August 30, 2009

Five Camping Kopers

We got a VERY early start to our last weekend in Arkansas. Saturday morning, Steve woke me with a kiss at 6am. I stumbled out of bed, got ready while Steve got the kids ready and loaded the car. Yes, he did all that while I got dressed. In sweats. I'm not a morning person. We then drove for about 3.5 to Rogers, Arkansas. Steve then proceeded to test drive and purchase a 2005 Honda VTX. Because, you know, every guy needs two motorcycles (Just kidding - he plans to sell his old one). We then got back on the road (this time I was driving and Steve was on his new ride) and drove back towards home to Wooly Hollow State park and camped there for the night.

Isn't it pretty?

We spent the afternoon and evening just relaxing at the campsite. The site overlooked the lake and was very quiet and peaceful. We cooked hot dogs over the fire for dinner, put the kids to bed early and sat next to the fire talking and enjoying the cool air and peacefulness.




This morning, we walked out onto the fishing pier and watched the kids throw rocks into the water. We went for a short hike with Gabby on Steve's back and Jack on my chest and Steven hiking along like a big boy. When I was pregnant with Jack, I was worried that we wouldn't be able to hike much after he was born since the kids are too little to keep up. But Steven is quite the little trooper. He can keep up with us pretty well for about 2 miles at a time. This was Jack's first hiking trip and he loved it. Okay, he really couldn't have cared less about it but I like to thing he enjoyed himself.


It was a little chilly this morning - Jack was keeping warm

Steven and Gabby running down the dock with hands full of rocks

A family shot where all 3 kids are looking!!!! (It's a rarity - especially for Jack!)

It was a nice way to spend our last weekend in "The Natural State."

August 26, 2009

A Little Bragging

Jack is 7 weeks old and last night he slept for NINE hours!!!! And I was asleep for 8 of them! Yep, I got a FULL night's sleep without waking up once. I feel GREAT today! Woo-hoo! He went from 9:30pm until 6:30am. I went to bed around 10:30pm. What a great night! Let's see if we can make this a habit :-)

Steve and I went out to lunch, today (the kids were there, too but I like to pretend that they weren't and we were on a date) and after we ate, we sat at the table and signed all of the closing documents for OUR house and dropped them in the FedEx box on our way home. The sellers will be signing it on Friday at 2pm and then we are officially first-time home owners! (And we went to this place called Zaxby's and it was goo-ood!)

I can fit into some of my pre-baby jeans, finally. Not all of them (you know how it is - all the jeans have the same number on the inside but some always fit looser, and some tighter - I'm fitting into the looser ones in my regular size). I am so excited. This just about doubles my wardrobe. I've been so sick of the small number of things that have fit for the last 7 weeks. Just about 10 more pounds to go to be exactly where I want to be!

I've been walking at least 2 miles every morning. I get a lot of funny looks. I have Steven and Gabby in the double stroller and Jack in a carrier on my chest. I've seen several people point at me when they drive by. It's like they think I can't see them. What I want to know, is who's idea it was to put Burger King right next to the track on base. By the 3rd lap (around a half-mile track), a chocolate shake starts sounding REALLY good!

Jack's eyes are still bright blue and the roots of his hair are coming in blonde. His eyes are BEAUTIFUL! I know his eyes can still change, but if I end up with a blue-eyed, blonde-haired baby, I might start wondering if he got switched at the hospital. Not that I'm complaining, I just don't know how they came from me and Steve!

Okay, I'm done boasting. We're about to move, and no matter how well planned, or how short a distance, moving is ALWAYS stressful and somethings always go awry. So, I thought for now I'd focus on the positive because we all remember what happened LAST TIME WE MOVED!

And now you're all caught up!

