Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Adventures Of A Mommy

Since TBS, about 6 years ago, I have been cutting Jim's hair. We've purchased two hair clippers since then totaling approx $90 and they have beyond paid for themselves. The amount of times Jim needs his hair cut and at about $10 a cut, we have saved lots of money. Now that we have David and he actually has hair, (For those of you who didn't know him as a baby, he didn't have ANY hair until after his 1st Birthday, it was adorable) we usually get it cut about once a month or so. Since leaving New Bern and Michelle who always and ever so graciously cut my & David's hair, we were introduced to Sarah who is fantastic with David and also gives us a great deal. Well as military life is, Sarah has moved away :) We only had the chance of meeting her once, but while she cut David's hair she gave me a few pointers so maybe one day I could cut it myself. Well, today was the day! Jim has politely been reminding me that it is that time again so this morning while David watched Go Diego Go, I attempted my first hair cut, and YAY! He was so cooperative, he actually wanted me to cut it which made it so much easier. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take pictures of the process because I was completely covered in his fine blonde hairs. I think it turned out pretty good though and with a little more practice we may have a new way of saving money here at the Friedlein household, now if only I could figure out my own :)

In other news, my friend Maryn had her baby girl Abigail Violet last night at 8:15PM west coast time. She is a tiny little thing at 5 lbs 12 oz. Mommy, Daddy, & Baby are doing great and are ever so full of joy. Thanks for all the prayers for this special family. WE LOVE YOU GOOD FAMILY!

Monday, September 28, 2009

So Exciting

I just got news that my friend Maryn is in labor! Her due date isn't for another 2 weeks, but baby Violet apparently wants to make her debut sooner. Please keep Daniel (Daddy) & Maryn (Mommy) and of course baby Abigail Violet in your prayers. What an exciting time. It is so wonderful that even though we are across the country from each other we can still be kept updated through our blogs :) I am thankful. Yay for babies being born!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Oh The Great Outdoors

There are tons of trails through the woods here on Quantico and for a while now Jim has wanted to walk them. We also thought it would be great to find some place where the dogs could run off leash and be safe while burning all their energy. So this Saturday though a very gloomy day outside, we bundled up and headed out doors. We had a blast finding our way around the woods and the dogs completely wore themselves out running around. (I think they are STILL tired) It started raining pretty heavily on our way back home, thankfully the trees protected us until we had to exit the forest. Needless to say we were soaked, but had a blast! We were hoping to see some wildlife since this base has loads of deer and groundhogs, however we made it the whole hike without seeing a single creature, until we got home that is... I headed into one bathroom with the dogs to give them baths and Jim & David headed to the other where Jim found between 10-15 ticks on David & himself. YUCK! We sprayed ourselves with bug spray prior to leaving, but we were told that ticks are really bad around here and sure enough we proved it to be true. Everyone and everything got washed so we are tick-free now. I don't think that will stop us from another hiking in the woods adventure though, we had too much fun! David & Mommy hiking in Quantico
Bailey & David found LOTS of fun sticks to play with

Taking a moment to pose for Mommy to take a picture.



Daddy & David hiking up the hill




Getting rained on



David had SO MUCH FUN!





Mr Fix It

Thursday afternoon after Bible study & lunch David was "working" on his bike. I thought it was so cute because he was so content and determined that his bike needed to be fixed and in fact he could fix it.


It never ceases to amaze me, the mind of my little boy :)





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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How Can I Keep From Singing?

Just one of the many things we miss about our time in New Bern was our involvement in the music ministry at our church. We haven't been able to do so here so far. We do however spend much of our time at home and in the car listening to all kinds of Christian music. Of course Jim and I both desire that David would grow to have a love and appreciation of music as well, so far so good. He enjoys singing all the songs he learned in Booster Band back at Pleasant Acres. Recently we were listening to one of many Gaither CDs in the car and David would like to share with you all the parts in the song that he knows :) I pray we always bring God glory & honor when we sing.

