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Anyone noticing my lack of internet activity?

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Anyone else noticing my lack of internet activity?

Yes, that is due to my dh sucking the band width!!! It's driving me crazy, everything is freezing up and timing out, it brings me to tears! The girls are on in the evening with him and me and grrrrr.

The man has a new comp. thingy and in short he can control a space shuttle from Saturn off of it. It's a monster that's destroying my internet time and by golly internet friends are all I have! DAMN IT, YOU ARE ALL I HAVE!!!

Someone, anyone...are you out there? The real world is big...and dark...and cold and very, very much so lonely. Someone, please...hold me...

Okay so anyways I might end up cutting my gym membership and instead getting an elliptical for home. Just using the membership and daycare payments for the machine. I never got to do anything else cus I only had so much time with the daycare and blah, blah, blah so I was always on one machine and just prayed for a day when someone would watch the boy. Now that the day is here and dh is around, they shut the place down for remodeling...bastards! MAY YOUR MOTHERS BE CHASED BY RABID CHIPMUNKS AND YOUR FATHERS HAUNTED BY THE SPIRITS OF A THOUSAND SEX CRAZED BUNNIES!

In other news, due to my stupid computer issues I will be delaying such things as mass emails, sparks page comments, sparks goodies, image thingies, putting in the food and nutrition (haha, I'm reading and realizing I'm repeating myself...food and nutrition...hummmm) and other random things that require a page to load.

But my dear fellow and much beloved buddies of the realm of sparks, know that I, your friend kat, truly do miss you and I am here with you...each and everyone of you...in spirit.

For some reason the image of a woman screaming, kicking and beating off another woman who is strapped to her leg popped into my head which sounds totally creepy.

You know...when I say "in spirit" I really mean...

Love you all! Hugs-kat

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SHELLYCAN 9/5/2008 7:06PM

    Well, duh, of course we noticed!!! I just thought you and hubby were busy getting reacquainted and other life stuff. I hope you get the sucking the band width issue solved and we hear more from you! We miss you, too.


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TRECECOOKS 9/5/2008 6:38PM

    Dear heart, hope you get it all sorted out soon!!

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PHILSPHATWIFE 9/5/2008 12:43PM

    Of course we've missed you!! I like the idea of the elliptical vs the gym especially if your not getting the full use of the gym.

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EMBOWMAN 9/5/2008 10:26AM

    i have missed you, but i figured it had something to do with hubby. life is totally different i am sure. i remember when guys use to get excited about cars. now electronic gadgets are their non breathing love. lol. Have a great weekend!!!

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MRS1395 9/5/2008 10:26AM

    LOLx2!!! I love the image!!

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AMBERMNANCE 9/5/2008 6:54AM

    O THANK GOOdness I thought I was going to have to put Up and ASB All Sparks Bulliten For you LOL
I have Needed your help well I know you would kick my Butt I have been So bad You'll have to read it later I hope you can get back to being on more I know its hard.
I think thats a good Idea If you only use one machine
Well Kat Love you And HURRY BACK lol

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  OMG! I wondered where you went.
I too am stuck with old Bessie the computer now that hubby is gone with the laptop. The boys each have their own nice newer desktops but here I am...suffering with Bessie LOL at least it's on the main floor so I can still keep an eye on everything, you know, like the dishes and the main floor mess haha!

What are the overall benefits of an eliptical? It's probably the one piece of equipment I don't have LOL

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STACEY-P 9/4/2008 10:33PM

    Hey Kat-- I missed you while i was gone and I miss you while you are gone. Hang in there Kat it will get better after things settle down and a routine takes hold somehow.
Thanks for the imagery. Can't tell you're a writer!?!
Hope you get the eliptical or something you can use, look in the paper for sales from gyms that have closed or have bought new ones for a cheaper deal. Or from people who thought they were going to work out and lost interest, because they couldn't handle "The Challenge". hahaha. Looking forward to your words again.

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I feel like one of those absentee parents....

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I feel like one of those absentee parents. You know the ones who want kids, has a butt load of them and then pawns them off on someone else cause "Life got in the way". I'm a Bitch to push everyone aside.

