Kara

Kara - posted on 07/13/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi my name is Kara. We are currently stationed in Abilene, Texas at Dyess Air Force Base. My husband and I have two boys. Gavin is 6 and was born in Okinawa, Japan, and Gage is 3 and was born here in Abilene. I am currently an LVN in the state of Texas and working on finishing my bachelors degree!

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Cindy - posted on 09/08/2009

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how long did it take you to become a lvn? My husband is also in CE (P&E). We moved here to Dyess about 2 months ago. Came from Okinawa as well.

Kara - posted on 07/20/2009

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MY sons also used to throw therer tantrums in public places, and I started out by taking them to the bathroom. That started not to work, so I just started letting them throw their tantrums wherever they wanted to, and told them that everyone was watching. I'm not sure what it is but kids dont like being watched by strangers. It actually worked! They stopped throwing them in public. Another thing that worked was just standing beside them when people would walk-by and when people would stare at you while your child was throwing the fit, just smile and ask you child if thy are done throwing their tantrum yet? The strangers usually smile back and keep walking. It worked for me, so mayeb it will work for you!

My hair is naturally a dirty-blonde, but now it is red or auburn. I have always wanted to try it red, but my husband says it is too dark, so I am going toput some blonde highlights in, I think! We will see what happens! I color my hair myself, so it tends to be a lot cheaper. Every once in a while I will go get it done professionally! It's worth it!

Sara - posted on 07/20/2009

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Kara! I am so glad that I have found you too!! THanks for the advice about tempertantrums, that is what I have been doing, but it has not really helped, except that he has stopped hurting himself and throws himself down much more gently! After reading your note, I am just going to stick with ignoring it and not giving in, I just wish he would throw his tantrums at home and not when we are in public. I do not know what being around strangers do to him, but he freaks out at stores and stuff and I swear all he does in cry the whole trip!



I was wondering about being happy in Texas after being in Japan, I am sorry that you are stuck there. I learned a long time ago with my inlaws, that I just do not go if my husband cannot go, and even then, I send him and the kids and take an afternoon for myself because if I always delt with the stupid dramma, I would loose my mind! Josh and I have been together 11 years (married for five) and his mom hated me at first, infact when i got pregnant with our daughter I swear she spent the first six months of my pregnancy trying to get Josh to leave me! No I think she has realized that I am a handy person to have around because of my access to legal advice and the fact that when work needs to be done, I make it happen, while everyone else just stands by and watches.



I have never colored my hair, for a while I was thinking about it but lost my nerve because it costs so much to keep up and my hair grows like crazy, so I would have to have it touched up all the time. The strawberry blond in the photo looks great with your complexion, what color did you just change it to?



I cannot belive you are almost done with your RN, my sister is starting her schooling in a month or so and talks about how challenging it is. I personally cannot belive that having an RN does not automatically give you a bachelors degree, except that I did have to suffer through all those art and english classes (haha)!



I cannot wait to see pictures of Japan!

Kara - posted on 07/19/2009

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I will hopefully finish my Registered Nursing degree by the end of this year or first of next year, and then I will go thru Texas Tech University online to finish my bachelors degree. I'm not sure what I want to do with it exactly. I have wanted to go into the Air Force as an Officer, but my husbadn realy doesnt like the idea. Probably because of the fact that he would have to salute mein public, but also cause of the possibility of me being deployed. So I will decide after I get my degree.

I remember the temper tantrums very well. I learned with my first son that no matter what I did, my son was not stopping until he got what he wanted. So I started just letting them throw their tantrums until they got tired and stopped. They eventually knew they werent going to get what they wanted and just stopped throwing fits all together.



Well, I completely understand the whoe family drama thing. We live about three hours away from the closest family but we are still expected to be at everything. Even when my husband is on stand-by, my kids and I are still expected to show up. We are not close at all with his family. We just recently starting hearing from them on holidays and we have been together for 12 years (married for 8 years). They never have liked me, it just got worse when my husband didnt do what they told him to and married me anyway. Oh well, we have become stronger because of it. So we thought being in the Air Force would be nice so we could travel, and we get stuck in Abilene, TX where we are 3 hours from family. We are awaiting orders out of here, but we have been warned that it is really hard to get out of here.



