November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Hymn--Traditional

Today was Tristan's first Thanksgiving. While I helped mom cook, my Dad, Bub and Chelle put together the train table mom bought for Tristan and future grandkids. Tristan played in the floor with the measuring cups and a spoon until dinner time.

Dinner was great! My mom is the best cook ever! We had turkey and ham (I don't like turkey), potato casserole, broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes (for my dad), dressing, deviled eggs, and two kids of rolls.

Tristan had his first full meal of grown up food: 2 rolls (the child loves bread), broccoli, mashed potatoes and potato casserole!

After dinner and the clean up we took him in to see the train table. He loved it! He played with it a lot more than any of us thought he would being so young.

Then we went to Kim's to hang out with Tyler's family. Tristan ate some of Mim's rolls, I'm telling you the kid loves bread, some graham cracker crust and some whipped cream. He played until he couldn't take it anymore and then I brought him home to bed.

I also got to talk to Tyler today. He said the meal was unbelievable. He said they had every dish you could ever imagine and that the food made cruise food (his standard) seem like Shoney's. In the chow hall were ice sculptures, but that wasn't the best part. They had taken sandbags and built them up and covered them with a tarp full of water and had an actual floating model of the Mayflower! I should mention that the food was prepared by Kuwaiti nationals. Tyler said the coolest part was that the Generals, Colonels and Sergeant Majors served them, as it is an Army tradition. It seems like he had a great Thanksgiving, too.

November 22, 2010

Over There--George Cohan (Part II)

Tyler's latest email:

Not too much as changed in the couple days. I have been assigned to the motorpool (surprise, surprise) so I will start doing that sometime next week. More to follow on that. I must say that I did not anticipate how COLD the desert is. From sundown to sun up, one really needs a jacket when outside. The minimum is a long sleeve shirt. Walking back and forth to the bathroom/shower house you hands almost go numb. There is a ping pong tourny today that i have entered. More to follow on that too. I should win, no one here can beat me so far. A few people have asked about pictures. Right now I dont have anyway to send them. The only internet that is available to me is in a trailor with about twenty stations at it. They wont let you plug in any external devices. You can purchase an "air card" from different sourses around here, but it is pretty over priced and not that reliable. We are kinda holding out for some other options that might present itself. Once again, more to follow on that. All and all, its not a bad gig here in Kuwait. Just miss my family and friends. It doesnt help that the holidays are coming up. Sad face. Love you guys.

November 21, 2010

Card Me!

I've never used Shutterfly, but I hear about people who use it all the time.  Then I hear about a promotion they are running for bloggers to get free Christmas cards so I had to check it out.  The details can be found here, so get over there and get in on the action!

Anywho, so check to see if the promo is worth my time and energy and low and behold, Shutterfly ROCKS!  There are literally THOUSANDS of photo products, from coffee mugs to playing cards.  Here's is my preliminary favorite:
I would love to send out pictures of Tristan's sweet little face for Christmas since people are constantly asking to see pictures of him.  They even have super cute gift tags!!
Gotta love that reindeer :)

And the baby announcements make me wish I had made some when Tristan was born. 
 So based on the sheer amounts of cuteness, Shutterfly is officially on my radar.  I'll be checking out all the stuff you can put pictures on, so don't be surprised if you get a gift with Tristan's face on it.

November 17, 2010

Over There--George Cohan (Part I)

I am going to post every group email Tyler sends out while he is gone. Here is the first one:

Well, we landed about twelve hours ago. Honestly, it's not at all what I thought it was going to be. I thought we would get off the plane and immediately start sweating but I guess because it was in the middle of the night we didnt. Right now I am rooming with two other guys that I got to know in WI. They are both real good guys. My first meal was pretty good. The chow hall is kinda big so I didnt really know which way to go. That wont happen again because I missed the line that takes you to steaks. Still no word on our mission. They haven't told us anything really. You will know when I know so don't ask. Hahaha. We hit three continents in less than 24 hours. From WI to Maine, then to Ireland, then right into Kuwait. I bought a Harry Potter book in Ireland. I couldnt help myself. I also got some money while I was there too. Happy face. Alright, I'll be in touch.

Hello--Lionel Richie

Tyler left yesterday for Kuwait. They flew out of Wisconsin and landed in Maine before crossing the ocean. When they got to Maine, they were greeted by the Maine Troop Greeters. They are a group of veterans and volunteers who greet every military flight coming in and out of Bangor International Airport. They take pictures of some of the troops and who happens to be the first one seen coming off the plane? Tyler!

You can see all the pictures and read more about greeters at

He texted me from his TextFree account (he doesn't have his cell phone, so text or email me for the number) and said "'Ireland. So far no one has called me a "yank"'. Then, "I kid you not. As we were going down the runway, I saw a herd of sheep less than a stones throw from the plane. Classic :)" That's all I've heard from him so far. I don't know if they are in Kuwait yet or not, but I will keep all of you posted.

November 10, 2010

Bittersweet Symphony--The Verve

I ALWAYS have a song in my head. Whether it is a song I heard that got caught in my head or it is pertinent to what is going on in my life, there's always a song. It is why I title my blog posts with song titles (though I am going to venture into movie and TV show titles, too, I think). I discuss a topic and a song title comes to mind. Maybe it it because the lyrics are pertinent to what I have going on at the time. Sometimes it is just that the title itself works even though the lyrics aren't close to my situation An interesting fact about my blog, but I digress...

When Tyler was here last week my song brain went into overload. As I waited for him to come home Wednesday the song Run by George Strait was stuck in my head. The refrain goes like this:
Baby run cut a path across the blue skies
Straight in a straight line you can't get here fast enough
Find a truck and fire it up lean on the gas and off the clutch
Leave Dallas in the dust I need you in a rush
So baby run

On Saturday the song in my head was One More Day by Diamond Rio. The whole song was on loop in my head all day:
Last night I had a crazy dream
A wish was granted just for me,
It could be for anything
I didn't ask for money
Or a mansion in malibu
I simply wished, for one more day with you


One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you

First thing I'd do, is pray for time to crawl
Then I'd unplug the telephone
And keep the tv off
I'd hold you every second
Say a million I love you's
That's what I'd do. With one more day with you


Leave me wishing still for one more day
Leave me wishing still for one more day

At 4:30am Sunday as I leaned against the closed door crying after Tyler left it was Let Her Cry by Hootie and the Blowfish:
Let her cry...if the tears fall down like rain
Let her sing...if it eases all her pain
Let her go...let her walk right out on me
And if the sun comes up tomorrow
Let her be...let her be.

Sunday around 11:30am it was the old song Just a Little Talk With Jesus:
I may have doubts and fears, my eyes be filled with tears,
But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night;
I go to Him in prayer, He knows my ev'ry care,
And just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.

When I sat down to think about the time with Tyler the song Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, or more specifically this particular line) seemed to sum it up:
'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life

It was a great weekend with Tyler, but he's back in Wisconsin and only 6 days from Kuwait. I miss him so much and only God can ease that.