Summer 2014

We’ve had a pretty jam packed Summer‚Ķto say the least. ¬†Filled with many visitors and visiting, Summer 2014 was definitely a good time. My sister Ebeth made her way to NNY and it felt like home again! ¬†I was so … Continue reading

Turning 6, Getting Promoted, and the End of Softball

So much has happened in such a short amount of time lately…but, I guess that’s just life right? ¬†I am not the only busy one in the world with an umpteen amount of “everythang” swirling around them. ¬†However, it’s not a fam bam blog if I don’t pop in and share with my peeps the fantastical chaos I call Mi Vida!!

We celebrated Teage’s birthday last weekend (his first party on his actual birthday since well, birth :o) ¬†He is officially 6 and “first grade ready” as he would tell it. ¬†The first thing he did birthday morning was grab Dad’s tape measure, run into my room to wake me up, and demand a height check. ¬†Turning 6 has its expectations after all. ¬†I guess it’s a good thing he doesn’t realize how doomed he actually is in the height department yet. ¬†Until then we will high five every inch we get along the way ūüôā

This year Teage chose the Avengers has his birthday party theme. ¬†Anyone else die hard Avenger dweebs like us…I am definitely on the Hulk Fan Bus this go ’round!! ¬†Stretched thin, I managed to pump out one of the best lil parties he has every seen. ¬†He loved it…from the superhero food bites (think Villains in a Pickle, Wonder Dogs, Pop Rockin Puffs, Fightin’ Fruit, Hero Lassos, Vision Sticks, and Two Face Dips), to the handmade capes, to the Superhero Academy obstacle course, to his awesome teacher showing up, to reading EVERY single birthday card (better than most teenagers I know), to the fabulous gifts he was so fortunate to walk away with…I mean, how blessed are we? ¬†It was such a blast to have all his friends, classmates, and family show up to help celebrate our Teagie! ¬†Roll the pics already….

Goody Bags…Avenger Style

Balloon Fun!

Hulk Punch

Starting off with the Nature Scavenger Hunt

Read the Clues Teage!!

Hero Ready!

First game…Vaporize the Villain!

Who to pick next….

Capes for All

A labor of love, those capes were ūüėČ

The Teen Set…posted on the pick-up

Too cool to hang with the little kids ūüėČ

Shoot the villain Camille!

Who is that masked man?? Baby Koi to the rescue!

Bag Toss…first step in the Super Hero Academy obstacle course

Being a superhero means being able to jump through hoops!

Off to the Kryptonite Disposer challenge!

Captain America Shield Throw!

Run Hero Run!! ¬†(I love Teage’s moves in the background)

Grabbing the most kryptonite…

Who’s’ gonna finish first??

Mastermind Challenge…guess the number of candies!

Teage’s Avenger Cake…Thanks Kaylene for yet another fabulous and tasty cake!

Make a Wish…

and BLOW!! YAY!!  (The other kids simulating the blowout is just as awesome!)

Once again, we are so happy to have everyone come out on their Saturday. ¬†Lord knows that the sunny days here are few and far between, so we are appreciative using one of those to come be with us as we bid farewell to five…HELLO SIX!!! ¬†Next Saturday…my girlie turns 17!! ¬†(really, 11 year gap?) ¬†Sigh…

In other news….the beginning of the month was also a huge milestone in that George was officially promoted to Master Sergeant!! ¬†Making his E-8 has been like a long forbidden love affair for him…wait, I wish a Mutha Sucka WOULD…maybe not the best analogy. ¬†Anyway, point is it has been a plateau for us for so long….George made his E-7 within his first 7 years in the Army. That is pretty much unheard of in the military. ¬†He earned it, he deserved it…but it was always a known fact for us that he would probably sit dormant there for a while. ¬†And boy did he…for over half of his 16 year career!! ¬†He knew his place and accepted the wait in line as he should. ¬†But, the time had come….finding out in December that he was in promotion status was probably the best news we had gotten in a while. It was a tough year last year for him and this was the morale boost he needed to remind himself of why he is such a great man and Soldier. ¬†I’ve always known it…and now so would the rest! ¬†The day after Teage’s party, I prepped making foodies for the ceremony, which was intimate and yet bountiful with guests and well wishers. ¬†Having G-Pa here was the icing. ¬†He was able to have his dad and I be the ones to “pin” his new rank on. ¬†Alex was also able to attend and I know that meant the most to him by having his family there. ¬†So without further adieu…I present to the masses, MSG George M Isla !!

