Thursday, January 31, 2013

What do I call my kids? - The answer!

I got lots of suggestions for my kids. Most came from people who know my kids and those suggestions were cute, funny, appropriate, smart, clever.

One of my favorites was Sine, Cosine and Tangent. But I also got Larry, Curly and Moe. Not as cute, but funny! I like Ichi, Ni, San, too - 1, 2, 3 in Japanese.


One friend suggested using a favorite superhero or other such character and that gave me an idea.

When my oldest was about 4 years old, he loved "Toy Story." What boy doesn't love talking toys, especially ones that "fall with style!"

Anyway, when someone would ask him his name, his reply was "first name, middle name, full name, Buzz Light Year Superhero." And the family even called him that for years. Not to mention, he was Buzz Light Year for Halloween one year. So, I'm thinking "Buzz" for the oldest.

So now that Disney characters are in my head, it occurred to me how much my daughter loves Tinkerbell. I think she has every Tinkerbell movie on DVD. Granted there are only a few, but she has them all and watches them. And she was Tinkerbell for Halloween. Is there a trend, here?

I like this clothed version of Tinkerbell.
Now, the little guy loves "Toy Story," too. And of course his favorite is also Buzz Light Year. However, he also loves the movie Cars. And when I asked him if he wanted to be called Buzz or Lightning McQueen, he thought about it for a few moments and said, "Lightning McQeen." He was already Buzz for Halloween, so I guess I know what he'll be this year!

There you have it: Buzz, Tink and Lightning (because Lightning McQueen is a little long). Tell me what you think. I might just use Ichi, Ni, San, especially if Disney decides to knock on my door, but until then, I hope these nicknames work!

~Michiko

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Grab a tissue.

Ok, maybe you won't need any tissues, but I'm warning you now; I'm gonna get a little sappy.

During my run Tuesday night, I found "The Vow" starting on one of the gazillion movie channels.

A man and woman embracing, side view.

On a side note, I sometimes wish we had way less channels so it would be easier for me to make a decision. Or maybe having more channels is better, so I have more to choose from. Or less channels so I have more time to blog. I can't decide.

Anyway, I have never seen this movie, so I thought it would be a good option to help keep my mind off the annoying machine beneath my feet, aka my treadmill.

I knew what this movie was about and, yes, I knew it would make me cry. Just so you know where I'm coming from, it's about a woman who loses her memory and her husband tries desperately to help her remember who he is and their life together. It was inspired by true events and I was familiar with the story. The movie had an appropriate happy ending, (not exactly what I expected, but I guess I'm just a hopeless romantic - or emotional), and I really liked it. What I didn't expect were the thoughts that came into my head afterwards.

I was suddenly overcome with tears. My husband has been deployed for several months and our 17th wedding anniversary was Sunday.

Flower from my husband for our anniversary!

I thanked God for taking care of him and prayed that He would bring my husband home safely, so we can reminisce and make new memories. I miss him so much and my memories help to remind me of my love for him. And then I grow more impatient waiting for him to return.

I was also just so sad for this woman who had no recollection of her relationship with her husband and my heart broke for her husband who only wanted to hold and kiss and love his wife.

That's all I want. It won't be long now, and I'll soon be able to hold and kiss and love my husband. Until then, I'll have to smother the kids with hugs and kisses and love. Hopefully, they'll be able to handle it a little while longer.

I told you I was gonna get sappy. It wasn't that bad.

~Michiko

Monday, January 28, 2013

The end is near.

Not THAT end. But the end of the deployment. So, we got together with some other families and made "Welcome Home" signs for the deploy-ees.

My daughter has been asking about when we were making signs for weeks now. We bought our supplies early, during a mommy-daughter date a few weeks ago. She loves crafts, so it was the perfect afternoon at our local Michael's. And once the two boys realized it was sign-making time, they were ready, too.


All the kids made signs. Some took their time and others got it done quickly. And there's still plenty of time to add to the signs before the "end" gets here.


