7/28/10

Here...

I'm around. Busy... Life is happening and fast... I just ask that you please keep my family in your thoughts & prayers. Thanks.



xo,
Mrs. Sergeant

7/26/10

Working on my fitness...


This is me after 30 minutes of Body Gospel... Don't I look lovely? LOL, I'm pushing and working hard! I will succeed in becoming and staying healthy. I will. I will.
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There's a Party In My City! Yo Gabba Gabba! Yo Gabba Gabba!



YO GABBA GABBA! ANNOUNCES 60 CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

AND SOLIDIFIES YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! PARTNERSHIP WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

 
$1 From Every Ticket Sold To Benefit Habitat for Humanity Local Affiliate In Each Tour City

Hey BF's! Have you heard about the party coming to your city?! I have and if you have children like mine they have heard about it too! We're very excited that DJ Lance Rock is going to be partying in our city and in one near you! So if you haven't already go ahead and get those tickets!
 They are on sale and going fast! 

(Here's a little info from the Press Release)
Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a headlining performance at The White House, a critically-acclaimed, chart-topping album, and an appearance at Coachella that garnered rave reviews from spectators and media alike, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are heading back on the road with YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to play to enthusiastic fans on a 60-city tour across North America. Today’s hottest live show for families will make stops at top theaters, arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America, starting August 27 in Bethel, NY and ending in Dallas, TX on December 12.

VIP packages with premium tickets and meet and greets will also be available. For complete tour, ticket, and VIP package information, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com. Children under one year of age will be admitted free to sit on a parent’s lap in most markets.



The state-of-the-art production features music, singing, dancing and animation. The show is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life. Joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day.” Special guests will join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show and Dancey Dance segments.




Follow Yo Gabba Gabba to stay in the know about DJ Lance Rock & the Yo Gabba Gabba Gang!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Yo-Gabba-Gabba/42220833615?ref=ts
Twitter: http://twitter.com/yogabbagabba





Aren't you just excited! I love the show as much as my kids do and we're thrilled to be heading to the party! Stay tuned as I just might have a Yo Gabba Gabba of a giveaway coming soon!

Happy Monday!


PS. Don't forget to spread the word and get those tickets!








7/25/10

20 Dolla, Make you holla?

Hey BF's! It's been a few days and I've missed my blog, but I really needed to take some time off and focus on family a bit. Hope you understand. :-) Anyway, I'm back!

So you probably looked at the title my post and said, "What the heck?" Yep. I bet you did... It's not what you think... Get those minds out of the gutter! Haha...

Instead it's about how much money I plan on using at the grocery store this afternoon to feed my family for a week.

Mr. Sergeant and I were talking about how much money we spend on food and it's a lot. I was actually stunned to see how much we were spending in food over the course of a month. So I got to thinking what if I could feed our family on just $20 a week. Would that not be awesome?! It would be beyond awesome.

Now I'm sure someone else somewhere has probably done this and is still doing this perfectly, but I haven't. I've never been so nervous to take on such a challenge and I know just how creative I'm going to have to be especially with a 5 year old and a 2 year old to feed... I do however have the faith that this is something I can accomplish! Are you going to be rooting for me? I'll try to post what we eat everyday for the next week starting tomorrow.

OMG, I'm really doing this... Could you? Do you already? I'd like to hear what you think and if you are already living frugally, some advice would be stellar! Thanks!

Hope you're having a kick ass weekend!

xoxo,

7/20/10

On the road

I had a fabulous post all typed out and lost it all. :-( I'm on the road and almost home. I hope another equally as fabulous post comes to me soon.

In other news, I did want to share an email that I received from MyCAA today! Here it is:


MyCAA Update

DoD will resume the MyCAA program. The Department of Defense has completed the program review and will be making the necessary adjustments to resume the MyCAA program beginning in October 2010.

Starting 8 a.m. (EDT) Monday October 25, 2010, Military OneSource career and education counselors will have a much more active role in supporting military spouses. In addition to understanding resources available via DoD's financial aid support, they will provide support and assistance to identify and gain access to other federal, state, and local programs. All military spouses of active duty service members will be eligible for career counseling and support. 

New financial assistance guidelines. With a focus on the original intent of the program, the Defense Department's financial assistance program will: 
  • Be available to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2  
  • Offer a maximum financial benefit of $4,000 with a fiscal year cap of $2,000. Waivers will be available for spouses pursuing licensure or certification up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000
  • Require military spouses to finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course  
  • Be limited to associate degrees, certifications, and licensures  

These new guidelines reflect a return to the original purpose of the program - to assist spouses of service members in achieving portable careers. These changes also align the program with responsible fiscal planning by the Defense Department to help sustain the program. Additional program details will be posted on the Military OneSource Web site when they become available. We encourage you to check the site often.

