Tuesday, April 28, 2009
While we LOVE Ft. Stewart and LOVE LOVE the 3d ID and LOVE LOVE LOVE being close to Atlanta, David was offered an opportunity that he could not pass up. So we are moving to Scott AFB, Illinois, home of the United States Transportation Command. He will be the aide-de-camp to the USTRANSCOM Commander. This will be a great chance for him to do lots of cool things. He is super excited and overwhelmed! He is buying new uniforms that he has never needed and getting his passport renewed. I am excited for him, except that we will not see much of him. His new boss will be out of town all but 4 days next month, so it will resemble a deployment. Just not as scary for me AND we will get surprise visits from time to time!
The coolest thing is that my Daddy is there. Many people assume that Daddy had something to do with his getting this job. He, in fact, did not. BUT, David is used to people assuming that Daddy does him favors, so I guess that is OK. One time when he was at an army school, he got his next assignment changed. He walked into the bathroom and overheard someone saying, "I am sure his father-in-law had something to do with it." He laughed. Then another Major General came to speak to their class. David had worked for him before, so he spoke to David by name in the class. He then overheard someone say that this MG must have pulled some strings on David's behalf. He laughed harder. People are going to think what they want to think, I guess.
Truthfully, Daddy was even on leave when he interviewed and was selected. If anything, Daddy's being already there almost hurt him because no one wanted the appearance of impropriety. The comments from people have already started, and it really bothers David. It is as if to say that he did not earn this shot on his own. I told him the next time someone says something he should say, "I'll be sure to tell the General that you are of the opinion that he cannot think for himself." Maybe that will shut their mouths!! The bottom line is that I may be sad to spend less time with David over the next year, but I am happy to spend more time with Daddy!!
AND the kiddos are THRILLED that we will live somewhere with snow! Although, I am having some trouble convincing them that it is not snowing there right now. They do not understand that it is summer everywhere at the same time!!
I am not terribly happy to be going through the process of moving again so soon. On paper, we have been at Ft. Stewart for almost a year, but we have only lived here full time since January 1. We have the fence up, the fans up, the doggie door installed, the pictures hung, the shed built, the flowers planted, and everything just like we want it. Oh well! No one ever said that the army life was easy, right? And from what we can tell the on base housing is somewhat bigger there. That is a good thing, wouldn't you agree?
All the time I spent researching the kindergarten options here was wasted. . . BUT at least it looks like we will be situated for one whole school year, just not at all where I thought we would be. That's what I get for thinking. . .
Monday, April 27, 2009
When we were little, I had friends who had a sister. I thought I wanted one for a while, but then I decided I would rather have Lucas than a sister. We have always been close. And I love to watch Jessa and Spencer because it is like reliving a part of my childhood with Lucas. David and Lucas have also always been close. They are gross and annoying sometimes when they get together, but they are also pretty darn cute, too!
Anyway. The wedding was at the beach. Can you tell?
The whole weekend was fun. Mom and Daddy (although, we all knew who did most of the work, right?) threw one heck of a party, I mean, rehearsal dinner!
We so enjoyed having Lucas (and all his buddies) with us while we all got ready.
Daddy, Lucas, and me before the ceremony.AND I was so worried the kiddos would be crazy since they LOVE to play at the beach. But they were very nice and quiet. Of course, we did let Spencer play in the sand the whole time. . .
I will share a few funnies. . .
When Lucas and Candice headed to Tybee, they forgot the CD player for the wedding music. SO, they bought a cheapo one at Wal-Mart. They changed the batteries 2 times, but when it was almost "go time," it would not work. So my awesome D took off on a quick mission to retrieve 6 new "C" batteries. He was successful:
Of course, the CD player still did not work. It turned out OK because all of the guests hummed the wedding march. . . We are not too proud to sing for our supper!
I mean, she is only 2, while he is a worldly and wise 3. . .
Congratulations to Lucas and Candice!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I handed it to her, and again, she looked up at me with sheer frustration and said, "Mommy, this is an otter." She was right again. Now I am wondering how many different animals were in that tiny bag and why am I so easily confused?
