Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sleepy Time

Sometimes, I just like to watch him sleep ... and make sure that he's breathing. Why is it that little ones like their blankie snuggled as close as it can be? This one hasn't been willing to snooze sans snuggles sine he was six-weeks old. A creature of habit, just like his Daddy ...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Schedule

A day in the life of Little Man:
  • 4:45am - Sometimes I wake up when Daddy does, but not for long.
  • 6:00am - Daddy's already at work, but Momma & I are sleeping in.
  • 7:25am - I'm awake, Momma! Come get me!
  • 8:30am - Breakfast time! Momma usually serves fruit & oatmeal.
  • 9:15am - Mid-morning snack. I'm getting sleepy...
  • 9:30-10:30am - Morning Nap
  • 11:00am - I like to help Momma make lunch.
  • 11:15-am - Daddy's home! He likes the lunch we made for him.
  • 12:00pm - Daddy goes back to work; I'm having veggies & rice for lunch!
  • 12:45pm - Afternoon snack. I think I could use a snooze...
  • 1:00-2:00pm - Afternoon Nap
  • 3:15pm - Daddy's home!
  • 5:30pm - Dinner time for everybody.
  • 7:30pm - Bath time. I love to splash!
  • 7:45pm - Evening snack in my jammies
  • 8:00pm - Goodnight!
  • 10:00pm - Momma & Daddy check on me before they go to bed, but I'm usually out for the night. See you tomorrow!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Big Boy

A baby boy gets bigger every day. One day he's completely stationary, just laying on the floor with nothing to do. But before you know it, he's sitting up like a big boy,
 balancing while chewing on his friends,
 and showing off his standing skills.
Look out, Momma & Daddy - "I'll be on the move soon!"
Thank you to Aunties A, B & K, and Uncle Lifeguard for my "Prince Charming" romper.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Basket Baby

What do you do with a squirmy boy while Daddy's taking a shower and Momma's fixing her hair? Why, corral him in a laundry basket on the bathroom counter, of course!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Seven Months Old

Oh, my precious boy ... these last seven months have been some of the happiest. Despite all our craziness, and the fact that you're already living in your third state, you're flourishing into a wonderful child. Those baby blues grab me by the heartstrings every time you smile, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Your daddy and I are so very blessed to have you, and are thankful for your every breath. You are loved, my little monster.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankfulness

Today, I am thankful that this:
 became this:
complete with happy baby!
We have so many things to be thankful for this year. Most of all, I'm thankful that I have two boys who love me, as well as families on both sides who are missing us this holiday. And I am thankful for the assurance of my salvation, whithout which life wouldn't be worth living.

This was my first Thanksgiving completely on my own - years past have been spent at the home of either my mother or Husby's, so I haven't been responsible for the entire menu before. Surprisingly, I'm rather proud of how everything turned out - and Husby has requested that I log the recipes so that we don't have to change anything for next year. I believe that's code for 'job well done'.

Our menu included:
  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Stuffing

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Preparations

Most of tomorrow's dishes will need to be prepared just before serving, but dessert can be made up ahead of time. Thus, today is for [cup]cake-baking. We've chosen this route in opposition to the traditional holiday pies, in an attempt to branch out and start our own traditions. We both enjoy Red Velvet cake, so why not try some Red Velvet Cupcakes for Thanksgiving? [Also, I had a tree-shaped pan I wanted to try out as well.]
Little Man was happy to help Momma do some baking!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sitting Up

We've been so busy moving that the new things Little Man is doing have fallen by the wayside. Not only is he adjusting well to life in Mississippi, but he's thriving! On our very first day in the house, we had the opportunity to practice some sitting skills, and he knocked it out of the park! 
From then on, sitting has been a no-brainer for him. Of course, he tumbles every so often, but even we 'big kids' can't always stay upright. His new favorite activity is 'sit-&-play' while Momma works on unpacking.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sleep

Could it be that I will once again have a child who sleeps through the night? It's too high to allow my hopes to climb just yet, but I am cautiously optimistic - Little Man only got up once last night! For the last week or so, we've been up every hour or two [three if he's really tired], so neither of us were sleeping restfully at night. I'm hoping that all his late-night snacking was due to the excitement of the move, and now that things are beginning to calm down, he'll become less restless in the night. This tired Momma could really use some uninterrupted sleep ...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

All Moved In

The truck has been returned, all our posessions are in one place, and we're settling in nicely. The lower level of the house is coming together - though there are still many boxes in the garage to be unpacked. Fortunately, GG & Pop were here to help for the last few days. With GG's assistance, I was able to get my kitchen all set up, and Pop was a great help to Husby in hooking up the washer and dryer, which was a bit of an adventure. Our dryer is apparently quite persnickety; Husby and Pop were forced to re-wire the switch to get it to work, so now I have to remember to turn it off before opening. Yet another item added to the 'jimmy-rigged' list.

