Monday, October 31, 2011

Catching Up...

My plan for this post is to share the photos that I have uploaded tonight from my camera which encompass Amelia's first birthday, our trip to San Antonio from this past weekend and our Trick or Treating adventures from tonight... With that being said, I don't plan for a lot of words... Mostly just photos!! Enjoy!!

First up... On Friday we celebrated Amelia's birthday a day early since we would be in San Antonio for her actual first birthday... Here she is!!

Friday evening we drove to San Antonio, ate some dinner and went to bed. Saturday morning we got up and headed to a really great children's museum!!

Amelia hanging out in the pretend airplane. :-)

After we left the children's museum, we headed over to Sea World... We didn't get very many photos there, but here are a few!!

Sunday morning we got up and headed to Randolph Air Force Base for the air show. The girls didn't last long at the air show, but had fun checking out the planes for a couple of hours!! :-)

Tonight, we went out with some of our friends to Trick or Treat. The kids had a ball, and we had fun hanging out with our friends, too!! After Trick or Treating, our neighbor had us over for pizza. We had a GREAT night!! :-)

We've been having a lot of fun lately!! Next up is our whirlwind weekend... We. Can't. Wait! :-) Love you guys!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

In Case You Haven't Heard...

...Today was a VERY exciting day for us!!! We found out where our next Permanent Change of Station (PCS) will be!! We will be moving to Ramstein Air Base in Germany!!!

We still have a little time before we'll be heading over "the pond", but at least now we know where we'll FINALLY be settling for 3-4 years!! We won't know any dates for at least a few more weeks. We DO know, however, that we'll be leaving here and heading to Little Rock, AR for more training. Bryan will be flying the C-130J at Ramstein, so he'll need additional training in Little Rock to learn how to fly the J model. We'll be in Little Rock for about 6 or 7 months. The Air Force will move us with all of our belongings to Little Rock for this time. Then, they'll pack us up (again) in Little Rock to move us to Ramstein!!

We are VERY excited as this was our first choice for our next assignment!!!

Pilot training is almost complete!! Bryan is finished with all of his classroom stuff and flights. Now, we just have to wait for his winging ceremony which will be on November 10!!! We are so glad that we're almost done!! There's a light at the end of the tunnel!!

In other (equally exciting) news... Amelia will be ONE on Saturday!! Can you believe it?!?! This last year has been SO CRAZY!! I can't believe she's already a year old!! We'll be heading to San Antonio this weekend for a much needed family get-away, so we'll be opening gifts and doing a small celebration tomorrow before we leave. Saturday we plan to take the girls to a children's museum and Sea World in San Antonio. Sunday we are heading to the air show at Randolph Air Force Base, then we'll head back here. We will have her actual birthday party during the weekend of Bryan's winging ceremony. I am so excited to celebrate this with her!! We've wrapped her gifts and are all ready to watch her open them tomorrow. We're also going to get "fancy" cupcakes for tomorrow!!! I. Can't. Wait!!!

Well, that's what's going on with us!!! We hope your week is coming to a nice close!! We'll check in again soon!!

Love you guys!! :-)

Friday, October 14, 2011


It just dawned on me that I didn't post about 2 very important things that have happened recently... Going in chronological order...

First, we just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on September 30... Here are a couple of photos we took to remember where we were for our 5th anniversary!! :-)

All of our handprints on the beach on a heart made out of sand. Bryan and my handprints have our wedding bands in the sand with them... :-)

A close-up of Bryan's ring...

A close-up of my rings... The diamond ring was my gift this year. We used my original engagement ring diamond in the center!! :-)

Second, MADDY IS CAST-FREE!!! Thankfully when we went for her check up with the Orthopedist on Tuesday, they did x-rays of her arm and said that it healed PERFECTLY!! Was there any doubt that this perfect child would also heal perfectly?!?! ;-) We celebrated by taking a "super fun bath" with bubbles on Tuesday night, then we went to the beach on Wednesday afternoon!! :-)

Oh well... Off to Maddy's 3 year check up at the doctor this afternoon... I took Amelia in this morning because I thought she had an ear infection. Thankfully I was wrong. The doctor and I deduced that it must just be her molars coming in that have made her a little cranky. Amelia was 22 pounds this morning!! Maddy was 19.5 at her one year check up, and we still have 2 weeks until Amelia's one year check up!! HaHaHa. I am anticipating a very uneventful check up for Maddy today!! :-)

Talk to everyone later!! Have a GREAT weekend!! :-)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Maddy!!

WOW!! How is it possible that our sweet little Maddy is THREE?!?! We had such a great time celebrating her big day!! We had a couple of families over for her party on Saturday. We rented a bounce house for the kids to play in. Our family had fun in it after all the guests left, too! Even Amelia enjoyed the bounce house!!! This year the party theme was The Little Mermaid!! Here are a few of the best photos from the day!!

We decorated Maddy's bedroom door after she went to bed on Friday night so when she woke up on her birthday on Saturday morning, the celebrations could begin!!! :-)

The inaugural use of the cloth Happy Birthday banner I made!! Maddy has had a lot of fun telling me what letters she sees!! :-)

Birthday breakfast with her special day plate!! She and I made cinnamon coffee cake on Friday afternoon and Daddy made sausage and biscuits in the morning!!

Amelia really enjoyed the coffee cake...

Showing off her new Little Mermaid T-shirt:

Maddy and Amelia bouncing...

Maddy's sandcastle cake... Complete with an Arial candle!! :-)

The "loot bags" for the party guests:

A little family bounce house action:

Maddy woke up at 3 AM on Sunday morning asking to get in the bounce house!! I'd say it was a hit!! :-)

We had SO MUCH FUN!! Happy Birthday Maddy!!!