Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Twsas the month before Christmas...

*Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*The "politically correct police" had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would
*December 25th is just a "Holiday".*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
*At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch
  your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
; * Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and
*The reason for the season, stopped before it
*So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
------------Not----Happy Holiday!*

A "short" little Meme




I got this from little Miss Kelly's Green Olives & Pickle Juice (she's private)....and saw it on myspace this morning too...

1. If your doctor told you TODAY that you were pregnant, what would you say?
Wow, it's soon after Emma but ok bring this baby on!

2. Do you trust all of your friends?
Completely not all of them, but I know I can trust all of them to an extent. I completely trust 3 people besides Christ.

3. Would you move to another state or country to be with the one you love?
Well lets see, I'm a Kansas girl, married to a soldier living in Germany....what do YOU think? LOL

4. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?
 I can't STAND this question! I believe that everything happens with God's permission, but often they happen because of ours or others actions and we deal with the consequences and if we're SMART we turn to GOD to help us with every situation!

5. Can you make a dollar in change right now?
6. Which one of your friends do you think would make the best doctor?
7. Are you afraid of falling in love?
uhhh no....

9. Is there someone who pops into your mind at random times?
Of course

10. Whats your most favorite scar?
My c-section scars and my gall bladder scars! I got 4 beautiful children via them and got that horrible, painful, gb out! Now I do have a cool butterfly scar on my knee from a bike wreck when I was I think 5 or 6! Seriously it looks like a butterfly (it's pretty faded now though)

11. When was the last time you flew in a plane?
July 2005 when we flew over here to Germany

12. What did the last text message you sent say?
don't text

14. Fill in the blank. I love:
Jesus and my family

17. How many kids do you want to have?
As many as God wants to give us!

18. Would you make a good parent?
I am a good parent :)

19. On your Myspace, where was your default picture taken?
In my living room

20. Whats your middle name?

21. Honestly, whats on your mind right now?
I wish Chad would turn off the tv

22. If you could go back in time and change something, what would it be? Yes...keep Jordyn away from second hand smoke from utero on...maybe just maybe she wouldn't have ended up with cancer (yes 2nd hand smoke IS a cause for the type of leukemia Jordyn had)

23. Who was or will be the maid of honor/ best man in your wedding? Kendra

24. What are you wearing right now?

25. Righty or Lefty?

26. Best place to eat?
The Stables

27. Favorite jeans?
28. Favorite animal?

29. Favorite juice?
cranberry juice

30. Have you had the chicken pox?

31. Have you had a sore throat?
lol who hasn't?

32. Ever had a bar fight?
Not been in one, but had 2 guys fighting because of me! ROFL (A loooong time ago!) Good times people, good times!

33. Who knows you the best?
Chad, Tami, and Emily

34. Shoe size?
9-10 depends on the shoe 

35. Do you wear contact lenses or glasses?
36. Ever been in a fight with your pet?
uhhh no ....had a few (ditto)
37. Been to Mexico?
38. Did you buy something today?

39. Did you get sick today?

40. Do you miss someone today?
every single day

41. Did you get in a fight with someone today?

42. When is the last time you had a massage?
before Emma was born

43. Last person to lay in your bed?
Emma...she's there now

44. Last person to see you cry?

45. Who made you cry?
no one

46. What was the last TV show you watched?
Army Wives (I'm sooo not happy that I like that stupid show! ROFL)

47. What are your plans for the weekend?
Friday we're going to the Hospitality House, Saturday Chad, Emma, and I are going to Nurnburg to the Christmas Market, Saturday evening we're putting up the tree and decorating!! Sunday Church and Awana!

48. Who do you think will play along?
I think Kelly will...because if she doesn't I'm going to bug her! LOL

49. Who was the last person you hung out with?
My family

50. If your "significant other" asked you to marry them TODAY what would you say? ABSOLUTELY, YES!






Sunday, November 25, 2007


Ok first things first...I updated my sidebar! :) In case you didn't notice..I LOVE Snowmen! I do, I do! Also in case you missed it, I added the picture entry of our weekend, so go down one and see those pictures! Also we had a family picture taken for our Christmas card today at church! A friend of mine took it. It'll be in the pictures here along with some of Emma! :) Emma is almost 4 months old now. She's rolling over officially. She goes from her back to her tummy in about 3 seconds flat. She's made it from her tummy to her back a couple times, but that takes a lot more effort and normally she ends up fussing and we just roll her over! I'm in no hurry for her to be doing any of this, but she thinks she needs to! LOL She's just the sweetest girl and I just love her so much I can't stand it sometimes! The boys are great. I wish I could even find the words...they're just sweet boys who are also ornery little guys! LOL I wouldn't change them if I could!

