Thursday, September 20, 2012

365 Days of Happiness-Week 1

As I told you last week, I have decided I need an attitude adjustment.  I don't want to be the negative person that I felt myself becoming.  One way that I have decided to do this is find one thing each day that makes me happy and take a picture of it.  Here are the first week's worth of pictures!  I hope you enjoy looking at them.  I am enjoying this project so far!

Sept. 11, 2012

Today we had fantastic weather!  We went outside and had a popsicle picnic!  (Make sure you notice the popsicle juice running down Will's arm!)  He was one delicious, sticky mess when we were finished!  We both had our own popsicles but half way through eating his, Will decided that he would rather have the one that I was eating.  So, of course, we traded popsicles!  I got the best of both worlds because I couldnt decide if I wanted a red or orange popsicle.  This way, I got both! I love spending time with my sweet, little sticky mess!
Sept. 12, 2012

I got a haircut!  I love having a girl that knows what I want her to do, even when I don't do a good job of explaining it! 
Sept. 13, 2012


I took advantage of the low humidity and bright sunshine and sat out on the patio and read for a long time while Will was napping!  It is so nice to have a break from reality and some time to myself to recharge!
Sept. 14, 2012
Today's happiness is sponsored by Will's peanut butter and jelly sandwich!  I love that when he eats his PB&J that it winds up all over his face, hands, high chair, bib, and milk cup!  How could that peanut butter and jelly face not make you smile?  Definitely a mess I don't mind cleaning up!
Sept. 15, 2012
We went to visit Evan this weekend.  Being apart is so difficult.  It is tough on mine and Evan's relationship and it is tough on Will, especially because Will is too little to understand why Daddy has to be gone.  Will doesnt get that it is part of Evan's job.  Will doesn't get that Evan has to do what he has to do.  Will doesn't get that the family dorms are being renovated so we can't be with Evan right now.  Will only knows that his daddy is not here and that he misses him.  That is hard for him and hard for me.  However, absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder and that makes our time even sweeter!  We went to play in the pool on the base and Evan and Will had so much fun splashing around!  In this picture, Evan was about to toss Will up in the air and let him splash into the water.  It makes me happy to see my boys playing together and having such a good time and enjoying each other so much!
Sept. 16, 2012
As I was driving back to my parents house, I had to cross the Alabama/Georgia border.  I always love crossing into Georgia.  I love the sign!  In case you can't read it, it says "Welcome to Georgia.  We're glad Georgia's on your mind!"  This is such a nice tribute to Ray Charles!  I love his song entitled "Georgia on my Mind" and I love the memories of the laser show at stone mountain that it envokes.  I also like the feelings of happiness and coming home that song provides for me!
Sept. 17, 2012
This looks kind of like snow, but I can assure you that is not the case!  We had a fantastic rain storm this night!  I love the sound of rain and thunder and lightening!  Living in Alaska, it is very rare to have a good downpour of rain and even rarer to hear thunder.  (Lightening pretty much does not happen there!)  So, I am always glad if we get a good rain storm when I am in Georgia visiting my parents.  This picture isn't great but you can get the general idea!
Sept. 18, 2012
Will and I went to the local library where we spent 2 hours looking at books.  We love going to the library.  We had a great time catching up with the librarians(who happen to be the same children's librarians that worked there when I was a child!).  We checked out 34 books!  (Some of them were for my mom to use at preschool!)  I love that I have a child who loves to read and look at books.  I love that there is a place like the library where we can go and borrow books.  I love that reading a book can transport you to another world.  I love books, the library, and imagination!
Sept. 19, 2012
Will and I went to hang out with my best friend, Mia and her son Maddox.  Mia and I have been friends all our lives.  We grew up across the street from each other and were inseperable throughout elementary school.  We remained close even when I moved to a new house.  We remained close through middle and high school and college, despite the fact that we went to different schools.  We have done everything in our lives together, from birth, to starting kindergarten, to dance classes, to first loves, to driver's licenses, to graduation from high school and college, to picking out wedding dresses, to having babies and everything else that a lifetime holds.  It makes me so happy that our boys are so close in age and can grow up together.  I love watching them play together and form a life long friendship!
That's all I have for this week.  I will be back later this week or next week with more pictures!  I hope you are all enjoying my pictures and that you continue to look for the things that make you happy in life!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Life changes

