February 23, 2009

The Daybook Society

FOR TODAY February 23, 2009
Outside my window...I wish my computer was by the window but my husband and I enjoyed some outside time today. We dropped the kiddos off at their various schools and drove to one of Kodiak's trails. We walked on the trail and then followed a deer path through the woods. Then we went out for a yummy savory breakfast at the coffee house.
I am thinking...about starting a blog where I can share some more personal spiritual stuff. Especially as I approach the big '30'
I am thankful for...the date Aaron and I had this morning and the tax return we are fixing to send away.
From the kitchen...I wished I had remembered to put away the soup I made for dinner last night. I hope its okay for lunch today. I also need to load the dishwasher.
I am wearing...jeans, a fleece from ON and my favorite purple smartwool socks.
I am creating...still working on Naomi's quilt and I have a pair of PJ pants cut out for each of the boys. Caleb loves it when I make stuff like that for him.
I am going...to Wal-Mart to pick up some photo's I had made.
I am reading...my math book.
I am hoping...to finish my math homework before the due date. I am so not a math person.
I am hearing...Jars of Clay on the ipod excuse me the ipod wanna be I got for Christmas.
Around the house...the house is pretty clean thanks to the 6 hour deep cleaning job I did on Friday. If anyone messes this place up I am going to get them
One of my favorite things...is sunshine and the days are getting longer.
A few plans for the rest of the week:Tonight we will go ice skating as we have been doing on Monday nights if Aaron is off. The cat has an appointment to have his claws removed tomorrow. I hope he doesn't hate me.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...

My future home if Aaron has anything to do with it. He loves "hot magma" sometimes you have to follow someone elseses dream for a little while.

The Simple Womans Daybook

February 22, 2009

My Excuse for NOT blogging this week.

1. I can't wait to post an entry with my NEW blog design which should be ready in just a few days. I can't wait to see the finished design. So far from my previews I am in total love with it. I tried hard to tell the designer sweet Shauna what I wanted. I can't even begin to try and imagine how difficult it is to create something for another person using their artistic eye.

2.While Aaron was only home a total of 24 hours this week I made it through with out any permanent mental damage.

3. The last few days have been gloriously sunny and we have been trying to soak up the Vit D. Through the glass but hey that counts!

4.Aaron was off on Saturday, Today, Monday and Tuesday! Then its back to the "normal" schedule of 48 on with 48 off. Much more manageable for me.

Saturday was the perfect day. When Aaron got home from work we went out for breakfast and kinda drove around K-town. While it was super sunny the wind was really cold at 25 mph and steady. So I decided I needed to go for a tan in the tanning bed. It felt great and I hope I didn't expose myself to anything cancerous but sometimes a girl just has to feel warm. I bought myself some new make up. Its the Bare Minerals stuff and then....I got to go to a Body Shop party with my BFF Beth.
After a great dinner we took the kids out to the CG pool to swim and for ice cream afterward. The Koehler family came wiht us. You think we like hanging out with these people? It was a totally awesome day and a great way to reconnect as a family ad try and make up for lost time together.
I including some pictures of us doing Winter stuff. This year we purchased ice skates and have been enjoying learning how to skate. Aaron and I had not been in skates for 10 years. Eli is quite the natural, Caleb is learning a little more each time and Naomi is pretty much fearless. We go on Monday nights and for the most part have the whole rink to ourselves.

While I was at my Body Shop party Aaron took the kids to Fort Abercrombie to walk out on the lake.
I love how mono-chromatic their jackets look in this picture.

Bye for now!

February 16, 2009

FOR TODAY February 16, 2009
Outside my window... The sun is shining and everything is melting. I spotted my sons yellow airplane he lost a while ago in the yard.

I am thinking...about whether I should drive out to the base tonight. I might take out Subway to eat with Aaron which means I don't have to worry about dinner tonight.

I am thankful for...the time to spend praying with my friend this morning for our children's school. My other friends wonderful husband who really saved me yesterday. He offered to come over with his kids and keep all 5 kids so that Beth and I could have the afternoon evening out. We went to coffee, Wal-Mart and out to eat. Even Beth was surprised by the offer.

From the kitchen...the kitchen is clean and the dishwasher is loaded.

I am wearing...yoga pants and a Crab Fest sweatshirt from like 3 years ago

I am creating...working on a quilt for my daughters room. Almost done!

I am going...nowhere or somewhere I haven't decided yet.

I am reading...too many books at once this time, Marley and Me and Grace Based Parenting. Not including school text books.

