Tuesday, March 30, 2010


62 Days before we PCS (Permanent Change of Station!)


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Monday, March 29, 2010

10 Ideas: Remembering Everyday Moments - FamilyLife.com

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This is what Joe and I have been working on around our house! So here is some encouragement for you to do the same :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mommy and Me #6

Josiah and I outside on Sunday afternoon (without jackets!) playing and drawing with sidewalk chalk.  If you notice I am wearing my white blockers but today they are actually used to block the sun.  Also we are starting to see our backyard, even though the grass really didn't come in before the snow, I am still happy to see mud!

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lots and Lots of Numbers!


These days numbers are really important to me.  Temperatures outside, number of days until we move, length of deployment, number of times we have moved.  All of these things have been running through my mind lately.  Some nights I even dream in numbers!
Well the temperatures this week have been less than desirable around here.  It was quite cold again with snow flurries for 2 days.  But that seems to be moving out of here and making way for a very pleasant week.  On Tuesday we may even have temps in the low 60s which is something to celebrate!

66 is the current count of days that we have left here in Minot.  Its very overwhelming when you look at it that way.  I/We have 66 days to get lots of inspections done and schedule movers and finish cleaning things out and organizing what we are moving in a 5x8 trailer, packing for 4 people and 1 dog, planning our 10 day drive passing through 8 states, staying 2 days at Mt Rushmore, 2 days in Louisiana, eating roughly 30+ meals in restaurants, all while listening to our 2 children!  As well as finding house, school, new church and friends all 2000 miles away.  At times it is very overwhelming but I am trying to step back and thank God for all that He has already provided instead of dwell on what is left.
6 months...this is weighing very heavy on my heart right now.  This is the length of time our squadron will deploy.  I know that deployments happen all the time and I know that our spouses here will pick themselves up and do just fine.  However my heart is still hurting as I watch the process unfold again but this time I also have to say goodbye to the STRONG ladies.

Lately Joe and I have had to rehash all the places we have lived.  In our married life together we have had 9 different addresses in just 7.5 years!  In just a couple of weeks we will be making that number 10!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday again!  This week I am Thankful to FamilyLife, they have a very resourceful website and some great products.

One product that I am truly Thankful for are there Resurrection Eggs!

They are a fun and interactive way for me to teach Josiah about the real story of Easter.  So far he is loving it!
Each egg contains an item that corresponds with part of the Easter story.  For example day one is the story in Matthew, when Jesus tells two disciples to go into the town and bring Him a donkey and a colt.  So inside egg 1 was a small donkey.

This is proving to be a great teaching tool for us, hope you find it useful!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Easter Wreath

After searching around here I was unable to find a wreath for my front door that I liked.  So I made one instead.

What do you think?

Monday, March 22, 2010


Do you know any woman who does not love shoes?
  Well this one does!  I have an unhealthy love for shoes but living up here in the frozen tundra has slowed my ability to purchase new fabulous shoes.  Mainly because you can't wear them for 6-8 months.

All of that has changed in the last two weeks!
In a couple of weeks I will share with you my shoes I purchased during my trip to Fargo.  (Because Joe hasn't given them to me yet.  Seeing as my birthday isn't for a couple more weeks so I wait!)

This past weekend I had a lot of fun hunting down some pink Converse for me and also some for Makayla.  Because as you know if they look great for me, they will look 1000 times better on little Makayla.
 See what I mean?

Of course we didn't forget Josiah!  He got his Converse back at the beginning of the school year.  And they are like new because he won't wear them in the snow!
Daddy also has some Converse but we did not get any pictures of his.
Now I couldn't resist putting Makayla in her tutu, Converse and her princess crown.  I only wish my camera had not died before I could get all the pictures I wanted.  Here is what I got and we will be trying for more very soon!

Mommy and Me #5

Just playing around the house with my kids!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday #2

These last two weeks I can say I am sooooooo Thankful for this
I borrowed this image from here.

This is not just water but it has electrolytes in it.  In the last two weeks my husband, daughter and I have all had a terrible stomach virus (similar to the norrovirus).  So at home I was using smartwater to rehydrate all of us.

All in all thank you creators of smartwater for thinking to add electrolytes to your water, you safely re-hydrated my family! 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WW-I can dress myself

Ok, so I can't dress myself but I did pick out my own bow!

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mommy and Me #4

What's missing? Oh well this "Mommy and Me" seems to be lacking my children.  That is because I spent the entire weekend without my babies.  My girlfriend and I spent the weekend in Fargo, shopping and eating!  It was so nice to get-a-way.  I am so blessed to have a hubby who took wonderful care of our kids so I could relax.

I feel refreshed and ready for this winter to be OVER and to welcome some sunshine here.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

WW-Memory Lane

2 years ago this week, when Josiah was hospitalized for an unknown illness.  I think this picture is sweet of him sleeping in the wagon.

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Monday, March 8, 2010


Oh snirt!**
Some may ask, what is snirt?  Others may just think that I have missed spelled a word.

But snirt is the mixing of melting snow and dirt.  Its the season that we are living in up here in the frozen tundra.  Its not really spring yet and winter hasn't quite ended. 

Its not a pretty time here.  In fact here is a look around the base...
Turning into our neighborhood off the main road.
The view just down the street from my house.

Nice, huh?  I am not particularly fond of snirt.  I have to remember that this to shall pass because all in all it just DISGUSTING!  Snow and dirt should never mix because when they do you have to live in this.

**We cannot take credit for this great word snirt.  Our friend Kathy and her boys came up with it.  This is their 4th tour through Minot and they're really pros!**

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mommy and Me #3

Everyone is healthy and happy! Our house is back to normal.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Case of the Missing Hairbrush

I never complain about Makayla having too much hair its most definitely the other way around!  Well in the last week or so her hair has finally decided to make an appearance.  Now I am still not complaining about it, I am simply wondering where her hairbrush has gone?
I know it seems simple to just buy another one but this one is special.  It belonged to my other hairless child!  I really didn't complain too much about Josiah's lack of hair because I didn't have an overwhelming desire to put bows, flowers or pig tails in his hair.

The hunt is on for this hair brush because yesterday Makayla looked like this when she got up from her nap!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursdays!

My friend Martha has started a nice Thursday blogging tradition.  And I think I will follow suit and use it here.

I am VERY thankful for these lately
Picture taken from the Clorox.com website.

The plague has visited my house this past week!  And I use these to keep everyone from spreading the germs.

Its seems as though we might be on the up swing of things.  So that is my Thankful Thursday!  

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

WW-When Mommy is Away

This is what happens when Mommy is sick in bed and Daddy is "watching" the kids!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Mommy and Me #2

A quick snap shot.  Good thing I took this Friday because it was our only chance this weekend.

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