My apologies on a lack of more detailed and complete photos - a 'tour' is in the works, I'm just trying to get things straightened up around here before immortalizing them. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Crib

Since we now have our own home, it was time for Little Man to have his own bed [we'd been borrowing one from Grandma while we were staying with her, and he had been sleeping in a bassinet/cradle until then]. I did an extensive amount of research, and settled on this crib.

Little Man really seems to enjoy his new bed:
 
His first night in his new crib was a little rough on Momma, but you wouldn't know it from looking at him:
 
As he grows, his bed will grow with him - the front panel comes off, to be replaced by a toddler rail for 'big kids'. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Our House

So far, I only have uploadable photos of the first level, but I'm hopeful that we'll be settled soon and I can get some better [and more complete] details. Here's a quick tour of my 'living areas':

Little Man took a nap on Momma & Daddy's
mattress pad on the living room floor.
From the front door, looking into the living room
and into the dining room and kitchen.
From the dining room, looking back
into the living room and at the front door.
Dining Room
(Kitchen to the right)
My new kitchen
Another view of my kitchen
Laundry Room

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Keys

We have keys to our very own home! For the first time in our marriage, we're not sharing walls with our neighbors [okay, it's a duplex, but I don't count it as 'sharing walls' since it's mostly the garages and utility closets that touch, and we won't be able to hear the people on the other side].

I know you're all anxious for house photos, but I'm having a hard time locating the camera cord at the moment ... but have no fear, your wait will soon be over! (Plus, anticipation only makes the delivery sweeter, right?)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Housing

Since we didn't make it to the housing office in time yesterday, we went by on Husby's lunch break this afternoon. They gave us keys to two houses, and left us free to tour them both and choose which would work better for us - a pleasant surprise when we were expecting to simply be assigned a house. Husby had to get back to class, so we took a fast look at each so that I could get his opinions. After he left, Little Man & I went through each home again, looking closer at the details and arranging imaginary furniture. We were able to come to a decision [it was close, but Little Man's input tipped the scales], and accompany Husby back to the office after class to record our desired housing location. 

All that's left is to do a walk-through inspection tomorrow afternoon with the housing manager, and then it's ours! By this time tomorrow, we'll be unloading the truck into our house. Some days, being an adult isn't all that bad.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Training

After aproximately 2 hours of sleep, Husby was off to his first day of training this morning at 0600 [my life is now lived in military time]. My mom & dad (Grandma & Grandpa) were here until noonish, then headed back to Dallas. Luckily, Grandpa was able to take the day off - otherwise he would have been up with Husby and off to the airport for a 0715 flight in order to land in Dallas in time to make it into work [not so fun when you've been in a moving truck for three days and only just went to bed a couple of hours before].

Great-Grandma [GG] & Pop just happen to be in town to visit with some friends, so we've had the pleasure of their company again while we get settled in. Hopefully, they'll be able to stick around and help us get organized in our new place. I could at least use a playmate for Little Man, so that I can get anything done!

We were supposed to get a housing tour this afternoon, so that we could get started on all the paperwork to get us moved into base housing, but when we showed up at 1550 (3:50pm), we were told that all keys have to be back by 1500 [and the office was closing in 10 minutes], so we'd have to come back tomorrow. Blast.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Still In-Transit

Grandma, Momma & Little Man arrived safely in Biloxi this afternoon, checked in to the base hotel, and got to work settling into our temporary housing and waiting on Daddy & Grandpa. Our day has been fairly easy [like yesterday]; their's has not:

