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Iraq Deployment Begins

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I didn't want to look at these pictures for a day or two, but I also don't want to get behind more than I am already. I have a few Thanksgiving pictures that I never shared, too.

So we'll start there, with Thanksgiving, during which we also celebrated C's birthday. I'd never made the full meal before, and in fact never really made much of any Thanksgiving food before! So I wasn't sure how the turkey would turn out, if I could get all the food on the table with it all still being hot, without burning or forgetting anything.

It all turned out really great! I'm so glad, too! Here are a few pictures from the feast.





The kids helped out with some of the cooking and preparations. Our table isn't big enough for any extra decorations, so E couldn't be creative with festive decorations like she gets to be at Grammy's house - we left the leaf out of our dining table here to make room for the big chest that Jack made for Chris.

After the meal was finally over, I got to go lay on the couch and rest while C and the kids cleaned up everything and put the leftovers away! Now THAT made it all worthwhile. =o)

Two days ago, December 8, 2005 we had to drop C off to catch the bus to Iraq, so to speak. We didn't have to take him far, only on base where he works. From there they all got on busses and were driven down to the Air Force base here on the island where they caught planes out.

We started out by taking some pictures here at the house before we left....





Those are the new cammi's, by the way, for anyone who's interested. The Army no longer wears the camoflage with the big green, black and brown splotches.

So we got over to the base around 8:45pm and we got to hang around with C in the parking lot for a couple of hours. The kids were literally begging to go home and go to bed by 11pm, so that's when we left.




The kids and I took turn taking pictures in the parking lot.

So now we're starting Day 2 here (it's 9am for me still, right now).

Mom, you'll laugh to hear that I bought myself the latest issue of Games magazine, and I can still rock my way through it! I can't believe they're still publishing that thing! Great magazine, tho. I remember I was like 12, when I found that first issue at a campground somewhere. What a find.

I've been a cross stitching fool, too. I have 3 WIPs (Works In Progress) going, too. I will have a 4th after Christmas because I bought a pattern and special fabric for it to wrap and give to E as a present... I'll tell her I'm making it for her to have when it's finished. The design is called "Enchanted Mermaid" and it's gorgeous!!! Very shimmery and sparkly with beads and glitter thread used on it.

I'll have to put pictures of up the cross stitching's I'm doing... keep the progress going on here too.

Oh, and I had to order regular telephone service for the house too. It's digital phone service, which I'm not sure is a great thing because when the power goes out, the phone goes out. But I'll still have the cell phones too, so I guess it'll be fine. But the kids' schools won't call long distance phone numbers, so when they need me they won't call my cell... they call my neighbor. And we also heard something about C needing a local Hawaii phone number to call us at home from Iraq... I don't really understand it, but I guess they have some phone connection they call the base here, and can patch calls thru to other local numbers for free....? I don't really know, but I'm getting the phone just to be safe.

So on December 20th I will have a real phone again. And the package we get is unlimited free calling to the mainland... so I won't have to worry about using minutes and all that mess. So weird... no long distance charges AND no overages on minutes. Will be cool.

I guess that's about it. I need to wrap all the Christmas gifts that are getting mailed out to the mainland so I can send them pretty soon. I'm doing all the kids stuff while they're in school.

Alright, well... I'm outtie then. I guess I'll be using this diary as a way to keep C up-to-date on us, too. =o)

Posted by Brazen 10:54 Archived in USA

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well it looks like you are having a great time and things are going well.You seem to be keeping busy.
Your decision to move was a good one.
Have a Merry Christmas!!!

by coulbojw

A very sad day I'm sure with Chris leaving and all. The feast looked good for your 1st time! Now next year will be a snap. The Christmas tree looked great too! Did not know those where the new camo's. Weird! I remember Mitch in the old ones.

by shanana

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