Monday, January 25, 2010

Snow Day

It has been snowing since the day we landed and today we finally had a few minutes to get away and enjoy some snow. I knew the boys wouldn't last long...I mean they are island boys now and we are not prepared for snow.

They wore there jeans and we borrowed hats and gloves. Chase was miserable. I had set him down to take some photos and he started playing with the snow. After a few brief fun minutes he starts crying and shaking his hands.
Carter's gloves kept falling off and after about 30 minutes he starts crying that his hands hurt and he can't move them.

Bryson had a good ole time and was having a blast sledding down the hills

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I took the kids to the local circus today. Nothing to write home about but the kids seemed to enjoy themselves.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

How do you know you are old?

We have been here in New Mexico now for two weeks. I have been so busy with my father's estate that I have not been able to keep up with Bryson and Carter's school work. I went down to my old elementary school and asked if Bryson could be enrolled. They said yes that we just needed to dis enroll him from Japan and he could attend school.

They tested him yesterday and he scored really high. Bryson will be placed in to a 1st-2nd grade combo class and we are so proud of him. He is reading at a 2nd-3rd grade level which we already knew. He also scored high on math. He didn't know money or time very well which makes since because he hasn't been taught it.
I found Carter a pre-k to attend while here also. His teacher seems really nice and Carter is enjoying himself. She says that he is further ahead then most of the students in his class since he can do addition and simple spelling. We are so proud of our boys.
So....How do you know you are old??

When you see friends you went to elementary school school with, at the elementary school you attended as a child, dropping off your own children. Oh yes, that makes me old.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

9 Months

Chase a lot has happened this past month. The most devestating being that you lost your grandpa. I am so sad that you will never remember meeting him but I am so thankful for the few photos I have with you two together. It's bitter sweet because I wish I would have taken more photos and not lived in the moment so much.

  • You had your very first Christmas. You had so much fun with all the excitement. You did very well while we opened up all the presents and you love all your new toys so much.
  • We celebrated new years with a great dinner and then put you to bed.
  • This month you also flew back across the ocean. You did very well for being 8 months. I brought your carseat on the plane with us and it was a life saver.
  • Mimi taught you how to clap your hands this month. You are so cute and get so excited when we cheer you on.
  • You have done really well with all the strangers holding you.
  • You can feed yourself now and it's so much fun to watch you.
  • You are cruising around all the furniture.
There really isn't a lot to write about this month. I was really busy and time just got away from me. I am sorry that I didn't pay enough attention to you and your brothers this month.

You weigh in over 20 lbs. I am not sure how tall you are. You are one solid little boy.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Dad


Jim Olden Turner passed away Friday Jan 8, 2010 from complications of Necrotizing Fasciitis. He was born May 12, 1954 in Alamogordo, NM.

Jim grew up in Tularosa and became a true Wildcat while attending Tularosa High School where he excelled in sports, earning him a full-ride football scholarship to Western New Mexico University. When he first arrived he was automatically deemed with the nickname “Bulldog” due to the fact his cousin was Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, who was inducted to the football hall of fame and retired #66 for the Chicago Bears. Known for his infamous long snapping ability, Jim was recruited by the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys.

He graduated May 1976 from Western with a BA in Personal Management. While attending Western “the football player” fell in love with “the cheerleader” Diane Orsak. They were married July 3, 1974 in Lordsburg, NM. During their first 10 years of marriage Jim worked as a construction superintendent/project manager for Merit Homes in Houston, TX. In Houston they had four beautiful children; Dawn, Shannon, Jimmy and George. In 1986 they moved to Alamogordo, NM where Jim purchased GI insurance, Moore insurance, and merged them together with White Sands Insurance.