I really am holding on by a string over here. Just a million things going on and I totally didn't expect it. I had warned some that I would be out of the loop towards the middle and end of September, never thought it would be the end of August.

Thank you to all the ladies who have helped with the team. Thank you to all my team members. Thank you to all of my buddies. Thank you to all who have wished my hubby a safe and happy return.

I'm ready to get back into the game. My knee is not better by a long shot, I did some running and have been hopping around ever since. Odd thing, it's not the one I injured, it's the one that keeps coming and going. I'm going to have it checked out soon. I really want to get back to the gym, I can feel myself getting fat...lord it's an awful feeling.

I'm also getting sick cause I'm a huge DUMBASS! I do not handle fast food well. Never have. It gives me the...poopies. It makes me bloated, gassy and nauseous. Never fails, never. To eat it for days straight (that man and his "I've not had a burger in 15 months, do you know they made pizza with ketchup and deli meat? I want a real steak, not ground beef patties..." It was never ending!!!) has me paying big time! I've actually been tossing and turning in bed cause my stomach just won't stop. I had a blessing yesterday after spending a good amount of time on the potty (praying, to any and every God who was willing to listen, for mercy) and honest, I lost about 4 pounds...not of fat or of water weight, it was all beef, honest to goodness, moo, beef.

I've had burgers, steak, roast beef, goodness more beef like products. Dh loves beef and of course I'm saying "okay just this once since you are home." Now I'm "Mooing" on the darn toilet and dropping "Cow pies".

So I thought my image would be fitting. "Dear Kat, You are FAT! Put the damn burger down!"

I'm hoping to lose about 8-10 pounds this month, putting me at about 194-196. I'm guessing that if I don't come anywhere close y'all know what's been going on and I give you permission to tag my ear and use my fat arse for beef kabob's.

Today I did pretty good, about 1200 in my cal range though I really need to add in more water, take out that soda (150 in soda! Goodness!) and add in more veggies...buy more veggies, only had enough for the kids during dinner.

Look Maw, I'm doing it!

Love you all!


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CGVALLE1 9/3/2008 12:02AM

    Don't be too hard on yourself..... You have just has a lot of adjusting to do!!!! We all fall off the wagon...at least your tummy is telling ya the fast food has got to go. Just think of it as an annoying wake up call! emoticon

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SHELLYCAN 9/2/2008 8:18PM

    Family first, beef and all! You've got to support each other, even through burgers and steaks! We all realize you've got some major life things going on, but we knew you'd get settled and return. Or we'd hunt you down. Hee He! YAHOOO! You're back!


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MSLETTUCE 9/2/2008 2:01PM

    The good thing here is that you haven't lost your sense of humor! Cracking me up reading this blog. Finish cleansing your body and get back to it-no more exuses-you just used them all.

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AMBERMNANCE 9/2/2008 12:17PM

    Hey girl I love it the back ground is great. I feel for you Sinc DH came home I put on 4lb He loves Steak and Baked potatos and LOVES Mexican food. I really hope your Knees get better.. Remember you can do it girl I know you can Good luck
Glad your Hubby is back Stay strong

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PHILSPHATWIFE 9/2/2008 11:31AM

    i feel you on the burger thing. my husband loves hamburgers i've tried faking him out with turkey burgers but he always figures it out..must be the coloring of the meat..lol. I love a good steak but since i dont know how to cook steak and i'm not paying for it out somewhere i never eat it. we do eat a ton of chicken though..seriously i'm a little worried about the amount of chicken we consume in a month..lol. anyway this too shall pass and i love you're new icon!!

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TRECECOOKS 9/2/2008 10:13AM

    All this shall pass. . . Be gentle on yourself. Love ya!

