Thursday, September 9, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I would like to announce to everyone I am about to embark on the biggest adventure my biggest dream yet to date! Yes! I am going to college!
I am SOO excited!! I have enrolled at Rasmussen College in the Financial Investigations program.
Other big news on the homefront Little Man turned the be ONE on the 9th! AND has cut 3 teeth!! My baby is growing up.
And of course FF and I are absoutly addictied to the Olympics.
I hope everyone is having a great month! For anyone in a snow covered state I hope it is getting warmer for you! I officially have the snow BLAHS it has been hard to be motivated to do much of anything this month (hence my absents) but I have missed everyone and sharing my (mis)adventures with you and reading all of yours!!
More including adorable pictures tomorrow!
Miss you all!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
So tonight on my way home from work I stopped at Target and bought a cake mix and yes even a cake pan. I was determined I was going to make a cake with my daughter.
NOT Just ANY cake but a Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese frosting! Of course Sweet Pea wants to know when we are going to decorate it too look like the ones on TV. Well honey, we need a little practice first... a lot of practice.
I am very proud of myself... lets ignore the fact that at least 3 of them pictured here... yeah they don't exist anymore... (What diet plan?)
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Little Man had a very lazy day (pushing his first tooth! has really worn him out!) Yes, 10 days shy of his first birthday he is now getting a tooth!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
To walk outside takes your breath away- cold and crisp its hard to get it back. Everyone walks around with there noses tucked into neck of there coats. Everything is an icicle with about 3 inches of ice covering most parking lots. As we near another weekend of too cold to do much of anything we sit indoors and wait. (Did I mention I was supposed to be in Charleston SC this weekend? I hear it’s warm there!).
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
He is a member of the local Volunteer Fire Department and one of a small handful on the Rescue squad as well. These men are a close knit group, all cut from the same tough fireproof material. Every little boy dreams at one point or another of being a Fireman but only a small number are actually firemen at heart.
Just another night in the life of a Volunteer Firefighter.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I can't say I feel like a "Real Blogger" just yet. Although I now have 5 dear followers that I truly cherish and roughly 200+ views on my new blog. I get giddy to see someone has left a comment and it’s nice to know someone enjoys reading what I have to say (or at least opens my page long enough for the counter to go up one more number!).
I remember My FF asking me if this was sort of "some dear diary thing" and I guess in a way it is that... and a whole lot more. The blogs I have come across and the women I have met though them are amazing women- independent and strong each in there own way- yet we have something that connects us together... our love of sharing our lives with one another.
The average blog lasts roughly 3 months- I am closing in on my first month with my new blog (only 2 more to go!) I am kidding! I hope to make it a whole lot longer. Maybe after I hit 3 months I’ll feel like a real blogger?
But seriously- what does a real blogger look like? Because I am typically laying on the loveseat in the lower level family room of my house, kids have gone to bed and my FF is playing the Wii. (Great picture huh?) I guess I kinda picture a “real blogger” sitting at least at the dinning room table if not a home office and a cup of coffee and ideas flowing!
GREAT news my FF fixed our wireless internet today so I am no longer “stuck” on the loveseat I can move around the house and blog from anywhere I please! But it’s still my favorite place to blog.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Show us your life: Shopping. A wonderful blog carnival found at: http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/
I have a love hate relationship with shopping. I LOVE new clothes (Gap, Bannana Republic, Ann Taylor- I'm not picky!) and decorating my house and of course getting out of the house. I go in streaks where I seem to do nothing but shop then I will go months with out stepping foot into a mall or Target with out whining about it first (which by the way I am very good at- just as my FF).
If I were 5'7" I would shop online non-stop and never step foot in another mall. But at 5'3" I have to try everything on because everything is too long.
Boutiques are by far my favorite! Online and in-store. I love the whole idea behind them- the not so ordinary- not the "me and my neighbors have the same thing from Target" I could do with out some of the price tags but I've learned you can Google a ton of stuff you find. Sometime it's cheaper but not always.
ETSY! I was very uninterested (no clue why?) when I first discovered it... but the more I have snooped it is the greatest sales website ever! Tons of very talented artists and hand crafted items to be discovered! I wish I had an ounce of talent those people do!
I do love to shop in new cities when I travel. I have found some fabulous shops we do not have in the (now rainy and very icy) GreatWinter Wonder Land. One I recently discovered while "stuck" in San Diego was Z Galleries for all your home furnshing needs (well ok not quite all- but great ideas!)
I do have to admit I recently visited the local Ikea who for the longest time was completely against the whole concept. If I am going to pay for something I want it delivered in one piece! BUT there were a few cool things I liked... to include a new bed.
