Friday, April 29, 2011

Mommy or Daddy

Every night I have asked the kids this question...Who would you like to read to you, Mommy or Daddy?

Every night they choose Daddy!  Hands down he is the better choice and here is how.  Hallmark sells these recordable books so before Joe left he made a book for each of the kids.

I LOVE how the kids light up when they get to hear Joe's voice.  Here see for yourself...

This melts my heart every night!  She can't get close enough to her Daddy.


Josiah is trying to figure out how everytime he turns the page, Daddy is reading the correct page.  I think he'll have if figured out soon.

Check out Makayla in action she spotted me too soon...

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Garden Peek!

My cucumbers are OUT OF CONTROL!!!
The cucumbers are at the top of the picture and the bottom are my squash.  I can't believe how big these are getting!

My peppers are doing well, all four have started to bloom.

I'm getting a little excited about my watermelon, he is really starting to grow.

My strawberries are doing well still.  They are all starting to bloom and I think we will have some shortly after Mother's Day.


I'm a little surprised but our new peach tree is also producing.  They might not taste very good this year but we'll just have to wait and see.

Last but not least...

Can you see it???
That's right, I have my first tomato!!!!
Can you tell I'm a little excited?  I can't even eat the dang thing but I am so excited to see it grow!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Oops!

I left one very cool thing out last night!  The kids have these to sleep on every night.
The USO was here a few weeks ago and had a kids readiness day.  They offered LOTS of great tools for both parents and kids to use during a deployment.  Josiah got a special "with you all the way" kit, it was full of interactive things to help him pass the time.

These pillow cases were offered there too.  It was quite a surprise to both Joe and the kids.  I emailed pictures and when we arrived there were 3 pillow cases waiting so they could all snuggle up together.

I really can't tell you how much the USO does for military and their families.  Just the week before Joe left we were blessed enough to attend a USO concert at the base.  Not only was free but it was CRAIG MORGAN!!!

We had a wonderful time!  Most people don't know but our first date was to a concert, we love them.  Concerts were hard to come by the last few years so I am really glad we got to enjoy one.


THANK YOU USO!!!
FOR THE CONCERT AND FOR A RELAXING PLACE FOR MY HERO WHEN HE TRAVELS!

For those of you unfamiliar with Craig Morgan here is one of my favorite songs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Counting

Many have asked and I'm sure many have wondered, how are we keeping track of our days?  In the mornings after breakfast the kids get to take one of these
  There are 400 M&Ms in the jar and its really neat to see the kids choose their color for the day.  Its a "sweet" reminder of Daddy for them to start their day.  It just so happens that Daddy loves M&Ms and so do his little kiddos! 

Secondly, I have a very sweet friend, Brittny, who is another military wife and she made these for the kids. She didn't make just one, she made two because she knows just how important it is to the kids.  On a sad note her family will be moving this summer while their daddy is deployed.  But we are thankful they are only going a few hours away.  And the kids and I are going for a visit!



Every night before bed we take one ring off our chain until daddy is home.



Tonight after Josiah and I said our prayers, he looked at me and said, "those look like smiles."  I love how God helped him turn something that could have been overwhelming into smiles.  I am so thankful!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

YELLOW!!!

Goodbye orange and hello yellow!

Last week Josiah testing for his yellow belt in Taeknowdo.  I am surprised at how good he is but I know I really shouldn't be.  He takes after his daddy so much in this area.  Josiah has an amazing about of focus and drive when its for something that he wants.

Now for every ones favorite part...
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Congratulations to our new yellow belt!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter

Easter was a bit laid back here today.  We of course started our morning with the hunt for our Easter baskets.
What do we have here?
Josiah found Makayla's basket first but he was so sweet telling her "hints" on where to find it.
Her basket was a little heavy for her to hold.

Our Easter Bunny is a little sneaky, look at what was in one of their eggs

Makayla does what every girl does when she is given an accessory
She put them on!

After our baskets we ate breakfast and opened our last "Resurrection Egg" they were very excited.  Josiah said "yep its empty! Now we have to go to church."  Makayla replied, "amen amen amen."  I'm not 100% sure where she learned that from but why not? AMEN!!!

Here are a couple of pictures of my cuties all dressed up for chruch.
Happy Easter!

God's Speed

I went to bed dreading the 3 a.m. alarm that would go off.  I tossed and turned most of the night, got up with Makayla and was just tired in general.  But when the alarm sounded we were on our way.  I must say it was a mix bunch of feelings; sadness, relief, anger, fear, love, you name it and I felt all of them in those 30 minutes.

We loaded all the bags and kids in the car and headed to the airport.  There was heavy fog and it seemed like forever as I drove to the airport.  Once inside we waiting for Waco to get all settled with his baggage and then we got the pass for the kids and I to go back with Waco.  I was holding it together pretty well until the sweet lady behind the Delta counter told me "it will be ok" and then the water works were open.

Our friends Megan and Corey meet us at the airport to help with the kids and take a couple of pictures.  Yes we have some sweet friends who would volunteer to get up that early and meet you at the airport.


We all made it through security and got settled in at Waco's gate.  His plane was delayed so again more time to be thankful for.  While waiting the kids played with some of the fun things in his bag...

Our time was up and they were beginning to board when a lady offered to take our picture.  Here is what she took...
I think this picture turned out FANTASTIC!  

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Last Day

Here is a glimpse of our last day with Waco...

Getting ready to wash the car.  This was actually quite fun with our 2 little helpers.

Lunch at Five Guys.  I'm pretty sure there is NOT a Five Guys in the "sandbox"

Haircuts for the men.
Helping Daddy pack and trying on his cool stuff!

Six months worth of uniforms, shoes, chapstick, sunscreen, toiletries, some gum and a couple of pictures of the family all sealed inside waterproof bags.  It all fit in these two bags!
A little fun with the kids.
The ladies.
Dinner on the beach.
Dessert!