Monday, March 30, 2009

Snow fun

We took a break from working Saturday to go play in the snow since it was probably the last Kansas snow we'll get to experience. We took the boys to the middle school where the hill is popular for sledding.

R waiting his turn to sled down a part of the slope where someone had built a hill/bump.
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DH giving them a boost from the top.
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D plowing down the hill. You should have heard him. "Mom, if you don't want me to hit you and get your camera wet with snow, you have to get out of the way!!!"
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R's turn - ready, set, go!
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And just because he's silly. Mr. Cool eating snow. *shakehead*
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Reason #86,754

to be glad DH is home from his Iraq deployment.
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I don't have to be "the one" to shovel the sidewalks, patio and driveway! YAY!

(I know, it's crazy that I have two posts in one day, but hey, it has been A day! ;) )

My calendar says it is spring

but this photo does not.
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I took this in our side yard a little earlier today. I'm hoping to get some good snow pics of the boys later. :)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Snow Bunny

Ugh, let me just get my complaint about this almost April blizzard we're having out of the way, then I'll get on with my post! Seriously? Snow, this late in March? It's almost April! Ok, that wasn't much of a gripe, but at least it's out in the open, right? LOL
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The boys had swim lessons out on post this morning plus we had errands to run and I had a checkup at the eye doctor this afternoon. It made for a long day. We drove home in the blowing snow of the afternoon. Not too bad, it was just wet and slushy. As I stepped out of the truck at home, I glanced at the trash can for some reason and saw a little furry ball sitting beside it. I called for the boys to come look at the bunny I'd found. They made it their quest to catch him and rescue him from the snow. He escaped and ran under the fence not knowing how persistent those boys are! lol D found him under a pile of leaves. He is now in a Rubbermaid tub (the tub I'd emptied only an hour or so before at Goodwill) and is residing indoors where it's warm for the night.

The boys have wanted a rabbit for a long time and are so thrilled now that they "have" one. I'm not sure we'll keep him. I don't even know if it is "safe" but for tonight, he's their new pet.
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We have named him (or her?) Snowflake because it seemed appropriate.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Must be doin' something right

(Ok, there I go with the songs again. I can't help it. Sorry!)

Today was the craziest day. DH started looking for his portfolio that has his passport and a ton of other important information in it. We searched the house over and couldn't find it. I remembered having my hands on it in the last month, but couldn't remember when or where. All I could remember was picking up this other one I got at a yard sale last year and thinking I should take it to Goodwill because I'm not using it. So, I went to where they normally sit and only the yard sale one was there. I started freaking out thinking I'd given DH's important portfolio to Goodwill. I finally admitted that to him - the possibility. And though neither of us could really conceive me actually doing something like that, we had to follow through, right? So, we called Goodwill and got the expected response. "Not sure what all has been through. We'll keep an eye out for it." Um, yeah, can trust that one. So, we drove over there just to look around and talk to someone face to face. All the while, the tension was building in the pit of my stomach because I simply couldn't imagine what could have happened to that book and what would have possessed me to put it in the Goodwill pile (confusing it with the yard sale find one.) We got to GW and no luck again, but the lady did go back and look through some things trying to help. Then she took our name and phone number in case it showed up in their stuff.

The ride home on the interstate was crazy with the winds we had today. As we were passing an eighteen wheeler, one of his tires blew out and scared the HECK out of me! Thankfully, it was on the side away from us. Still, with nerves on edge anyway, something like that was the last thing I wanted to think about.

We got home and I decided one more full sweep of the house was in order as I tried not to imagine his book sitting in some GW warehouse in Wichita with his passport and everyone's social #s in it. Completely frustrated and at wit's end, as I was standing in the storage room, I said aloud, "Dear God, please let us find it!" Then I turned and went into the cellar area - the scary dungeon room I blogged about a few weeks ago. I pilfered through some of his Army issued stuff and came up empty handed. Then I turned around and looked under those cabinets in there and guess what was lying on a box under those cabinets, just out of regular view, but showing just enough for me to recognize it. I have never grabbed anything up so fast. And as I picked it up, before yelling upstairs that I'd found it, I made sure to say, "Thank you, Lord!"

I'm not usually like that - asking God for stuff like that because sometimes I think life is full of trivial matters and the human in me thinks I can handle things myself. Today, I was proved wrong.

Now, fast forward to this evening after several waves of thunderstorms swept through our area. I took D to his scout meeting and then ran to the grocery store. As I walked out of the store, I saw a rainbow in the eastern sky. I hurried home and took R outside so he could see it. His immediate response was, "Just like Noah's ark." And my thoughts were to God's promise. Yes, in that instance it was a promise to never flood the earth again, but He also promises to always take care of his children, doesn't He? That rainbow was the perfect reminder that I needed today.

I didn't take a photo of today's, but I did pull one I had on the computer from a few years back to share with you just because we all need reminders. :)

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Guys in uniform

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Who can resist them? ;)

I was going through some old photos (well, ones taken in the last year) and realized there were a lot of things I could have shared on the blog, but didn't. So, I'll share one tonight and maybe if I'm good, some more this week.