Spouses who currently have an active account will be allowed to request financial assistance until Thursday, October 21, 2010. Beginning September 1, 2010, spouses may request financial assistance for classes that have a start date up to January 15, 2011. To ensure adequate time to plan for courses, no career plans will be accepted after August 31, 2010. All currently approved financial assistance documents will be honored.

Additionally, the review revealed that National Guard and Reserve members must be on active duty for their spouses to receive the MyCAA benefit. Spouses may no longer use the MyCAA benefit when the service member is in an alert or demobilization period. The new eligibility rule takes effect immediately.

The program will be closed from Friday, October 22 to Monday, October 25, 2010, so that we may ensure the infrastructure is in place to implement the new program.  

Military spouses are the backbone for military families, displaying strength of character to be admired by this nation. The Department of Defense remains committed to investing in military families, and appreciates the sacrifice of those who also serve.


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I'm thrilled that they are starting back up again, but I'm bummed that they changed the amount received and that it can't go toward Bachelor degrees... Alright Spouses, get your school on! :-)


7/18/10

Super Awesome!!!

Hey BF's! How awesome were my guest posters!!! I found out that I only had one fan from Nolie's post, we got a piece of my best girl Jenn's heart when she told us about her brother, and we found out how HUA my bloggy best, best friend Mrs. S is!

I am super happy that a few of my favorite bloggers got to share posts with you while I'm away and I'm still on vacay. I finally got a minute to update and I've got some good pictures to share with you next week. Stay tuned!


In other news I spent all day picking Maryland crabs and spending some good quality time with Mr. Sergeant's grandmother who just turned 95 and is as smart as a whip! I'm looking forward to seeing her again at brunch and eating some crab cakes, crab bombs, and eggs Chesapeake.

I hope your weekend's are going stellar BF's and I can't wait to write you all again!

xo,

7/16/10

Are You A HUA?

Aren't my guest posters AWESOME! I've got one more for you so be sure to give Mrs. S from The Adventures of Mr. Superman and Mrs. S! Don't forget to show her some bloggy love okay! Miss you all!

xo,
Mrs. Sergeant

PS. After reading this post the other night I am HUA now and for the rest of my days! Mil-Spouses please read this!

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Are you HUA? I am. It gets a little ridiculous at times. What is HUA, you may very well ask. Don't fret! I, Mrs. S, am here to help you.

HUA actually stands for Hear(d), Understand(stood), Acknowledge(d) and is a backronym to Hooah. Hooah originated as a battle war-cry used by American soldiers. It stands for anything in the affirmative.  It is a saying used by the Air Force while the Army employs Hooah, the Marines use Oorah, and the Navy uses Hooyah. Huzzah is also sometimes used. Despite all differing slightly from each other,  all of these are terms of confirmation, affirmation, agreement, acknowledgment, pride, and enthusiasm
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All of these terms can be traced throughout history and their influence in Hollywood's view of the military. Al Pacino, Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, The Manchurian Candidate, Black Hawk Down, Lions For Lambs, Jericho Road, Transformers, The Green Zone, America's Army, Crysis, Call of Duty, and many many more actors, movies, television shows, computer games, and video games employ HUA (Hooah, Oorah, Hooyah) to demonstrate and depict the Armed Forced. 

For me, I didn't really know, let alone understand or care about the meanings of such words up until about a year ago. Before Mr. Superman enlisted, I was clueless to all things military. Even after he signed his life away, I was still ignorant. Even after he signed his contract and had left for BMT, I was lost in this wonderful world of camo and acronyms. It wasn't until traveling to and attending his BMT Graduation that I started to get that loving HUA feeling. It was those moments of hearing the cadences during the Airman's Run, seeing him march in formation in his Dress Blues and recite the Airman's Oath that my heart began to swell with this new feeling of incomprehensible joy and pride.

Now don't get me wrong, I have always been patriotic. I have always stood for The National Anthem, placed my hand over my heart, and sang along. I attended an elementary school, junior high school, and high school that based their curriculum on the Founding Father's teachings and standards. My uniform consisted of red, white, and blue polo's, we memorized the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and had the opportunity to go to the State Senate to debate. None of these things even compared to what I consider to be my HUA pride.

