Thursday, April 30, 2009
I'm so tried! Justin got home really late last night so we ended up staying up even later. He hasn't been home since 4am Monday so it was great seeing him even if it was only for a few hours. He has been working his tail off, and while I love that he loves his job, I miss him at home. We have had a long few weeks with him getting home so late. But he's doing his job and it is what he signed up for....blah blah blah I can say that but you can't.
On that note. Military wives don't you hate it when you're sad that your husband is gone and all people can say to you is that you chose this life? We chose for him to protect the country not to work everyday until midnight then leave for 7 months, but thanks, I can still be sad. Next time someone complains about their job/life/husband how would it be if I told them to stop complaining because they chose that life? Not fair? You're right it's not so please don't say it to me.
Posted by KK at 9:14 AM
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
1. All of the wood I had to measure and lay out. This process alone took almost 3 hours.
2. Justin putting together all of the "little" things. He did this one wrong so I had to take a picture to make fun of him for it.
3. My hunk of man-meat reading the directions. Man and directions are never in the same sentence in this house so I had to document it.
4. The main structure going up. This was right before Justin hit his head on the floor of the fort and passed out in the yard. He was fine and I swear I tried not to laugh after he got up...I was worried until I knew he was alright.
5. Main structure almost done. Then we had to move it.
6. Landon wanted to help so bad. Justin was really great about not getting mad at him for getting in the way.
7. Putting the swings on!
8. Everything but the cabin is done!
1. Top fort.
2. Bottom Cabin.
4. Monkey Bars.
5. Whole thing.
6. Slide/Main structure.
7. Desk/Picnic Table.
This one is just a bunch of random pictures of Landon playing with Belly & Kaidyn. The park right by our house isn't the best (hence why we wanted to get our own) all it has is a slide and monkey bars. But while the big boys were building the swing set we took the little boys over to play. The next day Briana and Belly came over to try everything out.
I think getting the swing set for Landon is one of the best things we have ever gotten him. Now I won't feel bad for not wanting to walk to the big park everyday.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Good morning! It's TATT time! Click on the icon to head over to Andreas blog to see who else is joining in on the fun.
This is the recipe(s) that I make every time we go on a picnic. They travel well and taste great!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Good morning! It's Monday again! Head over to Kasey's blog to join in on the fun!
We are to list 4 things we love, and one thing we dislike, for each category.
1. Really fuzzy blankets.
3. Hugs. Mostly from Justin and Landon.
4. Hot & bubble filled bath water.
1. The national anthem coming through my windows each morning. Living so close to base is great! I feel so patriotic it's amazing!
1. Oreo's n' milk!
1. Puppies. How can you not love them!
2. Justin and Landon. Sick of this answer yet? They light up my life. I love waking up late on Saturday mornings and they are downstairs hanging out together.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
After working our tails off all weekend, getting a massive sunburn and being tired beyond belief...we are done with Landon's swing set. I will post pictures and write all about it sometime this week!
Posted by KK at 8:22 PM
Friday, April 24, 2009
After 7 hours of building we still are not done. We have most of it up but it will take the better part of tomorrow to get it finished. I will post pictures tomorrow at some point.
I just spent 3 hours sorting and labeling all of the wood! You would think they would do it for you but nope I had to. At least I read the reviews online and knew I would have to do this or I would have been real pissy about it. Let's see how long it takes Justin to put it together tomorrow.
I went and bought Landon's swing set today! I'm headed out to sort the wood so Justin can put it all together tomorrow! I'm so excited!
Posted by KK at 3:59 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I have been reading quite a bit the past month or so but have stopped writing reviews on the books I was reading. I'm going to catch you all up right now. If you have read any of the books let me know what you thought about them or if you have any books that you love and think I should read once again let me know! I love hearing what other people think.
When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen.
A man picks up a very special notebook and begins reading to his beloved wife, his voice recalling the story of their poignant and bittersweet journey to happiness. . . so begins The Notebook, a touching novel that is a dual tale of love lost and found, and of a couple's gentle efforts to retrieve the most cherished moments of their lives. The Notebook is irrepressibly romantic and has become a classic.
