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In real time (unless, you know, you are reading this at 9:13 am, then it's not real anymore...) :)

I'm sitting here, in my bed, having just watched "Salt" (which I scratched my head and said "I'm confused" throughout most of), and anticipating the Memorial Day holiday tomorrow.

I'm not sure how many times I've said it here before, but I am SO grateful for our military, past and present, and their families. The sacrifices you ALL make (made) for us, for our freedom, for our ability to live the American Dream is so incredible, that I find myself at a loss for words to express my gratitude...

So, I will just say, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. And God Bless you.

In further "real time" news, I'm tired, fighting off the plague that is causing the younger two of my children to bark like seals, and worrying about the forecast. With all the horrific storms in Missouri and, what feels like, the rest of America, when I see a forecast that predicts storms that "may be severe", it puts me on edge.

My husband is snoring. Sleeping like a little baby (well, a little snoring baby) right beside me. I'm looking at him, amazed by how much I still really like the guy, all these years later! ;)

I'm worrying about a talk that I need to have with two of my kids tomorrow...seems as if the three letter "s" word has been being tossed around a bit by them. This is the part of parenting that I don't enjoy so much. The fact that my kids, who, at 7 and 9, aren't necessarily ready, in MY mind, to learn about some aspects of human nature, hear things away from home that necessitate conversations like I'm about to have.

Wish me luck on that one.

And with that, I bid you goodnight.


  1. Surprisingly I actually liked the movie, Salt.

    Thank you for mentioning Memorial Day and the reason behind it! I lost my cousin, KIA in Iraq, and it never gets any easier. So just seeing the support around the nation for our Military is so heartwarming.

    Good luck on the big "s" talk, I definitely don't envy parents on that aspect. But I'm sure the talk will e over before ya know it ;)

    Happy Memorial Day!

  2. Thank you SO much for the kind words about Memorial Day and the service members and their families. It's people like you who make going through a 12 month deployment bearable. (It's people who don't appreciate what we do that make it unbearable)

    And OMG, I can't believe you're having to have the "s" talk with your 7 & 9 year old...(and let me just make myself look bad, but it took me all of 2 minutes to realize what 3 letter "s" word you were talking about...I was like "s" word, 3 letters, WHAT?!? HAHAHA) Good luck with that.

  3. Yes, God bless our military, past and present! :)

    As for the big talk...good luck. Not my favorite part of parenting either. I finally figured out that I over think it. If I keep it simple and then just answer the questions they have, it saves me much agony. So finally, after three 'talks', I'm good to go when #4 needs to know. ;)

  4. I fell asleep during Salt.... ( oops)

    And I wish you all the luck in your conversation with your kiddo's. Mine have both had it and it wasn''t that bad, in fact they looked at me like I was a retard for not already talking to them. Sigh...

    I also bring it up at a moments notices... yes, I am that kind of mom. Nothing is secret. WE have an open door in our home... I want my kids to talk to me about anything and if not me, then someone they trust.
    Kids today are exposed to so much way earlier then I remember being a kid. Its scary.

    Good Luck!

  5. I usually love Angelina Jolie movies and I could not stand Salt.I had trouble following it.

  6. I know, hasn't this weather been crazy! And now there's supposedly more coming tonight! Ugh.

    Hope your talk went well with your kiddos. Isn't that crazy that kids are hearing this stuff earlier and earlier. Oh well, better they hear it directly from you.

  7. Kisma
    I almost feel silly even saying anything because I'm sure you didn't mean anything bad by it, but feel the need to point out your use of the word retard. It is a word that can be so hurtful even when it is not being said in a mean way. It is something that I grew up hearing and even saying occasionally...until I had a niece with down syndrome and have seen how upset my SIL gets when she hears it. I can only imagine how painful it will be when my niece is old enough to understand what it means.

    Ok end is just kind of a sore spot recently. I just want to say again that I know that you were not saying with even a hint of mean-ness.

  8. Kisma, we have a super open-door policy, too. My five year-old knows more now than I did as a teenger. But I was very sheltered and got most of my (very inaccurate) information on the "s" word from kids at school. Mama I know it's scary, but better they feel they can talk to you than asking the "experienced" girl or boy in their class. Good luck!


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