Austin needs a new bike. His wheels are bald, the chain keeps coming off, and it's just plain too small for the kid.
We are Santa is planning on bringing a new bike for him; so a few days after Will got home from Kuwait they went outside with Austin to take off his training wheels and practice riding without them. My thinking is that it's easier to learn on a smaller bike, so he better practice before Santa brings him a bigger one.
Low and behold Austin took off the first time Will tried.
He was a little wobbly at first, but 3 weeks into practicing he is a pro.
He can pop wheelies
"Speed super fast!"
And he can almost start on his own.
Poor kid just needs a bigger bike now.
6 days till Christmas! All my shopping is done I got my Christmas cards out today Will is home Papa Bill is visiting
It's a good year, but I do wish we lived closer to family...especially this time of year!
It's hard to believe Will has been home for over a week.
We picked him up at the airport on the day after Thanksgiving.
It was late at night, and the kids were tired and cranky, but we anxiously waited for him.
My friend, Jamie, was also waiting for her husband.
Maci didn't really understand what was going on, but once she saw Daddy she wouldn't leave his arms.
We have been having a great time as a family the last week. Finding our new normal.
Saturday was Hunter's last day of "Ready, Set, Run"
He finished it off by running the 5K "Reindeer Run" in downtown Charleston.
He has spent the last 12 weeks training for it; although I wouldn't really call sprinting for 20 feet and then walking a quarter mile training. Despite a great coach...his running group didn't quite get it.
On the day of the run, Will and I decided that Will would "run" with Hunter, and I would take the stroller with Austin and Maci and run ahead. We were both very surprised at how good Hunter did on the run. He RAN the whole 5K and came in just a few minutes behind me and the kids. He is very relieved running is over. So am I!!!
We were very under dressed for the reindeer run.
Some people really go all out.
Christmas is just around the corner. It doesn't seem like it's been a year since we moved to Charleston!
Last weekend we got the tree up and decorated and all of our Christmas decorations up. The kids are getting excited for Christmas!
Will got our Christmas lights up. I told Will that Maci loves Santa...next thing I know Will went down the street to Lowes and gotMaci a blow up Santa... and put it on our roof. Will has turned into the biggest softy since we had Maci.
For the record, he swore that would never happen.
When it got dark Will turned the lights on to show the kids.
The kids favorite holiday snack while decorating. Sparkling cider and egg nog.
Right now, we are currently staying at an ocean front condo thanks to Operation R&R!!! We are having a blast and I absolutely LOVE waking up to see and hear the ocean out the window. We woke up this morning and we to get seashells on the beach.
Austin is still writing his name all over.
Maci has been copying EVERYTHING her brothers do.
Hunter's favorite thing to do at the condo.
Austin stuck his head in front of my camera while I was taking pictures of the beach. This kid is so awesome.
Walking hand in hand with Will and watching our kids run around on the beach made everything feel a little normal again.
(that's 28 weeks. 196 days. 4704 hours. Take your pick)
...we are SO excited!
My friend explained the tail end of a deployment perfectly by saying that she feels like a kid on Christmas Eve. That is exactly how I feel.
I'm like that kid who can't fall asleep. Anxiously waiting.
I'm so excited and eager, but I can't make the time go faster.
As a matter of a fact, I seem to be making time go slower. (why is that by the way?)
I'm not going to lie, it is pretty sucky (improper grammar, but I couldn't think of a better word) that Will won't be home for Thanksgiving. It just doesn't seem right. I feel like it should be a time to be together...and Will is without his family, and we're without him. We were really hoping he would be home in time, but that isn't how it worked out.
it is nice to be able to say my husband will be home this week.
This is all just random. Some of it is from several months ago, and I never got a chance to blog it.
Every once in a while I see pine trees planted in lines. I'm really not sure why, but someone told me they planted a ton of trees after Hurricane Hugo devastated Charleston.
I don't see this as often as I thought I would here. Once you get closer to the beach you see a lot more palm trees (or as residence call them, palmetto trees.)
A few weeks ago I was able to be my friends escort in the Atlanta temple. I haven't seen Nikki since we lived in Minot 5 or 6 years ago! It was the most amazing experience ever. She wasn't an LDS member when I knew her in Minot, and it was amazing seeing her go through the temple. It was so good to see her and her daughters, and also meet her husband and son.
Last week I went to the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn. It was SO fun to go and I was so grateful my friends son Brach was able to watch my kids while I went.
Maci loves going to pick Austin up from preschool because she gets 15 minutes of playtime. That blur is her. Stupid camera phone
We watched my friend Chelsea's dog Midget. The kids loved having a dog around the house. We took Midget on a walk everyday.
This is Austin showing me how Midget lifts his leg to pee.
Maci getting herself a snack *sigh*
This is what happens when I grocery shop with Austin. These are all things I had no idea I bought
November 12th, 2011: I was telling Hunter something today and Hunter said to me, "Well that's your opinion Mom." Austin then said, "Mom! Hunter just called you a Pinion!" November 10th, 2011: On the way to preschool this morning Austin's friend asked what his dad's name was. Austin said, "Will, like Shamu" (took me a while to realize Will and Whale sound similar)
Hunter and Austin's conversation at the dinner table.
Hunter, "I wish I was RICH!"
Austin, "You mean Richard?"
