Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cookies & Apples

Cookies:  I made this little star cookies and piped each of my dance students names on them for the last day of dance.  I handed out half last night and the rest will get theirs tonight.  I think they really liked them.  The icing borders weren't that great, but I am still working on piping straight lines.  I probably should have dipped the cookies, but I am trying to get better at piping icing.  
Apples:  I got a MacBook Pro!!!!!!!!!  It arrived yesterday and it felt like Christmas in June.  I have never had anything except a PC, so there is a learning curve...but I am LOVING it!!!  

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Quick Visit to Texas

This past weekend we made a quick trip down to Texas to get some quality time with our families. It was much needed and much enjoyed! The visit started off just right with a visit to The Railhead for a delicious brisket sandwich, fries, and a giant glass of tea. Then, we headed out to Weatherford to watch Trey play baseball (I wish I had pics!), then back to Ft. Worth for a quick visit with Westwood employees at happy hour and then off to Joe T's for some amazing Mexican food!!! Already this day was better eating than our entire stay in the NW. Go figure! We met up with some old friends and tried to stay dry while scarfing down some fajitas. We finished off the night at a rooftop bar in Ft Worth...chatting and even getting to see some fireworks in the distance.

Saturday: I was supposed to have a hair appointment, but I forgot that my watch was set on west coast time and I missed it by 2 hours. My stringy hair will have to last a bit longer! I had a 4.5 mile run on my list of things to do for Saturday, so Mark, Mom and I strapped on our shoes and headed out to run in the 96 degrees!!! Mom walked/ran while Mark and I ran. We did survive, but it was a close one! It was HOT! We took two walk breaks each for a minute at a time just to catch our breath and make sure we still had a pulse. I am already making a list of the running gear I am going to need to survive training in TX. After the run, we pretty much relaxed in the pool all day! It was glorious!!! Good food...good times with family and friends...overall GREAT DAY! The night was topped off with a quick trip to Chimy's with KK. You all know that that is a little slice of heaven in my book!

Sunday and Monday: Relaxation in Alvarado! We met up with Mark's family at Babe's chicken for Sunday lunch. DE-LISH! It was great to spend time catching up with Nana and Gaggie, the Berry Family, and Mark's fam. Mark and the boys rehashed war stories and talked about the upcoming trip to the sandbox, while I caught up with the girls. We spent the whole evening talking and laughing and just having a great time. Sadly, Monday came way too quickly and it was time to come back to WA. The good news is...we will be back in 2 weeks! Lots to do before then!!!

I wish I had taken more pictures, but I will have to get more on the next trip.

Farewell 3-2 ID

Last week Mark was officially farewelled from 3rd Brigade staff down to 1-23 IN battalion. Although, he is really glad to be down at the battalion level, I know that he is really going to miss the friends he made and his bosses at brigade. He gets embarrassed when I brag about him, but I am his, I can do what I want. :) Major Moore spoke very highly of him and I was so proud! He even got an award for his planing efforts. We didn't get any great pictures from the night, but here is Maj. Moore thanking him for his service to the brigade.

Wild Indians

Here are a few pictures of Sundance. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

For Us

I found this on another Army Wife's blog and once I stopped crying I decided to post it for all of you to enjoy. I did not write this, and the author is unknown.

For all of you who wake up in the morning, lay there for a few moments, trying to swallow the sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as you wonder where your man is, or how he's doing...this is for you. For all of you who start a countdown the minute he leaves, and continue to until he is back in your arms again...this is for you. For all of you who tear up every time "Far Away" comes on the radio, or who press repeat when "Come Home Soon" plays in their car...this one's for you. For all of you who see Military billboards, ads in the paper, or commercials on TV and next notice the tears rolling down your cheeks, this is for you. This is for you. I am one of you too. This is for us. For all the times we sleep with our phones on the loudest possible volume, just as to not miss the call that just MIGHT come... For all the times we roll our eyes when another girl is depressed because she hasn't seen her guy in a week... For all the times we hear our guy's name mentioned out loud, and are momentarily a love. For all the late nights that we spend alone, cuddling with our stuffed animals, wearing our guy's sweatshirts and sweatpants, and clutching the precious dog tags around our necks... This one's for us. We may feel weak on the inside, but on the outside we're strong. We may be drowning in tears on the inside, but on the outside, we are a rock. We may want to crawl in bed and sleep until our man comes home, but instead, we get up and go on with our daily lives with our men in our hearts. We may feel like we're slowly dying with each day we spend apart from our men, but instead, we put one foot in front of the other, and take each day as it comes. We are strong, and we are proud. We have more love in our hearts than we ever thought possible, and for this, we are thankful. We are thankful for our men and also for each other. We are Military gals, and we lean on each other. Alone we are weak, but together, we are strong. We help each other, and we survive. To all you Military gals out there, hold your head up and be proud. We are connected, ALWAYS.
Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Creepy Man

