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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Gabriel vs Soccer Take 1

Johnathon played soccer last year. That wasn't a good experience at all. In fact, I believe that I told Michael I was "never never ever never doing anything with the Greenville YMCA again . . . EVER!!!!"

I get dramatic at times . . . especially when it comes to people treating my children badly. Forgive me.

Well, Michael made me eat my words when Gabriel remembered that we had promised him that he could play this year.

So, Michael ran right and signed him up for Fall soccer with the Y. We did promise, but come on man.

Michael was thrilled to pieces to be able to go to some of the practices and his first game before he had to leave the area.

Isn't he cute?!?

He has style doesn't he??

Wow. I don't even know what to say here.

Or here. Geeeesh.

I think this was about when Michael announced loudly "He is YOUR child!!"
Oh well. I love him anyway.
By the way, Gabriel's soccer coach this year . . . He is pure gold. I am so impressed. We all love his attitude and enthusiasm with the kids. Thank you God for making this experience so much better than last year.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Jumptown 2010

Last year we discovered Jumptown. The kids, and Michael, loved it. Think big, no huge, bounce houses. :) See why they liked it.

So this year when we were discussing what fun we were going to try to fit in before Michael left Jumptown was top on the list.

We had a blast this time again. My only complaints are 1) the slides need to be fixed or replaced. Almost all of them need repairs that you can clearly see. 2) They let the bigger kids run through and knock over the little kids.

This time, since school was in, there weren't any bigger kids to run over my littles. The slides still need repairs though. All in all we love visiting Jumptown.

The following pictures should be self explanatory. :) Enjoy.

Told you Michael loved it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Coast Guard meets Army

One of Michael's closest friends is John. Who am I kidding . . . John is Michael's closest and best friend. John is basically Michael's brother.

So when John took his leave from the Coast Guard and was kind enough to come and see Michael before he left, Michael was thrilled. I was thrilled too because Michael loves John.

John played a pretty big part in Michael and I meeting and getting together. That is a whole other post thought.

Maybe a series of posts. hmmmmm?!?

Aren't they cute?!? I am sure, somewhere in this house (we live with Michael's parents right now) there is a picture of these two in preschool. No seriously . . . they met in prechool. Cool huh?

Bella was a little worried about him when he first got there, but she eventually fell completely in love with him.

The boys weren't thrilled to be in yet another picture.

Michael was so happy to get to spend an afternoon with his best friend. This visit was made really special since we really have no clue when we will be able to visit with him again. John hopes to be on land when Michael graduates, which will be really great. After that we are not sure where we will be stationed and John will be where he is for a long time. I hope we get to see him soon.

An Army of Four

My wonderful husband left for Army Basic Training on September 12. Well he left us that day. He actually left Texas on Monday September 13. His boot camp is in South Carolina. He called last Saturday. Talking to him was harder than I had thought. We miss him lots.

Since he has been gone we have been trying to adjust to life without him. This has been harder than I thought it would be. Michael had been home for over a year since he was laid off from his last job. He had become an important part of our daily lives. I knew that he wouldn't be home forever, but I didn't originally think that when the days of him being home were over that he would be really, really gone. He is gone gone. Neither of us have any control over when we get to talk. This has never been an issue in our almost 7 year long relationship. We have been very close since we started dating.

I mean really close. I can count on one hand the number of days we haven't spoken since we met and the number of days we haven't seen each other on two hands. Well, until now. :) We work well together. We always have. We are made to compliment each other. I am not saying we are perfect, at all, but we do work . . . without much work. Is that clear as mud?

All of this to say that we miss him. I miss him. He is missed.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Playing Wii

With Michael's leave date quickly coming, we are trying to spend as much time as a family as possible. Today it was rainy. I mean really, really rainy. So what to do?!?!

Play Wii of course. :)

Daddy is really concentrating on his mini golf game. ;)

Bella doesn't play Wii but she bothers . . . .I mean loves on us the whole time. I shouldn't have used my flash in these. Sorry for the glare.

Gabriel loves Wii. This isn't his favorite game. He loves Cookin' Mama.

He was having a good game.

Johnathon was goofing off. Silly boy.

I am trying to get into the habit of taking pictures of things that I normally wouldn't because Michael will want to see them.
We have fun things planned for tomorrow. Pray I remember the camera.
Just kidding . . . maybe.