Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Read pages 1-59 (stop when you get to chapter 4) for this week. It's shorter since some people are just now getting their books. I wanted to make it easier on them.

I will be gone for the weekend so Casey is going to be guest hosting this weeks prompt. She will also have the chapters to read for next week on her post so make sure you check her page on Thursday!

San Juan Islands!

We took a day trip out to the San Juan Islands. We had a lot of fun, but it's sad to say that by far the best part was the ferry ride. The kids had a blast and I LOVED all of the amazing views. It's taken me coming back for the summer to realize just how lucky I was to grow up in such a beautiful place.

This was our view from the car while we were waiting for the ferry to come. It was going to be a while so we decided to go to the beach for a few.

Landon & Shayla playing at the beach. They get along so well!

Another not so great picture(in defense my MIL SUCKS at taking pictures of people!). But the view is great! haha.

Driving onto the ferry!

Landon & I outside a while into the ferry ride. The views were breathtaking and the kids loves that we were on a boat.
It was a little windy, but they didn't care!

The views....well, just a few of them.
Beautiful. Right?! I loved it. I have so many pictures from on the boat, but I don't want to add that many more on here...it's already boring enough.

We drove around the Island for a while just looking at all the sites. The kids crashed once we hit land again (and I don't blame them) so my MIL and I just drove and enjoyed talking and the sites in peace.

It seemed like no matter where we were on the Island, the water was sparkling.

Beautiful view.....

...close up of the sign. I love this state! lol.

We rode the ferry back over and went to dinner (on my food quest tomorrow). then went to a few more touristy look out places. it was a really great day.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Deception Pass!

We've been doing so many fun things and I haven't really been posting about them. So, this week I'm going to post all about the fun we've been having! Some of the post (like this one) are a bit picture heavy. Sorry.

First up. While fresh in my mind is.....Deception Pass!

I haven't been since Landon was about 5 months old. So when we were driving around I asked my MIL if we could stop and walk around. Landon, my niece Shayla, my MIL and I walked around for a few hours. We went under, over and around the bridge. While we were there we also got to see the most amazing sunset over the water. 

The sign you see when you get on the trails that go under the bridge.

Our view from the trails. You see all the logs down there? That's where we took Landon on his first real beach trip.

Walking under the side of the bridge.

Aren't the view AMAZING! I took this picture while we were walking over the top of it.

The bridge is amazing. It's 180 feet high from water to roadway....and it's not for the faint of heart. I got dizzy walking over it and I don't even have a problem with heights!

View from the side....

...walking under....

...other side! I love this picture. I think it's my favorite that I took all day.

Not the best picture in the world, but we had been walking for quite sometime. lol.

We also went down to the beach and drove around the campgrounds a little bit. It was so much fun and I'm so glad we got the chance to go out there for the day. It's a place that is definitely worth going to if you like to hike around. They have a ton of different trails that you can take.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

BBC "The Friday Night Knitting Club" Start

A friend is mailing me my copy of the book and I'm sad to say it's not here yet, I thought it would be so I was holding off on posting. So I don't have the chapters for us to read yet, and since most of you read on e-readers it would be hard for someone else to figure out how to make it exactly even. BUT if someone can tell me how many chapters it has we can go from there until I get my book later this week.

Since we are just starting a new book, I wanted to do something different.  Fill it out on your page and link back here!

A getting-to-know you....book style!!

1. What is your favorite book? Or top 3?

2. If you could live in any book what would it be? why?

3. Whats a book you really want to read?

4. Is there a book that reminds you of yourself or your life?

5. Whats a book you want to read but have had a hard time getting into?

6. What book(or series) do you often recommend to others?

7. What book do you feel is often recommended and you have no idea why?

That's all I can think of. Add more questions to your page if you want people to answer them there.

Deployment Recap: Week 9!

Week 9:

Emotional: Good. I got a little weepy when J sent me a sappy e-mail but that's about it.

Physical: My throat still hurts but I've been running a mile or walking 3 miles everyday.

Communication: Good. I've been getting a steady amount of e-mails and that's always good!

What's something fun you did this week: We rode a ferry over to the San Juan Islands for the day. We had so much fun.

What are you looking forward to next week: We go camping! I'm so excited! I haven't been over to the Lake since before Landon was born!

What made you happy this week: Babysitting my niece. It's been so much fun having her here everyday. Landon just LOVES her!

What made you sad/mad this week: We found out my brother is moving. It's sad that the kids aren't going to be this close to their support anymore.

What do you miss this week: Sleeping with him. I got in bed and my toes were cold. They are never cold when hes home.

How's Landon this week: CRANKY! This is the first week he hasn't had someone here to play with him everyday and I think he's a little bored.

Pictures from this week:

Keilee chill'n on my bed while I was getting ready.
Landon and I on the ferry to the Islands.
Deception Pass.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

BBC Book 4

Our next book is......

We will start reading this next thursday and check-in the week after that!
I will post when we start on what chapters to read every week. If you are interested in "hosting" a weekly prompt, let me know.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Deployment Recap: Week 8!!

Week 8:

Emotional: Great. Being home has helped me quite a bit. I did have a little mini-cry at the races on Saturday. Everyone stood up and sang the song....gosh I can't remember the name(pathetic since it moved me so much. right!?)....proud to be an American or god bless the USA? Hearing everyone sing it made me a little weepy. I truly am proud to be an American.

