Monday, February 28, 2011

Water

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
We've been under a Boil Water Order since last Monday. The water still runs in our house, we're just not supposed to drink it, cook with it, or wash dishes with it. They've told us it's still safe to shower/bathe in as long as it doesn't get in your mouth, and hand washing is fine, so as long as no tap water is consumed, we should be fine. Apparently, some sort of bacteria was found in the water, and they've been working to eradicate it for a week now.

Until today, we've been using our PUR water filter for drinking. This afternoon, the base set up a water hand-out for housing residents, and we picked up our 24 1-liter bottle allotment. With the order 'until further notice', and having already been extended twice past an anticipated end-date, we're battening down the hatches and waiting to see just how long this takes. Further update will come through the 81st TRW Facebook page, for anyone who wants to keep tabs on our situation.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ten Months Old


At 10-months-old, we spend our mornings playing in jammies ...


... crawling around the play area ...


... peeking over the stair gate ...


... smiling in the sunlight ...


... finding Momma when she 'hides' ...


... and practicing to someday stand without help.


Oh, what a stripped morning!

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Today was our first venture out to the park. We've walked by it many times as we've strolled around the neighborhood, but the weather today was too nice to pass up some sliding and swinging. Momma and Daddy may have been a little more excited than RJ was at first, but he warmed up to the experience as we went along. So many new things to look at! What fun!




Friday, February 25, 2011

Hold My Hand

We're so close to walking we can hardly stand it! With the aid of his walker, RJ can speed across the floor in record time. Without it is a bit of a different story - he still feels like he needs to hold onto something with both hands, so we don't get very far unless both Momma and Daddy (or either one of us, holding both hands while we walk behind him) help him around the living room. But he can stand while holding only one hand, and he's pretty proud of that achievement:

Pre-haircut photo
Way to go, baby boy!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Photo Contest

Through a photographer on Facebook, RJ has been entered into a 'cute kids' contest. There is an album on the photographer's page of all the kids in the running, and friends and family are asked to 'like' the photo of their child to cast their vote for the cutest kid. At the end of the month, the child whose photo has the most 'likes' wins a free photo session. I entered RJ in the hopes that we could use the session for his 1st Birthday Photos. Here's how you can help:
  1. Go to the photographer's Facebook page here and click 'Like' (either at the top next to her name, or in the left column, under her photo and links).
  2. Then, click here to see RJ's photo in her album. Under the photo, click 'Like' to add your vote.
  3. If you'd prefer, once you've 'liked' the photo, you can go back to the photographer's page and click 'Unlike' (where you clicked 'Like' before) so that you don't get all of her posts and updates on your wall.
Note: You'll only be able to cast a vote if you're logged in to a Facebook account.

Thank you to anyone willing to vote for us! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Name-Changer

There's about a 50% chance that our tiniest family member is another little man - we won't know for sure until somewhere near the end of April. To avoid any confusion, Little Man has decided to allow a name-change. We've decided that it's much simpler and easier to know him [and his sibling(s)] by initials. That way, down the road when there are 12 children to keep up with, we won't have to try to remember which nickname goes with which child. [Number of children courtesy of Husby, who thinks 12 is the minimum. Ha.]

From this day forth, Little Man is to be known as RJ. Let it be known.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Surprise!

Remember when I got sick last month, and had that fantastic run-in with government healthcare? The doctor asked me all sorts of questions, including ones about my womanly-ness, and was concerned that I might have reason to be careful about the medications I could take. She sent me down to the lab for a blood test, and I shrugged it off thinking there it would surely come back negative. That's when God giggled at me. The call came back that it turned up positive - we were in fact expecting our second child. And not just barely, either. We were estimated to be 8 weeks along already, and encouraged to schedule an appointment with the OB clinic as soon as possible.

We were ecstatic - Husby especially! He picked me up and swung me around the living room (safely, of course - we did have another tiny life to think about after all), thanking the Lord for this new blessing. We had almost no idea this child existed: a few weeks earlier, I had suspected, but after six negative home tests, we tucked the idea away in the back of our minds and waited.

Today was our first ultrasound, confirming what we already knew: that a new life was growing strong within me. Estimated at 13 weeks (based only on dates), the sonogram measured the baby at 11 weeks, giving us a due date of September 12th. It's too early to tell the gender (we'll have that ultrasound in about 9 more weeks), but we don't care. This little one has already been welcomed into our family.

