Monthly Archives: May 2011
Just look at this sweetness! Seriously, she could not be any cuter!! I had so much fun playing with her this morning. She has been an absolute blessing to her family and is quite the little miracle! Can’t wait to post more from this session!!
My boys love a good bath. They especially love playing in the bath. This past week they were using their kitchen set as pirate hats and telescopes! Love them! When I saw the topic for this week’s photo challenge at Trendy Treehouse, I thought this one was a perfect fit!
You can’t put a price on Lego men. Literally, these guys are pricey. If you don’t believe me, just go on eBay and see what one or two might cost you (it’s really quite silly!). All of these men are ones that have come in different sets. It’s better deal to get a set with men in it than to just buy the men.
The problem is this: my boys really just like to play with the men. For this reason, they are one of the toys that we decided to keep with us while we are living aloha for the next six weeks. We had a near crisis when the movers packed the Lego men away while I took the boys outside to play. I had set the toys I wanted to keep here to the side to NOT be packed. However, the container with the men had been moved on to one of their tables. When we went outside to play, I didn’t think to move the container because the movers told me they weren’t going to do the playroom until day two. When we came back inside, the head guy told me they went ahead and packed some of the boys things, which seemed fine at the time. Later that night, I discoverd that the Lego men had gone MIA. This was not good because these are literally the one thing the boys like to play with right now. Thankfully, there were still three boxes in the garage marked “boys toys” that had not been crated. The next morning, we had them open the boxes and the Lego men were located. Crisis averted!!! We would have been out some cash trying to come up with some Lego men to hold the boys over until we got to our next destination!
The move has officially begun! While we won’t be leaving paradise until July, we have already packed out because of the amount of time it takes for the household goods to get to the East Coast (53 days!). So, this means my lovely huge monitor that I love to edit my photos on is gone as well. (enter big sigh here). As a result, my blog posts and ability to edit photos will be diminished a bit. My eyes do not like working on my laptop screen!
We anticipated the pack out to begin last Wednesday. However, at 10 a.m. that day, we got a call telling us that we were not going to have the movers who had originally been scheduled for us and would have a new team the next day. As a result, I had to pull out my handy dandy movers guide to make a few phone calls. Apparently there was a contract that expired, and we had to be assigned a new moving company. In the end, it all worked out fine, and we had a great team who took great care in packing our things.
On day two, the new company showed up on time with an empty truck! This truck has made a few trips around the island in it’s lifetime!
I will admit I wasn’t ready for the emotions I was feeling as they started to pack us up and load our things on the truck. Even though I grew up moving every three years as a child, our adult military life was spent mostly in North Carolina for 13 years. We’ve been here just two and a half, and while I’m looking forward to our new adventures, I’m still sad about leaving this beautiful place. I know that we will never again have the blessing of living in a home with a view of the ocean, of hearing the surf crash, watching whales from the lanai. Our island experience has been a wonderful one.
As the day went on, the crates filled up. I think we had about ten crates total over the course of two days. Before we moved here, we got rid of quite a few things and put basically a rooms worth of furniture in storage. Luckily, we will be able to keep those items in storage for another year and not get them back until we move on the the next duty station in 2012.
The boys really have been troopers through it all. They have experienced a lot of change in the last few months between daddy coming home, company coming and going, stopping school, having daddy home on leave, and having all their things packed up. You can tell, however, that this little guy was zonked out on move day! It’s tough work being four! He literally fell asleep sitting up.
While my parents where here, we traveled over to Ford Island one day and saw Pearl Harbor, the Utah memorial, and toured the USS Texas. Ford Island is a place alive with history. I am filled with such reverence whenever we go over there. The boys particularly enjoyed the tour of the submarine. Having grown up with a dad who served on submarines, I enjoyed being about to tour the boat as well. It takes a special kind of person to serve in such tight quarters! The Snipes’ Shower struck me as funny since my maiden name is Snipes, and my dad was in subs. We, of course, had to take a picture of the sign. At the end of the tour, the COB (Chief of the Boat) gave each of the boys a USS Texas challenge coin, which they thought was the coolest part of the visit!