Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Welcome 2009!

Happy New Year!!
It is about 1AM on January 1, 2009; I am going to bed.
Morgan and Lynn, it was just not the same without you.
And no sausage balls.......
Yes, I am slightly drunk. Thank you for asking.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Growing up

My baby has started school. I am happy and sad all at the same time. Morgie, can you believe Garrett can go to school?? I know Morgan gets it. She still sees that little baby that moved in next door. I wasn't actually looking to put him in preschool right now, but this kind of happened into my lap, so I decided it must be a sign.

This is the day we visited the school. The teacher, Ms. Jana (she's the only big person), is really great. We arrived just in time for good mornings and calendar. Then story time.

Sorry for the blur, Ms. Jana is very busy. One thing that I really like, morning snack is fruit salad. Everybody brings a fruit to school each day, and that makes the fruit salad for snack. I love that idea. Isn't Garrett so sweet sitting waiting for his bowl? I'm not too sure about the little girl with her face in the bowl, but it makes me laugh.

So after spending time there, Garrett went for a trial day to see how he (and mommy) did.
As you will see from the picture I took when I went to pick him up, he seems pretty comfortable........

Nuff said.

Garrett will be going twice a week for now. I think it will be weird having him gone, but nice to have time to myself. Jerry is convinced I will be bored. Only time will tell.

Christmas Morning Part II

We got laser tag for the boys. This was getting ready for round one. It didn't last long. Everyone kept "cheating", new rules kept popping up, receivers were being turned off during the game; I'm sure you get the idea.

Garrett was very excited to get Spike. He was a little scared at first, but Spike doesn't move too fast, so he realized it is not going to get him. As you can see, Spike is a fairly large dinosaur.

And that is pretty much all the still pictures I have. I know, sad.

Christmas Morning Part I

I didn't take may still pictures, I was using the video camera most of the time.

Do you think Steven is excited? Yeah, we can't tell either.

Wait, now we know how excited Steven is! Or he is just tired. Steven and Vaughn were the ones who woke us up! It was 6am when they came to get us! Geez, teenagers are supposed to sleep half the day.

Catching up to Christmas

This a picture from Seth's school's holiday performance. Wish I had known that only the 4th and 5th grade actually do the year will be much better for actually seeing Seth. It is quite the production, very cute. Click the picture, I wouldn't want you to miss seeing Elvis......

Out shopping and having lunch, Garrett and I found some reindeer. I think this one has to pee, but that is probably the mom in me.

And we made cookies for Santa, each of the boys decorated their own. Like the mug with Iraq on it? For Santa, no less. It was a hint, maybe Santa can keep Jerry home. Santa is magical you know, and magic is what it would take for that to happen.

Santa travels by fire truck in Japan.....escorted by MP's

Santa visited Camp McTureous Christmas Eve day and handed out bags with goodies. He was escorted by the military police and had a few elves with him.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Cake Wrecks

Check this out, so funny. The last cake.....OMG.

Merry Christmas Eve/Christmas!

I know it is Christmas Eve for most of you, but it is Christmas morning for us. We have opened all our presents, created mounds of paper and boxes, ran out of batteries. Right as rain around here!
We hope all of you have a fantastic Christmas Eve, and a great Christmas morning. Merry Christmas :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

O Christmas Tree

First, I had completely forgotten about this picture. These trees are all over the island, well, the parts I have seen. Aren't they funny? The needles grow upward. I think they are fantastic. I want these in my yard in Michigan. Wonder if they need the semi tropical climate. I am going to look into that.

Now, onto another tree. I know this picture is a little blurry, but it was the best I could do. I wish the pictures were better. The tree is much prettier in person.

Please ignore the speaker on the wall near the top of the tree. If I thought I could get Jerry to take it down, I would. However, I live in the real world.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Exciting Times

There are several exciting things happening around here. Well, exciting for me, maybe not for you, but I am positive you are dying to know what is going on. I will indulge you.

First, we finally got a car for Jerry. Hugely exciting for me; I am no longer trapped at home on weekdays!! Okinawa is much more appealing when you can go places. There is a small downside, he got a Subaru Impreza WRX STI (if I don't include those six letters I get corrected and several nasty looks), which will at some point garner my I-think-I-am-a-racecar-driver husband a ticket. Oh, and it is white, just like my van. I KNOW you are loving that Yee.

Second, Christmas shopping is done. Whew. Now, if you would, please cross your fingers that my last few boxes get here before Christmas Day. Being that we are now at the mercy of the postal service, I feel a screwing in our future.

Third, and most importantly, I snagged a panini maker really cheap at the PX today. Mmmmmm. If any of you have some good panini recipes, throw them my way. I am so excited!

I know, I know, I told you it was exciting around here! And our Christmas tree turned out so pretty! I really love it this year. It is the first artificial tree we have had, but it is nice all the same. I will take some pictures soon. I need to have a cup of tea and relax for pete's sake. Go, do the same, after sending me panini ideas of course.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


One of my college friends, Brent, is now a teacher, an amazing one. He sent me an email with a link to the music video his class made. It is great. Take a look.
Boom De Yada Video.


As your kids get older, they become so much more self sufficient, in good and bad ways. Garrett dresses himself pretty much all the time, even for bed. It is nice; I love it. Lately he has come up with his own unique style. Here is a little video to illustrate what I mean.

And, yes, this is everyday, for now. I love kids.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Cutest Pizza Ever

Hunting for Christmas gifts, I found this site Mahar Drygoods. They have some of the cutest things. This is one of my favorites, the pizza set. I do think it is kind of pricey, but G has a birthday not too far away.