14 September, 2015

N is for Notebooks

The day has arrived.
My baby started Kindergarten today!



He's my more timid one, but he's still outgoing and has been looking forward to this forever.
As usual, because it was the first day for Kindergartners, the hall was absolutely crazy. He was sitting with his new classmates, out in the hall, waiting to go in the room and there were so many parents in the hall, I couldn't even see him for awhile, so I just waited in the classroom.
He was the first one in when it was time and he immediately went over to his cubbie to put away stuff.

He had a smile on his face the whole time and I knew it was going to be a great day!
He went over and found his spot at his table and he let me take a couple pictures.



 Then I was told, "No more Mom!"
I stood there for a few more minutes in a corner of the classroom and observed while he started to color and other parents took pictures and said goodbye.
I walked over to say goodbye and give him a hug.


He said, "Can you kiss me Mom?"
I smiled and kissed him goodbye and just like that, my baby started school.

Grade: Kindergarten
Age: 5
Color: Blue & Green
Food: Lasagna
Movie: Pirate Fairy
Season: Winter
Thing to do at home: Play Minecraft
Thing to do at school: Recess
What he wants to be when he grows up: Video game designer

11 September, 2015

A timeline of 11 years.

Married on September 11th!
Josh left for USMC boot camp.

Got through 10 months of separation.
Moved all the way across the country to our first duty station and home in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Adopted our first "child;" our dog Sydney.
Prepared for our first long deployment: Josh left for Japan in Sept.

Trip home to visit family and friends in OR/WA
In May we discovered we were expecting our first little blessing!
In November we unexpectedly found out that Josh was deploying in 10 days.

Welcomed our beautiful baby girl!
Survived 9 months apart while Josh deployed to Afghanistan.

Celebrated Turtle's first birthday.
More time apart while Josh went to school in VA.
Found out we were pregnant in October!

Finally got orders.
Moved back across the country again to Camp Pendleton, California
Welcomed our sweet baby boy

Prepared for another deployment
Spent more time apart while Josh went to Iraq.
Celebrated Monkey's first birthday.
Reunited just days before our 7th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Flew home to OR/WA for the first time in over 5 years.
Made the decision to get out of the USMC

Became a civilian family.
Moved 3 times.
Mystery illnesses start to invade my body.
Turtle starts Kindergarten
Josh shreds his ankle 6 days before Thanksgiving.

We celebrate 10 years of marriage with our first getaway trip since having kids.
We move again and buy our first home.
I am diagnosed with Lupus.

Josh injures his knee and is out for another 2 and half months.
Monkey starts kindergarten.

We thank God for all He has blessed us with in our 11 years of marriage.
I pray we always lean on Him in good times and in bad,.
We look forward to the many years ahead of us!!

Happy 11 years Babe!!

09 September, 2015

C is for Classroom

Today was Turtle's first day as a 2nd grader!!
Her teacher moved up from 1st to 2nd, so she was super excited to have the same teacher and most of the same class back from last year! (She goes to a large school and you normally don't get to have most of the same classmates in class every year.)

 Reunited with a friend from Kindergarten!!!

Her favorites this year:
Grade: 2nd
Age: 7 and half
Color: red
Food: lasagna
Movie: Tangled
Season: Winter
Thing to do at school: Make new friends!
Thing to do at home: paint
What she wants to be when she grows up: a Coach