So, it has been a while since I have written anything.  Obviously!  Since my last post was in 2009.  I am going to try to get back into this though.  I am feeling very inspired these days!  We have had a lot of changes since I last wrote anything.  Evan is in a different squadron, flying a different jet. We are still in Alaska, still in our same house.  Another big life change we have had is that now we have a baby! (Who isnt that much of a baby anymore!!)  Will is 17 months old and he definitely keeps me on my toes!  He is wild, rambunctious, climbing on everything, stubborn, hard-headed, has a bad temper,  and 100% boy!  He is also sweet, smart, cute as a button, inquisitive, fun, and totally the best thing that ever happened to us!  He makes every day a challenge but also makes every day worth getting up for!  I never knew how much a child can change your life but I am so thankful that Will is in my life now.  I would never have believed I could love someone that much and yet, I can absolutely not imagine my life without him any more!  I am very blessed in the fact that I get to stay home with him.  I love seeing him grow and change everyday!  Motherhood is the biggest challenge of my life but I love it!

I have developed a rather bad attitude lately.  I seem to be focusing too much on the negative things and feelings in my life and not enough on the positive things.  I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot of things in my life that are good.  I seem to forget those things too often.  I have decided to change my attitude.  I was trying to figure out a way to do this and I decided that the best way I can do this is to take a picture everyday of something that makes me happy that day.  I am going to try to post them on here as often as I can.  Sometimes, it may be a picture of something mundane and petty.  Sometimes, it may be recurring things.  Sometimes, it may be something that noone else gets.  However, every single picture will be of something that made me happy that day.  There may be days when I have more than one picture.  Each day will have at least one picture.  I am going to call it "365 days of happiness!"  Here's to happiness, happier days, and changing attitudes!