Richard is their Uncle
I let Austin pick a song for me to sing him to sleep by. He usually chooses "Baby Baluga" or "Rockabye Baby". For about a year now he thinks it's, "Rockabye baby in the tree Thomas"
While skyping with my parents Hunter was showing them all of his oragami and paper air planes he has been making. He was going through all of his air planes and naming them. "This one is "The Dart", this one is "The Arrow", this one is "Faster than Hell." Nice one Hunter. And this is why you aren't allowed on YouTube by yourself :)
October 21st, 2010:
Austin: "My posquito bites are itching!"
August 2nd, 2010:
Visiting family in WA. The boys were going non-stop and my mom said, "Boys, give your mom a minute to breathe!" Austin came in the room I was in and said, "Breathe, mom, Breathe!"
April 20th, 2010:
Austin talking to Hunter:
"Oh my JOSH Hunter!"
December 27th, 2009:
Austin was playing with one of Hunter's toys. Hunter was getting upset and said, "mom, what if he breaks it?" I said, "then you might just have to forgive him." Hunter said, " uh! I'm not eight yet mom!"
July 28th, 2009:
Hunter has been noticing a lot of things are made in China. Today he said, "Mom, my squirt gun was made in China too. Man those China guys are pretty cool!"
May 8th, 2009: Hunter has been collecting rocks every since his school did a rock study. He would come home with rocks in his pocket everyday from the playground. I finally had to ask him to stop bringing them home. (we have a huge pile of rocks in our garage and I keep washing them in the washing machine when they get left in his pocket) Today Hunter came home from school and took a rock out and looked at me with surprised eyes and said, "Oh! I guess this rock got in my pocket somehow! Huh!"
November 4th, 2008:
Hunter and I were saying things we were grateful for on the way to school.
Me: "I'm gratetful for fast food"
Hunter: "I'm grateful for slow food......Mom, you don't cook very fast"
November 2nd 2008:
Hunter: "Mom, I know where my joy sticks are!"
Me: "Where?" (confused)
Hunter: "right here" (pointing to his knees and elbows)
Hunter: "right here, where I bend" (Joints)
September 24th 2008:
After school, the teachers walk the kids to their parents' car. Mrs. Black told me that on the way to take Hunter to ours he said, "This is the best part of my day...seeing my mom"
Talk about melting a mom's heart!
September 12th, 2008:
Will picked Hunter up from school today. It was the first time Mrs. Black (Hunter's teacher) met Will. Hunter said to Mrs. Black, "There's my dad! He's handsom, huh? He's handsom just like me, huh?"
August 19th, 2008: Hunter wanted to surprise me with something so he told me to close my eyes. Then he said, "don't forget to close your eyes in the back!"
He thinks all moms have eyes in the back of their head.
August 2nd, 2008:
I was telling Hunter that sometimes we don't do things, even if other people do them. I asked him "If your friends jumped off a cliff would you jump too?" Hunter said, "Well, I would need a parachute"
June 24th, 2008:
Hunter wanted a drink of my crystal light and I said no. He said, "Please mom, I won't mouthwash, I promise!"
June 19th, 2008:
While I was at girls camp my mom took the boys to the pool. Afterwards my mom took off Austin's diaper and just put his swimsuit on with no diaper. Hunter saw what she did and said, "You are going to get in SO much trouble by my mom!"
June 2nd, 2008:
I asked Hunter to go get Austin's white undershirt and he said no. I said, "Please go get it...pretty please with sugar and a cherry on top!" He excitedly said, "ok!" He then came back with the white shirt and said with disappointment, "here's Austin's shirt, but I couldn't find the sugar and cherry."
May 27th, 2008:
Family prayer "Dear Heavenly Father, please bless everyone and everything. (typical prayer) And please bless mom that she can clean, and that only she can clean."
April 24th, 2008:
Me: Hunter, stop picking your nose
Hunter: But mom, it's a hard one.
Apparently I told him if it's hard, it's okay to pick
April 20th, 2008:
Hunter didn't eat his lunch, and our rule is if you don't eat lunch you don't get snack. Later he asked if he could have a snack and I said, "no, you didn't eat your lunch" Hunter said, "Mom, you've ruined my day!!!"
April 2nd, 2008:
Counting the minutes till snack time
"Mom...I just really love food"
March 17th, 2008:
At Chilis for dinner. Hunter to the waitress holding a pitcher of iced tea: "We don't drink coffee!!!"
Waitress: "oh, well this is iced tea"
Hunter: "Well, we don't drink that either!"
March 11th, 2008:
Today I'm packing for our two week trip to WA. Hunter wants to pack pretty much everything, but I keep reminding him we will be back in two weeks so we don't need to pack everything! Later, Hunter comes in my room and reminds me that I need to pack my dresser.
March 6th, 2008:
Hunter: "Oh how cute!" Then he screams frantically and runs away.
Mom: Wondering why Hunter screamed I went to where he was and found a spider, so I got it. "The spider is gone Hunter."
Hunter: "At first I thought it was a cute lil' fuzzy with legs!"
March 5th, 2008:
Today while I was trying to get my morning chores done I lost my temper with Hunter. I apologized for getting upset and later he came in and said, "Mom, I forgive you but sometimes I just don't get you."
March 5th, 2008:
Hunter is really into drawing pictures of our family. In this particular picture I looked...scary to say the least. He told me this is what I look like when I get up in the morning.
I am a very happy person who is blessed with wonderful family and friends. I enjoy photography, reading, staying in shape, and spending time with family and friends. I like to eat heathy, but gaining control of my sweet tooth is a losing battle. I love staying at home with our kids, Hunter (8),Austin (4), and Maci(1). That's pretty much me in a nutshell.