Thursday, July 31, 2008
So Gideon is now three months old. I have no idea how long he is or how much he weighs but I can tell you that he is all smiles nearly all the time. Gabe and Zion enjoy him SO much and that is immensely enjoyable to see. Zion mothers him whether he likes it or not and Gabe loves to get him to smile.
Gideon is a lot like Gabe in that he is content to stay where you put him. Not like Zion who rolled over for the first time at 6 weeks old and hasn't stopped moving since. However, Gideon did roll over from back to front today. It was quite humorous to see since I'm not exactly sure that Gideon really meant for it to happen. He did it on purpose but he still had this look of "what is happening?" on his face that made me crack up.
In case you were wondering, we stayed in a hotel because the base that is Rob's parent command is quite a drive from our home and we had a lot to do very early. Gabe and Zion stayed with my sister but my little nursling stayed with us. This is the day that Rob is officially reactivated. No longer a Reservist but, I'm told, he is now IA which stands for Individual Augmentation. This is what they call it when they yank someone, active or reserves, from their "normal" job and farm them out. Rob is now owned by the Army. I don't know why I'm adding this on to this post, I should start a new one but oh well. It's done and I have laundry to fold so I'm not starting over. Later.
Hi all – to Family and Friends,
Well, it’s been a very quick week in San Diego. So much so that we’re even leaving a little bit early to head to NC. I’ve cleared everything I need to do for the Navy before going and am now cutting over to the Army.
Some highlights of the week:
· Human pin-cushion – any of you who have had adult immunizations can probably relate to this, but I had several immunizations I needed to be updated on. 5 shots in one day and still a couple more once I get to NC!
· Free movies on base – I got to see both Indiana Jones and the Happening for free this week (with the exception of snacks that I had to buy)
· New uniforms – yep, that’s right. I now wear Army boots – and the desert uniform that goes with them. They’re hot, but they’ll do.
· New users of Skype – got to see Julie and the kids twice today online. What a gift!
Blessings and peace,
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The dedication ceremony itself is an opportunity for us to pray over him and to proclaim the verse that we have chosen as "his" verse. Gideon's verse is Judges 6:12 "When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said "The Lord is with you, mighty man of valor." I love to think of my precious baby growing up as a mighty man of valor. My prayer is that we do all we need to do for that to become reality.
Within minutes of getting to the West Farm Gabe finds the sand table...
and Zion finds the craft table. Here she's trying to break into the bubbles, later she paints herself with the finger paints.
Zion finds a new addiction - a hula hoop.
"Tantie" Jamie shows her how she can roll them as well.
Jamie and Zion dancing away.
Gabe dons the Body Boppers which makes him look like a cartoonish rodeo clown.
But decides that watering her dog is more fun.
Watering dogs makes one thirsty.
My beautiful nephew Jameson.
A board with a few of the articles written about him. There are three or four panels like this there.
Tonight Jamie got the kids in bed as I nursed and rocked Gideon yet again. We finished about the same time though so I got to give Abby and Gabe good night hugs and kisses. I had to apologize to Gabe for a shortness of temper and told him that I was tired and missed Daddy. He said that was OK and that maybe we should pray about it and he does. I know I can't lean emotionally on my 4 year old for the next year but it sure does feel good to have him respond that way. He's so great. So I have a lot that I would rather blog about than my meager emotional state and I know it will help me feel better so I'm going to shut up now and blog on.