I am hoping...that I can take full advantage of my husbands day off tomorrow and just relax and not feel like I need to clean and be busy around the house.

I am hearing...my math teacher lecture over the phone and my children getting louder and louder. I'm not sure going back to school was such a great idea anymore.

Around the house...I needed to fold some laundry today.

One of my favorite things...is the anticipation of seeing my husband after he has been at work for a long time. Oh and I anticipate his authority when it comes to dealing with the kids. Moms just weren't meant to do all the parenting.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Get my math homework done but I also plan to take time out for me. I find giving myself time to create makes me a happier person. Its my therapy.

Here is picture thought I am sharing.

Because I just had to spank her but I want to remember how much I love her too and not bring any anger or frustration to her.
The Simple Women's Daybook

February 15, 2009

Rainy Sunday!

Well its a rainy Sunday today and the island is melting like a giant ice cube floating in the gray gulf of Alaskan waters. The wind isn't blowing right now so that is nice. Aaron is at work again this Sunday. Its so hard to go to church without your whole family. I know its important for me to take the kids no matter what Aarons schedule is. All though I really had to push myself to get out of the house this morning.
Currently, Aarons schedule has him spending 72 hours at work and 24 hours at home. It doesn't make a lot of room for family time but we are trying. Despite the hours at the station I know one thing. God is so good to have given my husband a wonderful job. With his job we are able to live very comfortably. I don't have to work and have the pleasure of staying home to care for my children. Even when the hours of me being the only parent seem to mount up I always try to remind myself that there are so many people right now in our country who are going through tough times financially. I just have to give myself a good swift kick in pants every now and then.

Not a picture from today but it was another rainy day. Just the boys playing soccer.
Oh and I did buy a new blog design. Its going to be customized just for me. Yep, honey I did! But don't you worry I have a surprise coming for you too!

February 13, 2009

Blog is Under Construction

I am trying to plow through HTML but I really might treat myself to one of these Check back soon you might see something new!
I will leave you with some pictures of cute kids

That's all for now. I am heading out to take care of my favorite little guys. The best Guatemalan American baby in the world and the sweetest little pixie girl.

February 11, 2009

The Man of My Dreams

In an effort to improve my writing skills and add more pizazz to the blog I decided to try out a few blog carnivals this year. This first one is from Kristen at We Are That Family
I wanted to spend some time sharing about my wonderful husband. The picture is one of us on our "honeymoon" of sorts to Maine. Since Aaron I met in Alaska and married just one year later his family didn't get a chance to meet me before we got married. I know crazy! But probably not totally out of the ordinary especially in AK. I have shared before how Aaron and I met at church and started hanging out shortly there after within the College and Career class at church. Now apparently my husband was going to be quite the catch back home. He was a popular guy and had dated plenty of girls and broke a few hearts as well. I myself had never dated anyone. Sure I had a few secret crushes and all but I was never really the type to throw myself at a guy. I was pretty shy and definitely didn't flirt. I had a best friend who was pretty good at that! Sarah certainly helped me come out of my shell and I have to say had a HUGE part in Aaron and I actually getting together. So short story we dated for a year and then got married almost one year to the day later.
We were young and full of inexperience. Aaron was in the AF and I was in college. Guess what? I didn't finish college and so now I am back in college. We learned a lot of things about ourselves and each other and how to make a marriage work or not work. Now its 10 years later and it seems like we have come so far but I know that God has so many more places to take us.
And now here is a picture of us on our 10 year anniversary in Hawaii

February 6, 2009

The Best Part About January

My first child turned 9!

Nothing in the world grows you up quicker then having a child. And there is nothing like that first night in the hospital with your newborn. Aaron and I were pretty scared but thankfully we learned pretty quick. At least by baby number two. First borns have it pretty rough I think the first to sleep through the night, potty train and they definitely have to break mom and dad in. I can remember driving around Anchorage with Eli in the backseat just hoping he would fall asleep. Then as soon as we walked in the door he would wake up screaming! He experienced our first taste of government housing with us and kept me company during Aaron's four month deployment to Kuwait. He is our little tester baby and I am sorry to say there will be plenty more for us to test out on you Buddie. Like driving and girlfriends and JUNIOR HIGH!

Here are a few pictures of our little guy. I had to scan a lot of them as he was a BDC baby. That is Before Digital Camera.

It really seems to get a lot harder to find a picture of just Eli without his siblings in it. Move over I guess.