Monday, December 5, 2011

I call it home

I am never sure what to say when someone asks me where I'm from... My general answer is "well I was born in Michigan,  we moved to Arizona when I was a kid, but now we live in San Diego"... I used to say that  I'm from Arizona (Show Low to be exact), that's where I graduated high school and it's still where I keep lots of my favorite people.However most of my extended family all still live in Michigan...

When Daniel and I first got married we moved to Hawaii two weeks later.  I hated it at first but grew to love it. However when it was time to go it was time to go.  When Daniel asked me where I wanted to live I said "I don't care I just NEVER want to live in Norfolk or California".  I said it, it's true..  I never wanted to go either of those places.  I had heard horrible things about Norfolk, and was pretty sure I'd be swallowed whole in California by a giant earthquake.

As fate would have it we moved from Hawaii to Norfolk, VA (which I was largely correct about) and then onto California.

We rolled into Escondido with a two week old Tanner a 2 year old Paige and a 4 year old Connor...and I hated it. I hated the rain it rained so hard the first few weeks we were here, I hated the freeway, I just was sad about the whole California experience.

Fast forward 11 years.  I can't imagine leaving San Diego. This is my home.  I love my kids schools, I love our church family, I love our friends, I LOVE California.  I got used to the freeways, it hasn't really rained since, and the earth has yet to suck me in. I have made some of the best friends ever, I have had the chance to get involved in so much that I never would have had I never left Show Low.  Last year when we truly thought we were being moved (because the Navy said "hey your being moved" ) I was truly heartbroken. It's not just a city, I call it home.

So if you ask me where I'm from.. I'll stick with San Diego... I'm not going anywhere.

I mean come on....

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's not just a job, it's an adventure...

So on the way to school this morning a "join the military change the world"  type commercial came on the radio...

Now as you may all guess, I am a fairly big supporter of the military, so no disrespect is meant by this at all.

The commercial had a man (presumably solider) talking about joining the military.  I was totally with him until he said "one day I was in uniform getting gas, and a woman who was a total stranger came up and hugged me... that's what it's all about"

ummmmmmm THAT'S what it's all about??

Random hugs??

Not defending freedom, being part of the glue that binds this country, protecting the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of  happiness?

Nope.. being in the military is all about getting hugs from random chics at gas stations...

I know that's why Daniel joined...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

thoughts that I think



I have a bunch of random things flowing through my brain.. as per normal, so here is one of them.

I had an epiphany the other day at 2 a.m. while standing in a public restroom. (odd place I know.) I was staring into a mirror watching much younger women scurry in and out and I really saw myself.  Not a cursory glance to see if my hair was sticking up or if there was broccoli in my teeth, I mean a deep looked into my soul moment.

I always seem to be waiting on something. When X is over I'll have more time.. or if I just quit doing Y this will be better.  Once the kids are a little older, once summer comes, once summer is over, and it hit me!!  I have been waiting for the wrong things.  I THOUGHT I was waiting for things that haven't happened yet.. but in actuality I don't think I was.  I was really waiting for life to regress. I was waiting to suddenly wake up and be 24 again and weigh 120lbs and have more energy and less wrinkles, have a more positive outlook, have a brain that wasn't plagued with lesions that made my side numb and my thoughts leave, to have small children who needed bottles opposed to car keys.. but that's never going to happen, and deep down in some completely unreasonable fashion my life was on hold  as I waited for it to regress.

I've been on a mission of self improvement I think pretty much my whole life, as i have tried to fill myself into the mold others have thought I am in or should be in .  In the midst of all this I have let my family down and I let myself down.  I have let my health go to the wayside to save face, and the reality is I really shouldn't do some of the things I get myself wrapped up in.  I'm realizing there is a difference.  It's not that I CAN'T do things.. I'm still physically able to.. but I shouldn't..  My focus is shifting... I need to spend more time enjoying the moments that are happening right now, and making sure that I am here to see a lot more moments. You only live once ya know.. and I feel like I've completely wasted the past few years, and I don't want to waste any more.