Oh and it's winter here! I don't care if it's official or not...we've had quite a few snow falls, nothing of any true significance in our area although Garmisch a couple weeks ago got over 5 FEET of snow season has begun there! We woke up this morning to snow on the ground!



Here's pictures from our weekend. There's one picture of Emma on Thanksgiving. It was the only one that turned out that day on my camera. Bobbie and Tim haven't had a chance to email me the pictures they took. Chad did get my camera fixed! It was relatively simple and took him about oh 5 seconds! So yeah!!!! Most of these pictures were taken on Friday and Saturday while we were in Rothenburg odT. Our room had a balcony and from it you could see one of the Towers and part of the wall that surrounds the old city! There's a couple pictures of our family and of the boys on the balcony with the wall and tower in the background! There's pictures inside the wall too..of the wall and towers (there's many towers throughout the city) and of buildings that I thought were pretty, etc! I LOVE the timbered buildings, they're my favorite here in Germany! The architecture is so amazing. To think that it was built by the hands and backs of people vs machinery of today is part of what makes it more beautiful to me! Oh we ate at a resturant before coming home yesterday and I took pictures of some of it's decor! :)


Also just for some good FYI...Rothenburg is pronounced Wrote-en_ burg (there is NOT a "Th" sound in the name!)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving and Day after





We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are truly blessed by God. He's given us a precious family and precious friends and for that I'm so thankful for. Being in the military you come across so many people...some you adore some you don't. Bobbie is one I do like! She's my best friend here in Germany and I am so glad God brought her here! They lived in Italy for 3 yrs and then got stationed here and I'm so glad they did! Her husband and Chad get along great. The problem is so often when you do find a couple/family you really like where everyone gets along well (including the kids) it seems one spouse has to go and be deployed and right now it's Tim's turn. By the time he returns, it'll be Chad's turn. It's honestly quite frustrating...but it's our life!





We had a wonderful dinner. Tim and Bobbie made a wonderful, delicious, and beautiful turkey. I made my mom's stuffing, homemade noodles, homemade bread, greenbean casserole, and 2 choc. pies. I also made gravy over at Bobbie's. Bobbie also made Mashed Potatoes, corn, 2 pumpkin pies, and sweet potatoe casserole. I didn't eat the last thing...but can say everything else was GREAT!!!! We were all stuffed to the max when it was done and over with. The kids went and played for a while, then I put Jack down for a nap which was not all that easy, but extremely necessary. Then we started playing Spade's. We did it guys vs girls. They won but it was just so much fun no one really cared! After that we played Sequence...which is my favorite game! That one we did couples vs couples...Chad and I won 3 out of 4 games, again no one cared we just had a great time! We left about 9 pm after helping clean up everything.





Friday we headed over to Rothenburg odT. The chapel paid for us to stay in a nice hotel, dinner, and breakfast. Chad and I lucked out. I seriously think we had the nicest room, and definately the best view! You could see the Wall and one of the towers that surrounds the old city. We were literally just outside of the old city. Our room was absolutely huge and after downloading all my pictures I realize I didn't take a picture of our room! Go figure! We got all checked in and then our family and Bobbie and Tim's headed out to go tour, a little shopping, and a lot of window shopping/browsing! We had such a great time. For me Friday was more about getting idea's than buying, since we'd decided we'd come back on Saturday and do more shopping and browsing. We had dinner as a group (everyone who came from the chapel) Dinner was great. The kids had schnitzel and pomme fritz (fries) and us adults had chicken cordon blue, fries, and steamed veggies....we all had ice cream for dessert. It tasted so good! We all shared lots of laughter, and just a nice evening. After that B & T's son came back to our room and after an hour or so they came in and joined us and we just hung out and talked. Chad tried to find cards (we didn't think to bring any) he went to the basement where there was a bar and they had some...come to find out German cards are different than Americans! So we couldn't do anything with them, but the kids played with them and had a lot of fun! LOL Saturday we got up about 8, met up at 8:45 and off to breakfast we all went. I think most of  everyone in our group thought aprox 9 am was a good time to eat! After that we checked out of our room and our group again went shopping (B&T's family and ours). We shopped until about 1:30 then went and had lunch. I have to say I made a poor choice got brats and saur kraut which is normally good...the sausages were gross. I don't know if it was the types or the way they were cooked, but really nasty. Chad shared his chicken and salad with me though, which was sweet and Jack gave me a few of his fries! I was good!