First published in 1955, The Magician's Nephew was the sixth book C.S. Lewis wrote about Narnia. It was intended as a prequel to the series, chronicling events that took place before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Many readers prefer to begin reading The Chronicles of Narnia with The Magician's Nephew.
When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.
From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .
In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.
So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.
From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.
Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .
For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.
Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it’s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It’s about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you---and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you’ll never forget . . . one you’ll want to pass on to your best friend.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better....Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is that she can't actually afford it -- not any of it.
Honestly. I hated this book. I'm really hoping that the movie is much better. I thought she was whiny, bitchy and just plain dumb. I don't know anyone like her and I'm sure if I did I wouldn't talk to them much. Not really worth my time.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Ok I lied. I have to post this because I promised someone I would. It's a dish I made for Easter dinner. I will do my picnic food next week or on my recipe blog.
Good morning! I have another great recipe for Tuesday's at the table. Click on the icon to go to Andreas blog to see who else participated in the challenge this week!
I made this Stuffing bake while Justin was deployed. You see I have a strange love for stuffing. I can really make a box of it and just eat that for lunch.....I know I'm a little off. Don't judge. Anyway I made this when I had a few of my friends over for dinner and we all loved it!!!!! I was a little hesitant to make it for Justin because...well...I didn't want him to ruin it for me if he didn't like it. He loved it. Now we eat it for dinner at least once a month. So here it is!
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 40 min
Makes: 6 servings, 1-1/3 cups each
What You Need!
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed, drained (We use just corn)
HEAT oven to 400ºF.
PREPARE stuffing as directed on package.
MIX remaining ingredients in 13x9-inch baking dish; top with stuffing.
BAKE 30 min. or until chicken is done. Enjoy now or cover and refrigerate. To reheat, microwave each serving on HIGH 2 min. or until heated through.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Today for Friend Makin' Monday Andrea is hosting! So head on over to her blog to get in on the fun!
While everyone else is drooling over Rob I want Kellan. I don't like him with the dark hair in Twilight as much but I still love him! I think he's going to go far in acting and I can't wait to watch!
Who are you celeb crushes?
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Like I have said, everywhere we move we always hunt out the perfect picnic place. We went to Bluff Point a few times but it just wasn't right. While Justin was gone Mandy and I went to Harkness Park and I just knew that was it...the perfect spot!
Onto the quest park of this blog. I bought a book at one of my favorite stores in the Mystic Village it's called "Traveling Connecticut with a picnic basket" so how could I not buy it! Anyway I was looking at all the places that they say you should go and have a picnic this past weekend and decided that we are going to go to every one of them before we move. Crazy enough Harkness was on the list. So check one! I will update every new place we go. It might take a while since Justin will deploy a few times before we move but we WILL do it!
Here are the pictures I took from our picnic yesterday.
We promised Landon we would play baseball at the park. So we did. Justin even tried just throwing the ball to Landon to see if he could hit it. He did on the first try. It was so great!
After we did all that we got cleaned up and walked around the rest of the park. Here are just a few of the great pictures I got.
Friday, April 17, 2009
I am head-over-heels in love with my husband did you know that? I'm sure you did since I blog about it so often. Besides Justin and my little cake face of a kid I have 2 things (non-material) that I absolutely LOVE! Brownie points for anyone who can guess what they are.
Justin and I are starting a quest of sorts tomorrow that will go the next 3 years we are stationed here. It has to do with one of the things I love. I will blog about it tomorrow once we get back from our family outing.
Sheena you can't guess since I just got done talking to you about this on the phone.
Posted by KK at 10:58 PM
Yesterday was my friends daughters 2nd birthday. We had such a great time! I was bummed that Justin couldn't go with us since he was on duty but that's alright. Jenalei, Kaidyn, Landon & I all walked down to Briana's house for the party (and walked up a massive hill to get back home...yep it was quicker by about 2 minutes). I love Belly and for some odd reason she really loves me. We all hung out inside for a bit then headed outside to let the kids play. Landon had to much fun that when we got home he crashed right away on the couch for the night! I'm so glad we have such great friends here!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
*Disclaimer* Kinda weird...turn back now*
Last night I wasn't feeling so well. I was camped out on the bathroom floor for a bit. Justin came upstairs and must have heard me in there (poor guy) so he went back down and got me some water and saltine crackers. When I got out he was in bed waiting for me with a movie in(Max Payne...kinda different). He said he knew I didn't fell well so our movie night could be in the bedroom...awwwww It was so sweet. I love him.
ANYWAY to the good part.
At some point after the lights went out I got undressed, and when I say undressed I mean I was wearing nothing but my shirt. Ok that's a little strange but not too bad. Well, I had been sleeping for a while, it must have been 3 am when I woke up, I turned over and looked at Justin.....then remembered what I was wearing! I instantly jumped up to put more clothes on because it was highly inappropriate to not be wearing underwear while I was in bed with him. Really? It's inappropriate to be almost naked with your husband? I never knew. So I stumbled to the dresser and put some on. Then jumped back in bed and was out.
I was so tired and I'm thinking that for some reason I thought he was someone else? Lol. Maybe for some reason I thought Landon was in bed with us (because I am very picky about what I do/don't wear around him since he's past the age where he doesn't notice things). I thought it was funny. Oh the things I do when I'm sick.
Posted by KK at 9:15 AM
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I feel like I don't have much to say. Justin has been working pretty late these past few days so I feel like we are always trying to catch up. Justin got home and dinner was in the oven last night. He's always so great at telling me how much he appreciates all that I do for him. He thanks me for making dinner every night and always comments if I clean a bunch. It makes me feel great that he notices all I do and because he never takes me for granted it makes me want to clean and take care of him.
Sometimes I feel bad about it though. I never thought that he would be completely taking care of me...I know "Kim that's what you do when you get married" but I'm not helpless. I feel like I should be doing more. But like Justin said my time is better spent with Landon making sure he grows up the way we want him to. I'm lucky that I get to be a stay-at-home mom even if that means that Justin is the bread winner for now. When Landon is in school I want to get a job or go to school. I think I have finally figured out what I want to do career wise. We will see when the time comes. But for now Justin tells me that he's been taking care of me for 7 years and he will keep on doing it for 70 more.
Is it just me or does anyone else ever feel guilty for staying home while their husband works? and do you think there is a difference between stay-at-home moms and stay-at-home wives?
Posted by KK at 9:18 AM
Monday, April 13, 2009
What is the Best Advice someone has ever given you? (I have 3)
This has done wonders for us! Justin and I don't fight much if at all really mostly because of what my parents said. You can't be selfish in marriage because you can't just be out for you. It's a team.
If its just a little mess that I can bring the vacuum out for I let it go....but markers near my couch NO way. It's all about what works in your house. Just remember that kids need to have fun and they get bored a lot quicker then we do. I know I just need to relax and let him be. Messes can be cleaned and if it was fun then it was worth it. I just always remember to have him help clean back up so he learns the other side of the fun.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I'm going to be posting a day behind for the next few days since I have so many pictures to share.
Yesterday Jenalei & Kaidyn came over to do Easter projects. We made cookies, then decorated them and then we dyed Easter eggs. I got to put my new patio set to good use which was nice. Lol. We had a ton of fun making cookies. We had so many different kinds of sprinkles so the kids were in heaven! I had fun making all different colors with the food coloring....who knew how many options they give you!
I HATE eggs. So Jenalei brought over eggs for us to dye then graciously took them back home with her. I even hate the smell so i'm glad we did it outside. Landon had a lot of fun. Last year we didn't dye eggs. Justin was gone and once again I really hate them. Last year was a bummer. This year is a lot better and i'm so glad.
Friday, April 10, 2009
We love the Rainforest Cafe.....but for some reason Landon didn't love it this time. He said he didn't like Elephants so he kept his hands over his ears for most of dinner. I felt so bad since he has been looking forward to going back for a few weeks now. Next time we know where NOT to sit.
They aren't that scary.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Justin was done with me taking random pictures of him. This was a little before he would make a nasty face every time I took the camera out. The joys of boys.