Monday, December 14, 2009

Phew - I'm Worn Out!

Wow - so much has happened in the last 6 weeks! Phew - I think I am tired, but no rest for the weary!
Somwhere around Nov. 4th- We arrive KS after our car breaking down somwhere in TX and the dealership being so nice and kind that we they didn't make us pay our over $600 bill. God was watching over us!
Nov. 5th - Startd looking for a house and looked for about 5 days straight! We finally found the house for us!
Nov. 13th - Our household goods arrive - pretty much in good condition, considering all the hands it passed through!
Nov. 15th - Our laptop crashes and the whole hard drive is gone. Yes, I lost over 500 pictures of our month of vacation. I was close to crying and then remembered that we have our memories to last us! Sad that I lost all the cute pictures though - and for those that know me, you know how painful that was!
Nov. 17th - Our first company arrives for Thanksgiving - Welcome Mamaw and Pwapa to our new (and box-filled) house! :) Had a yummy and fun-filled time!
Nov. 24th - We welcomed a new baby nephew to our family! Welcome Mr. Tristan - we can't wait to meet you!
Nov. 30 - Homeschool starts up for G, E and R!
Dec. 1st - Ryan leaves for around 2 weeks to CA to do some training. Mommy is on her own! I only got lost one time, ate out only 2 times and only wanted to quit 2 days! That's pretty good for 5 small children and pregnant mommy!
Dec. 11th - Ryan arrives home - with WELCOME arms from many small children!
Dec. 14th - We find out we are having another girl! :) Thought I would sneak that it and see how many readers are still paying attention! That's right - another girl will be joining our family in early April. So far she is growing great and very active! Big Sister E is VERY, VERY excited and can't wait to meet her.
We are almost completely moved in and getting ready to travel back to Indiana for Christmas! We aren't too excited about packing up again, but excited to see family and friends over the break! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wrapping It All Up

Our time here is coming to a close. Tomorrow the kids and I leave for New Orleans, LA to see dear, dear friends of ours. We then will be moving on to KS after Ryan joins us there. He has about another week to finish up here in FL and then will join us in LA. We have had some great times here in FL. G said the other day, "Mommy, we have done some fun things here, I can't even remember them all!" I thought that was all worth the pain of moving, finding temporary lodging, Ryan's long hours! To make memories, is what it is all about!

I did want to update you on what Ryan has been doing while we have been off having fun! I first want to thank most of you for praying for him. He has done really well in his training here after not flying for 4 years with the Navy! Thank you for praying for him. He told me last night after he got his major "test" flights done, that he was grateful so many people were praying for him. He has also worked hard for it though - spending many long hours studying at night mostly after we all had gone to bed! I am sure it is hard to juggle studying/working with daddy/husband roles and duties. I am proud of the way he handles it all and still makes us feel loved and appreciated!

He has a few more flights and simulators on the T-6 and then he will be complete to move on to KS. He has truly enjoyed (most of the time) back in the air. Now that he is not getting air sick anymore - I'm sure he is enjoying more and more of it! The boy was born to fly that's for sure!

This is the T-6 Alpha and in KS he will be flying the T-6 Bravo which is a bit different on the inside. The kids and I haven't been in one yet, but hope to in KS!

We are very proud of Ryan/Daddy and are glad that God blessed us with him! Thank you Bo for all you do for us! We love you!

Blue Angels!

A trip to Pensacola, FL (home of the Blue Angels) wouldn't be complete without seeing a little bit of Blue Angel magic! We thought maybe we would be around for the airshow coming up in a few weekends, but it looks like we will be in KS already. So we decided to hit one of their practice times instead. Ryan asked around and was told where to go where there wouldn't be a crowd and the kids would have a good view. We had the BEST seats on the base! We were right on the runway where they took off! Holy Cow - that was as close as I have been to them! The kids were super pumped to see them. H is a little obsessed with them and thinks every plane in the air is a Blue Angel. The Angels were having a harder time with practice, so hopefully things go better at the airshow for them! We still had a blast watching them and having Daddy there with us to explain everything and help hold ears!

Fat Albert didn't go up this morning, but he was still sitting there for us to see!

A was soooo good and only took his ear plugs out one time! He was hilarious with them in! What mischief, eh?!

We only had to wait a few minutes for them before they took off - thanks Daddy for the great seats!

3-2-1..... and there they go!

The next few pictures are of their stunts they did. Ryan and I both agreed they were not having a very good flying day! Made me a bit nervous, I must admit!!!

Yes, that would be the landing gear you see heading towards the sky! Whew - makes my tummy turn!

This is G's favorite manuver - where they fly at each other from opposites ends. He told me on one of the passes just to close my eyes! Believe me - I did!!!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
Here are all the kiddos dressed up and ready to head a Harvest Fall Festival at the church we have been going to.

G all dressed up as a race car driver - sorry Pwa-Paw, we didn't know who it was in the beginning, but someone told us while at the festival! We meant to call you, we knew you would like the costume!

