Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas in Hawaii

The kids woke up at 3:30 a.m...YES 3:30 a.m. and I tried to put them back to sleep, but to no avail. I myself didn't get much sleep because I am unfortunately getting sick. Needless to say, the family had a great Christmas, every wish was granted and then some. I wish family were here to make it absolutely perfect..WAIT, I take that back; I wish it was snowing, AND family were here, then it would be perfect, but I have to admit it was pretty darn close! Since we couldn't put any presents under the tree until Christmas Eve, (due to little mischievous hands) this is what it looked like last night after the kiddos went to bed. We hope everyone had a joyous and wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Have a blessed New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Program

Josh had a Christmas program at school last week, and they sang three songs. Since they are learning about "cultures", they did a song from Germany, Mexico, and then a Christmas one.
He sang his little heart out! I wish I could download it on here, but it is too long. He happens to be in the front row because of his height, and this picture is from a friend's camera! (I might have to add this to my b-day wish list next year!) She got a great shot. David was coming from work and sadly just made it there on the last sentence of the last song=-( But, later his teacher told me how the Kindergarten teachers have gotten together and decided to give my little Joshy an award for best performance. It was really cute! He'll get to rent a movie with it! As many of you know Josh is never shy when it comes to singing, and they thought he was just so much fun to watch as his enthusiasm for music "being poured out" on the stage!

Hope everyone has a great week getting ready for Christmas! We miss everyone, and can't wait to see you on Skype!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Season of Wonder..

This week has been full of change and solitude. I have been pondering my life, (or lack thereof) my social standing, and my New Year's wish list of things to accomplish. I have a friend who is moving, and the military life as great as a lot of it is, never prepares you for the downside of making new friends and then losing them. It makes me miss my friends back home, and then I start to think of the holidays without my family, and yadda, yadda, yadda.
So, in spite of how depressed I feel, I started making a list of to-do's and things to improve on/look forward to in the New Year. At the top of the list of course is coming home for Christmas next year, and finding out where our next "tour" around the states will be. (Notice I said states..NOT Germany!)
The picture up top is of my little pumpkins that thankfully will never cease to amaze me on how much love I have for them. (and vice-versa) It was taken right before a PTO Christmas party I went to last weekend. On the bright side, at least I have my husband to annoy/talk to all the time until a new "friend" comes along...sorry babe=-)
We will think of everyone this holiday season, and keep those Christmas cards coming!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Gingerbread House

On a good note, between all the sickness this week. Josh and I got to do a gingerbread activity for his class on Thursday. It was a lot of fun, and some one on one time with me and my "little guy". A new found friend took this picture of us and I was pleasantly surprised to receive it in an e-mail. I cannot fix it (the red-eye) since the way it is formatted, but all in all I am glad there is no double-chin action going on! (That seems to be MY new found friend in pictures these days!)
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 5, 2009


O.K. so I tried to be ahead of the game...I ordered pizza from Pizza Hut because David loves their pizza. Everyone around here is having the same deals, etc. so I thought why not? It was the night before Thanksgiving, and I had been preparing the food for the next day. So at 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, I ordered pizza to be delivered @ 4:30p.m. pretty simple right? WRONG!!
4:30p.m. came and went, and no one showed up. I called and asked where my order was..she puts me on hold **by the way, they have a "central line" so even though you call the store number, it is like a call center** and when she comes back, she tells me "I'm sorry they don't have a driver, can you come to the store?" Of course, I am a little miffed to say the least, because Josh was still taking a nap, by this point the girls are whining for food (yes, I know we eat early), and David was sleeping for work that night. Anyway, I said "no, why didn't anyone call me within this hour and a half, and let me know this?" So then she puts me on hold again, and comes back to say "we can give you $5.00 off if you come and get it, I asked her if it was ready and she said yes." O.K. now I am royally Peed off because for one, they made it, and decided to just ignore me and figure I would forget or what?!?!?!?
So, I simply stated" That is unacceptable and I want my order free!" She said of course they couldn't do that, and would have someone call me back from the store.
By this point it is almost 5p.m. and I had to make something for my girls to eat, since obviously my previous plan had been demolished. A "local chick" called me back as was very "annoyed" to say the least she says," Brandi, yes you called, and have a problem with something?" I proceeded to tell her what happened and even added the whole my order should be free, and she claims, of course not, and then says"We just pulled a driver off the road, I don't want to be here, I can give you ten dollars off, take it or leave it!"
I told her I was disappointed but I guess, so the driver was supposedly putting the order in his car as we joke 5:35p.m. he shows up with THE most nastiest old pizza ever, and 5 bread sticks that were folded in half, and a 2 ltr. of Pepsi. I asked him how he was doing and he says" I'm good since two drivers called in sick and I am the only one!"
So who do you think is telling the truth..him or the manager?
The more I think about this, the more upset I get..I wasn't treated like a customer, but not even as a paying individual. Who should/would pay for something that is so old, and been sitting under a vent for a good 2 hours?? Then to say my $14.00 was too much to give back, that 10 bucks was the best they could do?? I have worked in the food industry long enough that your paying customers are a great asset, you want them to come back, to tell their friends about your place of business TO come back, and seriously $14.00 isn't worth that?
I hope this doesn't happen to any of you, but if it does, DO something about it before it happens to someone else, so by word of mouth/Internet I am spreading the word PIZZA HUT S~U~C~K~S at customer service!