Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Sailor...

When I fell in love with my husband, never in a million years did I ever anticipate leading the life I live today. But it's emails like these, moments where I can see what a good man he is, that make me thankful to God for letting me fall so hard for the big ogre who eats us out of house and home.


Here’s some info for you guys about what were experiencing. I’ve seen some stuff in the news about the Reagan and radiation exposure. The statements in this article have obviously been released to the public—so I can talk about it. We’ve been wearing special covers for our boots, and are scanned every time we come down from the flight deck. They did tell us to briefly stop drinking the water b/c one of the tanks were contaminated—but the others were not and they quickly changed them out. I started taking the iodine pills the other day as ordered by the flight dock—but have since then stopped b/c the levels I have been exposed to are fairly low. We wear monitors in our flight suits as well to make sure levels of exposure are low. As for what we’re doing, the Hawkeye is the core of the command and control structure for all SAR (Search and Rescue) efforts over here. We are controlling all the helos and LZ’s (landing Zones) and doing what we can to get the Japanese supplies. This mission has been very busy, humbling, and eye opening to how bad the situation really is. We are finding broken down schools, business buildings, soccer fields, etc... Where hundreds of people, including infants, children, and elderly have come together to try to survive. We are running food, water, medical supplies, blankets, etc, sunrise to sunset to these people, as well as finding new LZ’s with more people every day. Overall, despite what you see on the news, I believe we on the REAGAN are being very cautious and are maintaining a safe distance from the reactor. Sorry for the long email—just wanted to clear some things up about our condition and what we’re doing out here. Hope everything is going well—Love you guys.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


see all of this mail?
it was just loaded onto the USS Ronald Reagan. In this massive pile of mile is a crusty, moldy, smelly Golden Dawn pizza I sent to Garrett 3 weeks ago!!!!! HAHAHA!! Rookie mistake really, I should have known better. is the backstory:

Garrett's Papa owns a restaurant in Youngstown called the Golden Dawn--where they make amazing pizza. Since the kids and I are able to have it anytime we want, and since 3 weeks ago the Reagan was a standstill in the Pacific Ocean, I thought I'd cleverly send Garrett a couple pizzas. I got the pizza (made by Papa himself!!), froze them overnight and packed them oh so carefully in a cooler with about 10 frozen ice packs. Sounds legit right? So, off they went (priority via USPS too!) to the ship.
Of course, the day after I mail them, I get an email from
Garrett saying they've finally started moving again...awesome. Then the tsunami hits, and they head for Japan. No mail was being taken aboard...until now.

I've since spoken to Garrett and strongly warned him NOT to eat the pizza. If you know Garrett, you know he would totally throw that junk in the oven and eat it, moldy or not!!

So...there you have it, my 3rd deployment rookie mistake. A wife's gotta try right??

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dr. Seuss Baby Shower

My sister in law, Kelly, is about to have a baby. She has been waiting for this baby for a long time--he is, by far, her little miracle. My mother in law and I threw her a Dr. Seuss baby shower this weekend-it turned out really great!

the cake--every inch made from scratch...with a lot of help from my father in law!

the centerpieces--each one went with the book at the table. i had my super serious creative hat on for these!
[Green Eggs and Ham--green and yellow easter eggs with sour taffy tape]
Cat in the Hat--[red and white jelly beans!]
One Fish Two Fish--[swedish fish--duh.]
ABC--[ABC magnets]
Are You My Mother? [yellow Peeps with Scooby Snacks dog bones]
Mom and Dad to be!

So excited for Kelly and Mike and even more excited to meet my nephew, Cooper!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy 81st Granny!

My Granny just turned 81 years old--she's definitely the gambling kind of gal, so taking her to a casino for her party was right up her alley! Happy Birthday, Granny!!
81 years of hard work, hard partying, and lots of love. She will forever remain one of the funniest people I've ever encountered and quite possibly my favorite person ever.