I even bought an extra poster board for myself in case I decide to get a little creative. We'll see.

There was a bed sheet that got decorated and all the returning airmen's names were added to it, along with other glittery embellishments. I love that everyone was thought of. My husband isn't there alone and it's nice to sort of acknowledge the rest of them.


I guess this will be the last "deployment-related" get together for a while, but I'm sure we'll find other reasons to get the kids together and enjoy each other's company.


~Michiko

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gotta have girlfriends!

And what better reason to celebrate than a birthday! Dinner at a local Italian restaurant and 4 great girls! We caught up, ate fattening food and enjoyed each other's company.

I think it's so important to have girlfriends. And these girls are awesome! Our husbands all work together and have been deployed at one time or another. It's nice to get together and connect, to be reminded that we're not alone. We are all there to support each other and I know that I could call any of them if I ever needed to. Love you girls!


Happy Birthday "Sheena"!
 
"Tamika and Ethel"


"Elle" and Me
Names have been changed to protect the innocent!

~Michiko

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What do I call my kids?

Probably not anything I want to reveal publicly! Ok, just kidding.

But when I started this blog, I didn't want to just come out and tell everyone who I am, specifically. And if you found this blog on Facebook, then you probably already know who I am. But I'd still like to try and leave a little anonymity regarding who I am and who my family is. I'm specifically referring to my kids right now. Yes, I post their photos, but I don't really want to use their names.



So, maybe the two-and-a-half of you that actually read my blog can help me come up with some nicknames. We already have family nicknames, but I'm not sure they work.

My oldest son is 14 years old and really smart. For some reason, my husband and I started calling him "dude" before he was even a year old. It kind of stuck. We still call him "dude" every so often. But actually typing, "Dude got braces last Saturday," just sounds weird.


My daughter is 8 years old and is the middle child. She's been called pretty girl, baby girl, princess girl, and most other "typical" little girl nicknames. These just sound boring and unoriginal, which she is neither.



My youngest son just turned 6 years old but he's almost bigger than my daughter! He was a big baby, and just seemed like he was always BIG. And who doesn't love fat babies? We ended up calling him "fatboy." And by no means his he fat, but it's a term of endearment that we love and he doesn't seem to mind either. When he does, I guess we'll stop. And I feel like I would have to explain myself when referring to "fatboy" so people don't think I'm a terrible mother!



I even thought of using A1, A2 and A3, respectively, but that seems impersonal.

For now I'll continue to use oldest, daughter, youngest, or whatever I feel like calling them at the time. However, should any of you have any ideas of how to refer to my kids, feel free to leave me some ideas. Just be nice!!

~Michiko

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's not all rainbows and sunshine!

I thought my day started off just fine, considering the car was covered in snow and ice, and wasn't yet warmed up enough or cleaned off fast enough to drive the kids to the bus stop, so we had to walk in the freezing cold!

But really, it was fine. An otherwise typical morning. I went to work, enjoyed the company of my co-workers, and then I had to leave early to take my baby girl (yes, I know she's almost 9) to the eye doctor. I think that's when it began...

The drive to the pediatric eye specialist (I'll explain more later) takes me a solid 45 minutes, and since it snowed last night, I was prepared for more.



I HATE driving to the eye doctor. It's a long drive and there's really just one way to get there. And then when the appointment is over, you have to drive back! On top of the 20 minute drive from work to the school in the opposite direction of the eye doctor, to pick up the kids. Do you get that I don't like this drive?

Then, just like any other doctor's appointment, you wait. But the exam went well. Her measurements are improving and she was given another eye exercise to practice.

So, now it's the long drive back, with two hungry and bored kids. I'm getting hungry, too, and it's freezing outside. We get home and walk into the house.

Then it happened. I snapped. All of a sudden I felt like there were a million things to do and no one was listening. The kids got distracted by the snow and didn't even make into the house. Music lessons were in 2 hours and I had no idea what I was doing for dinner (more on that in another post, too). My oldest has a project due next week and I wasn't satisfied with his progress, even though he was home all day. I was DONE!

