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WDW Hiatus

Hey y’all!

Today is the day of something I’ve been talking about for months!  Disney World day!!

I know you haven’t heard from me in a while but preparing for a trip you’ve never taken is hard.  You don’t know what to expect.  What’s the weather?  Spring is unpredictable.  Sunny one second and really cold the next.  I love living in the South. ūüėČ

We woke up bright and early and hit the road at 5am.  I’m talking to you from the car!  The four kids decided they all wanted to ride together in the same car.  Guess who has the biggest vehicle? Haha.  Nearly 7 hours later with these little monsters…


Feelings are lookin a lot like this!

It’s finally lunch time so we are going to have a picnic!

You can still follow me around The World on Instagram at: mindy.thestepmomster

Happy Easter!!!
–See You Real Soon!–

Xoxo, Mindy (aka. The StepMomster)

I’ll Follow You Anywhere

Being a blended family can be hard enough as it is, but what if you’re a blended military family? ¬†How does that work? ¬†How do you make that work? ¬†I’m talking to ya’ll because I have no idea.

With the possibility of Murphs’ stepdad becoming active again, I’m constantly worrying about how often I’ll actually see Murph. ¬†Yep, Murphs’ dad and stepdad. ¬†Both Marines. (Poor Murph). ¬†Nothing is ever promised when you’re active duty. ¬†I won’t be holding my breath for Murph getting to stay close to home. ¬†Perfect world, right?usdrivein

There are so many mixed emotions with the thoughts of him being much farther than just a quick hours drive away. ¬†Now let me say this… I would go anywhere for that kid! ¬†If that means getting on a plane once a month or so or driving to God only knows where, I’d do it. ¬†For Murph. ¬†For Frank. ¬†For myself. ¬†*Fingers crossed* I don’t have to board an airplane though, but as I said earlier, you can’t write your military life plans in stone.

J has never been too happy with the idea but as I continue to talk about it, he seems to be warming up. ¬†It’s hit him a little harder than the rest of us. ¬†I’m a “go with the flow” kinda girl. ¬†Not too much bothers me and I don’t find too many obstacles that I can’t find some way around, easily. ¬†Not J. ¬†It’s going to take some adjusting for ol’ dad but I’m pretty convincing at times. ¬†ūüėČ

One decision, like this one, has an effect on all seven of us.  It sends different emotions, different fears, different hopes, to each one of us.  This one choice can make or break our entire bonded unit.  We have to all realize what is best for Murph.  What is best for the families, both separate, and together.

It comes up in conversation between Kim and I, quite often. ¬†Like I said, I’d follow Murph anywhere. ¬†As long as he is happy, then I’m okay. ¬†His mother and I have both agreed to do whatever it takes to make it work. ¬†On the plus side, I get to keep my summers with Murph! ¬†YAY ME!

I’m aware that this isn’t helping any of you. ¬†I’m asking ya’ll this time. ¬†Anyone else blended into active military? ¬†How do you manage?


Family Dinner: Episode 1

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Yay!! Success!! ¬†No one yelled or threw food or tried to kill each other. ¬†Okay, that’s a lie… the 2 brothers and sister yelled, threw food, and may have appeared to be killing each other. ¬†All in all it was a great time!

I really enjoyed having some slight adult conversation while the kids occupied each other. ¬†Kim and I chatted while our husbands stuffed their faces with desserts. ¬†We may have done that too but that’s beside the point. ¬†Then we finally had to get down to business. ¬†The issue at hand.

Murph, lately is wanting to act like a teenager girl “that just had her phone taken away.” ¬†Direct quote from Justin (Stepdad). ¬†It’s definitely accurate. ¬†We sat him down and had a nice little heart to heart. ¬†Working together pays off. ¬†The four of us¬†get to express our concerns to each other and we had a great opportunity for all¬†of us to talk specifically to Murph.

Stepping up, swallowing our pride, being bigger people. ¬†I can’t stress enough how taking that first step to actually getting to know one another was the greatest decision we’ve ever made, regarding our family. ¬†Josh and I had dinner with our two best friends last night. ūüôā ¬†Weird right? ¬†Who here still thinks I’m a nut??

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