February 22, 2008

Steve works, I work...

I realized today why every night I feel like I've accomplished next to nothing during the day. The answer: MY HUSBAND IS HOME ALL DAY!
Steve is home most of the day, every day right now and it is WONDERFUL. It's like we get to make up for his three months at OTS. However, when he's home I want to do nothing but hang out with him. I don't want to make dinner, do the dishes or laundry, sweep the floors or even change out of my pajamas some days. We seriously spend some days sitting around in our pajamas watching movies and playing with the kids, not that there is anything wrong with that. But today, Steve had to help set up for some big dinner thing and has been gone all day, is at the dinner now and will have to help clean up afterwards. And already today I have accomplished more than I have all week.
By 10am, both the kids and myself were up, groomed, dressed and at the grocery store. We spent an hour grocery shopping, during which Gabby slept and Steven only cried about 5 times. Once at home, I baked a dozen DELICIOUS (if I do say so myself) banana bread muffins (or cupcake breads to Steven). I've been thinking of baking some for about a week.
I then made 4 vegetable purees to hide in food...Don't tell Steve. I bought a cookbook a while ago called, The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine. I've been wanting to try some recipes from it for months. It's all about hiding vegetables in food to get kids to eat them. I bought it to get my husband to eat vegetables. And as I read the book (only the last few chapters are actual recipes, the rest is really great nutritional information) I realised that I don't get enough vegetables in my diet, so it's really good for all of us. So today I made an orange puree (made of carrots and sweet potatoes) to hide in things like meatloaf, mac-n-cheese, pizza sauce; a green puree (made of peas, spinach and broccoli) to hide in things like meatballs, baked chicken breading and ravioli; a white puree (cauliflower and zucchini) to hide in things like potatoes and lasagna; and a white bean puree (great northern beans) to hide in almost anything. I actually pureed some carrots and put them in our pizza sauce the other day to test out the "hiding" theory and you couldn't taste a thing. It was probably the first time Steve's body had ever experienced carrots...seriously. I hope his body doesn't go into shock when I start sneaking GREEN things in there! I also realised that in about 6 weeks, when Gabby's ready for baby food, some of these purees will be great for her. So, after about two hours of steaming, pureeing (the Magic Bullet works so great for this stuff), and bagging all the purees in small portions and freezing, my kitchen was a disaster area. And since the dishwasher in our house doesn't work well at all, I have to hand-wash all my dishes. I spent most of the day today in the kitchen. Although, since Gabby needs to nurse every few hours and Steven just needs Mommy-time just as often, I did spend my breaks sitting on the couch reading books about monkeys and watching The Backyardagains. Gabby is sleeping now and Steven is playing in the backyard. I think I'll grab a yummy muffin and go out back and work on the bench we started refinshing a few days ago and haven't touched since. :-)
P.S. Does anyone else watch LOST? Is Claire going to die? That's the only reason Kate would have Aaron, right? Oh, man. I was so upset when I saw that last night! Man, I love that show!

February 17, 2008

A Beautiful Day

The weather is gorgeous in San Antonio today! It's so warm and sunny out - we just couldn't waste the day inside. After church we went for a long walk to a park on base. We were walking right along the runway and Steve thought this sign was funny.

Since it's Sunday and it's a training base, there were no planes flying today so it was a nice quiet walk. The kids both had fun at the park. Gabby really likes to swing. We're home to change and shower now but leaving soon to go watch the AllStar game with some friend's of Steve's from work. Hope everyone else is enjoying beautiful weather this weekend, too!

February 11, 2008

Finding a Church is hard

We are having such a hard time finding a church to go to. The one we went to a week ago was nice in a lot of ways but we didn't like how big it was. It had about 1000 members, which in itself is great, but when we are handing our children over to strangers and we know that there is no way we can ever get to know all the nursery workers, it's hard to go in knowing that we'll be handing our kids over to strangers week after week for as long as we go there. Our church in Austin was the perfect size. There were about 200 members and we knew everyone there. We could send Dan and Julia to get out kids for us if we needed and we could pick up thier kids and when we got chatting in the hall after the service and were late coming to get the kids, someone would just bring them to us. At the big church, our kids were tagged with braceletts (Gabby's was around her ankle) and we had to turn in our matching ones to claim our kids. (Like at the dry-cleaners) I worked at a big church in Austin that did it that way so I didn't think much about until it really bothered Steve. He wants to drop the kids off and have the workers go, "oh good, Steven's here." Not, "okay, that's 10 now." (That's really what they said when we dropped Gabby off.)
Then the church we went to yesterday was a good size, where we could get to know people really well.... but that was all we ended up liking about it. Thank goodness we're in Texas and there are about a billion churches in a 10 mile radius so we'll just keep looking. We just pray that God will show us where he wants us to serve and grow for the two years (give or take) that we'll be here.
Last night we just sat in the living room and relaxed all evening. I watched "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" on ABC Family with kids laying on me while Steve shopped for furniture online. We're looking for a bedroom set and a coffee table. We're really picky though - we have yet to find a bedroom set we like. It's like we have it in our mind, we just don't know if it exists. Well, Gabby is crying and Steven is telling me, "Gabby's sad." So bye for now.

February 6, 2008

All Settled In

I know it's been SO long since I've had an update on here - but things have just been so busy. First, Steve's graduation was great. His graduation ceremony consisted of him reciting an oath, then me and his dad coming up and pinning his bars on this shoulders. While we were doing this, Steven made his way foward and gave Steve his trash to hold. It was such a traditional and formal ceremony and everyone laughed when Steve's standing there in his service dress, holding Steven's trash.

After the ceremony was a parade then we went down to Steve's sister, Michelle's house in Mississippi. It was so great to see her and our nephews Matthew and Mason. We had fun playing Nintendo Wii with them, now I want one. It was the first time they had met Gabby and they were all so sweet playing with the kids.

A few days later, we moved to Randolph Air Force base. We really love our new home. It was built in the 50s so it's really drafty and creaky but we just have so much more room than we've ever had, that we can't complain about anything - plus, we don't pay for electricity so we don't care that it's drafty - we just crank the heat up more! It is so nice to finally have a backyard that Steven can play in. Gabby loves the little swing we put up for her. She really likes being outside. We've been eating dinner outside a lot lately, too. It's just so nice to have a nice outside space. We can see the flightline from our yard and we can sit and watch the planes land, which is pretty cool. We do hear the planes all day but Steven loves it and I'm starting to get used to it - I don't really notice them anymore.

Steve's navigator training doesn't start until the end of April so until then he's on 'casual status' which means he goes into work for about 30 - 45 minutes in the morning, then comes home and spends every day with us. It's so great. We went to the zoo yesterday and checked our a near-by mall the day before. It's so nice to go do things like that on weekdays when they're completley uncrowded. We had such a good time at the zoo. We rode the train, which was so exciting for Steven and he loved seeing all the animals. He cried in the reptile house - he said the snakes were mean. Then as we were looking at the monkeys, he announced, "I want to go to HOME DEPOT!".....what? Steve and I laughed so hard. What on earth was he thinking about? He is certainly entertaining. Both kids were passed out the whole way home. It sure was a fun day.

So far, we are really enjoying life at Randolph Air Force Base!