Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wacky Wednesday

Today has felt a little scattered to me. I'll just share some bullets from the day:

* We had a playdate and lunch with Rebekah, her boys, and Brittny and Sophie

* I found out I Really like Iced Chai!

* Was super excited to get a ton of headbands and flowers in the mail today for my business!

* Got a bunch of random food stuff from Jodi (this has happened now with three of the wifia as they move and have stuff left that they can't use - it's pretty fun!) My favorite part of Jodi's drop off? The bag of M&M's. =)

* This isn't something I did, but today was Philip's LAST DAY OF RESIDENCY!! Tomorrow he goes back to work as a staff doctor! Weird... he now has his own office and everything. =)

I think that's about it for the stuff of any interest. =) Here's a couple pictures:


Elijah, Keenan, Moriah and Sophie

I love this picture of the kids with Jodi!

New Stuff!

I just added some new stuff to my Sugar and Spice tutu blog! Check it out! Headbands and flowers are here!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More pictures

Wendi brought Isaac and Elijah over this morning while she went and did some moving stuff. Then my friend, Rebekah and her boys, Elijah and Judah also came over. It was a fun, busy morning. The kids played and fought and ate, and we actually got in some visiting at the same time! Wendi came back for a breather and some lunch before heading back out with her boys for more busy stuff..

This evening we had John and Wendi and the boys over for dinner. It was a little rough watching their van drive away this evening, knowing that they won't be at our house again and that it was likely our last "see ya soon" for a while...

Here are a few pictures from the last few days. They aren't in order, but I don't feel like switching them around. Graduation ones are at the bottom...

Sweet baby Morgan

Silly Riah

Daddy and Moriah going down the hot slide

Tiff and Jodi

Wendi swinging Isaac, William and Keenan

Moriah in Chloe's hat

Moriah giving some "post graduation" comments =)

Daniel and Denise and the world's cutest triplets!
Easton, Dalton and Quinton!

Jessica, Denise and I

Mom, Jeff and Isaac

Denise and Philip
(All of these grad pictures were done by her!)

Philip, Jessica and Dad

Philip and a Very proud wife!

Matt, Jessica, Hudson and Reagan

The whole group!

Being goofy

I love this one she got of all the kids looking out the window!

Philip's class
I think this one is stolen from Wendi

Monday, June 28, 2010


Today I said my first wifia goodbye. As far as I know, I will not see Andrea again before she moves to California. 2200 miles away. Stinky.

I know that odes to these women have already been written on several blogs lately, but here are my own. My life has been changed forever by each of them:

Tiffany: She is fiercely loyal to - her country, her husband and children, her state (Texas!) and the people she knows and loves. I remember thinking shortly after meeting her that she was the kind of person I "wanted on my side". =) She is funny, has a great sense of humor, is very down to earth, speaks her mind, and is, surprisingly one of the more emotional ones in the group. She has faced some great challenges and suffered some significant losses during these past three years, and has triumphed in the midst of them all. Her husband, Matt, plans to serve in the military for many years to come and I know she will be the amazing support he needs to make that happen.

Jodi: She has done an amazing job of loving and caring for all of the rowdy kids in our group and helping the rest of us retain our sanity! =) She is cute, sweet and extremely thoughtful. If there was a birthday to be remembered a shower to be hosted, or an event to be planned, she was usually heading it up. She would do anything and everything for anyone who asked (and often Without being asked!) She has a rare gift of seeing and meeting needs in a special way. She is addictive to talk to! I know I'm not the only one who has returned home after Jodi has babysat my kids, and then stood at the door talking for Forever with her, because she's just so fun to be with and talk to! =)

Andrea: Always smiling, always positive, always on the go and happy about life! She is an inspiring "force" - she really gives off energy wherever she goes! The rest of us joke that she is like the Tasmanian devil - spinning here and there, constantly going and doing, and Never tiring! She is fun loving, lives life to it's fullest and is soo much fun to be around! She is the one who introduced me to MOPS, one of the stabilizing forces in my life right now, and I will always be grateful for that! She is a great story teller and has had us rolling on the floor more than once! Andrea, may you never slow down... =)

Wendi: A giver, of herself, her time, her home, whatever she has. She has the gift of "making people feel comfortable", whether in her home, in their own (when it's a disaster), with who they are, where they're at in life, or whatever. She just makes you feel like "it's okay, you can do it, it's going to work out". She has taught me (by her amazing testimony, faith and grace in an incredibly hard situation) much about infertility, sensitivity, caring, and reaching out. Things I never would have known had I not had the opportunity to be closely involved with someone going through it. What a miracle and blessing it has been to see her life change in soo many dramatic ways over the past three years! What an awesome God we serve. =)

Sarah: I remember the first time I met Sarah. I liked her, I thought she was super nice and sweet (and she had the tiniest, newborn, red haired baby), but at that point I didn't see us ever being super close. Boy was I wrong. Yes, there are many things about us that are different, but I feel like those are the things that have surprisingly brought us closer. I have learned so much from her about life, people, myself even. She and I share a love for Africa and hope to someday end up there together, doing something to help those that we have been so touched by in past visits. Philip and I have tentative plans to take a "kid free" trip to Japan to visit Sarah and Rob and I know we will do everything possible to make that work out.