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"From this ole world we'll flee, to live eternally. Oh my Lord what a time! Mmm Hmm"

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I honestly don't know where he learned this one, but he knows almost all the words to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star too.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Constantly On My Mind

Recently Jim and I have been discussing the possibility of homeschooling David. I am a big fan of the idea, but was having some reservations of whether or not I could actually be a successful teacher. Over the last few months, my convictions have increased a hundred fold based on more information and the constant encouragement I feel from my daily devotion time. Originally we thought we would wait another year until David turned 4 and then start with preschool stuff. We already "teach" him all kinds of things on a daily basis, but an "organized" curriculum crossed our minds for next year.
Here on base our house happens to be right where the school bus stops about 3 or 4 times a day mostly for the preschool to young elementary school students. David loves vehicles of all kinds, and school buses are definitely high on his list. He can hear the school bus coming from a mile away and loves watching out the window or out on the sidewalk as the kids get on and off the bus. Today was no exception, however he now has decided that HE NEEDS to ride on the school bus too. This morning while still in his PJs, he put on his socks & his shoes (by himself & on the correct feet) and grabbed his hotwheels case, which he insisted was his backpack, looked at me and said as serious as can be, "Bye Mommy, I need to go to school. I'm going to ride on the school bus." Then he walked out the front door to wait for it to come! You can imagine his disappointment when the school bus came and went and he wasn't allowed to get on. On one hand I think it is adorable and think maybe he would like going to school, but then I have to abide by my convictions. I definitely feel the Lord wants us to home school David at least for now. Perhaps though David would enjoy some "organized" school at home now and not wait until next year. So the rest of my morning I researched some home school curriculums online and I am actually going to "design" the Friedlein Family Preschool Curriculum for this year. I think little by little we can add it into our day and maybe by David's 3rd birthday we can have "school" everyday or so. This is definitely something I am still praying about, but the more "work" I do the more excited I get about it too. I am grateful for the privilege and look forward to the challenges ahead! We'll keep you updated on this next adventure.
This is an article I found that I really talks about why we desire to homeschool. http://www.bjupress.com/resources/articles/t2t/home-education-a-viable-educational-alternative.php

David showing his "backpack"

Here he's saying, "I need to go to school." As you can see he still has poptart on his face from breakfast. :)

David waiting for the school bus

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Enjoying Beautiful Fall Days

Today has to be one of the most beautiful days outside. After our usual Saturday morning breakfast we strapped on our helmets and took a bike ride around the neighborhoods of Quantico. We all had a great time, but the hills here are killer, especially for Jim who had to pull David behind him in the trailer! This afternoon we will be heading to another 3 year old birthday party, so we'll share pictures of that later!



Daddy & David getting ready for a bike ride.



Friedlein Family all set and ready to go!
Yesterday we stopped at the local nursery to pick out some beautiful fall colored mums. They were on sale so we thought it would be a great time to go look. After we picked out what we wanted we went inside to pay. We were hoping to barter for a good deal, but we didn't even have to. It should have cost us about $20, so we were going to offer $15, but the owner said, "how about I give them to you for $8!" We were so thrilled. We got 3 8" golden mums & 2 6" red mums! Plus as we were leaving I stopped to look at some seed packets and the owner says, "go ahead and take as many as you want for free!" WOO HOO free. Now we have seeds to plant some fresh veggies next year!
So, technically the housing office is suppose to keep up with the lawn & gardening in the front of our house, but we took it upon ourselves to beautify it a little bit. For $8 it is starting to look like fall at the Friedlein Family House! Enjoy your weekend!

It is kind of hard to see, but there are 3 golden & 2 red mums "hidden" in the greenery.


I didn't know it, but Jim & David were posing in the window when I took the picture of the house, so here is an adorable one of my two guys watching me out the front window.



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Weekend In Quantico

I'm not sure if it is blogging or simply the delicious taste of homemade meals, but I've been on this make from scratch kick lately. When David & I went grocery shopping last week I bought chocolate chips and we decided to make homemade chocolate chip cookies. I have not made them from scratch since I've been married, and honestly I can't even remember there being a time since I was a little girl. As we all know, cooking & baking is a time when David LOVES helping so here are some pictures of our cooking baking class. They turned out SO good by the way. I think this is a must from now on. We just followed the recipe on the Chocolate Chips package.

