February 28, 2009
I love you so much, Holly and Nolan!
I will post pictures as soon as I get them :-)
February 27, 2009
Steve is at his last day of SERE training, today. He has the weekend to sit around in Spokane, Washington (where the high temperature today is 36 - ick!). Monday, he'll fly to Pensacola, Florida for water survival training, then fly home next Friday (the 6th). Packers get here on Monday, the 9th, load up our stuff on Tuesday, and we head out of town on Wednesday, the 11th. We'll drive to Abilene, drop off some stuff and stay the night and get up and drive to Little Rock on Thursday, the 12th. So if you don't hear from me between the 6th and 12th, that's what we'll be doing!
This week, I've been on a "room-a-day" plan, making my way through the house, organizing, cleaning, removing wall-hangings and separating out things to go with us. Today I am doing the bathrooms, which doesn't sound like a lot of work but a.) there are three of them and b.)our bathroom has a HUGE closet that is full of....stuff. It's kind of a catch-all and will be a lot of work to sort through.
I took the kids on a bike-ride to our play date at the park this morning. It was going to be a six-mile round-trip ride, but one of the gates was closed for the aircraft and we had to turn around and go anther way and it ended up being quite a bit longer. It was EXHAUSTING. I have been sitting on my couch trying to recover for over an hour, now. I really do need to get up and get started on cleaning and sorting all or bathroom stuff, though. Maybe one more big glass of water and I'll be ready....ok, here I go.
February 23, 2009
See, I'm really not a giant beast-like pregnant woman at the half-way mark. I'm sure I'll get there in a few months, but right now, I'm at that stage where people sometimes notice my belly but are usually hesitant to ask about because it could just be fat....
Okay, I'm done defending my size. Anyway, as you can see in the background, my house is getting ready to move. The living room has been re-arranged to make room for toys. Everything from the toy-room is slowly being brought into the living room so that the toy-room can be filled with things going to Little Rock with us. That way, on packing day (which is 2 weeks from today), I can just tell the movers to move everything except what is in that room. So, after the toys are moved out, I will start sorting through the house picking out everything we need to survive for 5 months; all of our clothes, a few toys and books for the kids, a few kitchen things, toiletries, some linens, books, baby bassinet, baby carseat, everything else a baby 2 months and younger needs, camping supplies, bikes and bike trailer....I'm sure there is more.
The place we will be staying is furnished, including the kitchen, but I'm assuming the kitchen is pretty basic, so I will be taking things like a mixer, an electric griddle, some extra pots and pans, a crockpot and extra plates and such. I love to be in the kitchen and I don't want to sacrifice that while we're there because of lack of equipment. From what we have come to understand of Little Rock, it is a big out-doorsy kind of place. So, we have decided to take the camping equipment and try to camp at least once a month while we're there. There's also a lot of biking/walking trails, so we're going to take the bikes and the trailer. And yes, I plan to bike-ride all the way till the end of this pregnancy. I love it and it's a fun way to exercise, so I think that makes it good for me and the baby! (even if SOME doctors say it's not a good idea) Anyway, we will probably have to rent a small storage unit to store the camping/biking stuff in but it will be worth it.
And my house isn't the only thing getting in moving-mode. I am trying to make good use of everything in the fridge/freezer and pantry so we don't have to move much food. So the kids and I have been eating some REALLY random meals. This was dinner last night:
Well, I better get going. Today's task is going to be removing all wall hangings and curtains from the entire downstairs.
February 20, 2009
And here are some cute pictures from earlier this week:
February 18, 2009
February 16, 2009
Wendy, Gabby, Sarah and Frank, Steven, Heidi
Julia's kids, my kids and Sarah, the daughter of our church friends we visited in Austin.
On a walk to the park yesterday. They were the Mommy and Daddy. Baby started crying half way through and Gabby had to carry her home while Steven pushed the empty stroller. Steven kept calling Gabby, "honey" while they walked. It was so cute.
February 13, 2009
February 10, 2009
It's been a REALLY long week, already. The kids drove me nuts today. Steven seems to get worse the longer Steve is gone. It's like he knows Daddy's gone and Mommy's just not that scary so he's EXTREMELY disobedient and it make for a really long day with him. Gabby was just so fussy. I sat down and cried this afternoon after about the 5th time they both threw a fit at the same time.
To relax this evening, I was surfing baby names on parentcenter.com. Steve and I have compiled quite a list of favorites. I've added a few that I'm sure he'll veto as soon as he gets home ("Is it me, or is Veto starting to sound really good?" - Friends) Here's our list so far:
Names we've picked together:
jase (not pronounced JC, rhymes with vase)
Yes, all the names we've together agreed on are boy names - Steve thinks it's pointless to even consider girl names since we're not having a girl...
Here are the names I've added to the list on my own. I know that not many will make it past Steve, but I like them.
axel (yep, you're reading it right - it's on my list)
And yes, I like Sawyer AND Jack for a boy. Do I watch too much Lost, or what? Honestly, I'm not in love with any of these names. We have more than enough time, but with Steven and Gabby there was never a second thought to their names, so picking one out of the clear, blue sky is a little hard. Middle names are easy - for me, the middle name has to be family-related. Steven has the same middle name as his dad (obviously - he's a Junior) and Gabby has the same middle name as my mom and I.
I'm going to go do some yoga because my back is killing me.
p.s. I talked to Steve, and in case you're concerned, he's doing good. He's learning how to tie different kinds of knots and different ways to start fire...that's all he told me about, really. But he says it's pretty interesting and going well.