Today was a 3 mile run...again...I have been doing 3 mile runs for about the last two months. It is the standard Tuesday run. Anyhow, I have run the same route every time and it is getting quite boring. I decided today that I would go on and find a new 3 mile path. I guess I should have done more research, because I ended up in an undeveloped part of Dupont. I wouldn't have been concerned except up ahead a saw a creepster man sitting in his car staring at me. Side note: He had no shirt on and long, nasty hair. I still really wasn't thinking much of it until I got closer and he rolled down his window. I could tell he wanted to get my attention, so I slowed down and began to jog in place. He asked me "How do I get out of here?" I am assuming he meant back to the main part of Dupont, so I just pointed in the opposite direction that I was running and said "Go that way!" I wanted to make sure I directed him in the opposite direction that I was going, because I just didn't get a warm, fuzzy feeling from this fella. Once he was gone, my sense of adventure quickly faded...I turned around and ran home. Maybe my old route wasn't so boring...I think I will go back to it next week.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Grown Man Playing Dress Up

I have been sewing this Indian costume all weekend. Mark has a unit retreat on Tuesday and they all dress up like Indians. That is a sight I would love to see...but, it is just all the guys.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

1-23 Infantry Tomahawk Ball

We had the most amazing time at the ball on Friday! It made me incredibly proud to be a part of something bigger than myself. I was also very proud to be Mark's wife, and an Army wife. He was the most handsome man my unbiased opinion, of course! I know that I complain sometimes about the Army, but it is occasions such as these that make me remember why I do like the Army. It is really cool to see so many people who love their country so much that they are willing to fight for our freedoms. I am really humbled by this and proud to be a part of it.

I got to meet all of Mark's bosses and coworkers and they all had great things to say about him, but I wasn't really surprised about that! :) I also learned a lot about Mark's unit and all the great things they have done throughout history. We mingled and danced and overall had a great time!

This is a giant punch bowl that was made by melting down Combat Infantry Badges and combining with silver. It was made by members of Mark's unit that fought in Korea. At the ball, they gave a brief history of the unit and added about 15 different kinds of alcohol to make the "grog".
Here is Mark, trying the grog.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Weekend Update

Good News...On Friday, Mark got the news that he is leaving 3rd Brigade S3 shop and he is going down to a battalion. He is going to 1-23. When we got here, 1 year ago, he thought he would be on brigade staff for maybe a month or two and then he would get a company command. Well, it didn't quite work out that way. He has been stuck at brigade working ridiculous hours our entire time here at Lewis. I'm sure this is a little confusing for my non Army readers. But basically, a Brigade is the bigger unit, then there are Battalions within the Brigade, and Company's are within a Battalion. He is still waiting on a company, but now we are part of a smaller group of people and will hopefully feel more plugged into what is going on. While being at Brigade, there hasn't been much care for families, which has been a big disappointment. This means he is still deploying...because that is 3rd Brigade. So this Thursday, he will be fare welled from the Brigade and we will be going to my first Army Ball on Friday! I am really excited because I found a beautiful dress and Mark will look extra handsome in his dress blues!!! I will post pictures this weekend.

Running is still going good. I am up to 4 miles now! Wow! I really never thought I would be able to run 1 mile without stopping and now I am running 4. I am nervous about running in the TX heat later this summer. I will have to run at 5AM to beat the heat.

This weekend was really low key and uneventful. We celebrated Mark leaving brigade at The Cheesecake Factory...and somehow we resisted dessert!!! Who am I??? Saturday, I taught dance, ran, and then went back to dance for teacher practice. Mark went to Seattle to model for a military painting. James Dietz paints the most amazing military artwork. He live here in Seattle and somehow Mark is friends with his, he will be in 2 different paintings. Pretty cool! Yesterday was filled with frantic dress shopping. I have a trooper of a husband, because he went with me to every store and watched me try on lots of dresses. Last night, we went to one of Mark's coworkers for dinner. They cooked steak and I made Reata Mac and Cheese. It was delicious...and totally low fat!

Life is good...just about to get really busy. Really excited about some events...totally NOT excited about saying bye to my husband for a year.