On the way home Jacob road with B&T...Jack and Emma fell asleep quickly and Chad and I just talked! It was honestly a wonderful drive home. Aprox an hour drive and it was nice to just have uninterrupted conversation with my husband. That doesn't happen very often! When we got back on post, we came home quickly and then off to a bon fire we went. That was great! We roasted hot dogs and brats (good ones!), had hot choc., apple cider, and smores! We sang praise Songs and a few Christmas songs, and just hung out and enjoyed the company of wonderful friends!





I do have quite a few pictures. My camera is acting doesn't want to focus half the time. Not sure what's going on with it. Going to call Canon and see if they can walk me through trying to fix it and if not probably will have to send it in. It needs to be fixed asap..Christmas is right around the corner and I want good pictures! I have all the pictures downloaded. I will resize them tomorrow and add some up tomorrow!



I'm off to bed!


Tuesday, November 20, 2007




Well Chad's home!! Major blessing, because I know that he won't be home for every holiday. We've had a Thanksgiving with him in Iraq and well it stinks to not be together so I am counting my blessings this year that he's home safe and sound and not in a war torn country, eating at a chow hall (if he's lucky enough to not be out on a mission). I'm also thankful that our friends husband gets home tomorrow morning for R&R and we'll  be joining them for Thanksgiving, per his request! What a blessing to have such wonderful friends. She's my best friend here in Germany and to know that our husband's get along and enjoy each other's company is so awesome. You really don't understand what a blessing that is! So often and I know this extends beyond the military...but so often one is friends with someone and the spouse doesn't like that one's spouse. Chad actually has a friend and I really just don't care much for his friends spouse. I guess I know enough to know when some people are not good for us to be around. I don't enjoy being around people who fight all the time, who scream and cuss at each other. Hey an argument here and there, being annoyed with your spouse here and there is one thing. When you're constantly parnoid that your spouse is doing something he shouldn't be doing constantly...well I simply don't want that kind of drama in my life! So I do distance myself and I know...I should be showing her the love of Christ and I do try when I see her. I try to always smile and make polite conversation....but going to her home isn't something I'm comfortable with and really don't want my children exposed to that. So anyways...I'm so thankful that we DO have a couple who love each other, who are fun, joyful, precious people/friends.


Bobbie and I will be splitting up the menu. She's making the big turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoe casserole (amusingly none of us like sweet potatoes, but agreed to step out of our box and try it! LOL), corn, 2 pumpkin pies. I'm making a small 5 lb turkey so I can have the broth to make my bread stuffing and home made noodles. I'm making homemade bread, greenbean casserole, and 2 choc. pies.


We're planning on eating by 1 and then we'll have left overs for dinner if we're hungry! I'm going to bring cards over so we can play cards and my game sequence too. I'm sure Bobbie has some games as well. The kids all love each other so that will work out perfectly. Their son and Jacob are best friends.


Friday we're going to Rothenburg OdT. The Chapel is hosting a special thank you for us who volunteer so much (you know the 20% who does oh everything!!) The Chapel is paying for our hotel, dinner, and breakfast. Rothenburg is one of our favorite cities here in Germany! The old city is surrounded by the old protective wall, so it's just stunning! They asked that we be there by 2 to check into our rooms, then we are free to shop, explore, etc then have dinner together as a group at 6. After dinner our chaplain thought it'd be nice for us all to hang out together and play games, talk, etc. We'll get up in the morning and have breakfast together and then check out and do our own thing. Saturday evening we then will probably all pretty well plus more get together and have a bon fire! It's on post, but another section of post. They have a fire pit there already so we'll roast hot dogs, marshmellows (have smores!!!), sing songs, and just fellowship! I'm really looking forward to these days!





