Sunday, November 30, 2008


I have been slacking. Sorry about that. I have been kind of busy.
I went out of town for Thanksgiving, came back Friday and then yesterday Jack came home from Mohave Viper. So yeah I have been slacking. And I probably will for a bit more. I am beyong excited to have him home, you have no idea. I missed him so much.
Seeing him in the airport was amazing, you have no idea. I saw him and got the biggest smile ever. It was the best hug.
But now it is off to spend time with the husband. I promise to write a real post soon.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I figured I needed to write an actual real post...since the last one...although meaningful...was kind of short...

So next week is Thanksgiving. Jack will not yet be home. I going to be headed up to Jacksonville to spend the holiday with a friend. So that should be fun. I mean I still wish that my husband were here.... but what can you do right.
The day after Thanksgiving is going to be Universal with our friend Elliott. Elliott is one of our closest friends and he just recently returned from a deployment. We adore him.  
Then that Saturday I will be patiently .... okay not so patiently .... waiting for a phone call to go to the airport..... and pick up my husband!!!! Yeah for Mohave Viper being just about over. I am beyond excited about that.


Friday, November 21, 2008

8 days

I miss my husband... a lot...

I have 8 days to go until he is back... I can't wait

that's all I wanted to say.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

tick tock

So I have been thinking lately....about time...and what we do with our time. 

This all started because I decided to figure out how many hours until Jack is back with me. Once I figured out the hours, I started to realize how little free time I actually have....and I like it that way.

Think about it. Just an example (although week is not the norm...since I don't work as much at my 2nd job.)

In any given week there are 168 hours.

Of those 168 hours, I work anywhere from 50 -60 of those hours.... leaving me with (we will estimate 50 hours of work for the example) 118 hours.

Of those 118 hours, I should be sleeping (if I can) for 56 of those hours (8 hours a night) 
Which now leaves me with 62 hours.

at least 6 hours are spent commuting to and from work...which now knocks us down to 56 hours.

And for me 7 of those hours are spent either running or preparing for running.... now we are down to 49 hours....

Factor in the chores that need to be done and eating in there.... about 14 hours... (figure 2 a day for chores and eating) and now we are at 35 hours.

Assuming that I can get all these hours in a row...which never happens...that leaves me with about a day and a half of "free time" a week. 

It is my belief that your free time should be used productively. Whether that be to reenergize yourself, educate yourself (and yes I believe educating yourself on reality tv is perfectly acceptable) or to relax your mind and body. Those are all perfectly productive things to do with your free time.

A lot of time my free time consists of watching tv...thinking about Jack... playing around on the internet (such a mindless thing)...thinking about Jack...... and thinking about Jack.

So yeah I like to think I led a pretty productive life, or I would hope so.

But all this being said...I do want to is only 10 days (i refuse to count is almost over) until Mohave Viper is done and he is on his way back.... but not that I am counting or that time means anything.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

did you ever notice

Okay so did you ever notice that when you miss someone, everything you say do or even think about...makes you think of that person. That is what I have been dealing with for quite some time lately. I mean everything reminds me of Jack...and just makes me think about how I want this silly training to be over with. grrr.
A few of the random things that remind me of me:
The milk gallon - cause he always leaves it out
This one spot on my run.... just makes me think of me
Getting in my car
my shoes...weird i know...but it does

I mean everything.... shows... everything.
Missing someone is hard...and I have been missing my husband for almost a month now. I think what makes it hard is that I know he will be home for a month and I just want that month to happen now. I know that Iraq will be hard...but I also know I can do it. I just the month where he is home to come now so we can spend as much time as possible together.

So yeah I am in an I miss Jack mood today (not that is different from any other day). Hopefully I can talk to him today!

isn't it nice

So I sign on to yahoo this....

Jack (11/15/2008 3:36:16 PM): awwwwww ilu so much this blog was awesome u really have a loving and creative mind im so proud to be married to an extraordinary person like u ilu amanda lin sutter 14 days lol not counting .... btw get pics of ur new hair thanks monkey

He is the sweetest man alive. I love him with all my heart. So now I know someone reads this...haha

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pictures....just for fun

okay this one is from Jack's promotion this summer....I love this picture!!!
And here is one from Old Town....usually Jack makes a silly face or gives bunny ears....I think I am holding his hand here so he won't. haha
Our first baby Miss Seneca Wallace. She knows she is spoiled.
And our newest baby Mr Kobe. Sleeping...the only time he isn't getting into trouble... haha

Friday, November 14, 2008

Some Congrats Are in Order I didn't forget to write this mind was just on a different track....that has to be it....

Anyway I need to say CONGRATS to Adam and Morgan, as they welcome baby Jaden into the world yesterday!!! So excited for all of them. I just saw pictures...and let me tell you...that baby is absolutely beautiful (and I am not in any way shape or form biased...haha) No seriously I am so excited and I can not wait until I shake this sickness so I can go and see the newest devil pup!