Physical: I'm sick! I went running a few times this week and went on a few bike rides...but now my throat is on FIRE! I hope I kick this soon so I can start running again.

Communication: A small handful of e-mails and 2 packages!!!! He got me some of the most amazing things I have ever seen. I'm so very blessed.

What's something fun you did this week: I got to meet my new baby niece! We got to the hospital right after she was born and got to spend a good amount of time with them.

What are you looking forward to next week: My MIL and I are going to go explore the San Juan Islands for a day. It's going to be so much fun!

What made you happy this week: I made myself a new "Nonnie" they are the most amazing things EVER and I needed a new one. I also made Landon one that he loves.

What made you sad/mad this week: My niece Taylor! Shes at that great ol 12. Shes mouthy and nasty. Poor girl is changing and doesn't have her mom around to help her. Her dad is doing all he can and my mom and sister try to help, but it's got to be hard on her. Her mom would know exactly how to handle it.

What do you miss this week: My sister. Being with her kids and my brother-in-law makes me miss her extra. I miss just hanging out with her. I'm hoping to go out to her grave site soon and put some nice flowers down. I could use the time with her.

How's Landon this week: He's doing good.  He really likes being out here and having so many people play with him. He's a lucky kid.

Pictures from this week:

At the Races!

Landon & I meeting baby Peyton. She was maybe an hour old in this picture.
Watching the Lincoln get ready to go from the hospital waiting room.
One of the amazing view from the Island I grew up on. I love it here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

BBC. Lets vote......

Lets vote on the next book!

When do we want to start reading it?
I know I sucked this last time, but I won't from now on! I promise.
How do we want to finish out the last book? Continue week to week? Or do a final one and move on?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Deployment recap: Week 7!

Week 7:

Emotional: I'm doing good. I got a little weepy saying goodbye to J the last time we talked when he was in port. I just miss him. It's sad being here without him knowing these are all things we used to do together.

Physical: Same ol' same. I'm going to start running every morning, I just need to DO IT. I've been slacking.

Communication: Talking to him was great, but I haven't gotten any e-mails yet. He told me it would be a few days till he wrote so I'm okay with it. He also sent me a few packages that I should be getting soon!

What's something fun you did this week: We went to a skate park on the 4th and watched about a dozen different fire work displays. It was so beautiful.

What are you looking forward to next week: My mother-in-law and I are going to be starting on my quilts. I'm excited to have a picnic quilt! Landon also starts swim lessons tomorrow!

What made you happy this week: Lemon pancakes. seriously. Never had IHOP before..I was missing out.

What made you sad/mad this week: Going to the NEX here and seeing all the men in uniform made me tear up a bit. I always expect one to be J......

What do you miss this week: J doing all these fun things with me and eating at all our favorite places. I know he wishes he could be here with me.

How's Landon this week: Very good! He got another daddy gift and loved it!

Pictures from this week:
Keilee and I at the skate park watching the fireworks. I love her.
Landon & Skyler. Sky is 9 months older than Landon.....no joke.
Landon's daddy gift. The pineapple was in the shape of mickeys head. He loved it.

Monday, July 5, 2010


We went camping out at our property this weekend. We don't have Internet and I thought I could use my phone to post on here, but my connection was only good enough to post on facebook here and there.

I have a deployment recap I will get up in just a bit (I will back post it) and I have to get the BBC caught up. I'm sooooo very sorry BBC ladies, I've been slacking big time. I will post for us to vote and we can start on the next book as soon as you would like. I will be better and I PROMISE that this is not the end of the BBC (Jennie- I'm not pulling a QOTBC. lol)

Not that I'm back to the house and settled, regular posting will continue.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Deployment Recap: Week 6!

Week 6:

Emotional: Great. We spent 5 days out at our property on the river. It was so relaxing and it was great to be with ALL of the family. It was some very needed down time.
Physical: Ehhhhh pretty good for sleeping on an air mattress for quite a few nights. I'm covered in bug bites though.

Communication:  Great!! We've been talking to J everyday for a few days and it's been amazing!!!! He's always so sweet and over here I'm waking up to his calls so that's even better.

What's something fun you did this week: I got to go with my best friend to her ultasound to find out the sex of her baby. She didn't want to know right then since her husband couldn't be there, so I got to come up with a fun way for them to find out together. It was so amazing to be apart of something so special to them.

What are you looking forward to next week: hanging out with my momma and maybe going tothe Zoo with the whole family.

What made you happy this week: Talking to J and spending some time with the bestie!

What made you sad/mad this week: My moms damn dog barks at EVERYTHING. Poor blind(and deaf) dog is driving me nuts! lol (he's barking at the wall as we speak)

What do you miss this week: J being with us at all the family functions. I'm used to sleeping in the tent with him.....not by myself.

How's Landon this week: Great! His cousins are his best friends and he's loving every second of time with them. He's also spending tons of time outside here since my parents have the land and we aren't really near anything, I feel safe with him outside here.

Pictures from this week:

I got to give my niece her first Otter Pop. She LOVED it!
View from our river property. I really love it out there and I feel so blessed to have it.
Fireworks we lit before the 4th. It was a great display!