HATE to grocery shop!! Hate, hate, hate... and there are not many things I can say I hate. Ok, I really dislike to grocery shop.
Just a little about me and my not so hot shopping habits!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I'd love to tell you I thought it was fabulous and I had a wild time... but honestly I was in my room and ready for bed by 9:30! Yep. My kids don't even go to bed that early on a Saturday night.
This weekend was exhausting. Staying in 3 different time zones in 3 days will wear anyone down- quickly.
Not to say I didn't have fun- I had a good time- I saw the fountain out side of the Bilagio (now tuned to the Pink Panther) WAY cooler then I ever imagined.
From the dancers to the card slappers to the typical tourist with a camera around their necks (Yes- me included) it is a whole different world in itself. One that I would say is fun to see once or twice but definitely not my new vacation spot.
Everyone has there own idea of a good time and more power to them – maybe as I am getting older (NOT that I am admitting to that) my idea of fun isn’t partying until 3am anymore.
Of course I couldn’t have been to two more opposite places in one weekend. Utah you can hardly have a drink and Vegas at $14 for a martini- who can afford too?! I don’t like alcohol that much- I can be just as hyper and goofy on Pepsi.
I did stay at the Luxor (the pyramid looking place) it was neat and the adjoining room to mine seemed to be enjoying themselves with an all night party.
I also went on a hunt through every souvenir shop and tourist trap looking for all things but a Rubber Ducky that said Las Vegas. (No-we never found one) but the entire time I had that song that Bert and Ernie sing... "Rubber Ducky you’re the one... something something bath time is so much fun... something else and a little more..." stuck in my head. One of my loadmasters was on a mission to find his girlfriend’s daughter a Ducky that said Las Vegas on it... I finally convinced him she'd love a teddy bear just as much (I hope I was right!).
Needless to say it was quite the adventure.
Friday, January 15, 2010
I travel. A lot. Tonight is no exception, I am in Utah. Interesting place to say the least. No disrespect to anyone but this place is extremely very different then the Great White North I call home.
Good or bad that depends on your views- but different.
My crew and I went to a restaurant for dinner across the street from the hotel we are staying at. We walk in and sat at the bar to have a drink... nope can't have a drink at the bar. (huh?!- but is a bar...) you can order a beer- if you order food.
Want a glass of wine? Nope not at the bar. You have to sit at a table with a server.
But the view- now that is amazing! (I tried to take pictures on the flight in- couldn't find the camera- maybe tomorrow. I wish was one of those story tellers who could paint you a picture). From my web seat out a little round window in the cargo compartment of a C310 all I could see was snow covered mountains and fog. Lots of fog- are we going to land?
Yup. One tiny opening over the runway… Perfect.
I have never been so I am excited. I am not a gambler; I like the money I’ve earned. BUT I do love to people watch and it IS warmer then the Great White North and at least I’ll have a clue what people are talking about.
On that note, I am exhausted and tomorrow is going to be a busy day.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
None the less- for the most part he is pretty supportive- there are times I am sure he just shakes his head and waits for the idea to pass (as most of them have).
Education is a huge dream of mine (IF I ever make up my mind) I have run the gamut of ideas...
There was of course (in no particular order): Accounting, Human Resources, Paralegal, Law school, Dental Hygienist, etc… and the latest and greatest- Graphic Design.
Today, I bought a book. (exciting I know). To my surprise it is actually interesting reading. Maybe this one will pan out? Let me finish chapter 1 before we make a drastic decision.
BUT in recent I have had this urge not to work in an office with 200 other people, doing the same thing over and over. (disclaimer- I do actually like my job) but I think everyone wants the option of freedom.
My FF and I both agreed when Sweet Pea was born- I would not make a good stay at home mom. I envy any woman who can.
At a minimum I would like to learn enough to spiff up my blog.
(Coming soon hopefully designed by me).
Stay tuned through this newest adventure. I won’t completely bore you with the ins &outs but I will use you as my guinea pigs :) and I hope you will be brutally honest with me. Yes- bring it on!
Monday, January 11, 2010
I have not been compeltly excited about posting my very first NOT ME monday post... where I can confess my many sins (Not that I would have any!)
Just incase you were ever wondering how cold it is in the “Winter Wonderland!”
40 above zero:
Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats.
35 above zero:
20 above Zero:
Minnesotans close the windows.
Californians fly away to
10 below zero:
The Girl Scouts in
20 below zero:
30 below zero:
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Minnesotans get upset because they can't start the Snow-mobile.
40 below zero:
ALL atomic motion stops.
50 below zero:
Hell freezes over.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I would like to introduce to everyone else the beginning of a little family of sorts.