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CONSTANCELG 9/2/2008 9:47AM

    I feel your pain Kat, I have not been able to process beef for years, I only eat it maybe 3 times a year and I pay dearly for eating it. We all need to set goals, limits and be true to ourselves. We are here to celebrate your successes. Rah Rah Rah!! Rock on Rockette!!! emoticon

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ROSEOFSHARON73 9/2/2008 8:32AM

  There are times I am forced to eat fast food. I usually opt for a grilled chicken sandwich which is a bit healthier than a Big Mac or Whopper. The hard part is saying NO to french fries. Stay strong, Kat! You can do it.

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    I used to be a junk food junky, but now I rarely eat it, only when my kids insist, perhaps one time a month ( a chage from several times a week), but I am making healhty choices when I go, like a veggie burger at BK!

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Dh is Home!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Goodness, finally after 15 months he is home!

We got there to the base on time and waited for hours. Finally they all came through the door in formation and goodness, you could tell on dh's face he was not happy. They had landed about 2 hours prior and had been doing random stupid things. They actually waited outside the door in formation for about 30 mins....just sitting there "for the right timing". GRRRRR

They came through the gates and were dismissed and you should have heard the cheering! we met up, hugged, went to grab his bags, said bye to one person, didn't see his bags so I took the kids to the car, drove back and he tossed them in the trunk. Honest, we were not in the mood to be chatting with people, crying and acting all out in public.

We then went looking for food but at about 2/3 am everything is closed! We got the kids mcdonalds, got home and opened gifts, put them in bed and SCREWED like a couple who hadn't done so in about 15 months.

I slept well.


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AROCHFORD 8/31/2008 3:16PM

    hehehe i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad he is home.

Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GODSGIRLOK 8/30/2008 1:05PM

    I am so happy for you!

Did you count that as your workout!? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 8/28/2008 3:00PM


You crack me up! I glad you had good relations. All that ridiculous waiting they made his unit do, may have inadvertantly raised the level of anticipation.

15 months - oh honey, I am Over Joyed for you both.

Love and hugs

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KATFRIN 8/27/2008 2:54PM

    Great to see that you are having fun together! Get some sleep sometime!
Love Kat

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SOMDGAL 8/26/2008 11:16PM

    Yaaayyyy!!!! Glad to hear things are getting back to normal! :) So happy for you both.

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LUCKYLESLIE 8/26/2008 12:15PM

    LOL!!! emoticonYou go girl!!!!-Leslie

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STACEY-P 8/24/2008 8:59PM

    ROTFLMAO...I love it...No that's not right. You are loving it! hahaha. Glad to hear that he is home safe and sound in your arms. WooHoo!!! You go girl!!!

emoticon emoticon RED TEAM ROCKS!! emoticon emoticon

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MRS1395 8/24/2008 8:08PM

    Talk about an enjoyable workout(LOL)!!!! Glad that he is home and hope that all is well!! ENJOY!!!! emoticon

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DORIGIRL 8/24/2008 6:03PM

    Let me add my thanks and appreciation for his service to the country. I'm glad he's home and back in your arms again!


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SHOOTIN4STARS 8/24/2008 3:27PM

    Ha ha! That sounds like a very happy reunion. Apparently absence does make the heart grow fonder and it appears other body parts too. Have fun and enjoy!


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1022MOMOF3 8/24/2008 11:42AM

    AND when did you find time to BLOG this???? emoticon I am very happy for you!!! Enjoy him and BURN those CALORIES!!!!

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TRECECOOKS 8/24/2008 11:28AM

    Hooray!! Hooray!! Hooray!!
I'm so glad he's home and all is well!

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CONSTANCELG 8/24/2008 10:35AM

    HIp Hip Hooray Hip Hip Hooray!!! He is home - husband, daddy, companion, partner, and amazing soldier! I am so happy he is home safe, sound and in one piece, blessing to you all. WooHoo rock the boat baby!!!!

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    lmao, i hope he knows how much we appreciate his service, and i hope you know how much we appreciate what you give up as well

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SHELLYCAN 8/24/2008 7:52AM

    Hooray! He's home! I'm happy for your family!

And, clever you, getting in your workout in such an enjoyable way!

RED TEAM ROCKS! emoticon

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  all I can say is....