Baby's First Photo

Momma's Belly - 11 weeks, 1 days

Monday, February 21, 2011

Four-Day Weekend

Here at Keesler, Husby has every other Friday 'down', meaning he gets to stay home and play with us instead of going to class. This month, we happened to have a Down Friday just before the three-day Presidents' Day Weekend, making our holiday into a four-day adventure into the life of two stay-at-home parents. It's been fantastic having Daddy around all the time, and we've gotten spoiled. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sewing

All three of my sisters, plus my mom, all have birthdays in February. With barely enough time to recover from Christmas, my dad, brother, and I usually go broke again when that second month of the year rolls around. This year, rather than purchase something to have sent to them, I'm making my gifts. They'll still need to be mailed, and since one sister's birthday has already passed and another's is tomorrow, it seems like my gifts will be a little late this year. But it's the thought that counts, right? And since I'm making different versions of the same thing for each of them, it's probably better that they all open their gifts at once anyway.

Here's a sneak peak of my supplies:

Can you guess what my project is?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Windows




He pulls up on windowsills now, so I'm constantly going around making sure the blinds are raised about a foot to allow him access. His new favorite pastime is looking out at the grass and weeds. Maybe we should play outside more?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Date Night

In honor of Valentine's Day, my men took me out on the town tonight. A lovely dinner at Cracker Barrel was just what we all needed - a few minutes away from the house, and some delicious food to fill our bellies. Even Little Man was delighted by the morsels offered to him. We enjoyed our Date Night, all three of us.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Crusing

He's just about there - to walking, that is. He can crawl anywhere he wants to go - no matter if he's supposed to be there or not - and pulls up on anything taller than the floor. And this afternoon, we graduated from stand-at-the-table-being-proud-of-himself to move-from-one-piece-of-furniture-to-the-next-while-standing. Uh oh. I thought I had a little more time before we hit this stage, but here we go, whether I'm ready or not.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Munchkin

Happy birthday, to my sweet littlest sister - 17 years young today. 
She also has a blog, and I encourage any and all to follow: FindingTheJoyeInLife.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sing Me To Sleep

Lately, Little Man has been fighting Momma when I go to put him back down after he gets up at night. Knowing that if he begs long enough I'll give in and nurse him - when he neither needs nor really wants any more, just the comfort - he keeps us both up longer than we'd like. Daddy has been coming to our [my] rescue the last couple of nights and taking over when he can. He's developed a system that puts Little Man out almost instantly: he sings to him. Usually, I hear Jesus Loves Me sweeping softly through the house, and it melts my heart.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Walker, Texas Baby


Our Texas-born baby boy is just about ready to take some steps on his own.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Home

This morning, my boys are sharing cherios for breakfast. Little Man has already been enjoying playing with toys we haven't seen in a week and sleeping in his own bed. We're drinking in the normal and loving every moment together.

Sure, there are chores to be done and diapers to be changed. 
But for a moment, we're just enjoying being home.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Plane Ride & Daddy

Eight days later, we're home with Daddy. Our trip to Texas was fun and full of love, but we're glad to be home. Thankfully, our return trip was nothing like our last airport experience - our flight was on time, we landed just when expected, and Husby picked us up and brought us home. Ah, sweet Mississippi, how I missed your warmth and lack of snow & ice. It's good to be home.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stuck in Dallas

We were supposed to be going home today. Home to a real bed, Little Man's normal schedule, and a Daddy who misses us. But no, the weather just won't have it. Ice again this morning. Our flight out this morning was canceled last night with the anticipation of the storm, so we just slept in this morning. We won't be going anywhere today, but we will be loving on some Aunties who have the morning off from school. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl XLV

We're Packer fans. My dad grew up in Wisconsin, so we couldn't really avoid it. We were Favre fans for many years, even after he left the Pack, but we were even more excited to watch as Aaron Rogers took his team to a Super Bowl victory. Go, Pack, Go!

Aunt Boo and her beau are always a joy to photograph.

Grandma & Little Man enjoyed play time while the play clock ran.


Auntie K buddied up with one of the smaller fans
to take in all the excitement.

No commentary on the commercials or half-time show is needed. 
In fact, the commercials and half-time show weren't needed either.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Surprise Baby Shower

Unbeknownst to my sister, the real reason I'm here in Texas was to throw her a Surprise Baby Shower. Her little girl is due in April (just a week before Little Man's 1st Birthday!), and we were so excited to have a party celebrating the next stage of their lives. 

The surprise went off without a hitch - she was completely fooled! And both she and her hubs were blown away by the gifts showered on them from friends and family. We all had a great time at the party, and are anxiously awaiting Baby Girl's arrival.

The guest of honor with her hostesses:
Auntie K, Me, Grandma, *Auntie A*, her mother-in-law, & Aunt Boo

Uncle K & Auntie A
Expectant Parents

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Baby Luncheon

This morning, my mom & sisters & I were invited to a surprise baby luncheon. The mother-to-be is about to deliver her fifth child (she has two girls and two boys at home), and thus was in no need of a traditional shower. Instead, we got together with some other women from our church to 'shower' her with diapers. A delicious meal and some great conversation accompanied the gifts, along with an adorable cake in the shape of a Onesie. For this mom, the chance to get out of the house and socialize with other adults was all she wanted, but who could turn down dessert?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Texas Snow

This morning, Uncle A bundled up ...
Little Man wanted to go along for the ride
... to go out in this ...
... to help Grandpa and Uncle K jump the van.