So many people came out…thanks again!

Senor Isla Trio!

Luv the O’Neal’s..battle buddies for sure!

LTC Iliff before his “I heart Isla” speech..

Sharing a moment!!

Rubbing on of the Ranks ūüôā

Congrats to my MSG!!!


The Receiving Line…what a great crowd!

So excited and fortunate to have G-Pa there for this moment.

Isla Forces…go get ’em baby!!

What an accomplishment! ¬†Does this mean he will stay in ¬†the Army with this kind of momentum in the ranks? ¬†Hmmm….

Continuing the week, I had to leave an hour after the promotion ceremony headed to the European Army Family Action Plan Committee in Heidelberg. ¬†I was selected to attend as a Recorder/Transcriber this year (the toughest role as many would say)…but, my work as being multi tasking mommy never ends!! ¬†I rolled back on Wednesday to be there for the Softball Awards Dinner. ¬†Well, I mean I wanted to see my Saigie get her certificate and all…but I was also in charge of the slideshow and helping George create his gift to the girls, individual player cards and trading cards. ¬†Everyone knows by now that we are committed parents with volunteering and advocating/supporting our kids in all they do. ¬†This was no exception. ¬†I love being with these girls and I am really sad to see another awesome year end. ¬†With an undefeated season…our Lady Raiders made history, no team from K-Town has ever accomplished this feat! ¬†I have to also take it a little further and give props to my hubby. ¬†He has put everything into coaching these girls and I know that every single one of them will always remember and owe a little something of their softball career to his commitment towards them. ¬†Hats off to this team…it may be the end of an era, but it’s also what will drive Saige on to overcoming the next achievement, as captain next year!!

Coach Culbreth

Saige grabbing her All Region Rap Sheet!! #1 BABY!

Team Mom…Word!!

Coach “Ice”

Lettered Again!

Player’s Card…from Coach Daddy!

Gift from the girls to G

Grub Time

Megann, Lauren S, Lexus, Sharon, Michelle, Makenzie

Melissa, Lauren H, Reagan, Saige, Callie

Tia, Natalie, Liggins

Lady Raiders with Coach C

Goof Troopin’

This is ALOT!

She’s always someone to lean on!

Stir ir UP!

Passing of the reigns…Captain Baby!

Pentagon Posse! Sniff…

What a fabulous week…in more ways than one! ¬†Did I mention I love my life….? ¬†Now, if I could only get my Apple TV addiction under control I’d be close to damn perfect :/

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Prom Business 2012

I have officially claimed my rite of passage as an old a$$ mom with an almost grown daughter! ¬†Saige had her Junior Prom this past Saturday and needless to say, I had stomach pains all day (it might have been that spicy chicken sandwich I ate at like 1130am, but my “woe is me” excuse sounds better). ¬†Actually there were many factors that played into me acclaiming this rite of passage. ¬†Let’s do a recap on the events of the day…

Prior to the weekend I did what all Prom mommies do which is get the dress steamed, buy shoes, order the boutonniere, work out hairstyles/make-up, make appts, etc. ¬† The special circumstance that we had to incorporate was the fact that Saige had two games that day before Prom. ¬†That makes timing for the day crucial…and let’s face it, my time management skills blow. ¬†I have a ton of great skills, but time management is laying stagnant at a solid #80 out of 100 (I mean, if I had a list of my skills…in a journal, next to my bed…but really, who does that? Er…).

