Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Date a Tanner

Trevor's poor date...
You get fooled to come in for 'just a moment'

Then you get cornered!

Do you see Trev's face?!? SO classic.

She survived!

But only after meeting Grandpa & Grandma & Earl & Peter &&&&&

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

First, wonderful blogger will not let me move the order of the photos...Grrrr. SO, pardon the random order!

I am a woman of few words...so I will let the photos show our family's
Christmas in Utah.

However, I need to send special loves to Mom, Dad & David in Korea: I LOVE you & miss you all horribly. There's not a moment that I didn't have you all in my heart. Emily did a fabulous job doing gathering my 'Santa' gifts...thank you.

Joe, Emily & Noah: I'm glad we followed a few holiday traditions together! Cookies, movies & Zoo Lights..Christmas 'musts' for me! Emily, your shopping skills amaze me. THANK YOU for being 'Santa's' helper! Give loves to my Max and kisses for Nephew!

Merry Christmas to all my friends in Iraq!
I'm blessed to have met you all & share some life changing experiences.
Thank you. Thank you & God bless your families.

Christmas 2008:

3 of 5!

Holiday Kisses

Christmas Naps...my favorite kind

I love Bob...even if he is a Boston fan!

Beautiful Laurisa & Kathy

Christmas PJs, Fab Slippers (Thank you parents & Emily!)
& Grandma's decorating magic!

Frosting sugar cookies in St Louis

World's biggest Eagle Fan.
(AKA Thabo)

Amber with beautiful, new Gavin

Happy Peter!

Vanna Alison!

Love these boys

Enough said.
(I already miss him)


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Home & Happy & Lovin my rash-covered nephew!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fun Snaps

Goodbye Bear Hugs

Breaking the Rules
My Bad Boys
Ready to fly..again

They can think of Acronymns for EVERYTHING else...why did they need to spell this one out?!?
Just, plain, morbid.

Following the Tigris home

Ta-Ta for now... See ya'll soon...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wonderful Homemade Breakfast.

Samoon & Fresh, made-this-morning Cream

Thank you Joe.

Your sweet holiday gift made my day.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Everything I need?!?

I asked if they'd show Twilight...yeah...no

Friday, December 5, 2008

Another space

Big Desk, little chair
Nicest Desk EVER
Wish I had time to do my hair
My latte makes life better
My private tent
Empty bunks
My body is spent
No need for rent

Turkish Coffee and other Ramblings

Since my time in the IZ, I've had an obsession with Turkish Tar, I mean coffee.

The way it's made, the variety, and the conversation
that comes with fellow coffee lovers..

Bonus: who can resist the delicate cups it's served in!
The coffee is boiled with sugar until the grounds disolve. Creating this blissful, thick tar.

Coupled with fresh bread, cheese and Iraqi sweets..makes for a Blissful & Buzzed afternoon!
Now. To jump subjects (I'm known for this):
I took this photo of a team member's ring on our travels:

Cool ring huh?
Although, we forgot the name of the stone.
SO, as a result, here is part of the email my buddy wrote searching for the name of this ring:

So, I asked my faithful teammate, “What is the name of the stone on Ben’s ring?”

She says, “I don’t know.”

I asked, “Didn’t you put the name of it on the picture?”

She replied, “No, I just put ‘special ring.’”

I'm so tired...
I don't know why that made me laugh.
Thought I'd share...
Kinda sad.
FYI: the ring is called Sulaymani. It's said to have mystical powers.
Jeez :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


On to the next assignment.
Let me pack real quick.
Argh. Unpack.


Friday, November 28, 2008

Funny thing

So, Iraq is at war.
Yup. Suprise.
There are certain things you get used to, other things you should never get used to. Always listening, always alert, always using that extra-something that lets you know when it's not safe.
However, there are certain times you let those defenses down. The shower being one.
So funny story:
Last night I was taking a shower (a hot shower!! YAY!!) when"BA-BOOOM"... with an equal disturbing shake to the shower trailer.
I stand there for a second, running through memories... if it sounded like incoming, listening for running...nothin. Then my mind goes to a possible cruel irony: if I have to run..I'm well...jeez. I only travel with a quick-dry shammy the size of a wash cloth..and that doesn't cover much! When you know it's real, you can't grab that one thing you want to keep safe, you can't think about where you left your ID, you can't change your clothes...you just duck and run for the bunkers. And in my case, right then, I was a little underdressed.
Luckily, it was outgoing. Really, some bad a*% sounding outgoing, for about 30 minutes!
CHU shakes
We have some pretty awesome power!
Well, long story short, I went and bought a towel today.
The biggest one they had...just in case
*A quiet space this morning...nothing to do with the post!*


When it rains...it muds.
I have never scowled at rain clouds, until now. While my new boots make me happy, the mud in the car, office, bed, showers, PX, EVERYWHERE is getting annoying.
Enjoy photos from the muddy FOB...from your clean, mud free computer.
(yes, mud has made it's way onto my computer. Jeez)
How do they not sink into the muck?!?!

Thorin giving me mud bunny ears

Up to my ankles is sludge

A 'dry' spot!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My heart today...how do I put it into words?
I know a soldier who was killed today.
The cost of this war...
Please, when saying our Thanksgiving prayers, bless these soldiers.
Bless their families.
Thank them for their sacrifce.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

In the 'Hurricane Seat'

Sitting in the back right corner of a Black Hawk, with the door open,
is like sitting in a wind tunnel.
But the view...the view is spectacular!
Over the Tigris River

Flying with the sunset

Catching the end of the sunset at BIAP after the flight

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More Random Snapshots

Vineyards outside the gate

Now, can you say it in Arabic???

Yes. It's Starbucks. So rare here, so wonderful.
The theatre..with a make-shift mortar patch

Parking lot

Great guy

Sunsets over the up-armored Suburban