Isn't winter is Texas grand?

The weather man said to expect a 'light dusting' overnight;
 we woke up to 8" of newly fallen snow.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Traveling Adventures

Travel plans for our trip to Texas:
  • Board flight to DFW at 10:55am
  • Land in Texas at 12:30pm
  • Ride home with Auntie A (45 min drive)
  • Spend afternoon with grandparents, aunts & uncles

Travel actuality for our trip to Texas:
  • 10:55am flight downgraded to smaller aircraft - no seats for us
  • Rolled over to 5:00pm flight
  • Spend 6 hours walking laps around the GPT airport, 
    making friends and waving at anyone who looks at us
  • 5:00pm flight is delayed to 6:45pm
  • Board flight at 7:00pm
  • Land in Texas at 8:30pm
  • Ride home with Grandpa and Aunties Boo & K (70 min drive - icy roads)
  • Go to bed as soon as we get to Grandma's

Even though our day didn't get quite as planned, Little Man and I had plenty of time to play together while we waited for our plane. And when we did finally make it to Grandma's, we were that much more thankful to be 'home'.




Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cheerios

As we grow into toddler-hood, we're experimenting with new foods and snacks for Little Man. Today's experiment was with Cheerios - and was a wild success! That thumb and forefinger are fairly adept at cereal delivery. A yummy new snack joins the ranks.



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rain

Today, we've had rain by the buckets. And since it was also my errand and grocery shopping day - and I really couldn't put it off, we were out of everything - it meant lugging Little Man around town in the wetness. Luckily, he loved the rain. Something about getting a bath, while still in your clothes, in Momma's arms, running through parking lots made him giggle.

Our first stop was the BX for things like shampoo and chewing gum [having quit smoking, Husby is now an avid gum-chewer, and I gladly feed his much healthier - and cheaper! - habit]. While we were inside, the downpour we had witnessed on our way in doubled tripled. What was once a steady rain became such a torrential downpour that I considered purchasing a sleeping bag or two and moving in. Doing so, however, would have left barren cupboards for Husby to come home to, and I just couldn't have that. But I couldn't brave the storm to get to my car, drive across town to my grocery store, and run through a wet parking lot again - my baby might melt!

That's when I remembered the unique design of this base's BX - the Commissary [read military grocery store] was actually adjacent - meaning that if I could suck it up and do my grocery shopping there, I would be able to waste time and hope that the storm has subsided - or at least let up a little - by the time we were finished, without having to get wet in between. Any other time I've been to a Commissary, it's been in a different building than the BX, with horridly disorganized shelves and a system that forces you to have a bagger - whom must receive a tip for taking your groceries to your car for you. I've not been a fan in the past, and thus have avoided shopping there whenever possible. The rain, however, wasn't going to let me out of it today.

As I made my way through the warm, dry passage from BX to Commissary, I was pleasantly surprised to find a neat, tidy, well organized, normal-looking grocery store! The cheese was with the other dairy products! Snack foods were all on one isle! Shelves contained brands I recognized! And, as an added bonus, most of the prices were less [even if not much less] than I would have expected at my normal grocery haunt. I was in Frugal Momma Heaven. Not only was I able to find everything on my list, but Little Man had plenty of ladies to flirt with [that boy's going to be trouble when he's older ...]. The only hurdle left was the bagger - I've been taking my own bags to my own car for years, thankyouverymuch, and I don't feel the need to pay someone else to do it for me. But, being the Commissary, and that I had more than 25 items and was thus shunned from the Self Check-Out lanes, I had no other choice. 

When I first got to the check-out, the bagger for my lane was still returning from his last trip to a customer's vehicle, so I had a moment to double check the going rate for bag tipping with the checker. According to her, the standard used to be $0.25/bag or $3/cart - I'm not sure how old her information was, so I went with it. Anything more than $3 sounded a little steep to me anyway [and my mother-in-law, who has seen her fair share of Commissaries, told me once that a dollar would suffice, so I felt like 3 was more than adequate]. One cart full of bagged groceries - and a significantly smaller tab! - later, and we headed out into the wet. The rain on the roof sounded like it had died down a bit, but we were greeted with large, slow drops when we stepped out the doors. Hurrying to the car, I popped the trunk and proceeded to help the bagger load my purchases. Being a gentleman [or maybe it was in his job description], he told me he would handle it so I could load my melting child into the car. 

Never having been a fan of tipping the bagger, I was more that willing to hand over those three ones on this rainy afternoon. And if I can save as much next time as I did today, I'll be willing to tip $5/cart to shop at the Commissary from now on!