The past is the past, and I don't want to lose anymore of my tomorrows waiting for yesterday.. so ever onward.

<3


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Turkey Trot or giant goose egg???

Today was our schools annual turkey trot.

Every year the winners in each grade get a turkey , well that's how it USED to be. 

From what I understand, from the powers that be, the turkey trot, is now a "fun run" with no winners, because it was creating too much competition.

Really??

REALLY??


soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

We can't give awards for academic achievement because the kids who aren't as smart will feel bad.

We can't give awards for athletic achievement because the kids who aren't as athletic will feel bad.

I think my boys summed it up this morning...

Tanner - "It's not even a turkey trot anymore, it was the TURKEY trot, because you could win a TURKEY"

Garrett - "This year it's a disappointment trot"




Wednesday, November 16, 2011

failure

Yep I made it HALF just half the way through the month of blogging everyday.  Which is sorta impressive. I missed yesterday...

I had ever intent of blogging...

I could have blogged about
parent teacher conferences

the call I got from school

or possibly my daughters new found vegetarianism...

but instead...

I fell asleep at 8 :)

ahh life goes on

and I shall live to blog another day!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ode to my brother

My brother is so talented
My brother is so smart
He may not be perfect
But he has the kindest heart

My brother is a little crazy
You will find no one bolder
Look past his baby face
Please don't forget that he is older

My brother is so funny
My brother sometimes rants
No matter how old we get
I'll still call him "farty pants"

My brother threw me in a dumpster
Locked me in a rabbit hutch
Somehow we made it to adulthood
And I love him very much!





If you all have never checked out his youtube channel.. you totally should
he's an amazing singer!

http://www.youtube.com/user/Louchart45

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Movie snacks

Going to the movies, especially as a family of 6 can add up pretty quickly.
Here in "America's finest city" of San Diego a movie ticket will run you around $11.00.  Now  times that by 6 and then add another 50 bucks in popcorn.. yah I don't feel too bad to admit, that I sneak in movie snacks.
I know shocking.. but I do. I break a rule.. *GASP*
We even have a blue hobo bag, that my kids call the "movie purse".
A quick run through Target and we have plenty of suckers and crackers to get through a movie.
No problems. Everyone happy, I save money on popcorn. win win

Last night Connor went to the movies with some of his friends. Keeping in tradition, he went to one of the stores in the mall to get snacks. I have no issues there (movie food should be cheaper).
He spent last night at his friend's house.  This morning when he came home he brought his leftover movie snacks with him.
I am amazed at what  he was able to sneak in.
Either
A) they just don't care
or
B) 6ft teenage boys are intimidating...

either way here's the popcorn that was left over. He and his friends ate about half of the 4lbs of popcorn.




which due to the size of the bag, and the fact that they got it in .. I'm thinking next time, we're sneaking in Garrett.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bullying

We have had to deal with bullying  this year, poor Tanner has been subject to a lot of stupidity by a particular child in his class.  Despite my deepest desires to grab this little snot munchkin and shake the ever living daylights out of him, I've been advised that this is in fact frowned upon and would look bad since I do kinda work at the school.  (side note* said administration better get off it's hiney)

breathe breathe breathe... but I digress....

This blog post however,  is actually about an anti bullying skit my daughter helped write for a troop project for girl scouts, and they performed last night.

Paigey played one of the mean girls.  I was very proud of them. All four of the girls in Paige's troop have dealt with bullying themselves at some level.  They all wrote various parts of the skits.  They had a little discussion period  at the end with the younger girls that they were performing for. It was really neat. The skit was funny and silly, but they also got a  great point across. Afterwards some of the little girls felt comfortable sharing some of the things they had gone, or were going through.

Here is just one small piece of the skit. The volume is loud so you may want to turn it down ;), the video does this weird zoomy blurry thing.. but you get the idea.