I went online to look for a Christmas gift for the baby and I found the most adorable little onsies and it got me to thinking about when Jack and I have a baby. We want children....and I know with all my heart that my husband will be an amazing father and I know that our child will be blessed to have him in his life. The only thing that scares me slightly are all the labor stories....stories of stitches and rips and tailbones being broken...basically the pain...ouch! haha
But seriously Jack and I are not actively trying (how can we with him away at training) but we aren't actively preventing. So basically if God decides to bless us now...we will welcome that blessing with open arms. We have even picked names...although I am not to certain I would post them...cause then someone could take whatever I'll put them down....
okay for boys we like
Caleb Miles 
Nathan Prefontaine and
Aaron Matthew
and girls we like
Aubrey May   and
Leah Clare.

Maybe with our friends just welcoming their gorgeous son into the world...that is what has me thinking about it. Which probably is the case. Whatever the case may be I have babies on the brain. And I tell you, babies can get some cute clothes. I am so ordering some stuff when we have kids... including the onsie that says " My Daddy My Marine My Hero" and then on the back you can personalize it to say whatever... ours would say " Cpl S......'s Devil Pup"
Tell me how cute is that... stinkin adorable right... yep I thought so to.
Haha... So yeah I have spend my night entertaining myself looking at baby clothes...I am weird...
And I did get to talk to the sexiest man alive....yep that would be Jack... He is feeling better from yesterday's extravaganza. He even ran a bit... you know my husband....has to be running... haha

Tomorrow is a busy day filled with work. And hopefully Sunday includes meeting Baby Jaden in person... we shall see. 
Until later everyone! 

whew...that was scary...

okay so being a military wife can be scary at times.... and yesterday certainly was scary for me. Jack got hurt doing something and I only got a little bit of information at a time. The first message went something like "got hurt. lots of blood. going to hospital." Needless to say I freaked out.
As I got more information it definitely became less scary.... but that first text....I almost ran to Cali so I could be with him.... that is how scared I was. The situation made me think of a lot of different things.
First thing.... how scary the unknown is. If you think about it...thats why people are scared in this world or act out against others... its because they don't know. Take for example this election.... Obama is the unknown... we don't know what exactly is going to happen when he gets in office... so that being said people are scared.  McCain was a person that we knew what he would do.... so it made him the safe choice. I learned from my situation with Jack yesterday... that sometimes gathering more information makes things less scary. Hopefully this will be the case with our new president.
Another example.... cause I will probably talk about this some in future blogs.... the scariness of the medical unknown. About 7 years ago I was diagnosed with an auto immune deficiency called rheumatoid arthritis. Basically it is a condition that involves my body seeing my joints as foreign objects and attacking them. There are days when I am in a lot of pain..... and days that you would have no clue at all that I had this condition. There are days I will lay in bed and not want to move for hours... because physically it hurts to much and then there are days that I can go for hours and not feel any pain. It really depends on the day.
When I was first diagnosed, it was probably the most relieving and scary thing all rolled up into one. Reason being at least now my condition had a name.... there was a reason I was in pain. But then scary because I had no idea what it meant for me or  my future.
I am fortunate enough to have an incredibly supportive husband, who not only accepts my condition, but also looks for ways to help. You have no idea how much it means to me to have all my medicine in easier to open containers (because lets face it... people with ra cannot open child proof bottles... just can't do it) because my husband cares. It is a truly good thing.
As I gained more information though on my condition I realized that it isn't that scary.... actually it is something that not only can I live with... but something I will live in spite of. Yes I run everyday... and no I don't let the RA bother me. Yes I go for days on end without meds .... and no I don't care how much pain it causes. I live with my condition... not for it.
Wow this post took an interesting turn huh... haha.
Anyway I need to get some stuff done... I'll probably write more later.
Have a good night all!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

And so it begins

So I figured I would start blogging. Why not right. It seems like a good idea.
So I am going to start with an introduction post of sorts.
My name is Amanda, I am 26 years old and happily married to the love of my life. Currently we live in FL which I enjoy somewhat...although I do have things that I don't like about this crazy place.
I grew up just outside of Buffalo NY. I used to think that Buffalo would always be home...but then I realized that home is really a feeling and not a place. So for me home is wherever Jack is.
Jack, my husband will be 24 in December. He is in the Marine Corps and we are currently preparing for our first deployment.
Somehow I thought deployment would be easier than it is. Or maybe I prayed it would be easier. Regardless of what I thought...I know it sucks. I miss my husband...I don't like coming home to an empty house and I definitely hate that we hardly get to talk to one another....and he is at Mohave Viper now...I can only imagine what may happen when he is out of country. But I guess that is life.
We have two beautiful kids yet...we are trying. Our cats Seneca and Kobe are my babies....and they certainly keep me entertained.
Okay...thats it for now...I feel like crap tonight so I will write more later....promise.
Until then here are a few pictures: