Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott and all of his support.
  • Aaron and his excitement from last week. He had a blast fishing with his Daddy and Randy.
  • Jillian and our Mommy-Daughter day. I had a total blast getting a pedicure with her and snuggling up to watch a chick flick.
  • Family all around us.
  • A good book and a hot cup of coffee.
  • Long runs that clear the cobwebs. 

What are you thankful for this week?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott and his constant support. 
  • Aaron and his excitement this past week.
  • Jillian and her morning snuggles.
  • Family all around us.
  • One of the coolest experiences ever.
  • Morning coffee.
  • Gym time.
What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Welcome Home, Sailor!

Monday we were able to take part in quite possibly the coolest thing we've ever experienced. My nephew has been deployed for the last seven months and we were able to be there when he came home. 

We made it to the pier a few hours before the ship was set to arrive and the whole team from the sailors on the pier, to the volunteers with the Red Cross, were phenomenal. It was definitely hot outside and everyone made sure the families were hydrated and ready to welcome home their sailors. We came prepped with umbrellas and chairs (also tablets and coloring books).


What were not expecting was the ship to actually come in ahead of schedule. This was the most impressive thing I have ever witnessed. The ship coming in with the families cheering, the other ships sounding their horns and all of the sailors in their dress whites lining the ship. 


We had no idea where he would be and spent a lot of time squinting. Finally he sent a text to tell us where he was and we found him.



He's in the blue coveralls with the red hat. 

Now, I don't want to knock his street cred, but he did crack a smile or two. 

After lots of waves we went to the McDonald's on base and killed three hours. Yes, you can in fact kill three hours in a McDonald's. 

Finally we were able to go see him and we witnessed the best moment of the entire day. 


These two crazy kids are getting married in September and have been apart for eight months. I'm not gonna lie, I teared up.

After the reunion we were able to go on board and check out the ship. 


We saw almost everything on board and it was so cool. I cannot believe my nephew lived on that ship for seven months. I know I would not make it seven days.

I am so incredibly proud of my nephew. I am proud that he is out there making sacrifices so we can have the life we have. 


Visiting him also gave me some perspective. He lived on a ship for seven months on a bed smaller than a twin and without a lot of the luxuries we have. He was excited to drink a summer shandy the other night and could not wait to take a "real shower." How often do we take those things for granted? 

Thank you to my favorite sailor and all his fellow sailors. Welcome home!



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott who still makes time for us even when life is completely and totally insane.
  • Aaron and his excitement for day camp. Seriously, he is so excited every morning.
  • Jillian and the progress she has made reading. I am just beyond impressed.
  • Family all around us.
  • Breakfast dates with Scott.
  • Visits from family.
  • A boss that makes me laugh on a daily basis. 
  • Coffee and lots of it.
  • Gym time.
What are you thankful for this week?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott who has had the craziest week, but still makes time to hang with us.
  • Aaron and his love of Food Network. Seriously there is nothing better than snuggling with him on Sunday morning watching the Pioneer Woman.
  • Jillian and our chats.
  • Family all around us. 
  • Weekends poolside with friends.
  • Aloe for the sunburn that I got over the weekend that was spent poolside. 
  • Homemade whipped cream. It's just so darn delicious.
What are you thankful for this week?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cub Scout Camp

A couple of weeks ago the kiddos and Scott spent the week at Cub Scout camp. God bless Scott for taking a week off to run around with 15 7-year-old boys and Jill.


The day camp was from 7:30 in the morning (yes, really) until 5 at night, which is insane! Needless to say, there were no problems at bedtime from all three of them.

Their days were spent learning how to shoot BB guns, bow and arrows and slingshots. They also had a water activity each day and a guest speaker. They also did a few science experiments as well as arts and crafts.


Jill hung in there with the boys the entire week, and at times was better than the boys. She was totally the Annie Oakley to all of the Frank Butler's at camp.


I know they are already looking forward to camp next year, but I think Scott may need some convincing. Okay, maybe a lot of convincing.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott who spent an entire week with a group of 7 year old boys (and Jill). I'm thankful he took time to make those memories with the kiddos. I know they will always remember that.
  • Aaron and how he will always run up to me in the morning and give me a kiss. I love it.
  • Jillian who just wanted snuggles with her mommy when she was having a bad allergy day.
  • Family all around us.
  • Three day weekends.
  • Coffee in my favorite mug, because for some reason it makes it taste better.
  • The official start of marathon training (*vomit*)
What are you thankful for?


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