Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog to Book: Read my story on Kindle!
Mrs. Marine's Journal

I am so excited and happy to announce that my Blog has become a book and is now available on Kindle.

I have come across many blogs over the years that I would love to be able to read the underlying story of the people in the blog from the beginning. However, I can only sit and read on a computer screen for so long.

I began writing this blog in April 2007. I wanted to convert my blog to a book for those who would like to read my story (blog) from the beginning, just the story without the other blog hopping posts, etc. that come in-between. Also, recent posts are now available to subscribe to on Kindle as well! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Were Moving Again!

Didn't we just move not that long ago? (The pic has nothing to do with the post but isn't she cute!)

Yes, we PCSed here to California in January, but don't worry, we are not PCSing again already. We are currently living in base housing and have decided to buy a house!!!! We are moving off base to another area, which will unfortunately mean the kids will be changing schools again, which I hate and I feel guilty about it. However I know it will be better in the long run!

The schools in the district we are moving to are MUCH better than the school they are at right now on base. Also, Sissy is in 6 grade and after we move she will be going to a Middle School which I feel will be really good for her and give her a little more since of independence and maturity!

So, that means right now, for the next month-ish (however much longer before we move) is the very last time my children will both be at the same school ever again!! Kinda crazy!

The base Elementary School they are both currently at goes up to 8th grade which I think is a little weird. I was in Elementary to 6th grade then Middle School was 7th and 8th. I like the idea of Middle School starting at 6th instead, but I couldn't imagine having Sissy stay as the current school through 8th grade then going to High School. She does currently have the same schedule setup of 7 different periods/classes throughout the day like Middle School which is good, but I think the older kids (6th, 7th, 8th) need that separation from Elementary of Middle School as a stepping stone to prepare them for High School.

I don't yet know when we are moving, it takes time, and lots of paperwork, to buy a house. I am hoping we move around the end of the month or the beginning of next! I really want to be unpacked and have time to decorate for Halloween!!!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

First Day of School! ~ Wordless Wednesday

Better late than never, they are now on their 3rd week of school.
Booboo is in 2nd grade and Sissy is in 6th grade!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I want to be a published author

I kind of laugh at the thought, it sometimes seems outlandish, but why the hell not? I have written enough over the last 7 years to compile several books. I have an amazing idea for a book, something that will keep the reader guessing and on their toes. I just have to finish writing it... Therein lies the problem, with kids, husband, school and work and now its summer and the kids are always home, I just never seem to have enough time in the day... Contemplating taking 4 months off from my school once the kids go back to focus on writing... The main thing I am afraid of, what if I put all this effort into writing a book and no one will publish it?... That would suck...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sleeping with a Frog Helped My Lower Back Pain

My Husband gave me this large frog stuffed animal many years ago before he left for his second deployment. He slept with it for a few days so it smelled like him and I had it to cuddle with in bed while he was gone. It has had a place sitting at the end of our bed ever since.

I have had lower back issues since my first pregnancy 11 years ago, it has only gotten worse over the years and doing certain activities (vacuuming the house, leaning over the sink doing dishes) exasperates it. I even tried physical therapy at one point but nothing has helped the constant ache in my lower back...

A few weeks ago I grabbed the frog to use as a book prop while laying in bed and ended up cuddling with it that night. I am a side sleeper and I always have a pillow between my knees and recently I realized it is also more comfortable to have something cushy against my chest between my arms, it supports the arm I'm not laying on and also I realized it keeps me on my side with my back straight instead of rolling partially forward curving my shoulders forward.

Since I started sleeping with the frog my lower back pain is almost gone, it rarely hurts anymore!!! All this time, it was the way I was sleeping. I have been told to sleep with a pillow between my legs, which helps but not enough. I told my husband it has helped me and he stole our daughters large whale to sleep with to see if it helps him. I going to try to find him a large bolster pillow that will work so he can give the whale back.
The frog is almost the width of my chest, it needs to be big to support your upper body properly. Regular pillows wont work as well because they are flat, you need something round.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Human Dog Connection - Health and Happiness

Dog lovers have long recognized that their animals contribute more to life than entertainment, and research indicates they’re right. Quality dog time actually alters human brain chemistry, improves your mood, and raises both health and happiness.

If dogs make such marvelous contributions to the quality of human lives, humans ought to reciprocate in kind.

Changing the mind
Washington State University researchers conducted a small study on the human-animal connection in which one group of incarcerated boys spent an hour with shelter dogs while another played video games or basketball. The boys who interacted with the dogs were reportedly “more joyful … and calm … [and] outbursts and hyperactivity diminished.”

The regular interaction had a positive impact on depression, ADHD, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, all common problems at the Excelsior Youth Center.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Prioritizing: Kids, Husband, School, Job, Blogging... Random Tuesday

I have never been the best at prioritizing, but I am working on it. I miss blogging and I am trying to get better at making time for it. However that is easier said than done when I have so much on my plate. Blogging is last on my priority list... It's unfortunate, but that is the way it has to be.

If only my English teacher would grade my blog... I haven't mentioned it yet, but I am a part time online student! I started classes last July. I am currently taking an English class that I have actually enjoyed! Never like English classes in High School, of course I didn't enjoy writing as much then as I do now. Also in High School the teachers always made me read horrible books that I couldn't manage to finish... I love reading as long as I am interested in the topic.

Back to blogging:
Do you remember "Stalk Hop Friday"?
I want to bring it back! It was fun and a great way to grow your social media profiles! At the time I had link-ups for Google+, Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feed, Blog Frog and Networked Blogs.

I'm thinking the list needs to change up a bit. Obviously keep the first 3, but I think maybe add Pinterest. Any other suggestions?

I made a Facebook Page for Stalk Hop Friday!

We are all doing great here in California. I still miss Hawaii, I think I always will. I love the kids new school and they have fantastic teachers!!! Sissy had to do a little catching up in math thanks to Hawaii schools being a little behind but she is getting there! It took several months because we were on a waiting list, but they finally have ABA Therapy services going again! All adjusted and settled in.

I randomly decided to join in on the linky Randomness with Stacy, because why not and I love her blog!

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