Jim sponsored numerous sporting organizations that his kids participated in. He also coached his kids’ sports little and minor league baseball teams. Jim was a very social person with lots of friends. He was a proud member of the Elks club, Men’s Golf Association, Mason’s, New Mexico Horse Breeders Association and the Lions Club. Jim was an avid horse enthusiast and could usually be found at Ruidoso Downs placing a bet. Jim owns/co-owns many quarter horses and Turner Racing Stables with his brothers, Joe and Bill. Jim also had the need for speed and had passion for classic automobiles. His pride and joy a 1970 Roadrunner has been awarded many trophies at various auto shows. Jim had a passion for sailing, and loved to read nautical charts. He often talked about how one day he would retire and sail the open seas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Fay Turner of Tularosa, NM. He has 3 brothers; Ed and Vicky Turner and their children Jim, Ed and Ben of Colorado, Joe and Tammy Turner and his children Charlie and Suzie of Texas and Bill and Karyn Turner and their children Bill, Steven and Kimberly of Tularosa, NM.

Jim leaves behind his 4 children Dawn Hudson and her husband Joseph with their 3 sons Bryson, Carter and Chase of Okinawa, Japan. Shannon Sallee and her husband Ryan of Albuquerque, NM. Jim Turner II and his wife Amanda and their daughter Robyn and son Beau of Alamogordo, and George Turner of Silver City, NM. His father-in-law George “Poppy” Orsak and his wife Virginia “Gigi” Imogene Orsak. Oreo and Brownie his beloved dogs. His African Gray parrot, Windy. Countless beautiful fresh and saltwater fish he cared for individually on a daily basis at his home and office, and over 20 turtles all named that had a home in his backyard.

Spending time with his friends and family was his greatest pleasure in life and his legacy.

Services to celebrate the life of Jim Olden Turner will take place with the viewing on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at the Alamogordo Funeral Home between 5-7pm.

The funeral service will take place on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2pm, Tay’s Convention Center. The burial will follow immediately afterwards at the Tularosa Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Okinawa from the sky

I took these photos this morning leaving Okinawa on our way back to New Mexico. It's the first time I have seen Okinawa from the sky. When you fly in from the states the plane arrives very late. It was very pretty and am a little jealous of our neighbor who gets to fly an F-15 around the island.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Prayers Needed

If you could send some prayers to my family I would greatly appreciate it. My dad is in ICU right now and I feel completely helpless. I am half a world away waiting by the phone for news.

Also my grandfather, Poppy is down the hall recovering from gall bladder surgery.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year: Part 1 of 4

A year in Pictures.

January 1, 2009
Joe leaves us for a 6 month deployment. He had already been gone for three months by this point.

We are able to Skype Joe. We are all so excited.
Bryson is awarded his second award of the year.

We are 8 months pregnant with boy number 3.
My sister gets married. Joe and I celebrate another year of marriage.

I took the boys to a Monster Truck Show.

Chase is born. We miss his daddy terribly and are so sad he isn't here to share this moment.

Mimi comes out to visit and help with the boys. She is only able to stay a week, but we are so thankful.
Bryson gets his third award of the year, I turn 30, and we find out we are moving to JAPAN.

Carter turns 4. We have a small cake for him. He says he wants to wait until daddy comes home to have a party.
I am coaching the boys T-ball team. The boys are doing so well.

Happy New Year: Part 2 of 4

Bryson gets his fourth and last award of the school year.

Joe awards me with a new computer. I fall head over hills!!
Carter has a head scan.
We fly home to visit family. Chasers goes on his first plane ride and meets grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and great friends.
On the plane
I meet my nephew Daniel for the first time. Cheryl and Luis' son.
Bryson loses his third tooth.
Chase meets Papa, my dad.
My brother, Uncle Jimmy
Joseph's mother, Grammie
My Grandparents: Gigi and Poppy
Cheryl's Husband Uncle Luis
Joe's sister Aunt Cheryl
My sister, Aunt Sha Sha
We meet my nephew Beau for the first time. Jimmy and Amanda's son.
My niece Sarah, Cheryl and Luis' daughter
My brother Uncle George

My best friend Lindsey Lou. Who was about to deliver her second daughter Grace.

Another great friend of mine Steno. She is going to have a baby in July.

Our first shipment to Japan goes out.