Monthly Archives: May 2011

Memorial Day

This Memorial Day please remember what’s really important. The day isn’t all about shopping and picnics and taking trips to the beach. Today we should take the time to think about all the sacrifices that our service members make everyday to ensure our freedom. Also remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you to my husband and all the other heroes who provide me with a safe place to live and allow me to live in a free country. Freedom is not a right, it is a privilege. Special thoughts and prayers go out to my Gold Star family friends. I admire your strength, your courage, and your ability to keep moving on despite your loss.


Milspouse Friday Fill-In #21

It’s Friday and time for the Milspouse Friday Fill-In. Head over to Wifey’s blog to link up!

1. Do you think civilians, in general, understand the meaning of Memorial Day?

I think most people understand what it’s about but I think the media has taught most people to associate Memorial Day (actually any holiday) with shopping, shopping, and more shopping. People need to step back for a minute and think about the sacrifices that our military members have made or are making in order to keep us safe.

2. What are your plans for the Memorial Day weekend?

Since E isn’t home, I have no definite plans. I’ll probably be holed up in the house for most of the weekend since I have a TON of homework to finish.

3. What skill/talent do you wish you had? submitted by The 3 Turners

I wish I knew how to use P.hotoshop. I would love to enhance some of the pictures that I’ve taken over the years. I also wish that I could play an instrument.

4. Which came first: The chicken or the egg? submitted by I Married Into the Army

I guess the chicken. Who would have laid the egg if the chicken didn’t come first?

5. What is the best thing about your post (base)? The worst? submitted by Randomly, Robyn

I love that fitness classes are free. When we were stationed at Benning, we had to pay $3 a class or $25 a month. It wasn’t too expensive, but it’s definitely nice that we don’t have to pay here. Yet. Rumor is that they’re going to start charging. I also like that we’re about an hour away from Raleigh, 2.5 hours from Myrtle Beach and the Carolina beaches.
The worst is the traffic and the drivers. People drive like they’re in a N.ascar race around here. I saw someone make a left turn from the right lane the other day. I’m shocked that there aren’t more accidents. Slow down!!!

Feeling proud of myself

Not that the following will mean much to anyone except me, but I just wanted to share the kind comments that one of my professors shared with me concerning a paper that I had written this semester. I feel like school has been so draining and hard, but then I get this comment and it makes my work seem so much more purposeful. I can’t wait to get out there and start teaching!

Lauren – Great selection of titles and thanks for including pictures on the title page – nice touch!! This has been one of the best projects I have reviewed yet and I am more than halfway through the class. I really loved your social studies set on Abraham Lincoln (these are great books) and was introduced to some new books (the math set – thanks!). Your books are original, your standards are well aligned and your activities are creative, connected to both books and are age appropriate! Your annotations and standards are detailed and appropriate in scope and your mini-activities are thoughtful. Your mini lessons are a bit more expansive than I intended – but they are great! Nice work! I hope you get to try some of these activities at your school or with a young student. PLEASE let me know if I can this one as an exemplar example for future classes!! As usual Lauren – your work is outstanding! Thanks for all the effort you put into this course.

Ten on Tuesday

I don’t have too much going on other than school stuff since this quarter is winding down, so I thought I’d participate in my first Ten on Tuesday. Thanks to Chelsea for hosting!

1. Have you ever used Craigslist?

We’ve used it a few times actually. When we were getting ready to PCS from Ft. Benning, I finally convinced E to sell his (pain in the ass to move) rear projection TV. We were able to sell that sucker in about a week and upgraded to a nice, new flat panel TV when we got to Ft. Huachuca.
2. Can you sew?

I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t and E usually sews for me. I was never interested in learning from my mom when I was younger and I kind of wish that I would have. I’d love to learn how to use a sewing machine at some point.
3. Do you pour syrup on your pancakes or dip your pancakes in the syrup?

I usually pour a little bit in the middle of each pancake and spread the syrup around with the back of my fork.
4. Rain storms: love them or hate them?

If tornado warnings aren’t associated with the rain storm, I love them. I love sitting upstairs and watching the storm out of my window.
5. Do you like swimming?