When I see a rolling wave of ABU's, my heart flutters. I am HUA. When I can recognize my Airman strutting amongst countless other Airmen, all decked in camo, my heart nearly jumps out of my chest. I am HUA. When I see my Airman jump to attention and salute, it gives me butterflies. I am HUA. When I am doing laundry, and it comes to the part where I'm hanging up his uniform, I often find myself running my fingers over his name stitched across the chest and the stripes stitched on the sleeves. I am HUA. When I see his boots on the floor, I don't move them. I like seeing them there in plain site. I am HUA. I cry at nearly every photo I see of our troops and my heart gets unbelievably heavy when I hear of another fallen soldier. Another man or woman paying the ultimate price and making the ultimate sacrifice leaving behind yet another family to pick of the pieces of their shattered world. I am HUA. I cry at any slightly patriotic song and get giddy over fabulous American style photos and decor. I am HUA.


I feel inexplicably connected to every single person associated with the military. I have made incredible friends through the internet (and a few IRL) because of the fact that I am an Air Force wife.  Its barely been a year since my life changed and I, along with (and essentially because of) my Airman became a part of something bigger. Its only been a year but it feels like its been a part of me forever. The patriotic pride I had before finding myself as part of the military family is nothing compared to the appreciation and enthusiasm I have now. The only way I can explain it is I am HUA.

So let me ask you again. Are you HUA?




Adventures of Mr. Superman & Mrs. S

7/15/10

Guest Post: Jenn @ PeaceLoveMommy

Thanks Jenn! I appreciate so much you sharing this story! Don't forget to show her some bloggy love BF's! Miss you guys!

Mrs. Sergeant!
Hiya Lovelee's. I'm super excited to be guest posting here at Air Force. Wife. Life today. I'm Jenn and I'll just go ahead and tell you know, this is my first time...guest posting anywhere! So I hope you enjoy just a little bit of my heart today. I'm not sure why this came to mind for me to write about. You may not cry, but I do everytime I think about this.

1 Pictures, Images and Photos

I didn't grow up Military in any sense. In fact the first time I was ever even affected by the Military was my sophmore year in high school when my very best friends boyfriend enlisted. I swam through the sea of tears with her everytime he went away, shipped out, and we never knew what was to come next. I was never envious but was so proud of her for staying true to him. I mean hell, we were 15, maybe 16? At that point is when I realized how special of person it takes to really, really fall in love and stick by a soliders side. I'm not here to tell you about my experience, because I don't have one. But I do have something different.

My little brother enlisted in the Marine Corp fresh out of High School. Yeah, then I was really affected. (We are only 20 months apart in age). Right smack dab in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I become much more religious of a person then, I'm sure you can imagine. "Just write, write everyday that's what keeps me going" I remember he said to me once. twice. three times. I come across his letters from time to time searching through old pictures and memories. Still makes me cry to read them to this day.

Over the next few years, I changed alot. He changed A TON, and suddenly the kid who made me late for school every single day of my life was not my little brother anymore. He was a solider. He was protecting me now. I  had never been more proud of something or someone so much in all of my life. At what? Only 20 years old? Then everytime I did see him between his tours in Iraq he was just more, and more, and more different. Physically and mentally.

I'll spare you the rigors and the madness of what happened after that. My brother and I no longer speak. Ever. I don't blame it on the Marine Corp. I don't blame it on my mom. I married someone, the father of my children, my life mate, my best friend and my brother did not approve. He always had this attitude "I'll fix it, I'll take care of it", but it never worked on me. We just started to see everything completely different. My little brother who used to bug the heck out of me in school and at home is gone.

He's now been out of the Marine Corp for 2 + years. He is now 24. and we haven't spoken for more than a minute or two in almost 4 years. There was a brief period of high hope, and without me even realizing he had shut the door and broke my heart. He definitely is a different brother. A sad brother. A brother without eyes to see what's right in front of him. But to this day My brother is a United States Marine. He can hate me all he wants but I've still never been more proud of anyone in my entire life. I still tell people my brother is a Marine, and everytime I say it,  a little piece of my heart breaks off. I wish I could share a picture of him with you, but it's been so long that I don't have a single picture on this computer to share. Thanks for reading. Don't be sad. Just pray he comes around someday and realizes he's got a sister that loves him.




military Pictures, Images and PhotosWOW! Okay so I didn't seriously mean for this to be a sad story. It's happy for me to somewhat comprehend and appreciate my Pride and Support for the United States Military. I tip my hat to all of the Men and Women who are proud of their very own Soliders. Husband, Mother, Wife, Son, boyfriend, or brother -- it doesn't matter every roll is as equally important!
































