The USO (United Service Organizations) takes care of the military.
Whether it's free tickets to the Radio City (Rockettes) Concert ((which I may or may not have stood in line for 3 hrs on Sunday to get only to miss out by just a few people)) or calling cards to those that are deployed, they are there.
I haven't been on the up and up the past few years but that's what I have military friends for right?
My girlfriend called me up Saturday and swung by my house to pick me and Lael up for some USO Kids Christmas Event.
I wasn't sure what to expect but the USO never hardly disappoints.
We go there and they were giving aways tickets for door prizes which included kids bikes and more.
There was free dinner, popcorn, cotton candy, treats, face painting, and even a Gingerbread House for the kids to climb through (yeah, it was that big).
But of course no Christmas event is complete without a Santa. Even though he looked like he was maybe 25, the kids loved him.
Thanks USO for a fun filled night. Especially because it was free, free, free.
It's me and my mother-in-law at my work Christmas Party last night.
Take another good look.
I believe my body is officially gone. Because of that, from now on you will only see my face or just my belly. No more whole body shots. M'kay?
Not until after the baby and many, many rounds of the 30 Day Shred. LOL!
We had a blast though. Good food, good drinks (for everyone but me), dancing and lots of pictures.
Last Saturday my MIL took me and the girls to the DC National Harbor. There they had an ICE Exhibit. Ice sculptures that were GORGEOUS!
See that red carpet? It covered ice. Yes, we were almost literally walking on ice. It was mmmmm….9 degrees in there. I dressed the girls in tights, fleece sweat pants, 2 pairs of socks, winter boots, undershirt, long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, coat, hat, gloves and scarf and then on top of that they give you parka ohen you get there. Oh, and best believe you NEED that extra parka.
We took pictures on an ice sculpted sleigh and the tour was even complete with slide made out of ice.
Check out Lael’s expression as she came off the slide for the first time.
We got our first snow of the season on Saturday. It filled us with so much joy!
Life has been so different for me lately. I have so much to say but can't manage to get it out.
I've missed you bloggy friends. And I've still been silently stalking you all, just haven't commented like I usually do.
The pregnancy has been going wonderfully! I have my next appt on Friday. I'm hoping they take a peek to see the sex but my hopes are not up.
Can you all believe I will be 5 months in 4 days?!
I have been so disconnected from my camera lately and had almost forgotten how much I love to take pictures. My goal will be to post a picture everyday from now until the New Year. Wish me luck!
Today was Parent/Teacher Conf day. You all know how nervous I was, especially after getting her report card. The good thing was that I've chaperoned the last 2 field trips and have gotten a lot of 1-on-1 time with her teacher. Because of that, she had already expressed some of her concerns with me. I have been focusing alot of my time working with my baby and keeping her from having to repeat the 1st grade.
So today was kind of a big day. Well, all my hard work has paid off. She said that she didn't know what I was doing but she has noticed a drastic change in Lael. She is participating, her handwriting has improved, her reading is at 60% and she is only required to be at 30% right now. She does still need work with her math but that is normal. I was so relieved! She's such a smart kid and now it's showing.
My point is, not everything is perfect right now but if this may be as close to it as I will get for now. And because of that, I am joyful.
Last Wednesday I spent the day with Lael. I went to her school. Chaperoned a field trip. And watched everything. Indoor recess. Snack time. Journal time. Chinese lesson. I have a better understanding of what type of student she is. It has helped me figure out what areas I can help her improve in.
It also gave me an understanding of how HARD life can be for such a little person. Because of this I have more patience. I got home that day and could barely keep my eyes open.
If I was exhausted I can only imagine how she feels everyday.
Remember that. School days can be tough on your little ones. Now when she has a meltdown I look down on her and smile. Not because it’s ok but because I understand.
My name is Keyona (Key-ah-nuh). I've been Active Duty in the Air Force for 13 years. I am a mom to a 9 year old girl and a stepmom to an 11 year old girl and a jungle gym to a 2 year old boy.
I am married to my best friend.
I am easy to get along with.
I am silly.
I am forgetful.
I am proud to be a mom.
I am happy to share a piece of my life.
She's 7 going on 16. She is in the 2nd grade. She loves hotdogs, fairies and all things nice. Currently she loves to watch all things Disney and Nickelodeon but every now and then I'll catch her watching Dora. I just pretend not to notice. Her favorite saying is "My Bad". It drives me nuts. She has a strong will but loves to please her mama. She has a smile that can melt you and cheeks you want to nibble on. She is the best part of me and the light in my life.
The last member of our family was born May 14th. We are still getting acquainted with one another.....