Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A story for this fine Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran’s day. A day to reflect and appreciate all who have served this great country of ours in any capacity as part of the armed forces.

I am blessed to be surrounded in my life by some of the most noble, giving, hilarious, kind hearted, dedicated veterans.

I found myself reflecting a lot today, not just about veteran’s day, but about the 22 years my husband served, the friends we made, the things that shaped our life.  

Today I would like to thank one specific veteran.  I never got to thank him. I don’t know his name, and I’m sure I never will, but this story not only brings me great emotion it also sums up the willingness that so many men and women in our military have to serve, to help, no matter what.

This happened about 5 years ago. Daniel was deployed, Connor was at a band competition and it was just me, Paige and the little boys.  Paige had a very rough time in her early life with her kidneys (as some of you may recall).  This particular day a rotten kidney infection popped up and it was fierce. These would come on alarmingly fast, she would not be able to straighten her body out, her fever would spike to as high as 105 and we would have to get her to the hospital fast as she was often admitted in these cases.  

The morning started out with her feeling a little under the weather, but by afternoon it was apparent what was happening, I threw the boys at a friend and headed to the ER at the Naval hospital here in San Diego.  By the time we arrived Paige was pale, she couldn't stand up. At this point in time, they were in the process of renovating the ER area and the parking area close up was down to only a few spots so we had to park in the parking garage. I got her out of the car and tried to head towards the ER. She couldn't straighten her body, so I lifted her up best I could and started carrying her towards the hospital.  8th grade paige was roughly the same size as current Paige, and I have obviously not grown (vertically) since then, so I am sure it was quite the site to see my 5’5 self trying to hoist her up and get across the street. I was struggling, she was crying, so I started crying... That’s when you showed up. You came out of nowhere. I didn't even see you until you grabbed her from me and ran to the ER. You just bolted across the compound with her, I couldn't even keep up. You set her down as a nurse rushed out with a wheel chair and started peppering me with questions. It wasn't until you were walking away that I noticed the full braces on both of your legs, and the cane that you had dropped on the sidewalk when you grabbed her from me.  By the time the nurse checked her in.. you were gone. I never got to thank you. Not only did you help me at that moment, you also showed my daughter how this community rolls, how we look out for each other, and how great our service men are. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you

Saturday, April 25, 2015

It's only been 2 weeks?!?!!

In the last 2 weeks...

Daniel retired

A bunch of family and friends came out to celebrate!

I saw Barry Manilow in concert with my parents..

Daniel started his new job at SPAWAR

The boys played at the STEAM expo

The transmission in my van went 

(/\ that's what a transmission looks like, who knew?)

We moved

That's a lot of life in two weeks.. I've had some stressy moments, (by stressy moments, I mean totally lost my shit) but I I am fortunate enough to have great friends to talk me down. Now that we are at our new house, much of the storm has passed, I must say... I LOVE IT!!

I really do love everything about it! We are adjusting quite nicely to civilian life. Daniel's job seems good, the kids are all doing well, the van is at the van hospital getting better. As for the new house... It's perfect!

The old house had a negative energy. I know not everyone believes in ghosts/spirits ect.. but I do, and there was a presence in that house... It's not here. Even the dogs are more calm in this house. There is a peace, there is a lightness. I know we will be happy here. We already are!!

Peace out Hepburn ct! It's been real!

As for me, I'm loving life! 

Now back to the unpacking. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I'm not offended

I think life in general would be so much easier to navigate if we all collectively agreed to stop getting offended and lashing out so damn easy.

We are all human, we are all on the same path, the same life journey, and if we stop judging and making each other feel bad about who they are, how much greater will the journey be for all of us?

So here is me

I don't run (often)
I don't eat organic
I love greasy food
I'm not skinny
I drive too fast
I love beer
I like guns
I swear too much
I forget birthdays
I don't spank my kids
I don't punish for bad grades
I sometimes am dangerously close to helicopter status
I'm not June Cleaver
I'm a Christian
I'm not a big fan of the current POTUS
I believe in ghosts
I'm straight
I'm really smart
I'm extroverted and pretty loud

I'm not offended if you do/don't/aren't/ are. I will never put you down even if you do everything the exact opposite of me. It's who you are, and I love all the things that make you who you are. All I ask is for the same in return. You will get back what you put out, so let's all put out a lot more positive.