I ask that each of you pray for the soldiers who are downrange seperated from their families this year. Who will at best be eating in a chow hall with other soldiers. Who will get turkey, but it won't be the same. Who will most likely not get something that is traditional to his/her family dinner and will probably feel full from the meal, but feel that it's just not complete.




I ask that you pray for the families who are left behind. The wives who miss their husband's, the husband's who miss their wives. The children who miss their Daddy or Mommy. The parents who miss their child. Remember to light a candle for all who has a place missing at their table this year. Count your blessings for the fact that most of you don't have a loved one that you have to worry about, because for most of you, you don't have a loved one off in the desert of Iraq or the mountains of Afganistan, etc. For even those of you who are seperated from someone most if not all of you can simply pick up the phone and talk to them. So remember our soldiers and their families.



I ask that you remember the parents who've had a child die. Remember in your prayers this year my precious Emily. Who had a hard enough time with Halloween and now is looking Thanksgiving square in the eye. As she praises Jesu through this storm, her heart and arms still ache for Miller Grace. So for each of you whose never lost a child, thank GOD for the blessing of being spared this heartache. I speak only for myself when I say it's the WORST pain imaginable...actually it's unimaginable. Even when your child is driving you blessed that they're alive to do so. Remember that tomorrow is simply not promised for a single one of us and that DOES include our children.


Count your blessings that you ARE an American. We may have issue's in our country, but we're a FREE country. We can express our feelings, our thoughts. We can say stupid things if we want, we can say horrible, even disgusting things about our President and no fear being thrown into prison. Be thankful that even if you don't like him...we have a Prayerful President who loves and knows Jesus Christ (he HAS professed this and since none of us can know another's heart we simply have to believe he's speaking the truth and I do believe he is a Christian). Be thankful that you have the CHOICE to join the military or not. You're not forced to join and your children are not when they turn 18. So many countries all these blessings that most of us don't think twice about are not a choice.



Tonight I'm thankful for the blessings I have in my life. My God first and foremost. If it were not for Christ I would not have a tomorrow, here or in Heaven! I'm thankful for Chad next. If it were not for him I wouldn't know what true love is supposed to feel like. I am thankful for Jordyn, Jacob, Jackson, and Emma. My children have made me who I am today in so many ways. I'm thankful that I can stay at home and raise them the way I and Chad see proper vs a stranger. I'm thankful that as an American Citizen I can homeschool my children without the fear that the government will come and take my children away and place them in a school that I may not see fit to teach my children (in Germany...German citizens can not homeschool their children..many other European countries are like this as well..but because we're American's and are in the military we can!Truly hear my hearts cry when I say...PRAISE JESUS!!!).




Saturday, November 17, 2007


I want to share a friend's website with you. I've known Tiffany since I was pg with Jackson and she was pg with her son. Tiffany is VERY creative and over all one of the most talented people I've ever come across. With Christmas coming I want to share her talents with all of you. She makes everything from jewelry to photo montages (which Chad's getting me for Christmas!!)!!


Anyways...go check her out.


I have bought quite a few things from her and love them! Ok so that's my little plug!


I want to share a friend's website with you. I've known Tiffany since I was pg with Jackson and she was pg with her son. Tiffany is VERY creative and over all one of the most talented people I've ever come across. With Christmas coming I want to share her talents with all of you. She makes everything from jewelry to photo montages (which Chad's getting me for Christmas!!)!!


Anyways...go check her out.


I have bought quite a few things from her and love them! Ok so that's my little plug!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

One Word

The Game is on!!! And you're IT!

Describe ME in one word.....just one single word. Post it in my comment section. Then put the same request in your journal so we can visit you… and do the same thing… and see how many strange and interesting things they say about you...........