Monday, July 28, 2008
First off we head toward the famous and beautiful Empress Hotel. We walk around the garden and even go inside for a little bit. It really is beautiful but not stroller friendly. So out the back we head and down the street in search of Roger's Chocolates. With our sweet confections safely tucked into the basket of the stroller off we go again. This time in search of lunch. We really would like some fish and chips so we just wander about thinking we'll find some. Nope. Whatever part of town we were in had a fish and chips shop shortage so we find a map instead and look up Old Vic Fish and Chips. We had been told this was a good place to get nosh and discover via that map that it isn't far. On the way we spy Munro's Books and remember that a friend recommended that we stop there. In we go just for a look (because if allowed to spend anymore time than that I may not come out for a looooong looooong time). It is really gorgeous in there though and I don't want to leave. My tummy on the other hand is still wanting satisfaction and we head out. I don't recall who suggested we stop at Old Vic but they deserve a Klondike Bar - it's fantastic! And fast with good service and a neat atmosphere. Sadly, our time for walkabout is over and we need to head back in the direction of the ferry. We risk a few minutes to get some mocha cookie gelato at O Gelato and get it to go, the ferry is not too far. As we beat it to the boat we pass by a violin playing Darth Vadar. Don't see that every day. Might not even see that every other day.
We have another wait at the ferry terminal of an hour plus (we eat our gelato!) before boarding for the MV Coho take two. What do we do this time to busy ourselves? Gabe duels it out with Rob on the Nintendo DSes. He has become positively Mario obsessed. Rob and I take turns entertaining Gideon.
At one point Gabe and Zion enjoy their chocolate lollipops from Roger's Chocolates. Gabe chose blue which turned out to be dark chocolate (Rob's favorite) and Zion had red which was milk (my favorite). Zion also "reads" Find The Puppy (an Usborne book) and cuddles her dog.
Back on the US side we begin the long drive back to the house. After a busy vacation and half a day walking around Victoria and more time shut in the ferry the kids really have no interest in being strapped into their car seats. There's a bit of grumpin' going on in the car and when the restaurant that we stop at proves to be excruciatingly slow (I won't name it because it's a favorite of ours and it's not normally like that) Rob and I aren't too far off from being big grumps ourselves.
Eventually we make it and just in time to join our neighbors for fireworks because, if you recall, our little getaway started on Canada Day and ended on Independence Day (yes, I'm SO delinquent in finishing my story of our vacation). Zion is too tired to handle the lights and sounds and begs to go to bed. Who am I to argue with a 20 month old that actually requests bedtime. Gabe on the other hand really enjoyed hanging out with us and even invited himself to one of the neighbors lawn chairs.
The next day and once we're settled back in at home, all Gabe wants to do is play with the new clock tower that he got for his GeoTrax set. Remember the Canadian money that a friend gave him? From the second we told him what the colorful paper was all he talked about was getting the clock tower. So thank you A.M. for your generous gift! And thank you for sticking with it and reading about our fun vacation!
I got to realizing today that military life is not the norm for most of you, even if it seems routine to me. In case you’re wondering, here’s a little snippet of my life back on active duty regarding a favorite pastime for me – eating!
All 3 meals were eaten in the galley today – or the onbase cafeteria. I don’t have to eat there, but as a friend pointed out today, we got to eat all 3 meals today and spent a grand total of what was less than $10!
Breakfast included: strawberry yogurt, fresh cantaloupe, oatmeal, and some juice.
Lunch was 2 tacos, nacho chips and cheese, a red plum, 2 chocolate chip cookies (nice and soft, just like I like ‘em), and a Diet Coke (not my favorite, but the Coke was out and I preferred caffeine to supplement an afternoon full of PowerPoint briefs).
Finally, dinner was a turkey-based meatloaf, rice, green beans, corn, a piece of chocolate cake, and an iced tea.
Good to enjoy the food while I can – remind me to retell the story when I’m in Army facilities starting next week! I also have to fast overnight for a cholesterol check in the morning. Yippee.
In hometown news… we got a prayer request from our home church in Bonney Lake for Dan Packer’s family today. He was a firefighter there who was battling the wild fires in Northern California, but was overcome by the fire changing course. Still, you can read about him here:
As you think to do so, remember the Packer family and all service members this day – whether military or not.