Sarah and Jodi together gave us the most amazing gifts yesterday when we were all together. They bought us gorgeous silver Pandora bracelets with a Wifia "W" charm on it. I love it. It's one of the sweetest gifts I've ever received.

The words on the front of the cards that Sarah gave us are perfect:

don't just "happen,"
but the best ones
seem to fall into place
right from the start,
naturally and easily,
as if they were
always meant to be.

These five women are the kind of friends who:

* Noticed if I bought a new shirt or did something different with my hair.
* Felt comfortable watching my kids and taking care of issues when they came up
* Saw me at my best and worst... and still kept me around. =)
* Encouraged and supported me when I went for several months of counseling due to some stress, anger and anxiety issues.
*Never made me feel like I had to be someone I wasn't.
* Always made me feel loved and valued as a vital part of our group.
* Were the ones I loved to spend time with on weekends, girl's nights out, holidays and any weekday that we decided to gather!
* God sent along to help this Canadian, new mom, culture shocked, far from family, small town girl adapt to and embrace this new home and new life here in the Air Force in Florida. They rock.

Jodi, Andrea, Tiff, Wendi and Sarah... thank you for reaching back when I reached out for friends. Thank you for accepting me for who I was, and for creating a "safe place" where I (and each of you) could honestly live out and express our frustrations, stresses, tears, and questions about this crazy life we called Residency. Thank you for all of the encouragement and support as we trekked the "mom" road side by side. Thank you also for seeing me as someone outside of a "mom", I have loved being "just Me" with you, too! =) Thanks for all the laughs, the memories, the tears, the chats, the lunches, the babysitting, the stories, the hugs, the pictures, the phone calls, emails, Facebook messages, the texts (even if I didn't text back!), the birthday cards, the parties, the baby gifts, the chocolate, the newborn baby snuggles, I could go on and on...

Thank you.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Family Fun on the Boat and Weekend Catch Up!

Hudson and Moriah were soo sweet together =)

A bunch out on the boat

Dad with Reagan and Hudson =)

I love this one of Reagan looking at Matt

Hudson's driving!

The girls

Reagan and Matt

Our handsome captain

Sleepy boy


Jessica and Moriah

Jessica and Dad

Matt and Hudson

Even Moriah went for a ride!

Chillin' with a whole bowl of Chex Mix!

Grandpa Jeff carrying a sleeping Keenan in from the boat

After we finished at the park, everyone headed to their various "homes" to shower and change and then we all met up for dinner at "Five Guys Burgers and Fries".

This does Not look comfortable!
(He was in this booster for a short time since we had moved his car seat out so someone could ride with us)

He didn't even wake up when we got there!

Most of our rowdy bunch!

We had never been to this restaurant before, and we LOVED it! Their burgers are Amazing, you can get just about any topping you want, and the fries are Plentiful! =)

Moriah getting in one more snuggle with Aunt Jessica =)

From here we said goodbye to Philip's cousin, Denise, Daniel and their triplets, Dalton, Easton and Quinton, since they were headed back to Tenessee in the morning.=0/ It was sooo great to have them come and to see all of our kids play together!

Ice cream on the way home

Early Friday Saturday morning, Matt and Jess came to pick up Dad before they all headed back to Merritt Island. We quickly snapped a few pictures before they headed out.

Dad with his kids and grand kids =)

Saturday afternoon we went to a Residency beach bash at the Hurlburt Field beach. It was nice to hang out and chat with some of my newer friends (who I'm sure I will get to know Much better in the coming months!) What a great bunch of people we are blessed to know here at Eglin!

I love this shot of Philip on the beach

This evening, the wifia, our husbands and kids, all got together for our last "everyone in the same place" gathering. It was a great time of eating, laughing, taking pictures, chasing kids... as well as some pretty sentimental sharing and crying with just us six girls.

Here is a "never before taken" picture of All of us, with our husbands and All the kids! I LOVE IT!!!

A separate post to come on the wifia part of the evening... =)

Residency Graduation!

Okay, Finally, here are pictures from the graduation! (In no particular order)

Philip and Isaac

Keenan goofing around during the ceremony

The best of our attempts at a family photo =)

Me, Tiff, Andrea

Philip and Pinky =)

Immediately after he actually graduated and received his diploma!

Wendi and John with Isaac and Elijah

Tiff and I

Lots of babies!

My favs =)

Serious business - the three chiefs standing at attention with Colonel Walker

Philip receiving his Air Force Achievement Medal for his accomplishments as one of the chiefs

Love that sweet smile!

The ceremony was really awesome, and this year was the first that they gave the Spouses an award! Dr. Whitworth made a point of mentioning the wifia, and said that of all the residency classes he's seen, we did the best job of supporting our doctor spouses, supporting each other as a group, and that we were the best looking group so far too! LOL!