I love these girls!












Friday, November 11, 2011

shopping days shopping days just 43 days till Christmas

(if you are from Show Low,  then you're welcome,  you'll be singing that commercial all day) :)

Christmas is drawing nearer, and at this time of the year all of the catalogs, toy flyers, sales adds ect.. are quickly snatched by my youngest children.  They then, circle the items they want for Christmas.  Now I do tell them that "just because they circle it, does not mean they will absolutely get it", it just gives me ideas of what they like.

I'm so very happy that I made that disclaimer...





on a side note : I need to look and see if  the 99cent store has a Christmas Catalog.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

RAWR!

I love old pictures!! I think this was from my "Lion King" phase.  POOF!



















Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fact or fiction

Can you pick out the things that I'm lying about?

I am 5'6

When I'm not wearing glasses, I always wear colored contacts

All 4 of my kids have straight A's

In the last 6 weeks I've won over 500$ worth of merchandise

I don't drink beer (ever)

I'm the oldest child, I have one younger brother

I know all the words to gangsters paradise

I've lost 13lbs in the last 4 weeks

I re-re-registered for college last week

My life seems to be returning to a "normal" mode

I have the most amazing friends on the planet

I always wanted to have 7 kids, but stopped at 4 because I almost died in labor.

I don't like my birthday (and not because I think I'm old.. I'm not.. I'm 32) :)

I had no unique blog ideas tonight so I did this. :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

quite possibly the best find ever!!

I have a bit of a deep love for goodwill.  I always find great/cheap/pretty much new cool stuff there.

I have found awesome things,  like this purse














and this one.. aka my "Oach"
















as well as so much other absolutely  faboo stuff...

but nothing and I mean


NO THING


will ever be as great of a find as this

yes folks it's in a sealed original box


It's ok to be jealous.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I am sad when my friends are sad


Sometimes life it isn't fair
and  we can lose ourselves in our despair
in your ups and in your downs
know that I will be around

When you're feeling out of luck
in the moments when life just sucks
I'll be here to lend an ear
or simply just to buy the beer

My heart it breaks for you today
but I know better times are on the way.
Love you always till the end
so very blessed that you're my friends


I LOVE YOU WENDI AND SHANNON!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

a funny thing happened on the way to the DMV

Daniel checked into his new command this week. Prior to this we needed to go get his car's registration renewed.  The hurdle that needed jumping was in order to attain said registration we had to get his car smogged.  Daniel's car is a tad bit on the old side and passing the smog test has proven to be not super easy. (Made less easy when one lets afore mentioned car sit without running it for most of a year).
We tried to do some home maintenance in preparation, and then just hoped and prayed it would pass.

Daniel called to let me know that MIRACULOUSLY the car passed smog!! Oh happy day! :) He was off to the DMV to register it.  Finished up at the DMV then headed home...

... that's when the fuel pump broke.

Silver lining.. we don't have to worry about smog for a few more years! :)

isn't it ironic.. don't ya think?

(on a side note.. don't take your car to Pepboys.. what awful customer service!)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

I Vow..

I Amy Eagle being of no mind and reasonably sound body to solemnly vow to:

... take better care of my vehicles so they stop breaking

... take better care of my body so it stops breaking

... to read more

... to listen more (I would say talk less, but lets be honest.. it can't be done)

... to be a better wife

... pray more

... play more

... care less ( and not in a selfish way, in a "I worry too much about how others perceive me" way)

... make sure my kids floss

... to move out of housing with-in the next 15 months

... do something out of character

.... be me in all situations

... to be a better mom

...to teach Smokey how to do... SOMETHING good

... to NOT volunteer for anything new

... to DEvolunteer from a few current obligations

... to not skip my dr. appointments

... to be just a little bit more awesome each day.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Random useless facts about me

Because I have nothing horribly interesting to write about today, I will be writing completely useless, random, and most likely already known facts about myself

1. I am almost 37, but unintentionally lie about my age ALL the time. My brain froze at 32.. and often that is still what comes out when people ask... not sure why.