Nurse E - calling Nurse E! Ms. Thang chose to bring her nurse dress-up from home. Here she is working on a patient that crashed in a race! (don't worry, the patient pulled through thanks to Nurse E!)

Watch out for his web - here comes Spidey-man R! The mast got packed with the movers, but R was okay with it! (not sure he would have worn it anyways!)

Monkey'n around H! We had to buy this costume here in FL and Ryan and I cracked up when we put it on him in the store! We couldn't refuse - he loved it to! The hat was not worn much, but he still looked cute!

And a baby giraffe is always needed! Little A loved wearing his costume! Although the picture-taking was a difficult ordeal!

While at the Fall Festival the kids were able to play games, go on a hay ride (FL-style!), and eat candy! Yes, we let them eat A Piece!!! :) They also got their faces painted. G chose a checkered flag!

E chose her standard butterfly that she usually gets.

And R wanted a Spider!

H and A chose not to get their faces painted - I think they were afraid of the nice, not to mention, really sloooooow face painter dude.
Another funny E comment - This is on the way home from the festival:
E: I guess no one read the back of my shirt! (said with such disappointment we could almost barely hear her)
Me: Why E what do you mean? I heard a lot of people reading it.
E: Well everyone kept thinking I was a dr. NOT a nurse - I'm a nurse! (said with compassion!)
Me: Oh, well you made a very cute nurse! (said while trying to hold back laughter!)
E has still continued to have a rough week. Some behaviors have gotten better, although I am still waiting for my sweet baby girl to come back! Don't tell me hormones have already set in!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

A True E Statement!

So yesterday afternoon was a lazy one around the condo in between church services! I flipped on the TV and saw that there was gymnastics on. I called E in to watch (knowing full well she was going to want to dress up in full gear, also knowing I didn't pack a leotard with us! Trouble in sight!) Anyways, she came in bouncing and excited to watch! Of course, about 2 minutes later:
E: "Mommy, can I get in my leotard?"
Me: "Well, E, I didn't bring a leotard, I'm sorry. How about you put on your swimsuit?"
E: "Okay" with a little disappointment.

By now, G had come in the room to see what all the excitement was about. E comes dressed in her swimsuit and without hesitation says:
E: "G, do you want to watch me do the gymnastics or the tv?"
G: "Uh, E, I think I am going to watch the tv."
E: "Okay, well, I am doing the same thing!"

Classic E!!! She never disappoints me for a laugh!

E has also had a rough week in transition life this week! She has not made good choices and has been in trouble often this week - usually leading her brothers into temptation as well. I felt like we had tried everything, warned over 100 million times, disciplined until it couldn't be done anymore - it was time to start taking away priviledges. Now, being that we are in transition - we are trying to be a wee-bit more lenient. We also don't have many activities and priviledges to take away. The only major one we have is AWANA, where she is a Sparks member. The kids truly look forward (and work hard, I must add in here) to AWANA. We had warned E all day about losing Sparks and she pushed the envelope too far and lost the priviledge. Now, for the most part, I have enjoyed parenting and the results Ryan and I have gotten from our children. However, this was probably the hardest time parenting E so far. Ryan and I debated letting her "earn it back", however, we felt in the end, the message needed to get through as far as making better choices this week! She had to go and tell her Sparks teacher why she would not be attending and that alone about broke my heart! She did a good job and was super brave and kept the tears away until the end! Her teacher handled it beautifully and talked to E. I had tears in my eyes as we walked away. We are praying that it helps E's behavior and choices this week. All this to say - parenting is hard and sometimes it just plain sucks when you have to do the hard stuff!!!

I will let you all know how E's behavior has been next week! :) Stay tuned! :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Naval Aviation Museum

Any future pilots in the making? Don't get mad - this may be our Christmas picture - so act surprised! The kids are all actually looking somewhat happy and decent!! :)
I decided to take the kiddos to the aviation museum one day while it was cloudy and rainy. It is only about 10 minutes from our condo - so we will be frequenting it more than once! The kids were in awe at the size. We didn't make it very far into the museum before the pictures started! It wouldn't be a true trip to the air museum if we didn't have some Blue Angel pilot pictures.

The kids really like the red airplane!!!

What a ham!

After the Blue Angel stop - there was a huge playset available for 5 very cooped-up children to run free and spread their wings!

We spent a large amount of our time here! Run free my children!!!

A-Hoy Matee!

H raised the flag to announce that the ship had become overtaken by Batchelor Children!

Watch out - yummy has the controls!

Another plane the kids were really into!

A patriotic shot!

Anchors aweigh!
Even the big kids got in on the fun! Daddy was able to meet us at the museum and expain some very technical things to the children! Glad mommy didn't have to! I must admit - I forced this picture and told Ryan to be a good sport and smile! :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Park Pictures

We were able to get to the kid's favorite park before leaving MD. They call it the "Wooden Park" and love to spend time there!


Here are the three older kids getting ready for AWANA. G is in his second year of Sparks and going strong! E is in her first year of Sparks and achieving so much! R is finally in Cubbies and has wanted to be a Cubbie Bear for over a year now. He loves it and feels like a big kid when he gets to go!