Well, I am currently coloring my hair and have been writing you while it sets, so I better go wash it out before my hair turns orange or falls out. I am so glad I have foound you and can talk to you about difficult times in my life. I will try to find my pictures from Japan and try to put them on here.

Sara - posted on 07/18/2009

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wow that sounds amazing! I just finished a class on World War II, so it is great that you LIVED there. When I moved away for college to Hawaii, I experienced culture shock, it was amazing how it can really affect you. My husband and I just finished going through our relationship altering event that made us stronger and brought us closer, his business partner stole 50,000 from the company and left us to pick up and wrap up. Those situations are so hard, but when you are done with then you can see how valuable they were!



I live close to the ocean too when I was in hawaii, I think there is no place like it. It is calming and powerful all at the same time, amazing.



My kids are Alexis, she is three and Noah, he is two. He just started hitting, throwing himself on the floor and having terrible melt down temper tantrums, so that is fun. Alexis just started gymnastics, which is completely fun to watch her take direction from an adult other then her grandma, me or her dad.



I am not lucky enough to get to stay home, although I really love my job, so it is not too bad that I have to work. My husband, Josh's, mom takes care of Alexis and Noah during the day, so they are with someone who simply adores them. I do not know how I would be able to work as much as I do if they went to a regular day care. I am a paralegal for a small one attorney firm in Denver. We specialize in corporate law, like agreements, contracts, small dispute resolution, taking companies public, helping them structure for bringing in capital and we do a little DUI and family law on the side. I really want to go to law school, but will probably wait until Noah starts Kindergarten, so i have a few years. Right now, I am just learning what I can, trying to aviod the family drama that comes with living so close to family and playing with an enjoying my kiddos.



It was great to have found you, I cannot wait to hear more about Japan and the other places you have traveled! How close are you to graduating with you degree?

Kara - posted on 07/16/2009

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Living in Okinanwa was amazing. I moved there from a town called Levelland, Texas (and it was named that for a reason) whenI was barely 18 and had just gotten married. It was a huge culture shock. It was awesome cause my husband and I only had eachother to depend on and made us a stronger couple. The experience was amazing. We got to live 2 blocks from the sea wall, and could go down and snorkel in the ocean anytime we wanted. We actually lived there when 9/11 happened and it was crazy. We were actually on a kind of house arrest because of a typhoon (hurricane) and saw it on TV and thought it was a movie at first. Then my husband started getting calls from his higher-ups telling us to stay in our house until further notice. Needless to say it was crazy. We also got to experience a lot of history. Since Okinawa was one of the biggest battles of World War 2, there were a lot of War Memorials. We actually got to take a tour of actual sites of battle and see pictures and actually see where bombs went off. It was pretty cool. So what ar your kids names? Do you stay home with them?

Sara - posted on 07/15/2009

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I thought V stood for Veterinarian, funny huh? My sister is an LPN here in Colorado, that is an amazing job and I think anyone that does that is amazing. My husband is a plumber, so I understand structure guys! Honestly, I do not know how I made it through the first year they were both my kids were here, because most of that time is a sleepy tired sad blurr. However, now that they are older, it is wonderful. I often say that i wish they would have been twins because, while I would have been exhausted for a year, at least it only would have lasted that long! But, we are done with babies now, so I can go back to focusing on me a little. What was it like living in Okinawa?

Kara - posted on 07/13/2009

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An LVN is a Licensed Vocational Nurse. It is only called an LVN in Texas I think. Everywhere else it is called an LPN, a Licensed Practical Nurse. My husband is a Civil Engineer in the Air Force. Everyone usually thinks that since he is Air Force, he is automatically a pilot. He is a structures guy. They build and fix pretty much anything. When he was deployed to Iraq, they were there to establish facilities. They built hangars for the planes, places to sleep, eat, and bathe. So he has a job in the military that he will be able to take outside the military and find a good job. Wow, your sons are really close in age. How do you do it?

Sara - posted on 07/13/2009

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COngratulations on working on your bachelor's degree, that is great! I just graduated with my BS in Biology and it only took me ten years! I wish your Husband the best of luck in what ever position he serves! And, what is an LVN, I apologize for my ignorance? I have a three year old daughter and a two year old son.



With warmest wishes,

Sara

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