I locked myself in my room for a breather, and that only lasted about 5 minutes before I got the first knock. But after telling them all to let me rest for a few minutes, I finally got some peace. It might've had something to do with a certain Daddy texting the oldest to go downstairs with the kids and give Mommy some time to relax. And Daddy calmed me down, too. Love him!

An hour later, I was a new person (kind of). I had time to reflect. It's one day. Kids will be kids; and it's not the end of the world if we have to go to McDonald's - again. Music lessons were fine. We came home, the kids took their showers and got ready for bed.


And a nice game or two of Memory before bed makes for a great day!

~Michiko

Monday, January 21, 2013

Braces!

My oldest got braces on Saturday. I was so excited for him. I know, crazy, right? I always wanted them when I was a kid, but didn't need them apparently. What-eva!

He has been nervous about it since we found out, probably more than a year ago. But it was finally time - and he did great! He squeezed my fingers for a bit, but then relaxed a little and just squeezed the arms of the chair instead.

Here's an "after" pic. I didn't think to take a "before" pic, but I think you can get the idea. ;-)




It's difficult to tell, but he chose a dark turquoise for the rubber bands. I was a little surprised. I thought it would be NY Giants colors, or school colors. Now, I'm curious to see what he picks out next time.

The dentist has said in the past that my daughter will need braces, too. My youngest son has not yet been told he needs them, but if he does, I'm asking for a buy 2, get 1 free special. I think that's fair!

~Michiko

Sunday, January 20, 2013

There's Something About: Me!


I'm not sure where to begin, but I guess I'll start with my blog title. Michiko is my middle name. It's Japanese and I'm named after my mother's sister. My mother is from Okinawa, Japan and my father met her when he was in the USMC.

I am happily married to a wonderful man, who chose to serve in the military and I support him 110%! I was a military brat and now I'm a military wife. We've been married for almost 17 years and together for 17 years and 10 months. When you know, you know! We have 3 kids - 2 boys and 1 girl. We have a yorkie and a huge saltwater fish tank (my husband's hobby).


I grew up in sunny southern California, but now live on Long Island, NY. And, yes, I miss Cali, especially the warm weather.

I always "think positive." I love PURPLE. I wish I had more time for crafting and scrapbooking. I run even though I hate it. I always try to live life to the fullest. And am thankful for God and the many blessings in my life.

I work outside of the home and never feel like there are enough hours in the day. And then I decided to add to my never-ending list by starting this blog. I decided to start it when my husband was deployed. I thought it would be a way for him to read up on what was going on at home, and for our family and friends to see what was going on, too. It's easier to write a blog then call a ton of people to let them know how we're holding up.
Unfortunately, life happens, including hurricanes, and I have not been able to keep up with the blog. So, here goes take 2.
~Michiko

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Let's try again...

Ok, so not that I have a lot of readers out there wondering where the heck I went, but I'm still here.

The last time I blogged was about 10 days before Hurricane Sandy. Needless to say, I went offline for a while, mostly because we had no power - for 6 days. I'm not complaining. Many families had it much worse, and they are still struggling. I'm just giving a little update.

I work for an insurance adjuster and our office was inundated with claims. We received as many claims in about 3-5 days as we receive in a whole year - approximately 1200! Work has been crazy - or as the kids say, "Cuh-razeee!"

But I miss blogging. Not because I had been doing it for sooo long and missed writing, but because it was something I really wanted to do while my husband was deployed as a way to document our lives for him, and our families and friends to read.

Now, he'll be home soon and this is only my fourth posting. But hey, it's something right? I'll try to "catch up" little by little and post about the happenings around here, now and since October 29, 2012. I hope it doesn't get confusing. But it'll keep me blogging for awhile since so much has happened since Hurricane Sandy.

And right now - my 2 little ones are helping by cleaning the fish tank glass. Cute, right? Until I have to clean up all the water that drips onto my year-old hardwood floor!