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Peach State says: Dear Mom and Dad!

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The letters have finally started arriving in our mailbox! Letters from our 20 year old son in BASIC Training!

Dear Mom and Dad!

Nothing is more dear than reading a letter from your son saying he misses your cooking unless, of course, if the letter says:

“I miss you both and Love you very much…Thank You!”

Yes…there were tears in my eyes! Thankfully the tone of the letters have taken a turn for the better…yet he still complains about the food, lack of sleep and his boots. With the stories from his daddy and and accounts from a former Ranger he was more prepared than most recruits.

I found a Facebook site for the company he is in and they have posted updates and…(wait for it…) pictures! We have been fortunate to find 5 with our son in them and he is looking well! I am so proud of him and can’t wait to hear from him. “Hopefully this week will be the week!” As for the updates well they contained some fantastic news…he will have two back to back 12 hour passes Easter weekend so I guess you know where we will be! The hotel room is booked and my hubby has already gotten the day off…and I am counting the days! I will post about that visit…you can count on that!

I spend the better part of my mornings writing him of the daily activities and events all while trying to keep the tone positive! I have even kept him up-to-date about my “Precious Princess”. He has asked about her in every letter and misses her so much. “After all they did grow up together!”

His last letter gave us an insight into his writing style. A little here and a little there…the first part of the page was his typical letter then the next paragraph started by letting us know they had a mail call and he got our first letter. He admitted to shedding a few tears as he read the letter…our strong baby boy!

I will be heading out to mail our recent letter in just a few minutes. Please take a moment and remember the men and women serving in the military and those in training.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

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Peach State says: It’s Time For Some Normal!

20140222-072101.jpgWhat a delight the past two weeks have been. We have had snow, ice and Tornado Watches and Thunderstorms…oh and let’s not forget the Earthquake! Yep! You heard me right! And yes…we felt it shake, rattle and roll!

School has been out for Winter Break this week even though the kids were out of school four of the five days the week before due to inclement weather. I am so ready for a bit of normal!

It’s Time For Some Normal!

This has been a two week period filled with many firsts…
*More than a dusting of snow,
*Hubby home on days other than normal days off…weather related,
*Only one child in the home,
*Only one child still living…(insert chuckle) “Of course he is…”
*The youngest is beginning to follow in footsteps of older brothers by sitting in “Dad’s” office at night and talking about the day before heading off to bed!…(this is huge!)
and drum roll…..
*Letters from my son in BASIC Training!

The good news is that besides finding some normal in NEW routine I now have an address I can send letters back to my Army son! (Doing the dance of Joy!) Routines have been frozen with icy conditions for two Practices at church this month. (Okay…one of the practices was the 29th of January but that is close enough!) Ask anyone…when a set in stone routine is cancelled it can throw everything into a tail-spin!

Speaking of “Normal”…I apologize for not touching base with you this past week! I have found myself quite busy away from home and during the down time I was busy doing some neglected household chores…except for yesterday. I was dealing with a migraine and…looking a pictures online of my son’s company during BASIC trying to find one with him. “We think we found one..”

I will be getting Facebook Funnies posted later so have no fear. (Note to those who contribute…It’s Not Too Late…Post away!)

Time to give “Precious Princess” her medicine…I wrap the pills in sliced deli meats and hope my fingers remain intact!
(Note to self…buy more sliced Turkey!)

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: 2 Down & 2 To Go!

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The countdown continues it’s active spiral.

2 Down & 2 To Go!…

The surprise news came three nights ago when my 23 year old announced he would be moving to a new city…2 hours away! He has a job interview, Monday, for a position that might hold him over, financially, until he finds a computer-geek-video-tech job. He began the dump-truck-cleaning of his room yesterday as the washer and dryer twisted and tumbled the multiple loads of clothes from his floor. He plans to leave about noon today! “I don’t thinks he said bye to his dad…but knowing my son he will call as he drives down the highway.” (For those concerned about his lodging in this new city…my son will be staying with my parents! It is a good thing they all get along!)

My hubby and I talked about this and have come to the conclusion that our 23 year old did not want to be here when our 20 year old leaves for Army Basic Training…anytime in the next 2-3 weeks. Why? “Because he would have to do the things the 20 year old always did for the family and house!”

Hold everything…that means 3 Down and 1 To Go!!!

The funny thing is the fact that the boys do not realize the amount of work it takes, when they are home, is lessened substantially when they are absent.

Translation:

Cooking for three…instead of five.
No fighting over the moving of laundry…money saved on utilities.
Less garbage to take out…
Cleaning up behind three people…
Buying for three…
Pleasing only three when making dinner…

You get the picture!

I am going to save money and time! But I did think of a couple of drawbacks. The putting up of the Christmas Tree and bringing the multiple boxes of decorations up from the basement. (Quit shaking that finger… I am not lifting anything, YET!) I also realize that there will be one child left here…”I hope he can lift those boxes!” There will be a “Honeymoon Period” of sorts when the youngest is the only child. I just hope he does not revert back to the the selfish-lack-of-energy-I-did-not-hear-you-unknowing child we have been blessed with recently. (Did I just say that out loud? Yes I did!)

For those of you who know me, personally, please pray for us as the next few weeks will be a unique transition period. I must confess there may be tears and crankiness involved…sooo, please be patient with me! “Oh, and I will probably have a 13 year old in tow!” To be a mother with a full house to a mother of one will take some getting use to seeings how it has been a full house for 24 years. I was only a mother of one for 5 1/2 months before finding out I was pregnant with #2. I am sure I will find numerous upsides to only having one child but that will be another post.

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Nope! We’re not there yet…but soon! As a matter of fact…there is a weekend coming up in December when there will be NO children in the house! “Hmmm?! I guess I should make some plans!” ( snicker…snicker!)

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: It’s A New Facebook Funnies Year!

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I have made a list of New Year’s Resolutions! Humorous Facebook Funnies with twice as many Blog Worthy Award Winners is on the list…Let’s see if I can stick to my Resolutions. It’s A New Facebook Funnies Year!

The holidays are gone and we are left with just a memory. Here are a few memories posted be my friends on Facebook.

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Shoot-from-the-hip Caroling… I know a few people who could carol with Yoda! Hehe! (You know who you are!)

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When asked if he would be joining in on the carol sing… our pastor quoted this line from “Elf“. We quickly removed the microphone from his hands…LOL.

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Another finicky-gift that cannot be returned.

Blog Worthy Award Winner #1:

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“backing away slowly…”

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Feline Mythbusters!

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Purr-fection!

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Enough of the holidays…I need some coffee before I can start exercising!:

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Long night?

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Yep! Long night!

Blog Worthy Award Winner #2:

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I will move later…when I get up to refill my Coffee cup!

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Enough exercise an hydrating…time for a little normal! (but not too normal…)

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Nothing like a bit of quiet reading!

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Okay…reading time is over.

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How about a game? (Whoa! Movie quote came rushing in!)

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The solution for the parents of “TTT&T’s” (troubling tots, Tweens and teens)

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I wonder how long it will take them to realize it is 2013!

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If I belong in one…can I get a room with a view at a beach side resort?

Speaking of…

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Fashion is still important…

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Everyone needs a kind, loving reminder of mom!
I can rest assured that my son will feel right at home while in Basic!

I hope you had a wonderful New Years and are ready to return to the “Real World”… I am!
Have a wonderful, humor-filled day!

Peach State