Police Week

May 15th is Peace Officers Memorial day and this week is Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day. It’s during this week that we celebrate our Law Enforcement for the work they do, and on the 15th, we remember our fallen brothers and sisters in Blue. On that day, thousands of police officers and their families travel to Washington DC to the Police Memorial Wall for a vigil and a series of other events.

What I find sad about this day, is that I had never once heard of it until becoming a LEOW. I grew up always celebrating Memorial Day, but never Peace Officers Memorial Day. And I think that it’s just as important. These men and women died doing their job. To serve and protect.
So many members of our Blue Family have died protecting the people who hate them the most, and there’s no “Thank you”. There are no cookouts, no family get togethers, no moments of silence to remember and to meditate.

This year, I plan on making the usual cupcakes, and possibly a meal for the men and women in The Hub’s detail. 

In our home, we will remember. We will say a prayer for the families of the LEO’s who lost their lives in the line of duty, and we will be extra thankful for our own LEO.

There have been 48 LEO’S killed this year. That’s 5 months. Below is a list of their names, departments, EOW, and cause of death.

Remember these men and women.

Detective Chad Parque
North Las Vegas Police Department, NV
EOW: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Orlando Police Department, Florida Lieutenant Debra Clayton
Orlando Police Department, FL
EOW: Monday, January 9, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida Deputy First Class Norman Lewis
Orange County Sheriff’s Office, FL
EOW: Monday, January 9, 2017
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash
New York City Police Department, New York Detective Steven McDonald
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Kalama Police Department, Washington Chief of Police Randy Gibson
Kalama Police Department, WA
EOW: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Lea County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico Sheriff Stephen Lawrence Ackerman
Lea County Sheriff’s Office, NM
EOW: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Little Elm Police Department, Texas Detective Jerry Ronald Walker
Little Elm Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Rolette County Sheriff's Office, North Dakota Deputy Sheriff Colt Eugene Allery
Rolette County Sheriff’s Office, ND
EOW: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Bloomingdale Police Department, Illinois Police Officer Raymond Murrell
Bloomingdale Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Westwego Police Department, Louisiana Police Officer Michael D. Louviere
Westwego Police Department, LA
EOW: Friday, January 20, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Police Officer David J. Fahey, Jr.
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Sac and Fox Nation Police Department, Tribal Police Police Officer Nathan B. Graves
Sac and Fox Nation Police Department, TR
EOW: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
New York City Police Department, New York Deputy Chief James G. Molloy
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, January 30, 2017
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness
Delaware Department of Correction, Delaware Lieutenant Steven Floyd
Delaware Department of Correction, DE
EOW: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Cause of Death: Assault
Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw
Metro Nashville Police Department, TN
EOW: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Cause of Death: Drowned
Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Sergeant Gregory Michael Meagher
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, GA
EOW: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Cause of Death: Exposure to toxins
Goldsboro Police Department, North Carolina Major Jay R. Memmelaar, Jr.
Goldsboro Police Department, NC
EOW: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Cause of Death: Heart attack
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government Special Agent Rickey O’Donald
United States Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation, US
EOW: Friday, February 17, 2017
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Whittier Police Department, California Police Officer Keith Wayne Boyer
Whittier Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, February 20, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
California Highway Patrol, California Officer Lucas F. Chellew
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California Deputy Sheriff Michael Robert Foley
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, CA
EOW: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Deputy Sheriff Michael Butler
Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, GA
EOW: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Greene County Sheriff's Office, New York Deputy Sheriff Kevin Michael Haverly
Greene County Sheriff’s Office, NY
EOW: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Deputy Sheriff Curtis Allen Bartlett
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, VA
EOW: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police Police Officer Houston James Largo
Navajo Division of Public Safety, TR
EOW: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
New York City Police Department, New York Police Officer Michael Hance
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness
New York State Police, New York Trooper Brian S. Falb
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Monday, March 13, 2017
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Sergeant Shawn T. Anderson
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA
EOW: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Everest Metropolitan Police Department, Wisconsin Detective Jason T. Weiland
Everest Metropolitan Police Department, WI
EOW: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Omaha Nation Law Enforcement Services, Tribal Police Sergeant Curtis Blackbird
Omaha Nation Law Enforcement Services, TR
EOW: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Tecumseh Police Department, Oklahoma Police Officer Justin Terney
Tecumseh Police Department, OK
EOW: Monday, March 27, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Louisville Metro Police Department, Kentucky Police Officer Nicholas Rodman
Louisville Metro Police Department, KY
EOW: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood
Harris County Constable’s Office – Precinct 3, TX
EOW: Monday, April 3, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Barry County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Master Sergeant Carl T. Cosper
Barry County Sheriff’s Office, MO
EOW: Friday, April 7, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Deputy Sheriff Levi Pettway
Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, AL
EOW: Monday, April 10, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Trooper Anthony J. Borostowski
Wisconsin State Patrol, WI
EOW: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Spartanburg Police Department, South Carolina Master Police Officer Jason G. Harris
Spartanburg Police Department, SC
EOW: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash
Logan County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Deputy Sheriff David Wade
Logan County Sheriff’s Office, OK
EOW: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Agent Benjamín De los Santos-Barbosa
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Delaware State Police, Delaware Corporal Stephen J. Ballard
Delaware State Police, DE
EOW: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan
North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Prisons, NC
EOW: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Cause of Death: Assault
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Deputy Sheriff Justin L. Beard
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, IA
EOW: Monday, May 1, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Maury County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Tennyson
Maury County Sheriff’s Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Norton Shores Police Department, Michigan Police Officer Jonathan Ginka
Norton Shores Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash
Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart
Yell County Sheriff’s Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Chief of Police Steven Eric DiSario
Kirkersville Police Department, OH
EOW: Friday, May 12, 2017
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, California Deputy Sheriff Jason Garner
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

