Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Major Happenings =)


Philip was promoted to major, effective April 28th, and his promotion ceremony was today!   Exciting stuff!

Last time leaving the house with Captain ranks on =)

Keenan with the card he made for Philip
"Daddy, I hope you have a good time being Major!  Love, Keenan"

Moriah's (and she wrote it all by herself!) says:
"Congratulations Major Daddy"

I got a huge cake from Publix
(and I had a small piece)

The coin I put on the cake

Moriah's special nails for the occasion

Me goofing around and wearing one of Philip's major ranks as an earring =)

Lt Col (Dr) Paulson, the program director, was the Presiding Officer
Here he is administering the Oath of Office


Taking off the old ranks...

The kids putting on the new ones


Major-ly handsome!

Doing his thank you speech

I'm so proud of my man!

Happy family

1st Lt Earl was the narrator for the ceremony
(he is one of the nurses on Philip's team)

Moriah and I with our beautiful roses from Philip

Caleb tuckered out in the van (with his balloon trailing in the back) =)

... and the first time he came home wearing Major ranks! =)

Congratulations, Philip!   We love you and are soo proud of you!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Evening with the Storeys

Our amazing friends, Josh and Rebekah Storey, are moving in just two months (to the Azores, where Wendi and John are!)   While we're excited for Josh to graduate and for new changes for them, we will Really miss them when they move! =0/

We had them over for dinner last two nights ago to get in some more memories before the time flies away..

Shrimp boil!

After dinner, the kids played on the trampoline and the adults had a couples game of ladder ball.   It got pretty intense =)

Josh's epic face and throw =)

Rebekah's sweet shot (see it looping around the bar?) and almost equally funny face =)

Me, not so animated

Philip, very serious

Caleb had no idea that this was a Terrible place to stand! =)

Some gluten free treats I made for Rebekah

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kid Dates: Round Two

This week we did dates with the kids again. This time it was boys together and girls together.

Moriah and I had a blast!
Cute girl all excited in the backseat on the way =)

First stop:  Bippy's Frozen Yogurt - Moriah was soo excited that they had Cinnamon Toast Crunch flavored frozen yogurt!

Since I'm still not eating dessert, I had a delicious bowl of fruit, granola and sunflower seeds!  Yum!

Happy girls

Next stop:  The park

Moriah climbed all the way to the top of the rope structure!

So proud

So sweet

Last stop:  A fun, girly store where we bought some accesories and jewelry
(Here's Moriah modeling her new hairband and necklace)

...and smiley face ring (all for only $1 each!)

While we were doing that, the boys (all three) loaded up and got ice cream at Dairy Queen and then headed to Anderson Pond to set up camp!

Keenan getting a tent pole ready while Caleb supervises

Keenan pumping up an air mattress and Caleb checking out the inside of the tent


The fire pit all ready

Finished tent

Then later, that evening, Philip and both kids went back to spend the night...

Fire time!

Both kids look totally weird here, and the picture quality isn't good, but they were excited to have a fire and make s'mores!

I love this one =)

All snuggled in the for the night


The next morning, showing off the pretty campsite

...and having some Pringles with breakfast =)

Keenan took this one of Moriah! =)

Caleb and I sort of had a date too, while they were camping.    It was Very strange though, putting him to bed and then having the house be completely empty!

I heard a noise outside that freaked me out, and then discovered (when I tried to lock it), that the lock on our patio door doesn't work.  This bothered me, so I scrounged around and found various pieces of wood (and blocks) to fill the space (every millimeter of it!) to make sure that the door couldn't slide at all! =)

 A little odd, but very effective =)

When he woke up in the morning (a little early for my liking), I brought Caleb in bed with me and he slept on my chest for another 75 minutes!   How sweet...

We then had a very relaxed morning, ate breakfast, went for a run and then hung out while we waited for the others to get back.

All you really need is a pair of antlers =)