Monday, February 27, 2012

Reasons to fear retirement..

So, retirement is coming very soon-2014 time frame to be exact. I AM SCURRED.. Why? Because currently we live in the most secure gated community we could ever live in, when we are, as our son calls them-"Regular People", we will have to live without weapon carrying guards at our gate, regular patrols through our neighborhoods and a world that while has crime at times, is still SUPER safe. Im scared to live with regular people, what if I dont like them? What if they irritate me? Im my current world if I don't like someone, I know in a couple of years one of us will move, OR if they are REALLY horrible, their leadership can step in and make them behave, or attempt anyway. Its scary. Our babies will be going to school with mostly non military children-we havn't ever dealt with that. Im not sure how easy it will be for me to be planted in 1 spot forever. Now I get very itchy to move every few years and wonderfully, the Army is great for that-haha. Im excited too, it will be nice to be settled, nice to plant some roots and most importantly, no more deployments-That excites me the most, I won't lie. I hope the civilian world is ready for Mary....

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

23 years ago...

23 years ago, the US Army took a chance on a kid from Arizona, a kid that had NO military history in his background, not with family, ROTC, etc... Just a young man ready to take care of his young and new family and wanting to serve his country. Sal left on February 22, 1989-It had been a busy month for us, we had just gotten married and were nearly done with our first pregnancy! I was living with my sister in law, Michelle and SCARED! Being an Army Brat is very different than being an Army spouse-and I was about to find out and learn from the school of hard knocks. So Sal left, I cried and thought I would never see him again. I wondered how would I give birth by myself without him? 12 weeks was going to be a very long time.... A few days later I got a phone call stating he was fine and in Alabama and PS-it would be 16 weeks, NOT 12!!! Should have known then that we were on Army time and not our own. 16 weeks DRAGGED by, I gave birth to our 1st child, Nicholas, I moved back home with my mom, our nephew became very sick. I was scared, but I did it!!! HE did it!! We flew to Alabama to watch him graduate. When they soldiers marched into the area I swear they all looked the same and Sals grandma took pics of all of them, claiming they were each Sal, LOL.. Finally I saw him, his beautiful clear, honest and good blue eyes, sparkling with equal excitement in seeing me and our son he had yet to meet. The Drill Sgt knew that the baby I held was Sals and tormented him a bit while they were in formation, he even came over and oohed and ahhhed over him and held him-all while looking right at Sal. Poor Sal, his newborn son was 5 feet away from him being held by his DS. They finally released them and we had our hugs and kisses and Sal just couldnt stop staring in amazement at this little boy we just welcomed into the world. He counted his fingers and his toes, kissed him and cuddled with him. The smile on Sals face was priceless. It was WONDERFUL being with him again. I missed my best friend, I missed his smile, his gentleness, his love. The next day was graduation day-It was JUNE in ALABAMA, so you can imagine how hot and sticky it was. We sat on a bus and were driven to the theater for the ceremony. Sal looked amazing with his green uniform and 2 ribbons, to me he looked as wonderful as a 4 star General!!! He graduated and then I had to leave without him. His Top secret clearance still wasnt done and he had to wait until it was. BOOOO, so we said our see you laters and the baby and I headed back to Az, where I would start packing up and prepping for our 1st PCS to Virginia. He ended up coming home 2 days later and we were reunited!!! We loaded up our uhaul (why we got a uhaul, I will never know, everything we owned could have fit into my trunk, LOL.. And we said goodbye to Arizona, our families and our childhood... We were grown ups now and on our way to our new life. This life would prove rough sometimes and there were times I thought I couldnt live this way, but always, Sal comforted me and listened to me and made it better. We made it, we survived on 800.00 a month, we made do and went wherever the Army told us to go. The Army allowed us an adventure that is indeed priceless. Certainly it came with sacrifices-MANY, but always worth it. We were and are a team in this. So, to my Love,
-Thank you for the adventure you have given me. Thank you for serving this beautiful country and making a difference in so many lives. You have become an AMAZING NCO in the Army and I hope you always know how proud we are of you. Thanks for being a decent and good man at home and at work, thank you for reminding other soldiers that FAMILY is an important part of the ARMY and to live right and true for both. Thank you for having respect for military spouses and reminding those that needed it at times, that the spouses and children of soldiers also make sacrifices and that you felt they had it harder than you did, LOL.. My words can never describe the love and respect I have for you,my sweet man... Im fine with whenever you want to retire.

With much love-

Household six :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What a week!

Hello my dolls! I've been gone much too long! So this has been a crazy week for me, has it been that way with you? So, lets catch up. The 7th was my bday and I turned 41, thought it would be hard but it actually wasn't hard at all. I feel the same as 40 and really even the same as 29. My co workers-who are AWESOME, decorated my office and had me all kinds of wonderful socks and gifts of pink, they also treated me to Glacier Brew House for lunch and yummo chocolate cake, it was a wonderful day of work. My family spoiled me with goodies as well. All in all it was wonderful. The 13th came and went and that is the anniversary of my fathers death. That is always sad, no way around that at all-but it is what it is and I know he is proud of us and misses us just as much as we miss him. Valentines day was yesterday, which is also our wedding anniversary and we celebrated 23 years of marriage, 23 years of military marriage at that, LOL. So I want to take this moment to tell my love what he means to me.
Wow!!! 23 years, can you believe it? It really seems like only yesterday that we said "I do" What a whirlwind of a life we have had. We went into this life together with such hope and dreams and plans, its been great figuring this all out with you. I love that I can ALWAYS count on you. I'm glad you are my partner in crime. You make me laugh and cry and everything in between. I know I at times make you crazy like when I leave the butter out and I know you LOVE my iphone and the fun candid shots I post on facebook :) Thank you for being the BEST dad I know. It isnt ever hard being a father, but to 6 kids is just WACKADOODLE, you make it seem effortless though. I love that our kids see your sweet and sensitive side and know how a MAN should treat a lady. Im also greatful that you are such a hard worker and have sacrificed sooo much for our family, this country and the Army. You set such a wonderful example.. I love you. I love that I get to see the softer side of MSG URZI, I have seen you cry with the births of our babies and when you have walked a daughter down the aisle. Ive seen you walk away with tears as you said goodbye to them for deployments. You amaze me every day of my life.. Thanks for this journey.. I love you