Right after DH got home from Iraq, R's scout troop was scheduled to post the colors at the Pack Meeting. The leaders asked DH to come along and be a part of the event. It was a pretty neat experience for R having his daddy just home from Iraq posting the American flag while he got to post the {heavy} Pack flag.

Definitely a proud Momma moment. :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Pansies and me

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This week, while I was buying mulch to refresh the flowerbeds, I picked up a few packs of pansies. I was thinking as I planted them that I'm basically like these plants. I don't like really cold weather, but I will tolerate cooler temps. I wither when it gets really hot because I don't like the intense heat. Give me spring and some sunshine and I'll be just fine. Just don't give me too much extreme anything. ;)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ok, I'll tell

I've been keeping a not so secret "secret" for the past few weeks. So of you already know because I'm not the greatest secret keeper - right Bonnie? LOL But some of you may not know. News is making its way around DH's work place and yesterday afternoon, the preacher called to ask me about rumors he'd been hearing. So, that means the news is spreading through church now. I guess it's time to make it official. :)

We are moving this summer. We are moving far away this summer. We are moving to South Korea this summer!

In the meantime, I'm freaking out. I'm getting passports renewed for the boys and myself. I'm purging the house of what we no longer need or want to put in storage for X number of years. I'm working on what to pack to take with us while we're there. And I'm trying to decide what part of our stuff is going to my mother's house rather than some yucky storage facility for X number of years.

It is kind of a stressful time around our house. Lots of decisions being made. Two houses going to be on the market for sale along with a car. DH is keeping his toys and we're selling my car.

Dr. Pepper has been my friend lately. He's my calm in the storm so to speak. ;)

So, there it is. The secret is a secret no more. ;)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Revisiting Coronado

Remember this place
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from this post - America, the beautiful (and Kansas too) and this post - The Castle

This week is spring break for the schools around here. We aren't officially taking the break though because we took some extra time off when dh came home in December. We did take yesterday afternoon off to tag along with some friends to Coronado Heights for a picnic and some hiking adventures. It was a lot of fun - 80 degrees and a beautiful day. We came home with color on our arms from the bright sun. I always forget how fast you can burn when you've been inside all winter. I called myself Fair Skinned Frances yesterday looking at the red on my arms.

I didn't take my camera yesterday because I knew I had these photos from our trip out there in September. The view was still the same except for some areas where someone had burned off the tall grass to make way for new growth this year.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

The rumble of helicopters



I heard someone say recently that one of the locals around post had complained about the noise of the helicopters flying. I started thinking about that and thought how WELCOME the sound of those rotors turning really sounds to those of us who were without our loved ones and their aircraft for those fifteen months.

The boys and I were out walking/riding bikes today on our way to the library and we spotted a Chinook in the air. We saw it before we heard it which is rather unusual as loud as those babies really are. But when the sound did come to my ears, I thought about how nice it is to have our guys back and the buzz of the choppers in the air again - no matter how loud they are! :)

The airfield out on post doesn't look so lonely and barren as it is filled with all sorts of aircraft. And one of the greatest things about it all is that they ALL came back safe and sound from Riley.

What a blessing!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

To blog or not to blog

That's a question I ask myself every week as I often wonder why I even try to maintain a blog. Sure there is always stuff going on in our lives, but I often wonder who is reading and who else cares. LOL

Oh well, it's still here. And IT (the blog) will come in handy later in the year when we move on from our current state and to our next adventure with the Army.

As far as this week's excitement, it was another busy weekend. I thought when basketball was over, we'd have a Saturday to ourselves. Hasn't happened yet. D's basketball ended two weeks ago and last week was a scouting adventure for him. DH went with him to KS City to IBex Climbing Gym

This weekend, R's scout troop went on a campout in the COLD. And since dh spent his last weekend away from home, it was my turn. So, for the second time in my life, I spent the night in a tent. There were around twenty little guys with their dads. I was one of three moms along for the trip. We kept questioning whether we were disrupting the male bonding, but we didn't really fret over it. We just sat back and let them cook our meals over the fire for us and didn't worry with the clean up of dishes. :D The weather was cold - it dipped into the thirties last night. It's cruel to look at my Weather channel icon and see 53 out there now at almost 10pm when last night, it was thirty something. So, it was a miserable night in a tent, but that's ok. If it wasn't the cold keeping me awake (R had the cold weather sleeping bag) it was the howling of the coyotes or the honking of the wood ducks. All of that made it really interesting to wake up in the middle of the night and have to go to the little girls' room. I didn't want to brave the cold or the coyotes, but when nature calls in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night, what else do you do? You have to answer. And the second time I answered - dang how the cold shrinks your bladder! - I made it back to the tent just before the drizzling rain began. I'm REALLY looking forward to my nice warm, comfy bed tonight. I'm sure it will feel just as good as my nice, comfy sofa did this afternoon for my nap. LOL

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"I" - Part One

A few months ago, Erin tagged/challenged a group of us at an online forum with a list of "I's". I meant to do it, but then dh came home and life got crazy from there. I haven't forgotten and have actually been thinking about it this week. So, I'm going to work on it. I'll break the list of thirty something I phrases down though so it's not all at once (and because - well, we'll see if we cover that in the list. ;) )

First six:

I am: a Christian, a wife, a mother and many other things listed to the right on my profile. I'm a dreamer too, but I'm also an ordinary girl. I like simple and strive to keep our lives there.