February 8, 2009
February 5, 2009
I should not feel so sad, but I do. I don't like when my husband is gone. I just miss him so much. The last time he was gone, was when I started this blog. I may be blogging a lot this month - it helps to put my feelings down in words and put it out there. This is such a good outlet and I appreciate all of you who read and comment and make me feel cared for in this blog-world that I come to throughout my day.
Last time Steve was gone was the first time I was ever on my own. I learned a lot about myself during that time. I learned that I was capable of doing so much more for myself than I ever had. I could take care of the house and pay the bills and take the trash out. I came closer to the Lord during that time time than I had been in a long time. I have kept that closeness to Him since then and He has taught me so much more about myself than I ever knew. I know that I can get through times that are tough - not because I'm strong but because He is strong. He will walk me though anything. And He will get me through this month. With His strength, I will take over the roles of Mommy AND Daddy even without a break to sleep in or just get out for a minute by myself. With his strength, I will prepare our house for movers to come and pack it up the week after Steve gets home. With His strength, I will be a nice, loving, patient Mommy even when I'm tired, stressed and feeling sad. With His strength, I will get through this month and it will be over before I know it.
Okay, I'm actually feeling a little better, now.
p.s. On an unrelated note, I think I've been feeling JJ the Jet Plane (previously known as The Hudson Hornet, name change courtesy of Steven) flutter around for a while but it's so light that I always think, "Oh, it's just gas or maybe I'm hungry and my tummy is gurgling." But last night, he was MOVING. I pressed on one side of my stomach and I felt him flop against my hand - he was doing gymnastics in there or something!
February 3, 2009
I've been trying to figure out how to make this a Top Ten Wednesday since I didn't get around to posting this yesterday...then I realized that today IS Tuesday, so I'm okay. Seriously, I NEVER know what day of the week it is. When Steve had a normal M-F job, I was always aware of the day of the week since he was home on weekends. But the last few weeks and especially this week, since he graduated on Friday (I know - Yay!!), he's just home all the time and it totally throws me off. Every day feels like Saturday. Anywho, we had a REALLY busy week, so here are my
2. We stopped at a park on our walking tour and for some reason, Gabby kept laying down in the leaves. Steven joined her for this shot.
3. At the dinner held for Steve's flight the night before he graduated. This is him accepting his Certificate of Aeronautical Rating from his flight commander.
4. I just love Steve's face in this one. He was so grossed out. I had to drive home that night after he was sent to the grog 4 times.
5. This was us at the end of the evening. We took several pictures, but someone did something stupid in the background in EVERY one. This is the dress I went to Ross and bought in the non-maternity section shortly after a recent post seeking wardrobe advice :-)
6. I LOVE this picture. My husband looks SO handsome and my children look like little angels. What a beautiful family I've been blessed with. This was taken the afternoon of Steve's graduation. We had the ceremony (during which my children were NOT angels) and then toured Steve's training plane and simulator.
7. Saturday night we went camping at Canyon Lake. It was pretty cold, as you can tell from the way this child is dressed. She found Steve's gum and was trying pretty hard to open it with mittens on. It was pretty funny to watch - she was unsuccessful. (Gabby LOVES gum. Whenever Steve leaves a pack out in her reach, I can count on finding her with a chewed up piece or two in her mouth, wrapper and all)
8. We walked along the water's edge around sunset and it was just beautiful. This was taken on a tripod made of rocks - we were totally alone out there.
9. Steven and I on the beach. What a sweet boy.
10. Here we are getting ready for bed Saturday night. We all slept in all our clothes and all together on one air mattress. It was such a fun way to spend time together before Steve leaves (he leaves Thursday for about a month).
As you can see, we had a really fun and busy week. That's not even taking into account that Sunday, we got home from camping, showered and cleaned up then had a bunch of friends over for the Super Bowl. Yesterday, Steve and I (mostly I, since Steve kept getting frustrated) painted over our "accent wall" in our living room since we'll be moving soon and had to make it white again (our living room looks SO dull). Today, we shopped in the morning then went on a 7 mile walk around the base. Tomorrow we plan to go back downtown to finish our walking tour of San Antonio (we only got about 1/2 way through it last week). Then, Steve leaves Thursday morning and I plan to be lazy and rest for the rest of this week! I'm going to try to drag Steve inside now, it's 9:30 pm and he's outside with a friend working on a motorcycle. I'm about to fall asleep.
And now you're all caught up!
***The grog is a staple to the Dining In (a formal military dinner). There are many variations to the grog, however in this case, everyone from Steve's flight brought an ingredient to either the alcoholic or non-alcoholic grog. The non-alcoholic grog included things like, energy drinks, soy sauce, slim fast, powdered cheddar cheese, ginger ale and other soda. There's always one person who wants to make the non-alcoholic grog as disgusting as possible to "encourage" everyone to drink. The alcoholic grog included many different alcohols. Steve said it tasted like cough syrup (which is better than frothy cheese-goop). A set of "rules" were set before the dinner and when anyone was caught breaking one, they could be sent to the grog by anyone who noticed the violation (it only pertained to service members - I was safe!). There is a formal procedure for sending someone to the grog, and another procedure for drinking the grog, including holding it upside-down over your head after drinking to prove that you drank it all. Steve said he got his hair wet after every drink. He got sent up for using someone's first name, as opposed to their last and drinking with his right hand, instead of left, among other broken "rules" of the night.