David is an expert at cracking the eggs, he does it for breakfast all the time.


Yummy cookie dough. That's me trying to get David to smile, but he is too busy.


Ready for the oven!


"Are they ready yet Mommy?"


David & Daddy enjoyed the cookies!

Friday night we were taking our dogs for a walk when we heard announcements over a loud speaker and found out that the Quantico Middle & High Schools were having a home game, so we jumped on the bikes and rode up the street (not even a mile) to the school where we enjoyed a beautiful night watching the Quantico Warriors win their football game. David loved it! More that I ever would have thought. This is going to be something we do more often.
Daddy & David enjoying a candy snack at the game.
The Quantico Warriors

Ready for the bike ride home.
Sunday evening David's friend Jane had her 3rd Birthday party at the park across the street. He was so excited that he practically jumped out of his bed after his nap. He also wanted to hand deliver his gift to her himself. I have a great video of him walking ever so cautiously up to her and almost throwing it in front of her and then walking away really fast, it is hilarious. We had a great time! Mrs. Arinn, Jane's Mommy, made an amazing rainbow cake that WOWed us all, it was delicious and cool to look at! My question is, "can boys have rainbow cakes?" :)



David ready for Jane's party
David & Jane~the Birthday girl. They are too interested in their juice boxes to smile for the camera.
"David, and how old are you?"


David enjoying his party gifts (candy necklace)

Waiting ever so patiently for the delicious cake.

Seriously the coolest cake ever-it was rainbow!

Jane opening her gift from David~TickerBell

Some of the kids making a birthday train, under the "instruction" of Jane's big sister Anna in the front :)
Happy Birthday Jane! Thanks for sharing it with us!


Confessions of a "Non-Morning Person"

I have been challenged & convicted by ladies who "do more" for their husbands. Last night I purposed in my heart to start making an extra effort to be a true help meet to my husband. Usually I will make him lunch to take to work, but I've been slacking lately and yesterday because of a late Bible study and getting David in bed I didn't do it last night before we went to bed. I asked Jim what time he usually leaves and set my alarm for a few minutes prior so I'd have time to make him lunch and a quick light breakfast. All that being said, he really appreciated it and headed off to work with full belly and a promise for a full belly at lunch time. Anyway, that is just the intro to my "confession." I am NOT a morning person. I do not function very well early in the morning, but lately have really desired to. I woke up early one day last week as the sun was coming up and it was so peaceful and quiet outside. I loved those few moments alone with God before my day began. So this morning, though tempted to crawl back under my oh-so-comfortable bed, I did my workout, showered, and had some coffee while diving into God's Word before David even woke up. It is only 10 in the morning now, but I already feel like I have been "filled" for the day. I feel refreshed, energized, and completely content and capable to tackle the rest of the day. I love Proverbs 31:10-31. It really is a challenge to me everyday. Verse 15a says, " She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth food to her household.." Now for me I take this as an example of what a virtuous wife SHOULD do, and find JOY in it. Last night at our Bible study the question was asked, "What is the meaning of life?" To bring God glory in EVERYTHING. So that being said, whether I'm making a lunch, giving David a bath, or sharing the Gospel with a neighbor, I do ALL for the glory of God and in that I have found joy.
So what does this all mean to me? Will I get up before the sun every day? I don't know, but I pray that with the joy I have found today I will better appreciate the time I have on this earth, even if it means I'm a tiny bit more tired in the mornings. : ) God Bless!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Friedlein impression of the Ronks

This picture is for the Ronk family. They have a 1 month old little girl and on their blog is a picture of her & her Daddy sleeping together just like David sleeping with his Daddy in this picture from when he was almost 1 month old. : ) I must add that this is only one of many "Daddy & David sleeping" pictures.

My how time has flown by!