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mate Meme

The Mate Meme

1. Who is your mate?
Chad (my hubby)

2. How long have you been together?
We've been married 10 1/2 yrs (March is our anniversary)

3. How long dated?
We started dating 11 yrs ago this month (Nov 96)

4. How old is your mate?
He is 32

5. Who eats more?
He does

6. Who said "I love you" first?
He did

7. Who is taller?
We're pretty well equal, he has a tiny bit over me when we're bare feet

8. Who sings better?
I do by far

9. Who is smarter?
It depends on the subject matter

10. Whose temper is worse?

11. Who does the laundry?

12. Who does the dishes?
Normally Me, although he does do them some too

13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?

14. Who pays the bills?
Most bills are automatically taken out, but the phone bill he goes and pays it most the time, except when he's deployed

15. Who has bigger feet?
He does

16. Who has longer hair?


17. Who is better with the computer?
Internet ;  technical stuff Chad

18. Who mows the lawn?
The people the Army pays to do it!

19. Who cooks dinner?
Mostly me
20. Who drives when you are together?
He does

21. Who pays when you go out?

He does most the time

22. Who is most stubborn?
That's pretty equal

23. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong?
More often than not he is, it's something I'm really working on

24. Whose parents do you see the most?
Mine although we don't see either that much since there's an ocean seperating us

25. Who kissed who first?
It was both of us

26. Who asked who out?
He asked me out, but I turned him down, then I told him he could ask me out! LOL

27. Who proposed?
He did

28. Who is more sensitive?
I am

29. Who has more friends?
I guess I do, although we seem to be friends with mostly the same people

30. Who has more siblings?
Well biologically we're equal, but he has step siblings

31. Who wears the pants in the family?
He does, although I sure like to put them on (again it's a BIG work in progress) He's the head of the household and I have to remember that!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Day 2007



Being an Army wife and wife of not only a soldier, but a Veteran (Soldier's who've been deployed to Iraq and Afganistan are officially consdered Vets), I do feel this is an important day to remember, be thankful, and acknowledge.



Both my Grandfather's were in the military. My mom's Dad was in the Army and was stationed in Germany...we actually live aprox 1 hr from where he was stationed at and he actually came down here to the city we're in many times! I am one of those people who just truly finds it very cool that my Grandpa walked the same streets that I now walk through 50 years apart!



My dad's dad was in the Navy. My Grandma shared with me how she bought a bus ticket out to California (from Oklahoma) to visit him before he shipped out. One of my grandpa's brother was captured in Japan and was a POW for a couple of years. He never talked about what he endured, ever. I can only imagine it was horrific. That same uncle had watched the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He'd been up on a hill with a few buddies, messing around when the attack occured. Grandma said he only mentioned seeing that horrific scene a couple of times and said it was just beyond words.





My dad was not in the military. He missed being drafted by about 6 months (because of his age and the end of the war). He has 2 brothers and a sister who are all Veteran's. One brother was in the Army (he's not an uncle I personally like actually), another uncle who was in the Marine's (any bad thing you hear about what a Marine is...that fits him! LOL and I KNOW not all Marine's fall under that stereotype...just saying my Uncle "D" does even today!) then my Aunt P. She was first in the Army and her initial 3 yrs got out and joined the Coast Guard (yes she's smart!) She retired after 22 yrs of service and is now a GS worker for the CG.




              This was taken Oct. 24, 2006 (when Chad returned home from Iraq last year)


Then of course...I married my Soldier. He's been deployed 4 times so far. Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Iraq. I couldn't be more proud of him if I tried. He LOVES the Army. He's a soldier through and through. I can't imagine him doing anything else right now and support him 100%. I love this man. He's a man after God's heart, he's a loving husband, amazing Dad, and a Proud Soldier.



Here's a poem I found:


They Did Their Share

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say "thank you" to every wearer.