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QUIKSYLVER 8/24/2008 6:03AM

    Yay! Tell him emoticon We appreciate his service!

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RENA1965 8/24/2008 2:12AM

    I would have done the same too! Nice to haveyour DH home where he belongs, understand totally you slept well..

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Thursday, August 21, 2008


okay first off, Thank you.

I've not been on the comp and just had to check on you guys and what do I find? Even when I'm not here to support you all, you all are here to support me. Thank you.

Dh is not home.

My phone and net went down on tuesday evening and I just got it up about 30 mins ago. OMG, MORE THAN 24 HOURS WITH NO NET...OR PHONE!!! HONEST, I WAS DOWN TO TEARS...JUST SAT AT THE COMP. FOR A BIT AND THEN CHECKED THE PHONE, BACK TO THE COMP...it took a while before I could admit that they both were gone...I still won't admit that I have a problem though... I went all crazy yesterday trying to get at least the phone but they couldn't do a thing.

So last night we all got dressed up and ready to head out to the base. I went to the neighbors to check the flight info, via phone, one last time. Lucky I did, the flight had been delayed and it seems that the base doesn't get the info until after the net does. I had to haul the children and myself back across the street (in the rain) and to bed.

They were a bit upset about it, the baby totally tired and crying and the girls unable to understand why we weren't going.

Of course I looked at it as more time to do more things! YAY ME FOR STAYING SO POSITIVE! WHOO HOO!

I have until about 1000 tonight to get a move on. Right now it's 5 before 10 so that gives me 12 hours! I'm gonna get that new bed set and ...maybe even something naughty to wear tonight!

Don't judge me, you know you would too.

Love you all!-Kat

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 8/22/2008 3:35PM

    Chaos and positive attitude do mix - yay for you


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1022MOMOF3 8/21/2008 8:05PM

Glad yet sad.... That had to be a let down. We've been there too. Hardest for the kids. I am happy that you got to get the bed set up and to get something naughty. You know how to see if they look good or not?!?!?! Just throw them on the floor! Cause you know that's were they will be 2 seconds after he sees you!!!!
HAVE FUN!!! BURN THOSE CALORIES!~ I'd count that as some cardio. I did!

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APRIL01 8/21/2008 7:50PM

    There is no way that we would judge you. We are here for the support we all need in this journey.

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    Oh honey, we are not judging,we would all be right there with you, if we could muster the energy!

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  judge you? haha, thats more effort than I could do

have fun!

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SHELLYCAN 8/21/2008 2:50PM

    You're back!! WooHOO! I'm sorry hubbie wasn't home on schedule. But not too sorry. You really can't beat naughty undies to start a celebration off right.

Don't tire yourself out too much cleaning and prepping!

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EMBOWMAN 8/21/2008 2:47PM

    I missed you the past couple of days. I thought hubby got home. Hope you got something sleezy to wear.jk or not.lol
have fun and enjoy every minute!!!!
emoticonRed team rocks

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CONSTANCELG 8/21/2008 1:24PM

    Yippie Skippie you are back!!! Good luck with all your plans I know it will be a blessed homecoming. Hugs and rock the boat sweetie!!!

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STACEY-P 8/21/2008 1:07PM

    Glad to have you back online!! We missed you! I am super super excited for you and your kids. I am jumping for joy for you. And antsy for your wait. Have a Fantabulous day!!
Hugs and love to ya,

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Dh is enroute!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Good golly!

So, if things could go wrong, they would now. LOL

Yes he wants to see me and the kids but as many other military wives know, this whole getting back together thing is totally stressful. Being gone for 15 months takes it toll and I'm trying to make it go as smoothly as possible. Yes, the house will be clean and all when he comes back, no biggie. The biggie is coming back home to a home that is no longer what you knew and that's the biggie here.

He had packed up his stuff to get it out of our way and yes that was his doing but how would it feel to come home and see all your stuff gone even if you did do it.

Readapting is the hardest part of it all. Being a stranger in your own home and to your own children. The baby won't even know him, his clothes will be musty smelling, his office space gone, the dishes not in the same cabinets...heck even the furniture is different. He won't even know how to find a can of soup at this rate.