I think: too much sometimes. I think about the kids and what we're accomplishing in schoolwork. I think about how I could be a better person. I think about things in my past I would change if I had the chance. I think about what I can do to actively make our lives what they need to be in the future.

I have: enough. I'm very blessed in that I truly don't want to anything that I don't really need. Oh yeah, there's that better camera body and better clothes or new dishes or more shoes or *something is always on the list* BUT, I have a wonderful husband who loves me, two beautiful (don't tell them I called them beautiful - and D, don't read this!) boys who are amazing beings inside and out, an extended family who loves us and a group of amazing friends all over the country (and world). Most importantly, I have a God who is forgiving and full of grace which I need desperately! So, I have enough. :)

I dislike: cigarettes, abuse in any form, foul language, rude people, clutter, Diet Dr. Pepper (LOL) I could go on and on, but I'll stop with the negatives. ;)

I miss: My babies being babies. My baby isn't much of a baby at seven years old. I miss being closer to our families. I miss my best friends being close by as well. I miss the beach and sand between my toes which a few years ago was a regular weekend occurance.

I fear: anything happening to any member of my family. And the unknown. ;)

Monday, March 9, 2009

ewwww, that smell!

I bet you're glad you can't smell that smell. LOL

My sister always gets mad at me because I turn everything into a song. I think she's just jealous. My BFF from way back when (fifth grade actually) and I are both like that about songs and circumstances. I guess it could get rather annoying if you were on the receiving end of it. But from our end, we consider ourselves clever and creative. It's all about thinking positive you know. ;)

Anyway, the smell from today was my oven in self cleaning mode. Man does that stink! But it's all worth it after wiping away that little pile of ashes and having a nice sparkly clean oven. I'm not sure if it's part of spring cleaning or just the fact I was tired of looking at that gunk in my oven. I'm not really a spring cleaner though I have noticed some things around here lately that could use a fresh look for spring. Once you start though, it's a neverending process - just like laundry.

What about you? Are you a song with everything person? Are you a spring cleaner?

Comment! I know you're reading. ;)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Random Saturday Stuff

Too bad there isn't a bad blogger of the week award. I think I might be eligible for the first week in March since I haven't so much as thought about my blog this week. Ooops... too much other stuff on my mind.

How about a random update? Ready?
#1 - R's basketball season ended today and thus my Park & Rec coaching career. (ha... career might not be the right word ;) ) We did have fun though and our kids were good kids though on Monday nights at practice, they were wild little things. Nikki and I always accused them of dosing up on sugar before practice. She went to a parent/teacher conference for her dd at the middle school recently and a man who works for Park & Rec complimented her on our team. He'd said to me a few Saturdays before when he was ref for our game that we were doing a good job with our team, but I assumed he told everyone that. LOL Apparently not though. He told her that our team was one of the most polite and well behaved kids in their little league. Said they played well and behaved well on the court. Oh yay! We did something right! Today was case in point. A little boy on the other team was quite nasty. He was calling one of our players names and making snide remarks to him. Then a little bit later, he KICKED one of my player. What did my little guy do? Nothing in defense, just kept right on playing just the way he was supposed to. Boy, did we brag on him for his great sportsman like conduct when there was a break between quarters. (And the other little guy came over and apologized after he coach gave him the what ifs about his behavior.) All in all, it was a crazy few months, but we had a good time and the kids did too!

#2 - D finished his last game of basketball last week. That went well - just had to mention him because he's important too. ;)

#3 - They both had their Blue and Gold banquet for scouts two weeks ago. D crossed over from Webelo/Cub Scout to Boy Scout. Wow. And R moved up from Tiger to Wolf. D is with DH in Kansas City today with their troop. They went over to IBEX to use the climbing walls and such. R is supposed to go camping next weekend with his pack. Good times.

#4 - 5:45am is way too early to get up on a Saturday morning. But, I got up to see D and DH off for their day. I would have gone back to bed until time for R's basketball game, but he got up too. Ack... I'm exhausted and thinking the bed sure sounds appealing at 7:05pm. I lose an extra hour of sleep tonight don't I? Yikes........ naptime tomorrow afternoon after church will be a must!

#5 - R and I went bowling this afternoon since he's missing out on fun in KSCity. We went to pick up one of his friends and bowled. I'm so proud that I beat two seven year olds with the bumpers up. Go me, bowling queen! ROFL In my defense, I truly only hit the bumpers two or three times in two games. So, there. :-P

#6 - Oh, and when we got back to town, we went for a drive around town looking for alphabet letters. I took a few pics of some. I'll share them soon. It's really a lot harder than you'd think!