By Joanna Fuchs

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Meme

Janis over at: FitbyForty tagged me so here I go! :)



I was tagged by Gillie so here goes…


4 Jobs I've Had


Proof Operator at Bank/Customer Service

Preschool Teacher

Home Childcare Provider (FCC)


4 Movies I Can Watch Over and Over

Gone With The Wind


The Notebook

Sweet Home Alabamba


4 Places I Have Lived

Germany (where I'm at now)

Baumholder, Germany

Fort Riley, Kansas

Fort Belvoir, Va



4 TV Shows I Love To Watch

Prison Break

American Idol when it's on

Dancing With The Stars (I know Kelly just cringed!ROFL)

Bosto Legal


4 Places I've Been To On Vacation

Garmisch Germany

Haarlem, Netherland's (Holland to American's)





4 Websites I Visit Daily


AOL Blogs

AOL Boards




4 Favorite Dishes

My stroganoff

Fett. Alfredo






4 Places I'd Rather Be Right Now

Bed : )

Getting a massage (I AGREE Janis!)

In Chad's arms (I'm missing him)



4 People I'm Tagging (I think these are people who haven't done it yet). :)


and anyone else who hasn't

Friday, November 9, 2007

Feeling better

The boys are better and Emma and I are still healthy so thank you all for the prayers. We have a busy afternoon ahead of us so I better get off of here!

Thank you again.


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Praying for Health

Jackson (4) just woke up a few minutes ago feeling sick and then proceeding to get sick (in the toilet thankfully). Jacob (6) who was just sick yesterday is feeling sick AGAIN. Please be in prayer for our household that this will pass quickly and that Emma and I will remain healthy. Emma's so small that if she gets this, most likely she'd be admitted to make sure she didn't get dehydrated. I do breastfeed so she's getting all the extra antibodies to help keep it away and the boys haven't had a ton of contact with her today. Jacob more than Jack.

Please also pray that I stay healthy. Me being sick just isn't possible...not with Chad out in the field for still 2 more weeks, a 3 month old and the boys. I simply can't afford to be sick.


Thank you and God Bless

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Christmas Card Exchange Info

I've had a few inquiries about postage to mail me a card. We're on a US Military base so it's just a good old fashioned American Stamp. It will not cost you any more than if you were mailing a letter inside the USA! So just slap a stamp on it and stick it in your mailbox or drop it off at the post office and it'll get to me. The biggest difference is that it can take up to 2 weeks, although AVERAGE time is a week. No matter where you are at, the card will go the New York and from there it'll get on a US Military plane and head to Germany to an AF base and then it's transported to our post!


I am excited about the card exchange I'm going to go find some cute cards that represent Germany to send you guys!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Christmas Card Exchange




Well after visiting Emmi and she blogged about a Christmas card exchange here in J' I've decided to participate! If you want to recieve a card from me email me your SNAIL mail address and I'll send you a card from here in Germany!

Send your address to:



Monday, November 5, 2007

Wiped Out...Pictures

I'm wiped out! I was up until 4 last night talking on the phone with Emily. Hush, comment on it! It's obviously exhausting to be up that late but so good to just be able to talk without interruption, the most interruption I get is Emma needing to nurse and so at times Em has to hear my little piggy as she calls Emma (lol) but otherwise it's just the two of us talking, laughing, crying....I love these moments. Now I had to be up early this morning and it HURT...I had to be up at 7:30! Ouch! I had my friends son coming over for a few hours. She had her glucose test this morning, her husband actually dropped her little boy off (he's 2) about 8:30. I had rotting pumpkins (already bagged up) and a full trash can to empty and take down. Luck would have it the trashman was picking up today so I just dropped the bags off at the back of the truck as he instructed me and upstairs I came. I did a few last minute clean ups and then laid on the couch for about 30 minutes, then thought "I should vaccuum" I did! I did the living room and dining room and cleaned up all the bird seed that our messy bird feels the need to throw out of his cage. He drives me up the wall with his constant singing (that lovely phrase...sings like a canary, well ours is one and he's loud and obnoxious!) it's insanely correct. The boys had popcorn on Saturday and 4 little boys 4,5,6,& 7 are messy popcorn eaters, so that had to be cleaned up. Oh yes..Saturday I had 4 little boys over here. Friday our friends son, B, spent the night and about 2 in the afternoon our downstairs neighbor came up to see if the boys could go down and play in their apartment, since we already had a visitor I told her (mom) that he (T) could stay up here and play. I took the boys both home about 4:40 before heading to the store to pick up a few odds and ends that I needed. So anyways....I do have laundry I MUST get going today on, but otherwise things are pretty clean around here. Jacob took out all the recycling today, I'm going to have to have him taking it out more than once a week, we just end up with way too much recycling and he has to take often 5 or more trips. We recycle everything we possibly can. It limits on the trash which is great but the recycling gets to being a mess in the corner we have our container in (which isn't near big enough).