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Mothers Day

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Edible Finger paints!

This year will be my first Mother’s Day celebrating as a mother. I look at my son and think how awesome and wonderful he is, but I also see all the things I wish I had done and I begin to feel like a failure. He’s only 9 months old, but in those 9 months, there is so much I wish I had done differently. I wish I was brave enough to put him in his own room at 6 months, I wish we did more tummy time so he would be crawling now, I wish I breastfed him longer, etc etc etc. But it’s times like this when my husband will come home and comment on how I’m doing such a good job. Now, my husband has never raised children before, but I love hearing him say that to me. Because in our society we mothers second guess nearly every single thing we do, and if we’re not questioning ourselves, believe me, someone else is doing it. Everyone has an opinion on how you’re raising your children.
But, unless abuse is involded, no one else’s opinion matters unless you let it matter. People will tell you that your 2 year old shouldn’t be drinking out of a bottle, that your 3 year old should be potty trained by now, or that your 9 month old should be crawling, but those people aren’t your child’s parent. They don’t know your child the way you do, no one does. You’re the one responsible for that little person, no one else. That’s sometimes a hard pill to swallow. You look at the little person you were blessed with and you think, “How on earth am I going to do this?!” But you can. It’s hard, but it’s so rewarding. You don’t think your baby is watching you, or learning anything, but then he turns to you and starts clapping and saying “Ma ma ma ma”. It’s one of the best feelings ever.

I posted something on my Facebook page a few months ago with a picture of my smiling son, and the caption said this.
“My son is formula fed, uses a pacifier, wears disposable diapers, synthetic fabric blends in his clothes, has watched television and eats store bought baby food. But he’s healthy, happy, thriving and he’s loved. He’s no better than a baby whose breastfed, doesn’t use a pacifier, and wears organic cloth diapers. But he’s no worse either. Putting mothers down just because they’re raising their child differently than you would, is hurtful. Mothers are supposed to help each other, not tear each other apart.”

So, no matter how you had your baby, by natural or medicated birth, cesarean section, adoption or surrogacy. No matter how you choose to care for your baby, with cloth or disposable diapers, breast or bottle, baby led weaning, or not. Your baby is beautiful and you’re a beautiful Mama. We’re strong, we’re capable, we have little ones who depend on us, and we are awesome. So happy Mother’s Day to all you Mama’s. Love and squeeze the people who made you what you are, then go take a hot bubble bath, because you deserve it 😉 

Tonight’s Dinner, Deconstructed Tacos

Tonight’s Dinner was super easy and delicious and, for the most part, healthy! I made Deconstructed Tacos. Now, I for one adore tacos and I’m usually not a fan of anything but the real deal, but these were awesome.

I started my browning a pound of ground chuck (you can use ground turkey, but my husband won’t touch the stuff) and adding a packet of low sodium taco seasoning. Once that was thoroughly combined, I added a drained can of whole kernel yellow corn, and a drained can of black beans.

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I mixed it up and added 1/2 a cup of salsa to the mix. While this simmered, I cooked a pot of brown rice, about 2 cups, and added it into the ground chuck mixture

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I let it sit for a few minutes while I grabbed myself a bowl, and lined it with large leaf Lettuce.

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Then, I added the ground chuck mixture to my bowl, topped it with plain greek yogurt and a little mexican blend cheese. You can use sour cream if you wish.

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And thats it! You can add onion or tomatoes if you wish, but not everyone in out house is a fan of them so they weren’t added here. But it was SO delicious! The baby even loved it. This will be something that is added to my go to recipes.

Ingredients
1 pound ground chuck or turkey
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
2 cups of cooked brown rice
1/2 cup of salsa (I used chunky salsa)
Large leaf Lettuce
Plain greek yogurt or sour cream
Mexican blend Shredded cheese

Recipe
Brown your ground meet and add a packet of low sodium taco seasoning
Add drained corn and black beans and mix. Then add 1/2 cup of salsa. Let simmer for a few minutes and then add your cooked brown rice and mix together.
Line bowl with large leaf Lettuce, and place mixture in bowl. Top with sour cream or plain greek yogurt and Shredded cheese. Feel free to add Tomatoes or onions.