I think I enjoyed swimming more when I was younger. Kids don’t care how they look in a bathing suit or whether or not the water is cold or warm. I like sitting poolside while reading a book or chatting with a good friend.
6. What kind of drink do you order at Sonic?

I don’t know that I’ve ever ordered a drink at Sonic. We rarely go there and when we do, I order one of their junior sized ice cream sundaes.
7. Are you funny?

People tell me that I am. I have more of a sarcastic, dry sense of humor.
8. At what age will your kids get cell phones?

Good question. I didn’t get my first one until I was 17 and a freshman in college. I think kids today are getting cell phones WAY too early. Who the heck does an 8 year old need to call? I might consider letting my kids have a phone of their own when they start driving. Who knows what kind of technology is going to be around in the next 10 years or so though? Maybe there will be something else that kids have to have.
9. What’s your favorite vegetable?

I love veggies but my favorite to eat in the summer time is grilled or roasted corn on the cob.
10. Were you a Girl Scout?

My parents weren’t big on paying for group activities. Cheap bastards. I was allowed to pick one activity and that was basketball. When I have kids, I’ll expose them to the activities that they express interest in.

Welcome ICLW!

It’s been awhile since my first ICLW so I thought I would introduce myself to all the new readers out there!

I’m Lauren – nice to meet you 🙂
I’m 28 years old and have been TTC for over 3 years now.
I was diagnosed with PCOS almost a year ago, have had 2 miscarriages (one at 12 weeks and one at 5 weeks) and am currently waiting for AF to come so IUI #2 can begin. I’ve been on a variety of different fertility meds and feel like I have a mini pharmacy in my house with all the drugs I have on hand.
I’m a full-time student working on my elementary education certification and a master’s degree in teaching, learning, and curriculum. I’m looking forward to my graduation in June 2012.
I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for 4 and a half years and we have 2 furbabies, Bella and Murphy.
I love going to the gym and taking a good spinning or strength training class. I would love to get more involved in TRX also.
Feel free to browse around the blog! Click on my “Our TTC Journey” tab to learn more about our journey and leave a comment to say hi!

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #20

TGIF! It’s been a long week and I’m glad that it’s finally Friday. I skipped out on the Friday Fill-In last week because Blogger was being a pain in the you know what. Head over to Wifey’s blog to find out more information and to link up your blog. Hope you all have a great weekend!

1. What is one of the things you always do special when your husband returns from a deployment? submitted by Keep Calm and Soldier On

Since E always complains about how terrible the food is over there, I try to make all of his favorites when he gets home. Homemade mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken pot pie, and chocolate chip blondies topped the list last time. I also like to buy him a case of beer since he loves to have one drink with dinner most nights.

2. What do you do to help your spouse and/or yourself re-adjust after a deployment or long separation? submitted by Diapers, Dogs, and Deployments

Just trying to get back into a routine that includes him is hard sometimes. With all the TDY training that’s happened since the PCS, I’ve kind of gotten into a routine that revolves around what’s going on with me. Integrating back into a schedule that involves couples time will definitely be a top priority.

3. Are you a crazy coupon clipper (I’m becoming one so share your secrets with me)? submitted by Married My Airman

Why don’t they offer coupons for healthy, organic, and/or gluten free products? Most of the time when I go to the commissary I buy fresh fruits and vegetables, produce, organic dairy products, and gluten free products. Because of the lack of coupons for these products, I’m not a coupon clipper.

4. What’s your most treasure memory of you and your spouse (not counting your wedding – that’s a given)? submitted by Scrubs, ACUs, and One Crazy Ride

That would have to be our trip to Europe after E’s last deployment. We got to spend 3 amazing weeks touring France, Italy, and Switzerland in addition to going on a Mediterranean cruise. We would love to visit England and Ireland after this deployment is over!

5. If you could live anywhere overseas, what would you pick and why? submitted by Little Moments Like This

We have talked about trying to get stationed in Germany or Italy. We have friends who have been stationed in both countries and they loved the experience. I would be traveling as much as I could and I would love to teach English in an elementary school!