2. I REALLY like bacon. I liked bacon WELL before it was cool to like bacon.. I think I invented liking bacon.

3. After listening to Dr.Oz I think I may be suffering from perimenopausal rage.. (actually it would be the people around me who are suffering)

4. I love board games.. finding people to play with me is the hard part.

5. It took me over 20 years to realize what "little red corvette" was about.. and you may all be surprised to know it's NOT about a car.

6. I randomly write the word "penis" on Laurie and Jules's face book walls. This started several years ago, I can't remember why.. yep deep down inside.. I'm 12.

7.  I used to be able to tuck my feet under my rib cage.. I can't anymore.. I'm too fat.  (insert random inane diet comment here)

8. Generally speaking I like everyone. You really have to work hard to make me not like you.. and even then I usually come around.

9. I can't say NO. I don't know what it is.. I hate letting people down, I like to feel needed.. not sure.. I'll ask Dr.OZ.

10. I need a weekend away.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Giving thanks

Ok so today I am having a hard time focusing on the POSITIVE.. so I'm forcing myself to...

With Thanksgiving approaching, and lots of fabulousness in my life.. I'm thankful for a lot...

so here are a few...

I AM THANKFUL FOR

Tanner's successful surgery last Friday and speedy recovery

Garrett's sense of humor

Paige's straight A's and her getting her phone back (with some assist from mom)

Connor's awesome attitude, helpfulness, and he has cool hair.

Getting a free battery from wal-mart

Amazing friends

Enterprise rent-a-car having a military discount

Daniel's car passing smog

Auto-correct (it keeps me entertained)

The most AMAZING family pictures ever!

My fabulous hubby who always looks at the positive

Getting to watch "Rocky Horror" last night

Green having Student Council after all this year (yes I volunteered to run it)

God and all he has blessed us with and continues to do so

Cherry limeaid

Peppermint Icecream

and the extraordinarily comfortable jeans I am wearing

Red cups

BACON

things made out of BACON

things that are BACON flavored

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The learning curve

Happy November!
You know what that means???
It's NATIONAL BLOG POSTING MONTH!!
Which means that in the hopes of winning fabulous prizes, I will be blogging every day in the month of November.  That and I like to ramble on about nothing. :)

First rambling will be

Things I've learned recently:

Waaaay too much about boy parts

I like to help when there is a need, but there comes a time when one is filling a need that no longer exists. So I have decided to walk away from something that I've been involved in for a long time, but it's a good thing! (and don't worry Kristen it's not Awana) :)

There is moisture inside popcorn kernels!

I have the most amazing life ever! (ok I didn't just learn that) it amazes me! How did I get so lucky? :)

I over share (which some misconstrue as other things.. I need to share less.. but man I love to talk) :)

I can't juggle (only schedules).. ouch

Car batteries can die and your lights can still work.. weird huh??

I kinda rock the black hair.

My December is looking VERY busy

I don't have a pan big enough for my 28.5lb turkey

I'm going to have 15 people over for Thanksgiving dinner. Anyone else want to come?? I have lots of turkey :)

I want to learn how to make a rhubarb pie.. (who knows how?)

Not all people have good in them.. no matter how much you want them to.

I'm pretty brave sometimes. :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

because it's all about YOU!

Daniel's cruise is coming to an end, and boy am I ready to put this one in the history books.
There were ups and downs, but we made it through, and I couldn't have done it with out YOU.

So I really need to take a moment to thank you, yes YOU right there, you the one reading this thank YOU for being an awesome amazing person!

Thanks for keeping me sane, even when I was driving you insane.

For being there at 2:00 a.m. when I just needed adult conversation

All the fabulous Wednesday nights at LS

Hilarious texts, words with friends,  emails

Laughing ourselves silly

Letting me be there for you when you needed me

Yogurt Mondays

Porch  chat on Friday nights, and lots of random afternoons

You rocked it out to our favorite 80's boy band with me..