7/14/10

Stopping in real quick!

Hi BF's! Just stopping in to say hello and that I'm having a good time on vacay right now in North  Carolina for the next couple of days then we'll be spending the rest of the time in Annapolis, MD. While I'm gone I want you guys to show my guest posters some Love! I have a few of my favorite bloggers that are graciously posting for me while I'm away and I appreciate so much them  taking the time to do that! Thanks Lady's for helping me out! You rocketh hard!

Well I'm off, the old roomie and the husband want to play power hour now that the babies are down... I'm sure I'll only last half an hour but it's worth the try! Miss you BF's!!!

xox

Guest Post from Nolie @ Nolie's Place

Hello ladies and gents. Here is a mighty fine post for you from the lovely Nolie, author of Nolie's Place. Hope I do a fine job filling Mrs. Sergeant's shoes for the day.




So Mrs. Sergeant thinks that she can go away on vacation and not blog for us everyday. What is that? That is not how my world works. She is supposed to blog daily to give me something to read. I am so upset with her right now. So instead I am going to have to read a post written by me on her site. Kind of lame for me but hopefully the rest of you will enjoy it. Maybe this post will be so awesome that I can steal all her readers from her. MUAH HA HA! Oh yes this evil plan of mine is brilliant.



So this is how my evil plan is going to work. I want you all to leave a comment right here, on this post and tell me what you like about Mrs. Sergeant and her blog. What is it that keeps you coming back. I am sure she will love to read all the great things you have to say and I can use them to entice you over to my place.

OK in all seriousness I don't want to steal her readers (maybe just borrow them). I just bet she will love coming home and reading all the great things her readers have to say about her. I know we all enjoy hearing people say nice things about us.


Nolie's Place Button

7/13/10

On Vacay...

That's where I'll be until next Monday. Of course I'll be writing a bit, but I also have some AWESOME guest posts coming up too. I have room for one more if you want to be a guest poster! :-) C'mon, you know you want too! LOL Just shoot me an email if you do... You can post about pretty much anything!


Okay, now on to the important stuff...

The winner of my Stella & Dot giveaway was Now an AF Wife and she was selected via Random.org! Congratulation Now an AF Wife! Shoot me an email with your information so I know where to mail your prize Lady!

Oh and guess what! I'm starting another giveaway soon so stay tuned for that! Love you all and I'll miss you while I'm away! Hope you all continue to have Stellar weeks and don't forget to show my guest posters some love! Xoxo!

7/10/10

Pity Party... Come on in...

Today I'm throwing myself a big ole' pity party. 
You're invited. 
Why am I throwing a pity party? I'll tell you.
1) I'm fat and I'm beginning to think I will be forever. 
(This is after I just worked out) LOL
2) I really want my Stella & Dot business to work..
3) Mr. Sergeant left at noon to go to a BBQ that starts at 5 and won't end until way, way, way to late. 
4) The reason 3 is important is because his mom is coming over tomorrow and our house has boxes everywhere... I'm supposed to unpack with 2 kids in tow all by myself on Saturday with a beautiful pool outside that said kids keep bugging me to get in? Yeah... I'm going to be really productive. 
5) I'm just in a mood and I'm sad... Let's hope it's an early bout of PMS... Fingers crossed it's that. 

I know... My reasons for being like this aren't all that bad, but if you know me you know I don't like visitors when my house is in shambles. It was how I was raised... I love my MIL don't get me wrong, but man, talk about bad timing and Mr. S won't agree to another weekend. :-/ That just down right pisses me off. 
(Excuse my language.) 
Anyway,  please send positive thoughts and warm fuzzies my way because I need them. Badly. LOL

Hope you're having an awesome weekend!


7/9/10

Off the wagon...

Remember this post about me getting fit... Body Gospel  Well, I've failed miserably so far... Now don't get me wrong, I love, love, love the program! That's not it at all... It more so me with my scheduling and timing; especially since we've been unpacking, car shopping, and trying to find a school for The Artist.

Not to mention the eating out... There are so many wonderful restaurants in this area that are so absolutely delicious... Mmmmm! Although this past Tuesday was the first time that I cooked in my own home. It was nice and I missed it, but I didn't miss the mess that's made by cleaning...

I see so many moms/wives/women doing it, but I guess I wasn't let in on that little secret...

