PRINCSSIS may listen

Anyone who knows me and my family will know that I am "Princess Sister" to my three younger brothers. I'm a fairly quiet woman, so when I have something to say, I expect to be heard. I mean no disrespect or place myself on any kind of pedestal. My brothers gave me this name, so I honor them by using it.

Location: United States

Thursday, April 27, 2006


Tank has been, for the last 18 months, serving in the Army National Guard deployment to Iraq. He started the deployment in the states but away from home in training. He has been in Iraq for the last year. HE IS NOW BACK ON US SOIL! He called GranNee this morning to say he is in Georgia! YIPPEE! In just a few days, he'll be back home in our arms! I can't wait to see him! We are all soooooo proud of his dedication and courage.

I know the Lord has watched over him and kept Tank safe. Better yet, Tank knows it, too! Thank you, Lord for your protection!!

I'm trying to think of something to do to welcome him home. There is a "welcome home" committee with the National Guard family support group. They have planned a celebration to welcome the troops home. They will be asking the public to line the streets along the route the troops will take from the airport to the armory. They have made and placed over 1600 yellow ribbons along the route. Fire engines will be hoisting large flags in the air and fire personnel will be saluting the troops along the route. I wish I could be a bird to see the whole thing. I want to see what the soldiers see as they come home. You see, we (family) will all be waiting at the armory for their arrival. I hope they come home to a warm welcome from the community!


Monday, April 03, 2006

Civic Duty

Well, the next two weeks ought to be interesting. You see, this princess has been summoned to jury duty! I have actually served before, 10 years ago. I had just found out I was pregnant with CJ! Anyway, I went to orientation today. Then, within 90 minutes, we were dismissed for the day. I have checked in at the website and we all have to report tomorrow morning at 8:30. That means an early start for CJ and Belle. CJ will go to a friend's house across the street from school at 7:45am. Then, I will take Belle to GranMum's and go on to the courthouse. Then, I anticipate a long time waiting. Who knows, maybe I'll be picked right away?

Last time, I was actually an alternate juror for a murder case. The trial and evidence were interesting. I did feel kinda left out though, after hearing all the testimony and evidence then just being excused and not allowed to deliberate with the rest of the jury. They ended up convicting him of involuntary manslaughter. I don' t quite understand how the only two guilty options were murder 1 or INvoluntary manslaughter. It just doesn't seem right.

Since my schedule will be unknown for the next two weeks, I may not be around here much. (Not that I've been a daily presence anyway.) However, I hope to come back with some interesting stories!

BTW - Having served on jury duty before, I do feel it is an important part of our judicial system, however flawed it may be. Anyone who has the opportunity to serve, should do so with an open mind. I know its a disruption in our lives, but it is necessary. As one of the judges that spoke to us today said, we may not have a perfect system, but it's a system that others in this world are willing to die for.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Let sleeping children sleep?

OK. I have a dilemma. Belle did not sleep well last night. She's been battling nasal congestion so bad that she coughs when she tries to swallow. Anyway, she woke up at about 4am requesting a drink of water. I happily obliged, as I do every so often. Typically, she will take a SIP and then go back to bed with no problems. This morning was different. She took huge GULPS of water and wouldn't let me put down the glass until she had her fill. She refused to go back to bed. So, we were snoozing in the recliner and all of a sudden, around 4:45am, up came the water! I thought maybe she was getting the flu I had over the weekend. Nope. After that, she was fine.

We had a Cub Scout outing today. We had to be at the Scout Leader's house at 8:30am. Belle and I actually made it there ON TIME! That is quite the accomplishment for me! CJ had spent the night there. We went on to the local college's veterinary medicine open house. There were all kinds of animal exhibits. The kids even milked a cow and felt inside a fistulated cow!! We finally left there at about 2pm. I was amazed that Belle, who usually goes down for a nap around 11am when she's had a good night's sleep, was still awake and in a good mood! She didn't even fall asleep on the 30 minute ride home! However, I did put her down as soon as we arrived back home, at about 2:30 or 2:45pm. It is now nearly 11pm and she is STILL ASLEEP! I have checked on her several times and she is sleeping soundly. Yes, she is breathing!

There have been other times when she hasn't gone down at her usual nap time and slept from 5 or 6pm to 7am. But she's never slept all night from before 3pm! Of course, this has to be a short night with time "springing forward" one hour tonight!

What would have you done? Would you be like me and let her sleep and pray she doesn't get up at 2 or 3am raring to go? Or would you have woke her up earlier and tried to get her back to bed at her normal bedtime?