So....anyways I'm going on virtually no sleep. I'm tired, but at this point I'm scared if I slept I'd never want to get up, so my "GOAL" is to get to bed early. ROFL...if Emily doesn't call! Oh not sure if I shared or not, but we got Vonage! Yes you can get it in Germany too! We got a Kansas number knowing we'll most likely be moving back there when the times comes for us to leave Germany. My parents have called, Emily's called, Tami's called...amazingly my inlaws have not called. Of course if she's not checked her email and seen we have the new no, then she doesn't know. Which is ok since Chad's out in the field right now anyways. Oh and last night while the boys were talking to my friend M called from Hawaii! :) :) I will probably call her tomorrow morning.

Ok so the pictures are of the infamous hedge hog that Chad caught. Oh that man! LOL There's a few other pictures thrown in too! :) I think I may go ahead and lay down with Emma and just snuggle with her!


Oh before I go! Jacob, that boy ROCKS!!! He swept and swiffered (wet jet) the whole stairwell. He cleaned the walls and the stair railing, and  he swept away the leaves that were in front of our building! He asked for $1.00 to do it! I gave him $10.00! He's asked to clean the laundry room, but we have 8 apartments in this stairwell so one of them can do the laundry room, although I just cleaned it and the basement so what needs to be done isn't much! I have a good boy and I KNOW how blessed I am!

Thursday, November 1, 2007


The pictures are above. Both boys were the same...they were Peter from the Chronicles of Narnia and Emma was a little Princess! They had a blast at the Hallween Festival and there's a few pictures thrown in there from Tuesday's outing to Toys R Us for their Halloween Party, and pumpkin carving time as well.


The kids had a great time at the Fall Festival! There were a few witches, which there was not supposed to be (I'm not talking cutesy type I'm talking dark and kind of scary looking) and there was a woman helping run the face painting booth and she was half dressed, she had on a half shirt...there were complaints on those from others as well so hopefully if we do this next year those will not occur. There were different activities for the kids to do and crafts and of course each one had cand for the kids! The boys hand lots of candy, it was a good night! I think all our friends were there and the kids had a blast!



As you can see in the pictures Emma looks tired, she was absolutely worn out. She crashed in Chad's arms and was out for a good 45 minutes and the gym was sooooooo loud! She slept so peacefully. She did really well with that many people around. I feel so blessed with her, she's such a sweet and easy little girl. I can't believe that on Saturday she's going to be 3 months old! How's that possible?

Oh there's some pictures from Monday in there to...pumpkin carving. Chad let the boys help actually carve. They of course had to clean out their pumpkins, which for the most part Jacob doesn't mind, but Jack does not like doing it! It's a nasty job and someone has to do it! LOL

Well I'm sitting here fighting to keep my eyes open and yawning. I was up VERY late on the phone with Emily...until 4:30 am :X Shhh Kelly! Chad had to be up at 4:40 so as I was drifting off he was getting up and getting dressed. They left this morning for the field, he'll e back in 3 weeks. He'll be home the day before Thanksgiving. He has his cell phone so we can talk to him everyday. Oh we got Vonage for our phone too! We called my parents first...last night. I obviously talked to Emily last night, although she called me but we both have vonage so no biggie :) then today the boys wanted to talk to my mom so we called her and then we called my brother's house and talked to my SIL and my niece Brooke,  but Bailey was not home from kindergarten yet. When Bailey did get home she called! I talked to her very briefly, Jacob talked to her, then let Jackson, and then he took the phone back and they talked for probably 30-45 minutes! She asked if she could call back tomorrow too! She's just too precious and wonderful. I LOVE my nieces and miss them terribly.


Ok now I'm really off to bed! If the boys  sleep until 8 tomorrow I can actually get about 8 hrs of sleep, well other than Emma probably waking up once during the night. Still an awesome nights sleep.


God Bless