Amanda and Grace both have amazing blogs of there own and I invite everyone to take a minute to check them both out.
http://www.amandalaura.blogspot.com/ & http://sunshineandpotatoes.blogspot.com/
In a few short days I have met some amazing women on 20 something bloggers. This new adventure of mine is going to mean a whole lot more to me then I ever imagined. All of these women I am meeting and blogs I am reading are all very insperational!
Well this weekend I was wrench carrying and well I traded my combat boots for 20lbs worth of very warm steel toed winter boots. I do believe the thermometer said "too cold check again in June." That equates to something below zero.
I am-and have been for the last 8 years a member of the United States Air Force Reserve. Crew Chief. (sounds way cooler then what I actually do). In a nut shell I am an aircraft mechanic on a C-130 cargo airplane also known as a the Hercules or 'Herc' or Trash hauler. (Because we will haul anything and everything).
I himmed and hawed for a long time before I started blogging weather or not I would share this- but I decided no matter the reaction this is who I am. I am Tsgt. Amber and I am married to Msgt. FF.
Well I won't always share my personal views on this topic I am a huge supporter (for obvious reasons) of our troops- far and near. Any man or woman who is willing to spend more then a normal work day away from there child or loved ones to support our country is pretty awesome in my book.
Occasionally I will post places you too can show your support.
Its been a long cold weekend. I hope you all had a good weekend.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Bummer. I really was hoping for a new one.
But now there is another problem! (it never ends!)
OK So I love new gadgets and toys. So I had to check this one out! J I can write a blog via email and post it right away… YES I am a geek and I thought this was totally cool.
So it only took me an hour and half to get into work this morning! One of the many benefits of the great winter wonder land I live in- you are guaranteed to be late for work more then you are on time.
Sorry for the short post BUT I’ve gotta see how this works!!
Happy Day. Amber
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Needless to say the New Years resolution I did not make to myself is not going well.
Still haven't found the camera and I even attempted to clean a little looking for it! (well lets not go over board)
How do you keep your motivation? (anyone out there? I feel like my voice echo's through the halls of this blog).
More good stuff tomorrow... too sleepy to write.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
...and of course for any inspiring wanna be blogger writing her second post on her new blog this would be the ultimate life crisis!
Part of me feels like I am sitting in the 5th grade again staring up at my ancient 1,000 year old teacher Ms. James batting my big blue yes and hoping for a little mercy "But the dog really did eat my homework!" (Even though my childhood dog Bear was too lazy to eat anything if it meant he had to stand up).
So... Yes, my second post will not have any pictures from my ancient 3.0 mega pixel camera tonight. OH WELL. gotta buy a new one! Bummer I know right?!
So close your eyes for a minute and picture with me a bunch of plastic Target bags sitting on a
I am talking celery and 100 calorie snack packs... gross right? UGH I really do hate New Year's resolutions. BUT I am going to keep this one... well at least for the rest of the week.
But seriously... How many millions of women have the same New Years resolution (loose weight, be healthy, yada yada ya) I honestly am envious of any one of them who hold this promise to themselves for more then a month!
You go girl!
I bought enough stuff to last me the rest of the week... one step at a time!
So my question(s) to you... Have you seen my camera? (Lets not look too hard the longer I don't find it the more apt I am to get a new one)
But seriously- How do YOU keep your New Year's resolution??
Comment here or join my community!
Monday, January 4, 2010
ME- I am Amber-28 yikes a mother of 2.5 a wife and someone who is searching for herself amongst the daily life. I live in a great Winter Wonderland some call the great state of Hockey. I work full time in HR for the federal government and also a member of the Air Force Reserve that takes me traveling all around the world in about the slowest moving aircraft the Air Force owns... a C130 cargo plane.
My huband (yes the S is missing) who from here on out will be known solely as My Fire Fighter (FF) is Jason a member of the local volunteer Fire Department and a fulltime member of the Air Force Reserve and father of 3 beautiful children.
My 2.5- Ericka is my ".5" she is my 11 year old stepdaughter and as much as I would love to claim her solely as my own- she is not. She is with us every other weekend and summers, My FF drives two and half hours one way to pick her up so she can be with us. She is probably the sweetest most innocent angelic blond haired blue eyed tween I've ever met.
Emalie "Emmy" is 4 and a lover of everything Tinkerbelle. Completely opposite from her older sister- out going and hyper her way of life keeps us going all day long. She started gymnastics this fall and loves it. But at the same time she is sweet and loving and is always very concerned about her family.
I hope I didn't completely bore you! New and exciting things to come (I promise!) and I hope you will follow along with me on this adventure and I welcome any comments, advice you'd like to give!