And she was most pleased with it and told me "Thanks!"
Bless their hearts, how did they get stuck with such a dingbat for a mother??
Monday, April 20, 2009
I mentioned in another post that when Jessa's class was working on the letter "t" that each time the teacher would ask them to tell her a "t" word, they all came up with toilet first. But the love for that word in this house started well before the letter "t" became a classroom discussion.
No matter how bad of a mood one of them is in, if the other one utters a silly, quiet "toilet," they both erupt into silly giggles and belly laughs. I guess it is just one of those words?
I have overheard many conversations between them that go something like this:
"Hello, Mr. Toilet."
"No, you are Mrs. Toilet!"
We can change the words of any song to include toilet. We can fit toilet into any conversation. I just do not get it. But I guess I cannot complain. On the scale of offensive words, it is not terribly so. It is an important part of every home, right? It is necessary and a part of every day. I guess I just do not find it as amusing as they do. Nor does it inspire me to sing. . .
I guess I am not cool like they are. . .
I will close with a new favorite phrase:
Oh my toilet!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
And I stopped and thought how funny it was that of the 4 days we were all together, this was by far the best one. The one day that we did not have anything special or out of the ordinary planned. The one day we did not do anything that would be considered "fun." I have said it before, but my favorite place to be is at home with my family! I guess this weekend just proved my point, huh?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I hope my children look back on today,
And see a Mother who had time to play!
Children grow up while you’re not looking.
There’ll be years ahead for cleaning and cooking,
So quiet now cobwebs; dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.
Today it has special meaning to me.
To me, its message boils down to not taking anything for granted.
This whole blog world is sort of new to me. I always wander around and find blogs from the lists of blogs that other people have. It is in this way that I learned of a sweet little girl named Madeline Spohr. She had a tough little life from the start, and her parents lost her last week. I know that any given day so many children are lost, but for some reason, her story really moved me. I spent the weekend reading all of the archived posts by her mother, Heather. I swear, I feel like I know them, I guess that is one of the cool things about this whole blog Internet thing - you can be touched by people that you never meet.
I have had Maddie, Heather, and Mike on my mind all weekend. It is so unimaginable to me. I cannot fathom losing a child. My babies are my life, my purpose, my heart. I simply cannot comprehend what Maddie's parents are going through.
I can say that I have tried to enjoy every little moment with my two babies the past few days. Today is all we have. You never know what tomorrow will bring, so I guess you have to enjoy each day as it comes. You have to be thank God for each moment you are here and that you can spend with the ones you love.
I feel so thankful for all the blessings in my life. And I think the most remarkable thing about Maddie's mom and dad is that despite their overwhelming grief, they are simply thankful for Maddie's life. If you are interested in checking them out or learning about sweet Maddie,
God bless the Spohr family, especially Madeline.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I was getting supper ready. It was lasagna. I do not make it that often because it is an all day kind of supper, you know? I cook the sauce in the morning so it can cook all day, then you have to assemble all the layers. Anyway, I was busy in the kitchen getting it all ready. I was also trying to make the salads and make the tea. You know, a crazed time in the kitchen trying to get supper ready. Spencer came in and opened the fridge and got out the ketchup. I watched him and waited to see what his plan was. He walked in to the dining room and put the ketchup on the table. I did not say anything because I figured when he saw what we were having, he would change his mind.
So supper is ready. We all go to sit down and eat. I fixed the kiddos plates first so that the lasagna could cool. And instead of salad, I always give them celery, carrots, and some ranch dressing for dipping. They are not big on lettuce, and I'll do anything to get them to eat some raw veggies, you know?
Friday, April 10, 2009
The glitter kit was iffy - we were supposed to have enough for a bunch of eggs, but it all get wet and clumpy. Oh well, we tried! Jessa claimed this kit and was disappointed that she could not do more eggs with it.
We put the warm krispie and marshmallow mixture in plastic eggs - like a mold.
Adding sprinkles to our delicious, lovely eggs
This was way more fun! Our fingers were a little sticky, but they were still their natural color. I was not stressing about staining the army's house, and we got lots of delicious nibbles.