Thursday, August 30, 2012

Camping.. Here we Come!!

This weekend we're taking our first camping trip since Keenan was 18 months old! It'll be an adventure!!

Philip, Keenan, Devin, Jade and Eden are going on an overnight canoeing trip on Friday and Saturday, so it'll just be Melissa and I and Moriah and Caleb hanging out at the campsite.  Should be fun!

Here are a couple of random pictures from the last few days:

The kids figured this was the best way for Moriah to reach to get her own water from the fridge =)

Elijah and Moriah playing at the Storey's
(He was actually "healing her" with this sword, not hurting)

Caleb helping Daddy pack for camping

Keenan's science project
(His own little bean plant that we sprouted form the seed from Classical Conversations last week)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Looks like...

Tropical storm Isaac won't be paying us a visit after all!    We'll likely get some rain and wind, but it has moved way west, so we are out of harm's way at this point.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Keeping an Eye on Isaac

Hurricane Isaac is currently scheduled to make landfall on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.  We are watching it closely and making preparations to evacuate if that becomes necessary (if the Air Force tells us to go, we have to go).   We'll probably put up our hurricane shutters tomorrow (the first time we'll actually use them!)   We've stocked up on non-perishable food (which, if we don't need it for the storm, will come in handy for camping next weekend!) =)

If we did evacuate, we'd probably head to Mom and Jeff's (Mom is praying that we will have to come, ha!)

Please pray that this storm burns out before it gets here, without causing trouble on land Anywhere.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Makin' a Splash

Since the splash park on base always closes (too early) after Labor Day weekend (lame!), Rebekah and I met up there with the kids for a play date today, in case we don't get another chance before it's closed for the season.   They had a blast!

Keenan and Elijah braving the dumping pails together =)

I love this shot Rebekah got!

Chillin' with the babies

Joel and Caleb chattin' it up

Sweet boy

Joel "walking" with Rebekah

This one cracks me up!

Here you can see the two teeth Caleb recently cut on the top (his "fangs)


I love this one of Judah and Rebekah

Riah girl

How handsome is he?

Love the water in mid air here

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Funny Props =)

The kids and I had fun with some silly photo props this afternoon. =) I get Such a kick out of these pictures!!

My three stooges



Caleb had NO idea this mustache was here.  I just distracted him with a toy while I put his pacifier in, and then it was sort of in his "blind spot"...

...after discovering it was there =)


Soo proud of himself for pulling up on the coffee table!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We're Homeschooling!

Today was the "official" first day for us, I guess, since we had our first Classical Conversations weekly gathering with our homeschool group.   It went well and the kids and I are super excited for what is ahead!

Here are my little pupils:

Swetest preschooler ever =)

Most excited Kindergartener!

Lovin' each other

I can't believe the day is finally here.  I have kids in school.  And.. I'm the teacher.  Crazy!!  =)   Pray for our family as we forge ahead in this new and exciting, but overwhelming territory!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Poor, Neglected Blog

Wow! It has been forever since I've posted! We've had a pretty crazy, exhausting week getting settled back in after our trip. Here are the pictures from our last day in San Diego (and a couple more):

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

This was Philip's pick of the trip and it turned out to be a lot more fun than I was expecting. =)

Here we are with the "oh so cool" headphones and the audio players which let you type in numbers from placards all over the ship that would then play a recording with information about that part of the ship or plane.

Out on the flight deck

A shot down the flight deck
(You can't really see how huge it is with the planes in the way)

This whole area was actually one of three elevators that moved the planes between decks on the ship

Me in one of the planes (I hadn't noticed the creepy mannequin behind me until I was looking at the pictures now!)

Side shot

One of the many ready rooms where aircrew would prepare for missions

My handsome boys

The folding wings mechanisms

Inside the ship was my favorite part, getting to see the crew's living quarters, etc.   They also had quotes posted all over the ship from actual crew members about what life on the ship was like.  Very entertaining!

Ha!  I think you almost can't tell that this guy is a flat cutout! =)
He represents one of the Marines who were assigned to the Admiral

The Admiral's private kitchen

The Captain's private conference room

Caleb (check out that dimple!!) pulling one of the door levers

Pretty view from the ship
(That bridge goes to Coronado Island)

Philip and Caleb inside a helicopter
(See the little girl's shirt beside them?  Her mom is Canadian) =)

Us peeking out the window

I was sitting on a glass floor, suspended over a four story shaft for accessing munitions and other supplies from the stores deep within the ship.

The POW/MIA table
(explanation below)

There were several Really funny things posted about Chief Petty Officers (the top three enlisted ranks in the Navy):

One of the displays explained that the best food on the ship was in the Chief's mess (and no one other than a chief was allowed in this mess without an invitation from a chief).

One of the anchor chains in the forecastle

Philip and Caleb in the Brig!

It's pretty much impossible to get it all in one shot!

The Island, where the command and control functions were located.  The tour of this area had a minimum height requirement and one of the three in our party was a little too short.

Heading home:

Caleb and Philip (matching) before we parted ways to our separate flights
(Philip flew back to our local airport here at home, and I flew to Orlando)

All set!

It was sooo good to see Keenan and Moriah again!  I was really starting to miss them, since this had been the longest time we had Ever been apart!  They had a Wonderful time with Grandma, though!  We are so blessed that Mom was able to watch them and make it such a fun week for them. =)

Grandma with her sweeties

With Uncle Isaac

Final leg home

Tuesday, late morning, we hit the road for home!   I was Exhausted, but thanks to the prayers of many people, and a Lot of Coke, we made it home safely and in great time - only one stop!

In the playplace at our lunch stop

Since getting home:

On Wednesday we had orientation with our local Classical Conversations homeschool group.  We will be meeting with them for three hours every Wednesday.   We officially start school on Monday and we're excited!

I signed up for my first triathlon!   It's in October and consists of a 600 yard swim (in the Gulf), an 18 mile bike ride and a 5K run.   I'm frantically trying to get in enough training (especially swimming, which is my weakest event) before it gets here!

We're gearing up for our first camping trip since Keenan was a baby!   Labor day weekend we'll (well, the boys) will be doing some overnight canoeing, while the girls and little ones hang at the campsite for a couple days.  Should be an adventure! =)