Soup, Soup, Soup

We have been craving soup here in the Friedlein household, and the weather here has been perfect for it lately, so...for my first trick :) I made homemade chicken noodle soup for the first time ever and it turned out really great. I promise this isn't to brag, it is just for your information, but Jim brought it for lunch the next day and everyone was drooling over the aroma in the room. I must say it was delicious, but I personally equally enjoy the 3rd soup we made: Southwestern Soup. We also made Chicken Corn Chowder. So just in case you'd like to try them out here are my "recipes:"

Chicken Noodle Soup:

Ingredients:

3 skinless boneless chicken breasts
4 celery, chopped
4-6 carrots, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 whole onion, chopped
salt
pepper
thyme
fettuccini noodles
chicken broth (at least one can)
water

Boil chicken in large pot until fully cooked. Remove chicken and allow to cool enough to shred with your fingers. KEEP the water used to boil the chicken and add all the vegetables & the chicken broth. You can add more or less veggies, whatever you like. Add about a cup or 2 of water to be sure that the veggies are completely covered. Let boil until cooked. Add chicken, noodles, and salt, pepper, & thyme to taste. You may need to add more water and/or chicken broth to be sure you have enough liquid. Boil until noodles are fully cooked. Continue added spices to taste. When you think it's just right then it is time to eat!

Chicken Corn Chowder:

(This is a favorite of Jim's, it is the only Campbell's soup we buy, but when I found a recipe for it, we thought we'd give it a try. So this recipe has been borrowed and adjusted to meet the requests of our family (adapted from the 2007 VMGR-252 Family Cook Book).

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 potato, peeled & chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
2 T. veg oil
1 T butter
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1 can whole kernel corn
1 large chicken breast, cooked, & cubed
1tsp dried sage
salt & pepper to taste
grated cheddar cheese to top (optional)
1 cup milk

Heat oil & butter in stock pot. Add onion, garlic, potato, bell pepper, & celery. Heat until sizzling. Cover & cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Add chicken broth & water. Salt & pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce & simmer about 15 minutes until veggies are tender. Add milk, cooked chicken, corn, & sage. Summer uncovered for 5 minutes.
Top with cheddar cheese if so desired & enjoy!


Southwestern Soup:

(This is my personal favorite, I found this recipe in a magazine at a doctor's office and took it home to try.)

Ingredients:

1lb ground beef
1 cup chopped onion (more or less)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans light red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 can diced tomatoes & green chilies, UNdrained (I use mild Rotel)
1 can beef broth
2 cups frozen yellow & white whole kernel corn
1 envelope taco seasoning mix (any brand will do)
1/4 tsp salt (I don't measure these things)
1/4 tsp pepper (I don't' measure this either)
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Topping:
Cheddar cheese
Sour cream
fresh cilantro (all these are optional, but delicious)

Brown ground beef, onion, & garlic, drain (optional, I do not drain it because I buy the 96% lean and I think the little bit of grease adds delicious flavor).
Stir in beans, Rotel, broth, corn, seasoning, salt, pepper, & cilantro. Cover and simmer for approx. 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Serve in bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream, cheese, & cilantro if desired.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I LOVE Blogging

Just so everyone knows I love blogging. I love that even though my friends and family are at all corners of the world I can still feel as though we "see" each other and our children everyday. Thank you blogger friends for encouraging me to start one. This is a gift that I enjoy and I am grateful!
Today I am making my very first batch of homemade chicken noodle soup. I want to take pictures so you all can see. (I love looking at Keri's food pictures!) My only problem with cooking is that I don't always follow a recipe, nor do I measure things. This can be good, but also is very difficult to duplicate if I really like the way it turns out. We shall see how this one turns out. Jim will be the true taste tester. :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Conversations with Daddy

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Daddy had to stay a little late at school tonight so David & I started dinner without him, but while we were eating Jim called to say he was on his way home. David insisted that he had to talk to his Daddy. Here is how some of the conversation went :)

Making Biscuits with Mommy

Tonight for dinner we made spaghetti and because we are pretty much a "mother hubbard's cupboard" at the moment, we didn't have garlic bread, so David & I decided to make cheesey biscuits. I know I've mentioned it before, but David LOVES helping me in the kitchen. I think he had a bit too much fun tonight, but the biscuits came out great.


Mr. Muscles is learning how to knead dough
David is unable to take anything seriously :)





Now THERE is my sweet dough faced boy! :) He was getting the bisquick & flour everywhere...


including on Mr. Russell's head & face. Bailey helped by licking it off.





