March 31, 2009
March 26, 2009
Pictures from Iraq, the stats went through the roof. Back to just us, traffic slowed waaay down.
Well too bad, because there’s just more FJ and family in the near future, lol!
Seriously, how awesome is this?
Yeah, I know you’re jealous, that’s the real live Weinermobile. When I saw this puppy parked at a local motel I had to turn around because with my luck it would’ve been gone by the time we got back from running errands.
Joel thought it was the coolest thing ever because he had seen it on one of his shows about cars and trucks.
March 25, 2009
We went to play at the park by the lake. FJ just sat back and watched
He looked so lonely that I sat down and joined him
The claim is that spring is here…but considering that the boys were chucking branches at the ices covered lake, I’m gonna say not quite yet.
March 24, 2009
March 23, 2009
There’s a sports bar/restaurant in town that RJ and I really love to go to. Banks of tv’s mounted from the ceiling showing all manner of sports (and sometimes even cartoons!), flat screens on the walls, a digital projector and huge screen, and even TV’s in the restrooms! They have good food and a really friendly atmosphere and it’s just great. We especially like to go for March Madness, though it’s generally incredibly packed. This year I met up with a couple friends to watch the Zags play, and of course I took FJ along.
March 21, 2009
Update: I have permission to link Travis’s blog! Find his shenanigans here.
People take the oddest things with them when they deploy…
This is Crazy Clown. One of our friends has been taking him around for photo ops. He’s small and sitting right in the middle of the picture.
And in the desert, of course
This little guy belongs to one of RJ’s coworkers:
And this is Wynonna. I believe that in the song Wynonna HAD a big brown beaver, not WAS a big brown beaver. We’ll still give them credit for the catchy name though…
Wynonna is the mascot for the Base Command Group somewhere else in the vast desert of Iraq. I snagged this picture off of Travis’s blog. You met Flat Travis earlier. Hey Travis, if you want me to link your blog let me know!
If I recall correctly, Travis should be headed home soon. Yay for Meredith and the kids!!
March 18, 2009
Real Jared sent me some pictures on CD and I just love some of them too much to keep them to myself…
Daddy with his “Flat boys” and outside the door decorated for Christmas. I was totally shocked to see RJ get into Christmas this year since he is such the Bah Humbug type normally and only puts up with all the decorations and goodies to humor me. I guess spending the holidays with your family thousands of miles away can do that to a person.
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March 17, 2009
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This is the perfect time of year for some fresh baked cookies straight to your door. Look no further than Cookies Direct!
The best thing is that if you join Club Nine and pay a mere nine dollars more for your order(sure you can just donate the nine dollars, but why would you do that when you could just as easily buy yourself some cookies too?) you will be adding an extra dozen cookies to an order being sent overseas! Click here for more info on how treating yourself to some fresh baked cookies can also help treat a soldier to an extra taste of home!
P.S. Their selection of rubber duckies is truly awesome. I personally love the ninja duck, which one is your favorite?
March 15, 2009
In the fall I sent several carefully worded letters to our local chapters of the American Red Cross asking them to consider including Flat Daddies in their funding proposals for the upcoming year. I got a few responses thanking me for the info but didn’t hear anything more about it.
Until last night, when I saw on the news that our local chapter was passing out information about their new Flat Daddy program on the local Air Force base! It’s not everywhere and it certainly wasn’t just because I wrote a couple letters, but everyone who wrote and asked them to consider Flat Daddies should be proud. Yes, your one little voice really can make a difference! Hundreds of families at the local AF base have deployments of 3 to 6 months every year and now they too can have a little extra comfort from a Flat Mommy or Daddy. Way to go everybody! Didn’t get a chance to write last year? Not to fret, you’ll have another chance…
Ultimately I’d really like to see more attention brought to the families in our position. Many Guard families are in uncharted territory when their loved one deploys. Sometimes they’re far from military bases, sometimes they’re near a base but it’s a different branch of service. Every branch has their own lingo and routines and if you’re used to something else it can be tough bridging the gap. Sometimes they haven’t had any real interaction with Active Duty military and have no idea what’s going on. Suddenly they’re throw into an Active Duty situation with no adjustment time to cushion the blow. It’s a scary and confusing time for everyone, and it can be a lot harder when your whole world is suddenly turned upside down with pay cuts and health care changes, etc. We’re so far from RJ’s unit that I see the real gaps in the system firsthand, and someday I hope to be able to make some changes in that.
Reach out to those around you, military or civilian. There may be friends or family who have lost jobs or are losing homes, or people who are just feeling a little lonely and scared, and a kind word from you can help to ease their fears. Let’s take care of each other, and be safe out there!!
March 15, 2009
This is a picture we got at Chuck E Cheese the other night. There was a family nearby with older children(teenagers) and one of the girls jumped in trying to help getting Mira to look the right direction. After the picture was taken and we were waiting for it to print the mother and daughter came over to tell me how touched they were by our Flat Daddy. In fact, the father of the bunch was brought to tears watching the kids and their daddy play together, which was kind of weird and awkward actually. It was a great opportunity to talk about our causes and pass out some Iraq War Heroes cards. Everyone was great and we’re so thankful it was such a wonderful evening.