Back to the events, the boys and I (with a surprise visit from Uncle Alex and Camille) watched the games and as always I get super excited admiring “the beast” as she does her thing on the field. She is so talented and it keeps getting better. ¬†They won both by the way and Saige even hit a home run (did I mention beastly yet?). ¬†After the games it was go time…I needed to pick up the dress, grab the boutonniere, get back home, set out jewelry, coordinate with my girl Amee to come over..she did Saige’s twists in her hair and it looked amazing (thank you my friend), and throw in a last minute trip to the store. ¬†And so you ask…where does is get cra cra?? ¬†The place where I took the dress to be steamed was a cleaner/tailor shop off base run my some random Turkish dudes…it was my first time using them since the one on base was going to take too long. ¬†I prepaid, thankfully, earlier in the week and hopped on over there around 2:30pm after the games. ¬†To my complete and utter disgust, what I stumbled upon not only made my stomach turn but it made me want to tackle somebody. ¬†The blinds were drawn, the inviting and shiny neon OPEN sign was gray and shunning, the word on the door saying open daily til 8pm had a disclaimer…Saturdays, we open til 2pm!!! ¬†I up-chucked slightly, starting slapping the glass like a mad woman, looked to my right and saw my worst fear become a reality…Saige standing there with her mouth dropped, despair in her eyes, and screaming “It says 2 o’clock, Mom….what is happening?”. ¬†Immediately, the stark raving mad Diane sense left me and Warrior Mom Diane entered the building, literally . ¬†There was no way I was going to let this ruin her day. ¬†I barreled into the adjoining store and begged, pleaded, stood my ground, and made someone help me. ¬†After searching and going through about 18 keys and a couple phone calls…we broke in that place!! ¬†I walked right behind that Turkish guy’s counter and grabbed that dress like an intern for Vogue would do, flipped the key lady my dress tag receipt, and I was out of there in 7 seconds flat!!! ¬†Most importantly, Saige’s confidence and trust in her mom remained…and that’s what it’s all about for us in parenting isn’t it?? ¬†Fast forward to the prom prep…Saige had gotten her hair shaved the night before and wanted stars etched in her hair in conjunction with the prom’s theme “Written in the Stars”, but the Germans are limited in hair art apparently (just another minor perk you stateside folk probably take for granted…LOL). ¬†But we got pointed zig zags and then Amee came in and whipped out some side twists and Saige finished up with the curls…ever since I showed Saige a pic of her when she was two and I cut her bangs crooked, she forbids me to touch her hair…sigh, so touchy! ¬†She chose a beautiful pair of blue gem earrings passed down from Maria’s collection (I love that she has the ability to incorporate a piece of her Gramdma into her growing up even though she is not here with us physically). ¬†She wears a piece of her jewelry every single day…and it becomes a part of her daily life…from talking about it with her friends to remembering where she saw her wear it in the past. ¬†I’m so glad she has those memories forever…

After the dress was on, I was standing there thinking how blessed I was to have such a healthy and happy daughter…and that she was embarking on yet another huge milestone in her life that I could be a part of. ¬†My life really is grand…

A group of the kids met up for dinner at Milano’s and coincidentally, there a perfect picture spot right next door and so the photo ops began ūüôā

Stunner Saige!!

Sissy Brother Action

Corsage and Boutonniere time


They were hilarious, even with the nervous energy lingering

Totally Cute!!

This could be a billboard, for reals. Great modeling guys ūüôā

The age old “Prom Pose”

Proud Daddy…no really, that’s his expression for elation!! HAHAHA

Saige and Lauren being Cra Cra!

Softball Girlies

Gorgeous girl group

That’s a big party ūüôā

Nobody wants a sucker punch coming at them from these chicks!!

Work it girls!!!

Can’t wait for the next adventure that comes her way…and watching her shine right through it!

