Sunday, January 25, 2009

Navy Life



:: female

Name of spouse:
:: Dan

Age of spouse:
:: 24

What Branch of the Military is your spouse in?
:: US Navy

Have you ever been in the military or are you currently in the military?
:: military wife is as close as i'll ever get

Has your spouse ever been deployed, if so, when and where to?
:: He made an 8 month deployment right before our wedding (Oct 2006-May2007) to the Gulf Area. He will be making his 2nd deployment here in February.... hopefully our last!!!

If your spouse was deployed, how badly did you miss them?
:: It's indescribable. It hurts.

If your spouse was deployed, how long were they gone for?
:: 8 months for the first and about 4-5 for this next one.

If your spouse was deployed, did they get R&R, and if so, what did you do for it?
:: Nope

Where are you and your spouse currently stationed?
:: Norfolk, VA, but we're living in Virginia Beach

Do you like the benefits you recieve as a military dependent?
:: Of course, who wouldn't like the incredible pay and free health care??? The commissary is amazing as well. It's going to suck getting out for those reasons!!!

Do you appreciate what your spouse's job entails?
:: Yes

Do you support your spouse as member of the United States military?
:: 100%

Do you like military life?
:: I can't say that I do. I just wasn't cut out to be a military wife. I need my husband home with me. It's too incredibly hard to say goodbye so many times and for such long periods. I love that it gave us the excuse to move away from our families for the start of our marriage. It's really made our relationship strong and has made us appreciate each other.

Do you and your spouse have children, and if so, how many?
:: no kids.... yet

Do you think your spouse looks good in uniform?
:: My hubby looks good in anything, but ESPECIALLY his uniform!!

Do you think military life is more advanced then civilian life, why or why not?
:: I'm not really sure about "advanced" but you get to experience things you wouldn't otherwise and you really learn to appreciate your spouse and you learn real quick that most things aren't worth fighting over because you don't get to see each other as much as it is and you need to value that time together. That's one thing a lot of civilian couples take for granted. (I copied this answer from another navy wife because it's exactly what I was thinking!!!)

Do you think your spouse's job in the militay is respectable amongst other people in the military?
:: I think they are all very respectable. We need all military jobs in order to succeed and defend our country. I do believe that my hubby's job sounds real important though :)

Do you ever use your spouse's place in the military to your advantage?
:: Absolutely not.

Do you ever use your spouse's rank to your advantage?
:: Never. I'm not that kind of a person.

What do you think about other military spouse's?:
:: ummm I try to stay away from them. :)

What do you think about women who get out of the military after becoming pregnant?
:: I wouldn't want to leave my child for 8 months.....

What do you think about people claiming to be gay to get out of the military?
:: It's really stupid when they lie just to get out. It's cheating the system and I don't like people who think that's ok.

Do you think it is right to be forced out of the military for being gay?
:: Not at all. I don't see why it makes a difference.

Did you know that it is military law that you can only have sex with your spouse and only in the missionary position but isn't an enforced law?
:: haha I actually didn't until my husband told me a few weeks ago that it was a law in the military.

What do you think about that law?
:: There are ALOT of people breaking that law.

What do you think civilian people don't know about the military or military life?
:: Just how hard it is. People try to understand and they're very sympathetic and we REALLY appreciate that, but you don't understand until you've lived it.

What would you want civilians to know about the military or military life?
:: I just wish they could live in our shoes even if it was just for a month. It'd really make them appreciate their significant others, not to mention the military in general.

There are some people out there that still do not support our troops or have any respect for them. These amazing people who serve have made the ultimate sacrifice of giving up seeing their family members and loved ones, not to mention just every day joys for months at a time. They deserve our upmost respect. (again, I agree with the previous poster!)

When you see movies about the military, do you notice when things aren't right?
:: Sometimes, but my hubby ALWAYS points out things that are wrong!

When your spouse sees movies about the military, do they notice when things aren't right?
:: See above!

Are you and your spouse currently, or have you ever been stationed to overseas Europe?
:: Nope

If you are or ever have been stationed overseas, do you know what AFN is?
:: Sure don't

Where did your spouse go to Basic Training?
:: Crap, I knew this.... we weren't dating when he went so....

Where did your spouse go to A School?
:: Pensacola, FL

Do you think being a military spouse allows you to travel easily?
:: No, I haven't experienced any traveling.

If you and your spouse are stationed away from home, do you miss it?
:: Every day. I miss my family and friends. I miss the familiarity of home. I hate missing all of the big things that happen throughout the year.

Where are you and your spouse origionally from?
:: Canton, Ohio

Did either you or your spouse grow up as a military child?
:: No. Dan's dad was in the Army, but before Dan was born.

Do you think being a military spouse is a job, why or why not?
:: Not for me. I have my own full time job. I do believe that the military wives who's spouses are in for "life" have a job. They pretty much take care of the family and house while the man is away.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

B is for Baby

No, I'm not having a baby. Yet. Someday, but for now I just made a baby card because all of my friends and family are having babies! I got this awesome "B is for Baby" stamp set from Hanna Stamps and just had to start playing :) I'm excited about how the card turned out. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New card

It's been awhile. I apologize for the lack of posting, but now that Dan is gone I've buried myself in my work. I come home exhausted and grade papers, lesson plan, make games for school, watch a bit of tv, and then sleep. I wake up at 6:20am and do it all again.

Life is so much better when my husband is around. I'm doing okay this underway, but I'm so bored and lonely. I'm not really happy. I'm not sad or anything, but I'm just not myself. I can't wait for this all to be over.

Anyway, my principal's son passed away over the weekend and the services are tomorrow. I'm going to the open house after school so I made a card for the family. I bought this new set of stamps from Hanna stamps and was excited to use them. It's my first Hanna stamps card :) It's pretty simple, but I like the way it came out. I've got a ton of new stamps that I hope to play with this weekend :)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Dan the Tool Man Porter

When you let your husband spend $800 or so on tools, you get this:

Introducing my new ribbon rack!!!!! I've been asking Dan for MONTHS to build me some sort of ribbon organizer for my scrapbook room. My ribbon was in boxes everywhere and I had no idea what I owned and what I didn't. This is what he came up with and I am MORE than pleased with it!! Now all that's left is buying more ribbon to fill it up :)

My awesome hubby also built this for my mom :

My mom's due to have her first grandchild in April so she was really pleased to receive this rocking chair for Christmas. I told Dan I wanted one for our house :)

I'd also like to show off the great gingerbread house we made on Christmas Day. Dan did most of the structure and I had fun with the decorating. I will have to admit that Dan made the sweet flag :)Lastly, I'll post a few pictures of the gifts I made for the teachers at school. I was pleased with the way they turned out.

That's it folks. I hope you enjoyed my update :)