So I guess my question to you  would be how do you balance fitness and life? I need some advice STAT! LOL


7/7/10

Wordless Wednesday - Happy Anniversary!


Flaws and All
Performed By Beyonce
I'm a train wreck in the morning
I'm a bitch in the afternoon
Every now and then without warning
I can be really mean towards you
I'm a puzzle yes in deed
Ever complex in every way
And all the pieces aren't even in the box
And yet, you see the picture clear as day.

I don't know why you love me
And that's why I love you
You catch me when I fall
Accept me flaws and all
And that's why I love you

I neglect you when I'm working
When I need attention I tend to nag
I'm a host of imperfection
And you see past all that
I'm a peasant by some standards
But in your eyes I'm a queen
You see potential in all my flaws
and that's exactly what I mean.

I don't know why you love me
And that's why I love you
You catch me when I fall
Accept me flaws and all
And that's why I love you...

Happy 5th Anniversary Mr. Sergeant
I love you more than words. I am 
completely blessed to be able to call you not only 
my husband but also my best friend.

Here's to many, many, many, more years of US!
















                        



                          



7/6/10

Tuesday Reviews & Giveaway - Stella & Dot!!!!






Hi BF's!!!! Guess what I'm doing?! I'm shamelessly plugging my new business venture with Stella & Dot. I know... I know... but I had to share this with you! I promise I won't mention it again unless you ask me to. LOL! Anyway,  I found out about the company through another blog and I fell in love! The products are of great quality, so cute and super fun!

So... In honor of said new business venture I'm giving away a free piece of jewelry! That's right; see there are perks to my plug! The winner of this giveaway gets one surprise piece of jewelry from me and another piece to host a giveaway on their blog with... Totally win-win right?! I'd like to think so!

Okay... On to the rules & how to enter!

1. You get an entry when you become a follower of my blog, twitter, and facebook! If you're already following just say so! Also get entries if you tweet or blog about this giveaway and link back to me! :-)

2. You get an entry by visiting my Stella & Dot website and by leaving me a separate comment saying which piece or pieces you like. It's really hard to only like one... Really, it is! Mrs. Sergeant's Stella & Dot Website!

3. You can get to extra entries by following Stella & Dot the company on both twitter and Facebook and leaving me a separate comment saying you did so.  Twitter  & Facebook


Alright folks this giveaway is open until 7.12.10 Midnight EST

Good Luck!





7/5/10

Menu Plan Monday!!!!!

Hi BF's! Did you guys have a fantastic 4th of July weekend? I sure hope you all did! Mine was really good. We got to spend time at my Father-in-Law's vacation house with him, his wife, and my brother-in-law whom I adore!

The kids had an absolute blast! They love, love, love their Grandpa, Grandma, and Uncle D. The Artist and Uncle D are kindred spirits and they had a good time talking all things art as Uncle D is an Artist by profession. He was simply thrilled that The Artist wanting to follow in his footsteps... Me, notsomuch. I have to remind myself she's only 5 and may want to be something completely different after she starts school.




Anyway, Menu Plan Monday!!! I haven't participated in a while, now it's back and I am glad! Meal planning really does make my life easier, and to make matters even better The Artist loves to help me pick out meals so we get some mom-daughter bonding in there too. :-)

So this week we'll be having...

Monday - T.G.I.F's we're on the road right now as I type this and I'm not cooking. At ALL. :-)

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken & Mango Wraps

Wednesday - Baked Tilapia in Garlic & Olive Oil

Thursday - Southwestern Tofu Scramble (This is delicious)

Friday - Leftovers!

Saturday - Grilling out!

Sunday - Breakfast for dinner :-)

I'm not sure on my sides yet, but I wanted to put this here before I forgot! LOL Hope your Monday was awesome!

7/2/10

Happy Friday!

Hi BF's!

Just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend! Have tons of fun this weekend, btw... What are you doing? LOL

We're heading to Miami to spend the weekend with the FIL, his wife, and my BIL! We are super excited and I hope to have tons of funny stories to tell when I return!

xoxo,

7/1/10

Body Gospel Giveaway Winner!!!!

Hi BF's! I'd like to introduce without further delay the winner of the Body Gospel Fitness Program!

Help Me Congratulate:

Mrs. S from The Adventures of Mr. Superman and Mrs. S

Now, Mrs. S,  I will need an address from you in the next 48 hours or I have to pick someone else! Congratulations on your prize and I hope you enjoy the program as much as I do!