Monday, August 31, 2009

Proverbs 22:6

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
This is so precious to me. Every Saturday we have a tradition of making pancakes for breakfast. David LOVES helping me, especially with the chocolate chips. Well this past Saturday morning David took on the responsibility of setting the table. I kept handing him items and he'd return to the kitchen for more. Well when I finally stopped to check on his progress this is what I found. I shouldn't be surprised, but I was. Our precious little boy is growing up. He did a fantastic job & we were so proud of him. I have been trying to apply scripture to every detail of our lives, and though maybe not so spiritual a moment, this was still a very big deal in our house. We thank God for his provisions & guidance in our everyday life moments.
We each get a cup for orange juice
So proud setting the table

Now we can enjoy the fruits of our labor.

David's Play Date trip to Kids N Motion

Last Thursday we went on our first "play date" since moving here to VA. Some neighbors of ours and also fellow "EWS" students' families took a trip up to Woodbridge to Kids N Motion. It is huge bouncey house/jungle gym type place. There were two rooms and for only $5 we could spend 45 minutes in each room. All three of us moms were more than exhausted after the 1 1/2 of fun for the boys. They did have some really neat things. David's favorite was the GIANT wooden train (of course). I think he "bounced" in only one of the inflatable houses, but there was plenty of other things for him to enjoy. I think we all required naps after this trip!
Very cool playground train

David, Andrew, & Jacob enjoyed the big foam shapes

Mr Conductor himself

Minus the baby who wanted to join them, these 3 boys love flying in the airplanes, just like their Daddies do.

David in the castle

This was neat. A toddler "roller coaster." David really liked this too.

The one & only time he jumped in the bouncey houses.

Being silly in a giant foam ring.

James from Thomas the Train Comes to Quantico Library

Wednesday evening when we returned from Annapolis, we visited the base library where they hosted, "A Night with James the Train" David along with his new "James" train had a lot of fun. We did have to put our new James away though when we got to the library and saw how many trains there were. (We played with ours at home). It was nice that they hosted it in the evening so all the Daddies could come too.

James crafts

And James games.

Week In Review Continued

Later that weekend we met up with David's Nona & Poppa who also came to visit Jim's dad before he deployed. We had a very busy fun-filled day! We started with big breakfast Saturday morning, then headed off to the National Marine Corps Museaum, took a much needed nap, and then went out to dinner that evening at a yummy seafood restaurant.

David's Nona brought him this airplane book which we all love!

On our way!

The famous flag from Iwo Jima

Here David & Poppa are getting yelled at by a drill instructer

We were excited that CHESTY the Marine Corps Mascot was also visiting the museaum that day! He was a very nice doggie.

Poppa, David, & Nona at dinner

It had been raining all day, and David thought it was fun to play with it.

We had a wonderful visit with our family. Thank you for flying, driving, and taking the train all this way to see us!

The following week we headed up to Annapolis, MD. A fellow Marine was killed in Iraq so Jim decided to attend his funeral at the Naval Academy. David & I went with him, but we shopped around downtown while Jim went to the service. We also we able to meet up with Jim's sponsor parents Sarah & Denis. They took us out for a delicious italian dinner Friday night. We had a wonderful visit with them as it had been over a year since we we back at the Academy.

Downtown Annapolis

Sarah & Denis enjoying dinner (David took this picture by the way)

Enjoying his own BIG bed in the hotel in Annapolis

David & I enjoyed breakfast together on the water while Daddy headed to the Academy.

This was our view from our table...beautiful!

Though not under the best circumstances, we enjoyed our trip to MD and look forward to the Air Force game in October!

Week In Review

Well, since my first attempt at blogging, a week has passed and we've had a few "adventures" since then. Friday, Aug 21st Jim's dad Tom came in on the train for one more weekend visit before he deploys to Iraq. That night we decided to grill steaks. While I was inside preparing sides, Jim & his dad were out working the grill. A few minutes later and they come in and say, " I think we need to call someone" I look outside & the grill is flaming out of control! So I make a very calm phone call to the base fire dept and explain to them the situation. As David & I wait at the front door for the fire truck, Jim & Tom watch & wait "for the tank to explode" (Yes crazy I know) Eventually the flames subsided and go out prior to the fire dept arriving. Fortunately for all our neighbors they didn't arrive with lights & sirens. (Though that would have made David's day). Turns out the grill was just VERY dirty and even with the gas turned off the grease had to "burn itself out" SO....lesson learned. The guys were really great though and insisted that this has actually happened to them as well at the station. They were even nice enough to pose for some pictures. Thank the Lord for his protection!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Welcome to the World of Blogging!

After insistance from many "blogger" friends I am entering into the world of blogging. I'm still trying to figure out how to use all this stuff, but I am so excited to be able to share all that is happening with my family with all of you! So without further ado, let the blogging begin...