Thursday, February 22, 2018

6 Reasons Why It's Difficult To Facetime With A Deployed Soldier

When my husband was deployed, we tried to Facetime everyday, but it's not always easy. The connection can be pretty terrible. However, I know we're lucky. My Nana Jo talks about the letters she would write to my Grandpa, who was off fighting for his country during World War 2. She said it would take months to get a letter. You didn't know if your loved one was okay. Sometimes the letters would arrive with sentences marked off in black if it was deemed unsafe. That would have been difficult.

When my husband first deployed years ago, we only got one phone call a month, if that. So I am grateful Facetime and Skype exist. But still. It doesn't always make things easier. Let me explain...

1. The sound cuts out often. So your conversation goes like this, "How day?" And, "I you." (Translation: "How was your day?" and "I miss you.") Words are left out. This can be confusing when you hear, "I chow arms." (Translation: "I ate at the chow hall and worked out my arms.")

2. The picture freezes. The other person is sometimes frozen with a silly expression on their face. It's funny at first, but then you think, "Can I just have a normal conversation with MY HUSBAND?" You also worry you'll be frozen in an unflattering way. Suppose he shows his work buddies?

3. The call will be dropped in the middle of a conversation. You'll get the "reconnecting" message, but it's a lie. It won't reconnect. You have to call all over again.

4. Sometimes the call won't even connect at all. You'll try and try and try. You'll curse and curse and curse. You'll cry and cry and cry and wail, "I JUST WANT TO TALK TO MY HUSBAND!" all dramatic-like. Or maybe that's just me?

5. If you see a member of the opposite sex in the background, you might think, "Who's that ho? Why is she near you?" Not because you're a bad person, but because you're jealous someone else gets to be near your husband when you can't be.

6. You'll be told, "I can't talk right now," and you'll immediately think the worst. You'll say, "Are there bad guys coming? Are you okay?" and then you'll be DISCONNECTED and go into a panic. You'll think of all the scary scenes in war movies. You'll wonder if that's happening to your husband RIGHT AT THIS VERY SECOND. Then, when he finally calls, you'll be all, "Oh my GOSH, are you okay? Are you wounded?" and he'll go, "Jesus, we just had a meeting. Calm down."

Again, I am grateful Facetime and Skype exist. But there are some challenges you'll just have to deal with when your spouse is in a deployment zone.

And you just have to hope that when the screen freezes, you at least look flattering and not drugged.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.

Hey, It's Okay.... be going to the rodeo this week with my Mom and kids! We're also seeing Jeff Dunham perform. have had a pretty relaxing President's Day weekend. On Saturday we went to the mall with my Mom and ate at the Cheesecake Factory. On Monday I took the kids to In-N-Out burger. be going to Natalie's parent/teacher conference this week. Wish me luck! I never know how they'll go. Normally they start off with, "Natalie is a sweet student..BUT.." (She daydreams. A lot.) have thought Fergie's performance of the National Anthem was overly dramatic. Just sing the song, Fergie. pig out at In-N-Out burger. I get my burger animal style!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Disney Princess Fun: A Jasmine Pley Box Review

I was sent a Disney Princess Pley Box in exchange for a review. No other compensation was exchanged. My opinions are my own. 

We're all about Disney in this house. My daughter has been a fan of Disney Princesses since she was a baby:

I mean, when we took her to Disney World she was around 15 months or so, she wanted to GO with Tigger:

I knew Natalie would absolutely love they Disney Princess Pley Boxes. You might recall that we got to review the Merida one, and she was excited over all the goodies inside that box.

When this one arrived, she was just as thrilled:

These are the coolest boxes. You can get 4-6 OFFICIAL Disney Princess goodies every two months.

This was was filled with neat items:

This was a book about Jasmine!

A book that you can paint! I love this because you just get a brush wet and put it against the color you want and wal-lah! Color!

Magic Art scratchers, which turn out so pretty!

A Jasmine Pop keychain!

A cool Jasmine shirt!

A necklace and earring set!

Bonus? The box turns into Sultan's palace.

Interested in getting your own box? You can get one for $24.99 here. Or you can get 6 boxes for $22.99 per box, or 3 boxes for $23.99 per box.

Even better, there's a President's Day Sale going on where you can buy one box and get 20% off. If you get two boxes, you get 25% off. If you get three boxes, you get 30% off. The discount is automatically applied. (Go here!)

So who is your favorite Disney Princess? 

Natalie once dressed up as Jasmine and likes that she has a tiger as a friend!

To learn more about Pley, check them out at the following:

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