When he left the whole idea was to making things easier for me, a now single mom with 3 kids. With him coming home his fear (and mine) is that it won't feel like home and he will be lost. It's a common fear that comes from miltary families.

Yes the house will be clean, no the basement won't be finished...or the garage but none of that is the point. Where is the welcome home banner, the yellow ribbon around the tree, last time he came home from a tour to iraq he was in tears days later when he "realized" that no one did anything to celebrate his return.

I'm trying my best to "do something to celebrate his return" but it's such short notice. I was going to order a banner but they said there is no way it can get here in time. I wanted to get my hair done, get a hotel maybe and find someone to watch the kids but with this notice I'm not seeing any of that getting done.

As for the house, it's down to cleaning my room and the kids room and then making sure the monsters don't destroy what I've done. I'm going to try to get to the thrift store for the ribbon and maybe I can do that.

As of now, he left me a message saying he was packed up and enroute! It seems that he will be here as planned.

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SOMDGAL 8/23/2008 8:38PM

    Kat & DH,
I just want to take a moment of your time to let you know how much I appreciate the both of you and what you both sacrificed on our country's behalf. Being an Army brat I think I feel even more proud of the both of you as I know the pain of separation while serving your country. I hope you will both enjoy the quiet moments of getting reacquainted and enjoying each others company. I wish we lived near each other as I would love to offer babysitting so you two can rediscover each other and ease back into your family routine. Hugs and love to you both and your family. You both are quite amazing and I look forward to seeing the welcome home pics posted on your page!

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GODSGIRLOK 8/22/2008 12:25PM

    Dear Kat and Kat's hubby,
I wanted to thank you for your service in our military . It is no small feat in this day and time. I believe we have the greatest military in the world. We owe our freedom to you...I cannot find words to express my thanks.
Thank-you Kat and family for your patience...that is not even the word either. Kat you have been so giving of yourself. You have helped so many people even though you yourself is in need. I may never know how much you have helped us.
I pray your homecoming is a blessed one and many blessing from this day forward.
A Challenge sister,
Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 8/19/2008 11:56PM

    Can't wait for your next blog. I know you will find a way to ease the stress you both are feeling in this heightened anticipation of what will be.

Focus on the love or the moment or whatever gets you through,


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PHILSPHATWIFE 8/19/2008 10:10PM

    Dear Kat and Kat's DH.

I want to thank you so much for all that you've done for my country. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting your life and your family on the line so that my family can sleep soundly at night. Words cannot express the swelling of pride that I feel knowing that there are people like you out there willing to lay your life on the line for me a perfect stranger. While I was reading your wife's blog a woman that is most inspiring to me and others on a daily basis I was brought to tears with joy that you were coming home to see her and your wonderful children. With all the public "heroes" and "role models" we have on t.v. it's important to remember that the most important heroes are the ones that so rarely get sung about. I salute you for being your families hero, for being your fellow soldiers hero, for being the countries hero and for being our hero. With that being said WELCOME HOME HERO.

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DLVDEV 8/19/2008 10:09PM

    Dear Kat and DH,

Thank you for serving our Country and fighting so that me and everyone else who lives in this country has all the freedom that we have. Thank you for putting your life on the line every day so that myself and daughter can feel safe to know there are genuine good people who just not talk about it but are really about taking care of this nation and protecting us from the evil. emoticonand emoticon for the sacrifices you and your family have made for the rest of us

Kat, just be there for your husband, he is going to need your support. And everything else will come into play. I'm quite sure it is going to be a big adjustment but I know you are the one who will be able to make all the adjustments you may need. God Bless you and your family and Take care of them

Donna emoticon

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CSPIGNER 8/19/2008 9:55PM

    Dear Kat and DH,
Thank You Both for your services to Our Country. It is a huge sacrifice for the entire family to have a Husband or Wife in Iraq. I can only imagine what it is like. I along with so many other people not only on this site, but in the rest of the Country, greatly appreciate everything that you do.