August 23, 2009

Smiles

Jack has been smiling quite a bit in the last few days. I can't really get him to smile but he does seem to smile at us occasionally.
I found this one on the camera as I was looking through the pictures. I did not take it. I could tell from the pictures before and after it (one of a lamp, one of Gabby's arm...) that Steven had taken it. Apparently, when I am not paying attention to my children, they pile toys on their brother's head and capture the first picture of Jack's little grin. Good job, Steven. The following ones were taken by me. And no, Jack does not spend ALL his time sitting in this white bouncy seat - just most of it ;-)
And lastly (and randomly) here is one of Steven "helping" me a few days ago. He decided to load the dishwasher. Notice the cups stacked on top of each other. On the bottom rack was a frying pan sitting upright. I just thought this was so cute!

August 19, 2009

Cara's Visit

My younger sister, Cara left this morning; back home to Florida, ready to start back to school on Monday. It was so nice to have her here. I got to sleep in every morning. She got up with the kids (not that she had much choice - she was sleeping in their room. They are not exactly quiet upon waking) and got them breakfast and then drifted in and out of consciousness on the couch while they played around her. Are we sisters, or what? That is my usual morning routine with them since Jack was born. We had a great visit, filled with superficial conversation topics, hours of watching Army Wives, pedicures, a little shopping, as well as a few real, meaningful sisterly heart-to-hearts. It was wonderful. I see so much of myself at that age in her. That makes me sound old, but I'm only 6 years older than her. It's a long 6 years though, from single, cute, college-aged girl in an apartment with roommates, to married, frumpy mother of three.... 6 years is a big difference. Still, she is so much like me in her view of others, her view of herself and her take on the world. She's much more outspoken and brave than I ever was. She takes more risks and second guesses herself much less. But deep down, we are two peas in a pod. It was fun to hear stories of her drama-filled life. Oh, the drama. Sometimes I miss the drama of being 20. It was fun. All the 'he said, she said' was, if nothing else, entertaining. Our life here is far from dramatic. I know that she must have been bored after a while. But I loved having her here.
For some reason, I took very few pictures while she was here. I just forgot. We took the kids to Wonder Place one day while she was here. The kids had a blast. We spent most of Saturday at the lake and yesterday, we went to the zoo. It was pretty lame. It was CRAZY hot outside, a lot of the animals were hiding in the shade and the zoo here is pretty small to begin with. We spent more time in Cafe Africa cooling off and drinking water than anything else. Cara and I (and Steve - shhhhh) are both now addicted to Army Wives. My sweet friend, Michelle sent me the first season on DVD. I had never seen it but I had heard that it's a pretty accurate depiction of life as a military spouse - with a little added drama. There was an episode where two of the wives where saying goodbye to their husbands as they left for deployments. I cried. It was a little TOO real for me. But we had fun watching it together and just relaxing together.
So, today is back to normal. Steve is at work. Well, sort of. Here's a text message conversation Steve and I have been having over the last half hour:
Steve: This sucks
Me: That bad?
Steve: Worse than expected
Me: Have you puked yet?
Steve: Yup
Me: More than once?
Steve: Puked twice...pretty violently
Me: Is it all over?
Steve: For today....
And conversations we have tomorrow will probably be similar. Poor guy.

On a less gross note, here are some pictures that we did take this week:

Cara and I putting the royal icing flowers that we made onto my birthday cake


Steve got me the new phone, bluetooth (for use around the house) and new bottle of my favorite perfume. My parents got me the new watch and money for some time at the spa :-) Steven got me the beautiful flowers (and is still reminding me that he got me beautiful flowers!)


We did not bring the baby swing to LR - Jack's first swinging experience....

hanging from the canoe trailor at the lake.

Away they go!

Gabby took off her shoes, put one in the lake, and watched it float away. Crazy girl. Steve had to take the canoe out to get the crock.

Aunt Cara with Gabby and Steven in the pool

Jack sleeping peacfully. Look how light his hair is already getting! It was jet black just a few weeks ago!
The ones below were taken at the zoo.

Cara

Steve and Me

Little Cuties


Jack-O

And now you're all caught up!

August 12, 2009

Love of my Life





Our 5th year of marriage has been the sweetest, yet.
Here's to year 6. It will be even better, I bet.
I love you, Steve.
Happy Anniversary.
(Also, check out Shaunna's Blog for a sweet anniversary shout-out!)