Good night all,
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Jameson was such a special boy, I could fill a blog about him alone. Tonight I got to talking about him at our Bible study and we were late getting back to relieve the babysitter. Jameson was the first person I ever loved so much it hurt. I remember distinctly the moment that first pang hit and I realized what it meant. I would never be the same again - thank God. Jameson had a way of changing people. I personally can experience a depth of love for people that I never thought was possible and I owe it to him. He had a way of teaching people about the value of life - all life, not just the kind of lives that The World seems to think is valuable. He had a beautiful life. Too short but beautiful. Sometimes when I picture him as he must be now I see him leaning over a creek with the reflection of his face in the water or running through a field of tall grass, things he did not get to do while here with us. The song Waiting On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan comes to mind (I guess I'll have to update my music again). He's just biding his time over there, drawing pictures in the sand, waiting for us to join him. Here's the lyrics (copied directly from a lyric website):
I'll Admit My Steps Are Growing Wearier Each Day
Still I've Got A Certain Journey On My Mind
Lures Of This Old World Have Ceased To Make Me Want To Stay
My One Regret Is Leaving You Be-hind
If It Proves To Be His Will That I Am First To Cross
And Somehow I've A Feeling It Will Be
When It Comes Your Turn To Travel Likewise Don't Feel Lost
For I Will Be The First One That You'll See
Chorus:And I'll Be Waiting On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan
I'll Be Sitting Drawing Pictures In The Sand
And When I See You Coming I Will Rise Up With A Shout
And Come Running Through The Shallow Water Reaching For Your Hand
Through This Life We've Laboured Long To Earn Our Meagre Fare
It's Brought Us Trembling Hands And Failing Eyes
So I'll Just Rest There On That Shore And Turn My Eyes Away
Until You Come Then We'll See Para-dise
When I have time I'll post pictures from his birthday party. It was a blast and more money was earned for Jameson's lending library at the Snohomish County ARC.
*ETA* Playlist didn't have a decent version of Waiting On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan so I added I'll Fly Away instead. This is one of the songs chosen for Jameson's memorial service and, honestly, the only way I can put it on my blog is that my laptop is usually on mute. I can't listen to this song or that darn rainbow ukulele song without shedding tears anymore. I still love the songs, it's just I love Jameson more and I miss him.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I'm already trying to fill my calendar knowing that staying busy will help the time to pass. Speaking of calendars. I made one to demonstrate to Gabe how long Daddy will be gone. I made each page one month and together we'll check off the days so he can see the time pass. We'll also write little notes on each day of what we did so that Rob can see what we were up to while he was gone. I'm going to turn each month's page into a scrapbook page and scrapbook it with pictures of the events that we went to so Rob will have the whole year in a book when he returns. Right now the pages are all up on our wall so that we can see it all at once. If I think to I'll take a picture and post it here later.
So anyway, time is really slipping by fast now but I know that the sooner he leaves the sooner he'll get to come home.
Kerri also recently photographed my niece who is SO gorgeous anyway but Kerri's photographs really brought out her beauty and personality. Go here - Beautiful Girl.
And since I'm bragging about my beautiful family I'll just mention that a few years ago Kerri also photographed my sister and her son, Jameson. Her blog doesn't have the pictures (though her business website has a few, Jamie and Jameson's photo is #1 in the special kids gallery and Jameson is also #3 and #9 and my sister can also be seen a number of times in the individual gallery) but an article was recently written about her and her work with children with special needs. Go here for that - article. She rocks!
It turns out my boy is the class clown. More than a few times the lifeguard had to come over and remind Gabe to hold on to the side of the pool. I guess he's easily distractable. hmm, I wonder who he gets that from. Hey, what's that shiny thing over there...
He's getting the straight leg thing down pat.
Floating with the kick board.
Gabe got a certificate of completion at the end and a check list that shows he was good at everything but needs work on putting his face in the water (a little like me, too).
Zion is thrilled by the chickens.
Then she spies the llamas. The brown one is getting down to roll in the dirt. It was really funny but so dusty that the other pictures didn't capture it well.
Every time one of the animals made a sound Zion would stop what she was doing, crack up laughing and then try to copy it. I can remember if she was trying to cock-a-doodle or baa here.