Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wardrobe Malfunctions

I shared on Support4HomeSchool, a large homeschool yahoo group that I co-own, that I was looking in the midst of a clothing malfunction. My favorite jeans were stolen last summer. I love LEE jeans...but the new ones I bought were stretchy.

I'd gotten used to having to have jeans that sit at the bikini line....though I was rather tired of having to hitch up my jeans, and pull down my shirts every time I chased a 4 yo. I could NOT get used to the new clingy, stretchy style. I wanted to be able to jump out of the van...without my jeans clinging to my ankles and various other unflattering body parts! Let's face it NO one looks really good with the mushroom look - unless they are about 18 and have never had a baby.
I tried on every pair at the BX in my budget. All STRETCHY, CLINGY and low cut. I asked for advice because I didn't want to buy jeans, ship them here and find out they were clingy. I shared that, "I want jeans that hang on my legs...not hug them, massage them, cling to them, creep up them."

I received 27 responses on the list and MANY private emails as well as chat comments. I wasn't ready to go with jean jumpers or denim skirts....but several sent links and photos. I decided to go with Lee.

The size chart said I needed to order an 18. WOWZER....I wore a 10 when I left TX. I couldn't believe it. I've never worn an 18. I bought 14....and I hoped.

I'm "somewhat short". They didn't have "short," but I hoped "medium" would work. Yep, just a bit long...."natural waist" obviously means "prepare for the mushroom look, and grab those pants when you think about leaning over"....but "real waist" evidently means, "jeans will encase you all the way up to the bust line." ::snort:: I think ordering short will take care of this issue. I'm happy......I'll get short if they have them next time. In the meantime...they aren't the most stylish jeans, but they hang, they don't reveal various frightening body parts that I'd rather not reveal in public, and the mushroom look is gone.

I'm losing weight again and so went ahead and ordered a size 12. LOL To all those who sent suggestions of jeans that were "normal," THANKS!

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Stacia's View of Deployments

Well....well....well....our 4 year old is obviously processing.

She has taken to carrying her cabbage patch doll around. She tells all, "This is my daughter, Debbie." I'm getting used to this.

Yesterday, Debbie had to go to the airport (2nd time this week) and the chapel with us. Stacia marched right up to the sweetest, about-to-deploy, NCO mom and said, "This is my daughter, Debbie." Tabitha made the appropriate comments.

Stacia looked at Tabitha and said, "*I'D* NEVER leave my daughter alone." Stacia does NOT know that Tabitha is deploying. She does know Dad is leaving.

Wow. Poor Tabitha and Mike. It IS good that Stacia is processing her feelings about military life. At bedtime she asked me to read, "I'll love you forever....I'll like for you always" and we talked about how Daddy Bear says that to her and that her Mommy and Daddy will always love her and like her and "be here" for her.

Prayers appreciated.

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Where Are We?

I thought this was a cool map. New York, Madrid, Pompeii, Istanbul, Bejing, Aomori....
From 2010-01-08 Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
From 2010-01-08 Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
From 2010-01-08 Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
Misawa is on the right edge of the thumb tack.

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Flat Daddy Arrived

This photo is a bit disorienting - isn't it?

From 2010-02-10

Arielle is happy to finally be taller than Mike. ::snort:: Flat Daddy arrived. Does anyone local know where I can buy foam board? I want to finish this project while Mike is still here to make sure we don't add any extra wrinkles or such to his personage.

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Nolan's Main Gift

From 2010-02-10
Wow!!! Amazon is quick. Nolan was thrilled that all but two of his new series arrived. He's going have to hide them for Arielle who is getting rather desperate for new reading material.


Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

There is more to life than SCIENCE!

From 2010-02-10
{Zander spent time this a.m. making the fan blow and the light bulb shine at the same time. AND trying to explain how and why it worked to MOM.}

All the other children seem to have instinctively known there was more to life than science. Maybe it was the time we were trying to do an experiment with eggs and I let them boil dry, as we became engrossed in our history reader. BAM, POP....ZING.... what a mess and what a smell exploding, boiled eggs make. In any case, they've enjoyed science , but no one begs for it first, plays at science all the time, lives, eats and breathes science. This has led me to find very fun things to do in science so that the kids and I will look forward to it enough to want to study science. None of them have been really, really science minded.

I was shocked when I heard myself saying this a.m., "Zander, there is more to life than SCIENCE." ::snort:: Who would have guessed?

OK - in HIS life there is SCIENCE....there's also war....and since I don't want to read, play, eat and breathe war......I think it is time to begin to read, play, eat and breathe science. Surely, I can find some fun science "first step readers"..... and math oozes from science..... maybe he'll grow up to be an engineer.

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Miracle Tickets

I can't believe I haven't blogged this yet!

Asia Region PWOC does not yet have a fund in Asia. We've had requests for money pending for several upcoming trips. All the approval came down over the weekend (though I'm sure it was Friday in DC). There was a bit of time between when we made the requests and when we received approval.

Plane prices are wild around here. Ch. Pace, our advisor, brought me great personal peace last night when he said that he's hearing that prices have been jumping all over the place.

No matter what I did it looked like I would not find plane tickets to Okinawa. The prices were 2 - 3 times what I'd requested. By late morning yesterday JAL (only plane into here) was showing no seats. I called the base ITT (ticket and tour office) and it was suggested I go directly to the airport, politely use all the Japanese I know, and it may not hurt to take a child with me. I have a blonde hair, green eyed 4 yo. Off we went.

They found me seats. They cost just a bit more than I'd planned. They agreed to hold the tickets for me until today so that I could get approval to up my PORF (request) by a couple hundred dollars. I was nervous going back today. But they HELD them for me......and I now own.....

From 2010-02-10

...tickets to Okinawa. Yes, those are ALL for one domestic trip. We do live "up north." The last of the trips travel is booked. (Except for the train home from Tokyo after Baltimore....but I figure I can book that when I arrive and am ready to get on the train). I'll worry about rooms - LATER. We really need to do school, clean house, do laundry....

Yesterday, it seemed there were no seats for any price, today I'm going for just a bit more than I originally requested.

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...