P.S. We play probably our most toughest team to date this Friday against our local rivals for the Division title to end the season…say a lil prayer for the Lady Raiders to end with an undefeated season!!

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Falling for everythang!

Ahh, the days of Fall are upon us finally and it’s just like I fondly remember…the brisk weather, the leaves whipping through the streets, the smell of my chili, the crystalized dew on my car window, pumpkins pumpkins everywhere, fests galore, the beginning of theater season, Hispanics celebrating their heritage, and homecoming of course.

We have had a busy start to Fall and it’s not slowing down anytime soon, I’m sure of it. ¬†We ventured out to our first fest of the season here and it happens to be the largest wine fest in Germany…imagine that (actually I didn’t have a single glass since I was the DD…but it smelled lovely). ¬†The Bad Durkheim Wurstmarkt occurs each September and offers up a total state fair atmosphere. ¬†Most local fests that we go to are puny in comparison, but this one is off every chain when it comes to shopping, food, and rides. ¬†Who knew the Germans knew anything about the Himalaya and the Round-up. ¬†Anyway, flanked alongside the fest are acres of vineyards…which are my absolute favorite to look at. ¬†Lush with fabulous color and symmetry, the vineyards are my friend. ¬†I remember walking through them in Bad Kreuznach when I was 9 months pregnant with JD almost 14 years ago, WOW. ¬†They still take my breath away.

Teage was pretending like he wasn’t scared to be up on the biggest ferris wheel…what you don’t see is him squeezing the life out of my hand ūüôā

A lil German house tucked in the vineyards.

In other news, JD wrapped up 101 Dalmatians and the production was entered into the One Act Festival in Heidelberg. ¬†The play won a total of 7 awards, which garnered JD a certificate and a coin! ¬†He is currently rehearsing for the school play, “Frankenstein Slept Here” which will be in a couple weeks and this week, he auditioned for the next community play, “A Christmas Carol”. ¬†We will find out the cast list over the weekend. ¬†He has obviously found his passion and I want to help him follow his dreams…as any parent would. ¬†So, I am going to start scoping out casting calls on the east coast and in New York and will probably start hopping over to the states after the new year to get him the experience that will put him on the track he needs to succeed. ¬†I’m so excited to witness his journey to stardom ūüėČ ¬†This kid has definitely got the goods…

Homecoming was last week, which is nothing short of some stress, fun, dressing up, football, sleepovers, and boys with agendas. ¬†Saige was asked by this boy who is straight up wooing her, gah. ¬†Uncomfortable as it will always be to think of Saige and boys and dating, my baby girl is growing up before our eyes with every day that passes. ¬†A year from now, I can already picture myself repeatedly saying,”This is your last homecoming dance…your last spirit week…your last softball season…your last Christmas at home…”, it is going to be super emotional and super exciting at the same time. ¬†All the hard work will be put to the test after HS and I can’t wait to watch her tackle the world. ¬†I just wish it wasn’t happening at lightening speed. ¬†Check out our gorgeous upper classman…

Wacky Tacky Day

Blast from the Past – 80’s

She makes Geek Day Chic Day!!

G-Pa got to send her off…what a memory!

His little girl isn’t so little anymore…

Our angel ‚̧

Saige has also been working and practicing for over a month on her performance in the Hispanic Heritage Celebration on base. ¬†It was today and she was in several portions of the show. ¬†She even did a slideshow presentation on Cuba in partial Spanish. ¬†I know Maria is looking upon her and very proud at how important the heritage is to her. ¬†She really embraces the Latina culture as Maria did. ¬†Here’s one of the dances she did to the song “Danza Kurudo”. ¬†She is the one on the far left wearing a red shirt. ¬†I wanted to get up there with her so bad…

Next up this month, we are hosting the Isla Halloween Spooktacular event at our home. ¬†It’s gonna be a good time and I wish all my fam and friends around the world could throw on their best costumes and join us. ¬†I guess I’ll have to blog about it instead…until next time!!

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