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mt. Redoubt is still erupting, but we are not in any danger of least right now. Unless the wind changes, Anchorage is not getting ash fall. Evan finally made it back from cool school. His plane was delayed several hours because of the ash fall but he did finally make it back. Yay!! Anyway, lazy weekend for us. Hope everyone has a good one!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I guess it has been a while...Sorry...I am a slacker! Sorry Lindsey!! Lots of things have happened lately. On the first Sunday of my spring break, we went to Willow to watch the start of the Iditarod. That was lots of fun. We watched 30 something mushers (about half of the ones that were in the actual race.) start the race. They all started one at a time with one minute in between each one. We were standing on the side of the trail. The mushers came right in front of us. It was really very cool. We saw lots of dogs and dog sled teams. Definiely a unique Alaskan experience. It was fun and we really enjoyed it and were glad we went.
On Tuesday night, we left for Colorado to visit Evan's family. We arrived Wednesday afternoon and went to visit Evan's grandmother. When we walked into the facility where she lives and asked for her, we were told that she had been asking about us all day. We visited with her for about 2 1/2 hours. That was fun. I really enjoyed getting to meet her and learn stories from her past and learn more about Evan's family. We had a nice visit with her. When we left her (it was time for her to go have dinner!), we drove to Evan's Aunt Jacqueline's house. We ate dinner with Jacqueline, David, and Joey. We ate and drank wine and just visited. It was very nice. We spent the night at their house and really enjoyed the time with them. The next day(Thursday), we got up and drove to Colorado Springs to the Air Force Academy (That is where Evan went to school.) We walked around and Evan told me about his life at the Academy...what day to day life was like, what he liked to do, where he liked to go, and various other stories from his time there. We saw the campus, the chapel (at least from the outside, the inside was being rennovated and we couldnt go in.), the visitor's center, and the pool. Evan said that was where he spent most of his time...the pool! I really enjoyed our time there. It was very neat to see that part of Evan's life. When we left there, we drove to Winter Park to meet Evan's parents, his sister, and her boyfriend. Thursday night, we went to dinner with his family and some of his parents friends. It was quite the dinner! Full of good food, lots of wine, and plenty of laughter. We thoroghly enjoyed dinner. When we went back to the condo, we continued to drink with his family. By the end of the night, we had all drank alot, laughed alot, and worn a moustache of sorts....thanks Ryan!! Those were great! The pictures are fun too! On Friday, we got up early and went skiing. Let me clarify...Evan, his dad, Lindsey, and Ryan skiied. Evan's mom snowboarded. And I fell/tumbled/rolled/slid/skidded down the mountain in a most ungraceful manner. After about 2-3 hours, I had had enough and went to the coffee shop that Evan's parents' friends own. There I found Evan's mom. Apparently she had had enough too. She and I spent several hours just hanging out and sipping hot chocolate/coffee and enjoying each other's company. I had fun skiing but I was glad for a place to hang out (and someone to hang out with!) when I got tired. That night, Lindsey and Ryan wanted to go out for sushi. I really have a problem with raw fish. That was a new experience for me. Lindsey helped me to find sushi that was cooked and so that was a fun new experience. I even found some of the sushi (the cooked kind!) that I liked! I couldn't bring myself to try the raw kind. But I was full when we left so that was a good thing. Thanks Lindsey for making me try the sushi! On Saturday, we went to eat lunch at one of Evan's favorite places to eat in Colorado. It was a restaurant called Beau Jo's. They serve pizza...go figure. No big surprise that Evan loves it then. But it was good. The pizza was quite yummy. When lunch was over, we drove back to Denver and hung out for a few hours with one of Evan's old friends, Kelly. We had a good time just hanging out, eating ice cream, and talking. That was really fun and I really enjoyed meeting Kelly. I know Evan was glad to see her too. On Saturday night, we went over to Jacqueline and David's other house and the extended family came over and we had dinner. I had soooo much fun that night. I had only met most of those people at our wedding and I really didnt have time to sit down and chat with anyone that weekend. I loved the opportunity to just relax and get to know them all a little better. I talked and talked and talked to many many people that night. It was a great time. I know Evan enjoyed the evening too. Sunday morning we got up early and went to the airport to come back to Alaska. It was a truly great trip and we really really enjoyed ourselves. I am so glad we went and got to spend the time with Evan's family and I got to see that part of Evan's life. The best part of the trip however, would have to be the fact that it was 60+ degrees for most of the time (except when we were skiing but that was ok!!) I really really really enjoyed having some warm weather!!
