Monday, December 24, 2007

Twas the night before Christmas....

and the only creature still stirring is Addison...she wont go to sleep...even with the threat that Santa wont come to leave her toys if she doesnt go to sleep. It is still going to be a great night once she does fall asleep. We have a lot still to wrap and get ready for tomorrow. Josh has a couple of guys coming for dinner tomorrow, so I need to plan dinner. We got a holiday food basket from the ship and it contained all of the fixin's for Christmas dinner, so I will be cooking tomorrow. Instead of turkey, we will have chicken! I will take some pics of tomorrow and I will post them tomorrow some time. Good night everyone and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Friday, December 21, 2007


Its official!! JOSH IS HOME!!!! The ship pulled into port this morning and we were there to welcome it home! We were waiting on LPD-17 USS San Antonio to watch it come to the piers. Afterwards, we were escorted on board. Josh got a nice surprise since I didnt even know it until it happened. He wasnt expecting us till later in the day, but he got to see us early. Both of the kids were soooo excited!!! He has duty until 8 am and then he will be home with us until the 27th, when he had duty again. I will get some pics uploaded and post them here soon. Thanks for listening to all my troubles while he has been gone!

Here is a piece from a local news station

We've had a Navy homecoming every day this week.

But Friday, the sailors were not coming home from deployment.

Instead they were coming home after building the newest ship in the Navy.

It's USS Mesa Verde, the third in a new class of ships that's seen it's share of problems.

Built in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Mesa Verde's trip to its homeport in Norfolk was delayed a year and a half when Hurricane Katrina hit the shipyard there. Nine construction-crew members lost their home.

Making its way past the other ships tied up at the piers at Naval Station Norfolk, Mesa Verde definitely looked different. The masts are enclosed on the ship giving the ship a sleeker look and protecting radar and communications antennae from weather and reducing the ship's vulnerability to detection by the enemy.

The trip was a long time coming for families, many who have lived here alone while their sailors worked on the ship in Mississippi for the past three years.

While the Mesa Verde is the third in the new San Antonio class, it will actually be the first of the class to deploy. That's because those first two ships, USS San Antonio and USS New Orleans, had millions of dollars worth of design problems. They're still working out the kinks now.

The $1.3 billion dollar Mesa Verde is apparently having fewer problems.

"All of the ships are getting better all the time, and each ship continues to improve and to be better than the one before," said Cmdr. Shawn Lobree, Commanding Officer of USS Mesa Verde.

"It feels great," said Senior Chief Robert Hill. "It's been three years building it and it's been a long time. It's really good to be back here in Norfolk."

The sailors get to settle into their permanent home station over the Christmas holiday. It will still be another one and a half to two years of testing and training before mesa verde can deploy.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Josh just sent me a text message to let me know that they are officially underway and on their way home!!! I am sooooooooo excited! I was able to talk to him for a minute earlier after they got back from the cruise before they were going to get things ready to get underway. SO he is on the way and they wont be stopping so I am really looking forward to Friday. He said that the commissioning went well on Saturday.

On another note...I am sick right now. This just sucks. At least I will get it now and hopefully Christmas will be good!!! Addison wasnt feeling good the other day, so I think I just got it from her.

And for a potty training update. No diapers, no accidents. I am soo freaking proud of her!!! She even knows when she needs to go without me prompting her. She has made it 12 hours overnight with no accidents. Last night, she didnt even have a pull up aka Night time panties on. She has worn it for three nights prior and no accidents so I figured it would be okay to let her go without.

I will keep you all updated as the week goes on...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Day 7....

And she is still doing fantastic! We are day 3 of no accidents! I know that they will happen, but she is doing sooooo good with knowing when to go on her own. I am so unbelieveably proud of her and I make sure to tell her that too!!! She even went two hours during church last night with out any accidents or going! I took her before I dropped her off in her class and she didnt go while she was in class so I took her afterwards! YEAH!!!! I really never thought that it would be this easy, but I know that it has been a long time coming.

So now we are down to single digits till Josh gets home. YIPPIE!!!!! He has duty the day that they get back, but I will take the kids up to see him when the ships gets in. I am really excited to see the ship and so it Addison!!!

I am in the process of setting up a website for a business and I am really excited about it. Stephy has been helping me with it all, designing the layout and how to get it ready. (THANK YOU STEPHANIE!!!!!!)

So as soon as it is all done and open for business, I will post the link here for all to see!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

5 days and going strong!!!

The potty training continues..

Addison has been doing very is a recap of the last few days....

