Monthly Archives: December 2011

Deployment Ideas

As I mentioned before, Wildhorse is heading over to Afghanistan. So, considering I have done this a bunch of times, I should have lots of ideas, right? However, this is the first time embarking on this type of distance between two small children and their daddy, who they are obsessed with from the time he gets home from work until bedtime.

So, I was wondering if any of you, my wonderfully creative friends, have ideas about what projects he could do for the kiddos before he leaves to keep his presence abounding around the house. I am going to have him record bedtime stories, so we can listen to those every night. After that, I am sort of drawing a blank. Help!!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year….

Hello friends! iT HAS BEEN FOREVER! Accidentally hit caps lock, but I am going to leave it as is for effect. Wow, so how is everyone?? Things are so amazing and frustrating and scary right now, all at the same time.

My photography has kept me insanely busy this past month! I am so excited to start this new journey, and I am so lucky to have supportive friends who never tire of me talking about it. Ok, so they’re tired, but they still smile and nod in a friendly way that feigns interest. HA! Here are a few images I am particularly proud of from my recent work….

I can’t include them all, but thanks to everyone who has helped me build my portfolio!!

Onto the frustrating aspects of life….Seriously, my life is really pretty amazing, and I have nothing to actually complain about. However, once in a while, a mom’s gotta vent. I feel like this is the longest I have sat down in weeks, so I am going with it!!

Huck is crawling and climbing everywhere. He is currently in his high chair, or I would be getting nothing done. He is still sweet, but is not so cuddly. He has decided he must not be fenced in, another trait he shares with his daddy. He doesn’t put up with any crap, and if Juney steals his toy, he steals it back. AND, he is becoming more and more of a daddy’s boy, which is so not fair. I should at least get one of them, right?

Juney is busy being a little lady. I love this child. However, she is so much like me, I have no idea how we are going to tolerate one another for the rest of her adolescence. She throws fits, she says inappropriate things, she tattles, she breaks things, she never EVER listens. But, she smiles, and she laughs. She hugs. She is so adorably excited to see me in the morning. We are getting through it. However, if 3 is worse than 2, I think I will need medication.

We are embracing and loving this holiday season. However, why, oh why did I put decorations up so early. My poor Christmas tree. It is a mess of broken ornaments and hodge-podge unbreakable boringness. One year I will have a gorgeous tree. This year is not it.

We found out a few months ago that Wildhorse will have to deploy overseas again, this time to Afghanistan. 5th time’s the charm, right? He is going as a contractor, and will be mostly safe, so I am trying to stay focused on using this time to be productive. However, really, I am kind of scared out of my mind. We will get through it (it’s ONLY four months-ish), but I think we are both trying to embrace this Christmas season, each other, and our little family a little tighter this year.

So, I have lots of rants (particularly about uninspired holiday fairs, ophthalmologists, adult friendships, and my messy house. I know, can you say exciting??) I need to free from the confines of my brain, but my time to write is up.

Thanks for reading, and if I don’t find the time to get back on here before Christmas, I hope you all have a very merry one.

The Mommy Diarist