When we got back to Alaska, (it was COLD!!!), life resumed as normal. We both went back to work and there was nothing too exciting going on. Last weekend, we went to Alyeska for the squadron ski weekend. Friday night we hung out in town at a restaurant with everyone that was already at Alyeska. Saturday morning, we got up early and went skiing. Somehow, Evan convinced me to go to the top of the mountain with him. I had a pretty miserable experience. This skiing was alot harder than in Colorado. It was much much steeper and I was less sure of myself here. As Evan and I were coming down the mountain, I fell quite a few times. I think I spent more time on my butt than I did on my skis. Also, my skis kept popping off. I was sliding down the mountain on my butt and my ski came off and stopped sliding. So, my ski is halfway up the mountain. I am sliding down on my butt. I am in tears. Evan is halfway down the mountain and I am hopeless and helpless. Needless to say, I was miserable and done skiing. I was quite ready for a rest and some hot chocolate. I went back to the ski lodge and Evan went to ski. Later that day, I did at least go ski on the green slopes with some of the other wives. I have decided that Evan and I do better when we arent skiing together. He has more fun and so do I. That evening, our honorary squadron commander threw a party for all of us. It was fun. Lots of free food and drinks. When the party was over, we all went upstairs to the bar where we hung out for the next few hours. Sunday morning we got up and had a nice breakfast with several other couples/families. Shortly after breakfast, we needed to leave Alyeska. Evan had to dig our car out of the snow before we could leave. It had snowed a foot and a half over night! That was exciting. We finally left Alyeska and we went straight to the airport. Evan had to catch a flight out of here headed for cool school. He has been gone all week and will be back tomorrow night...hopefully.
The other exciting news from Alaska is that Mt. Redoubt, a volcano about 100-150 miles from Anchorage has been erupting all week. They are worried about the ash fall but so far, no ash has landed in Anchorage. It has landed in the surrounding areas but not in Anchorage. Hopefully, it will stay that way. Everyone here has been all a twitter about the volcano and everyone is taking precautions in case the wind changes and starts blowing ash here. Hopefully, that wont happen. I am just hopeful that Evan's flight will take off tomorrow night. They can't fly planes through the ash because it will kill the engines causing a potential plane crash. At any rate, I am hoping that Evan will be able to come home tomorrow. I know he is hoping the same thing. I am sorry that this post was so long. I havent been keeping up with writing so I had a lot to say. I will try to do better in the future. I hope you all have a good rest of the week and lets all hope that Evan comes home tomorrow!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Well, Evan didnt have to go to cool school this week. For some reason, he wasnt signed up to go. So now, he is going to be gone the last week of March. Last weekend, we had a lot of fun. We were outside pretty much all weekend. We went to the base and went skiing on Saturday. It was reallly cold and it was snowing. But we had a good time. I was definitely out of practice. I guess it was a good thing that we went so that I could practice before we go to Colorado next week. After we went skiing, we went to the fair that is in town for Fur Rondy. That was fun. We stayed there and watched the fireworks that night. What fun! On Sunday, we went and got a sled dog ride and then went to lunch. It was fun to ride in a dog sled. We had a good time with that. Definitely an experience we could probably only get in Alaska! After lunch, I was in the Running of the Reindeer. I ran with some of the other wives from our squadron. We dressed up in flight suits and pink boas. We also had a big target on our behinds. It was fun. It was also really really really cold!! We did actually run with reindeer. They were chasing us. At least for a little bit. Then they passed us. Those were some fast little suckers! Turns out that we were doing more chasing of the reindeer. Once again, this was a truly Alaskan experience. It was a fun weekend.
This week, Evan and I have both been sick and fighting off a cold. It has been pretty bad at our house this week. But we finally made it through the week and now I am on spring break! Woo Hoo!! We are going to Colorado on Tuesday night to visit Evan's family. We will be gone from Tuesday until Sunday. That should be fun. We are excited. It will be nice to see his family and spend time with them. One day we are supposed to go skiing. That should be fun too! Anyway, hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Nothing too exciting going on in Alaska. Today, the temperature is 28. It is expected to snow 2-3 inches tonight. Evan is sitting alert and I am hanging out at home. Yesterday, our china cabinet and buffet table from Evan's grandmother arrived. I am excited! I love them! I cant wait to put all of our china in there. It will look sooo pretty! I'm excited! When Evan came home last night, he brought me some really pretty flowers....just because I was having a grumpy day. :) He is so sweet to me!
Evan leaves on Sunday for Cool School which is basically survival training in the cold. He will be gone from Sunday until Friday. So, that means another week for me to be by myself. Oh well....
Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Evan's home!!

The title about sums it up! Evan is home!! I am happy!! He got back this afternoon and I took the afternoon off of work and went and got him from the airport. Now I am cooking dinner for the two of us. I think he might be tired of spicy food. He requested macaroni and cheese and corn for dinner. He brought me some chinese candy in chocolate and what he thought was blueberry flavored but it actually turned out to be grape. :) He also brought me a black star sapphire necklace which is beautiful!! (That came from Thailand.) Anyway, I am thrilled to have my husband back and I think he is glad to be home. Hope everyone has a good weekend!