Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Benjamin

2 weeks

2 months

6 months


Birthday Boy

It is so hard for us to believe that our baby is 1yr already. this first year has gone by so fast and everyday I see changes in my little boy. He is becoming less and less of a baby and more of a little man. Here is a look back at Ben's 1st year!!

We love you so much and can't remember what we did before you, God has truly blessed us!

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Switch

~We have officially made the switch to cloth diapers and I have to say my little boys tush looks so cute in his new Bum Genius 3.0 :) I am super excited about this switch and will keep everyone up to date on how things are going.

~We are flying to Chicago on Saturday to spend Thanksgiving with G.G and Pop Pop and Ben will meet two cousins for the first time. We are super excited and are looking forward to some cooler weather. I'll have tons of pics to post when we get back!

Wish us luck on our new "Adventures in Cloth Diapering"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Addition

We had a new addition to the family arrive today and boy are we happy!!! Not only is it leather but it also reclines! hello nap time for mommy :P

Little Helper

Ben has taken after the Marlin kids(Jacob especially) and has this obsession with the broom and vacuum cleaner. Today I was cleaning the floors getting ready for our new Couch and Love seat and as I am vacuuming Ben is sweeping the floors. Gotta love a good little helper:)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Military wife

I think a couple of us received this Via email and have posted it on our blogs because it sums up all that we feel and go through on a daily basis. To all my friends who serve with their husbands, I love ya! We have the toughest job!

What is a MILITARY Wife?

~A Military wife can be tough to describe. She is a southern belle, a northeastern Mets fan, a California 3rd generation recycler, a Pacific Islander. She is short or tall, a tomboy, a fashion diva, a physician's assistant, a Republican, a Democrat. A Military Wife is a career gal, a home-schooler, a scrap-booker, an accomplished cellist, an auto mechanic.
What IS a Military Wife? WHAT is a Military Wife? What is a MILITARY Wife?
~They may look different and each is wonderfully unique. But, this they have in common. They have THIS IN COMMON! Lots of moving---moving, moving, moving! Moving far from home, moving two cars, three kids and one dog----all riding with HER, of course. Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house. Moving curtains that won't fit. Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours. Moving away from friends moving toward new friends. Moving her most important luggage; her trunk full of memories. Often waiting---waiting, waiting,waiting! Waiting for housing; waiting for orders;waiting for deployment; waiting for reunion; waiting for phones calls; waiting for the new curtains to arrive; waiting for him to come home for dinner----AGAIN!
They call her "military dependent", but she knows better. She can balance a checkbook, handle the yard work, fix a noisy toilet. She is intimately familiar with drywall, anchors, and toggle bolts. She can file the taxes, sell a house, buy a car, or set up a move, ---all with ONE Power of Attorney. She welcomes neighbors that don't welcome her. Reinvents her career with every PCS; locates a house in the desert, the arctic, or the deep south and learns to call them all "home". She MAKES them all home. She is fiercely IN-dependent!
Military Wives are somewhat hasty. They leap into decorating, leadership, volunteering, career alternatives, churches and friendships. They don't have 15 years to get to know people. Their roots are short but flexible. They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them. Military Wives quickly learn to value each other. They connect over coffee, rely on the spouse-network and accept offers of friendship and favors and record addresses in pencil.
~Military Wives have a common bond. The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands - his commitment is unique. He doesn't have a job, he has "mission" - he can't just decide to quit. He's on-call for his country 24/7, but for you, he's the most unreliable guy in town! His language is foreign ---TDY, PCS, OPR, ACC, BDU. And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his. She is the long-distance link to keep them informed - the glue that holds them together.
~The Military Wife has her moments. She wants to wring his neck, dye his uniform pink, and refuse to move to Siberia . But she pulls herself together. Give her a few days, a travel brochure, a long hot bath, a pledge to the flag, and a wedding picture. And she goes. She packs. She moves. She follows. Why? What for? How come? You may think it is because she has lost her mind. But actually it is because she has lost her heart.It was stolen from her by a man, who puts duty first, who longs to deploy, who salutes the flag and whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her military husband, she will remain his military wife.
Being a Military wife is hard at times but I wouldn't change it for anything! I am very proud of my hubby and all he has accomplished!

Monday, November 3, 2008

1st Halloween

~Benjamin had a great time Trick or Treating. He started his day with a costume party/contest at the children's library where he won most original! I was very surprised but think they liked his skull Vans with his "Little Devil" costume. Friday night we went trick or treating to a few houses before heading back home to pass out candy to all the kids. He was very upset when all the kids would just walk up get the candy and then turn around and walk away, he cried almost every time :( it was so sad . We had to leave the bowl outside and close the door early so he could calm down and go to sleep :) That's my crazy boy!

Thanks again Nana for my early birthday gift! As you can see it was great for holding my treat bag :)