Monday, September 7, 2009

That's Another Navy 1st Down!

Saturday we DVRed the Navy vs. Ohio State game because we were spending all morning & afternoon shopping for bikes & then "fixing" them and attaching the bike trailer. I was super excited to get everything all ready to go for a ride when David woke up from his nap. Unfortunately it took MUCH longer than either Jim or I wanted, and we think my bike may have a warped wheel, but we were still able to take a small ride around the neighborhood to test them out. David LOVED it of course, though he held onto the sides of the trailer almost constantly. We would ask him if he was ok and he'd say, "I'm having fun!" so we figured he wasn't too scared.
Afterwards, we headed home for a delicious chipolte lime porkchop & rice dinner. (I love grilling in the summer).
Then it was time to watch the game. It was a fun game to watch even if Navy didn't win in the end. They sure came close! David enjoyed watching football with us before he headed off to bed.

This is what a Navy touchdown looks like! GO NAVY!

KOBE Hibachi Dinner

Friday marked the first day of our Labor Day weekend as a family. We started it off by heading to a yummy dinner at a hibachi restaurant in Stafford. The food & entertainment were good, but wow they are way more expensive than Musashi! The waitress fell in love with David though and was very sweet to him. She even brought him out his own soup because when ours arrived he said, "where's my soup?" Believe it or not, he actually ate it all too! We were sharing our hibachi with another family who sounded like maybe they were from Germany, they too loved David and wouldn't stop taking pictures of us. We didn't mind too much though, I guess we are pretty exciting :) They did say that they thought David was so expressive (yeah shocker I know).

Here David is eating his rice, chicken, & shrimp. He was actually using the "kids" chopsticks & he absolutely loves the food at the hibachi restaurants.
Who needs a fork when you are a chopstick professional? Ok, so maybe we could go to Japan one day :) Well maybe we won't go that far. :) Jim & I also had some sushi which was excellent. David wanted to try some, but we opted out of that one. He also wanted to try "the green stuff," but Mommy & Daddy said not this time :)


Friday, September 4, 2009

Gun Fun

Ok, so I've been looking for these foam air guns FOREVER. Everytime I'm at Wal-Mart or Target I always check out the Nerf section, just in case. Well, yesterday was the day!! Our day of shopping was a success! We found one that shoots arrows & another that shoots little balls. When Jim got home from work, we had our "wars." This is what parents of a little boy do for fun :) I must add that because we only bought 2 we had to take turns, next time we're out, we may just have to be sure that we all get one :) Just to make if fair of course.



David posed & ready
"Take two steps and then turn around & shoot!"

"Got you Daddy!"Now it is Mommy vs Daddy.
Yes, David took this picture. Nice job buddy!
Oh yes, I must add that I also found another great deal! We've been talking about getting bikes & a bike trailer (we didn't have either). Yesterday at Target I found ONE bike trailer on clearance for $29.99!! It was originally $120! I was so excited that I brought it home. It can also be used as a stroller! It is very cool. Now we just have to find bikes :)
Hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend!




Making another "NEW" Friend

Yesterday David & I went to Stafford to do some shopping. (It has been way to beautiful outside to stay at home.) We stopped at Wal-Mart first and inside they have a McDonald's. David & I decided to stop for a snack of coke & popcorn. We have been to this McDonald's before and that time when David walked by Ronald McDonald he stopped, waved, & said "hi!" so today we thought it necessary to take a break from our "busy" schedule to share our snack with a new friend. Honetly I am surprised that David was so interested in Mr. McDonald. Usually he doesn't like "characters." Perhaps it helped that this one was not "real." :)
Ronald McDonald's buddy

Playdate with Maggie

Wednesday David & I drove up to Alexandria to meet a friend ours from high school. Her husband is in the Army and they recently moved to the area as well. They have an 18 month old little girl who is so ADORABLE I must add. David & I were able to spend time with them at the neighborhood park & have a delicous lunch together while catching up on the last few months. It was a wonderful day, David played so hard he slept the whole way home and into the evening hours.
David really loved this slide.
Here comes my boy!


David & Maggie playing on the swings together


New friends watching Charlotte's Web.