Thursday, December 23, 2010

Twas The Night Before Christmas -- Marine Corps Version

Merry Christmas, My Friend

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live.
As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire,
just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.
With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different,
unlike any I'd seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

I'd heard stories about them,
I had to see more,
so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.
He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?
His head was clean-shaven,
his weathered face tan.
I soon understood,
this was more than a man.

For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men,
who were willing to fight.
Soon around the Nation,
the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.
He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
"Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps."

With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night's chill.
So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
and for one shining moment, I was a Marine deep inside.

I didn't want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said "Carry on, Santa, it's Christmas Day, all secure."

One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.


Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt, 1986

Saturday, December 18, 2010

YAY For New Laptops!!!

I dont have a lot of time to write because Monk isn't feeling to well and just started bawling, but I just wanted to post that Im in LOVE with my new laptop! It's a sony and its wonderful! Ill post more later, but for now YAY!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Monk Breaks Everything

Crap! I'm having to write this from my iPhone and I'm not too happy. I just finished writing my entire post and then hit the wring button and lost everything. It said something was wrong with my post so it didn't auto save.

Blah! Basically I haven't known what to write about lately so I have been looking at different blog and blog design sites to get an idea of how I want to redecorate and right when I found some great ideas Monk pulls the laptop to the ground and steps on it. By the time I got him off the laptop wouldn't turn on and there was a rattling sound inside. Luckily we are getting a new laptop for Christmas, but we are still going to have to pay to get this one fixed since all my pictures, videos, music etc is saved on the laptop. Argh!

I need to get on the ball cleaning house! My inlaws will be here in just under two weeks :)! I know that sounds weird being excited for inlaws but despite all their crazy I do love em. We are renting a rug doctor from Lowes eventhough we own a really nice steam cleaner. Ours is little and when we first moved into this apartment I was really gung-ho about keeping the place clean and steam cleaned to often and not very well. I left so much cleaner in the carpet that it eventually started collecting dirt and turned kinda black :( Now if I go over it 17 times it looks wonderful but takes forever so I figure if I just rent a big steam cleaner my carpet will look wonderful in half the time.

I have been in a creative mood lately and have been making blankets but I can't go buy more fabric until Tuesday so I have been making due with redecorating the blog a billion times, and my house has been decorated for Christmas since before Thanksgiving hahaha.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Time is Coming to Town

Really not a whole lot has happened since I last wrote.  Monk and I are finally back home, and Monk had eye surgery back in August and recovered wonderfully.  I am having so much fun finding gifts for everyone and I'm really excited to see if everyone likes what we purchased.

Hubs has put in for a MOS change.  He is currently trying to get an interview with EOD (*joy*), Im not thrilled but we have talked about it and Im "ok" with it.  

The main thing on my mind is that Im a little disappointed.  I havent been feeling well lately and my cycle has been screwy so I went in to the Dr to get everything checked out and she couldnt find my IUD (mirena).  So I panicked and we did a blood test and it turned out negative, which really is wonderful news.  But even though I am 99% happy about the outcome I can't help being just that littlest bit disappointed.

My weight still isnt where I would like it to be, although I have lost 15lbs in the last month and a half, and to say this isnt the right time is pointless because there's never a good time to have another mouth to feed and another butt to diaper.  But Monk wasnt exactly planned out and I can't imagine our life without him.

We wont be trying anytime soon but if I had been pregnant baby #2 could have been our happy accident.  I will be going in for cervical ultrasounds this upcoming week to find out if it fell out or just moved around. After we figure that out I will be having it removed, and put a no hormone IUD in its place.