My audibly blond honey badgers forever!

Sleepovers, play dates, words of wisdom, long talks, short talks, laughs, wine, several other grownup drinks :). Telling me what I needed to hear, being honest with me. Letting me vent, but also telling me when I was being a giant pansy. Seeing things in me that I don't even see in myself. THANK YOU

I have the most amazing friends and family..near and far

Thank YOU to all the "you's" in my life.

I am so very blessed.

My life would not be nearly as fun and entertaining without YOU

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The facts of life

You take the good
you take the bad
you take them both
and there you have...

the random spewing thoughts of my mind....

Don't rely on people to make you happy, people will always let you down.

A 7 year old boy with a bloody nose and allergies can make your bathroom look like a crime scene in .06 seconds.

Teenage boys really are from a different planet.

If you are going to criticize someone for being messy, take a gander in the mirror first.

I have several groups of friends, yet manage to hold the same role in all groups.. the "oh yah ......and Amy" role..

If your missing anything in this house, look up! Odds are Connor taped it to the ceiling.

13 year old girls can be fairly surly.

I follow (in a complete legal non-stalking manner) NKOTB and  will continue to attend as many concerts as possible as long as they tour... WHAT!?  Danny Wood is magically delicious..

Car batteries are touchy.

Most things can be fixed with a screwdriver!

You know your done, when you find left over pieces.

A touch of crazy , never hurts.

Most things are better with age, just not milk...

Appreciate those around you, you never know what tomorrow brings.

You can't control how others act, however you can control how you REACT.

Apples to Apples is a full contact sport.

Being alone isn't really my thing.

AZ was bad for my diet.

Adore those who adore you, it makes life easier.

I have been blessed by some pretty spectacular people in my life.. hopefully I don't scare them off.

I will never see the point of highwaisted jeans. With my tiny torso, the button would be just under my chin!

I need to go to bed earlier, some of the 2 a.m. infomercials are looking pretty temping.

Behold the power of a ten year old having a bad day.

117 degrees regardless of it being a "dry heat" is just ridiculous!

Don't use the eleptical bare foot.

It's ok to need others, just never lose your own independence. Be your own champion!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Military dads

Sunday was Father's day. (I'm sure you are all aware)


As you all know my husband (and subsequently the father of my children) is currently deployed. On Father's day someone said something that all in one second, upset, angered and saddened me. Even though I know the words were not meant in the way they were received, and there was no malice or intent to offend, they stung none-the-less.

Since then I have been really thinking / dwelling on WHAT is a Military dad, and what is his role?

Granted I do feel like a single parent at times. Times generally when all 4 kids have 4 different activities in 4 different locations, yet all starting at precisely the same time.. :) However I am never alone in my parenting plight.

Whereas his role changes while he is deployed, obviously he can't take Paige to soccer practice, or run Garrett to get stitches, but he is always present. Every moment of my child's life regardless of circumstances, they have always known that their father loves them.

So what is a Military dad?

A Military dad
is still king of his castle (or rack, foxhole, birthing)
is always there (regardless of the miles between)
is a role model who teaches his child to stand up for what's right, defend what they believe in
is a hero in the truest form.

A Military dad
misses holidays
misses birthdays
misses births
misses his children with every fiber of his being

A Military dad
is there for holidays (via email, cards, letters, pictures)
is there for birthdays (even when it's over the phone)
is there for births (even if only in my heart)
is there for his children, provides for his children, and cherishes the moments he has

A Military dad
never becomes complacent (as he knows he could be pulled away in a moment)
never takes for granted the little things (even if that is sitting with a frustrated teenager and a algebra book.) 
never regrets the choices he made to serve and protect, not only his country, but his family.
never forgets what it means to be a military dad.

HAPPY (belated) FATHER'S DAY!!

LOVE TO ALL YOU MILITARY DADS!!!