Budget promised a mechanic would be out to the truck between 8:00 & 8:30 this morning. At 10:30, one finally arrived, only to determine that he needed an inaccessible part in order to replace the broken fuel line and get our truck [and our men] back on the road. Quoted a road-ready truck by Monday afternoon, we knew we had to figure out an alternative plan. Both men are obligated Monday morning; Grandpa must be back to work in Dallas, and Husby is to report to his first day of training, to which he cannot be late [much less absent]. Yet another call to Budget matched them to a proactive woman who did her best to remedy the situation. Locating an identical truck in their fleet, she offered to hire professional movers to transfer our belongings from the broken truck to the [assumed to be] working one. Still, we would be stuck waiting more hours, and be forced even further behind schedule [at this point, things were about 5 hours late]. We objected to this plan. Thinking on her feet, she instead sent the mechanic to switch our broken piece for the new[er] one on the other truck, meaning no transfer of items, and the quickest return to travel that could be managed [We scratched our heads wondering why we didn't think of that!].

Finally leaving my aunt's 4+ hours behind schedule [plus the four from yesterday], our men now have a [relatively] well-functioning truck, with no forseeable reason for more altercations with local law enforcement [No speeding, boys!]. While they'll be significantly later than expected, at least they'll be here [though not until about 2am, when we originally thought we would be reunited by 6pm]. Tomorrow will be a long day for Husby, who has an 8-hour day of classes, followed by a meeting with his guard liaison, then a check-in with the housing office and [possibly] a tour of our new home, all on very few hours of sleep. Luckily, I was able to stock up on his favorite energy drinks, so he'll be jittery & buzzed, but not sleepy. Ah, the sacrifices we make ...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

And we're off ...

... to Mississippi.

My mom and I hit the road this afternoon. We have two cars, and were approved to transport both to Keesler, so we're each driving a separate vehicle. It's been a little odd going on a road trip and not talking to the person you're traveling with in between stops.

Our drive has been uneventful so far, but as much as we've avoided trouble, our men have had their share and ours. A few hours after leaving yesterday, they were pulled over in Oklahoma and alerted to a spray of diesel coming from their tailpipe. Roadside Assistance was phoned, but this particular issue was low on their priority list, and it would be hours until someone could get to them - hours we didn't have. So they continued on, stopped at the next Budget they found [a couple of hours further along their trek], and had the issue assessed - it was determined that there wasn't a large problem [just some suffering gas mileage], and they were told to carry on with their journey since the truck was still operational. Let's just note that at this point there was a minimal payload being hauled, as they were still on their way to Iowa and the majority of our belongings.

Having arrived in Iowa last night, they were able to get the contents of our storage unit loaded into the truck this morning. Things were relatively on schedule, until they got pulled over again just south of Iowa City, for the same reason. Only this time, the officer was insistent that they call Budget again and get them to send someone right away to fix the problem. Three hours later, the promised repair man was still yet to appear, and our boys were restless. Heading for the Missouri border, they went 'on the run', hoping to avoid getting pulled over again, since it might mean trouble for them. 

They're hoping to make it to my aunt's house in the Saint Louis area tonight, and resolve the issue there in the morning. Being near a big city should mean that there are more mechanics with better resources to get this issue resolved right away and get them back on the road. We'll see how that goes ... there's a rumor going around that we're going to need a new truck - meaning unloading this one and reloading the new one, taking up hours we didn't have to begin with, and certainly don't have now that about four hours have been wasted making calls and waiting on a non-existent repair man. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

On Our Way

Here we go, on our way to Keesler! Grandpa & Daddy will drive the moving truck from here in Texas, up to Iowa to collect our things in storage, and then down to Mississippi where we will live for the next 8ish months. [I know, the stop in Iowa is a little out of the way, but when the government is paying for it, some things aren't logical.] According to the housing office, we should be able to get base housing, which I am ecstatic about! For the first time, I'll have my own house!

Little Man, Momma & Daddy,
ready to make the big move!
Daddy & Grandpa wave good-bye as they
head out on their three-day moving adventure.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Family Photos

Back Row: Momma, Daddy, Uncle Life Guard, Uncle Engineer, Auntie Nanny (A)
Front Row: Auntie Captain (B), Grandma, Little Man, Grandpa, Auntie Munchkin (K)


Happy Veteran's Day!
[And Armistice Day, too!]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Packing

Packing, packing, and more packing. Have I mentioned how much I love packing? If I have, I was kidding. This moving thing is not my favorite. But, it means a better life for my family, and I'm excited to get to Mississippi. I just wish that I had a magical packing fairy to help me out.

