Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Going under

Well, I will be going in on Tuesday to get my tonsils removed. OUCH!! I have been dealing with tonsilitis for the last 16 years, and have finally found a doctor who is willing to take them out.
While I am not looking forward to surgery, pain, not being able to verbally talk to my boys, or eat for that matter, I know in the long run it will be well worth it.
It will be interesting however, Tyler will be going on a day shift while I am recovering, that way he can be home at night to take care of the house and Charlie, and I can have the house to myself to sleep and get better. But he has never really had to take care of everything on his own. All of the cooking, bills, cleaning, homework, etc. But I am sure he will do great.
He is leaving in 3 weeks for OK, for training, not too sure when he is coming home, thats a scary thought, but its the Army way... hurry up and wait. LOL So, unfortunately I will be recovering most of the time I have left with him, but his last day home will be a blast. Its my birthday, Charlie's fun day, and we are going to make a day of it. He has to ship out at 5:30am, so that will be a long day for Charlie and I, plus Charlie has his school picnic that day also... HOLY COW!!
So, keep your eyes out, while I am stuck in bed with no voice, I will probably put my fingers to serious use.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Well I hope everyone had a Happy and fun Easter! I know we certainly did.
Both Charlie and Tyler had a 3 day weekend. The perk of living in the middle of the bible belt, employers and schools give Good Friday off!! It actually worked out great since Tyler leaves on May 20th. It gave us a chance to have a guaranteed weekend together as a family, no work, appts, nothing. Just the three of us having fun.
On Friday we went out to celebrate since its offical, I am out of remission!!! Thats right ladies and gentlemen, Athena Marie Lutz is cancer free!!! I could just say that for hours!!
While we were out we decided to take Charlie to see the Easter Bunny and get his picture taken.

That night we did our traditional egg coloring and decorating. We all had so much fun.

Here is some of the eggs we decorated
On Saturday the library had an all day Easter event; including, an egg hunt, face painting, a balloon man, and so much more. So we hit that up for a while.
The Lutz Family with the Easter Bunny.
Then on Sunday we did the usual... egg hunt, egg wars, good food, and some family fun.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Why do you do what you do?"

I was asked by another mom in Charlie's Pre-K class, "Why do you do what you do?" At first I was puzzled by her question. She wanted to know why I do what I do in regards to supporting Charlie with everything in regards to school, activities, etc, and why I support Tyler 100% in what he does both with Falcon Jet and with the Army.
It was the most simple yet complexed answer in the world.
I will start with Tyler. I knew when I was dating Tyler what it could/would mean if things got serious and in turn we got married. Ok, maybe I didn't know EVERYTHING that would be thrown at me from the military, but I did know that it could mean things would be very unstable, and things would change faster than I could blink. And I was ok with that, in fact I was more than ok.
I support him because, well... think about how many men and women serve in the Armed Forces. They are all someone's daughter/son, brother/sister, mother/father, husband/wife... when they get called up for anything that will take them away from their families, loved ones, and their everyday life, they need to know that they have the love and support of the ones left behind to help get them through. They could be gone for weeks, months, or even years... don't you think they need people to think of coming home to? And thats what I want to be for Tyler, every day for our entire lives.
Sure, I hate him having to leave, or to get thrown curve balls every 15 minutes, but I am 100% proud of him and what he does... not just for me, but for our son, our friends, our families, our neighbors, and of course for himself. Being a military wife means I have to be prepared to be a single parent at any given minute, to take on this entire world without my number 1 supporter and my best friend. I wouldn't give it up for the world, no matter where the military takes Tyler, because at the end of the day, he will come home to our family with loving, open arms.
Now for Charlie. I am very big in making sure that he is 100% on top of things. I knew something was off with his speech, and I fought doctors and the schools to make sure he got the help he needed, and in turn he a million times better than where he was 1 year ago. I volunteer in his class multiple times a week, and help with preparing projects for the kids. I love doing this. I love knowing that I can be involved in his life, and that he loves me being a part of it. I see other kids in the class, and they have no stability. They have someone different dropping them off and picking them up everyday. That can't be easy.
I know that not every family is lucky enough to have a full time stay at home parent, but that is why Tyler and I have busted our butts to make sure that we have a lifestyle to where our children will always have at least 1 parent present for anything special in their lives. Whether it be a choir concert, a soccer game, a class Christmas party. With Tyler having to be in and out because of the Army, we wanted to make sure that I was 100% the constant parent in his life. For him to know that no matter where daddy is in the world, mommy will always be there to kiss the boo boos, to help with homework, and anything else you can think of.
That is why I do what I do. I love the two men in my life more than I value my own. And it is why I fight for them, and its why I fight for me.
So at the end of the day, I am a proud stay at home mom, and a proud Army wife. And I plan to live that way for as long as I can.