She did have two accidents thru the day on Saturday, but she never soaked herself. She started to pee and realized it and would run to the bathroom and finish in the potty! That night, I didnt wake her up before I went to bed, but was going to get her up at 3 when I couldnt sleep. I had just missed her window and she had wet the bed. I told her that it was okay because accidents do happen. She helped me make the bed up and we went to sleep. We slept in because Preston allowed us too, and she did great from then on. On Sunday, I had to leave the house and go to Walmart and the NEX and it was our first venture out of the house without a diaper. I made her go before we left the house, and as soon as we got to Walmart. We were there about an hour and I made her go before we left there. We got to the NEX and we were there about an hour as well, and she held it till we got home. Again, so proud of her!!!! That night, I woke her up to go pee before I went to bed and no accidents either. Monday she did have a couple of accidents, but nothing major, barely wetting herself. Last night, I did put a pull up on but I told her that it was her night time big girl panties and that she couldnt pee in them either. So at about 1:30, sat up straight in bed and I asked her if she needed to go potty and she said yes so i picked her up and took to go potty. She went and woke up this morning still dry!!!! Today, I was a little worried, she had to go to her babysitter and I told her baby sitter last night that she was potty trained and to work with her today and to my surprise, no accidents at all!!! Still, now that we are home, still no pee outside of the potty. And she has started to recognize when she needs to go before she does. She will start to hold herself or do the pee pee dance and I will ask her if she needs to go and she says yes and runs to go.

I am so completely proud of her and she knows it too! I call her a rock star and she just eats it up!!! I told her that if she keeps it up and stays acting like a big girl then Santa would be bringing her an extra special "big girl" present for Christmas!! I think I will get her a special necklace or something really special!!!

10 days and counting....I cant believe tomorrow starts the Single Digit Countdown for Josh to return home. Whats even better, being able to say he will be home NEXT WEEK!!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2007


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Addison has now gone almost 48 hours without wearing a diaper!!!


I am so freaking proud of her!!! AND she has made it thru two naps and one overnight with no accident!!!! She had a minor accident tonight where she started to pee, but realized it and ran to the bathroom and hopped up on the potty and finished peeing in the potty!!!

It all started yesterday morning when she woke up and had to go potty so she did and said that she wanted to wear her big girl panties and I told her that she could, but when mommy told her it was time to go potty, that she had to go with no arguing. I set our alarm clock since it has two alarms and started with every 30 minutes and moved it to 45 minutes and eventually every hour. She did great!!! No accidents at all and she actually peed everytime she went. I woke her up at 2 this morning before I went to bed to give her a chance to pee and she did, but barely any. She slept till 10:15 this morning and still no accidents! I told her when she woke up that she had to go potty and she did!!!

My little girl is growing up so fast!!! No more diapers for her!!!

Now, the real test comes when we leave the house! But I still think that she will do okay!

As for little man...
He started to say mum ma yesterday for the first time. Everytime I say it, he usually says da da. Silly boy...He also started to clap his hands and say hi yesterday. He also stood alone for about a minute. That is the longest he has done that. But he has no intention of walking yet. He doesnt even really want to take a step while holding your hands. Thats fine with me, I want him to wait till his daddy gets home! I am hoping that he will take his first steps on Chrismas day! How awesome would that be?

Josh will be home in 12 days!! We cant wait! We are so excited!!!!

Well, I will keep everyone updated on how the potty training is going!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2007


I just hate days like today. I am just so frustrated and for no apparent reason. My temper is just short and I just feel like shit. I have a headache, and that could be part of it. I just put Preston to bed, and he has started that stupid high pitched squeal/screaming again and I think that is part of it too. It just drives me batty. I try to distract him when he does it, but he is doing out of protest. Whenever he wants to be in the spotlight, he does it. I try not to pay attention to it so he doesnt think that all he has to do is scream at me, but I dont know what else to do. Addison on the other hand, has been doing really well lately. The whining has all but ceased, and the fits are getting shorted and more distant. Dont get me wrong, she still has her moments, afterall, she is still 2. But she is getting much better. She still has some difficulty listening to me when I tell her no, mostly because she wants her way, but I have just started to ignore her and tell her that when she is can stop crying and can listen to me, I will talk to her. So we are improving there.

Josh comes home two weeks from tomorrow. I am so happy about that. Granted, he has duty the same day he gets home and that means he has to stay on the ship, but I do believe that we will be able to go onto the ship to see him the day he gets back. I am so ready for him to be here and for me to be able to have a break. I know that I wont get much of one, but just to have some one here to help with changing diapers or feeding a meal, would be nice.

I think that is all for now... I cant think of much more to say.