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KMBLOSE 8/19/2008 8:24PM

Dear Kat and "DH",

Welcome Home!

Thank you so much for serving our country. For your sacrifice Kat as a wife and mother who was will to take the risk, and to you "DH" for putting yourself in the line of fire for all of us back home.

I think many times we overlook that sacrifice not because it's not important, but because it's so important it scares us, swells us with pride, and brings tears to our eyes. Please know that we all acknowledge and appreciate what your family has gone through.

Kat, don't worry so much about the decorations - just make special moments, the kids drawing pictures and telling him how much they missed him and love him. Wine and dessert after they go to bed. A big breakfast of all his favorites in the morning. I'm sure he'll get the message.

Take care, and be blessed, Kim

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SHELLYCAN 8/19/2008 7:45PM

    Hi Kat,
I don't have any immediate family in the military so I don't really know what you're going through, but it will be okay. You love him, he loves you, and it will probably take a little time for life to become a new normal. Do the banner, have the kids draw pictures, make/stock up on things he likes to eat - all that kind of thing. Have your own party. He'll learn where things are, and he can always rearrange a thing or two to make the home feel more his. The post it note idea is great. Hide favorite candy or treats around where he'll continue to find them. Write him a love note.

Take a deep breath. We're here. I wish I could babysit for you.

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SHOOTIN4STARS 8/19/2008 7:07PM

    Sounds rather overwhelming, but exciting at the same time. It will all work out. Just take a deep breath and meditate on the positive. Just think how wonderful it will feel to fall into your hubby's arms again. He married you for a reason; I'm sure he'll love you and the kids just as much as he did before he left. Just relax and enjoy the thrill of it all.-- Lisa

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SHELLREED 8/19/2008 7:00PM

    I grew up in a military home so I know about all the hustle and bustle of daddy coming home.. I am with the crowd here, get the kids involved.. make a banner blow up balloons, make a nice dinner, and after all the excitement has worn down and night is here make him glad to be home to his wife. (wink wink)

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CONSTANCELG 8/19/2008 5:44PM

    wow you all got here to give her the ideas I had, pouts ok well I have one more. Make up a coupon book of things the two of you can do together. Place it under his pillow or someplace he will find it when he is alone with you....
Dinner for two please
Breakfast in bed
Cuddle up under a full moon to swoon, no tv, no phone , no kids
Kiss every square inch of his body...s l o w l y

You get the idea, how many you put together is up to you. I know you will make it a wonderful homecoming and memorable as well, after all you are AMAZING!!!!

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KATRINIA17 8/19/2008 5:19PM

    I like the idea of a homemade banner and didn't even think of it! I'm going to get the ribbon today and will pick up the paper too!

As for a pot luck and the such, we are states away from family and friends so there is no one who would show up. I'm hoping to get back in touch with someone from the PSO and see if they can watch the kids one of these days but I'm not very friendly with these people (as you can tell from other blogs) and for crying out loud, I couldn't get one of them to watch just the baby when I had my breast cancer scare so I'm not sure about this at all.

Embowman-I totally love the sticky note idea. I had a friend who's sister did that to her and she was finding them all over the place for weeks. It was totally sweet.

Trish-Of course I'm gonna vent to ya'll when I need to. Remember you all are my support group and who said that the support is limited to weight loss only.


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EMBOWMAN 8/19/2008 5:03PM

    Kat make little sticky notes and let him find them all over the house, cabinets, drawers, mirrors , doors and wherever else.

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    I like the idea of a homemade banner, would likely mean more anyway. Stay strong! Vent when you need to with us!

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STACEY-P 8/19/2008 3:23PM

    Kat, my friend...I have never been in your position so I my thoughts might not be helpful. But here they are. Have a pot luck party with your family and friends. Have your kids make a banner (use butcher paper or posters, paint, markers, crayons...), it will mean more than something bought. Have people write him letters welcoming him home and thanking him for what he has done for us ( e-mails or regular mail). Sure he might not get them when he comes home but they will come. You can pull it off, you are a very creative woman. Now go throw him a fabulous welcome home celebration.

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