Making mean, backhanded, hurtful comments serve no good. We don't have to step on others to feel good about ourselves.

Compliment more, love more, show kindness more. When you're tempted to make that snide jab, say something nice instead.. You'll be making 2 people feel better about themselves.

❤️PEACE ❤️

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Year in review/ New Years / the ramblings of my inner monolouge

I did not send out Christmas cards this year.  I do feel pretty badly about this, because A) 42 people sent them to me and B) I never really got feeling too Christmassy this year, and now that it's over I have regrets.  I figured I would do a year in review here, for anyone who was interested.

Now that Christmas is over and we are into the New Year, every one is making resolutions and plans for a "great" new year. Now that I have the timehop app I realize I've been in this ridiculous rut for... like... ever!  Thanks to social media I can tell you exactly what my resolutions for last year were.

Lose 100lbs

Get on top of my finances

Work out at least 4 times a week

Stop drinking soda

Be a better wife/mom/friend et al

As I sit here in my extra large pajama pants, drinking a diet coke, while avoiding answering the phone for fear of actually talking to the collectors, I realize I may have fallen just a teense short of these lofty goals.

The Eagle family review

(I don't only write to entertain, I write because I can't afford therapy)

As I look back at this year I realize it's been full of a lot of really great things. So here are some of the super awesome things that happened in 2014.

Connor found his voice and courage and spent his senior year as part of the choir. We had the opportunity to see him perform in a lot of cool things including playing the part of Firmin in Phantom of the Opera. Connor also got to do super fun things like graduating high school and starting college.

Garrett said goodbye to the 5th grade and hello to middle school. He is also shaping up to be quite the little singer and saxophone player.

Tanner is now in 8th grade, and pretty much the kindest soul I know. He and Garret got to go to the Reggie Bush football camp last summer. He also just spent Christmas break attending bowl games with his dad, Poinsettia and Rose. 

Paige is a fabulous, smart, beautiful junior in high school.  Her and I were given the wonderful opportunity to go to Michigan last summer and see a lot of our extended family. She attended her first ever dance this past fall, (homecoming) Paige turned 16 this year and had a fabulous beach bonfire party with some of her favorite peoples. 

We as a family went to comic-con last July (and hopefully will again this year) .  We spent a lot of great family time last year actually, camping, movies, board games, I really am blessed with a great little family. 

Daniel and I hit our 20 year anniversary, and I went off and turned 40. 

We've had our fair share of challenges too, at times I've let that consume me, but my goal for 2015 is to not let it. I will rise above these challenges. I'm going to work on changing the things I can change, and try to stress less about the things I can't.

In May we learned that Garrett has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Prior to May I had never heard of this, now I am all to familiar with the evil it holds.  It's been fairly challenging, but Garrett is quite the trooper. He has missed more school than he's made this year and because of that I haven't been able to work as much as initially hoped.  On the bright side however, I've gotten to spend a whole lot of one on one time with this fabulous little human.  Toughest kid I know.

 Daniel will be retiring in the next few months, we will be moving, our lives will be changing a lot. I don't know how things will work out yet, but I am hopefully that they will. I keep hoping to find 5,000$ in a mysterious box in the attic, but that's not looking to likely.. so I'll make it work somehow, I will go forward. It's a pretty scary time and we aren't where I hoped we would be at this point in our lives, but I believe that we will get there. 

When you look at it though, The good outweighs the bad, the hope outweighs the fear and together there isn't much we can't do.

2014 also was a year of great times with amazing people. I am so grateful for my amazing friends I would be so lost without them . 

Also collectively  in 2014 we saw A LOT of celebrities. :)

(Bonus points to the first person who can name them all)

So here we are entering 2015. I won't make resolutions, but I will make one goal. 

I will not let 2015 beat me.