I spent nearly an entire day washing & drying, folding, organizing, and packing Husby's uniforms. With four or more sets of each type, and three different types, I was up to my eyeballs in camouflage, dress blues, and fitness gear. Then, of course, there's the baby clothes - of which many no longer fit Little Man, and should be boxed separately so that I know not to worry about unpacking them right away. And I won't even touch on my own closet; consider yourself spared.

All in all, we'll have both cars packed tight, as well as a large moving truck filled to the brim with the possessions from our storage unit in Iowa. Some of the things there have not left their boxes since we've been married - here's hoping I can condense and discard while unpacking in Mississippi.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Packing

Packing will be my sole activity [save caring for my son] for the next few days. While the majority of our belongings are in a storage unit in Iowa, we did bring some basic necessities with us to Texas [and then to Utah and back] which need to be organized and boxed for loading in the moving truck. My hope is that I can get everything ready by Thursday night, so that all the boxes and other miscellaneous pieces can be staged for quick loading Friday morning. Now if only I can get that baby to cooperate ...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Our Next Adventure

Back in this post, I told you all about our plans - Little Man & I were supposed to be staying here in Dallas with Grandma & Grandpa while Husby heads off to tech school in Mississippi. But, as always, our plans are fluid and have been changed once again. Brace yourself.

Since Husby's schooling will be for more than six months, his unit is sending all three of us to Keesler Air Force Base for the duration. Not only will we be together [which is a welcome change - Little Man and I were not looking forward to all that time without Daddy], but we are also being provided with housing while we're there. As in, we'll be living in a house. For the first time in our married life, we won't be in an apartment or a spare room in someone else's home. I can't wait. And since we'll be in a house, we'll need to move all of our things there - which is also being paid for. So we're renting a moving truck [on Uncle Sam's dollar], collecting our scattered belongings, and taking our little family on a new adventure.

Husby's training starts on Monday, November 15th, so we're getting all packed up and ready to leave this Friday [that way we have time to drive the truck from here to Iowa, load everything that's still in storage there, and make it to Mississippi by Sunday night]. It'll be a whirlwind move, be we're more than ready for it.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Drill

Poor Husby is on his way home from Wichita, KS where he was serving his monthly Drill weekend. Last month's Drill landed on the same weekend as his brother's wedding in Iowa, so he was also making up those two days, spending Thursday through Sunday at McConnell Air Force Base. 

The military gives all members an annual flu vaccine, and this year Husby was administered the nasal mist for the first time. Unfortunately, he was the 1 in 1000 who actually contracted the virus from the vaccine [the mist is a small dose of the live virus, while the shot (which he's been given in years past) is a dead version]. After working three days feeling like a sick dog, he's not driving the 6 hour trek home to get some rest and hopefully recover.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Visit

Having Great-Grandma & Pop here to visit has been wonderful! Not only have we had the chance to spend time with two of our favorite people, but Grandma also got a new floor in her living room and hallways - something she's been wanting for years!

For Little Man, having two sets of great-grandparents means he gets that much more love and snuggles. We've only just recently realized that he's more fortunate than most other babies, who may not have any great-grandparents at all. Growing up, Husby and I each had only one great-grandmother who we knew [and I had two others who passed away while I was still very young]. What a blessing that this child will grow up with the wisdom of the Greatest Generation at his fingertips.

GG & Pop are headed out tomorrow morning, but we sure have enjoyed seeing them for the last few days. We hope they visit again soon!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pears

We're at the end of the 1st Foods! Little Man has mastered Pears, and loves them [they rank right up there with apples]! 

He's getting better at sitting up by himself, so we'll be moving on the 2nd Foods soon ... bring on the meats. Little Man can't wait to broaden his pallet. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Renovations - Day III

In the midst of our large flooring project [which ended up being the living room, two hallways, and a bathroom (the last of which is still unfinished)], I had a smaller project I was working on as well. Our old toy box in need of some TLC ...
Before
... and it turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself!
After

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Renovations - Day II

Before
After
Before
After
The floors are still a work-in-progress, but we're nearly done -
just some edging, and we'll have a new room!