot go one day without Roman adding some wit.. Today they were counting their toes(yeah, I know-we were REALLY bored) so Dominic said he has 5 plus 5 equals 10 toes and asked Roman how many HE had.. Roman said " they are my friends, my toes" Oy, that kid!! The drive today, while it was 12 hours, it didnt seem like it.. We drove through Dawson Creek, Peace River and other various towns. We also hit a rain/mud storm, so Sal is very happy that his F250 has been baptized in the mud!! So, tonight we are planning tomorrow, doing laundry, giving boys a bath and ate at a cute place called Boston Pizza..The boys had pasta, Sal had Lasagna and I had a french dip.. Yeah, yeah none of us got pizza at a pizza place, its okay we are tourists and can do that LOL.. Tomorrow another 12 hour drive from here to White Horse or something like that.. Toodles!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Oh, Canada...

How you IRRITATE ME!!! Okay, so I have traveled all over the world and have driven everywhere, this Edmonton is CRAZY confusing... So, I am very irritated today. 1st our bank has a block on debit/credit cards here.. How did we find out? Umm, by filling up our truck and our cards being declined.. THANKFULLY we had cash and they accepted dollars.. I called the bank and they said oh Canada is a high fraud area, but we can lift the Block until Tuesday.. I said no, how about its my money and you lift the block forever.. GAH.. Armed Forces Bank you are on blast and NOTE WE WILL BE CHANGING OUR BANKING TO USAA, ASAP!! Then while minding our own business, litterly just driving down the highway, a man pulls up next to us, slows down and gives us the finger. NICE welcome there Mr. Canada man!! Im about at my breaking point for this drive, LOL.. Trying to keep a sense of humor about it though and trying to enjoy the moment. Montana is SOO beautiful!! Seriously, everyone go visit Montana!! We are now at a Holiday Inn in Edmonton and hahah, they give military discount!! Their exchange rate is one to one, but just now looking on my bank account online, our bank sure didnt give a one to one!!!! Boys did very well today until we go to the hotel, there they both proceeded to have mini nervous breakdowns and Roman just kept mumbling that he wanted AWASKA (alaska) and his big brother Tony.. AWWWW.. We will arrive to our new home on Monday Evening.. Tomorrow we will drive about 14 hours, the next day about 12 and on Monday about 10-12.. YEAH Canada is freaking HUGE!!!!.. They do have alot of IKEAs, LOL.. But damn that husband of mine, he "claims" he didnt notice them... hahaha.But even with the crappy parts of traveling, its all worth it in the end... Sal did tick me off for a few minutes today when he under his breath said I needed a map reading course.. UMM HELLOOOO MR LAND-NAV, I was under the assumption that YOU KNEW IT ALL!!! KISSES!! hahahah
Oh and the border guard in canada needs to stop watching American Westerns.. he asked us if we had any weapons and Sal said, only a knife.. The guard said "and you are from Tx and no GUNS? Weird"... LOL They call restrooms, washrooms and the money is pretty :) (see there are always positives)