August 9, 2009

Not Me Monday

I wanted to participate in McMama's Not Me Monday but I have been the picture of the perfect wife, mom and person this week. So, I do not have any "Not Me Monday Confessions" ...of course. My children, however, have some confessions they want me to post on their behalf.






Yesterday, Gabby certainly did not stick her little hand down her skirt, down her diaper into her poo-poo filled diaper, extract said hand and LICK POOP OFF HER FINGER!!!! Why, OH WHY, would she do something like that....she just wouldn't.

Steven did not tell me this week that he was "going to Burger King to buy 4 burgers and a coke." He did not then leave our room with car keys and my wallet in hand, bringing his sister with him, head down the elevator, out the front door of the building, successfully use the key fob to unlock the car, put Gabby in the front seat, climb into the drivers seat, insert the key into the ignition and turn it.

Okay, that reminds me. Maybe I do have some things to confess.




I did not tell Steve that Gabby is probably going to get rotavirus.

I did not allow Steven (again) to do something just to see how far his imagination would take him. I did not hide behind the corner of the building, watching him as he tried to start the car and drive to Burger King.

I did not go three days without a shower.

I did not put a pair of old socks on Steven's hands, spray all the living room surfaces with cleaner, and tell him to dust them. I do not think this was GENIUS!

We did not eat ice cream for dinner one night this week. It was not at Sonic. It was not delicious.

I did not sleep on the couch Saturday morning until 10:30am. I am not exhausted this week. I am totally used to getting up with Jack and have him on a perfect schedule. I do not ever want to cry in the middle of night because I'm exhausted and he won't go to sleep. Nope, not me.

I was not holding my fussy little Jack on one of these evenings, and silently thank God for not giving me twins.

I have not stopped working out. I work out every day. Of course. I am not still carrying about 15 pounds of baby-weight. I lost that weeks ago.
There, I feel better. Now I'm off to prepare for my sister's arrival. Cara will be here in a few hours! Woo-hoo!

August 3, 2009

No Offence to any Taurus Drivers....

We took our truck into the shop last week for some work. We dropped off our Ford Expedition and as a loaner, we were given a Ford Taurus. A very dirty, small sedan with bald tires and no tinted windows. I feel like I am coming across as stuck up but this car sucks. We peel out every time we accelerate from a stop. I've bumped my head too many times buckling the kids in. The kids are packed in the backseat like sardines. It's at least 120 degrees when we get into since the windows are not even a little tinted. Steve had the windshield wipers going full blast in the downpour we had the other day. He said when he stopped at a light, he could feel the whole car shaking back and forth with the wipers. And we're just so used to driving a big vehicle, we feel TINY in this thing. We referred to it a few times as the crappy little car. Now Steven calls it our crappy little car. Today, while we were walking to it, Gabby asked, "Where cappy car?" And that's what I've taught my children this week. The work Crappy. Awesome. I cannot wait to get our Expedition back. Hopefully it will be soon.

The kids and I spent the morning at Barns and Nobel looking at books and playing with the train set in the kids section. It was nice. Sometimes I need to just get out of this building, even if it's just for a change of scenery.

When I met Steve, he was an expo at Applebee's. Part of his job was to plate the food, garnish it, and make it look all pretty to be sent out. Apparently, the expo habits never die. Saturday, I made little cupcake-sized cheesecakes for dessert for a BBQ we had planned. We've been eating them out of the cupcake papers (and they've been delicious). But last night, Steve got himself one and came to sit down and this is what I looked over to see.
He had drizzled chocolate syrup all over the plate, all fancy and had then found a piece of LETTUCE (!!) and garnished his cheesecake with it. It cracked me up - what a funny guy.

I can't believe it's already August! August will be another busy month for us. My birthday is the 11th (I'll be 26!), our 5th Wedding Anniversary is the 12th (5 years - Wow!), my sister, Cara is coming out from the 10th through the 19th (Woo-hoo! I haven't seen her since Christmas!) Steve's training schedule will be pretty hectic this month and we will be moving shortly after the month ends. Whew! It's just going to fly by. It will be a very fun and busy month, I'm sure.